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Blue Jackets re-sign defenseman St-Denis

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 11:26 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed defenseman Frédéric St-Denis to a one-year, two-way contract, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced Tuesday.

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Kings sign defenseman Schultz to two-year contract

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 8:50 PM / News

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The Los Angeles Kings signed defenseman Jeff Schultz to a two-year contract, the team announced Monday.

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Panthers use buyout on Jovanovski

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 8:40 PM / News

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The Florida Panthers has used a compliance buyout on defenseman Ed Jovanovski, the team announced Monday.

Jovanovski was scheduled to make $4 million this season with an NHL salary-cap charge of $4.125 million, according to CapGeek.com.

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Devils re-sign Larsson to one-year contract: report

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 8:30 PM / News

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New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson has agreed to a one-year contract with the team, Tom Gulitti of The (Bergen) Record reported Monday night.

It's a one-way deal worth $900,000, according to Gulitti.

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Blue Jackets' Johansen gets qualifying offer

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 6:33 PM / News

One of the top items on the to-do list for Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is getting leading scorer Ryan Johansen to sign a new contract.

Johansen, who led the Blue Jackets with 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games in 2013-14, will become a restricted free agent if not signed by noon ET on Tuesday, the start of free agency.

The Blue Jackets announced Monday they have taken the first step toward retaining Johansen's rights by extending him a qualifying offer. Doing so allows Columbus to match any offer Johansen accepts from another team.

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Neal joins Predators with high expectations

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 6:30 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

Playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins alongside two former Hart Trophy winners in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, left wing James Neal was not looked upon to be a leader or to carry the load offensively.

The Nashville Predators, who acquired Neal on Friday at the NHL Draft in exchange for forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling, will count upon Neal for each of those qualities.

He said he is embracing the challenge.

James Neal
Right Wing - NSH
GOALS: 27 | ASST: 34 | PTS: 61
SOG: 238 | +/-: 15
"To have an opportunity to be a leader and to be the guy is something I've always wanted to be and tried to be as a young player coming into the League," Neal said during a conference call Monday. "I feel like I'm at that stage of my game where I'm willing to take care of that responsibility and drive with it. I'm excited for the challenge. It's going to be fun. When you play this game and you want to be the best, high expectations come with that and you want those expectations."
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Avalanche trade Parenteau to Canadiens for Briere

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 5:47 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

The Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche traded players Monday who might each benefit from a change in scenery.

The Avalanche traded forward PA Parenteau and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Daniel Briere.

The trade has no effect on the salary cap of either team for the 2014-15 season, with Briere and Parenteau each scheduled to make $4 million. The difference is Parenteau has an extra year on his contract with Briere entering the final season of his.

Briere waived his no-move clause in order for the trade to be completed.

"An up and coming team, the chance to play for Patrick Roy, those are all very enticing," he said. "Feeling wanted, when the team wants you and they need you, those are all things I'm looking forward to. Having a no-trade clause doesn't mean you're not going to be traded in my mind, it just means you maybe have a chance to pick or choose a little bit more your destination. When they told me it was Colorado I was right away very excited."

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Roster changes, draft have Sabres focused on future

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 4:29 PM / NHL Insider

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres' busy weekend at the 2014 NHL Draft signaled the unofficial start of the organization's rebuild.

The Sabres made nine picks at the draft highlighted by the selection of Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart with the No. 2 pick in the first round and Barrie Colts left wing Brendan Lemieux, the first pick of the second round. Those picks, as well as trades last season that subtracted Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Ryan Miller, and Steve Ott from the roster and the compliance buyouts used on forward Ville Leino and defenseman Christian Ehrhoff means the team is being built virtually from the ground up.

"Last year was a tough year," Sabres general manager Tim Murray said. "Quite frankly, if you want me to sit here and go through player by player what I thought, it can't be pretty, right? The team was not very good. That's gone for me. This is a new beginning. This is my first full year. This is Teddy's [Nolan, coach] first full year.

"There was so much change last year. This is where we start off and try to lay down the right lessons. Are we going to be way better? I'm not saying that at all, but things will be way better. Expectations, how you play the game, how you carry yourself as a pro; those things have to get better."

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Flames place defenseman O'Brien on waivers

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 3:52 PM / News

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The Calgary Flames placed defenseman Shane O'Brien on waivers Monday with the intent of using their first compliance buyout on the remaining year of his contract.

O'Brien, 30, is due to make $2.2 million as part of a three-year, $6 million contract he signed with the Colorado Avalanche prior to the 2012-13 season. His cap hit for this season would be $2 million.

O'Brien had three assists and 58 penalty minutes in 45 games for the Flames last season. An eighth-round pick (No. 250) of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2003 NHL Draft, he has career totals of 13 goals, 91 points and 911 penalty minutes in 528 games with the Ducks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators, Avalanche and Flames.

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Gorges not expecting to return to Canadiens

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 3:46 PM / News

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Defenseman Josh Gorges told reporters Monday he does not expect to return to the Montreal Canadiens for the 2014-15 season, with a trade the most likely outcome.

"It's out of my hands whether I'll be back or not," Gorges told La Presse. "But it's my understanding it's not going to be the case."

He told the Montreal Gazette, "I want people to know that I never wanted to leave Montreal. In no way has this been my decision."

Gorges has four seasons left on his contract, which has an average annual value of $3.9 million.

The Gazette reported the Canadiens had a trade worked out that would have sent Gorges to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the Leafs are one of the teams Gorges listed in his contract that he could not be traded to without his permission.

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