Before he became an NHLer, Stanowski enjoyed a decorated junior career with the St. Boniface Seals. In 1938, he was part of a Memorial Cup winning club. During the tournament he scored six goals and 10 points in 11 games from the back end. That came at the tail end of a productive season, where he had 21 points in 15 games and another 11 points in 10 playoff games.
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The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have agreed to terms with defenseman David Rundblad on a two-year extension, which runs through the end of the 2016-17 National Hockey League season.
Rundblad, 24, tallied 14 points (3G, 11A) in 49 games with the Blackhawks last season. His career-best plus-17 rating ranked third on the team. He also competed in five postseason games on the way to his first Stanley Cup championship.
Parenteau, 32, had eight goals and 22 points in 56 games for the Canadiens this season. He had one season left on his contract and would have cost $4 million against the salary cap, according to war-on-ice.com. He originally signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche before being traded to Montreal last offseason.
The club has issued the following statement and will not comment any further at this time:
"The Los Angeles Kings today have exercised the team's right to terminate the contract of Mike Richards for a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract. We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for the contract termination at this time."
Ekblad won the Calder Trophy and his 39 points were two shy of the NHL record for a defenseman to start the season as an 18-year-old, set by Bobby Orr in 1966-67 (13-28-41). Ekblad was joined by forwards Johnny Gaudreau (2011 fourth-round pick) and Mark Stone (2010 sixth-round pick) as finalists for the Calder, showing rookie production doesn't just come from freshly drafted players. But with two generational talents at the top of its class, some members of the 2015 draft class should play a big role in fantasy sooner rather than later.
Teams wishing to buy out players first have to place them on waivers; if they go unclaimed after 24 hours their contracts then can be bought out.
Hodgson, 25, had career-worst totals of six goals and 13 points in 78 games in 2014-15. He has four years remaining on a six-year contract he signed in 2013. According to war-on-ice.com, he's still owed $19 million.
The Hall of Fame will announce its Class of 2015 entrants at 4 p.m. ET.
Lidstrom, in his first year on the ballot, is a near-certainty for election into the Hall. He spent his entire 20-season career with the Detroit Red Wings and helped them win the Stanley Cup four times; in 2008 he became the first European-born and -trained player to captain a team to the Cup.
Lidstrom also won the Norris Trophy seven times, one fewer than Bobby Orr's eight. He was a First-Team All-Star 10 times and played in the NHL All-Star Game 11 times.
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Chris Wideman on a one-year, two-way contract. The contract will carry an annual value of $600,000 in the National Hockey League and of $400,000 in the American Hockey League.
Wideman, 25, spent the season with Ottawa's American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, setting career highs in games (75), goals (19), points (61) and penalty minutes (116). His 61 points were most among all AHL defenseman and he was Binghamton’s lone representative at the 2014-15 All-Star Classic.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Ian Cole to a three-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The deal runs through the 2017-18 season and carries an average annual value of $2.1 million.
Cole, 26, played in 20 regular-season games and five playoff contests for Pittsburgh in 2014-15 after being acquired from St. Louis in exchange for Robert Bortuzzo and a 2016 seventh-round pick on March 2. He posted career-high totals in points (17), goals (5), assists (12) and penalty minutes (51) while appearing in 74 regular-season games.
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Andrej Nestrasil on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Nestrasil $875,000 in 2015-16 and $950,000 in 2016-17.
"Andrej is a big body and a good fit for our team and what we're trying to do," said Francis. "He battled an injury last season, but proved he could produce offensively on the NHL level."
Well, for me this one's concerning, the way we performed. Because three games in, playing a desperate team on the road, I was expecting something else than this. Right now, I'm just disappointed. The other games, I thought we did some things that you can build off your game. There wasn't a lot accomplished in tonight's game.
— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards after a 4-2 loss to the Sabres on Monday dropped Columbus to 0-3-0
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