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Capitals sign center Beagle to three-year contract

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 5:08 PM / News

Forward Jay Beagle could have re-signed with the Washington Capitals a little sooner had he not been riding around the mountains of Alberta in a motor home.

When he finally received cell reception Monday after a day of missed calls from his agent, Beagle stopped in the nearest town outside of Calgary and signed a three-year, $5.25 million contract.

"I all of the sudden had about five messages on my phone when I hit cell reception, so I figured I better stop and make sure that I get this thing done," Beagle said.


Stars goaltender Niemi signs three-year contract

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 4:14 PM / News

Goaltender Antti Niemi signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars on Monday. Financial terms of the contract were not announced, but Sportsnet reported it has an average annual value of $4.5 million.

Niemi could have become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday.

Dallas acquired Niemi's negotiating rights from the San Jose Sharks on Saturday for a 2015 seventh-round pick.

"We explored every angle of it. We had our meetings back in May, and we went to the free agent list for our different options for goaltending," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "We knew we had to make some changes, and there's two ways we could have gone. One way was the free agent route, and the other way was to make a trade using either draft picks, prospects or players off the team.

"Antti was the No. 1 UFA that we had targeted, and we went over the course of the last 4-6 weeks, I've been talking to teams, seeing what the other options were going to be, and in the end, Antti always came up as the No. 1 choice."


Flyers trade Rinaldo to Bruins for 2017 draft pick

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 3:40 PM / News

The Philadelphia Flyers traded forward Zac Rinaldo to the Boston Bruins on Monday for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Rinaldo, 25, had one goal and five assists and led the Flyers with 109 penalty minutes in 58 games this season.

A sixth-round pick (No. 178) in the 2008 draft, Rinaldo has eight goals, 24 points and 572 penalty minutes in 223 NHL games.


Maple Leafs mourn death of Stanowski

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 3:39 PM / News

It is with great sadness the Toronto Maple Leafs learned on Monday of the passing of Wally Stanowski. He was 96 years old.

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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Blackhawks, Rundblad agree on two-year contract

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 2:50 PM / News

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.


Canadiens buy out Parenteau's contract

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 2:45 PM / News

The Montreal Canadiens bought out the contract of forward PA Parenteau, the club announced Monday.

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 He originally signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche before being traded to Montreal last offseason.

TSN reported Anaheim Ducks defenseman Mark Fistric has cleared waivers and will be bought out.


Kings terminate Mike Richards' contract

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 2:42 PM / News

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings have terminated the contract of forward Mike Richards, the club announced today.

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."


Top 2015 NHL Draft picks with fantasy value

Matt Sitkoff - Contributor

Rookies can make a major impact on fantasy teams and can lead to long-term success in dynasty and keeper leagues. Seven players from the 2014 NHL Draft class played in at least one regular-season game in 2014-15. That group was made up of defenseman Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers)  and forwards David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins), Sam Reinhart (Buffalo Sabres), Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers), Viktor Arvidsson (Nashville Predators), Samuel Bennett (Calgary Flames), and Kevin Fiala (Predators).

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.


Sabres place forward Hodgson on waivers: report

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 12:54 PM / News

Buffalo Sabres forward Cody Hodgson and Nashville Predators forward Viktor Stalberg were placed on waivers Monday for the purposes of having their contracts bought out, according to TSN.

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, he's still owed $19 million.


Lidstrom, Pronger among 2015 Hall candidates

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 12:18 PM / Hall of Fame

Defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Pronger are among the players who could be voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

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.

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