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Lucic looking forward to life with L.A. Kings

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 6:32 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- It almost seems too soon to think of Milan Lucic as a former Boston Bruin, but the hard-nosed left wing is fitting in at his new home.

One day after Lucic took out a full-page ad in the Boston Globe thanking fans and the Bruins organization, he delivered a good line about how his enforcing style will mesh with the Los Angeles Kings.

"I'm a Gemini, so I've got that split personality where you get that short fuse," Lucic said here Saturday. "I'm not coming here to change the culture of the team. I'm just kind of coming here to add more to it."

Capitals owner wants Stanley Cup for Ovechkin

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 3:15 PM / News

Katie Brown - Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Last season, the Washington Capitals were one win away from the Eastern Conference Final. The season before that they failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Captain Alex Ovechkin, who led the NHL last season with 53 goals, will turn 30 in September and is entering his 10th season. Owner Ted Leonsis on Saturday rejected the notion that the window to winning a Cup with his franchise player has closed.

"I felt the window to win with him was 10 years old," Leonsis said at Capitals Fan Fest. "He's a fantastic player. He plays hard all the time, and I feel I haven't met my commitment to him, that we would build a team that would be able to win Stanley Cups. The difference between winning and losing is just so small, so I do not think our window as an organization is closing.

"We're in it together. He knows we’re committed. He can sense it and see it. He sees how much we invest. He knows how much we spend. He knows how hard we're trying, and it's so close, the difference between winning and losing, it's just so small. I think we've improved as a team and I'm hoping, like all 29 other owners, that this is the year, and the only way you'll know it is talking to you next year at this time to say, 'How did the season go?'"

Hurricanes sign Hanifin to entry-level contract

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 11:27 AM / News

RALEIGH, NCRon Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Noah Hanifin to a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Hanifin $832,500 on the NHL level or $70,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level through the 2017-18 season. Hanifin also receives a signing bonus of $277,500.

"Noah has had a great week here during our prospect development camp," said Francis. "He is big, he can skate and he can move the puck. Noah fits the mold for the type of player and person we want in a Hurricanes uniform."

Patrick Sharp traded to Stars by Blackhawks

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 12:26 AM / News

Mike Battaglino - Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Patrick Sharp was traded by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Dallas Stars on Friday.

Chicago received defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt for Sharp and prospect defenseman Stephen Johns.

"We thought it was important to acquire some ready-made NHL players," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "Obviously it's difficult trading away an established player like Patrick Sharp, and a very good young player in Stephen Johns who's got a nice career ahead of him, but we felt that we wanted to continue to add pieces that can contribute to our team next season, and we're excited for that."

Sabres scrimmage draws 17,000 to see Eichel

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 11:53 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- The building blocks of the Buffalo Sabres future were on display at the annual Blue & Gold scrimmage Friday.

The Blue team, led by the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Sam Reinhart, defeated the Gold team, led by the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, Jack Eichel, 5-2 in front of 17,115 fans at First Niagara Center.

Eichel's first appearance for the Sabres in front of the fans in Buffalo came with a lot of attention. Eichel was drafted behind Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid after a season when they were the top two prospects. Eichel didn't score and did not have an assist Friday, but from the moment he took the ice, and throughout the game, he was the center of attention.

"It was good to get out there and play a game," said Eichel, whose Boston University season ended April 11 when it lost to Providence College in the NCAA championship. "It's a tough game to play. I feel like I've been bouncing around everywhere lately. I haven't been able to settle into a groove of training and skating. I haven't been on the ice as much as I wanted.

"There were good things; there were things I want to get better. Overall it was a great experience to play in front of the fans and wear that jersey for the first time in a game. It was a great experience."

Toews on Blackhakws' run: 'We're not done yet'

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 9:23 PM / News

Jonathan Toews helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup for the third time in six seasons last month, and despite more roster changes, he's not worried about the Blackhawks continuing their recent success.

"Honestly, I think a lot of people are doubting us now, because we're going to lose some key players, but we keep finding ways to rebound," Toews told the Winnipeg Sun on Thursday.

"Whether it's this year or down the road, we have that culture and we have that identity, that belief in our room. There's no doubt and we're not done yet."

Coyotes sign Scott to one-year contract

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 5:55 PM / News

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward John Scott to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The 32-year-old Scott recorded 3-1-4 and 87 penalty minutes (PIM) in 38 games with the San Jose Sharks last season.

Canadiens' Pacioretty injured, recovery til October

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 5:07 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty injured his knee during an off-ice workout Thursday and his recovery is expected to take 12 weeks, the team announced Friday.

The Canadiens open their season at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 7, a few days past that 12-week timetable.

Pacioretty led Montreal with 37 goals and a career-high 67 points last season. He has scored at least 30 goals in each of the past three full NHL seasons.

NHL training camps open in mid-September, and the 12-week recovery timeline would suggest Pacioretty won't be ready in time for the start of Canadiens camp. That may impact how prepared he will be for the regular season. The exact injury, which occurred in Florida, was not revealed, nor if he required surgery.

Pacioretty, 26, has an established history of recovering more quickly than originally estimated.

AHL announces rule changes for 2015-16 season

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 4:13 PM / News

David Satriano - Staff Writer

The American Hockey League on Friday announced rule changes approved by the league's Board of Governors for the 2015-16 season.

Among them, each team will play 76 games, except the five California teams in the new Pacific Division (Bakersfield Condors, Ontario Reign, San Diego Gulls, San Jose Barracuda and Stockton Heat), who will play 68 games. The Texas Stars and San Antonio Rampage, the other teams in the Pacific Division, will play 76 games.

Because of the unbalanced schedule, teams will qualify for the Calder Cup Playoffs based on points percentage, with the top four teams in each of the four divisions qualifying for the postseason. Teams receive two points for a win and one point for an overtime or shootout loss.

The AHL will also change its playoff format this season.

Canucks GM says he could have traded Miller: report

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 12:24 PM / News

The Vancouver Canucks could have traded starting goalie Ryan Miller prior to the 2015 NHL Draft, but general manager Jim Benning chose to deal Eddie Lack instead.

"We could have moved Ryan Miller," Benning said at a meeting with Canucks season-ticket holders, according to The Province. "There were teams calling on Ryan Miller."

Benning, who didn't specify the interested teams, previously said the Canucks would trade either Lack or Jacob Markstrom in the offseason. Lack was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes on June 27 for the 66th pick in the 2015 draft and a seventh-round pick in 2016.

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