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Eller, Canadiens agree to terms on four-year contract

Thursday, 07.24.2014 / 5:45 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Forward Lars Eller and the Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms on a four-year contract, the team announced Thursday. No financial details were released, but Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette reported the total value to be $14 million, an average annual value of $3.5 million.

"I'm very happy to be a Canadien for the next four years. This is the place I want to be," Eller said. "Four years was a term that both sides have been working on for quite some time."


Bruins' Eriksson could fill Iginla's top-line role

Thursday, 07.24.2014 / 4:53 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Jarome Iginla's departure means there is an opportunity for Loui Eriksson to move into a more prominent role with the Boston Bruins. At least that's the way Bruins coach Claude Julien sees it now as he contemplates what his lineup could look like Oct. 8, when Boston opens the 2014-15 regular season against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Julien, who spoke on a conference call Thursday to announce the hiring of Joe Sacco as an assistant coach, said Eriksson will be given the opportunity to take Iginla's minutes and, ideally, account for the production Iginla gave Boston last season.

Iginla had 30 goals and 31 assists but signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche on July 1. Eriksson had 10 goals and 27 assists in 61 games last season but was sidetracked by concussions.


Bruins on outside as Atlantic teams make changes

Thursday, 07.24.2014 / 3:11 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Salary-cap constraints have forced Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli to watch from the sidelines as the rest of the GMs in the Atlantic Division have made efforts to improve their rosters in an attempt to catch the Bruins.

Steve Yzerman (Tampa Bay Lightning), Dave Nonis (Toronto Maple Leafs), Dale Tallon (Florida Panthers) and Tim Murray (Buffalo Sabres) have been among the busiest managers in the League since the market opened at noon ET on July 1, combining to sign or acquire via trade 18 players.

Marc Bergevin (Montreal Canadiens) and Bryan Murray (Ottawa Senators) most notably have been involved in some significant trades involving veteran players. Meanwhile, Ken Holland has struggled to find players willing to take the Detroit Red Wings' money.


Canucks sign first-round pick Jared McCann

Thursday, 07.24.2014 / 2:35 PM / News

The Vancouver Canucks signed center Jared McCann, the second of their first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft, the team announced Thursday.

McCann, 18, finished second on Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League in goals (27) and points (62) in 64 games last season. He was an OHL All-Rookie Second Team selection in 2012-13 after scoring 21 goals and finishing with 44 points in 64 games for the Greyhounds.


Bruins re-sign defenseman David Warsofsky

Thursday, 07.24.2014 / 12:26 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

The Boston Bruins on Thursday re-signed defenseman David Warsofsky to a one-year, two-way contract the team said is worth $600,000 at the NHL level.

Warsofsky, 24, appeared in six games for Boston during the 2013-14 season, scoring his first NHL goal against the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 28. He had one goal, two points and a plus-1 rating in the NHL.


Poulin, Islanders agree to one-year contract

Thursday, 07.24.2014 / 11:35 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Goaltender Kevin Poulin and the New York Islanders have agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Thursday. The signing avoids a salary arbitration hearing.

Financial terms were not released, but Tim Wharnsby of the CBC reported the contract will pay Poulin $650,000 in the NHL and $175,000 in the minors.


Babcock looks to learn more via advanced stats

Thursday, 07.24.2014 / 10:46 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is of the belief that the more information he can gather the better he will be at evaluating and running his team. That's why Babcock is interested in the growing movement of advanced statistical analysis in the NHL.

"Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind," Babcock told "You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'"

Babcock said the Red Wings have not hired someone to serve as an analytics guru, but he said such a move is coming.


Predators' Fiala part of upward trend in Swiss talent

Thursday, 07.24.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - Correspondent

Nashville Predators chief amateur scout Jeff Kealty remembers when he began to observe a change in the level of quality in Switzerland's national teams, particularly at the amateur level.

It was August 2007 and Kealty was at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, one of the top under-18 tournaments in the world. He noticed the way Swiss defenseman Roman Josi competed against Canada forward Steven Stamkos, who already was the consensus top pick in the coming NHL Draft. Kealty saw that Josi, who the Predators ended up selecting in the second round (No. 38) in 2008, was not at all intimidated playing against Stamkos.

Last season, Josi logged 26:25 in time on ice per game, ranking him fifth in the NHL, and he has grown into one of Nashville's foundational players. Overall, nine players from Switzerland spent time in the League in 2013-14. Nashville was the only franchise that had two Swiss players it signed and developed. The other is center Simon Moser, who played for Switzerland's Olympic team. The Predators signed Moser, now 25, to a free-agent contract last summer.

The Predators went back to the Swiss with the 11th pick in the 2014 draft and took center Kevin Fiala.


Wild's Dumba hoping to stay in one place this season

Thursday, 07.24.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Myers - Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba got his first real taste of the NHL last season. It was one stop on a whirlwind tour that entrenched Dumba as one of the League's top defense prospects.

This season he hopes to turn that experience into a full-time role with the Wild.

"I was all over the map," Dumba said. "But it was fun every step of the way. I was learning something new every day when I was up here with Minnesota."


Jets agree to terms with defenseman Ben Chiarot

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 11:04 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Defenseman Ben Chiarot and the Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000, the team announced Wednesday.

Chiarot, 23, had six goals and 14 points in 65 games last season with the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League, then scored two goals and finished with five points in 21 postseason games to help Winnipeg's top farm team reach the Calder Cup Finals.

"I felt like those high-intensity playoff games might be pretty close to what the NHL intensity is like on a day-to-day basis," Chiarot told the Winnipeg Sun. "If I can keep that intensity and fold it into next season, I think that will be really beneficial to my game."

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