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DeAngelo, Kapanen bring local flavor to NHL Draft

Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 6:39 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Sean McCullen - Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- The 2014 NHL Draft would have been a memorable experience for Anthony DeAngelo and Kasperi Kapanen no matter where it was held. The fact that it's at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia makes the event even more special for the two top prospects.

DeAngelo, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound defenseman, grew up in Sewell, N.J., a 25-minute drive from Philadelphia. Kapanen, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound forward, lived in nearby Shamong, N.J., between the ages of 7 and 12 when his father, Sami, played for the Philadelphia Flyers.

DeAngelo, who had 15 goals and 56 assists in 51 games for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League this season, will have about 150 family members and friends in attendance for the first round of the draft Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).


NHL, NHLPA near announcement of 2014-15 salary cap

Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 6:35 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The NHL and National Hockey League Players' Association hope to jointly announce the salary-cap figure for the 2014-15 season by Friday, Commissioner Gary Bettman said after the League's Board of Governors meeting Thursday. He left open the possibility that the announcement could come as early as Thursday night.

"Our managers and our clubs have a sense of the range, but in the final analysis we would like to be in a position where we and the Players' Association agree on the number, and we haven’t done that yet," Commissioner Bettman said. "There have been ongoing meetings. But our goal would be to move this as quickly as possible."

Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said the expectation is that the salary cap will land somewhere in the high 60s to low 70s (in millions of dollars). It was $64.3 million for the 2013-14 season.


Excitement grows for prospects as NHL Draft nears

Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 6:23 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- The clock is close to striking midnight for any player eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center this weekend.

The hard work, sleepless nights and sacrifices all come down to this two-day event. The first round will be held Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN) and rounds 2-7 will take place Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHL Network).

"We've all been thinking about it," Sarnia Sting defenseman Anthony DeAngelo told "In the beginning you always say you can't wait for the draft … you just can't wait. And now so close to happening, it's kind of unbelievable. Whatever happens will be a great for all of us."


Berglund agrees to three-year deal with Blues

Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 6:01 PM / News

The St. Louis Blues on Thursday agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension with forward Patrik Berglund. No financial terms were released, but Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the deal is worth $11.1 million, an average annual value of $3.7 million.

Berglund, 26, appeared in 78 regular-season games with the Blues in 2013-14, finishing with 14 goals and 32 points. He was scoreless in four games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Berglund, the Blues' first selection (No. 25) in the 2006 NHL Draft, has 106 goals and 220 points in 436 regular-season games during his six seasons with St. Louis. He had career bests of 22 goals, 30 assists and 52 points in 2010-11, and would have become a restricted free agent on July 1.


Senators, Gryba agree to terms on two-year contract

Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 4:22 PM / News

The Ottawa Senators on Thursday agreed to terms with defenseman Eric Gryba on a two-year contract worth $2.5 million.

Gryba, 26, would have become a restricted free agent on July 1. He had two goals and 11 points in 57 games this season.

A third-round pick (No. 68) by the Senators in the 2006 NHL Draft, Gryba has career totals of four goals and 17 points in 90 games.


Capitals announce ECHL affiliation with Stingrays

Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 4:19 PM / News

The Washington Capitals on Thursday announced an affiliation agreement with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL for the 2014-15 season.

The Stingrays won the South Division regular-season title and finished third in the Eastern Conference this past season, their second as an affiliate of the Boston Bruins. South Carolina, which will enter its 22nd season in the ECHL this fall, was affiliated with the Capitals from 2004-12 and won the Kelly Cup in 2009, the same year the Hershey Bears, Washington's American Hockey League affiliate, won the Calder Cup.

The Reading Royals served as Washington's ECHL affiliate for the past two seasons.


Top prospects a hit at clinic with Philadelphia youth

Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 2:03 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart politely introduced himself to a group of six young skaters of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation at the beautifully refurbished Scanlon Ice Rink on Thursday before finally asking if anyone had any questions of him.

"I do," 11-year-old Philadelphia native Yasir Terry boldly announced.

"When you get drafted, can you give me a shout out on stage?"

Reinhart, one of six North American prospects on hand to help run a top prospects clinic in the downtown section of the city, smiled and said, "Hmm, I don't know if I can. But I'll see what I can do."

Terry smiled before getting instruction on how to run the drill at the skating station he was a part of at the time.

It was actually one of the more common requests of the afternoon when members of the Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, aged 8-12, were able to go shoulder-to-hip alongside the top 2014 draft prospects.


Youth hockey foundation's growth a thrill for Snider

Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 1:42 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- When the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation was created in 2005, the goal was to use hockey as a way to help in-need children around the Philadelphia region.

In the nine years that have passed since, the foundation has grown to serve more than 3,000 children at rinks in Philadelphia and New Jersey. The foundation also has renovated and assumed management of five Philadelphia-owned ice rinks.

Another milestone was reached Thursday when six of the top prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft -- Kingston Frontenacs center Samuel Bennett, Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad, Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart, Prince Albert Raiders center Leon Draisaitl, Oshawa Generals left wing Michael Dal Colle and Sarnia Sting defenseman Anthony DeAngelo -- helped run a clinic for about 40 Snider Hockey kids at Scanlon Rink in the Kensington section of the city.


Top restricted free agents present unique challenges

Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

While very few restricted free agents have changed teams in the NHL's salary-cap era, how teams negotiate contracts for their young talent is a huge part of constructing a roster in the long term.

Whether the player is negotiating his second or third contract can have an effect on the money involved. The tweaks to the Collective Bargaining Agreement before the 2012-13 season could also have an impact on negotiations.

There are a lot of talented players who could command significant money this summer. Here's a look at some of the most interesting RFAs who need a new contract this offseason.


No consensus on No. 1 pick as NHL Draft approaches

Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 12:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Scouts who have spent the last year evaluating the prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft can agree on one thing: This year's class is one of the most difficult in recent memory to evaluate.

That difficulty starts at the top, where with less than 48 hours to go before the start of the draft Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS), there's no consensus as to who will be the first player picked.

Unlike previous years, where Sidney Crosby (2005), Steven Stamkos (2008), John Tavares (2009) and Taylor Hall (2010) were clear-cut top choices, this year's No. 1 selection won't be known until Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon steps to the podium at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia -- assuming he hasn't traded the pick.

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