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Hurricanes prospect Hanifin mature beyond his years

Wednesday, 07.15.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent

RALEIGH -- Noah Hanifin sat at his locker stall, still catching his breath from a rigorous on-ice workout at Carolina Hurricanes development camp.

When asked what left an impression on him during the busy week, he sounded like a young man who made the most of his freshman year at Boston College.

"We had a really good seminar on leadership this morning, which I got a lot out of," Hanifin said, noting that a local college professor conducted the class. "It was about how important leadership and character is, especially in the sport of hockey. She showed us some movie clips and examples of that, which is pretty cool. I got to write down some notes."

By the end of the July 6-11 camp, Carolina's first pick (No. 5) at the 2015 NHL Draft had signed a three-year, entry-level contract to begin his professional career.

When Hanifin steps on the ice for Carolina's training camp in September, he will be 18 years old. Conventional wisdom suggests that defensemen have a steeper learning curve than forwards, but making the jump from the amateur ranks to the NHL is not impossible for teenage defensemen.

Lightning goalie Wilcox ready for life after college

Wednesday, 07.15.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Corey Long - Correspondent

BRANDON, Fla. -- After three years with the University of Minnesota, it appears Tampa Bay Lightning goalie prospect Adam Wilcox will take the next step.

With his fifth development camp under his belt, Wilcox will stay within the professional ranks and likely split time with Kristers Gudlevskis for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League this season.

Wilcox got a quick initiation to pro life shortly after leading Minnesota to the Big Ten Tournament championship. A sixth-round pick (No. 178) of the Lightning at the 2011 NHL Draft, he signed a two-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay in April and headed to Syracuse, where he played in two regular-season games (3.18 goals-against-average, .875 save percentage) and one Calder Cup Playoff game (1.86 GAA, .933 save percentage).

Senators prospect thrives after move from Sweden

Wednesday, 07.15.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Tobias Lindberg had to make some adjustments after he left Sweden to play for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League last season.

"I was a rookie, but I was still 19 years old. It was a bit of a learning situation there. Should I pack the bus; should I not pack the bus?" Lindberg said of the junior hockey tradition of having rookies move the equipment bags on and off the bus.

So did he?

"A couple of times in the beginning to show I was a good teammate," the Ottawa Senators forward prospect said, "but in the end they said, 'No, you don't have to do that. We have 16-year-olds to do that.'"

Then there was the language barrier.

Stars, Sabres, Blue Jackets pursuing Oduya: report

Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 11:27 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

The Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets are among the teams attempting to sign unrestricted free agent defenseman Johnny Oduya, the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday.

Oduya, 33, played the past three-plus seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, winning the Stanley Cup twice. He had two goals, eight assists and a plus-5 rating in 76 regular-season games last season as part of Chicago's top-four defense group.

Taylor Pyatt retires after 15-year career: report

Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 4:59 PM / News

Forward Taylor Pyatt, who played 13 seasons in the NHL, announced his retirement Monday.

Pyatt, 33, last played in the NHL in 2013-14. In 55 games with the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins, he had four goals.

Last season, Pyatt played for Geneve-Servette HC of the National League A in Switzerland and had 14 goals and 25 points in 38 games. He had four goals in eight playoff games.

"I had a few more injuries this year, a few more concussions," Pyatt told the Thunder Bay News Watch on Monday. "It's just time for me to sort of step away. I'm proud of what I accomplished in my career, but now's the time to take a little time away from the game and we'll see."

Devils sign defenseman Gelinas to two-year contract

Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 3:28 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

The New Jersey Devils signed defenseman Eric Gelinas to a two-year, $3.15 million contract Tuesday, avoiding arbitration.

"It's a nice little bridge deal," Gelinas told "I'm really happy to have agreed before arbitration also. I'm really happy with the deal."

Canadiens agree to terms with forward Bournival

Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 3:03 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

MONTREALMontreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday that forward Michael Bournival has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract (2015-16).

Bournival, 23, played 29 games with the Canadiens in 2014-15, recording five points (3 goals, 2 assists). He posted a differential of +3 and served 4 penalty minutes. He registered one game-winning goal, 27 shots on goal and totaled 26 hits. The 5'11'' and 196 lbs forward also took part in 12 games with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, recording nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) and a differential of +4.

Colorado Avalanche's third-round selection (71st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Shawinigan, Québec native was acquired by the Canadiens on November 11, 2010, in return for defenseman Ryan O'Byrne.

Rangers agree to terms with forwards Etem, Lindberg

Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 2:05 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

The New York Rangers agreed to terms with forwards Emerson Etem and Oscar Lindberg on Tuesday.

Newsday reported Etem's contract is for one year at $850,000, and Lindberg received a two-year, $1.3 million contract.

Matt Cullen wants to play 18th season: report

Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 1:08 PM / News

Center Matt Cullen remains an unrestricted free agent but is preparing to play what would be his 18th season in the NHL, The Tennessean reported Tuesday.

Cullen, who turns 39 in November, played 62 regular-season games for the Nashville Predators last season and had seven goals and 18 assists. He had one goal and one assist in six Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"I'm excited about the idea of playing again," Cullen said. "I'm leaning a lot more that way. Now that doesn't necessarily mean that I'll be somewhere, because I am 38 and teams see that number and it's a big number, so I understand that side of it. … Bottom line is that I just still really love to play the game, and the fact that I'm excited about another season is a good thing."

Oilers name Ian Herbers assistant coach

Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 12:53 PM / News

Edmonton Oilers president of hockey operations and general manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, the club has hired Ian Herbers as an assistant coach.

Herbers, 47, has spent the past three seasons as Head Coach of the University of Alberta's (U of A) Golden Bears. In 2014-15, he led the men's hockey team to their second straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Championship.

The Jasper, Alberta native has enjoyed success at the U of A the past three seasons, posting a record of 72-12-0 against conference opponents, 12-1-0 record in conference playoffs, 7-1-0 record in CIS University Cup games, 28-5-0 record in non-conference play and an overall record of 119-19-0.

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