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Blues give Jori Lehtera a three-year contract extension

While Blues fans wait for Vladimir Tarasenko to receive a new contract, the team rewarded Jori Lehtera with a three-year, $14.1 million extension. Lehtera’s current deal wasn’t going to expire until after the 2015-16 campaign, which means he’s now in the mix through 2018-19. Lehtera's deal is a 3 years, $14.1 million ($4.7 AAV). He will be paid $4.4 in 2016-17, $4.7 million...
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REPORT: Bruins Trade Reilly Smith for Jimmy Hayes

Per Reports, The Boston Bruins have parted ways with RW Reilly Smith for another RW. Local boy, former BC talent Jimmy Hayes is coming to Boston.
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Zbynek Michalek heads back to the Coyotes

The Blues weren’t expected to bring back Zbynek Michalek and that became official as the defenseman headed back to the Arizona Coyotes with a two-year, $6.4 million contract. The Blues originally acquired Michalek from the Coyotes prior to the 2014-15 trade deadline in exchange for Maxim Letunov and a conditional third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Michalek was the “big”...
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Mike Green is joining the Red Wings on a three-year deal

Roughly one week ago, news broke that Mike Green wouldn’t be returning to the Washington Capitals. Green was ready to test free agency as an unrestricted free agent after skating with the Capitals since 2005-06. Today, he has signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Mike Green is heading DET on a three year deal. #TSN. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July...
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Capitals Have Crucial Offseason Decisions To Make, Fans Snatching Up Tickets In Anticipation

View image | gettyimages.com General Manager Brian MacLellan and his Washington Capitals spent big during free agency last season. The signing of defenders Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen helped them finish in second in the Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division with a record of 45-26-11. This offseason, they aim to rebound from a second-round playoff exit, as goaltender Braden...
Via KCM Sports
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New York Rangers free agency round up: Day one

The New York Rangers were busy on the first day of free agency, but a change in the front office overshadowed all signings and trades for today. It has been speculated for a month now, but it has been officially announced that Jeff Gorton will replace Glen Sather as General Manager of the club. Slats will […]
Via Blue Seat Blogs
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No. 2 pick Eichel signs entry-level deal with Sabres, leaving school

  Jack Eichel is eager to begin his NHL career. Eichel, the 18-year-old center selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres in last week's draft, signed his first professional contract Wednesday, opting to skip his final three years of college hockey. ''I couldn't be more excited about it,'' Eichel said during his introductory press conference at First Niagara Center. ''Looking...
Via AP on Fox
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Gave: Wings vault to head of class after adding two top free agents

After Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland's extraordinary $9 million shopping spree today, we can safely surmise that Tuesday's decision to buy out underachieving center Stephen Weiss indeed had far-reaching implications. But there's more we might conclude. Much more. For starters, maybe there was something to those whispers about top free agents snubbing Detroit because they wanted...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
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Wild sign center Granlund, defenseman Reilly to deals

  The Minnesota Wild finished a drawn-out negotiation with Mikael Granlund by locking up the center with a two-year deal on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Granlund had eight goals and 31 assists last season. He ranked third on the team in plus-minus rating with a plus-17 and the team hopes he continues his path to becoming one of the team's top playmakers. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis...
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Capitals Thank Departed Mike Green, as He Admits Its Time to Move on

View image | gettyimages.com Fan favorite defenseman Mike Green officially has departed the Washington Capitals after 10 seasons with the team that drafted him. Green signed a three-year deal worth a reported $18 million with the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. And while the writing was long on the wall for the former first-round pick, his departure still leaves a void for the...
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Wild's Fletcher content after early stages of free agency

Chuck Fletcher sounded quite content after the first day of NHL free agency. The Minnesota Wild GM largely just kept a few players in house on Wednesday, namely signing the youthful and talented Mikael Granlund. Minnesota also signed Nate Prosser, Ryan Carter and former Minnesota Gophers defenseman Mike Reilly. Now, Fletcher is overseeing a club that could have 14 players age 25...
Via Fox Sports North
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Comparing Artem Anisimov To Antoine Vermette

On Tuesday afternoon, the Blackhawks acquired veteran center Artem Anisimov from the Columbus as part of the blockbuster trade sending Brandon Saad to the Jackets. On Wednesday, as free agency opened across the NHL, it became clear that Anisimov would figure prominently into the Hawks center depth during the 2015-16 season. Anisimov, who has one […] The post Comparing Artem Anisimov...
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Pittsburgh Penguins: impact of the Phil Kessel trade

Well here we are again. It seems like Penguins fans have seen this story before. On the first day of free agency, Pittsburgh makes a big splash in an effort to increase their chances of winning a Stanley Cup for the upcoming season. High profile players have been brought in before to play alongside Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin and it hasn’t worked out. Players such as Marian...
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Reactions from day one of free agency: Very quiet, very solid

Well, the New York Rangers stayed quiet for the most part, making primarily depth signings to fill out the roster.  Let’s break down each move the Rangers made yesterday. Front office moves For those that missed it, Glen Sather stepped down as General Manager, but will remain as team president. Jeff Gorton is now the […]
Via Blue Seat Blogs
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Caps sign Justin Williams, Lose Mike Green

In a surprising late night signing, the Washington Capitals have landed likely the best remaining unrestricted free agent forward, Justin Williams, on a two-year deal for $6.5 million.  With Williams, the Caps landed the top six forward that was coveted by GM Brian MacLellan.  MacLellan made clear after this season ended that a top six forward was a top priority, but hinted that...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
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Hextall's Defense Plan: Build from Within

Over the course of the Philadelphia Flyers' franchise history, most of the best defensemen the team has ever had have been players acquired from outside the organization: Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Mark Howe leads the list, followed by the likes of Eric Desjardins, Kimmo Timonen and for all-too-brief periods of time Bob "the Count" Dailey and Chris Pronger before the two suffered...
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Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Slow and Steady: 7/2/15

The New York Islanders flew virtually under the radar yesterday, methodically making the necessary moves, ones most could have expected. Just after 12 P.M., Arthur Staple announced two signings: backup goaltender Thomas Greiss (from the Pittsburgh Penguins) and returning Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey. #Isles sign Thomas Greiss to 2-year, $3 million deal. New backup G to Jaro...
Via Islanders Insight
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Blackhawks Sign D Cameron Schilling

On Thursday morning, the Blackhawks reportedly signed defenseman Cameron Schilling to a two-year deal. Cameron Schilling signed a two year deal with the #blackhawks at $575 000 AAV. One way contract the 2nd season. #tvasports — Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) July 2, 2015 Schilling, who will be 27 on Oct. 7, is listed at 6-2 and 200 […] The post Blackhawks Sign D Cameron Schilling...
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Blues: Take a chance on Martin St. Louis?

Now that my preferred target, Justin Williams, has signed with the Washington Capitals for a modest 2 years/6.5 million, my eyes are set on other players for the St. Louis Blues to seek out. Phil Kessel was traded to Pittsburgh, so that takes his 8 million per year off the board as well. Joel Ward is intriguing and is a member of the Williams gritty playoff breed, but according to...
Via STLSportsMinute
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Recapping Day 1 Of Free Agency

The Rangers made several depth/AHL moves yesterday, which were not hidden by the resignation of now former GM Glen Sather handing off the reins of to Jeff Gorton, a move finally made official yesterday after months of speculation. We’ll get to Sather another time, but first the signings… Within literally seconds, the Rangers announced the signings of Jayson Megna from the Penguins...
Via NY Rangers Blog
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Hurricanes Owner Makes Bizarre Comments About Penguins, Rutherford

So, this is strange. Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the first day of free agency. Instead of focusing on his own team – the one that went 30-41-11 last season and missed the playoffs by 27 points – Karmanos spent a large portion of the time covering the current state of the Pittsburgh Penguins after their trade for Phil...
Via The Pensblog
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Dissecting the Brandon Saad Trade

View image | gettyimages.com Before we get to the main subject, indulge me if you will. Let’s go back 15 days to Monday June 15th. Why? That night my beloved Blackhawks would be lifting the stanley cup(I still love watching the youtube video of all the goals from the playoffs ). Those last two things are interesting for a couple different reasons. First of all, Blackhawks...
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Marc Savard getting traded in 2015 is ridiculous

Funny … After I went on about how the Boston Bruins were driving their fans insane, they actually had a pretty good week. They traded Martin Jones, who they got in the Milan Lucic deal, for a 2016 first round pick and a prospect. And on Wednesday, they made a seemingly innocuous trade when then sent Reilly Smith to Florida in exchange for Jimmy Hayes. It’s a fairly even trade...
Via Puck Drunk Love
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Toronto column after trade details Kessel's love of hot dogs

Is it too late to nominate a late entry to the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eat contest this weekend? Because Phil Kessel seems like a worthy contender. The polarizing forward was traded Wednesday from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Pittsburgh Penguins in what was the biggest move of one of the NHL’s busiest days of the year. Thus ends Kessel’s contentious time in Toronto where he and...
Via NESN.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rangers are better now, because of restraint

For those accustomed to watching the Rangers leap head first into free agency and enjoy the fall out, they will have been disappointed as July 1st turned to the 2nd. For the rest of us, yesterday would have been a pleasant change. Ironically, as Glen Sather officially relinquished his GM duties to Jeff Gorton, yesterday […]
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1 day ago  |  Discuss
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