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Roussel, Stars agree to four-year contract

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 5:34 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Forward Antoine Roussel and the Dallas Stars agreed to a four-year contract Tuesday, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing just before it was scheduled to start. The team said the deal is worth $8 million, an average annual value of $2 million.

Roussel, 24, had 14 goals and 29 points in 81 games last season and was third in the NHL with 209 penalty minutes. He had three assists and 27 penalty minutes in six Stanley Cup Playoff games.


Booth signs one-year contract with Maple Leafs

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 4:05 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Forward David Booth signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports Booth will earn $1.1 million.

Booth, 29, received a compliance buyout from the Vancouver Canucks in June. He had nine goals and 19 points in 66 games last season and had one year at $4.75 million remaining on a six-year contract he signed prior to the 2009-10 season while with the Florida Panthers.


Canucks sign forwards Archibald, DeFazio

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 3:51 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

The Vancouver Canucks signed forwards Darren Archibald and Brandon DeFazio, the team announced Tuesday. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Archibald, 24, had one goal and three points in 16 games last season in his NHL debut. He had 10 goals and 22 points in 59 games for the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League.

DeFazio, 25, had 17 goals, 34 points and 106 penalty minutes in 76 games with the Comets.


Four new Oilers see great promise in Edmonton

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 3:31 PM / NHL Insider

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Four of the Edmonton Oilers' offseason acquisitions are getting familiar with their new playing environment.

Defensemen Keith Aulie and Mark Fayne, and forwards Benoit Pouliot and Teddy Purcell, are here this week doing some reconnaissance work.

While in town they plan on doing a little house hunting.

"We've been pretty busy. We're trying to get a feel for the city a little bit," Purcell said. "We've looked at some places, went over to the rink and got to meet some of the staff over there. We had dinner with the coaching staff [Monday] night too. It's been fun. It's been a hectic couple of days, but I think it's nice to get into the city and get a feel for it before coming in blind at training camp."


Dubas joins Maple Leafs as assistant GM

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 3:14 PM / News

John Kreiser - Managing Editor

Brendan Shanahan began putting his stamp on the Toronto Maple Leafs by hiring 28-year-old Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager Tuesday.

Dubas spent the past three seasons as general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League; he used analytics and other advanced metrics to develop systems and construct a roster that helped the Greyhounds go from last place to first place in the Western Division in three years. He did so despite being the league's youngest general manager and the second-youngest in OHL history.

That was enough to attract the interest of Shanahan, who was hired as Maple Leafs president in April.

"I don't really care about someone's age," Shanahan said during a news conference at Air Canada Centre. "He has a work ethic. I'm just looking for talented people, and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I realized that this was somebody that was an extreme talent."


Tide of Pacific stays tilted toward California teams

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 2:52 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

The new-look Pacific Division broke into two tiers for the 2013-14: The California teams were on one level and the other four clubs were far off the pace.

Depending on what happens with the curious case of the San Jose Sharks' rebuilding project, it looks like those tiers could be in place again in 2014-15. The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks will expect to contend for the Stanley Cup, and the Sharks might be in the group of potential champions if their summer makeover doesn't reach extreme status.

Anaheim and San Jose were one victory away from knocking Los Angeles out of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings return nearly everyone and will be seeking a third NHL title in four seasons.

The other four teams are trying to return to the playoffs. Given the way teams in the Central Division have loaded up, it might be difficult for the Pacific to squeeze a fourth back into the postseason.


Ducks re-sign defenseman Sami Vatanen

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 12:03 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

The Anaheim Ducks re-signed defenseman Sami Vatanen to a two-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

No financial terms were disclosed, but Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports the deal will pay Vatanen $1,250,000 in 2014-15 and $1,275,000 in 2015-16.

Vatanen, 23, had six goals, 21 points, 22 penalty minutes and was plus-9 in 48 games with the Ducks last season. He was tied for fifth in goals among NHL rookie defensemen and was sixth in plus/minus. Vatanen had one assist in five Stanley Cup Playoff games.


Gibbons says Blue Jackets were 'a good fit'

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 11:53 AM / News

Brian Gibbons must have left quite an impression on the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The speedy forward scored a pair of first-period goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against Columbus. When Gibbons became a free agent on July 1, the Blue Jackets wasted little time in signing him.

Gibbons, 26, made his NHL debut with the Penguins last season, finishing with five goals, 17 points and a plus-5 rating in 41 games, during which he averaged 11:56 of ice time. He also had two goals and an assist in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games.


Blues' Gunnarsson on track to return after hip surgery

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 11:06 AM / News

Carl Gunnarsson
Defense - STL
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 14 | PTS: 17
SOG: 48 | +/-: 12
Carl Gunnarsson, the St. Louis Blues' newest defenseman, is dealing with the aftermath of offseason hip surgery but said he plans to be back on the ice next month.

"I'm on schedule," he told Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this week during an interview from Sweden. "I'm just going to be patient with skating and wait a couple of extra weeks. We'll have the best setup for me over there, with the trainer and the strength coach there to assist me."

Gunnarsson was acquired by the Blues from the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 28, the second day of the NHL Draft, in a trade for defenseman Roman Polak. It came about two months after Gunnarsson had surgery on his left hip to repair a labrum tear and help fix a condition he's had since birth.


NBC Sports Group announces 2014-15 schedule

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 10:54 AM / Schedule

The Los Angeles Kings will have a national audience watching them raise their Stanley Cup banner when they open the 2014-15 season on NBCSN against the San Jose Sharks.

The Kings-Sharks game is the second half of an opening-night doubleheader that includes the first "Wednesday Night Rivalry" game of the season, when the Philadelphia Flyers visit the Boston Bruins.

Those are two of the 103 regular-season games NBC and NBCSN will televise this season. All games will stream live on NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBCSN will have games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, with a Sunday night game coming in January. "Wednesday Night Rivalry" returns to feature some of the biggest rivalries in the history of the game, and on 10 of the 24 WNR nights NBCSN will feature a second game between Western Conference teams.

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Quote of the Day

I didn't even know how to celebrate. I threw my hands up, they gave me a hug, so I guess that's all I needed.

— Sabres forward Tim Schaller on scoring his first NHL goal Sunday against the Bruins