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Canadiens, Mitchell agree to terms on contract

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 7:03 PM / News

MONTREALMontreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with forward Torrey Mitchell (2015/16 to 2017/18).

"We are very pleased to have come to terms on a multi-year agreement with Torrey Mitchell. Torrey is a versatile player who has a great deal of speed and experience. He was an excellent addition to our group of forwards last season, and offered a solid performance during the playoffs" said general manager Marc Bergevin.

Mitchell, 30, recorded 14 points (6 goals and 8 assists) in 65 regular season games with the Buffalo Sabres and the Canadiens in 2014-15, averaging 14:11 minutes of ice time per game. He scored two game-winners and was assessed 34 penalty minutes. He also played in the Canadiens' 12 playoff games, recording five points (1 goal, 4 assists).

To read more from the Canadiens website, CLICK HERE.

President Obama tweets support for Blackhawks

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 6:58 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

President Barack Obama used his Twitter account to show support for his hometown Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

Obama took to @BarackObama about an hour before Game 6 on Monday to tweet, "Let's. Go. Hawks," accompanied by a picture of First Lady Michelle Obama prior to the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Blackhawks and Washington Capitals.

PHOTO: Stanley Cup goes through airport security

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 5:20 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

The Stanley Cup made it through airport security this morning on its way to Chicago and United Center, where the Chicago Blackhawks can win it against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Final (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Blackhawks are trying to win the Cup at home for the first time since 1938, against the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Stars sign defenseman Jokipakka to two-year contract

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 2:49 PM / News

The Dallas Stars have signed Jyrki Jokipakka to a two-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jokipakka, 23, made his NHL debut in the 2014-15 season, posting 10 points in 51 games with Dallas. The defenseman opened the 2014-15 campaign with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League, registering five points in 19 AHL contests. Jokipakka also represented Finland at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic, where he tallied two points and a plus-2 rating in eight games on the international stage.

To read more from the Stars website, CLICK HERE.

Red Wings have depth to explore trades: report

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 2:49 PM / News

The Detroit Red Wings are in a good position to explore trades because of the depth within the organization, general manager Ken Holland said in a story published by on Monday.

In addition to young talent, the Red Wings have five picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

"We're probably in a better position to explore trades than we were at any point in time because of the depth of our organization," Holland said. "But I don't want anyone to think, 'They're making trades,' because the trades have got to make sense."

Stars name Jeff Reese goaltending coach

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 2:40 PM / News

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today the appointment of Jeff Reese as Goaltending Coach. Previous Goaltending Coach Mike Valley will remain with the organization, transitioning to Director of Goaltending Development. The announcement rounds out Head Coach Lindy Ruff's coaching staff for the 2015-16 regular season along with Assistant Coaches Curt Fraser and James Patrick and Video Coach Kelly Forbes.

Reese, 49, spent the last six seasons as the goaltending coach for the Philadelphia Flyers before departing in March. In that time, his goaltenders combined to post a 228-161-52 record with a 2.63 goals against average, a .910 save percentage and 20 shutouts. In his time with Philadelphia, he was pivotal in the development of Steve Mason and Sergei Bobrovsky.

To read more from the Stars website, CLICK HERE.

Three keys for Lightning, Blackhawks to win Game 6

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 2:06 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- The Stanley Cup might be in the building at some point Monday night. It also might not be.

It's not a foregone conclusion that the Cup will enter United Center at any point during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). The score dictates its potential arrival.

The Lightning want to do everything they can to keep it out. The Blackhawks want to raise it up.

Here are three keys for each team in order to accomplish what they want to make happen:

Lightning's Kucherov skates, probable for Game 6

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 1:40 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

CHICAGO -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov took the morning skate Monday and is probable for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports), coach Jon Cooper said.

"Go in football terms; how do they go?" Cooper said when asked about Kucherov's status. "Probable. I'll go probable."

Kucherov handled the puck and took shots during the practice.

"I'm going to take warm-up and then it's up to coach if I play or not," Kucherov said after the skate.

Capitals sign goalie Grubauer to two-year contract

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 12:47 PM / News

The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a two-year, one-way contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced Monday. Grubauer will earn $650,000 during the 2015-16 season and $850,000 in 2016-17.

OHL draft snub Cirelli emerges as Memorial Cup hero

Monday, 06.15.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Oshawa Generals forward Anthony Cirelli couldn't believe where he was or what he had done.

There he was, inches in front of Kelowna Rockets goaltender Jackson Whistle in overtime of the championship game of the Memorial Cup. Then a loose puck popped onto his stick with an empty net to shoot it into.

"It was kind of a blur," Cirelli said. "I remember it going in. Then we were hoisting the cup."

Cirelli scored both goals in a 2-1 win that clinched Oshawa its first Memorial Cup title since 1990.

Oshawa's lineup for the championship game featured seven players who had been drafted by NHL teams, two in the first round, and another who could go late in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

But it was Cirelli, passed over twice in the Ontario Hockey League draft, who made it to the Generals after surviving two training camps, that had the biggest moment of the season.

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