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2011 Offseason News

Jets add McArdle from Panthers for Esposito

Saturday, 07.09.2011 / 1:16 PM / 2011 Offseason News

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The Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers swapped former first-round picks who have yet to reach their potential Saturday.

Winnipeg sent Angelo Esposito, a first-round choice by Pittsburgh in 2007, to Florida for Kenndal McArdle, who was a first-round selection by the Panthers in 2005.

McArdle has 1 goals and three points in 33 career NHL games. He had 14 goals, 26 points and 106 penalty minutes in 54 games for Rochester of the AHL last season. He won the Memorial Cup with the Vancouver Giants in 2007 and the 2007 world junior championships with Canada.

Esposito was once considered the best player in the world in his age bracket. He was a contender to be picked No. 1 overall but ended up at No. 20 with the Penguins in 2007. They traded him to Atlanta as part of the package for Marian Hossa during the next season.
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Flyers prospect achieves 'Trial on the Isle' first

Friday, 07.08.2011 / 7:05 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

STONE HARBOR, N.J. -- Kevin Marshall is no stranger to the New Jersey beach town of Stone Harbor, where the Flyers host a yearly event known as the "Trial on the Isle," as part of their week-long player development camp.
 
This is Marshall's fourth camp since the team selected him in the second round of the 2007 Entry Draft, and while he's progressed up the organizational ladder, there's one thing he hasn't done -- win the Trial on the Isle.
 
This year's mini-triathlon was held Friday on the town's streets and beaches, and consisted of a three-mile bike race, a 400-yard paddleboat race, and a 1 1/4-mile run, with each member of the three-man team competing in one event.
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Fehr excited about trade to hometown Jets

Friday, 07.08.2011 / 6:48 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

Eric Fehr was already home in Manitoba for the summer, rehabbing after offseason shoulder surgery and helping organize a charity golf tournament in his hometown of Winkler. That's where he got the call Friday and found out he'll be staying local for the 2011-12 NHL season.

The Winnipeg Jets acquired Fehr from the Washington Capitals in exchange for minor-league forward Danick Paquette and a fourth-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft.

"I'm definitely excited, and a little bit sad at same time," Fehr said during a conference call later Friday. "This is my first time being traded, so I have mixed emotions, but to be able to come back to Winnipeg and be able to play as close to my hometown as I am, it's going to be a great feeling."
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Blashill, Peters to join Red Wings' bench

Friday, 07.08.2011 / 12:18 PM / 2011 Offseason News

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The Detroit Red Wings are expected Friday to name Jeff Blashill and Bill Peters as assistant coaches to Mike Babcock.

Blashill was one of the top young coaches in college hockey, while Peters had great success at the Canadian junior level before three seasons at the AHL level.

Western Michigan announced Friday that Blashill resigned as the Broncos' head coach to become an assistant with the Red Wings. Blashill had only been the coach for one season in Kalamazoo, but he helped Western Michigan to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1996 and was named national coach of the year by two leading authorities on the sport -- Inside College Hockey and USCHO.com.
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Trade to Avalanche a perfect scenario for Varlamov

Thursday, 07.07.2011 / 3:47 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Semyon Varlamov donned a No. 1 Colorado Avalanche jersey Thursday inside the team locker room at the Pepsi Center, fitting because it's also symbolic of the goaltending role the club expects him to fill.

Acquired from the Washington Capitals on July 1, the 23-year-old Russian said he is relishing the challenge during his first appearance in Denver since the trade -- in what he said was his first full interview in English.

"Of course, every goalie wants to be No. 1," Varlamov said.

The Avalanche sent a first-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft, along with a second-round selection in 2012 or 2013, to the Capitals in exchange for Varlamov, who has signed a three-year, $8.5 million contract.
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Blue Jackets trade Blunden to Canadiens

Thursday, 07.07.2011 / 1:26 PM / 2011 Offseason News

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded forward Mike Blunden to the Montreal Canadiens for the rights to restricted free agent forward Ryan Russell.

Blunden, a 2005 second-round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, was scoreless with two shots in one NHL game last season. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound right wing had 21 points in 37 games with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.
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For GM, key move in plan to build long-term winner

Tuesday, 07.05.2011 / 7:05 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff outlined his plan Tuesday afternoon to build the Winnipeg Jets into a long-term winning franchise in its return to the NHL. The key factor: emphasize character and install a teaching philosophy.

The first major action step of that process was signing 25-year-old left wing Andrew Ladd to a new five-year contract on Tuesday, Cheveldayoff said while meeting the media at MTS Centre. What's more, Cheveldayoff confirmed that Ladd, a two-time Stanley Cup-winner who posted 29 goals last season, will captain the Jets this coming season.

"It's something that we said at the onset was of utmost importance to us and the organization," Cheveldayoff said. "Getting to the agreement was a great feeling, and getting on the phone with Andrew and congratulating him and welcoming him to the new contract was great."
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Bruins add Corvo from Carolina for 4th round pick

Tuesday, 07.05.2011 / 4:40 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Boston Bruins didn't wait long to fill the offensive void on their blue line left by Tomas Kaberle's departure for Carolina on Tuesday.

Not long after losing Kaberle, the Bruins acquired Joe Corvo from the Hurricanes in exchange for a 2012 fourth-round draft pick.

Corvo, 34, had 11 goals and 29 assists in 82 games with the Hurricanes last season. In eight seasons, he's had at least 10 goals four times, and has 79 goals and 179 assists in 568 NHL games with the Kings, Senators, Hurricanes and Capitals.
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Early returns favor Caps, Rangers among others

Tuesday, 07.05.2011 / 2:24 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

It's time to start dissecting.

With the Stanley Cup awarded, the Entry Draft completed, Free Agent Friday and the birthday celebrations of both Canada and the United States all behind us, enough has happened to form an early opinion on which NHL teams have set themselves up for success in 2011-12 and which teams still have some work to do.

Here are five teams that appear to be improved -- all pending results next winter and spring, of course -- and five others that are looking at unfinished business.
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No such thing as an 'off' season in the NHL

Tuesday, 07.05.2011 / 12:45 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

Most of the big-name free agents have been snatched off the market, the NHL Awards show has come and gone and the Entry Draft is over after a successful two days in Minnesota.

Hockey is done for the summer, right? Think again.

The NHL may be in its three-month hiatus between the Stanley Cup Final and training camp, but there's still business that needs attending.

For starters, the New Jersey Devils need to find a new head coach.
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