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  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Coyotes sign D Grant
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Arizona Coyotes signed defenseman Alex Grant to a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday.

    • Grant, 26, had 33 points and 57 penalty minutes in 58 games for Binghamton in the American Hockey League last season. He has played in two career NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks.

      Grant was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round in 2007.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    NHL notebook: Seven-time All-Star St. Louis retires
    By The Sports Xchange

    Martin St. Louis, a seven-time All-Star who played in the NHL for 16 seasons, retired Thursday.

    • The 40-year-old right wing tallied 391 goals and 642 assists in 1,134 games for the Calgary Flames (1998-2000), the Tampa Bay Lightning (2000-14) and the New York Rangers (2014-15). He was named to the All-NHL first team once and to the second team four times.

      His best NHL season came in 2003-04, when he tallied 94 points and won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player while leading Tampa Bay to the Stanley Cup.

      St. Louis won two Art Ross Trophies as the league's leading scorer (2003-04 and 2012-13) and three Lady Byng Memorial Trophies (2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13) for his "sportsmanship and gentlemanly play combined with a high standard of playing ability." He also led the league in assists in 2003-04 (56) and 2012-13 (43 in 48 games played).

      ---The St. Louis Blues dealt forward T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals for forward Troy Brouwer, goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round draft pick in the 2016 NHL draft.

      The Capitals also signed forward Chris Bourque to a two-year, two-way contract.

      In seven years with the Blues, Oshie totaled 310 points (110 goals) and 239 penalty minutes in 443 regular-season games and nine points in 30 postseason appearances.

      ---The San Jose Sharks re-signed forwards John McCarthy, Micheal Haley and Bryan Lerg to one-year contracts.

      The team also signed defenseman Patrick McNally to a two-year contract and defenseman Mark Cundari to a one-year deal.

      In 87 games with San Jose, McCarthy has registered six points (three goals) and 22 penalty minutes.

      McNally, 23, recorded 21 points (six goals) in 21 games with Harvard last season as the Crimson won the ECAC Championship. In 82 games with Harvard (2011-15), McNally tallied 60 points (14 goals). He was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the fourth round in 2010 and acquired by San Jose in a draft-day trade on June 27.

      ---Defenseman Cameron Schilling and the Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms of a two-year contract and the team signed defenseman Michael Liambas to a one-year contract.

      Schilling, 26, appeared in four games with the Washington Capitals and recorded 18 points (three goals) for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League last season. He has played in six NHL games, all with Washington (2012-15).

      Liambas, 26, collected eight points (five goals) with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL last season.

      ---The Nashville Predators sign forwards Max Reinhart and Conor Allen to one-year, two-way contracts worth $575,000.

      The team also signed Gabriel Bourque, who accepted his qualifying offer and signed a one-year, $866,250 contract.

      Bourque, 24, has played 220 career NHL games, recording 74 points (30 goals-44 assists).

      ---The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with defenseman Tyson Strachan on a one-year, two-way contract and signed forward Jared Knight to a one-year, two-way contract.

      Strachan, 30, recorded five assists in 46 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season. The previous season, he tallied two assists in 18 games with the Washington Capitals and 19 points (four goals) in 60 contests with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

      Knight, 23, recorded seven points (three goals) in 16 games with the Iowa Wild of the AHL last season after he was acquired by Minnesota from the Boston Bruins for forward Zack Phillips on March 2.

      ---Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk and the Columbus Blue Jackets agreed to a one-year, two-way contract.

      Bodnarchuk has registered 30 goals and 105 assists for 135 points with 469 penalty minutes and a plus-63 plus/minus rating in 473 American Hockey League games with the Providence Bruins and Manchester Monarchs.

      In 2014-15, he tallied 5-20-25, 84 penalty minutes and was plus-12 in 61 games with Manchester.

      ---Forward Pat Cannone signed a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.

      Cannone, 28, appeared in 64 games for the Blues’ AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, last season. He ranked second on the club with 47 points, including a team-best 33 assists. He had six assists in five postseason games.

      ---The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Chris Breen to a one-year, two-way contract.

      The deal is worth $600,000 at the NHL level.

      Breen, 26, tallied two goals and eight assists in 52 games for the Providence Bruins last season. He has played in nine NHL games -- all with the Calgary Flames in 2013-14.

      ---The Anaheim Ducks signed defenseman Korbinian Holzer to a one-year contract.

      Holzer, 27, came to Anaheim on March 2 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Eric Brewer and Anaheim's fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

      In 58 games with the Maple Leafs, Holzer has recorded nine points and 55 penalty minutes. The 2006 fourth-round draft pick also has played in 258 American Hockey League games with the Toronto Marlies, tallying 67 points (10 goals).

      ---The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with forwards Patrice Cormier and Matt Fraser. Both are one-year, two-way deals worth $650,000 per year.

      Cormier, 25, played in one game for the Jets last year while tallying 21 points (12 goals) for St. John's of the American Hockey League. The 2008 second-round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils has five points in 50 NHL games and 96 points (48 goals) in 210 AHL games.

      Fraser, 25, played in 36 games with the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins last season, tallying nine points (five goals). He has played in 87 NHL games in four seasons with the Dallas Stars, Boston and Edmonton, recording 16 points (11 goals). He has 131 points (90 goals) in 181 AHL games.

      ---The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti to a one-year, two-way contract.

      Sanguinetti, 27, scored a career-best 16 goals with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League last season. His 40 points led all Comets defensemen and tied for ninth among all AHL blueliners, and he was a second-team All-Star.

      A former first-round pick of the New York Rangers, Sanguinetti has appeared in 45 NHL games in parts of three seasons with the Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes. He has six points (two goals) and eight penalty minutes.

      ---Veteran goaltender Jason LaBarbera signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

      The 35-year-old LaBarbera appeared in five games for the Anaheim Ducks last season and posted a 2-0-1 record with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.

      In parts of 11 NHL seasons with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Phoenix, Edmonton and Anaheim, LaBarbera has compiled a 62-73-20 record with a 2.85 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.

      ---The Calgary Flames have signed goaltender Mason McDonald and right winger Hunter Smith, the team announced.

      McDonald, Calgary's second-round pick in 2014, had a .906 save percentage in his second with the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

      Smith, also a second-round pick in 2014, scored a career-best 23 goals (49 points) for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League last season, and he tallied 18 points (nine goals) in the playoffs as Oshawa won the Memorial Cup Championship.

      ---Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov remains suspended from the NHL after a judge accepted a plea deal on Thursday.

      Voynov pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse after initially being charged with corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury after an incident in October that police said left his wife with a cut over her left eye and red marks on her neck.

      The NHL suspended Voynov after his arrest and later said the Kings were not responsible for his salary.

      As part of the plea deal, Voynov received three years' probation and 90 days in jail. He also must undergo 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and perform eight hours of community service.

      ---The Vancouver Canucks fired assistant general managers Laurence Gilman and Lorne Henning and director of player personnel Eric Crawford.

      Canucks president Trevor Linden said the decisions were made "after a thorough review of the team."

      Gilman, 50, had been with the team since 2008, when Mike Gillis was hired as GM. When Linden was hired last year, he replaced Gillis with Jim Benning. Henning, 63, had been with the Canucks since 2005, and Crawford had been with the team for 16 years.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Flames sign G McDonald, RW Smith
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Calgary Flames have signed goaltender Mason McDonald and right winger Hunter Smith, the team announced Thursday.

    • McDonald, Calgary's second-round pick in 2014, had a .906 save percentage in his second with the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

      Smith, also a second-round pick in 2014, scored a career-best 23 goals (49 points) for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League last season, and he tallied 18 points (nine goals) in the playoffs as Oshawa won the Memorial Cup Championship.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    G LaBarbera joins Flyers
    By The Sports Xchange

    Veteran goaltender Jason LaBarbera signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

    • The 35-year-old LaBarbera appeared in five games for the Anaheim Ducks last season and posted a 2-0-1 record with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.

      LaBarbera spent the majority of last season with Norfolk in the American Hockey League and went 9-16-7 in 34 games with a 2.62 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.

      In parts of 11 NHL seasons with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Phoenix, Edmonton and Anaheim, LaBarbera has compiled a 62-73-20 record with a 2.85 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.

      The Ducks let LaBarbera go after signing Matt Hackett. With the Flyers,

      LaBarbera likely will be the team's third goaltender behind Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Sabres sign D Sanguinetti
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti to a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday.

    • Sanguinetti, 27, scored a career-best 16 goals with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League last season. His 40 points led all Comets defensemen and tied for ninth among all AHL blueliners, and he was a second-team All-Star.

      A former first-round pick of the New York Rangers, Sanguinetti has appeared in 45 NHL games in parts of three seasons with the Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes. He has six points (two goals) and eight penalty minutes.

      In 338 games over eight AHL seasons, he has 210 points (50 goals) and 126 penalty minutes.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Jets agree to deals with Cormier, Fraser
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with forwards Patrice Cormier and Matt Fraser on Thursday.

    • Both are one-year, two-way deals worth $650,000 per year.

      Cormier, 25, played in one game for the Jets last year while tallying 21 points (12 goals) for St. John's of the American Hockey League.

      The 2008 second-round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils has five points in 50 NHL games and 96 points (48 goals) in 210 AHL games.

      Fraser, 25, played in 36 games with the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins last season, tallying nine points (five goals).

      He has played in 87 NHL games in four seasons with the Dallas Stars, Boston and Edmonton, recording 16 points (11 goals). He has 131 points (90 goals) in 181 AHL games.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Voynov suspension still in place after plea deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov remains suspended from the NHL after a judge accepted a plea deal on Thursday.

    • Voynov pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse after initially being charged with corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury after an incident in October with his wife that police said left her bloody with a cut over her left eye and red marks on her neck.

      The NHL suspended Voynov after his arrest and later said the Kings were not responsible for his salary.

      "Nothing changes with regard to his status vis-a-vis the NHL. No timetables for next steps," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Orange County Register. "I imagine we will hear from the player's camp and the PA (Players Association) when they are ready to engage."

      As part of the plea deal, Voynov received three years' probation and 90 days in jail. He also must undergo 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and perform eight hours of community service.

      Voynov's trial was scheduled to start Monday. Voynov's wife, Marta Varlamova, said after the initial charges were filed that she believed her husband was not guilty of a crime.

      In a statement issued Thursday, the Kings said, "We believe the legal system has effectively resolved this matter and the punishment is fair and just. Any act of domestic violence is unacceptable. As an organization, the prevention of domestic violence and the education of our players and employees is of paramount importance. We will continue to actively develop and implement a strategy to deliver this message.

      "We remain steadfast in our support of the National Hockey League as they now begin their own investigative process. Until that is complete we will withhold further comment."

      Voynov, 25, has 18 goals and 81 points in 190 games spanning four NHL seasons with the Kings. His 2014-15 season was cut short after six games following the arrest.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Wild reach deals with D Strachan, F Knight
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with defenseman Tyson Strachan on a one-year, two-way contract and signed forward Jared Knight to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Thursday.

    • Strachan, 30, recorded five assists in 46 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season. The previous season, he tallied two assists in 18 games with the Washington Capitals and 19 points (four goals) in 60 contests with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

      He has notched 20 points (19 assists) in 184 NHL contests with the St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers, Washington and Buffalo.

      Knight, 23, recorded seven points (three goals) in 16 games with the Iowa Wild of the AHL last season after he was acquired by Minnesota from the Boston Bruins for forward Zack Phillips on March 2.

      The 2010 second-round pick has 34 points (10 goals) in 123 AHL games and has yet to play in the NHL.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Blues trade Oshie to Capitals
    By The Sports Xchange

    The St. Louis Blues dealt forward T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals on Thursday for forward Troy Brouwer, goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round draft pick in the 2016 NHL draft.

    • The Capitals also signed forward Chris Bourque to a two-year, two-way contract.

      The 28-year-old Oshie gained fame for his performance in a shootout for Team USA in the 2014 Olympic victory over Russia. The former first-round draft pick has developed into a consistent scorer in the NHL.

      "T.J. is an outstanding skater with a tremendous skill set," Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said in a team statement. "He is a powerful player and has consistent track record of production throughout his career in the NHL. We feel that he complements our core group nicely and can help us get to the next level in achieving our ultimate goal."

      In seven years with the Blues, Oshie totaled 310 points (110 goals, 200 assists) and 239 penalty minutes in 443 career regular-season games and nine points in 30 postseason appearances.

      According to several accounts, the Blues were looking to shake up their roster after flaming out in the playoffs the past few seasons.

      "My initial reaction was a little bit of shock, even though I knew it was a possibility," Oshie said. "After a couple of minutes, I started getting excited. Changes had to be made. I couldn't be more excited about going to Washington."

      Bringing in the 29-year-old Brouwer is a salary cap saver for the Blues. Brouwer is in the final year of a contract that will count $3.6 milion against the cap and Oshie would have been at $4.175 million.

      Last season, Brouwer matched his career high with 43 points in 82 regular-season games with Washington and added three assists in 14 postseason appearances.

      The nine-year NHL veteran with Chicago (2006-2011) and Washington (2011-2015) has 255 points and 395 penalty minutes in 531 career regular-season games and 19 points in 78 career playoff appearances.

      Copley, 23, posted a 17-4-3 record, a 2.17 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage and three shutouts with Hershey in the American Hockey League last season.

      Bourque, 29, has two goals, six assists and 18 penalty minutes in 51 career NHL games with the Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins.

      In 73 games last season with Hartford in the AHL, Bourque accumulated 29 goals, 37 assists and 68 penalty minutes. He led the team in goals and assists and was fifth in the AHL with 66 points.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Sharks sign McCarthy, four others
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Jose Sharks on Thursday re-signed forwards John McCarthy, Micheal Haley and Bryan Lerg to one-year contracts.

    • The team also signed defenseman Patrick McNally to a two-year contract and defenseman Mark Cundari to a one-year deal.

      In 87 games with San Jose, McCarthy has registered six points (three goals) and 22 penalty minutes.

      In 302 American Hockey League games, McCarthy has posted 159 points (68 goals). He ranks first in points (156), goals (63) games played (277) for San Jose's former AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks.

      Haley, 29, collected 31 points in 68 games with Worcester last season. He led Worcester in goals (18), penalty minutes (106) and power-play goals (8).

      In 437 AHL games, he has recorded 145 points (75 goals) and 1,046 penalty minutes. In 56 NHL games with the New York Rangers, New York Islanders and San Jose, he has two goals, one assist and 174 penalty minutes.

      Lerg, 29, tallied 41 points (13 goals) in 68 games with Worcester last season. He led the team in points (41) and tied for first in assists (28) and shots on goal (172). He made his NHL debut with San Jose on April 9 at Edmonton, registering his first goal and setting a franchise record for most shots (eight) in an NHL debut.

      In 348 AHL games, Lerg has amassed 195 points (89 goals) and 110 penalty minutes.

      McNally, 23, recorded 21 points (six goals) in 21 games with Harvard last season as the Crimson won the ECAC Championship. In 82 games with Harvard (2011-15), McNally tallied 60 points (14 goals).

      He was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the fourth round in 2010 and acquired by San Jose in a draft-day trade on June 27.

      "Patrick is a player we have had our eye on for some time now," general manager Doug Wilson said. "He has been a very productive collegiate defenseman and head coach Ted Donato and the Harvard staff have done a tremendous job preparing him to take the next step. We're excited for him to continue his development with our organization."

      Cundari, 25, posted 29 points (seven goals) in 50 games last season with Adirondack of the AHL. In 281 AHL games with Adirondack, Chicago, Abbotsford and Peoria, Cundari has 125 points (36 goals).

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Ducks sign D Bieksa, Holzer
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Anaheim Ducks signed defenseman Kevin Bieksa to a two-year contract extension and defenseman Korbinian Holzer to a one-year contract on Thursday.

    • Bieksa, 34, was acquired June 30 in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL draft. The team did not disclose financial terms of the contract.

      In 597 career games with the Canucks, Bieksa has 241 points and 879 penalty minutes. He ranks sixth in franchise history among defensemen in points, assists and games.

      Last season, Bieksa had four goals and 10 assists in 60 regular-season games and was scoreless in six playoff games.

      Holzer, 27, came to Anaheim on March 2 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Eric Brewer and Anaheim's fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

      In 58 games with the Maple Leafs, Holzer has recorded nine points and 55 penalty minutes. The 2006 fourth-round draft pick also has played in 258 American Hockey League games with the Toronto Marlies, tallying 67 points (10 goals).

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Bruins sign D Breen
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Chris Breen to a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday.

    • The deal is worth $600,000 at the NHL level.

      Breen, 26, tallied two goals and eight assists in 52 games for the Providence Bruins last season.

      He has played in nine NHL games -- all with the Calgary Flames in 2013-14.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Canucks fire three from front office
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Vancouver Canucks fired assistant general managers Laurence Gilman and Lorne Henning and director of player personnel Eric Crawford on Thursday.

    • Canucks president Trevor Linden said the decisions were made "after a thorough review of the team."

      Gilman, 50, had been with the team since 2008, when Mike Gillis was hired as GM. When Linden was hired last year, he replaced Gillis with Jim Benning. Henning, 63, had been with the Canucks since 2005, and Crawford had been with the team for 16 years.

      "We have made some difficult decisions to our roster and staff recently after a thorough review of the team," Linden said. "These are not easy decisions, nor were they taken lightly. But they're important as we transition this team and build for the future."

      The Canucks finished second in the Pacific Division last season, at 48-29-5, and lost to the Calgary Flames in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Seven-time All-Star St. Louis retires
    By The Sports Xchange

    Martin St. Louis, a seven-time All-Star who played in the NHL for 16 seasons, retired Thursday.

    • The 40-year-old right wing tallied 391 goals and 642 assists in 1,134 games for the Calgary Flames (1998-2000), the Tampa Bay Lightning (2000-14) and the New York Rangers (2014-15). He was named to the All-NHL first team once and to the second team four times.

      "I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride," St. Louis said. "I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents."

      St. Louis, a native of Laval, Quebec, started his career as an undrafted free agent with the Flames in 1998 after an All-American career at Vermont.

      His best NHL season came in 2003-04, when he tallied 94 points and won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player while leading Tampa Bay to the Stanley Cup.

      St. Louis won two Art Ross Trophies as the league's leading scorer (2003-04 and 2012-13) and three Lady Byng Memorial Trophies (2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13) for his "sportsmanship and gentlemanly play combined with a high standard of playing ability." He also led the league in assists in 2003-04 (56) and 2012-13 (43 in 48 games played).

      He played 80 or more games nine times, skating in all 82 in seven of eight seasons from 2002-03 through 2010-11.

      St. Louis also was a member of the Canadian team that won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and was part of Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2014 Winter Games.

      "I have had the good fortune of working with some incredible players and trainers throughout my career who I am grateful to also call good friends," St. Louis said. "I am also thankful to all of the fans who have supported me through the years; it has meant so much to me. I have dedicated my life to being the best player I could be and now want to turn more of my focus to my three boys. I look forward to this next chapter of my life and the time I will have with my family."

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Predators sign Reinhart, Allen
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Nashville Predators sign forwards Max Reinhart and Conor Allen to one-year, two-way contracts worth $575,000.

    • The team also signed Gabriel Bourque, who accepted his qualifying offer and signed a one-year, $866,250 contract.

      Bourque, 24, has played 220 career NHL games, recording 74 points (30 goals-44 assists).

      He recorded career highs in hits (141) and blocked shots (44) in 2014-15 after recording a personal-best 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in a career-high 74 games during the 2013-14 campaign. During the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the 5-10, 192-pound left wing tied for the team lead in goals (three), highlighted by two goals, including the game winner, in his NHL playoff debut, becoming the third player in the previous 14 playoff years to attain the feat.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Blackhawks agree to deals with Liambis, Schilling
    By The Sports Xchange

    Defenseman Cameron Schilling and the Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms of a two-year contract and the team signed defenseman Michael Liambas to a one-year contract.

    • Schilling, 26, appeared in four games with the Washington Capitals and recorded 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) in 63 regular-season games for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League last season.

      He has played in six NHL games, all with Washington (2012-15), and scored 50 career points (13 goals, 37 assists) in 210 career AHL games, all with Hershey (2011-15).

      Liambas, 26, collected eight points (five goals, three assists) and 158 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL last season.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Blues sign F Cannone
    By The Sports Xchange

    Forward Pat Cannone signed a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.

    • Cannone, 28, appeared in 64 regular season games for the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, Chicago Wolves last season, ranking second on the club with 47 points, including a team-best 33 assists.

      He had six assists in five postseason games.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Blue Jackets sign D Bodnarchuk
    By The Sports Xchange

    Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk and the Columbus Blue Jackets agreed to a one-year, two-way contract.

    • Bodnarchuk has registered 30 goals and 105 assists for 135 points with 469 penalty minutes and a plus-63 plus/minus rating in 473 career American Hockey League games with the Providence Bruins and Manchester Monarchs.

      He turns 27 on July 11.

      Bodnarchuk also collected two penalty minutes in five NHL games with Boston during the 2009-10 season. In 2014-15, he tallied 5-20-25, 84 penalty minutes and was plus-12 in 61 games with Manchester.

      Bodnarchuk was drafted in the fifth round, 128th overall, in the 2006 NHL Draft and spent his first four professional seasons in the Bruins organization.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Capitals sign Williams, adding 'Mr. Game 7'
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Washington Capitals signed right winger Justin Williams to a two-year, $6.5 million contract late Wednesday.

    • "Justin is a proven winner and we feel he will be a great addition to our club," said Washington general manager Brian MacLellan. "We felt it was important for our team to add someone of his caliber, as a hockey player and as a veteran leader."

      The 33-year-old Williams scored 18 goals while adding 23 assists in 81 games with the Los Angeles Kings last season. He has reached the 20-goal plateau four times in his career and 30 goals twice. Williams has 227 goals and 355 assists in 918 career NHL games over 14 seasons with Philadelphia, Carolina and Los Angeles.

      Williams is a three-time Stanley Cup champion (2006, 2012, 2014) and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs in 2014. He has an NHL record 14 points in seven career Game 7s and his seven Game 7 goals are tied for the NHL record (Glenn Anderson), something the Capitals were looking for after being bounced from the playoffs in Game 7s four of the past six seasons.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Penguins sign Russian F Plotnikov, 5 others
    By The Sports Xchange

    In addition to the biggest splash move on the first day of free agency Wednesday (trading for All-Star winger Phil Kessel from Toronto) the Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Sergei Plotnikov to a one-year entry-level contract, defensemen Steve Oleksy and David Warsofsky to a one-year contracts, forward Conor Sheary to a two-year contract, and forwards Kael Mouillierat and Kevin Porter to one-year contracts.

    • The biggest addition is Plotnikov, who could slot in as a top-six forward after coming over from the KHL, where he played the past six years. Oleksy, Warsofsky, Sheary, Mouillierat and Porter are all on two-way contracts.

      The 25-year-old Plotnikov is 6-foot-2, 205-pounds and adds a physical presence. He established career highs in both assists (21) and points (36) while scoring 15 goals in 56 games this past season.

      In total, Plotnikov skated in 300 KHL regular-season games with Lokomotiv and Amur Khabarovsk, scoring 68 goals while adding 78 assists. He added six goals and 12 assists in 32 playoff games.

      Oleksy's deal carries an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level. The 29-year-old played parts of the last three seasons in the NHL with the Washington Capitals, compiling three goals, 16 assists, 19 points and a plus-15 in 62 regular-season contests.

      Sheary, 23, completed his first full professional season with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2014-15, compiling a team-high 45 points, the seventh-highest total among AHL rookies, in 58 regular-season games .

      Warsofsky's deal carries an average annual value of $600,000 at the NHL level. He played 230 games for the Providence Bruins of the AHL since the 2010-11 season, scoring 18 goals and adding 77 assists for 95 points and a plus-seven.

      Mouillierat's deal carries an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level. He ranked ranking second on AHL Bridgeport last season with 24 goals and third with 50 points while amassing 110 penalty minutes in 69 games.

      Porter's deal has an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level. He spent parts of six seasons in the NHL with the Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche and Buffalo Sabres, recording 55 points in 206 games.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    NHL notebook: Maple Leafs trade Kessel to Penguins
    By The Sports Xchange

    Star winger Phil Kessel was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

    • The Penguins acquire Kessel, forward Tyler Biggs, defenseman Tim Erixon and a second-round 2016 draft pick for first- and third-round selections in 2016 plus defenseman Scott Harrington and forwards Kasperi Kapanen and Nick Spaling.

      Kessel is a five-time 30-goal scorer in six NHL seasons. The 27-year-old collected 25 goals and 36 assists last season for the Leafs.

      The Leafs also re-signed forward Daniel Winnik to a two-year contract, signed forwards P-A Parenteau and Mark Arcobello to one-year contracts and added defenseman Matt Hunwick via a two-year deal. They also re-signed forward Richard Panik to a one-year contract.

      Terms of the deals were not released, but Winnik will reportedly make $2.25 million per year and Arcobello will receive $1.1 million in 2015-16.

      ---The Edmonton Oilers signed defenseman Andrej Sekera to a six-year, $33 million contract and center Mark Letestu to a three-year, $5.4 million contract.

      The 29-year-old Sekera started last season with the Carolina Hurricanes and was traded to the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 25 for a first-round pick in 2015 and defensive prospect Roland McKeown.

      The versatile Letestu had seven goals and six assists in 54 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. In 318 NHL games, he has 58 goals and 69 assists.

      ---The Boston Bruins finalized a trade with the Florida Panthers that sent forward Reilly Smith and Marc Savard's contract to the Florida Panthers for forward Jimmy Hayes.

      The Bruins also pulled off another deal during a busy offseason, signing former Anaheim Ducks winger Matt Beleskey to a five-year, $19 million contract, according to a TSN report.

      Beleskey produced one of his best years in 2014-15 with 22 goals and 10 assists in 65 regular-season games and eight goals in 16 playoff games. He has 112 career points in parts of seven seasons.

      ---Russian forward Artem Anisimov, acquired by the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, agreed to a five-year, $22.75 million contract extension Wednesday.

      The Blackhawks received Anisimov in the seven-player trade with Columbus that sent power forward Brendan Saad to the Blue Jackets.

      Also Wednesday, the Blackhawks signed fellow Russian center Viktor Tikhonov on a one-year contract. The 27-year-old last played in the NHL in 2008-09 with the Arizona Coyotes, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2008, before going to his homeland to play in the KHL. He scored eight goals and added 16 assists this past season in the KHL.

      ---The Calgary Flames signed forward Michael Frolik to a five-year deal reportedly worth $21.5 million and also re-signed goaltender Karri Ramo for one year.

      The Flames also signed forward Derek Grant to a one-year contract and traded forward Max Reinhart to the Nashville Predators for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

      Frolik, 27, spent the past two seasons with the Winnipeg Jets. He tallied 19 goals and 23 assists last season. The 2006 first-round pick has played in 512 games with the Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks and Jets, recording 95 goals and 235 points. He won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2012-13.

      ---The San Jose Sharks signed defenseman Paul Martin to a four-year contract.

      The team did not release financial terms, but ESPN reported the deal is worth $19.4 million.

      Martin, 34, recorded 20 points (three goals) for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. In 697 NHL games with the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh, Martin has tallied 272 points (43 goals).

      ---Antoine Vermette returned to the Arizona Coyotes after winning a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, signing a two-year, $7.5 million deal.

      Arizona also signed forward Brad Richardson to a three-year contract, defenseman Zbynek Michalek to a two-year deal, forward Steve Downie to a one-year contract, goaltender Anders Lindback to a one-year contract, defenseman Dakota Mermis to a three-year, entry-level contract and forward Dustin Jeffrey and defenseman Dylan Reese to one-year, two-way contracts.

      The 32-year-old Vermette was sent to the Blackhawks at the trade deadline and played a key role in helping Chicago to its third championship in six years, scoring the winning goals in two games in the Stanley Cup Final.

      ---The Nashville Predators re-signed center Mike Ribeiro to a two-year, $7 million contract.

      The Predators also signed defenseman Barret Jackman to a two-year, $4 million contract and signed forward Cody Hodgson to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.

      Later in the day, the Predators traded goaltender Magnus Hellberg to the New York Rangers in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2017 draft.

      Ribeiro, 35, set a Predators record for assists by a center (47) in 2014-15, tying for 12th in the NHL. He also ranked second on the team in points (62), tied for the third-highest mark by a center in club history.

      ---The Vancouver Canucks acquired forward Brandon Prust from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Zack Kassian and a fifth-round pick in 2016.

      The Canucks also re-signed defenseman Yannick Weber to a one-year deal.

      The 31-year-old Prust, a hard-hitting fourth-liner, notched 18 points and 134 penalty minutes in 82 games with the Canadiens last season. He ranked first on the Canadiens and was sixth in the NHL with 134 penalty minutes.

      Weber, 26, played in 65 games for the Canucks last season, leading the team's defensemen with 11 goals. He has appeared in 229 NHL games, recording 63 points with the Canucks and Canadiens.

      ---On the first day of NHL free agency, the New York Rangers added players and switched general managers.

      Glen Sather stepped down as GM and was replaced by assistant GM Jeff Gorton. Sather will continue as team president, a role he has held since 2000.

      In player moves, the team acquired goaltender Magnus Hellberg and signed defenseman Raphael Diaz and forwards Viktor Stalberg, Jayson Megna, Matt Lindblad and Brian Gibbons.

      ---The Columbus Blue Jackets signed center Gregory Campbell to a two-year contract.

      Campbell, 31, has registered 68 goals and 108 assists in 721 games with the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers. He also has added 13 points and 19 penalty minutes in 59 career playoff games, winning a Stanley Cup championship with the Bruins in 2011 and advancing to the finals in 2013.

      Campbell apparently replaces the versatile Mark Letestu, who signed with the Edmonton Oilers earlier in the day.

      ---The Minnesota Wild re-signed center Mikael Granlund and defenseman Nate Prosser to two-year contracts.

      The club also re-signed forward Ryan Carter to a one-year contract and signed defenseman Mike Reilly and goalie Stephen Michalek to two-year, entry-level contracts.

      The team also signed forwards Zac Dalpe, Ruslan Fedotenko and Marc Hagel to two-way deals.

      ---The Tampa Bay Lightning signed right winger Erik Condra to a three-year contract and defenseman Matt Taormina to a one-year, two-way contract.

      The 6-foot, 190-pound Condra played in 68 games with the Ottawa Senators last season, recording a career-high nine goals and 23 points. He also set a career high with a plus-13 rating and ranked third among Ottawa forwards.

      Taormina, 28, has four goals and 12 points in 56 career NHL games with the Lightning and New Jersey Devils, Last season, he played in 76 games for Worcester in the American Hockey League and logged a career-high 11 goals and 38 points, both team bests for defensemen.

      ---The Los Angeles Kings reached agreement on a one-year contract with goaltender Jhonas Enroth and signed defenseman Kevin Gravel to a two-year deal.

      Enroth, 27, played in 50 games last season with the Dallas Stars and the Buffalo Sabres, finishing with a combined record of 18-26-2 with a 3.07 goals-against average, a .904 save percentage and two shutouts.

      Gravel, drafted in the fifth round by the Kings in 2010, played in the minor leagues with Manchester last season and registered 15 points and 23 penalty minutes in 58 games. He added five points in 19 postseason for the Monarchs, who won the Calder Cup.

      ---The Dallas Stars re-signed forward Patrick Eaves to a one-year contract and also retained forward Curtis McKenzie on a two-year deal.

      Terms of the deals were not disclosed, but the Dallas Morning News reported Eaves' deal is worth $1.15 million and McKenzie's is for $1.35 million.

      Eaves, 31, registered 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 47 games in his first season with Dallas in 2014-15. The 10-year NHL veteran has tallied 173 points (88 goals) in 491 games with Ottawa, Carolina, Detroit, Nashville and Dallas.

      McKenzie, 24, made his NHL debut in 2014-15, scoring four goals and posting five points in 36 games with Dallas. He also registered six goals and 15 assists in 31 AHL games with the Texas Stars.

      ---The Detroit Red Wings signed longtime Washington defenseman Mike Green to a three-year, $18 million contract and veteran center Brad Richards to a one-year, $3 million deal.

      Detroit also re-signed center Andy Miele and goaltender Tom McCollum to one-year contracts.

      Green, a first-round pick by the Capitals in 2004, has tallied 360 points (113 goals) in 575 games with Washington. Since 2007-08, he has 345 points (110 goals), making him the NHL's second-highest scoring defenseman in that span behind Chicago's Duncan Keith.

      ---The Washington Capitals re-signed right winger Stanislav Galiev to a two-year, $1.15 million contract.

      The Capitals also signed defenseman Taylor Chorney to a one-year, $700,000 contract and signed forwards Carter Camper and Sean Collins and defensemen Mike Moore and Aaron Ness to one-year, two-way contracts.

      Galiev's contract is two way during the 2015-16 season and one way during the 2016-17 season.

      ---The Colorado Avalanche signed defenseman Francois Beauchemin and forward Blake Comeau to three-year contracts through the 2017-18 season.

      Beauchemin, 35, appeared in 64 games for the Anaheim Ducks last season, tallying 23 points (11 goals). He has appeared in 673 games with Montreal, Columbus, Anaheim and Toronto.

      ---The Philadelphia Flyers signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a two-year contract.

      Neuvirth, who likely will serve as the backup to Steve Mason, will be paid $1.5 million in 2015-16 and $1.75 million in 2016-17, according to Sportsnet.

      Neuvirth, 27, will be entering his eighth NHL season. He comes to Philadelphia from the New York Islanders, who acquired him from the Buffalo Sabres at the 2015 trade deadline.

      ---The St. Louis Blues signed forward Jori Lehtera to a three-year contract extension that will begin next year.

      The Blues also signed defenseman and St. Louis native Chris Butler to a one-year contract and forward Cody Beach to a one-year, two-way contract.

      Lehtera, 27, appeared in 75 games with the Blues during his first NHL season in 2014-15, posting 44 points (14 goals) while ranking second on the club with a plus-21 rating. He also added two assists in five postseason outings.

      ---The New York Islanders and goaltender Thomas Greiss agreed to terms on a two-year contract.

      The Islanders also agreed to terms with forward Kirill Petrov on a one-year, entry-level contract.

      Greiss appeared in 20 games last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, posting a 9-6-3 record with a .908 save percentage and 2.59 goals-against average. The Fussen, Germany, native played 25 games in the previous season with the Phoenix Coyotes.

      ---The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with defenseman Adam Pardy on a one-year, $1 million contract.

      The Jets also agreed to terms with forward Matt Halischuk on a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000 and agreed on a two-year deal with forward Alexander Burmistrov.

      Pardy, 31, played in 55 games last season with the Jets, collecting nine assists and 40 penalty minutes. He has played in 315 games with Winnipeg, Calgary, Dallas and Buffalo over seven seasons, recording 48 points (four goals).

      ---The Buffalo Sabres signed forward Jack Eichel, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract Wednesday.

      The team also signed forward Jason Akeson and defenseman Matt Donovan to one-year contracts.

      The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Eichel joins the organization after a standout season at Boston University in which he became the second freshman to earn the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey's top player.

      ---The Montreal Canadiens reached contract agreements with defenseman Mark Barberio and forward George Holloway on one-year, two-way contracts.

      Barberio, 25, played in 52 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning last season and had one goal, six assists and 34 penalty minutes. In 103 NHL games, Barberio has six goals and 11 assists.

      Holloway, 27, comes to the Canadiens after playing for Bern in the Swiss National League A last season, posting 37 points and 24 penalty minutes in 42 games.

      ---In addition to the biggest splash move on the first day of free agency Wednesday (trading for All-Star winger Phil Kessel from Toronto) the Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Sergei Plotnikov to a one-year entry-level contract, defensemen Steve Oleksy and David Warsofsky to a one-year contracts, forward Conor Sheary to a two-year contract, and forwards Kael Mouillierat and Kevin Porter to one-year contracts.

      The biggest addition is Plotnikov, who could slot in as a top-six forward after coming over from the KHL, where he played the past six years. Oleksy, Warsofsky, Sheary, Mouillierat and Porter are all on two-way contracts.

      The 25-year-old Plotnikov is 6-foot-2, 205-pounds and adds a physical presence. He established career highs in both assists (21) and points (36) while scoring 15 goals in 56 games this past season.

      In total, Plotnikov skated in 300 KHL regular-season games with Lokomotiv and Amur Khabarovsk, scoring 68 goals while adding 78 assists. He added six goals and 12 assists in 32 playoff games.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Oilers add Sekera, Letestu
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Edmonton Oilers signed defenseman Andrej Sekera to a six-year, $33 million contract and center Mark Letestu to a three-year, $5.4 million contract on Wednesday.

    • "At the start of the shopping period, we had (Sekera) on our list and began talks with his agent," Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "It was at that point that there was interest and there was a little bit of recruitment from that period and dialog. He's a really versatile (defenseman) and really strong. He can play on our top pair if need be. We'd like to spread it out a bit so he can kind of be the linchpin of that second pair. He plays both sides. He played most of the year on the left, but when he was traded (to the Los Angeles Kings) he moved to the right."

      The 29-year-old Sekera started last season with the Carolina Hurricanes and was traded to the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 25 for a first-round pick in 2015 and defensive prospect Roland McKeown.

      The Oilers paid a hefty price for the veteran, ($5.5 million cap hit for six years), but he should add some stability to a shaky blueline.

      "I'm very happy we got him," Chiarelli said. "He is a first-pairing defenseman, but that just means that's a tool for the coach who he can put on the first pair. That doesn't mean he has to be on the first-pair to be a first-pairing defenseman. With him it's about versatility. He's solid, he's very, very strong, he's a solid player with the puck, can play a lot of different positions on defense and can skate and push the puck."

      The versatile Letestu had seven goals and six assists in 54 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. In 318 career NHL games, he has 58 goals and 69 assists.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Canucks get Prust from Habs for Kassian, re-sign Weber
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Vancouver Canucks acquired forward Brandon Prust from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Zack Kassian and a fifth round pick in 2016 on Wednesday.

    • The 31-year-old Prust, a hard-hitting fourth liner, notched 18 points and 134 penalty minutes in 82 games with the Canadiens last season. He ranked first on the Canadiens and was sixth in the NHL with 134 penalty minutes.

      Kassian, 24, played 42 games with the Canucks in 2014-15 recording 10 goals and six assists. Since making his NHL debut in 2011, Kassian has played 198 regular season games with the Canucks and Buffalo Sabres, scoring 35 goals while adding 31 assists. He served also 307 penalty minutes during that span.

      Also Wednesday, the Canucks re-signed defenseman Yannick Weber to a one-year deal.

      Weber, 26, played in 65 games for the Canucks last season, leading the team's defensemen in goals with 11 and was third in points with 21. He appeared in 229 career NHL games, recording 63 points with the Canucks and Canadiens.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Blue Jackets add gritty F Campbell
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Columbus Blue Jackets signed center Gregory Campbell to a two-year contract Wednesday.

    • Campbell, 31, registered 68 goals and 108 assists for 176 points and 618 penalty minutes in 721 career NHL games with the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers. He has also added 13 points and 19 penalty minutes in 59 career playoff games, winning a Stanley Cup championship with the Bruins in 2011 and advancing to the finals in 2013.

      "Gregory Campbell is a hard-nosed, two-way player who is a tremendous competitor and Stanley Cup champion that will add valuable experience and leadership to our team," said Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen. "He is a high quality player and person and we are very pleased to welcome him to the Blue Jackets family."

      Campbell apparently replaces the versatile Mark Letestu, who signed with the Edmonton Oilers earlier in the day.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015
    Bruins add Hayes, Beleskey in deals
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Boston Bruins finalized a trade with the Florida Panthers on Wednesday that sent forward Reilly Smith and Marc Savard's contract to the Florida Panthers for forward Jimmy Hayes.

    • The Bruins also pulled off another deal during a busy offseason, signing former Anaheim Ducks winger Matt Beleskey to a five-year, $19 million contract, according to a TSN report.

      Beleskey produced one of his best years in 2014-15 with 22 goals and 10 assists for 32 points in 65 regular-season games and eight goals in 16 playoff games. He has 112 career points in parts of seven seasons.

      Smith's deal was reported to be two years at $3.425 million per season. The restricted free agent has played in 203 career games with the Bruins and Dallas Stars and has 100 points, including 13 goals and 27 assists last season.

      Hayes had 19 goals and 16 assists for the Panthers last season. His career totals in parts of four NHL seasons with the Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks are 36 goals and 30 assists.

      The Savard deal was made for financial reasons. He has not played in the NHL since the 2010-11 season because of concussions but still has two years left on a seven-year, $28 million contract.

      Savard's 807 career NHL games and 706 career points came with Calgary, the New York Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers and Bruins.