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  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Wild sign G Kuemper, suspend injured G Harding without pay
    By The Sports Xchange

    Spurred on by the injury to goaltender Josh Harding, the Minnesota Wild signed restricted free-agent goalie Darcy Kuemper on Thursday to a two-year contract with a reported cap hit of $1.25 million per season.

    • In addition, it was reported that Harding was suspended by the Wild without pay while he misses time with a fractured right foot allegedly suffered in an off-ice incident with another player in the organization this past weekend.

      The Kuemper signing comes after the Wild signed veteran netminder Ilya Bryzgalov to a professional tryout contract on Wednesday.

      The 24-year-old Kuemper and his agent had been at an impasse with the Wild on contract terms after he went 12-8-4 with a 2.43 goals-against average, a .915 save percentage and two shutouts in 26 regular season games with Minnesota last season. He set franchise records for a rookie goaltender in wins, shutouts and consecutive starts with 16. He also went 3-1-1 with a 2.03 GAA, a .913 save percentage and one shutout in six playoff contests for Minnesota.

      Veteran goaltender Niklas Backstrom is also in the mix with the Wild, but the 36-year-old has battled a series of injuries and has been in decline in recent seasons.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    NHL roundup: Crosby, Malkin to miss start of camp
    By The Sports Xchange

    Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will not be available at the start of training camp, but there is no long-term concern for either Pittsburgh Penguins star.

    • General manager Jim Rutherford said the precautionary move is to allow the players to overcome minor injuries incurred preparing for camp.

      Crosby's wrist, injured late last season, is healthy after rehabbing through the offseason and coach Mike Johnston said the MVP's absence would be "very short."

      Crosby led the league with 104 points in 80 games while Malkin had 72 points in 60 games last season.

      --Top prospect Anthony Mantha, a first-round pick in the 2013 draft, will not debut for the Detroit Red Wings any time soon.

      His greatly anticipated arrival in Detroit must wait after the 2013 Canadian junior player of the year suffered a broken leg in a rookie tournament in Traverse City, Mich.

      "He got his skate caught in a rut and he got hit and he couldn't really protect himself," general manager Ken Holland said. "He went to bed, woke up the next day and his knee was swollen, so we did some tests (Wednesday)."

      Mantha scored 81 goals in 81 games last season and had a 50-goal season in 2012.

      --Columbus right wing Nathan Horton will be out of action indefinitely with a back injury that has bothered the 29-year-old for most of the summer.

      The Blue Jackets are not expecting him to participate in training camp, and the Columbus Dispatch said Horton cold miss the first part of the season.

      Horton played in only 36 games last season as he recovered from shoulder surgery and then suffered an abdominal injury in March.

      In addition to Horton not being available any time soon, the Blue Jackets will be without their No. 1 center, Ryan Johansen. Johansen is a restricted free agent who remains unsigned.

      --Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen said he is not retiring, but the chances of playing again appeared "really slim."

      Many thought the 39-year-old Timonen was going to retire during Thursday's news conference because of a blood clots in his lungs and right leg.

      He was diagnosed in early August with the clots -- a condition that other members of his family have had. He spent time in a hospital in his native Finland receiving treatment, but has been in the Philadelphia area for about two weeks.

      Timonen and the Flyers will have to wait until January before results of medical tests will be available. Timonen said he is prepared for the possibility his playing days are over.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Blue Jackets preparing for life without Horton
    By The Sports Xchange

    Columbus right wing Nathan Horton will be out of action indefinitely with a back injury that has bothered the 29-year-old for most of the summer.

    • The Blue Jackets are not expecting him to participate in training camp, and the Columbus Dispatch said Horton cold miss the first part of the season.

      Horton played in only 36 games last season as he recovered from shoulder surgery and then suffered an abdominal injury in March.

      In addition to Horton not being available any time soon, the Blue Jackets will be without their No. 1 center, Ryan Johansen. Johansen is a restricted free agent who remains unsigned.

      The Blue Jackets' first practice of training camp will be Friday.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Flyers' D Timonen holds off on retiring
    By The Sports Xchange

    Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen said Thursday that is not retiring, but the chances of playing again appeared "really slim."

    • Many thought the 39-year-old Timonen was going to retire during Thursday's news conference because of a blood clots in his lungs and right leg.

      He was diagnosed in early August with the clots -- a condition that other members of his family have had. He spent time in a hospital in his native Finland receiving treatment, but has been in the Philadelphia area for about two weeks.

      Timonen and the Flyers will have to wait until January before results of medical tests will be available. Timonen said he is prepared for the possibility his playing days are over.

      Last season, Timonen was second among Philadelphia defensemen with six goals, 35 points and a plus-5 rating.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Crosby, Malkin out for start of camp
    By The Sports Xchange

    Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will not be available at the start of training camp, but there is no long-term concern for either Pittsburgh Penguins star.

    • General manager Jim Rutherford said the precautionary move is to allow the players to overcome minor injuries incurred preparing for camp.

      Crosby's wrist, injured late last season, is healthy after rehabbing through the offseason and coach Mike Johnston said the MVP's absence would be "very short."

      Crosby led the league with 104 points in 80 games while Malkin had 72 points in 60 games last season.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Red Wings lose Mantha for 6-8 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange

    Top prospect Anthony Mantha, a first-round pick in the 2013 draft, will not debut for the Detroit Red Wings any time soon.

    • His greatly anticipated arrival in Detroit must wait after the 2013 Canadian junior player of the year suffered a broken leg in a rookie tournament in Traverse City, Mich.

      "He got his skate caught in a rut and he got hit and he couldn't really protect himself," general manager Ken Holland said. "He went to bed, woke up the next day and his knee was swollen, so we did some tests (Wednesday)."

      "He's going to be in crutches for a while, take the weight off. We think somewhere around six weeks he should be back up and running and skating and from there playing. In the meantime we got lots of other people looking for opportunity."

      Detroit had designs of putting Mantha in its top six entering training camp but coach Mike Babcock will look for another optiion to team with 36-year-old Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

      Mantha scored 81 goals in 81 games last season and had a 50-goal season in 2012.

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Wild lose G Harding indefinitely to injury
    By The Sports Xchange

    Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding is out indefinitely after suffering a fractured right foot on Sunday.

    • Surgery will not be required to repair the foot, which Harding injured during an off-ice incident.

      According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the team was surprised Monday when Harding limped into the trainer's room. He missed the team's captain's practices the past two days in the Xcel Energy Center and was getting around with crutches.

      Harding was off to a good start last season with a league-best .933 save percentage and 1.65 goals-against average in 29 appearances when he was sidelined by his ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis. His workouts were reported to be going well during the past month before he hurt the ankle.

      The injury muddles the Wild's goaltending situation. Contract negotiations with free agent Darcy Kuemper are stalled, and veteran Niklas Backstrom is 36 and appears to be in decline.

      The Wild reached out to veteran goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov for help on Wednesday and he agreed to a professional tryout contract.

      The 34-year-old was acquired at the trade deadline last season by the team and posted a 7-13 record with a 2.12 goals-against average in 12 regular-season games. He also played in nine playoff games and was 3-6 with a 2.63 goals-against average.

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    NHL roundup: Wild G Harding out indefinitely
    By The Sports Xchange

    Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding is out indefinitely after suffering a fractured right foot on Sunday.

    • Surgery will not be required to repair the foot, which Harding injured during an off-ice incident. He was off to a good start last season with a league-best .933 save percentage and 1.65 goals-against average in 29 appearances when he was sidelined by his ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis. His workouts were reported to be going well during the past month before he hurt the ankle.

      The injury muddles the goaltending situation. Contract negotiations with free agent Darcy Kuemper are stalled, and veteran Niklas Backstrom is 36 and appears to be in decline.

      ---The San Jose Sharks re-signed defenseman Justin Braun to a five-year contract extension on Wednesday.

      The extension, which will commence next season, places Braun, 27, under contract with the Sharks through the 2019-20 season. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Sportsnet reported the deal is worth $19 million, an average annual value of $3.8 million.

      Braun set career highs last season with four goals and 17 points and was one of four Sharks to play in all 82 regular-season games. His 20:59 average time on ice was second on the team and he led all Sharks with 2:11 of shorthanded time per game. He had one goal and two points in seven Stanley Cup playoff games.

      ---The Edmonton Oilers hired former Olympic champion David Pelletier as a skating coach on Wednesday.

      Pelletier is best known for winning the Olympic gold in pairs figure skating along with partner Jamie Sale at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. The Canadians were awarded gold medals along with a Russian pair after a judging scandal. It was Canada's first Olympic gold in pairs figure skating in 42 years.

      Pelletier, a 39-year-old from Sayabec, Quebec, also paired with Sale to win three Canadian champions, a World champions, and a Grand-Prix Final title.

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Wild goal breaks foot in locker room incident
    By The Sports Xchange

    Goaltender Josh Harding of the Minnesota Wild is out indefinitely because of a broken right foot after being involved in an altercation with a teammate in the locker room, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

    • The 30-year-old Harding will not need surgery, but could be out for a few months.

      “I still don’t know all the details and most likely whatever the details are, I’m not sure I’ll discuss them publicly,” general manager Chuck Fletcher said Wednesday.

      “Whatever happened, we have to figure out. Clearly, it’s bad for Josh, it’s bad for our team. We just have to figure out what happened. But I’m not sure I want to get into a whole public expose of what happened. We’ve got to speak to the players and figure out what happened.”

      Harding missed the second half of last season due to complications from multiple sclerosis.

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Oilers hire Pelletier as skating coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Edmonton Oilers hired former Olympic champion David Pelletier as a skating coach on Wednesday.

    • Pelletier is best known for winning the Olympic gold in pairs figure skating along with partner Jamie Sale at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. The Canadians were awarded gold medals along with a Russian pair after a judging scandal. It was Canada's first Olympic gold in pairs figure skating in 42 years.

      Pelletier, a 39-year-old from Sayabec, Quebec, also paired with Sale to win three Canadian champions, a World champions, and a Grand-Prix Final title.

      Since retiring from professional figure skating, Pelletier has worked as a power skating coach with several professional and junior athletes as well as members of the Canadian women's hockey team.

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Sharks sign Braun to 5-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Jose Sharks re-signed defenseman Justin Braun to a five-year contract extension on Wednesday.

    • The extension, which will commence next season, places Braun, 27, under contract with the Sharks through the 2019-20 season.

      Financial terms were not disclosed, but Sportsnet reported the deal is worth $19 million, an average annual value of $3.8 million.

      "Justin has emerged as one of our most well-rounded and dependable defensemen," general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "He's an excellent skater who excels in matching up against the opponents top players on a nightly basis and fits in well with our core group of younger players. We feel Justin has just scratched the surface of his talent and we are excited to have him under contract for the next six seasons."

      Braun set career highs last season with four goals and 17 points and was one of four Sharks to play in all 82 regular-season games. His 20:59 average time on ice was second on the team and he led all Sharks with 2:11 of shorthanded time per game. He had one goal and two points in seven Stanley Cup playoff games.

      A seventh-round pick by San Jose in the 2007 draft, Braun has eight goals and 46 points in 217 regular-season games, all with the Sharks.

      The native of Minneapolis represented the U.S. at the 2012 World Championships.

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    Oilers sign winger Westgarth
    By The Sports Xchange

    Journeyman winger Kevin Westgarth signed with Edmonton and was added to the team's training camp roster, the Oilers announced Tuesday.

    • Westgarth played 12 games for the Carolina Hurricanes and 36 for the Calgary Flames last season. He totaled four goals and three assists, all for the Flames, and a combined 68 penalty minutes.

      The 30-year-old veteran previously spent parts of three seasons with the Los Angeles Kings before playing in 31 games for the Hurricanes in 2012-13.

      Westgarth, who is 6-foot-4, 234 pounds, has seven goals, nine assists and 266 penalty minutes in 169 NHL games. In six postseason games, he has two assists and 14 penalty minutes.

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    NHL roundup: RW Smith-Pelly signs with Ducks
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Anaheim Ducks signed restricted free-agent right winger Devante Smith-Pelly to a two-year contract that extends through the 2015-16 NHL season.

    • No financial terms of the deal were released by the team, but the Orange County Register reported that the contract is worth $1.6 million and has an annual salary-cap hit of $800,000.

      The 22-year-old Smith-Pelly has 23 points and 18 penalty minutes in 75 career games with the Ducks. He set career highs in assists with eight and plus/minus (+5) in his third NHL season in 2013-14 when he played in 19 games.

      ---The Detroit Red Wings reached agreement Tuesday with restricted free-agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser on a two-year contract.

      The team did not release financial details, but The Sporting News reported the deal is worth $4.375 million and includes $2.125 million in the first year, $2.25 million in the second year and a $500,000 signing bonus.

      The 24-year-old DeKeyser had 28 points (four goals, 19 assists) and a plus-10 rating in 65 games for the Red Wings last season. His 21 minutes, 38 seconds of ice time per game was second only to Niklas Kronwall on the team and was the second most among NHL rookies.

      The news was not as good for veteran Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson. A sore back that bothered Alfredsson last season has prevented him from skating for about 10 days.

      ---Accomplished NHL executive Bill Daly and former player, coach, current Flyers executive Paul Holmgren have been named recipients of the 2014 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

      A ceremony will be held in Minneapolis in December.

      Daly was named the first deputy commissioner in the NHL in 2005. He assists commissioner Gary Bettman on all issues involving operation and overall business. He administers the collective bargaining agreement as well as NHL Players' Association and the NHL Officials' Association.

      Holmgren is president of the Philadelphia Flyers after a 10-year career with that team and the Minnesota North Stars. Drafted 108th overall in 1975 by the Flyers, he was an all-star in 1981 and scored three goals in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in 1980 to become the first U.S.-born player with a hat trick in a Cup Final game. He was also a 1981 NHL All-Star. Before becoming team president, he was assistant coach, head coach, assistant general manager and general manager.

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    Red Wings, D DeKeyser agree on two-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Detroit Red Wings reached agreement Tuesday with restricted free-agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser on a two-year contract.

    • The team did not release financial details, but The Sporting News reported the deal is worth $4.375 million and includes $2.125 million in the first year, $2.25 million in the second year and a $500,000 signing bonus.

      The 24-year-old DeKeyser had 28 points (four goals, 19 assists) and a plus-10 rating in 65 games for the Red Wings last season. His 21 minutes, 38 seconds of ice time per game was second only to Niklas Kronwall on the team and was the second most among NHL rookies.

      The undrafted free agent has played in 76 games for the Red Wings the past two years. He also was a member of Team USA for the IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, scoring two goals in eight games.

      The news was not as good for veteran Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson. A sore back that bothered Alfredsson last season has prevented him from skating for about 10 days.

      "The setback is a little bigger than Alfie thought," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press. "I know he still wants to give himself every opportunity to see if his body will allow him to play. We're going to be patient -- give him the time to make his decision. At this point, I don't expect him to be coming to camp."

      The 41-year-old had 49 points for the Red Wings last season.

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    Ducks RW Smith-Pelly signs two-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Anaheim Ducks signed restricted free-agent right winger Devante Smith-Pelly to a two-year contract that extends through the 2015-16 NHL season.

    • No financial terms of the deal were released by the team, but the Orange County Register reported that the contract is worth $1.6 million and has an annual salary-cap hit of $800,000.

      "I'm relieved to get it done," Smith-Pelly said. "It's a long process, but I knew something would get done before camp."

      The 22-year-old Smith-Pelly has 23 points and 18 penalty minutes in 75 career games with the Ducks. He set career highs in assists with eight and plus/minus (+5) in his third NHL season in 2013-14 when he played in 19 games.

      In the playoffs with the Ducks last season, Smith-Pelly had five goals.

      The 2010 second-round draft pick also scored 43 points (27 goals, 16 assists) in 55 games last season with Norfolk in the American Hockey League. He led Norfolk in goals and was second in scoring.

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    Holmgren, Daly named Lester Patrick winners
    By The Sports Xchange

    Accomplished NHL executive Bill Daly and former player, coach, current Flyers executive Paul Holmgren have been named recipients of the 2014 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

    • A ceremony will be held in Minneapolis in December.

      The award was first presented in 1966 to the New York Rangers in memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer of NHL development.

      Daly was named the first deputy commissioner in the NHL in 2005. He assists commissioner Gary Bettman on all issues involving operation and overall business. He administers the collective bargaining agreement as well as NHL Players' Association and the NHL Officials' Association.

      Holmgren is president of the Philadelphia Flyers after a 10-year career with that team and the Minnesota North Stars. Drafted 108th overall in 1975 by the Flyers, he was an all-star in 1981 and scored three goals in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in 1980 to become the first U.S.-born player with a hat trick in a Cup Final game. He was also a 1981 NHL All-Star. Before becoming team president, Holmgren was assistant coach, head coach, assistant general manager, and general manger of the Flyers.

  • Monday, September 15, 2014
    Devils sign D Gelinas
    By The Sports Xchange

    Restricted free-agent defenseman Eric Gelinas signed a new contract with the New Jersey Devils on Monday.

    • Details of the contract were not released, but NorthJersey.com reported Gelinas signed for one year at $900,000.

      "Just happy to have everybody here, everybody ready," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said. "It's the first step towards getting our team together. We've got all our players here and now training camp begins."

      Gelinas, 23, had seven goals and 29 points in 60 games last season for the Devils while averaging 16:55 of ice time per game. He was fourth among all rookie defenders in goals and tied for third in points.

      The signing comes on the same day Devils rookies reported for their training camp physicals.

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014
    Oilers sign F Chase
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Greg Chase to a three-year entry level contract, the team announced Saturday.

    • Chase, 19, had 35 goals, 50 assists and 83 penalty minutes in 70 games with the Western Hockey League's Calgary Hitmen last season. He led the team in points (85) and assists (50) and ranked second with 35 goals. He also had four goals, five assists and two penalty minutes in six playoff games.

      Chase also participated in the 2013 Canadian Hockey League Subway Super Series as a member of Team WHL. He had two goals and a plus-one rating, as well as being named Team WHL's Player of the Game in its 4-2 victory over Russia.

      The 6-foot, 189-pound forward recently attended Team Canada's Under-20 National Junior Team Summer Development Camp in Calgary, Alberta, where he had two assists and six penalty minutes in three games.

      Edmonton selected Chase in the seventh round of the 2013 draft.

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
    NHL roundup: League announces rule changes
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NHL announced Thursday a series of rules changes for the 2014-15 season, following approval earlier in the summer by the League's Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players' Association.

    • Included in the changes are:

      --A new Game Misconduct category will be created.

      Clipping, charging, elbowing, interference, kneeing, head-butting and butt-ending move from the general category into the same category as boarding and checking from behind.

      A player who incurs two such game misconducts in this category would now be automatically suspended for one game.

      --The 'Spin-O-Rama' move no longer will be permitted either in penalty shot situations or in the shootout.

      --The goalkeeper's restricted area -- the trapezoid -- will be expanded by two feet from the goal post on both sides of the net.

      --he Minnesota Wild signed restricted free agent right winger Nino Niederreiter to a three-year, $8 million contract.

      The 22-year-old Niederreiter made his Wild debut last season and had 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) and a plus-12 rating in 81 regular-season games. He ranked second on the team in hits with 175, third in goals, fourth in plus-minus and fifth in shots.

      A fifth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders, Niederreiter went to the Wild on June 30, 2013, in a trade for forward Cal Clutterbuck and a 2013 draft pick that the Islanders used to draft Eamon McAdam.

      --The New York Rangers agreed to terms with defenseman John Moore. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is a one-year, $850,000 contract, according to multiple reports.

      With Moore in the fold, the Rangers have all six of their expected top defensemen under contract entering training camp.

      Moore, 23, scored registered four goals and 11 assists to go along with 25 penalty minutes in 74 games last season, all career highs. He also ranked fifth on the team with 57 blocked shots.

      --The Columbus Blue Jackets signed their first-round draft pick, forward Sonny Milano, to a three-year entry level contract. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

      "Sonny Milano is a skilled, dynamic player and we're very happy to add him to the exciting group of prospects within our organization," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We are looking forward to watching his development and helping him grow both on and off the ice in the years to come."

      Milano, 18, was the 16th overall pick in June's NHL Draft. The Massapequa, N.Y., native has spent the past two seasons playing for the U.S. National Development Program, where he registered 24 goals and 37 assists with 33 penalty minutes in 63 games.

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
    Wild signs RW Niederreiter
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Minnesota Wild signed restricted free agent right winger Nino Niederreiter to a three-year, $8 million contract on Thursday.

    • The 22-year-old Niederreiter made his Wild debut last season and had 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) and a plus-12 rating in 81 regular-season games. He ranked second on the team in hits with 175, third in goals, fourth in plus-minus and fifth in shots.

      The highlight of 13 playoff games last season was the Swiss native scoring the winning goal in overtime of Game 7 agaisnt the Colorado Avalanche on April 30. He added the winning goal in Game 4 of the Western Conference playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks on May 9.

      In February, Niederreiter played in four games for Switzerland in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

      A fifth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders, Niederreiter went to the Wild on June 30, 2013, in a trade for forward Cal Clutterbuck and a 2013 draft pick that the Islanders used to draft Eamon McAdam.

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
    NHL announces rule changes for new season
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NHL announced Thursday a series of rules changes for the 2014-15 season, following approval earlier in the summer by the League's Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players' Association.

    • Included in the changes are:

      --A new Game Misconduct category will be created.

      Clipping, charging, elbowing, interference, kneeing, head-butting and butt-ending move from the general category into the same category as boarding and checking from behind.

      A player who incurs two such game misconducts in this category would now be automatically suspended for one game.

      --The 'Spin-O-Rama' move no longer will be permitted either in penalty shot situations or in the shootout.

      --The goalkeeper's restricted area -- the trapezoid -- will be expanded by two feet from the goal post on both sides of the net.

      --Video reviews will be expanded to assist the referees in determining the legitimacy of all potential goals and to provide guidance to referees on goal and potential goal plays where the referee has blown his whistle (or intended to blow his whistle) after having lost sight of the puck.

      --The rule relating to tripping will be revised to specifically provide that a two minute minor penalty will be assessed when a defending player "dives" and trips an attacking player with his body/arm/shoulder, regardless of whether the defending player is able to make initial contact with the puck.

      New rules also address "kicked in goals," and how referees will determine if the goal is legitimate or not, and diving and embellishment.

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
    Blue Jackets sign first-round pick Milano
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday signed their first-round draft pick, forward Sonny Milano, to a three-year entry level contract. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

    • "Sonny Milano is a skilled, dynamic player and we're very happy to add him to the exciting group of prospects within our organization," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We are looking forward to watching his development and helping him grow both on and off the ice in the years to come."

      Milano, 18, was the 16th overall pick in June's NHL Draft. The Massapequa, N.Y., native has spent the past two seasons playing for the U.S. National Development Program, where he registered 24 goals and 37 assists with 33 penalty minutes in 63 games.

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
    Rangers agree to deal with Moore
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Rangers agreed to terms with defenseman John Moore. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is a one-year, $850,000 contract, according to multiple reports that equals his qualifying offer from over the summer.

    • With Moore in the fold, the Rangers have all six of their expected top defensemen under contract entering training camp.

      Moore, 23, scored registered four goals and 11 assists to go along with 25 penalty minutes in 74 games last season, all career highs. He also ranked fifth on the team with 57 blocked shots.

      In 173 career NHL games over four seasons with the Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Moore has seven goals and 22 assists, along with 40 penalty minutes. A first-round pick in 2009, he was acquired by the Rangers from Columbus on April 3, 2013, along with Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, and a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Marian Gaborik, Blake Parlett, and Steven Delisle.

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    NHL roundup: Ducks extend Boudreau's contract
    By The Sports Xchange

    Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau received a two-year extension through the 2016-17 season on Wednesday.

    • Boudreau led Anaheim to the best record in the Western Conference (54-20-8) last season when the Ducks won a second straight division title and set a franchise record with 116 points.

      He became the fastest coach in NHL history to reach 300 wins, accomplishing the feat in 496 games. Boudreau's career record, including four seasons with the Washington Capitals from 2007 to 2011, is 312-143-62.

      ---Former Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu announced his retirement on Wednesday after 18 seasons in the NHL.

      Koivu, 39, appeared in 1,124 regular-season NHL games and 80 Stanley Cup playoff games. He scored 255 goals and had 832 points in the regular season, and 18 goals and 59 points in the playoffs.

      He was captain of the Canadiens for nine seasons, from 1999-2000 to 2008-09, becoming the first European-born player to hold that role.

      ---The NHL announced Wednesday that the Washington Capitals will host the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015 at Nationals Park.

      The Blackhawks will appear in the Winter Classic for the second time. Chicago hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in the 2009 Winter Classic. The Red Wings won the game 6-4.

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    Nationals Park to host Capitals vs. Blackhawks
    By The Sports Xchange

    The National Hockey League announced Wednesday that the Washington Capitals will host the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015 at Nationals Park.

    • "The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic has made New Year's Day a highlight of the season for NHL fans everywhere," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "Nationals Park provides an ideal setting for all the excitement, entertainment and fun as the Blackhawks and Capitals bring our outdoor tradition to historic Washington, D.C."

      The stadium is the home of Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals. The 41,546 seat venue opened in March 2008.

      "We are thrilled the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be played at Nationals Park as we welcome the Chicago Blackhawks and their fans to our nation's capital," Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis said. "We are delighted the D.C. area and our great fan base will have an opportunity to experience the Winter Classic, and we know that Nationals Park will provide an incredible backdrop for the game."

      In celebration of the outdoor game, the Capitals will unveil their NHL Winter Classic uniforms during a special event at Nationals Park on Sept. 23.

      The 2015 game will mark the seventh Winter Classic. It will be the second time that the Capitals will play an outdoor game. Washington defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in front of 68,111 fans at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 2011.

      The Blackhawks will appear in the Winter Classic for the second time. Chicago hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in the 2009 Winter Classic. The Red Wings won the game 6-4.

      "It's an honor to be selected by the NHL to participate in the 2015 NHL Winter Classic," said Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough. "This is another marquee event for the Blackhawks and we're looking forward to spending New Year's Day in our nation's capital."