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  • Thursday, September 3, 2015
    U.S. Immigration detains Kings D Voynov
    By The Sports Xchange

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after his release from jail in a domestic violence case and faces the possibility of deportation.

    • Voynov was released from the Seal Beach Police Detention Center in California on July 7 after serving time as part of a no-contest plea on misdemeanor domestic violence charges in Los Angeles Superior Court. The Russian native was then taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and has been held at a detention facility while awaiting a hearing with an immigration judge.

      Because Voynov's case involved violence, no bond was set. The immigration judge is expected to review Voynov's visa status, which could determine whether he will be able to remain in the United States to play in the National Hockey League.

      The 25-year-old Voynov was arrested last October after he allegedly kicked and choked his wife and pushed her, resulting in a cut on her head that was treated at a hospital. She later said the incident was an accident, but police filed charges.

      The NHL suspended Voynov indefinitely with pay last October, but there is a possibility that the Kings could terminate his contract, which has four years and $19.25 million remaining on the original six-year deal.

      Voynov, a member of the Kings' Stanley Cup teams in 2012 and 2014, also is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

  • Thursday, September 3, 2015
    NHL notebook: Lemieux reportedly wants $750 million for Penguins
    By The Sports Xchange

    Co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle are seeking $750 million for the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to a report by TSN.

    • That would be a record sale price for a U.S. NHL team, sports economist Drew Dorweiler told TSN.

      Forbes magazine valued the Penguins at $565 million last year. Lemieux, Burkle and a group of minority owners bought the franchise for $107 million out of bankruptcy in 1999.

      The NHL is expected to charge at least $500 million for possible expansion teams.

      ---The Arizona Coyotes have signed first-round forward Nick Merkley to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team said.

      Merkley, 18, tallied 20 goals and 70 assists in 72 games with Kelowna of the Western Hockey League last season. He ranked sixth in the league in scoring and finished third in assists for Kelowna.

      He added five goals and 22 assists in the postseason as the Rockets won the league title.

      ---The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with forward Joakim Nordstrom on a one-year contract.

      Nordstrom, 23, tallied three assists in 38 regular-season games and appeared in three postseason games en route to the 2015 Stanley Cup championship with the Blackhawks last season. He has recorded one goal and five assists over 54 career NHL games, all with Chicago.

      The Stockholm, Sweden, native also registered 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in 23 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League last season. Nordstrom has 52 career points (26 goals, 26 assists) in 72 games with Rockford over parts of the past three seasons.

      ---Veteran defenseman Ryan Wilson is joining the Calgary Flames on a professional tryout, the team announced.

      Wilson spent the past six seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, playing in 230 games and producing seven goals, 60 assists and 157 penalty minutes.

      The 28-year-old Wilson was previously with the Flames' organization before a 2009 trade to the Avalanche.

  • Thursday, September 3, 2015
    Coyotes sign first-round pick Merkley
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Arizona Coyotes have signed first-round forward Nick Merkley to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team said Thursday.

    • Merkley, 18, tallied 20 goals and 70 assists in 72 games with Kelowna of the Western Hockey League last season. He ranked sixth in the league in scoring and finished third in assists for Kelowna.

      He added five goals and 22 assists in the postseason as the Rockets won the league title.

      Merkley has 148 points and a plus-53 rating in 139 games with the Rockets.

  • Thursday, September 3, 2015
    D Wilson lands tryout with Flames
    By The Sports Xchange

    Veteran defenseman Ryan Wilson is joining the Calgary Flames on a professional tryout, the team announced Thursday.

    • Wilson spent the past six seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, playing in 230 games and producing seven goals, 60 assists and 157 penalty minutes.

      The 28-year-old Wilson was previously with the Flames' organization before a 2009 trade to the Avalanche.

  • Thursday, September 3, 2015
    Lemieux reportedly wants $750 million for Penguins
    By The Sports Xchange

    Co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle are seeking $750 million for the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to a report by TSN.

    • That would be a record sale price for a U.S. NHL team, sports economist Drew Dorweiler told TSN.

      Forbes magazine valued the Penguins at $565 million last year. Lemieux, Burkle and a group of minority owners bought the franchise for $107 million out of bankruptcy in 1999.

      The NHL is expected to charge at least $500 million for possible expansion teams.

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015
    Blackhawks re-sign F Nordstrom
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with forward Joakim Nordstrom on a one-year contract Wednesday.

    • Nordstrom, 23, tallied three assists in 38 regular-season games and appeared in three postseason games en route to the 2015 Stanley Cup championship with the Blackhawks last season. He has recorded one goal and five assists over 54 career NHL games, all with Chicago.

      The Stockholm, Sweden, native also registered 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in 23 regular-season games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League last season. Nordstrom has 52 career points (26 goals, 26 assists) in 72 games with Rockford over parts of the past three seasons.

      Nordstrom was selected by the Blackhawks in the third round of the 2010 NHL draft.

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015
    Devils' Salvador retires after 13 NHL seasons
    By The Sports Xchange

    New Jersey Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador, who spent the past three years as the team's captain, announced his retirement Wednesday after 13 seasons in the NHL.

    • Salvador, 39, will remain with the organization to focus on growing the sport in collaboration with the team's rink partners throughout New Jersey, the Devils said.

      "Bryce Salvador is a first-class individual who exemplified leadership both on and off the ice," Devils general manager Ray Shero said in a statement. "His selection as captain the past three seasons was most appropriate, as he was well-respected by his teammates. On behalf of the entire organization, I wish Bryce and his family well, and look forward to working with him in his new role."

      Salvador missed the final 67 games of last season with a bulging disc and nerve damage in his lower back. He became an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

      "In respect to the organization and my teammates, it was the best move," Salvador said. "When I look back at my career and all the different things I had to overcome, I have no regrets. It was great.

      "It was an extreme honor. You can't put words to it. To be a captain for this organization was a dream come true."

      Salvador was a sixth-round pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1994 NHL draft and made his debut with the St. Louis Blues in the 2000-01 season. He had 24 goals and 86 assists in 786 NHL games with the Devils and Blues.

      The 6-foot-3, 215-pound blueliner was acquired by the Devils on Feb. 26, 2008, after playing nine-plus seasons with the Blues' organization.

  • Friday, August 28, 2015
    NHL notebook: Hall of Fame coach Arbour dies
    By The Sports Xchange

    Legendary Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour, who guided the New York Islanders to four straight Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s, died Friday. He was 82.

    • Arbour was being treated for Parkinson's disease and dementia near his home in Sarasota, Fla.

      "Al will always be remembered as one of, if not, the greatest coaches ever to stand behind a bench in the history of the National Hockey League," Islanders president and general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. "The New York Islanders franchise has four Stanley Cups to its name, thanks in large part to Al's incredible efforts. From his innovative coaching methods, to his humble way of life away from the game, Al is one of the reasons the New York Islanders are a historic franchise. On behalf of the entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to the entire Arbour family."

      Arbour coached 1,500 regular-season games over 19 seasons with the Islanders after he was hired at the start of the 1973-74 season. He retired after the 1994 playoffs, but returned in 2007 at the age of 75 to coach one more game for the team -- a 3-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      "To me, Al was the Vince Lombardi of hockey," Islanders star Pat LaFontaine, who joined the team in 1984, told the New York Daily News. "The impact he had on all of us as players and people is second to none. And the five-year run the islanders had under Al, which I was a part of at the very end, is unmatched. It will go down as one of the great dynasty teams in professional sports, and it was Al who got it all to mesh together."

      Arbour won 119 career playoff games -- an NHL record for a coach with one club -- over 15 postseason appearances and hoisted the Stanley Cup each season from 1980 to 1983. Overall, he had a 782-577-223 record, including three seasons coaching the St. Louis Blues, and ranks second on the NHL win list behind Scotty Bowman.

      "The National Hockey League deeply mourns the passing of Al Arbour, revered head coach of the dynastic New York Islanders," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "A four-time Stanley Cup champion as a player and a brilliant motivator and tactician as a coach, Al Arbour directed the Islanders' rapid transformation from expansion team to NHL powerhouse -- guiding them to four straight Stanley Cup championships, five consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Final and an astounding 19 consecutive playoff series victories. As it grieves the loss of a profound influence on coaching and on the game itself, the NHL sends its heartfelt condolences to Al's family and friends, to his former teammates and to all the players he mentored."

      ---The Dallas Stars signed center Cody Eakin to a four-year contract extension.

      Eakin, 24, tallied 40 points (19 goals) in 78 games last season -- his third with the team since being acquired from Washington for center Mike Ribeiro in June 2012.

      In 237 games over four seasons with Washington and Dallas, he has 107 points (46 goals).

      ---St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund had surgery on his right shoulder, general manager Doug Armstrong announced.

      The surgery was performed by team orthopedists Dr. Rick Wright and Dr. Matt Smith. Berglund will be re-evaluated in four months. Berglund suffered a dislocation during the 2013-14 season and reinjured the shoulder while training this offseason, the team said Thursday.

      Berglund, 27, recorded 27 points (12 goals) in 77 games last season. In six playoff contests, he recorded two goals and two assists.

      ---The Vancouver Canucks signed forward Adam Cracknell to a one-year, two-way contract.

      The deal is reportedly worth $575,000 at the NHL level.

      The 6-foot-2, 210-pound native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, had an assist and two penalty minutes in 17 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. The 30-year-old Cracknell added 10 goals and 10 assists in 40 American Hockey League games with Springfield and Chicago.

  • Friday, August 28, 2015
    Stars sign C Eakin to four-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Dallas Stars have signed center Cody Eakin to a four-year contract extension.

    • The team announced the move Friday but did not reveal terms of the deal.

      Eakin, 24, tallied 40 points (19 goals) in 78 games last season -- his third with the team since being acquired from Washington for center Mike Ribeiro in June 2012.

      In 237 games over four seasons with Washington and Dallas, he has 107 points (46 goals).

      He also represented Canada at the World Championship this year, helping the team to a 10-0 record and a gold medal.

      "Cody is a well-rounded player and has the versatility to play in a number of roles," general manager Jim Nill said. "He has the ability to shut down opponents' top players, win faceoffs and kill penalties, all while producing offensively. Cody has been an important part of our team and will continue to be a part of our core for the next five seasons."

  • Friday, August 28, 2015
    Blues F Berglund has shoulder surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund had surgery on his right shoulder Friday, general manager Doug Armstrong announced.

    • The surgery was performed by team orthopedists Dr. Rick Wright and Dr. Matt Smith. Berglund will be re-evaluated in four months.

      Berglund suffered a dislocation during the 2013-14 season and reinjured the shoulder while training this offseason, the team said Thursday.

      Berglund, 27, recorded 27 points (12 goals) in 77 games last season. In six playoff contests, he recorded two goals and two assists.

      The native of Vasteras, Sweden, has spent his seven-year NHL career with the Blues since they drafted him in the first round in 2009.

  • Friday, August 28, 2015
    Canucks sign F Cracknell
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Vancouver Canucks signed forward Adam Cracknell to a one-year, two-way contract.

    • The deal is reportedly worth $575,000 at the NHL level.

      The 6-foot-2, 210-pound native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, had an assist and two penalty minutes in 17 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. The 30-year-old Cracknell added 10 goals and 10 assists in 40 American Hockey League games with Springfield and Chicago.

      Cracknell made his NHL debut with the St. Louis Blues in 2010-11. He has six goals and 11 assists in 82 NHL games with St. Louis and Columbus.

      Cracknell was originally selected by Calgary in the ninth round of the 2004 NHL draft.

  • Friday, August 28, 2015
    Legendary coach Al Arbour dies at 82
    By The Sports Xchange

    Legendary Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour, who guided the New York Islanders to four straight Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s, died Friday. He was 82.

    • Arbour was being treated for Parkinson's disease and dementia near his home in Sarasota, Fla.

      "Al will always be remembered as one of, if not, the greatest coaches ever to stand behind a bench in the history of the National Hockey League," Islanders president and general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. "The New York Islanders franchise has four Stanley Cups to its name, thanks in large part to Al's incredible efforts.

      "From his innovative coaching methods, to his humble way of life away from the game, Al is one of the reasons the New York Islanders are a historic franchise. On behalf of the entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to the entire Arbour family."

      Arbour coached 1,500 regular-season games over 19 seasons with the Islanders after he was hired at the start of the 1973-74 season. He retired after the 1994 playoffs, but returned in 2007 at the age of 75 to coach one more game for the team -- a 3-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      "To me, Al was the Vince Lombardi of hockey," Islanders star Pat LaFontaine, who joined the team in 1984, told the New York Daily News. "The impact he had on all of us as players and people is second to none. And the five-year run the islanders had under Al, which I was a part of at the very end, is unmatched. It will go down as one of the great dynasty teams in professional sports, and it was Al who got it all to mesh together."

      Arbour won 119 career playoff games -- an NHL record for a coach with one club -- over 15 postseason appearances and hoisted the Stanley Cup each season from 1980 to 1983. Overall, he had a 782-577-223 record, including three seasons coaching the St. Louis Blues, and ranks second on the NHL win list behind Scotty Bowman.

      Arbour, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996, also won the Stanley Cup three times as a player, once with the Chicago Blackhawks and twice with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      "The National Hockey League deeply mourns the passing of Al Arbour, revered head coach of the dynastic New York Islanders," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "A four-time Stanley Cup champion as a player and a brilliant motivator and tactician as a coach, Al Arbour directed the Islanders' rapid transformation from expansion team to NHL powerhouse -- guiding them to four straight Stanley Cup championships, five consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Final and an astounding 19 consecutive playoff series victories.

      "As it grieves the loss of a profound influence on coaching and on the game itself, the NHL sends its heartfelt condolences to Al's family and friends, to his former teammates and to all the players he mentored."

      The Sudbury, Ontario, native was nicknamed "Radar" because he was one of the few players in NHL history to wear glasses on the ice. He spent 19 years in professional hockey as a defenseman, many of those seasons in the minors. He retired as a player with the Blues during the 1970-71 season, having played 626 NHL games.

      "Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Arbours after the passing of our original captain, Al Arbour," the Blues said on Twitter.

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    NHL notebook: Hurricanes extend F Lindholm's contract
    By The Sports Xchange

    Forward Elias Lindholm landed a two-year contract extension from the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday after a breakthrough second season in the NHL.

    • The new deal is worth $2.5 million in 2016-17 and $2.9 million in 2017-18. Lindholm still has one season remaining on his entry-level contract.

      The 20-year-old, who was the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, totaled 17 goals and 39 points in 81 games last year for the Hurricanes. Lindholm's goals, assists (22), points and games played were career highs, and he ranked third on the team in goals and points and tied for third in assists.

      "Elias played well last season, nearly doubling his offensive numbers from his rookie year," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said. "We expect he will be a very important part of the Hurricanes as he continues to develop as a professional."

      ---St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund will undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Friday.

      Berglund suffered a dislocation during the 2013-14 season and reinjured the shoulder while training this offseason, the team said Thursday.

      The surgery will be performed by Dr. Rick Wright of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and Berglund will be re-evaluated in four months.

      ---Former Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards was charged with possession of a controlled substance by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

      He was formally charged Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 10.

      An investigation began when Richards was stopped June 17 and the prescription drug oxycodone reportedly was discovered at a border crossing from the United States to Canada.

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Hurricanes extend F Lindholm's contract
    By The Sports Xchange

    Forward Elias Lindholm landed a two-year contract extension from the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday after a breakthrough second season in the NHL.

    • The new deal is worth $2.5 million in 2016-17 and $2.9 million in 2017-18. Lindholm still has one season remaining on his entry-level contract.

      The 20-year-old, who was the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, totaled 17 goals and 39 points in 81 games last year for the Hurricanes. Lindholm's goals, assists (22), points and games played were career highs, and he ranked third on the team in goals and points and tied for third in assists.

      "Elias played well last season, nearly doubling his offensive numbers from his rookie year," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said. "We expect he will be a very important part of the Hurricanes as he continues to develop as a professional."

      A native of Sweden, Lindholm played for his country in the 2015 World Chmpionship and had two goals and six points.

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Blues F Berglund will undergo shoulder surgery Friday
    By The Sports Xchange

    St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund will undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Friday.

    • Berglund suffered a dislocation during the 2013-14 season and reinjured the shoulder while training this offseason, the team said Thursday.

      The surgery will be performed by Dr. Rick Wright of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and Berglund will be re-evaluated in four months.

      Berglund, 27, recorded 27 points (12 goals) in 77 games last season. In six playoff contests, he recorded two goals and two assists.

      The native of Vasteras, Sweden, has spent his seven-year NHL career with the Blues since the they drafted him in the first round in 2009.

      He has tallied 247 points (118 goals) and 164 penalty minutes in 513 games, as well as 13 points (six goals) and 10 penalty minutes in 29 postseason games.

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015
    Sabres cap season ticket sales at 16,000
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Buffalo Sabres have capped season ticket sales for the 2015-16 season at 16,000 tickets.

    • The cap is designed to ensure the availability of mini packs and individual game tickets for all fans, the team announced Wednesday.

      "The fact that we had such a high rate of renewal from our season ticket holders is really a testament to the direction our organization is headed," Sabres president Russ Brandon said in a statement. "There's a tremendous amount of excitement surrounding our team and we can't wait to get on the ice."

      The Sabres had 96 percent of season ticket holders renew their tickets for the 2015-16 season, marking the 10th consecutive year featuring a renewal rate higher than 90 percent.

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015
    Former Blackhawk Maki dies at 76
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former longtime Chicago Blackhawks forward Ron "Chico" Maki died Monday. He was 76.

    • Maki died at his home in Port Dover, Ontario.

      Maki spent 15 seasons with the Blackhawks, from 1961-62 to 1975-76. He won the Stanley Cup in 1961 and played in three NHL All-Star games.

      The right winger had 143 goals and 292 assists in 841 regular-season games. He scored an NHL career-high 22 goals with 26 assists in 1970-71.

      Maki, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, had 53 points (17 goals, 36 assists) in 113 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

      Maki's late brother Wayne played two seasons with the Blackhawks and also played for the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks.

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    NHL notebook: Kane meets with investigators
    By The Sports Xchange

    Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane met with investigators in New York regarding rape allegations following an extensive search of his home where the crime is alleged to have taken place.

    • The Buffalo News first reported that Kane, 26, met with an investigator from the Erie County District Attorney's Office. A second source told the News that Kane met with both an investigator and a detective from the Hamburg (New York) Police Department.

      The authorities are jointly investigating the Aug. 2 incident.

      Kane has not publicly commented and the district attorney will not name Kane as a suspect without evidence and impending formal charges. There is no indication the investigation could conclude any time soon.

      --Defenseman Mark Giordano signed a six-year contract extension with the Calgary Flames worth an estimated $40.5 million.

      The new deal will begin after the 2015-16 season and is valued at $6.75 million annually. Giordano would have been a restricted free agent next year.

      --Longtime NHL head coach and assistant coach Craig Ramsay joined the Montreal Canadiens as a consultant.

      Ramsay, 64, was with the Edmonton Oilers as an assistant last season. He has served as an assistant and a head coach in the NHL for multiple teams and also played in the league for 14 seasons.

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    Canadiens hire Ramsay as consultant
    By The Sports Xchange

    Longtime NHL head and assistant coach Craig Ramsay joined the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday as a consultant.

    • Ramsay was with the Edmonton Oilers as an assistant last season. He has served as an assistant and a head coach in the NHL for multiple teams and also played in the league for 14 seasons.

      The 64-year-old Ramsay was the last head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers during the 2010-11 season and also stepped in during his long career as an interim coach for the Buffalo Sabres and the Philadelphia Flyers.

      "On a consulting basis, he will be called upon regularly during the season to share his knowledge with our coaching group. Our players will also benefit from his expertise," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement.

      Ramsay spent his entre playing career with the Buffalo Sabres, who drafted him in 1971, and he finished with 252 goals and 420 assists in 1,070 career games. He was named an NHL All-Star in 1976 and won the Selke Trophy in 1985 as the league's top defensive forward.

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    Flames sign D Giordano to six-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    Defenseman Mark Giordano signed a six-year contract extension with the Calgary Flames on Tuesday worth an estimated $40.5 million.

    • The new deal will begin after the 2015-16 season and is valued at $6.75 million annually. Giordano would have been a restricted free agent next year.

      Last season, Giordano was an All-Star before suffering a biceps injury on Feb. 23. Despite missing the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs, the team captain finished with 11 goals and 37 assists in 61 games and was sixth in the Norris Trophy voting.

      The 31-year-old is considered one of the top two-way defensemen in the NHL and his new contract puts him among the highest-paid players at his position. In 510 career games for the Flames, Giordano has 66 goals and 179 assists in 510 games, including 95 points in the past two seasons.

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    Blackhawks' Kane meets with investigators
    By The Sports Xchange

    Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane met with investigators in New York regarding rape allegations following an extensive search of his home where the crime is alleged to have taken place.

    • The Buffalo News first reported that Kane, 26, met with an investigator from the Erie County District Attorney's Office. A second source told the News that Kane met with both an investigator and a detective from the Hamburg (New York) Police Department.

      The authorities are jointly investigating the Aug. 2 incident.

      Kane has not publicly commented and the district attorney will not name Kane as a suspect without evidence and impending formal charges. There is no indication the investigation could conclude any time soon.

      NHL training camps open Sept. 17. Kane's likeness was removed from the NHL 16 video game by EA Sports when the allegations became public.

      Kane had 64 points in 61 games last season and scored 23 points in 23 playoff games in guiding the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup.

      The first overall pick in 2007 signed an eight-year deal in July 2014 that includes a morals clause. If formal charges are filed, the Blackhawks could opt to terminate Kane's deal. The clause in standard NHL player contracts demands "conduct on and off the rink according to the highest standards of honesty, morality, fair play, and sportsmanship, and to refrain from conduct detrimental to the best interest of the Club, the League or professional hockey generally."

  • Monday, August 24, 2015
    Sharks name Spott assistant coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Jose Sharks named Steve Spott as the second assistant coach on Peter DeBoer staff.

    • Spott, 47, most recently spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      "I'm excited to work with Steve again," DeBoer said in a statement. "We have a great relationship and he has grown significantly as a coach in the seven years since we last worked together. We are very fortunate he was available."

      Spott, a native of Toronto, spent two seasons with the Toronto organization, serving as the head coach of the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, in 2013-14. He led the team to a record of 45-25-2-4, winning the North Division title.

      Prior to his time with the Toronto organization, Spott coached in the Ontario Hockey League with both the Kitchener Rangers and the Plymouth Whalers. He was hired by Plymouth in 1997 and spent four seasons on DeBoer's staff as an assistant/associate coach, before both he and DeBoer joined Kitchener in 2001. Spott spent his first seven seasons in Kitchener as an assistant coach under DeBoer, helping lead the Rangers to the 2003 Memorial Cup championship.

      Spott was hired as Kitchener's head coach and general manager in 2008 following DeBoer's departure to the NHL.

      The Sharks also signed forward Frazer McLaren to a one-year contract.

      McLaren, 27, registered one assist and 62 penalty minutes in 22 games with the Marlies last season. He has recorded 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) and 678 penalty minutes in 245 career AHL games with the Marlies and Worcester. He has four goals, seven assists and 264 penalty minutes in 102 career NHL games with the Sharks and Maple Leafs.

  • Friday, August 21, 2015
    Report: Vegas, Quebec closer to landing NHL teams
    By The Sports Xchange

    Both Las Vegas and Quebec City reportedly entered Phase III of the NHL's expansion process Friday.

    • NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed to Yahoo! Sports that both cities had moved forward, while Quebecor, the group bidding for expansion in Quebec, announced the move on Twitter.

      "Just the next phase of due diligence and document submission," Daly told Yahoo via email.

      In this phase, the markets will provide the NHL with additional information, including business plans, information about their respective cities' demographics and arenas.

      The NHL announced it would explore expansion with Las Vegas, Quebec City and Seattle at the league's awards in late June, with the former two meeting the requirement of submitting applications by the deadline.

      It is possible the NHL could award expansion franchises in September, although the new team or teams aren't expected to start playing until the 2017-18 season.

  • Friday, August 21, 2015
    Preseason games begin Sept. 20
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NHL announced Friday the composite schedule for the 2015 preseason, which opens on Sunday, Sept. 20.

    • Highlights of the 15-day, 104-game preseason slate include the New York Islanders launching the first season in their new home, Barclays Center, in Brooklyn. The Islanders will play host to three Metropolitan Division rivals: the Philadelphia Flyers Sept. 21, New Jersey Devils Sept. 23 and Washington Capitals Sept. 28.

      The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center on Sept. 22, to open their preseason slate. They will also face off at home against the St. Louis Blues on Sept. 26 and the Dallas Stars on Oct. 3. Chicago will visit Detroit on Sept. 23, the Montreal Canadiens on Sept. 25 and St. Louis on Oct. 1.

      The people of North Saanich, British Columbia, winners of the Canada-wide Kraft HockeyvilleTM competition, will celebrate the grand prize when the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks visit their community on Sept. 21. The Sharks and Canucks will face off that night at the nearby Q Centre.

      The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning will meet in the inaugural Kraft Hockeyville USA matchup in Johnstown, Pa., on Sept. 29.

      The Penguins also will play a neutral-site game against the Montreal Canadiens in Quebec City on Sept. 28 at the newly completed Videotron Centre.

      Other neutral sites playing host to preseason games are Allentown, Pa. (NY Islanders vs. Philadelphia, Sept. 21); Bakersfield, Calif. (Arizona vs. Los Angeles, Sept. 21); Halifax, Nova Scotia (Carolina vs. NY Islanders, Sept. 26); Las Vegas, Nev. (Colorado vs. Los Angeles, Oct. 3); Providence, R.I. (Boston vs. New Jersey, Sept. 20); St. John's, Newfoundland (Carolina vs. Ottawa, Sept. 27) and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Edmonton vs. Minnesota, Sept. 26).

      The 2015-16 regular season opens Wednesday, Oct. 7.

  • Friday, August 21, 2015
    Wild assistant coach Sydor arrested for DUI
    By The Sports Xchange

    Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor was arrested Thursday on suspicion of DUI and child endangerment.

    • "We are aware of the reports regarding Darryl Sydor. We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time," the Wild said in a statement Friday.

      Sydor failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Fridley (Minn.) Police Department where a test reportedly revealed he had a blood alcohol level of .30.

      Sydor, 43, was driving his 12-year-old son to his hockey game, according to the Fridley Police.

      Lt. Mike Monsrud of the Fridley Police Department said Sydor was observed displaying "erratic behavior" such as swerving and making wide turns. Monsrud said when stopped, police noticed Sydor had bloodshot, watery eyes and "slow, slurred speech," according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune

      The newspaper reported that Sydor said in April that he sought treatment for alcoholism last summer and entered a rehabilitation facility in Canada.

      Sydor was the seventh overall draft pick in 1990 by the Los Angeles Kings. The defenseman played 18 years in the NHL for six teams, skating in 1,446 regular-season and playoff games. He won the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999 and Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.