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  • NHL notebook: Blues' Berglund sidelined until December
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund is expected to be sidelined until December after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Berglund sustained the injury during his offseason conditioning program in his native Sweden. The 29-year-old will have a late start before entering the first season of a five-year, $19.25 million contract in 2017-18.

      Berglund posted a career-high 23 goals to go along with 11 assists while playing in all 82 regular-season games in 2016-17.

      --Ottawa Senators goaltender Mike Condon signed a three-year, $7.2 million contract extension.

      Condon will make $1.7 million in the first season, $2.5 million in the second and $3 million in the third. The 27-year-old is coming off a two-year, $1.15 million contract.

      Condon posted a 19-14-6 mark with five shutouts, a 2.48 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 41 games last season.

      --Colorado Avalanche forward Sven Andrighetto signed a two-year contract, the team announced.

      Financial terms were not divulged by the club for Andrighetto, who recorded 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 19 contests with the Avalanche after being acquired from the Montreal Canadiens in a trade on March 1.

      --The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms with forward Jacob De La Rose on a one-year contract. The one-way contract for the 2017-18 season is worth a reported $750,000.

      The 22-year-old left winger played in nine games with the Canadiens in 2016-17, going scoreless with four shots on goal and four penalty minutes.

      --The Washington Capitals re-signed goaltender Pheonix Copley to a two-year, $1.3 million contract.

      Copley's contract is a two-way NHL/AHL deal ($650,000/$200,000) during the 2017-18 season and one-way ($650,000) during the 2018-19 season.

      --The Anaheim Ducks named Steve Konowalchuk and Mark Morrison as assistant coaches.

      The pair joins head coach Randy Carlyle's staff that also includes assistants Trent Yawney and Rich Preston, and goaltending coach Sudarshan Maharaj.

      --The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed forwards Cory Conacher and Gabriel Dumont to two-year contracts.

      The deals are one-way during the first season and two-way during the second, paying $650,000 per campaign at the NHL level, general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

      Conacher, 27, played in 11 games with the Lightning last season, recording one goal, three assists and four penalty minutes.

      Dumont, 26, skated in 39 games with the Lightning during the 2016-17 season, posting two goals and four points to go along with 29 penalty minutes.

      --The Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Brock McGinn to a two-year contract and defenseman Philip Samuelsson on a one-year, two-way contract.

      The deal will pay McGinn $875,000 in 2017-18 and $900,000 in 2018-19. Samuelsson will make $650,000 at the NHL level, or $160,000 at the AHL level.

  • Ducks tab Konowalchuk, Morrison as assistant coaches
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    The Anaheim Ducks named Steve Konowalchuk and Mark Morrison as assistant coaches on Wednesday.

    • The pair joins head coach Randy Carlyle's staff that also includes assistants Trent Yawney and Rich Preston, and goaltending coach Sudarshan Maharaj.

      Konowalchuk previously was head coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (2011-17) and an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche (2009-11). This past season, Konowalchuk, a 14-year NHL veteran as a player, led the Thunderbirds to the first WHL Championship in franchise history.

      Konowalchuk was selected by the Washington Capitals in the third round of the 1991 NHL Draft (58th overall). Konowalchuk appeared in 790 games over 14 NHL seasons with Washington and Colorado, recording 396 points (171 goals, 225 assists). In 2002-03, he was announced as the 10th full-time captain in Capitals history, holding the position until he was traded to Colorado. Konowalchuk was the first player born and raised in Utah to reach the NHL.

      Morrison was previously with the Winnipeg Jets organization as an assistant coach for the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose (2015-17) and St. John's IceCaps (2011-15). The former New York Rangers draft pick spent four seasons with St. John's before joining Manitoba.

      Prior to the IceCaps, Morrison served as head coach and general manager of the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL, where he spent four years. Morrison also coached and played with the Fife Flyers of the British National League, winning Coach of the Year honors three times.

  • Hurricanes ink F McGinn, D Samuelsson
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    The Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Brock McGinn to a two-year contract and defenseman Philip Samuelsson on a one-year, two-way contract on Wednesday.

    • The deal will pay McGinn $875,000 in 2017-18 and $900,000 in 2018-19. Samuelsson will make $650,000 at the NHL level, or $160,000 at the AHL level.

      McGinn, 23, completed his third full professional season in 2016-17, and played in 57 NHL games with Carolina, notching 16 points (seven goals, nine assists).

      "Brock took a step forward last season and was a regular presence in our lineup," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. "He is a young player who plays a physical, but smart brand of hockey, and can contribute offensively."

      The 6-foot, 185-pound native of Fergus, Ontario, also skated in nine games with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League last season, recording five goals and three assists. He was named the NHL's third star of the week for the period ending Jan. 15, after he registered seven points (four goals, three assists) in three games, including his first NHL hat trick on Jan. 14.

      Originally selected by Carolina in the second round (47th overall) of 2012 draft, McGinn owns 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 78 career NHL games with the Hurricanes.

      Samuelsson, 25, scored three goals and earned 11 assists (14 points) in 25 games with the Charlotte Checkers (AHL) last season after being acquired by the Hurricanes from Montreal on Feb. 21.

      He was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the 2009 draft. He has appeared in 13 career NHL games with the Penguins and Arizona Coyotes. He has 19 goals and 96 assists to go with 280 penalty minutes in 369 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Portland, Springfield, St. John's and Charlotte.

  • Avalanche F Andrighetto signs two-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Colorado Avalanche forward Sven Andrighetto signed a two-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Financial terms were not divulged by the club for Andrighetto, who recorded 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 19 contests with the Avalanche after being acquired from the Montreal Canadiens in a trade on March 1.

      "We were pleased with what Sven added to our team at the end of last season," general manager Joe Sakic said. "He sees the ice well and brings speed and scoring to our lineup. We're excited to have him under contract."

      Prior to the trade, Andrighetto split time between the Canadiens and St. John's of the American Hockey League. The 24-year-old collected eight points (two goals, six assists) in 27 games with Montreal and 22 (eight goals, 14 assists) in 20 contests with the IceCaps.

      Andrighetto has notched 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists) in 102 career NHL contests since being selected by the Canadiens in the third round of the 2013 NHL draft.

      Internationally, Andrighetto suited up for his native Switzerland at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, registering a team-high seven points (three goals, four assists) in seven games.

  • Blues C Berglund out until December after shoulder surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund is expected to be sidelined until December after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Berglund sustained the injury during his offseason conditioning program in his native Sweden. The 29-year-old will have a late start before entering the first season of a five-year, $19.25 million contract in 2017-18.

      Berglund posted a career-high 23 goals to go along with 11 assists while playing in all 82 regular-season games in 2016-17.

      The 6-foot-4, 223-pound forward has collected 296 points (151 goals, 145 assists) in 637 career contests since being selected by St. Louis with the 25th overall pick of the 2006 NHL draft.

  • Lightning re-sign Conacher, Dumont to two-year deals
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed forwards Cory Conacher and Gabriel Dumont to two-year contracts on Wednesday.

    • The deals are one-way during the first season and two-way during the second, paying $650,000 per campaign at the NHL level, general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

      Conacher, 27, played in 11 games with the Lightning last season, recording one goal, three assists and four penalty minutes. He also skated in 56 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, notching 60 points (17 goals, 43 assists). In addition, he played in 22 games in helping the Crunch to the Calder Cup Finals in 2017, pacing Syracuse with 12 goals, four power-play goals and 28 points during the postseason.

      The 5-foot-8, 180-pound native of Burlington, Ontario, owns 62 points (20 goals, 42 assists) and 88 penalty minutes in 152 career NHL games with Tampa Bay, Ottawa, Buffalo and the New York Islanders since making his debut in 2012.

      Conacher went undrafted out of Canisius College and originally signed as a free agent with the Lightning on March 3, 2012.

      Dumont, 26, skated in 39 games with the Lightning during the 2016-17 season, posting two goals and four points to go along with 29 penalty minutes. In 57 career NHL games with Tampa Bay and the Montreal Canadiens, Dumont has three goals and seven points.

      The 5-foot-10, 190-pound forward also appeared in 20 games with Syracuse, recording five goals and 10 points to go along with 24 penalty minutes. Dumont skated in 22 playoff games with the Crunch, registering five goals and 11 points, helping guide Syracuse to the Calder Cup Final. He has played in 409 career AHL games over seven seasons, notching 97 goals and 213 points to go along with 516 penalty minutes.

      Dumont was signed as a free agent by the Lightning on July 1, 2016.

  • Canadiens re-sign F De La Rose
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms with forward Jacob De La Rose on a one-year contract Wednesday.

    • The one-way contract for the 2017-18 season is worth a reported $750,000.

      The 22-year-old left winger spent the majority of last season with the American Hockey League's St. John's IceCaps, where he collected 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) and 38 penalty minutes in 62 games. In the AHL playoffs, the Swede had a goal and two assists in four games.

      De La Rose played in nine games with the Canadiens in 2016-17, going scoreless with four shots on goal and four penalty minutes.

      The Canadiens' second-round choice (34th overall) in the 2013 draft owns four goals, three assists and 22 penalty minutes in 64 career NHL games.

  • Capitals re-sign G Copley
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    The Washington Capitals re-signed goaltender Pheonix Copley to a two-year, $1.3 million contract on Wednesday.

    • Copley's contract is a two-way NHL/AHL deal ($650,000/$200,000) during the 2017-18 season and one-way ($650,000) during the 2018-19 season.

      Copley, 25, posted a 26-11-3 record with one shutout, a 2.25 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 41 American Hockey League games with the Chicago Wolves and Hershey Bears in 2016-17.

      The North Pole, Alaska, native owns a 58-31-6 record with seven shutouts, a 2.42 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 104 career AHL games.

      The 6-foot-4, 196-pound Copley has appeared in two career NHL games with the St. Louis Blues. He made his NHL debut on Feb. 27, 2016, and made 24 saves in his first career NHL start on Jan. 21 at Winnipeg. The Capitals acquired Copley from the Blues on Feb. 27.

  • Union standout Foo to join Flames
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Right winger Spencer Foo, formerly of Union College, committed to the Calgary Flames, the team announced in a release Tuesday.

    • Foo, a highly sought-after NCAA star, came into his own this past season, scoring 26 goals and 62 points. The 6-foot, 185-pounder finished his collegiate career with 49 goals and 62 assists.

      Foo, a 23-year-old native of Edmonton, Alberta, was a finalist for the 2016-17 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the NCAA's top player. He was also named an All-ECAC Hockey First Team selection.

      The signing won't be official until Saturday, when the NHL's free agency window opens.

  • NHL notebook: Stars buy out G Niemi's contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Antti Niemi's time in Dallas is over after the Stars announced Tuesday they bought out the remainder of the goaltender's contract, which had one year and $4.5 million left on it.

    • Two thirds of Niemi's salary ($3 million) will be spread out over the next two seasons and the team will incur an annual salary cap hit of $1.5 million.

      The 33-year-old Finnish player was 12-12-4 record with a .892 save percentage and a 3.30 goals against average in 37 games (30 starts) last season for the Stars, who missed the playoffs after finishing 34-37-11.

      Niemi spent two seasons in Dallas, posting a 37-25-11 mark with a .900 save percentage and a 2.92 GAA. He has a career 227-125-51 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.49 GAA in 423 career games (406 starts) over nine NHL seasons.

      --The Edmonton Oilers signed defenseman Eric Gryba to a two-year contract extension.

      Gryba, 29, appeared in 40 games last season -- his second with Edmonton and fifth in the NHL -- and had two goals and six points.

      The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Gryba was a physical presence for the Oilers, ranking second among the team's blueliners with 145 hits while blocking 47 shots.

      --Patrick Brown and Jake Chelios have agreed to one-year, two-way contracts with the Carolina Hurricanes, the team announced.

      Brown, a 25-year-old center, will be paid $650,000 at the NHL level or $160,000 at the AHL level next season. He is guaranteed at least $190,000. Brown skated in a career-high 14 NHL games last season but did not record a goal or an assist.

      Chelios, a 26-year-old defenseman, would also make $650,000 at the NHL level or $85,000 in the AHL. He led all Checkers' defenseman in scoring (four goals, 28 assists) with a career-high 32 points last season.

  • Oilers ink D Gryba to two-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    The Edmonton Oilers signed defenseman Eric Gryba to a two-year contract extension on Tuesday.

    • Gryba appeared in 40 games last season -- his second with Edmonton and fifth in the NHL -- and had two goals and six points.

      The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Gryba was a physical presence for the Oilers, ranking second among the team's blueliners with 145 hits while blocking 47 shots.

      A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the 29-year-old Gryba has registered 41 points in 258 regular-season games with the Ottawa Senators and Edmonton.

  • Dallas buys out G Niemi's contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Antti Niemi's time in Dallas is over after the Stars announced Tuesday they have bought out the remainder of the goaltender's contract, which had one year and $4.5 million left on it.

    • Two thirds of Niemi's salary ($3 million) will be spread out over the next two seasons and the team will incur an annual salary cap hit of $1.5 million.

      The 33-year-old Finnish player was 12-12-4 record with a .892 save percentage and a 3.30 goals against average in 37 games (30 starts) last season for the Stars, who missed the playoffs after finishing 34-37-11.

      In May, the Stars acquired former All-Star goalie Ben Bishop from the Los Angeles Kings for a 2017 fourth-round draft pick.

      Niemi spent two seasons in Dallas, posting a 37-25-11 mark with a .900 save percentage and a 2.92 GAA.

      He has a career 227-125-51 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.49 GAA in 423 career games (406 starts) over nine NHL seasons.

      Niemi began his career with the Blackhawks in the 2008-09 season, spending two seasons with Chicago and winning a Stanley Cup championship with the team in 2010.

      He signed as a free agent with the Sharks in September 2010 and played five seasons with San Jose, leading all NHL goalies in victories (24) in the 2012-13 season.

      On Monday, the Stars acquired expansion draft pick and defenseman Marc Methot from the Vegas Golden Knights for a 2020 second-round pick and goalie Dylan Ferguson.

  • Hurricanes sign C Brown, D Chelios to two-way deals
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Patrick Brown and Jake Chelios have agreed to one-year, two-way contracts with the Carolina Hurricanes, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Brown, a 25-year-old center, will be paid $650,000 at the NHL level or $160,000 at the AHL level next season, per the team. He is guaranteed at least $190,000.

      Brown skated in a career-high 14 NHL games last season but did not record a goal or an assist in an average of 9:43 of ice time. He had 12 goals and 16 assists in 66 games with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.

      Chelios, a 26-year-old defenseman, would also make $650,000 at the NHL level or $85,000 in the AHL, the team said.

      He led all Checkers' defenseman in scoring (four goals, 28 assists) with a career-high 32 points last season.

      Chelios is the only Checkers' player to appear in all 76 of the team's games in 2016-17, and his plus-21 rating from Jan. 10 until the end of the season ranked second among all AHL players.

      The Hurricanes (36-31-15) missed the playoffs last season after finishing seventh out of eight teams in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference.

  • Vegas trades expansion pick Methot to Dallas
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Just a few days after the new Las Vegas team selected Marc Methot in the NHL expansion draft, the Golden Knights traded the veteran defenseman to the Dallas Stars on Monday.

    • The 32-year-old Methot was dealt to the Stars for goaltending prospect Dylan Ferguson and a 2020 second-round draft pick.

      Methot had been selected by Vegas in the expansion draft from the Ottawa Senators, who reached the Eastern Conference final before eventually losing to the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

      With the Senators, Methot was paired on defense with Erik Karlsson, who won the Norris Trophy and was twice a finalist when the two played together.

      In 68 regular-season games in 2016-17, Methot finished with no goals, 12 assists and 24 penalty minutes. In 11 seasons and 579 career games with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Senators, Methot has 120 points.

      In Dallas, Methot could be paired on defense with John Klingberg.

      "He has proven to be a capable and steady defenseman that can play well with an offensive-minded partner, and he will add a tremendous amount of leadership and experience to our blue line," Stars general manager Jim Nill said of Methot, who has two years remaining on his current contract.

      Ferguson was selected in the seventh round of the NHL draft last weekend by the Stars. The 18-year-old posted a 16-10-2 record with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage with Kamloops in the Western Hockey League this past season.

  • Blues allow RW Yakupov to become free agent
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    The St. Louis Blues opted against extending a qualifying offer to right winger Nail Yakupov on Monday, making the top overall pick of the 2012 draft an unrestricted free agent.

    • Yakupov collected just nine points (three goals, six assists) in 40 games last season after spending four years with the Edmonton Oilers. The 23-year-old Russian, who will be free to sign with any team July 1, scored 57 goals and set up 67 others in 292 career games.

      The Blues tendered qualifying offers to five other restricted free agents: defensemen Colton Parayko and Petteri Lindbohm, forwards Magnus Paajarvi and Oskar Sundqvist, and goaltender Jordan Binnington.

      St. Louis also re-signed forward Wade Megan to a one-year, two-way contract. The 26-year-old led the American Hockey League with 33 goals and finished fourth with 66 points in 73 games with the Chicago Wolves.

  • NHL notebook: Selanne heads Hockey Hall of Fame selections
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    Teemu Selanne will see a familiar face when he is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    • "The Finnish Flash" will be joined by longtime teammate and close friend Paul Kariya as part of the Class of 2017, which was announced on Monday afternoon. Dave Andreychuk and Mark Recchi were also included to go along with Team Canada women's star Danielle Goyette and builders Clare Drake and Jeremy Jacobs.

      The 2017 Induction Celebration will be held at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Nov. 13.

      Selanne began his decorated career by leading the NHL with a 76-goal season in 1992-93 with the Winnipeg Jets, winning the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. The 10-time All-Star showed no signs of slowing down during his 21-season career, collecting 1,457 points (684 goals, 773 assists) in 1,451 games.

      Selanne's goal total is 11th-best all-time, while Andreychuk's 640 ranks 14th and Recchi's 577 is good enough for 20th on the NHL's career list.

      --The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Zack Kassian to a three-year contract extension.

      The deal is worth a reported $5.85 million.

      Kassian, 26, appeared in 79 games with the Oilers last season, posting 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) and 101 penalty minutes. He also recorded three goals and 27 penalty minutes in 13 playoff games.

      The 6-foot-3, 207-pound Kassian owns 98 points (45 goals, 53 assists) and 522 penalty minutes in 313 career NHL games.

      --The Dallas Stars signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a two-year, $4.4-million contract extension.

      The Stars also announced the signing of forward Mark McNeill to a one-year, two-way contract extension.

      Lindell, 23, posted 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 73 games for Dallas during 2016-17, his first full season in the NHL. He finished second on the team averaging 21:52 on ice per game and finished second with 119 blocked shots.

      McNeill, 24, appeared in one game for Dallas last season, recording one shot on goal and one blocked shot. He split the majority of the season between Rockford and Texas of the AHL, appearing in 79 games and posting 39 points (nine goals, 30 assists).

      --The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year, $1.95 million contract.

      The Lightning also re-signed forward Yanni Gourde to a two-year, one-way contract worth $1 million per season.

      Sustr, 26, played in 80 games with the Lightning in 2016-17, recording 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) and 43 penalty minutes. The Plzen, Czech Republic, native also played in six games for his country at the 2016 World Cup, netting one goal.

      Gourde, 25, skated in 20 games with the Lightning during the 2016-17 season, posting six goals, two assists and eight penalty minutes.

      --The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms with forward Derek Ryan on a one-year contract.

      The deal will pay Ryan $1.425 million for the 2017-18 season, the team announced.

      "Derek proved he belonged in the NHL last season," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. "He brings skill and versatility to our lineup and sets an example for our younger players with his character and determination off the ice."

      Ryan, 30, established NHL career highs in goals (11), assists (18) and points (29) in 2016-17. He led the Hurricanes in shooting percentage (14.1) and was tied for fourth on the team in power-play goals (four) and eighth in power-play points (eight).

      --The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Taylor Fedun to a two-year, two-way contract.

      Fedun, 29, appeared in 27 games with the Sabres last season, recording a career-high seven points with seven assists. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Fedun owns 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) through parts of four NHL seasons.

      The Edmonton, Alberta, native also appeared in 29 American Hockey League games for the Rochester Americans last season, totaling 23 points (five goals, 18 assists).

      Sabres general manager Jason Botterill also announced the hiring of Randy Sexton and Steve Greeley to serve as assistant GMs. Sexton also will be the general manager of the Sabres' AHL affiliate in Rochester.

      --The Anaheim Ducks signed defenseman Korbinian Holzer to a two-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

      Holzer, 29, owns 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) and 88 penalty minutes in 119 career NHL games with the Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs. He established career highs in points (seven) and tied his career best in goals (two) with the Ducks last season.

      The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Holzer, acquired from the Maple Leafs in March 2015, has two goals, eight assists and 33 penalty minutes in 61 career games with the Ducks. He also made his debut in the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2017, going scoreless with 18 penalty minutes in five postseason games.

      The Munich, Germany, native was selected by Toronto in the fourth round of the 2006 NHL draft.

      --Minnesota Wild restricted free-agent defenseman Gustav Olofsson agreed to terms on a two-year, $1.45 million contract, the team announced.

      Olofsson will receive $675,000 in 2017-18 and $775.000 in 2018-19.

      The 22-year-old Swede had three assists and two penalty minutes in 13 games with Minnesota last season. He also had 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) in 59 games in 2016-17 with Iowa of the American Hockey League.

      Olofsson was a second-round selection of the Wild in the 2013 NHL draft.

  • Wild, D Olofsson reach agreement on two-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    Minnesota Wild restricted free-agent defenseman Gustav Olofsson agreed to terms on a two-year, $1.45 million contract, the team announced Monday.

    • Olofsson will receive $675,000 in 2017-18 and $775.000 in 2018-19.

      The 22-year-old Swede had three assists and two penalty minutes in 13 games with Minnesota last season. He also had 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) in 59 games in 2016-17 with Iowa of the American Hockey League.

      Olofsson was a second-round selection of the Wild in the 2013 NHL draft.

  • Selanne heads Hockey Hall of Fame selections
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    Teemu Selanne will see a familiar face when he is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    • "The Finnish Flash" will be joined by longtime teammate and close friend Paul Kariya as part of the Class of 2017, which was announced on Monday afternoon. Dave Andreychuk and Mark Recchi were also included to go along with Team Canada women's star Danielle Goyette and builders Clare Drake and Jeremy Jacobs.

      The 2017 Induction Celebration will be held at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Nov. 13.

      Selanne began his decorated career by leading the NHL with a 76-goal season in 1992-93 with the Winnipeg Jets, winning the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. The 10-time All-Star showed no signs of slowing down during his 21-season career, collecting 1,457 points (684 goals, 773 assists) in 1,451 games.

      Selanne's goal total is 11th-best all-time, while Andreychuk's 640 ranks 14th and Recchi's 577 is good enough for 20th on the NHL's career list.

      "I'm lucky to have played with great people wherever I went in hockey," said Selanne, whose No. 8 is retired by the Anaheim Ducks. "The game is a team effort and I have a long list of those who helped me."

      Kariya's name likely is high on that list. The two-time Lady Byng recipient set up Selanne for many goals in Anaheim and finished with 989 points (402 goals, 587 assists) in 989 career games. He finished in the top seven in league scoring on four different occasions.

      "I have to thank all of the countless people in my life who helped me get here," said Kariya, who was in his fifth year of eligibility. "My parents sacrificed so that I could play the game and I wouldn't be receiving this honor if it wasn't for them."

      Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli issued the following statement congratulating Selanne and Kariya.

      "What a tremendous day for our franchise to have two players named 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees!" the statement read. "Both Teemu and Paul now rightfully take their place among legendary players in the history of the sport.

      "The relationship Teemu has with our fans is unparalleled in professional sports. Paul was the first true face of our franchise and helped put the organization on the map. Congratulations to both!"

      Andreychuk, who was a two-time All-Star, gained entry into the Hall in his ninth year of eligibility. The 53-year-old captained the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup in 2004 and has scored the most power-play goals (274) in league history.

      "When I look back I always think of hockey as a team game and it was never about me," said Andreychuk, who had 698 assists. "As a player it is how we are taught and that makes this individual award even more unique."

      Recchi won three Stanley Cup titles with three different teams (Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins), becoming only the 10th player in NHL history to accomplish the feat. A seven-time All-Star, Recchi recorded three 100-point campaigns over his 22 seasons and ranks fourth all-time in games played (1,652).

      "I can't thank the Selection Committee enough for this recognition," Recchi said after his fourth attempt to gain entry into the Hall of Fame. "It's an incredible feeling and the icing on the cake after 22 years of playing the game."

      Goyette netted the lone goal for Team Canada in the inaugural 1998 gold-medal game in Nagano. The 51-year-old Quebec native notched 113 goals and 105 assists in 171 international contests, claiming two Olympic gold medals, one silver and seven gold medals on the World Championship stage.

      "The Hockey Hall of Fame is where the people I have looked up to all my life are enshrined, " Goyette said. "It will be an amazing honor for me to be with them."

      Drake, 88, coached the University of Alberta to six University Cup championships during his 28-year run behind the bench. He remains the only coach to win a national title in both hockey and football in the same year.

      "I am truly humbled to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame," Drake said. "As a Canadian university hockey coach this honor is truly special."

      Jacobs, 77, has owned the Bruins since he purchased the team in 1975 and has served as chairman of the league's Board of Governors since 2007. He won the Lester Patrick Award for service to hockey in the United States in 2015.

      "Being elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame was the furthest thing from my mind when I purchased the team over 40 years ago," Jacobs said. "To be honored in the same way as former Flames' governor Harley Hotchkiss is truly humbling."

  • Oilers F Kassian inks three-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Zack Kassian to a three-year contract extension on Monday.

    • The deal is worth a reported $5.85 million.

      Kassian, 26, appeared in 79 games with the Oilers last season, posting 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) and 101 penalty minutes. He also recorded three goals and 27 penalty minutes in 13 playoff games.

      The 6-foot-3, 207-pound Kassian owns 98 points (45 goals, 53 assists) and 522 penalty minutes in 313 career NHL games.

      The Windsor, Ontario native has represented Canada internationally, most recently at the 2011 World Hockey Championship.

      Kassian was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round (13th overall) of the 2009 NHL draft.

  • Sabres sign D Fedun to 2-year pact
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Taylor Fedun to a two-year, two-way contract on Monday.

    • Fedun, 29, appeared in 27 games with the Sabres last season, recording a career-high seven points with seven assists. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Fedun owns 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) through parts of four NHL seasons.

      The Edmonton, Alberta, native also appeared in 29 American Hockey League games for the Rochester Americans last season, totaling 23 points (five goals, 18 assists).

      Sabres general manager Jason Botterill also announced the hiring of Randy Sexton and Steve Greeley to serve as assistant GMs.

      Sexton also will be the general manager of the Sabres' AHL affiliate in Rochester.

      "Randy and I developed a positive working relationship during our time in Pittsburgh and I think his experience and insight will be advantageous for our front office," Botterill said in a statement. "In Steve, we have hired a talented hockey executive who will offer unique insight to our organization. They both have experience at all levels of the game and we think they will be valuable assets for the Buffalo Sabres moving forward."

      Sexton spent the last seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins' scouting department after joining the team as assistant director of amateur scouting in 2010-11, including the last two seasons as director of amateur scouting.

      Greeley comes to the Sabres after two seasons as the assistant director of player personnel with the New York Rangers.

      Mark Jakubowski, who has served as the Sabres' assistant general manager since the 2014-15 season, will become the vice president of hockey administration.

  • Ducks extend contract of D Holzer
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    The Anaheim Ducks signed defenseman Korbinian Holzer to a two-year contract extension Monday through the 2018-19 season.

    • Holzer, 29, owns 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) and 88 penalty minutes in 119 career NHL games with the Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs. He established career highs in points (seven) and tied his career best in goals (two) with the Ducks last season.

      The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Holzer, acquired from the Maple Leafs in March 2015, has two goals, eight assists and 33 penalty minutes in 61 career games with the Ducks. He also made his debut in the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2017, going scoreless with 18 penalty minutes in five postseason games.

      The Munich, Germany, native was selected by Toronto in the fourth round of the 2006 NHL draft.

  • Stars ink D Lindell to 2-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    The Dallas Stars signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a two-year, $4.4-million contract extension on Monday.

    • The Stars also announced the signing of forward Mark McNeill to a one-year, two-way contract extension.

      Lindell, 23, posted 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 73 games for Dallas during 2016-17, his first full season in the NHL. He finished second on the team averaging 21:52 on ice per game and finished second with 119 blocked shots

      Lindell spent parts of each of his past three seasons playing for Dallas' American Hockey League affiliate, the Texas Stars. In 80 games played with Texas, he tallied 44 points (14 goals, 30 assists).

      "Esa displayed great composure during his first season in the NHL and we look forward to his continued development as a top player on our defense," Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a statement.

      The 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Vantaa, Finland, was originally selected by Dallas in the third round of the 2012 NHL draft. Lindell represented Finland in the 2014 World Junior Championship, the 2015 World Championship and the 2016 World Championship.

      McNeill, 24, appeared in one game for Dallas last season, recording one shot on goal and one blocked shot. He split the majority of the season between Rockford and Texas of the AHL, appearing in 79 games and posting 39 points (nine goals, 30 assists).

      The 6-2, 214-pound McNeill was originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round (18th overall) of the 2011 NHL draft. The native of Langley, British Columbia, was acquired by Dallas on Feb. 28.

  • Lightning re-sign D Sustr, F Gourde
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year, $1.95 million contract on Monday.

    • The Lightning also re-signed forward Yanni Gourde to a two-year, one-way contract worth $1 million per season.

      Sustr, 26, played in 80 games with the Lightning in 2016-17, recording 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) and 43 penalty minutes. The Plzen, Czech Republic, native also played in six games for his country at the 2016 World Cup, netting one goal.

      The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Sustr owns 56 points (eight goals, 48 assists) and 123 penalty minutes in 274 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over five seasons. Tampa Bay signed Sustr as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2013.

      Gourde, 25, skated in 20 games with the Lightning during the 2016-17 season, posting six goals, two assists and eight penalty minutes.

      The 5-9, 172-pound Gourde has six goals and three assists in 22 career NHL games, all with the Lightning. The Narcisse, Quebec, native also played in 56 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League last season, registering 48 points (22 goals, 26 assists) and 54 penalty minutes. Gourde went undrafted and originally signed with the Lightning in 2014.

  • Hurricanes re-sign F Ryan to one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 26, 2017

    The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms with forward Derek Ryan on a one-year contract Monday.

    • The deal will pay Ryan $1.425 million for the 2017-18 season, the team announced.

      "Derek proved he belonged in the NHL last season," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. "He brings skill and versatility to our lineup and sets an example for our younger players with his character and determination off the ice."

      Ryan, 30, established NHL career highs in goals (11), assists (18) and points (29) in 2016-17. He led the Hurricanes in shooting percentage (14.1) and was tied for fourth on the team in power-play goals (four) and eighth in power-play points (eight).

      Ryan was a finalist for the NHL's Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game.

      The Spokane, Wash., native was signed by the Hurricanes as a free agent in June 2015. Ryan owns 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 73 career games with Carolina.

      Prior to signing his first NHL contract, Ryan was the MVP of the Swedish Hockey League in 2014-15, tallying 60 points (15 goals, 45 assists) in 55 games for Orebro. He also played in the American Hockey League and in Austria.

      The Hurricanes also agreed to terms with defenseman Trevor Carrick on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Carrick $670,000 on the NHL level or $77,500 on the AHL level in 2017-18.

      Carrick, 22, scored four goals and added 12 assists in 57 AHL games with the Charlotte Checkers last season. The Stouffville, Ontario, native has 90 points (20 goals, 70 assists) in 203 career AHL games with the Checkers.

      Carrick was selected by the Hurricanes in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL draft. He appeared in two NHL games in 2015-16, with three shots on goal.

  • NHL notebook: Ex-players' sons drafted on second day
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 24, 2017

    Center Skyler Brind'Amour and goaltender Cayden Primeau were among more than a dozen players with NHL bloodlines who were chosen on the second and final day of the draft in Chicago on Saturday.

    • Brind'Amour is the son of Rod Brind'Amour, who had 1,184 points during a career that included a Stanley Cup championship with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. The Edmonton Oilers chose the younger Brind'Amour with the 177th pick in the sixth round.

      Primeau's father, Keith, and uncle, Wayne, combined for more than 300 goals. Cayden Primeau was taken by the Montreal Canadiens in the seventh round (No. 199).

      --The New York Islanders acquired three draft picks from the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Travis Hamonic and a fourth-round selection.

      The Islanders sent Hamonic and the fourth-round pick in 2019 or 2020 to Calgary in exchange for next year's first-round pick, a 2018 second-round pick and a second-round pick in 2019 or 2020.

      Hamonic, 26, recorded 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 49 games this past season with the Islanders. He owns 146 points (26 goals, 120 assists) in 444 career games over seven seasons with the Islanders.

      --The Los Angeles Kings signed forward Andy Andreoff to a two-year contract extension that will have an annual average value of $677,500.

      Andreoff, 26, appeared in 36 games this past season with the Kings, posting two assists and 70 penalty minutes. He owns 15 points (10 goals, five assists) and 164 penalty minutes in 114 games over three seasons in the NHL.

      --The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with defenseman Ben Chiarot on a two-year contract with an average annual value of $1.4 million.

      Chiarot, 26, played in 59 games with the Jets this past season and established a career-high 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) before suffering a season-ending upper-body injury on March 19 against the Minnesota Wild.