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Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane plays in Buffalo league game, dominates

Chicago Blackhaeks forward Patrick Kane decided to spend his off-season playing a game for the Buffalo Performax Hockey League. He took the ice for the Piranhas. It’s probably no surprise that Kane dominated, scoring five goals and setting up five more as the Piranhas defeated the Essex St. Pub 13-5. So this Kane guy showed up to the @Piranhas3DPuck game last night… he was pretty...
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Florida Panthers looking to move?

It’s no secret that the Florida Panthers have struggled, both on the ice and at the box office, in recent years. They’ve ranked near the bottom of the league in attendance, and have made the playoffs only once in the past decade. They’ve also tangled recently with Broward County (where their arena is located) officials over money and the use of taxpayer money for their arena...
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WATCH: Patrick Kane dances on Jonathan Toews

The first rule of the 2014 Chicago Blackhawks Fan Convention.is you do not ask Jonathan Teows and Patrick Kane to perform in a dance off – “There’s going to be no dance-offs up here today” Toews told the audience. The second rule of the 2014 Chicago Blackhawks Fan Convention is…actually forget that bcause both Toews and Kane bowed to pressure from the fans and decided to...
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Sidney Crosby to Get Wrist Surgery

Sidney Crosby, captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist within the next few days to repair damage that might have hurt his postseason performance. Crosby only scored once in his 13 playoff game appearances. The Penguins were eliminated by the New York Rangers in the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 7. Will Not...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning sign Morrow to one-year deal

Brenden Morrow brings a veteran presence to a young Lightning team. Photo Credit: Brad Loper, Dallas Morning News The Tampa Bay Lightning have boatloads of young offensive skill in their forward group, highlighted by former 60-goal scorer Steven Stamkos, Calder Trophy nominees Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat, not to mention top prospect Jonathan Drouin, who is expected to join Tampa...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues’ Jaden Schwartz to switch number to honor late sister

When the St. Louis Blues take the ice for the 2014-15 season, one player will be looking a bit different. That player is left winger Jaden Schwartz who has chosen to switch from his previous number 9 jersey to the recently vacated number 17.  Vladimir Sobotka was the previous holder of the number 17 and he left for the KHL. The reason Schwartz will switch numbers is because the...
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WATCH: Ducks’ Ryan Kesler throw out first pitch at Angels game

Ryan Kesler joined the Anaheim Ducks from the Vancouver Canucks early in the free agency frenzy that started on July 1st.  So it’s only natural that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim would ask Kesler to throw out the first pitch and introduce himself to his new Anaheim-area fanbase. H/T: theScore
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Mikhail Grabovski takes a return shot at Jeremy Roenick

AP Image When the NHL free agency period  opened on July 1st, teams immediately began throwing money at the top names.  The vast amounts of money being thrown around prompted former NHL player Jeremy Roenick to bemoan the moves, particularity that of the New York Islanders signing free agent center Mikhail Grabovski. Way to go islanders!!!! Making a 40pt guy a 5 million dollar...
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Report: Blues’ Vladimir Sobotka may have signed with KHL

USA TODAY Sports It is being reported by multiple sources including USA TODAY Sports, that St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka may have signed with Kontinental Hockey League side Avangard Omsk. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said he could neither confirm or deny whether Sobotka had indeed left for the Russian-based KHL, but he said that is what he though had occurred...
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Devils re-sign Cory Schneider to multi-year deal

As the greatest goaltender of the New Jersey Devils past waits for a new contract, the Devils have locked up their goalie of the future for the next several years. Cory Schneider, who was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks last year for the No. 9 pick in the 2013 draft to be the heir-apparent to Martin Brodeur, inked a multi-year deal to stay with New Jersey. Terms of the deal have...
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Johnny Gaudreau, Sam Bennett dominate at Flames camp

Although he stands just 5’7″ and 150 pounds, Johnny Gaudreau could be an offensive dynamo for the Flames. (Calgary Herald) While last season was largely disappointing for the Calgary Flames, the future appears to be bright behind a number of young, talented forwards. 19-year-old center Sean Monahan is viewed as a future leader of this Flames team, and he enjoyed a modest rookie...
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Predators’ Fisher out four-to-six months

Nashville will be without Mike Fisher for a while. Photo Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports Already desperate for center help, the Nashville Predators were dealt a pretty serious blow to their forward group. Center Mike Fisher will miss the next four-to-six weeks with a ruptured Achilles tendon, an injury he suffered during a training session, according to general manager David...
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Ducks’ John Gibson gets awesome Pac-Man cage

In the realm of NHL goaltenders, having a fancy mask is all the rage these days, from the zombie masks of Philadelphia’s Steve Mason to the Pittsburgh Steelers cage of the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury. Still, Anaheim goaltender John Gibson’s new design may be one of the best for 2014. On Gibson’s new helmet, the Mighty Duck logo of Anaheim serves as Pac-Man, placed on a grid...
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Leon Draisaitl makes convincing argument for roster spot with Oilers

Leon Draisaitl, center, has the right mentality to step in immediately as a leader in Edmonton. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) After being drafted third overall in the 2014 NHL Draft just ten days ago, Oilers center Leon Draisaitl believes that he is ready to join a roster headlined by a plethora of other young forward prospects. Last week, Edmonton traded center Sam Gagner to Tampa Bay...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Gretzky trying to bring NHL team to Seattle

Could NHL hockey be coming to Seattle? Seattle has long been considered one of the premier locations for an NHL team to relocate to…or possible expand into. Now, NHL legend Wayne Gretzky is part of a group actively trying to bring North America’s top hockey league to the Emerald City. According to the New York Post, Gretzky has joined a group of investors who are trying to get...
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Dustin Brown teases Obama about Blackhawks during call

The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup in five games against the New York Rangers. In the Western Conference Final, the Kings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in seven games.  The Blackhawks just so happen to be the team that Barack Obama, President of the Unites States of America is a fan of. So when Kings captain Dustin Brown received a congratulatory phone call from the most...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Winners, losers of day one in NHL free agency

As is the case every July 1st around the NHL, teams make significant free agent moves to help establish themselves as improved teams for the upcoming season. Many teams were willing to throw around the cash this offseason with the salary cap rising about $5 million for this season, and projected to rise even further in to the future. With that in mind, some of the deals may sound...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Jarome Iginla signs three-year deal with Colorado

A day after acquiring Danny Briere from the Montreal Canadiens, the Colorado Avalanche have added yet another veteran scoring presence. They signed right wing Jarome Iginla to a three-year contract worth $16M. Iginla, 37, showed last year with the Boston Bruins that he can still be a potent offensive force, as he picked up 30 goals and 61 points in 78 games. He’ll have a chance...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals sign Matt Niskanen, continue to upgrade defensive corps

Mere hours after signing Brooks Orpik away from their rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, with a five-year, $27.5M deal, the Capitals were back at it. Now they’ve signed former Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen, who had his best season as a pro last year, to a seven-year, $40.25M deal. Niskanen posted career highs with 10 goals, 36 assists, 46 total points, and a +33 rating that was...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild sign LW Thomas Vanek to three-year deal

In one of the more expected moves of free agency, the Minnesota Wild have signed Thomas Vanek to a three-year deal, worth $19.5M. The Wild pushed hard to acquire the Austrian winger at the trade deadline last season. Vanek also lives in Minnesota during the offseason. Vanek, who picked up 68 points with the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens last year, adds...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Stars sign RW Ales Hemsky to three-year deal

Following up on their addition of Jason Spezza earlier in the day, the Dallas Stars added one of Spezza’s old Ottawa teammates a few hours later after dealing for the former Senators captain. The Stars inked right wing Ales Hemsky, who played he last 20 games of 2013-14 with Spezza to a three-year, $12M deal. Hemsky was dealt from the Edmonton Oilers to the Senators at the trade...
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Canucks sign Ryan Miller to three-year, $18 million contract

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports The free agency frenzy hasn’t been active for long and we’ve already seen some big names make a home with a new team.  Paul Stastny moved from the Colorado Avalanche to the St. Louis Blues in a deal worth $28 million. Now, one of the best goaltenders available is already off the market.  Ryan Miller, formerly f the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Gorges traded to Sabres after rejecting Maple Leafs

via Bauer.com Josh Gorges has been traded to the Buffalo Sabres for a second round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Gorges had played for the Montreal Canadiens and had chosen to reject the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were also interested in the star defenseman, to accept a trade to the Buffalo Sabres. Gorges to Buffalo for a 2nd round pick in 2016. #SNSigningSeason — John Shannon...
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Paul Stastny signs four-year deal with Blues

Paul Stastny left Colorado to take a raise to $7 million annually from the Blues. (AP Photo) After requesting more money to stay with the only team he played for in the NHL, Paul Stastny decided to leave Colorado for another Western Conference contender. The St. Louis Blues announced the move on their website Wednesday, as the team signed the 28-year-old center to a four-year contract...
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Jason Spezza traded to Dallas Stars

After nixing a trade to Nashville, Jason Spezza has been successfully dealt to the Dallas Stars. (Tony Gutierrez/AP) The Vancouver Canucks dealt Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks four days ago at the NHL Draft. Now the other premier center on the trade market, Jason Spezza, has found a new home. According to TSN insider Bob McKenzie, the Dallas Stars have acquired Spezza and Ludwig...
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