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Hurricanes add Wisniewski from Ducks for Khudobin

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 7:06 PM / News

The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenseman James Wisniewski from the Anaheim Ducks in a trade for goaltender Anton Khudobin on Saturday.

"I'm speechless," Wisniewski told the Raleigh News & Observer. "I'm so excited. I wish the season was starting next week."

Wisniewski, 31, had eight goals and 29 points in 56 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2014-15 before being traded to the Ducks. He had no goals and five points in 13 games for Anaheim, and then did not play during the Ducks' run to the Western Conference Final.

He has two years left on his contract with an average annual value of $5.5 million, according to

"He's a skilled defenseman who can give you offense on the power play. He's got a great shot. I think he's sneaky tough," Carolina general manager Ron Francis told the Hurricanes website. "He's just a competitive, competitive guy. We're trying to get that kind of culture in our organization, and we think he'll fit in nicely in that regard."

Rangers acquire goalie Raanta from Blackhawks

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 6:15 PM / News

The New York Rangers acquired goalie Antti Raanta from the Chicago Blackhawks in a trade for forward prospect Ryan Haggerty on Saturday.

Raanta, 26, is 20-8-5 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 39 NHL games, all with Chicago.

"At first you get a little bit excited, because it's a great opportunity," Raanta told the Chicago Sun-Times. "But it's a little sad also. It's a great organization in Chicago, and everybody has been great to me. They gave me an opportunity to play hockey, and to win the Stanley Cup. But I'm looking forward and I'm excited to go to New York and get a fresh start again."

Goalie Dubnyk, Wild agree on six-year contract

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 4:20 PM / News

The Minnesota Wild and goaltender Devan Dubnyk agreed to terms on a six-year contract Saturday.

"The most exciting thing for me is knowing I get to be part of a really good hockey team for a long time," Dubnyk told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Getting a chance to play with that group of guys last year was the best experience for me. I’m real excited."

The contract is worth $26 million, an average annual value of $4.33 million, with the highest salaries in the first four years and a limited no-trade clause for part of the contract, the Star Tribune reported.

Flyers acquire Gagner from Coyotes

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 4:04 PM / News

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired 5-11, 202 lb C Sam Gagner and a conditional 2016 or 2017 draft pick from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for D Nicklas Grossmann and the contract of D Chris Pronger, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Gagner, 25 (8/10/1989), recently completed his eighth NHL season. In 81 games for the Coyotes in 2014-15, he recorded 15 goals and 26 assists for 41 points, along with 28 PIM.

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Stars acquire rights to goalie Niemi from Sharks

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 10:37 AM / News

The Dallas Stars acquired the rights to pending unrestricted free-agent goaltender Antti Niemi from the San Jose Sharks on Saturday in a trade for the No. 193 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Niemi, 31, was 31-23-7 with a .914 save percentage and 2.59 goals against average in 2014-15 for the Sharks. If the Stars do not sign Niemi, he will become a UFA on July 1. He cost $3.8 million against the salary cap last season and made $4 million in salary, according to

"Antti is a proven goaltender who has played and succeeded at the highest levels," Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a statement. "He's one of the hardest-working goalies out there, and we look forward to working towards an agreement."

Islanders trade defenseman Reinhart to Oilers

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 10:16 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The New York Islanders traded defenseman Griffin Reinhart to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday for the 16th and 33rd picks in the 2015 NHL Draft. The Islanders selected center Mathew Barzal from the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League with the No. 16 pick.

The Islanders, who were not scheduled to pick in the first or second rounds before making the trade, then sent the 33rd and 72nd picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the 28th choice. New York selected Anthony Beauvillier, a forward from the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Lucic traded to Kings by Bruins for Jones, pick

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 8:23 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Milan Lucic was traded from the Boston Bruins to the Los Angeles Kings on Friday for goalie Martin Jones, defense prospect Colin Miller and the No. 13 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Lucic is looking forward to joining the two-time Stanley Cup champion Kings, who could put him at left wing on a line with Anze Kopitar at center and Marian Gaborik at right wing.

"I think that's the most exciting thing about moving from Boston; I get to move on to a team that already knows how to win," Lucic said. "The possibility of playing with two really great players, [Kopitar] and [Gaborik], it's a really great feeling. … I think we're top two or three in the League right now as far as contenders."

Sabres acquire center O'Reilly from Avalanche

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 8:08 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Buffalo Sabres acquired center Ryan O'Reilly in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

The Sabres sent defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards Mikhail Grigorenko and J.T. Compher, and the No. 31 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft to the Avalanche in the trade for O'Reilly and forward Jamie McGinn.

O'Reilly, 24, has one year remaining on his contract that carries a $6.0 million salary-cap charge, according to He can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season. The Sabres can sign him to a contract extension beginning on July 1.

Flames acquire Hamilton from Bruins for draft picks

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 7:07 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Calgary Flames added to their already strong defense with a 22-year-old potential all-star Friday.

Calgary acquired defenseman Dougie Hamilton from the Boston Bruins in a trade for their first-round pick (No. 15) in the 2015 NHL Draft and the two second-round picks (Nos. 45 and 52) they previously acquired from the Washington Capitals.

Hamilton can become a restricted free agent on July 1, but Flames general manager Brad Treliving said he has been in touch with Hamilton’s agent and is confident they will be able to settle on a contract relatively soon.

"I look at our team right now with Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie, Kris Russell, Dennis Wideman, Deryk Engelland, [Ladislav] Smid as he recovers, and adding Dougie Hamilton to our mix; I like that defense," Treliving said. "I think it's critical to build your team from the defense out."

Red Wings forward Datsyuk has ankle surgery

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 6:22 PM / News Staff

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk had surgery on his right ankle Friday, general manager Ken Holland said.

Datsyuk sustained ruptured tendons after blocking a shot late in the season and returned from Russia last week to have the procedure, which was done in Charlotte, N.C. He will be in a cast or some form of immobilizing device for 4-6 weeks, according to Holland, who said the surgeon wants to evaluate Datsyuk again in three months.

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