BROSSARD, Quebec -- A little over a year ago Zachary Fucale was living a dream.
Coming off a Memorial Cup championship with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Fucale was the first goaltender selected at the 2013 NHL Draft. And the team doing the selecting was his hometown Montreal Canadiens.
Life could not have been much better.
What has transpired since the draft, however, could be described as a nightmare.
And Fucale is ready to wake up.
COLUMBUS -- Being "that guy" can be a blessing or a curse depending on the circumstances.
With almost 50,000 views, the video earned Milano an online following, which expanded when he recorded a new set of videos for NHL.com at the NHL Scouting Combine in May.
Forward Daniel Cleary signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Detroit Free Press reports it is for $1.5 million with $1 million possible in bonuses.
Cleary, 35, has spent the past nine seasons with the Red Wings and established career highs with Detroit in 2010-11 when he scored 26 goals and 46 points. He won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2008, becoming the first player from Newfoundland and Labrador to hoist hockey's top prize.
"I"m happy for the opportunity to come back and play," Cleary told the newspaper. "I'm putting in a lot of effort to get ready and have a bounce-back year."
It's one he lost -- Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round to the Los Angeles Kings -- that is sticking with him, in a good way.
He discussed that and his offseason in a Q&A with the Ducks website published Thursday.
"I think we'll all use it for motivation for next year," Gibson said. "I don't think we have to worry about in a negative way, but I think we'll use it as a positive."
"The opportunity to work with him was really thrilling for me," Agnew told the Penguins website. "I've seen what he's done with his teams and areas he's coached in, and it's been fun to watch. He's done such a great job with the teams that he's worked with, so it's fun to have the opportunity to work with him and Rick [Tocchet] both."
Acquired by the Anaheim Ducks on June 27 in a trade for forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa and two draft picks, Kesler looked right at home throwing out the first pitch at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game at Angel Stadium on Wednesday. After meeting several Angels players, including star outfielder Mike Trout, Kesler could barely contain his smile when he conducted his first interview wearing a Ducks jersey.
"It's a little different but it feels amazing. A new chapter in my life and I'm excited," Kesler told Fox Sports. "It's been amazing. Better than I expected. The weather is great, the place is just amazing. I can't say enough good things about it. I'm glad to get the season going."
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It was pretty unbelievable...I think (my family in France) is pretty much in front of the TV right now. I don't think I have to wake them up.