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  • Penguins reinstall Murray in net
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    The Pittsburgh Penguins will go back to rookie goaltender Matt Murray while facing elimination in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena.

    • The Penguins trail the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, having lost Game 5 in Pittsburgh 4-3 in overtime with veteran Marc-Andre Fleury starting that game. It was his first since March 31, and it showed late in the game, when he appeared to hit the wall, giving up a late equalizer and a goal early in overtime. He allowed four goals on 25 shots in that game.

      Penguins coach Mike Sullivan announced the change after the morning skate Tuesday.

      "We try to put players on the ice that we think give us the best chance to win," Sullivan said of the decision to go back to Murray. "He's won a lot of big games for us."

      Murray, 21, is 9-4 with a .923 save percentage in the playoffs.

      "He's handled each challenge like he's been through it way beyond his years," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said of Murray. "He's always been confident and showed a lot of poise, and that's the biggest thing that has stuck out to me."

  • Blues return to Elliott for Game 6
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Brian Elliott will be back in goal for the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday night against the San Jose Sharks.

    • Jake Allen started the last two games for the Blues, who were beaten 6-3 in Game 5 on Monday night and trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

      "It's his turn," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "It's his turn for Game 6."

      The 31-year-old Elliott had started every playoff game for the Blues before Hitchcock made the switch before Game 4, which St. Louis won 6-3 in San Jose, Calif. The two goalies split time during the regular season.

      "We needed a jolt to get back in the series and we got it," Hitchcock said. "Unfortunately, we didn't get the win yesterday, but this has been Brian's playoffs and we'd like him to finish the job."

      The Sharks are trying to advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time. The Blues are playing in a conference final for the first time since 2001.

      Elliott has won both games during the postseason when the Blues faced elimination. He has a 9-8 record in the playoffs with a .925 save percentage and a 2.34 goals-against average.

      "I think he's going to be great tomorrow," Hitchcock said.

  • D Miller signs extension with Bruins
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Kevan Miller to a four-year contract extension on Tuesday worth $10 million.

    • The team announced the deal, which extends through the 2019-20 season and includes a cap hit of $2.5 million each year.

      The Bruins also signed forward Seth Griffith to a one-year, two-way contract through 2016-17 at a cap figure of $625,000, the team announced.

      In a career-high 71 games last season, Miller finished with career bests in goals with five, assists with 13, points with 18 and penalty minutes with 53.

      The 28-year-old Miller completed his third season with the Bruins and has played in 159 NHL games, totaling eight goals, 23 assists and 106 penalty minutes.

      Griffith played in four games for the Bruins during the 2015-16 season and had one assist. In 57 games for Providence in the American Hockey league, the 23-year-old had 24 goals and 53 assists, ranking first in the AHL in assists and second in scoring with 77 points.

      In 34 career NHL games with the Bruins, Griffith has six goals and five assists.

  • Blues sticking with G Allen for Game 5
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, May 22, 2016

    For the second straight game, The St. Louis Blues are going with goaltender Jake Allen over Brian Elliott in net for Monday's Game 5 of the Western Conference final vs. the San Jose Sharks at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

    • "I'm comfortable with either guy, but I woke up this morning, talked to the coaches again, and decided to go with Jake," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Sunday.

      On Saturday in San Jose, Allen made 31 saves in a 6-3 Blues win that evened the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

      Elliott started the Blues' first 17 playoff games and was replaced by Allen in the third period of Game 3. Elliott went 9-8 with a 2.34 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in the playoffs, but lost two games in a row, prompting Hitchock to make the switch in an attempt to change momentum

      "It had nothing to do with Brian and his play," Hitchcock said. "He's been unbelievable since the start of playoffs, but we needed, in my opinion, to jolt ourselves into playing a lot harder for whoever was in the net."

      In other Blues news, forwards David Backes, Robby Fabbri and Scottie Upshall, who were banged up on Saturday, will have their statuses updated Monday morning, but it looks like Backes and Fabbri will play.

      Backes did not play after the first period after he took a hit from Sharks defenseman Brent Burns. Fabbri sat all but four minutes of the third period after being hit by Tommy Wingels. Upshall missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.

  • Penguins starting G Fleury in Game 5
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, May 22, 2016

    PITTSBURGH -- Marc-Andre Fleury will replace rookie Matt Murray in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a critical Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night.

    • The Penguins will be without defenseman Trevor Daley, who will miss the rest of the playoffs with a broken left ankle.

      Fleury, who helped lead the Penguins to the Stanley Cup in 2009, hasn't started since March 31, when he was diagnosed with his second concussion of the season. He was 35-17-6 during the season.

      Murray, 21, is 9-4 with a 2.33 goals-against average that is fourth among NHL playoff goalies, but he allowed four goals in the first two periods of a 4-3 loss in Game 4 in which the Penguins fell behind by four goals. Fleury replaced him and stopped all seven shots he faced.

      Coach Mike Sullivan knows he is taking a major gamble in a series that's tied 2-2 by benching Murray, whose nine playoff wins are the most by a rookie goalie in 10 years.

      Murray has won 16 of his last 20 starts, and Fleury has played in only one game in 51 days.

      "Matt's terrific. He understands. He gets it -- he's a mature kid," Sullivan said. "If, and when, he's called upon to go back into the net, he'll go back into the net."

      Daley was hurt when he and Lightning forward Ryan Callahan slammed into the boards chasing a puck in Game 4 on Friday. Daley has one goal and five assists in the playoffs and is second on the team in average ice time to defenseman Kris Letang.

      "He's a tough guy to replace," Sullivan said of Daley. "He's really made our team a better team. He's a mobile guy. He can move the puck. He's got real good offensive instincts. He's a real solid two-way defenseman and it's hard to replace those guys, but we've done it all year and we'll deal with it again."

  • Lightning re-sign forwards Vermin, Richard
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 21, 2016

    The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed forwards Joel Vermin and Tanner Richard to one-year, two-way contracts Saturday.

    • Vermin, 24, had one assist and a plus-1 rating in six games with the Lightning this season. He added nine goals and 12 assists with six penalty minutes in 37 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

      Richard, 23, tallied 11 goals and 43 assists with 57 penalty minutes in 71 games for the Crunch this season.

  • Sabres sign D Martin to entry-level contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 21, 2016

    The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Brycen Martin to a three-year, entry-level contract Saturday.

    • Martin tied career highs with six goals, 31 assists and 37 points over 66 games this season for the Saskatoon Blades and Everett Silvertips of the WHL.

      In 277 career WHL games, Martin has 21 goals, 110 assists and 154 penalty minutes. He was a third-round draft pick of the Sabres in 2014.

  • Penguins remove G Murray after second period
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, May 20, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins pulled goalie Matthew Murray after two periods on Friday night with the Tampa Bay Lightning leading 4-0 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

    • Murray, who had played every minute for Pittsburgh in the playoffs since Game 3 of the opening round, was replaced in the final period by Marc-Andre Fleury, who saw his first action since March.

      Pittsburgh started Jeff Zatkoff in the first two games of the playoffs before turning to the 21-year-old Murray.

      The Lightning-Penguins series will continue Sunday in Pittsburgh before returning to Tampa on Tuesday night.

  • Penguins lose D Daley
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, May 20, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley had to be helped off the ice with a lower-body injury and he went hard into the boards behind the Pittsburgh net in the second period of Friday night's Eastern Conference final game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    • Daley went awkwardly into the boards with 9:07 left in the second and play was stopped. He was helped off the ice with the Lightning up 2-0, and Tampa Bay went on a four-minute power play 45 seconds later and would extend its lead to 4-0 by the end of the second.

      Daley was averaging the second-most ice time of Pittsburgh's defensemen in the playoffs, averaging 22:59 per game entering Friday's game. He was at minus-2 when he left the game, logging 15 shifts for 10:12 of ice time. He did not return for the remainder of the second period.

  • Blues switch to G Allen for Game 4
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, May 20, 2016

    St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock announced Friday afternoon that Jake Allen would take over in goal for Game 4 against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

    • Brian Elliott was benched in the third period after giving up three goals on 14 shots during Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Sharks in Game 3 of the Western Conference final.

      "I would say, you know, about 9 or 10 this morning, made the decision," Hitchcock said. "I like to solicit a lot of opinions. So I listened to the coaches. We kind of got rid of it last night and didn't want to deal with it that much because of the emotion of the game and everything.

      "So I just talked it over this morning with everyone, including management. We came to the decision. It's ultimately my call. But just feel like we need to get us a little bit of momentum change because we are not being rewarded for the work and they are, the small difference in the series being that."

      Elliott has a .925 save percentage and 2.34 goals-against average this postseason. Allen, who has not started a game of any kind since April 3, has appeared in two playoff games in relief of Elliott this postseason for a total of 50 minutes. He has not allowed any postseason goals but has only had to make nine saves.

      While it appears Allen's puck-moving ability was a factor in the decision to make the switch, Hitchcock said changing momentum was the biggest factor.

      "(Allen's puck-moving factored in) a little bit," Hitchcock said. "I just feel like if you're in a position where you need to change momentum, you need to look at a lot of things."

      Allen was the Blues' starter last postseason, going 2-4 as St. Louis was eliminated in the first round by the Minnesota Wild. He had a .910 save percentage and 1.90 goals-against average in those six games.

  • Johnson gives Lightning a scare pregame
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, May 20, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning, already playing without two key leaders, got a scare in warmups before Friday night's Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins as center Tyler Johnson took a puck to the face as it caromed off the post.

    • Johnson, who left warmups and did not return before the game, fired a shot that bounced off the right post and caught up in the face as he skated away. He was active for the game after being evaluated and took the ice in the first two minutes of the game where a full face shield

      The Lightning were already playing Friday without leading scorer Steven Stamkos, who has missed the entire postseason as he recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot near his collarbone, as well as top goaltender Ben Bishop, sidelined since Game 1 with a lower-body injury.

  • Ducks sign D Larsson
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, May 20, 2016

    The Anaheim Ducks signed defenseman Jacob Larsson to a three-year entry-level contract Friday.

    • Larsson, 19, made his North American debut with the San Diego Gulls in Game 2 of the American Hockey League Pacific Division finals on May 7 against Ontario. The 6-foot-2, 191-pounder played a majority of the 2015-16 season with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League, recording 14 points (five goals, nine assists) and 10 penalty minutes. Larsson added three assists in 16 playoff games to help Frolunda to the SHL championship.

      Larsson was selected by Anaheim in the first round (27th overall) of the 2015 NHL draft.

  • NHL notebook: Stamkos hopes to return to series
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos continues to progress from surgery to remove a blood clot and indicated there is a slim chance he can return during the Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    • Stamkos, who scored 36 goals during the regular season, has been sidelined since he underwent surgery to remove the clot near his right collarbone on April 4. He is unlikely to play in Friday's pivotal Game 4.

      The Lightning trail the Penguins 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

      --The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled eight players from their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after that team was eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs.

      Joining the Penguins are forwards Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Josh Archibald and Kael Mouillierat; defensemen Steve Oleksy and Tim Erixon; and goaltender Tristan Jarry.

      Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Penguins and Lightning will be played Friday, with Pittsburgh holding a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series.

      --The Edmonton Oilers signed winger Zack Kassian to a one-year contract.

      Kassian, 25, had eight points (three goals, five assists) in 36 games for Edmonton this past season. He has 74 points (38 goals, 36 assists) in 234 career NHL games.

      --Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan embraces the win-now pressure that comes with a roster that includes one of the game's best players.

      Alex Ovechkin's contract has five years left and he'll be just 35 when it expires. MacLellan can grip the reality that the clock is ticking, but even with Ovechkin signed, there's uncertainty in Washington and rising pressure to win a Stanley Cup.

      "I don't know that the window closes off, but it's got to change because money needs to be allocated to different players and that sometimes squeezes out other players," MacLellan said. "The situation will change after next year."

      --The Lightning signed forward Anthony Cirelli to a three-year, entry-level contract.

      Cirelli tallied 59 points (21 goals, 38 assists) in 62 games for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League this past season. Hei was a third-round selection by the Lightning in the 2015 NHL draft.

      --The Arizona Coyotes officially announced that their AHL affiliate will be relocated from Springfield, Mass., to Tucson, Ariz., for the start of the 2016-17 season.

      The AHL's Board of Governors approved the sale of the Springfield Falcons to the Coyotes on May 10, and the Tucson City Council approved a 10-year arena lease agreement between the Coyotes and the Tucson Convention Center on May 17.

  • Coyotes officially move AHL affiliate to Tucson
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 19, 2016

    The Arizona Coyotes officially announced that their AHL affiliate will be relocated from Springfield, Mass., to Tucson, Ariz., for the start of the 2016-17 season.

    • The AHL's Board of Governors approved the sale of the Springfield Falcons to the Coyotes on May 10, and the Tucson City Council approved a 10-year arena lease agreement between the Coyotes and the Tucson Convention Center on May 17.

      The Coyotes' AHL affiliate will play its home games at the TCC beginning in October.

      The Coyotes' top farm team will play in the AHL's Pacific Division. In 2015-16, the Pacific Division featured the AHL affiliates of the Anaheim Ducks (San Diego Gulls), Calgary Flames (Stockton Heat), Colorado Avalanche (San Antonio Rampage), Dallas Stars (Texas Stars), Edmonton Oilers (Bakersfield Condors), Los Angeles Kings (Ontario Reign) and San Jose Sharks (San Jose Barracuda).

      "We are absolutely thrilled to relocate our AHL team to Tucson," said Coyotes president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc. "The Coyotes were part of the initial discussion to form a Pacific Division in the AHL, but we were unable to secure a franchise prior to last season.

      "We are extremely excited and proud to bring AHL hockey to a first class city like Tucson. This further proves that the Coyotes ownership group is committed to Arizona and to growing the Coyotes brand and the great game of hockey in our state."

      The relocation provides advantages both on and off the ice for the Coyotes organization, such as savings on travel, cross-promotion, and marketing of players as they develop in close proximity to the NHL club.

      "Owning and operating our own AHL franchise will be a game changer for our organization," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said. "Having our top prospects so close to the Valley will allow us to more closely monitor our players and have a greater role in their development. Playing in the AHL's Pacific Division will provide our prospects with an exceptional environment for growth. This is an ideal situation for us."

  • Penguins recall 8 from AHL, including Sprong
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 19, 2016

    The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled eight players from their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Thursday after that team was eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs earlier this week.

    • Joining the Penguins are forwards Daniel Sprong, Dominik Simon, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Josh Archibald and Kael Mouillierat; defensemen Steve Oleksy and Tim Erixon; and goaltender Tristan Jarry.

      None are expected to see action for the Penguins in the playoffs unless there is a run of injuries, but NHL teams like to give their prospects a reward when the minor league postseason ends while exposing them to the high-pressure environment of the Stanley Cup playoffs. During the postseason, the NHL's 23-man roster limit and the salary cap are not in place.

      Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Penguins and Lightning will be played Friday, with Pittsburgh holding a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series.

  • Oilers ink Kassian to one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 19, 2016

    The Edmonton Oilers signed winger Zack Kassian to a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

    • Kassian, 25, had eight points (three goals, five assists) in 36 games for Edmonton this past season.

      He has 74 points (38 goals, 36 assists) in 234 career NHL games.

      Kassian was a first-round draft pick (13th overall) in the 2009 NHL draft.

  • Lightning C Stamkos continues recovery
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos continues to progress from surgery to remove a blood clot and indicated there is a slim chance be can return during the Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    • Stamkos has been sidelined since he underwent surgery to remove the clot near his right collarbone on April 4. He is unlikely to play in Friday's pivotal Game 4.

      "I'm hoping to, but there's still a real possibility that I may not play at all in the playoffs," Stamkos told reporters on Thursday. "It's tough when you have two different parts of the spectrum. It's either you're going to be able to play or it's just not safe to play.

      "So we still haven't come to that decision yet. That's going to take a lot of information gathering and a lot of different opinions, and obviously, I don't know when that decision is going to be made for sure to either rule in or rule out."

      The Lightning trail the Penguins 2-1 entering Friday's contest.

      Stamkos would love to lace on the skates but the risks are still high after his rare injury.

      "The thing with this situation, there's no data out there to support whether, you know, obviously, coming back earlier than the initial prognosis is safe or not, if there's elevated risks or not," Stamkos said. "I mean, it's such a unique situation and obviously not a common thing, that there's really no clinical studies to suggest.

      "So there's risk management. You have to just, like I said, do your best to gather as many opinions, gather as much information as possible so you're well educated on the risks if you do come back, realizing that it's not worth the risk. So we haven't reached that stage yet."

      It remains a bittersweet situation for Stamkos, the productive leader of a team that is fighting to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. He scored 36 goals during the regular season but all he has been able to do in the postseason is watch the games and observe the scene.

      "He's a pro," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "He's a great kid. You just feel bad for him that he has to go through this."

  • Lightning sign F Cirelli to entry-level deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 19, 2016

    The Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Anthony Cirelli to a three-year, entry-level contract, the club announced Thursday.

    • Cirelli tallied 59 points (21 goals, 38 assists) in 62 games for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League this past season.

      Cirelli was a third-round selection by the Lightning in the 2015 NHL draft.

  • Capitals GM McClellan feels win-now pressure
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan embraces the win-now pressure that comes with a roster that includes one of the game's best players.

    • Alex Ovechkin's contract has five years left to run and he'll be just 35 when it expires. MacLellan can grip the reality that the clock is ticking, but even with Ovechkin signed there is uncertainty in Washington and rising pressure to deliver a Stanley Cup.

      "I don't know that the window closes off, but it's got to change because money needs to be allocated to different players and that sometimes squeezes out other players," MacLellan said. "The situation will change after next year."

      The situation in Washington, where Ovechkin and NIcklas Backstrom have gone to the postseason eight times in nine seasons together, is hardly dire. But the hurdle, real or imagined, of getting through to the third round of the playoffs adds lingering frustration.

      "Frustration is probably at a different level with Nick and Ovi," MacLellan said, downplaying his candidacy as one of three finalists for league executive of the year. "Because they've been through a lot over their careers. It's hard when they don't achieve the success they wanted to achieve as a team."

      The Capitals led the NHL in points but bounced from the playoffs again in a six-game series with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ovechkin said he is planning to focus forward, and begin preparing immediately for next season, which he'll begin after celebrating his 31st birthday.

      "When you get older, you have to take more time to practice and train (than) when you were 21 or 22 years old. But again, it's life and you have to live with it," Ovechkin said.

      Whether Washington will live with MacLellan should another playoff loss hit next spring is up for debate. There is palpable pressure on the team's star structure to deliver and now it could be time for a big raise for rising center Evgeny Kuznetsov.

      MacLellan sees part of the solution in surrounding Ovechkin with a deeper supporting cast.

      "I think he can play a lot more if he doesn't feel that pressure that he needs to win the games … given a good team, a deep team," MacLellan said. "I mean, if you're going to put pressure on him every night to carry the team, he's not going to be more excited about playing."

  • Caps, Stars, Pens GMs up for award
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Brian MacLellan of the Washington Capitals, Jim Nill of the Dallas Stars and Jim Rutherford of the Pittsburgh Penguins are the three finalists for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award, the league announced Wednesday.

    • Each is a finalist for the first time since the award was introduced in 2009-10. Voting for the award was conducted among the 30 club general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the second round of the playoffs.

      MacLellan assembled a roster that was a runaway winner of the 2015-16 Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's top regular-season club. The Capitals' 56 victories set a franchise record and made them just the 10th team in league history to collect as many wins in one season -- and the first to do so since the 2005-06 Detroit Red Wings (58). Their 120 points fell one shy of the team high set in 2009-10.

      The Capitals added a pair of key forwards last summer, signing free agent Justin Williams and trading for T.J. Oshie from the St. Louis Blues.

      The Stars qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second time in Nill's three seasons at the helm after missing the postseason for five consecutive years prior to his arrival. Offseason acquisitions including forward Patrick Sharp, defenseman Johnny Oduya and goaltender Antti Niemi helped the team earn the top seed in the West.

      Rutherford's retooled roster and midseason coaching change spurred the Penguins to a strong regular-season finish and a playoff run that has carried them to the Eastern Conference finals. Rutherford added veteran forwards Nick Bonino, Matt Cullen, Eric Fehr and Phil Kessel over the summer plus forward Carl Hagelin and defenseman Trevor Daley during the season.

      The Penguins surged when he hired Mike Sullivan, who went 33-16-5 after taking over as head coach on Dec. 12, including 14-2-0 in Pittsburgh's final 16 games of the regular season.

      The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

  • NHL notebook: Canadiens, Reway reach contract agreement
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms with forward Martin Reway on a three-year, two-way contract Wednesday.

    • Reway, 21, completed the 2015-16 season with Fribourg-Gotteron in the Swiss National League A, posting 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 19 games. The 5-foot-9, 173-pound winger began the season with Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga and registered 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 14 games. A native of Prague, Czech Republic, Reway amassed 73 points (22 goals, 51 assists) and 74 penalty minutes in 67 regular-season games since making his pro debut in Europe in 2014-15. He added one goal and six assists in seven playoff games.

      Reway produced 112 points (42 goals, 70 assists) and 104 penalty minutes in 90 regular-season games with Gatineau in the QMJHL (2012 to 2014). He also recorded 27 playoff points.

      Selected in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL draft, Reway participated in the Canadiens' Development Camp in July 2013.

      --The Dallas Stars signed defenseman Chris Martenet to a three-year entry-level contract, beginning in the 2016-17 season.

      Martenet, 19, finished the 2015-16 season ranked sixth in the Ontario Hockey League and fifth on the London Knights with a career-high plus-44 rating. He registered 12 points (three goals, nine assists) and a career-high 85 penalty minutes in 67 regular-season games in his second season in the OHL.

      Martenet also had six penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating in 18 postseason games, helping London win the OHL championship and advance to the 2016 Memorial Cup.

      The 6-foot-7, 200-pound native of St. Louis, Mo., was selected by Dallas in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL draft.

      --The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms with free agent goaltender Adam Vay on a two-year, entry-level contract.

      Vay, 22, posted a 3.67 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in three games for Hungary at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia this month.

      Vay appeared in 39 games with Debreceni HK in the MOL League (Hungary and Romania) in 2015-16 and posted a 2.77 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and two shutouts.

      Vay went 28-4-0 with a 2.03 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and five shutouts in 32 games with El Paso in the Western States Hockey League in 2014-15.

  • Stars sign D Martenet
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    The Dallas Stars signed defenseman Chris Martenet to a three-year entry-level contract on Wednesday, beginning in the 2016-17 season.

    • Martenet, 19, finished the 2015-16 season ranked sixth in the Ontario Hockey League and fifth on the London Knights with a career-high plus-44 rating. He registered 12 points (three goals, nine assists) and a career-high 85 penalty minutes in 67 regular-season games in his second season in the OHL.

      Martenet also recorded six penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating in 18 OHL postseason games, helping London win the OHL championship and advance to the 2016 Memorial Cup.

      The 6-foot-7, 200-pound native of St. Louis, Mo., was selected by Dallas in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL draft.

  • Wild sign G Vay
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms with free agent goaltender Adam Vay on a two-year, entry-level contract Wednesday.

    • Vay, 22, posted a 3.67 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in three games for Hungary at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia this month. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound native of Budapest, Hungary, made 35 saves in a 5-1 loss to the United States on, made 48 saves in a 3-0 loss to Finland snd stopped 11 of 12 shots in relief against Canada.

      Vay appeared in 39 games with Debreceni HK in the MOL League (Hungary and Romania) in 2015-16 and posted a 2.77 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and two shutouts.

      Vay went 28-4-0 with a 2.03 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and five shutouts in 32 games with the El Paso Rhinos in the Western States Hockey League in 2014-15.

  • Canadiens sign F Reway
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms with forward Martin Reway on a three-year, two-way contract Wednesday.

    • Reway, 21, completed the 2015-16 season with Fribourg-Gotteron in the Swiss National League A, recording 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 19 games. The 5-foot-9, 173-pound winger began the season with Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga and registered 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 14 games. A native of Prague, Czech Republic, Reway amassed 73 points (22 goals, 51 assists) and 74 penalty minutes in 67 regular-season games since making his pro debut in Europe in 2014-15. He added one goal and six assists in seven playoff games.

      Reway produced 112 points (42 goals, 70 assists) and 104 penalty minutes in 90 regular-season games with Gatineau in the QMJHL (2012 to 2014). He also recorded 27 playoff points.

      Selected in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL draft, Reway participated in the Canadiens' Development Camp in July 2013.

      "We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Martin Reway," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. "A young forward with tremendous offensive skills, Martin has the potential to become a very good player. He enjoyed success during his two seasons in North America with the QMJHL's Gatineau Olympiques before turning professional in Europe and playing in the Czech Republic and Switzerland the past two years. Our scouting personnel had the opportunity to see him play several times, including at the international level during the World Juniors and the World Hockey Championships, and we are glad to have him join a group of young prospects who will be competing for a spot with our team at training camp in September."

  • Former NHL player Stevens' case continued after drug arrest
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    Former NHL All-Star Kevin Stevens, who was arrested last Thursday and charged with possessing oxycodone and the intent to distribute, had his federal case continued to June 21 on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

    • The Boston Globe reported that federal authorities arrested both Stevens and Christopher Alonardo last Thursday and charged them with identical oxycodone violations occurring over a number of months dating to August 2015.

      The 51-year-old Stevens was not required to post bail but agreed not to gamble or visit a casino, to participate in a court-approved mental health program and undergo a substance abuse evaluation, among other conditions, according to the Globe.

      Stevens, who played 15 seasons in the NHL, spent five nights in jail after the arrest. According to his attorney, Stevens has battled a 20-plus-year addiction to painkillers, stemming from an on-ice injury in May 1993 when he collided with the New York Islanders' Rich Pilon and fell face-first to the ice, fracturing his nose and many facial bones.

      In January 2000 while playing for the New York Rangers, Stevens was arrested in a hotel room and charged with soliciting a prostitute and in possession of drug paraphernalia.