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New general manager Rutherford, Penguins in favor of short-term deals

The Penguins aren't interested in long-term relationships these days. General manager Jim Rutherford has signed six unrestricted free agents who could play prominent roles for the Penguins next season — defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, goaltender Thomas Greiss and forwards Steve Downie, Blake Comeau, Marcel Goc and Zach Sill — in the opening days of the NHL free agency signing...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

What is P.K. Subban worth to the Montreal Canadiens?

The dust has already settled on the free agency signing period, which could only be described with a less exciting synonym to the word “frenzy”. A few notable names still remain without homes, but it’s the restricted free agents that represent the only real impact talent out on the market. Of the two high-profile RFA, it’s Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban that...
Via Puck Drunk Love
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t Hold Your Breath For A Tyler Myers Trade

This morning on Buffalo radio, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press referred to Tyler Myers as a franchise defenseman with "a really appealing contract." Those of you outside of Sabres Nation may not realize how many Buffalo fans had a good chuckle when they heard that one. This is the same defenseman who has needed to spend occasional games in the press box to...
Via Kukla's Korner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Who’s the Odd Man Out for the New York Islanders?

#468403375 / gettyimages.comAfter the surprise signings of Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin last week, the New York Islanders are left with an abundance of forwards but still lacking on defense. This leaves fans asking the question, who might Garth Snow trade to get that top 4 d-man they desperately need?First, the untouchables. John Tavares goes without saying, as does Kyle...
Via TopSportsReport
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Instant Reaction: Anton Volchenkov signed to one-year deal

Nashville found the veteran defenseman they were looking for on the free agent market, plucking Anton Volchenkov out of the pile to a one-year, $1 million deal Volchenkov’s been around for a bit, now going into his 12th season in the NHL. Spending seven years with Ottawa and his previous four with New Jersey before being bought out, Volchenkov is the servicable veteran presence...
Via The Predatorial
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators forward Mike Fisher to miss 4-6 months

The Nashville Predators announced Monday that they will be without forward Mike Fisher for the next 4-6 months due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. “Predators forward and alternate captain Mike Fisher sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon during a training session and underwent successful surgery on Thursday, July 3,” general manager David Poile said in a statement. “We expect...
Via Sports-Glory
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators Lose Mike Fisher For Several Months Due To Achilles Injury

The Nashville Predators will have to do without one of their best forwards for the first few months of the 2014-15 campaign. Mike Fisher had surgery this week to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss four-to-six months. This means the Predators won’t see their forward in action until around the holiday season. Last season, the 34-year-old Fisher scored 20 goals and recorded...
Via NESN.com
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Highly touted prospects Ekblad, Barkov highlight Panthers development camp

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Over the next week, the future stars of the Florida Panthers will gather for the team's annual development camp in Coral Springs. Former first-round picks Aaron Ekblad (No. 1 overall, 2014) and Aleksander Barkov (No. 2 overall, 2013) highlight a camp roster filled with both future stars and hopeful tryouts. For Ekblad, a defenseman, Monday's opening...
Via Fox Sports Florida
2 days ago  |  Discuss

P.K. Subban, Matt Bartkowski Among 20 NHL Players Who File For Salary Arbitration

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban highlights a list of 20 NHL players who have elected to file for salary arbitration this summer. The NHLPA released the list on Saturday, and the only Bruins player on it is defenseman Matt Bartkowski. The 26-year-old had a $650,000 salary cap hit during the 2013-14 season, per CapGeek. He tallied 18 points (zero goals, 18 assists) in 64...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings summer development camp 2014, day 4: details versus fatigue

The 4th day of the Red Wings' summer development camp is usually 4 of 7. For the past two years, there's been a break added into the camp to ensure that the campers can rest and rejuvenate a bit, but pro pace is pro pace, so the everything-in-a-short-period-of-time camp involves go-go-going this summer. That might change in the future--very thankfully, the Red Wings'...
Via Kukla's Korner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings Rumors: Is Defenseman Michael Del Zotto Worth A Reclamation Project?

Michel Del Zotto isn’t attracting a ton of attention, but could the Red Wings take a chance? (Derrick Bostrom, Flickr) Over time, the Detroit Red Wings have been known as a team where unwanted players can go to get reborn. Recently, the likes of Dallas Drake, Dan Cleary, Darren McCarty and Brad Stuart have come out of the woodwork and put past issues behind them to plat a major...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Areas that need to be addressed

Despite vastly improving the offense with the signing of goal-scoring winger Thomas Vanek, the Minnesota Wild still have a number of needs that must be addressed prior to the season commencing in October. Free agency is roughly a week old and the majority of the top talent has already found homes for the upcoming season. This means that the Wild will most likely fill their needs...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Loss of Fisher does not brighten or dim immediate future for Nashville

Nashville took a slight body punch today with the news that veteran center Mike Fisher would be out four-to-six months with an Achilles rupture sustained during a training session. Fisher was arguably the top center for the Predators in the upcoming season, and still is if he fully recovers from the injury before the year ends. However, even without the services of Fisher for the...
Via The Predatorial
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Boyle targeted Rangers in his free agent search, happy to be St. Louis’ teammate again

New Rangers defenseman/power-play quarterback Dan Boyle just conducted a conference call with the New York media, his first comments about joining the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent by agreeing to a two-year deal worth $9 million on July 1. Boyle, who turns 38 on Saturday, turned down more lucrative offers with longer terms to sign with the Rangers. “That’s where I wanted...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ken Hitchcock on goaltending: “This is Brian Elliott’s job”

Ken Hitchcock is planning on Brian Elliott being the starting netminder for the Blues in 2014-15. That point may have been assumed by most Blues fans, but Hitchcock’s comments make it sound like the split between Elliott and Jake Allen won’t be as close as some may believe. As seen in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (it’s a “premium” article), Hitchcock reiterates that Elliott...
Via Frozen Notes
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game of Thrones: Can Crosby Defend His Scoring Title?

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports A lot of Sidney Crosby fans, including yours truly, were feeling pretty good by the end of the 2013-14 NHL regular season. Crosby was finally able to play a full (nearly) NHL season. He had topped 100 points for the first time since 2009-10. He had won the NHL scoring race by almost 20 points. He not only won the Art Ross trophy, but would later...
Via The Sideline
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blackhawks Fans Are Anxious To See What Toews and Kane’s New Deals Will Be

Posted to Gorilla Salad's Play LandChicago Blackhawks fans are starting to get antsy with regards to the new contracts for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said earlier in the year he would like to have the new contracts done by July 1st. Well July 1st came and so did a new NHL salary cap number so Bowman had some work to do. It is now the second week...
Via Sports Mockery
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Canadiens Prust And Eller Challenge Each Other On The Golf Course

Montreal Canadiens Brandon Prust and Lars Eller decided to hit the links for another installment of the Canadien’s web-series The Duel. This time they are taking on the sport of golf with a 300-foot putting challenge. This is not the first time Prust and Eller decided to part take in a little duel action but watch and see who takes home this episode of The Duel. The post Canadiens...
Via Beyond The Benches
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Boyle Decided Tampa Bay Was The Place To Play

from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, After hearing rave reviews on the Lightning — not to mention living in Tampa — Boyle opted to join forces with Callahan once again and signed a three-year contract with Tampa Bay worth $6 million. Boyle was on his honeymoon in Maui when he signed his new deal, and with wife Lauren Bedford, a model in consideration for the next...
Via Kukla's Korner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jarome Iginla confident he'll finally find his elusive Cup with the Avalanche

Jarome Iginla knows his pro career is coming to a close. It won't be this upcoming year or the one following, but the 18-year NHL veteran can see the event horizon. He's hungry to find the Cup championship he has worked so tirelessly for, and as a new member of the Colorado Avalanche, the 37-year-old feels he has a good a chance as ever before to finally capture hockey'...
Via BruinsLife
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Boyle’s Age Won’t Be A Factor

One of the complaints from Rangers fans after the signing of 37-year old (will be 38 on July 12th) Dan Boyle was how he fit the mold of a typical over-the-hill, fading superstar signing Glen Sather has become notorious for during his tenure as Rangers GM. And those complaints seem justified when looking at Boyle’s point total which has decreased every season since 2009-10, bottoming...
Via NY Rangers Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bruins Sign Letter Of Intent To Build New Practice Facility In Allston-Brighton

The Boston Bruins have found the location for their new practice facility, and the B’s will now be much closer to home. The Bruins announced Tuesday morning that they have signed a letter of intent for a long-term lease with Boston Landing, a development in Boston’s Allston-Brighton neighborhood. That is where the Bruins will build their new practice rink. The new facility agreement...
Via NESN.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Canadiens News: Montreal's P.K. Subban, Lars Eller file for arbitration

P.K Subban and Lars Eller filed for arbitration on Saturday, and it probably means something a bit different than you are expecting.from thescoreScott Didomenico reports that P.K Subban and Lars Eller have filed for salary arbitration with the Montreal Canadiens, which has an interesting consequence attached to it.Per Elliotte Friedman;Just a couple of notes on player-elected arbitration...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers top pick Aaron Ekblad to make most of opportunity

Among the dozens of young hockey players skating around the Panthers training facility Monday afternoon, Aaron Ekblad stood out. Unlike all but one other player, Ekblad has a single digit on his back. Ekblad's No. 5 will likely remain with him not only through this development camp but through training camp, into the upcoming season and beyond. It will also, no doubt, end up...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Johansen and Blue Jackets still far apart in contract talks

The Columbus Blue Jackets are still very much engaged in a tense game of contract chicken with budding star Ryan Johansen, with neither side looking as though they are ready to blink. Although, as Aaron Portzline notes, it is still July so there is plenty of time to get a deal done, Johansen has already referred to a previous Blue Jackets' offer as "a little disrespectful...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss
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