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Ducks sign O'Brien to one-year contract

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 5:48 PM / News

The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Shane O'Brien to a one-year contract through the 2015-16 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

O'Brien, 31 (8/9/83), has recorded 13-79=92 points with a +6 rating and 916 penalty minutes (PIM) in 537 career NHL games. O'Brien began his NHL career with the Ducks, making his debut in 2006-07 (2-12=14 points with a +5 rating in 62 games). He went on to play for Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Nashville, Colorado, Calgary and Florida, compiling career highs in goals (4) and points (21) in 2007-08 with the Lightning. The 6-3, 230-pound defenseman has also appeared in 40 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Tampa Bay, Vancouver and Nashville, scoring 2-3=5 points with 79 PIM.

Penguins' Maatta expects to be ready for camp

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 12:01 PM / News

NHL.com

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, who played 20 games last season after having surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his neck before sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury, said Thursday he expects to be ready for training camp in September.

"We're on the schedule," Maatta told the Penguins website. "Obviously the goal is to be ready for training camp. Everything is going as we planned, so that's the goal."

Maatta, 20, had one goal and nine points last season. He didn't play after Dec. 6 and had shoulder surgery for a second time in less than a year.

"Just leave [last season] all behind me," Maatta said. "I don't even think of it. That's not on my mind. All I'm thinking of is the next season. Just being ready to go in training camp and the beginning of the season."

Flyers sign first-round pick Konecny to contract

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 10:16 AM / News

PhiladelphiaFlyers.com

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed 5-10, 175-lb C Travis Konecny to an entry-level contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Konecny, 18 (3/11/1997), was recently selected by the Flyers in the first round (24th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft on June 26. He recorded 29 goals and 39 assists for 68 points in 60 games for the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League this past season.

On the second day of the NHL Entry Draft, Konecny was named as the first recipient of the "E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence" which is presented to the draft-eligible prospect who best exemplifies the commitment to excellence through strength of character, competitiveness and athleticism.

Rangers agree to terms with forwards Miller, Fast

Wednesday, 07.15.2015 / 9:22 PM / News

NHL.com

The New York Rangers agreed to terms with restricted free agent forwards J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast on Wednesday.

Fast will have a two-year, $1.9 million contract ($950,000 average annual value), and Miller a one-year, $874,000 contract, according to the New York Daily News.

Ducks sign Kesler to six-year contract extension

Wednesday, 07.15.2015 / 3:24 PM / News

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

Forward Ryan Kesler signed a six-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday that runs through the 2021-22 NHL season.

Financial terms were not released, but the Orange County Register reported it's worth $41.25 million, an average annual value of $6.875 million.

Kesler, who was entering the final year of a six-year contract, is confident the Ducks have what it takes to win Stanley Cup after coming up a game short of making it to the Stanley Cup Final last season.

"That dressing room is so close and we hold ourselves to the highest standards in there," Kesler said. "That group is not satisfied until we win a Stanley Cup, and when we do win the Stanley Cup, I don't think we're going to be satisfied then either. We're going to want to win another one, and we have the group to do it. … We were one game away from going to the Final. That experience will help us next year."

Schultz, Oilers agree to one-year contract

Wednesday, 07.15.2015 / 3:04 PM / News

NHL.com

The Edmonton Oilers and defenseman Justin Schultz avoided salary arbitration Wednesday when they agreed to a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not released, but Sportsnet reported Schultz will make $3.9 million this season.

"It gives me another year to prove what I've got and hopefully that turns into a long-term deal in Edmonton," Schultz said in comments tweeted by the Oilers.

ESPN honors 'You Can Play' with Stuart Scott award

Wednesday, 07.15.2015 / 1:34 PM / News

NHL.com

The You Can Play Project has been named an inaugural winner of the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award, part of ESPN's first Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards.

The You Can Play Project is an advocacy organization that combats homophobia in sports. The NHL and NHL Players' Association are partners.

Sabres' Eichel will not attend U.S. junior camp

Wednesday, 07.15.2015 / 11:49 AM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Jack Eichel, who was selected No. 2 in the 2015 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, will not attend United States National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., from Aug. 1-8.

Eichel was one of 11 players invited to camp who represented the U.S. at the 2015 WJC in Montreal and Toronto. Eichel had one goal and four points in five games as captain of the team, which lost to Russia in the quarterfinals. He signed an entry-level contract with the Sabres on July 1.

"I think in the end we're looking at the best interest of the player and I'm sure Jack has a lot going on with Buffalo in terms of development camp and preparing for the NHL season," U.S. national junior team general manager Jim Johannson told NHL.com. "We're also realistically looking ahead, for our team. The odds are we probably wouldn't have him even if he were invited."

Panthers agree to terms with top pick Crouse

Wednesday, 07.15.2015 / 9:34 AM / News

FloridaPanthers.com

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with F Lawson Crouse on a three-year, entry-level contract.

"We are very pleased to have signed Lawson to an entry-level contract," said Tallon. "Lawson is a strong, skilled and physically mature forward with good hands, who will provide us with a prominent forechecking presence each night. He was one of our best players in development camp and we are confident he can make an immediate impact on our roster, playing on one of our top lines."

Crouse, who was selected by the Florida Panthers in the first round (11th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft, led the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in goals (29) and points (51), while playing in 56 games during the 2014-15 season. In 119 OHL games, the 18-year-old forward recorded 78 points (44-34—78), a +20 rating and 134 PIM.

Taylor Pyatt retires after 15-year career: report

Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 4:59 PM / News

NHL.com

Forward Taylor Pyatt, who played 13 seasons in the NHL, announced his retirement Monday.

Pyatt, 33, last played in the NHL in 2013-14. In 55 games with the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins, he had four goals.

Last season, Pyatt played for Geneve-Servette HC of the National League A in Switzerland and had 14 goals and 25 points in 38 games. He had four goals in eight playoff games.

"I had a few more injuries this year, a few more concussions," Pyatt told the Thunder Bay News Watch on Monday. "It's just time for me to sort of step away. I'm proud of what I accomplished in my career, but now's the time to take a little time away from the game and we'll see."

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