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Sabres sign Larsson to one-year contract

Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 2:34 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Johan Larsson to a one-year contract.

In 2014-15, Larsson (5'11", 206 lbs., 7/25/1992) appeared in a career-high 39 NHL games and recorded 16 points (6+10) as a member of the Sabres. The Lau, Sweden native also played 44 games for the Rochester Americans (AHL), where he led all skaters in points per game by totaling 40 points (15+25) to go along with a team-best plus-12 rating.

Since being acquired by the Sabres in April 2013 from the Minnesota Wild, Larsson has totaled 20 points (6+14) and 31 penalty minutes in 67 NHL games. Since his selection by the Wild in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft, he also has registered 122 points (46+76) in 164 career AHL games.


Lightning sign forward McGinn to one-year contract

Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 2:21 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

McGinn, 24, skated in 51 games in the NHL last season, splitting time between the San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes, posting two goals and seven points. The Fergus, Ontario native began the 2014-15 season with the Sharks, appearing in 33 games and recorded a goal and five points. After being traded to the Coyotes, McGinn recorded one goal and two points in 18 games.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward has played in 87 career NHL games over three seasons, recording nine goals and 17 points to go along with 44 penalty minutes. McGinn played his first two NHL seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers and set career highs for goals with four during the 2013-14 season. He made his NHL debut against the New Jersey Devils on January 22, 2013.


New Maple Leafs goalie coach latest Korn disciple

Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 12:00 PM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Steve Briere knew when he was named the Toronto Maple Leafs new goaltending coach Monday that a lot of people would wonder who he was, and why incoming coach Mike Babcock thought he was ready to make the jump from tier-2 junior to the NHL.

The answers can't be found by looking up Briere's career and noting where or how well he played during eight professional seasons as a goalie. Nor can it be found by scanning the teams Briere has worked for since trading his goalie pads for a coach's whistle.

To better gauge Briere's work the past eight years, you need to scan his rosters in the NCAA, United States Hockey League and North American Hockey League and a list of pupils that includes new Edmonton Oilers No. 1 Cam Talbot and NHL prospects like Zane MacIntyre (Boston Bruins), Rasmus Tirronen (Carolina Hurricanes) and Matej Tomek (Philadelphia Flyers).


Update on NHL expansion application process

Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 11:30 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today released the following update relative to the NHL expansion application process:

"As previously announced, NHL expansion applications were made available to all potentially interested applicants on July 6. Since that date, we have received requests from, and responded by sending applications to, 16 separate groups/individuals.

"The deadline for filing an application and proceeding in the NHL expansion process was last night. We can confirm that we have received two applications: one from Bill Foley for a franchise in Las Vegas, Nevada, and one from Quebecor for a franchise in Quebec City, Quebec."


Benn, Seguin excited to have Sharp playing for Stars

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 8:03 PM / News

Steve Hunt - Correspondent

DALLAS -- Patrick Sharp wasn’t a player any of the Dallas Stars enjoyed facing during his 10 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks.

That was particularly true over the past two seasons, when he scored six goals and had nine assists against Dallas in nine regular-season games.

But after a trade with the Blackhawks earlier this month made him their teammate, several Stars were more than happy to welcome Sharp to town.

Captain Jamie Benn was joined by defenseman Jason Demers and forwards Tyler Seguin and Ales Hemsky at American Airlines Center on Monday for Sharp’s introductory press conference. It was obvious they’re excited to play with Sharp, who helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup three times in six seasons.

“A good two-way player. He’s a clear winner,” said Seguin, whose 37 goals led the Stars and were tied for fifth in the NHL last season. “I’ve always been a little bitter towards him since I feel like he stole the Cup from me in Boston [in 2013], but I’m really excited to see what he can do. I know he’s a guy who likes to shoot the puck and he’s a guy that he really seems to find his ways to get open out there.”


Sharp: Trade to Stars 'reignites passion to play'

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 7:00 PM / News

Steve Hunt - Correspondent

DALLAS -- Patrick Sharp is the type of player the Dallas Stars felt they needed if they are to take the next step in becoming a perennial Stanley Cup contender, so they went and got him in a July 10 trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.

"When you win Stanley Cups, you do things right on the ice, you do things right off the ice and you do things right in the community. It's hard to find those type of players," Dallas general manager Jim Nill said Monday at Sharp's introductory press conference at American Airlines Center. "We think that [Sharp] is going to be a great addition for us.

"We've got a young core here. I know they're going to learn from him, and he's going to be a great addition for us."

The Stars acquired Sharp, who won the Stanley Cup three times in the past six seasons with Chicago, and defense prospect Stephen Johns from the Blackhawks for defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt.


Backstrom targets Capitals' season opener: report

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 6:05 PM / News

Nicklas Backstrom expects to be in the lineup for the Washington Capitals' Oct. 10 season opener against the New Jersey Devils following offseason hip surgery.

Backstrom, whose 60 assists led the NHL last season, had arthroscopic surgery on his hip May 27, two weeks after the Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round.


Martin St. Louis: 'Earned everything I got' in NHL

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 4:43 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Martin St. Louis expects to miss being around the guys in the dressing room, being one of them. He can see his future, watching a New York Rangers game this season, thinking he can do it better, that he should still be on the ice because he definitely can still play. He's confident it will happen during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Coming to grips with those feelings of expectation and anticipation wasn't difficult for St. Louis; he came to grips with his decision to retire from the NHL, a decision he made official July 2 in a press release distributed by the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

"It was the easiest tough decision to make," St. Louis said Monday in his first public remarks since he announced his retirement.

It was because at 40 years old St. Louis said his heart wasn't in it anymore. He didn't want to go through another summer of training to get ready for what would have been his 17th season in the NHL.


Predators sign forward Smith to five-year contract

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 4:22 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Forward Craig Smith signed a five-year, $21.25 million contract with the Nashville Predators on Monday.

Smith and the Predators had a salary arbitration hearing Monday, then agreed to a contract, according to Sportsnet.

"As evidenced by his back-to-back 20-goal seasons and performance in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs,Craig Smith is an integral part of our team's young core and we are pleased to have agreed on a long-term contract that both parties are comfortable with,” Predators president and general manager David Poile said in a statement. "With Craig's durability, work ethic and intensity, we see him continuing the build on his recent production and be a valuable contributor to our offensive attack for the next five seasons."


Oilers to honor Sather with banner-raising ceremony

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 12:32 PM / News

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Oilers announced today they will be raising a banner in Rexall Place to salute the achievements of legendary coach, general manager and executive Glen Sather.

Fans attending the Edmonton Oilers December 11, 2015 game versus the New York Rangers will be part of a special night, as the Oilers welcome back Sather and honour his leadership that resulted in five Stanley Cup Championships for the organization.

Sather will become the ninth Oiler to have a banner raised by the team, joining Al Hamilton, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson and long-time radio broadcaster Rod Phillips in the hallowed rafters of Rexall Place.

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It's a great feeling. I can't be more excited to be a part of a team that I absolutely love.

— Center Derek Stepan after agreeing to terms on a six-year contract with the New York Rangers