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3-on-3 great for fans, hard for goalies, Schneider says

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 8:20 PM / News

New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider thinks he would rather watch the NHL's new overtime format than play in it.

Schneider took part in the Competition Committee talks that led to the approval of 3-on-3 overtime for this season.

"It's going to be interesting for the goalies," Schneider told in remarks published Thursday. "I was a passenger during that discussion. I suggested a side category where a goalie's 3-on-3 stats could be hidden away and not put into your main stats, because it's going to be tough.

"There's so much talent in the NHL and sometimes 5-on-5 opens up, but 3-on-3 is going to open up and fans are really going to love it. It's going to be up and down the ice. It's going to be hard for us goalies, so we're going to have to be really sharp and ready to go."

Flyers sign Del Zotto to multiyear contract

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 7:12 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Michael Del Zotto signed a multiyear contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

Terms were not disclosed by the Flyers, but reported it's a two-year, $7.75 million contract.

"I loved Philadelphia, didn't want to be stuck on a one-year deal and run the risk of being [an unrestricted free agent] next year," Del Zotto told CSN Philly's Tim Panaccio.

The 25-year-old defenseman, who became a restricted free agent July 1, was scheduled for salary arbitration July 21 after he rejected the Flyers' qualifying offer.

"It was getting closer and closer, obviously with the date being set for Tuesday morning," Del Zotto said. "Talks all along were going well, and we weren't far off. It was just a matter of getting a number that was fair for both sides."

Oshie sends upset young fan Capitals jersey

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 5:52 PM / News

Looks like T.J. Oshie has convinced one young fan to root for the Washington Capitals.

When Oshie was traded by the St. Louis Blues on July 2, 5-year old Libby Lu was not happy. A video of her crying, saying "T.J. Oshie left the team!" went viral, with more than 300,000 views on YouTube. (WATCH) Libby told her mother she couldn't root for Oshie anymore because he was on another team.

Oshie on Wednesday sent Libby a signed No. 77 Capitals jersey along with a Slapshot figurine, mini sticks and a helmet, the Washington Post said.

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.

Pitlick agrees to one-year contract with Oilers

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 5:39 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, the club has agreed to terms with winger Tyler Pitlick on a one-year contract.

Pitlick, 23, split the 2014-15 season with the Edmonton Oilers and the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons. He appeared in 17 games with the Oilers, recording two goals and four penalty minutes. Pitlick also registered nine points (3G, 6A) and eight penalty minutes in 14 games with Oklahoma City.

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Capitals sign forward Sill to one-year contract

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 2:38 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed center Zach Sill to a one-year, two-way contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Sill, 27, registered four points (one goal, three assists) and 84 penalty minutes in 63 games with Pittsburgh and Toronto last season. The 6'0", 202-pound center earned his first NHL point with an assist on Jan. 13 against Minnesota and scored his first NHL goal on Jan. 21 against Chicago. Sill made his NHL debut on Nov. 16, 2013, at New Jersey. He has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) and 96 penalty minutes in 83 career NHL games.

Penguins' Maatta expects to be ready for camp

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 12:01 PM / News

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

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.

Dylan Strome wants in early, but Coyotes won't rush

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Jerry Brown - Correspondent

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Dylan Strome took the ice at Arizona Coyotes development camp last week with the fanfare that would be expected for the third pick of the 2015 NHL Draft.

But the buzz was muted by the expectation that Strome is a long-term investment, unlike Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, the top two picks of the draft.

Coyotes general manager Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett expect Strome to strengthen his skating and continue to build on his 6-foot-3 frame.

Union College standout Carr impressing Canadiens

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

At the Montreal Canadiens' annual charity golf tournament prior to training camp last season, a member of the management team was asked to assess their offseason.

The Canadiens had acquired forward PA Parenteau and a draft pick from the Colorado Avalanche for little-used veteran Daniel Briere, a trade that was widely acclaimed as a win for Montreal. On the free agent market, the Canadiens signed veteran center Manny Malhotra to pivot the fourth line and defenseman Tom Gilbert to fill out their top four on the blue line, and they won what was a bit of a derby to sign young forward Jiri Sekac out of the Kontinental Hockey League.

But none of those names topped the list for this member of the Canadiens front office. Instead, it was a widely ignored college free agent signing.

"The guy we're really excited about," the executive said that day, "is Daniel Carr."

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I think when you build a team, you look at pairs, and I think the pair of [Voracek and Giroux] is very good, certainly one of the top pairs in the League.

— Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek after giving Voracek a multiyear extension Thursday