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Kings, forward Toffoli agree on two-year contract

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 1:44 PM / News

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The Los Angeles Kings and forward Tyler Toffoli reached agreement Friday on a two-year contract.

It's worth $6.5 million, according to ESPN.com. Toffoli will make $2.6 million next season and $3.9 million in 2016-17.

Toffoli, 23, had NHL career highs of 23 goals and 49 points this season in 76 games. He has 37 goals and 83 points in 148 regular-season games with the Kings, who selected him in the second round (No. 47) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

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Avalanche sign Soderberg to five-year contract

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 12:12 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

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The Colorado Avalanche signed forward Carl Soderberg to a five-year contract on Friday, one day after acquiring the pending unrestricted free agent in a trade with the Boston Bruins.

The contract is worth $23.75 million; it includes a full no-trade clause for the first two years and a limited no-trade clause afterward, ESPN.com reported.

"We are pleased to have Carl signed to a long-term deal," Avalanche president and general manager Joe Sakic said. "He is a solid two-way forward who is big and strong on the puck. He is versatile, can play center or wing, and his addition will also benefit our power play."

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Senators trade Lehner, Legwand to Sabres for pick

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 10:28 AM / News

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The Ottawa Senators on Friday traded goaltender Robin Lehner and forward David Legwand to the Buffalo Sabres for the No. 21 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Lehner, who turns 24 in July, was 9-12-3 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .905 save percentage for the Senators in 2014-15. He did not play after sustaining a concussion Feb. 16, but general manager Brian Murray said after the season that Lehner had recovered from the injury. Lehner has two years remaining on his contract with an average annual value of $2.25 million, according to WAR on Ice.

Legwand, who turns 35 in August, had nine goals and 27 points in 80 games with the Senators last season. He has one season remaining on his contract and will cost $3 million against the NHL salary cap.

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College hockey's impact on NHL continues to grow

Thursday, 06.25.2015 / 8:27 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- There's an underlying theme to college hockey players becoming a more attractive option in recent years for NHL scouts and general managers.

New Jersey Devils forward Mike Cammalleri, who played three seasons at the University of Michigan, isn't surprised by the fact that 30 percent of NHL players developed in the NCAA, or that all 30 NHL teams had at least one prospect enrolled in college during the 2014-15 season, with the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks' 13 leading the way.

"College hockey not only allows for a readiness on the ice in terms of skill, but there's a social and outside-the-classroom aspect to developing a personality and comfort within your own skin enabling players to enter the NHL and be successful," Cammalleri said. "I think that's an important development stage for an adolescent person regardless of athletics and why some players are able to come in and do well out of college."

There's a chance college hockey will break new ground at the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on Friday, when Boston University center Jack Eichel, Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin and University of Michigan defenseman Zachary Werenski each might be selected in the top 10. No draft has ever had three top-10 picks from the college ranks.

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Rantanen, top prospects anxious for draft night

Thursday, 06.25.2015 / 7:23 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Mikko Rantanen, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top European skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, said Thursday it won't be easy to fall asleep knowing the biggest moment of his life will occur in less than 24 hours.

"It's pretty weird knowing that [Friday] we'll know what team you will play for and begin work," Rantanen said. "I know this is just the first step. We'll have to keep working to be an NHL player. But I'll be pretty nervous tomorrow. They say it'll be hard to get sleep because it's such a big day. It's once in a lifetime, so I'm excited."

Rantanen, who was an alternate captain for TPS in Finland in 2014-15, was one of 10 top prospects in the spotlight at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in the last pre-draft media availability before NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announces the Edmonton Oilers are on the clock with the No. 1 pick at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

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Bruins trade Soderberg to Avalanche for 2016 pick

Thursday, 06.25.2015 / 5:00 PM / News

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The Boston Bruins traded forward Carl Soderberg to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday for a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

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Blue Jackets looking to trade up from No. 8 pick

Thursday, 06.25.2015 / 4:54 PM / News

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have the No. 8 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, but general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said he is interested in picking sooner Friday night.

"I've talked to every other team ahead of us to see if there's a chance [of a trade], what the chance might be, and what it would take," Kekalainen said Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., according to the Blue Jackets website. "I think we're in a good situation with what we have. We have a lot of forwards on our reserve list right now too. It's an exciting time for us."

The first round of the draft will be held at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports); rounds 2-7 will be Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports).

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Kessel drawing most interest for Maple Leafs: report

Thursday, 06.25.2015 / 4:32 PM / News

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Phil Kessel has drawn the most interest of any Toronto Maple Leafs player in trade talks, president Brendan Shanahan said Thursday, according to The Canadian Press, but that doesn't mean a trade will happen prior to or during the 2015 NHL Draft, or at all.

"We're in no rush; we need to have a deal we're comfortable with," Shanahan said in comments tweeted by the Maple Leafs. "We don't feel the need to do anything knee jerk to get something done on a deadline."

Kessel has had four seasons of at least 30 goals since joining the Maple Leafs in a 2009 trade with the Boston Bruins, but they've made the Stanley Cup Playoffs once in his tenure.

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Capitals' MacLellan hasn't closed door on Green, Fehr

Thursday, 06.25.2015 / 3:40 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

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Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan didn't completely rule out re-signing any unrestricted free agent Thursday, including defenseman Mike Green and forward Eric Fehr.

"We're in contact with our UFAs and we're going to have to see what the contract demands are in the end for them and what's going to work for us," MacLellan said. "We're trying to balance all of our priorities here."

However, Green and Fehr's agent told CSNwashington.com that the pair will not return to the Capitals next season.

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Senators agree to terms with Stone, Zibanejad

Thursday, 06.25.2015 / 1:30 PM / News

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The Ottawa Senators agreed to terms with forwards Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad on contract extensions, the club announced Thursday.

Stone, a 2015 Calder Trophy finalist, agreed to a three-year contract with an average annual value of $3.5 million. Zibanejad agreed to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $2.625 million.

Stone, 23, led the Senators with 26 goals and was second to defenseman Erik Karlsson with 64 points.

"Mark became one of our better players, if not one of the best, right at the end of the year in particular, but throughout the stretch run and when we were trying to make the playoffs," general manager Bryan Murray said. "We feel he still has growth in him but we also know going forward that he's going to be a very important player if the organization is going to make strides to a championship."

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