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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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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Sam Gagner traded to Tampa Bay, then Arizona

When the Edmonton Oilers announced the selection of center Leon Draisaitl with the No. 3 overall pick in this past weekend’s NHL Entry Draft, the writing was on the wall for Sam Gagner. And today, he was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning, in exchange for right wing Teddy Purcell. Gagner, 24, was the sixth overall selection in the 2007 NHL Draft, but he never lived up to that lofty...
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June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Sam Gagner traded to Tampa Bay

When the Edmonton Oilers announced the selection of center Leon Draisaitl with the No. 3 overall pick in this past weekend’s NHL Entry Draft, the writing was on the wall for Sam Gagner. And today, he was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning, in exchange for right wing Teddy Purcell. Gagner, 24, was the sixth overall selection in the 2007 NHL Draft, but he never lived up to that lofty...
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June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Early reaction: Five teams with the best 2014 Draft classes

Now, you really, really, really cannot judge a draft until at least three, four, five years down the road. If a team is lucky, they’ve got one prospect who’s ready to play the year he’s drafted. Most draftees will continue to season in the junior leagues, or overseas, or in the minor leagues, until they’re ready for NHL action, which often times won’t be for three or four...
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June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Several teams including Bruins, Penguins interested in Martin Brodeur

AP Image Martin Brodeur is the greatest goaltender the NHL has ever seen.  He was drafted in 1990 b the New Jersey Devils and would remain with the team for the next 23 years, helping then to three Stanley Cups.  Brodeur is the all time leader in regular season NHL wins. Reports are starting to surface that several teams are interested in signing the iconic goalie.  These teams...
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June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs acquire Roman Polak from Blues, send Carl Gunnarsson

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photo) The second day of the 2014 NHL Draft is well underway and while the attention is on the prospects, teams are still finding time to wheel and deal their established players. That was the case in Toronto as the Maple Leafs traded defenseman Carl Gunnarrson to the St. Louis Blues.  In return, the Blues sent another defeneman in the shape of Roman Polak...
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June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Claude Lemieux's son taken in second round by Sabres

via NHL.com The second day of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft is underway.  With the first pick of the second round, the Buffalo Sabres selected Brendan Lemieux – who is the son of long time NHL player Claude.  Lemieux Jr was taken with the 31st overall pick Brendan Lemieux was the second forward taken by the Sabres in the draft after they selected Sam Reinhart with the second overall...
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June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers select Aaron Ekblad with first overall pick

(Matt Slocum/Associated Press) With the first overall pick of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the Florida Panthers select defenseman Aaron Ekblad.  Ekblad played for the Barrie Colts in the OHL. Ekblad was seen by many to be the undisputed best defenseman in the draft class.  He has the ability to control both sides of the rink capable of firing off a rocket shot as well as clearing...
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June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators acquire RW James Neal from the Pittsburgh Penguins

Entering the 2014 off-season, the Nashville Predators found themselves in dire need of offense. With one bold move, they got the help they needed. They dealt RW Patric Hornqvist, one of their best scorers of their short franchise history, and C Nick Spaling to the Pittsburgh Penguins for winger James Neal. TRADE ALERT: @PredsNHL trade Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling to the @Penguins...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Vancouver Canucks trade Ryan Kesler to Anaheim

Ryan Kesler’s trade request has been granted by Vancouver. (AP Photo) New Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning promised that Ryan Kesler’s trade situation wouldn’t be held out as long as former Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo’s. Benning wasted no time in holding up his end of that promise. Just hours before the start of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the Anaheim Ducks...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Extensions for Toews, Kane ‘could cost Blackhawks $11-12 million/season’

via the Chicago Sun-Times Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are two of the most skilled players in the NHL.  They also happen to play on the same team, which is unfortunate since they’re both unrestricted free agents the summer of 2015. Signing Toews and Kane to long-term contract extensions has therefore become a priority for the Chicago Blackhawks.  According to Darren Dreger...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Callahan signs six-year extension with Lightning

Ryan Callahan is now the second highest-paid player on the Lightning. (Associated Press File Photo) The Tampa Bay Lightning are widely respected for having one of the deepest pools of young players in the NHL. On Wednesday, the Lightning locked up a veteran they hope will lead the way to that promising future ahead. While many assumed Ryan Callahan would seek a large payday in free...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings sign Marian Gaborik to 7-year, $34.1 million extension

via NHL.com The Los Angeles Kings have wasted no time in giving right winger Marian Gaborik a multi-year contract extension with the team.  He has signed a seven-year, $34.1 million deal wit the team that will keep him with the Stanley Cup champions until at least the 2020 season. Pierre LeBrun confirmed that the contract is worth $4.875 million per year. The exact AAV on Gaborik...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Pittsburgh Penguins to hire Mike Johnston as new head coach

via the Oregoronian The Pittsburgh Penguins have finally found their new head coach.  The team had fired Dan Bylsma who was the teams all time franchise wins head coach with 262 wins in over five years in charge.  Bylsma was fired during the aftermath of losing to the New York Rangers in the playoffs after holding a 3-1 series lead. The Penguins have reportedly offered Mike Johnston...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NHL Mock Draft (Morace)

Feel free to follow me and/or tweet your comments, thoughts and hate regarding this mock draft to me at @AMorace1.  1. Florida Panthers- Aaron Ekblad, D (Barrie Colts, OHL) - The top pick in this year’s draft class isn’t as clear-cut as it has been in recent years, but Ekblad is the most likely choice for a Florida team with such noted blueline issues (so much so, that they’re...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Hasek, Forsberg, Modano head 2014 Hall of Fame class

With the 2013-14 NHL season behind us, it’s once again that time of year when the Hockey Hall of Fame announces the players and other supporting members of the game to be enshrined and receive the greatest honor in the sport of hockey. This year, the Hall of Fame committee decided on four players, one coach, and one referee to bestow the highest respect in hockey. The Hockey Hall...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings of the Rink NHL Draft Preview

With the NHL Draft on the way this Friday, your Around the Rink writers put together a draft preview on our Kings of the Rink podcast. Be sure to subscribe to the Sports-Kings channel on YouTube and check regularly there and on our Twitter page for new episodes!
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets, Flyers swap R.J. Umberger for Scott Hartnell

RJ Umberger was granted his request for a change of scenery, as he is now a Philadelphia Flyer. (BlueJackets.com) While Friday’s entry draft is the next major date on the offseason calendar for all 30 NHL teams, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers have wasted no time in improving their rosters. Today, the Columbus Blue Jackets traded left wing R.J. Umberger to the...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Willie Desjardins to be Vancouver Canucks’ next head coach

Earlier this week, Willie Desjardins coached the Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, to their first-ever Calder Cup as AHL champions. And now, Desjardins will be rewarded with his first-ever NHL head coaching job, as news has leaked that he’ll be the Vancouver Canucks new bench boss. The Canucks have been without a head coach since the end of the...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Caps to host Blackhawks at next Winter Classic

Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will host Chicago in this year’s Winter Classic. (Gene J. Puskar/AP) On the heels of this year’s highly-successful Stadium Series that put NHL teams in a number of venues across the country, the American capital will host an outdoor hockey game next season, and they will face a significant Western Conference opponent on the other...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

What’s next for New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings

The New York Rangers have a bright future after their five-game loss in the Stanley Cup Final. (ESPNNewYork) Now that the Stanley Cup Final has concluded, the offseason begins in earnest for all 30 NHL teams. After a stunning run to the Final including three road Game Seven victories, the Los Angeles Kings still have enough pieces in place to contend each year for the foreseeable...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: L.A. mayor drops F-bomb during toast at Kings rally

For the Los Angeles Kings, this year’s Stanley Cup run was equally as impressive as their run from eighth place in the Western Conference back in 2012. After three consecutive Game Seven wins – all on the road, nonetheless – the Kings took care of business and finished the New York Rangers off in five games to take home the Stanley Cup. It’s safe to say that the win got Los...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Kings win second Stanley Cup in three years

The Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime to take home the Stanley Cup. (Associated Press/Jae C. Hong) The crowns are starting to pile up for the Los Angeles Kings, who have built a team that could be a Western Conference contender for years to come. With Alec Martinez’s double-overtime winner, the Kings defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in the...
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Woman in heels tries to walk on ice after Stanley Cup, falls hard

The video below shows one of the most bizarre things you will ever see.  A woman in high heels attempts to walk across the ice at the Staples Center after the LA Kings win their second Stanley Cup on Friday night. Walking on ice.  Wearing high heels.  Let that sink in for a second.  Naturally, the woman fell over and landed pretty heavily.  Lesson learned lady, take them off...
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: LA Kings’ playoff hero Justin Williams left off Stanley Cup Final shirt

The Los Angeles Kings are currently doing battle with the New York Rangers for the Stanley Cup.  The Kings hold a 3-1 series lead after the Rangers won on Wednesday night preventing a sweep for the Kings. A big reason why the Kings are in the Stanley Cup Finals over the Chicago Blackhawks, the team they vanquished in the Western Conference Finals in seven games, is due to a man...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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