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O'Reilly signs two-year contract with Avalanche

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 5:49 PM / News

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Center Ryan O'Reilly signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Darren Dreger of TSN reports the contract is for $12 million, with O'Reilly being paid $5.8 million in 2014-15 and $6.2 million in 2015-16.

"I'm very happy with the deal, can't wait to get back to Colorado and get ready for the season," O'Reilly told Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.

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Major changes for Penguins, Capitals shake Metro

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 5:09 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The NHL's two biggest superstars play in the Metropolitan Division, and each has witnessed change all around them this offseason.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has a new coach, a new general manager and six new teammates so far. That's not even mentioning the eight players who left Pittsburgh via a trade or through free agency.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin also has a new coach, a new general manager and four new teammates so far, including three of Crosby's former teammates and two defensemen he used to battle against.

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Center upgrades add punch to loaded Central Division

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 5:01 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Central Division has been the center of attention in the NHL this offseason.

Nearly every team in the division has upgraded at the center position, and the two that didn't, the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild, will likely be moving one of the top young players in the League to the middle on a more permanent basis.

The result of a flurry of trades and signings has the Central looking like the toughest division in the NHL for the 2014-15 season. Though the Chicago Blackhawks still look like the leader of the group, they finished third in the division standings last season and might only have the fourth- or even fifth-best collection of centers despite the presence of all-world pivot Jonathan Toews.

Five teams made the postseason in 2013-14 and the Nashville Predators missed by three points. Any of those six teams will be confident they can be a playoff team in the coming season, and 95 points might not be out of the question for any of them.

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Bozon on comeback trail after life-threatening illness

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 4:37 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

With 20 goals in his previous 22 games, Kootenay Ice forward Tim Bozon was playing so well that nobody paid much attention when his nose suddenly started bleeding during warm-ups for his Western Hockey League game against the Saskatoon Blades on Feb. 28.

The Montreal Canadiens' third-round pick (No. 64) in the 2012 NHL Draft scored late in the first period to spark Kootenay's comeback from a two-goal deficit for a 4-2 win.

The next morning Bozon was rushed to a hospital and placed in a medically induced coma.

Five months removed from a bout with a severe form of meningitis, Bozon is returning to the ice with an eye on Canadiens training camp in September.

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Rissanen agrees to terms with Hurricanes

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 4:27 PM / News

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The Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday agreed to terms with defenseman Rasmus Rissanen on a one-year, two-way contract the team said will pay him $575,000 at the NHL level or $90,000 at the American Hockey League level in 2014-15.

Rissanen, 23, had three goals, a career-high 10 points and 91 penalty minutes in 62 games with the Charlotte Checkers in 2013-14, his third professional season. He has six goals, 25 points and 232 penalty minutes in 188 AHL games, all with Charlotte, since turning pro in 2011.

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Sabres sign defenseman Andre Benoit

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 3:44 PM / News

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The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Benoit, 30, is a left-shooting defenseman who had seven goals, 28 points and 26 penalty minutes in 79 regular-season games for the Colorado Avalanche in 2013-14. He had one point and six penalty minutes in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Penguins hire Jacques Martin as senior adviser

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 12:48 PM / News

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Jacques Martin was named senior adviser of hockey operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team announced Wednesday.

Martin, 61, was an assistant last season on Dan Bylsma's coaching staff.

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Kreider, Rangers agree to two-year contract

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 10:50 AM / News

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Forward Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers avoided a salary arbitration hearing by agreeing Wednesday to a two-year contract reportedly worth $2.35 million for the 2014-15 season and $2.6 million in 2015-16.

Kreider had an arbitration hearing scheduled for later Wednesday.

The 23-year-old had career highs of 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games last season, and five goals and 13 points in 15 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Paek to coach South Korea national team

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 9:33 AM / News

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Former NHL defenseman Jim Paek on Wednesday was named coach of the South Korea men's national team in its quest to play in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

Paek, 47, was born in Seoul, South Korea, and became the first Korean player to make the NHL and win the Stanley Cup.

"The idea of coaching the national team in the Olympics is one of my dreams. I've always wanted to help develop Korean hockey," Paek said via the International Ice Hockey Federation website. "I've returned to Korea many times to run hockey schools and coached Korean teams travelling to Canada. What a great opportunity I have now."

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Over the Boards: Playoffs taught Avalanche lessons

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov still sighs and struggles to speak about the pain he felt the night of April 30, the agony he and his teammates took into the offseason after their heartbreaking exit from the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"It was a nightmare for all of us, especially for me," Varlamov said.

Leading by a goal against the Minnesota Wild with less than three minutes left in regulation of Game 7 in the Western Conference First Round series, it was right there for the taking for the Avalanche. They had played at a surprisingly high level all season and needed to keep it up for a few more minutes to advance in the playoffs for the first time in six years and face the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

It didn't happen, and maybe -- as coach Patrick Roy has rationalized over and over, in public and one can only assume in private as well -- it didn't happen for a reason.

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