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Bruins Re-Sign Krug and Smith

Bruins Re-Sign Krug and Smith

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Boston Bruins re-signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith Monday.

The two players each received one-year contracts worth an annual cap figure of $1.4 million.

The signings mark the end of a long negotiation between the players and the B’s.

“It was definitely tough,” Smith said of the contract talks. “At times, you think you’re fighting a three-way battle. You’ve got your own ideas, your agent is advising how he probably should and they’ve been in the business a long time and that’s probably the advice you should take. The Bruins also have their ideas and ideologies of how they want the whole situation to go, so you’re kind of bouncing ideas with everyone. Me and Torey were bouncing ideas off each other the whole time, because we just wanted to get to camp. It seems like it all worked out.”

The re-signing of Krug and Smith is huge for a Boston team that finished last season with the most points in the NHL.

Krug, 23, played in 79 games last season recording 14 goals and 26 assists.

As for the 23-year-old Smith, he played in 82 games last season, scoring 23 goals and handing out 31 assists, mainly playing on the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

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Hurricanes Center Jordan Staal Out 3-4 Months with Broken Leg

Hurricanes Center Jordan Staal Out 3-4 Months with Broken Leg

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — The regular season hasn’t even begun and the Carolina Hurricanes are already dealing with a devastating injury to one of their best players as center Jordan Staal will miss the next three to four months with a broken bone in his right leg.

Staal suffered the injury Tuesday in the team’s preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres.

“I’m concerned for sure. He’s a big piece of what we’re going to do moving forward,” Hurricanes’ head coach Bill Peters said before learning of the severity of the injury.

Staal is a two-player, who is entering his third season in Carolina. Last season, he played in all 82 games, and hasn’t missed a regular season game since  joining the team. He scored 15 goals and totaled 40 points, while finishing fifth among Hurricanes last season.

Staal’s brother Eric is also a member of the Hurricanes, and he’s also working his way back from an injury. He is expected to play in the team’s preseason game on Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues.

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Stepan Out 4 to 6 Weeks with Broken Leg

Stepan Out 4 to 6 Weeks with Broken Leg

Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post(NEW YORK) — New York Rangers center Derek Stepan is out four to six weeks after fracturing his left fibula during a conditioning drill Wednesday.

Stepan was dealing with a previous leg injury that caused him to miss a scrimmage on Sunday and preseason game on Monday. He was then cleared to practice Wednesday but suffered a non-contact injury during a sprint.

Stepan had three x-rays before getting hurt.

“Everything looked normal and good to go,” Rangers head coach Alain Vigneaul said. “Then he stepped on the ice and unfortunately got hurt.”

The 24-year-old Stepan played in 82 games for the Rangers last season, scoring 17 goals and dishing out a career-high 40 assists.

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Hurricanes’ Jordan Staal Breaks Leg

Hurricanes’ Jordan Staal Breaks Leg

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal broke his lower right leg during Tuesday night’s preseason game against the Sabres, general manager Ron Francis confirmed.

Francis added there is no timetable for Staal’s return.

“I’m concerned for sure. He’s a big piece of what we’re going to do moving forward,” new coach Bill Peters said following their game.

Staal will travel with the team on Wednesday for their game against the Islanders and then be evaluated by doctors on Thursday.

Staal was entering his third season with the Hurricanes and scored 15 goals with 25 assists last year.

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Boudreau Agrees To Contract Extension With Anaheim Ducks

Boudreau Agrees To Contract Extension With Anaheim Ducks

Comstock/Thinkstock(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — The Anaheim Ducks and head coach Bruce Boudreau agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season on Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In two-plus seasons with the Ducks, Boudreau has compiled a record of 111-55-22, capturing the past two Pacific Division crowns. Last season, they lost in seven games to the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference semifinals.

“It certainly means a lot,” Boudreau said about his contract extension on a conference call. “It means the Ducks organization has faith in me leading this team. That’s important going forward. That’s what it really means to me.”

Boudreau previously was the head coach of the Washington Capitals (2007-11).

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Senators Reach Deal with Goalie Craig Anderson

Senators Reach Deal with Goalie Craig Anderson

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(OTTAWA) — The Ottawa Senators and goalie Craig Anderson have agreed to a three-year contract extension on Monday, the team announced.

Anderson will make 4.75 million in each of the first two years and 3.1 million in the final year, reports NHL.com.

Anderson was 25-16-8 in 53 games last season with a 3.00 goals-against-average and has a 81-52-17 career record.

The 12-year veteran has also played with the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, and Colorado Avalanche.

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Canadiens and Defenseman P.K. Subban Agree on Eight-Year Deal

Canadiens and Defenseman P.K. Subban Agree on Eight-Year Deal

Mark Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Montreal Canadiens weren’t letting star defenseman P.K. Subban go anywhere as he and team have agreed on an eight-year extension through the 2021-2022 season.

ESPN is reporting that Subban’s new deal will pay him $72 million total, with an average annual value of $9 million.

“We are very pleased to have reached a long term agreement with P.K. Subban,” general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. “This agreement helps consolidate the future of our team. A key element of our group of young veterans, P.K. plays with a high level of intensity every time he steps onto the ice. Despite his young age, he carries a great deal of experience and brings contagious energy to the team. Defensemen of his level are a rare commodity in the NHL.”

Subban was a restricted free agnet this season after coming off a two-year deal worth $5.75 million.

In 82 games this past season, the 25-year-old Subban scored 10 goals and also had 43 assists. His 53 points were the  sixth-most by a defenseman this past season.

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Hurricanes’ Captain Eric Staal Undergoes Surgery

Hurricanes’ Captain Eric Staal Undergoes Surgery

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury, the team announced.

The 10-year-veteran suffered the injury during offseason training.  He is expected to make a full recovery by the start of next season.  Dr. William Meyers performed the surgery in Philadelphia.

“Eric notified us of the injury late last week,” general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. “… By having this procedure now, Dr. Meyers believes Eric will be able to return to action for training camp and be at full health for the start of the regular season.”

Staal, 29, has been the captain of the Hurricanes since 2010.  He led the Hurricanes in assists (40) and points (61) last season.

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Red Wings Agree to 3-Year Deal with Tatar

Red Wings Agree to 3-Year Deal with Tatar

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(DETROIT) — The Detroit Red Wings agreed to a three-year deal with center Tomas Tatar on Monday.

ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reports the deal is worth an average of 2.75 million per season.

The 23-year-old Tatar played his first full season in 2013-14, scoring 19 goals and racking up 39 points in 73 games. He also represented Slovakia in at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Tatar was taken by the Red Wings with the 60th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, he has played 100 games for the Wings, recording 24 goals and dishing out 23 assists.

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Maple Leafs Sign Reimer to 2-Year Deal

Maple Leafs Sign Reimer to 2-Year Deal

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(TORONTO) — The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Friday that they’ve signed goalie James Reimer to a two-year contract. 

Reimer was a restricted free agent and had an arbitration hearing set for Monday. Instead he receives a contract that will pay him $2.6 million next season and $2 million in 2015-16.

Reimer started last season as the Leafs starting goalie but lost the job to Jonathan Bernier. Reimer got the job back when Bernier suffered a season ending knee injury.                                                                                                                                                                                            

 The 26-year-old Reimer is entering his fifth season with Toronto. Over his NHL career, he’s posted a 65-48-15 record with a .914 save percentage, a 2.84 goals-against average and 11 shutouts.

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Kreider Agrees to 2-Year Deal with Rangers

Kreider Agrees to 2-Year Deal with Rangers

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Restricted free agent winger Chris Kreider has avoided arbitration and agreed on a two-year contract with the New York Rangers.

ESPN reports Kreider will make an average of $2.475 million annually.

Kreider was selected by the Rangers with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. Last season, the 23-year-old scored 17 goals and dished out 20 assists in 66 regular season games for the Blue Shirts.

The Rangers and Kreider came to terms just before their arbitration hearing that was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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Rangers Re-Sign Mats Zuccarello

Rangers Re-Sign Mats Zuccarello

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Rangers and forward Mats Zuccarello agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.5-million on Tuesday.

Zuccarello and New York avoided salary arbitration by getting a deal done.

Zuccarello scored a career high 19 goals and 40 assists in 77 games last season.

The Rangers made it to their first Stanley Cup since 1994, but were defeated by the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

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ESPN: Sabres Re-Sign Center Tyler Ennis

ESPN: Sabres Re-Sign Center Tyler Ennis

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — As the Buffalo Sabres continue to rebuild their franchise, the team is committed to having center Tyler Ennis part of their future as ESPN is reporting the team has rewarded Ennis with a five-year co…

Matthew Lombardi Agrees to Join Rangers

Matthew Lombardi Agrees to Join Rangers

Len Redkoles/ NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Center Matthew Lombardi agreed to return from playing overseas and join the reigning Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers.Lombardi played in Switzerland for Geneve-Servette last season and led …

Lightning Sign Brenden Morrow, Re-Sign Panik

Lightning Sign Brenden Morrow, Re-Sign Panik

Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) — The Tampa Bay Lightning signed free agent forward Brenden Morrow on Friday to a one-year deal.

Morrow scored 13 goals and 25 points in 71 games with St. Louis last season and will provide great veteran leadership for the team.

The 35-year-old has played in 921 NHL games and has scored 262 goals and 567 points.

The Lightning also re-signed forward Richard Panik to a one-year, two-way contract.  

Panik played in 50 games for Tampa Bay last season and had three goals with 13 points and spent time with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey league.

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Penguins’ Sidney Crosby to Have Wrist Surgery

Penguins’ Sidney Crosby to Have Wrist Surgery

Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will undergo surgery to repair a wrist that never recovered after physical therapy, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Crosby is not expected to miss any regular season games, reports the Gazette.

Crosby was named the league’s Hart Trophy Award winner for the second time this past season. He also won the Ted Lindsay Award, which is the player’s choice for league MVP.

The 26-year-old Crosby played in 80 games this season and led the league in points (104) and assists (68) while leading the Penguins to the Metropolitan Division championship. He also scored 36 goals with 68 assists.

The Penguins were knocked out of the playoffs by the New York Rangers, which led to the firing of their coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Ray Shero.

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Senators Sign David Legwand

Senators Sign David Legwand

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(OTTAWA) — The Senators added a key veteran free agent on Friday.  Center David Legwand and Ottawa agreed to a two-year deal worth $6 million.

Legwand split time with the Predators and the Red Wings last season.

“David is a good, veteran center, a guy that skates pretty well, gets up and down the ice,” Senators general manager Bryan Murray said in a statement.

Legwand had 51 points in 83 games between the two teams after spending 15 seasons in Nashville before being traded to Detroit in March.

“We just think the way things shook out for us that having an experienced center that can be a decent faceoff man, be a good defensive player, get points, was very important at this time,” Murray continued.

The Senators sent center Jason Spezza to Dallas on Tuesday for right winger Alex Chiasson.

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Forward Steve Downie Signs 1-Year Contract with Penguins

Forward Steve Downie Signs 1-Year Contract with Penguins

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Free-agent winger Steve Downie signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday. The 27-year-old Downie played last season with the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers, dishing out 20 assists and compiling 24 points.

Downie is reunited with Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet, who coached Downie in Tampa Bay during the 2009-10 season. That season Downie had career highs in goals [24] and assists [46].

Downie becomes the fifth player signed by Pittsburgh in the last two days. The Penguins also signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, winger Blake Comeau and goaltender Thomas Greiss, while also re-signing forward Marcel Goc.

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Goalie Ryan Miller Signs 3-Year Deal with Canucks

Goalie Ryan Miller Signs 3-Year Deal with Canucks

Dave Sandford/Getty Images(VANCOUVER) — Goalie Ryan Miller signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday. The 33-year-old Miller joins a Canucks team that traded away its franchise goalie Roberto Luongo last season.

“I felt it was important to get a goalie with experience,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. “Over the years, he’s played a lot of games. He gives us that experience that we need.”

Miller, who is a Vezina Trophy winner, has played 11 NHL seasons between Buffalo and St. Louis. During that time, he has compiled a 294-194-58 record, a .915 save percentage, and a 2.59 goals-against average.

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Avalanche Sign Iginla

Avalanche Sign Iginla

Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Colorado Avalanche signed free agent winger Jarome Iginla to a three-year, $16 million contract Tuesday.

The 37-year-old Iginla played last season with the Boston Bruins scoring 30 goals and dishing out 31 assists in 78 games, helping the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.

Iginla had interest in re-signing with Boston, but the Bruins have a shortage of salary-cap space. 

“In the NHL it’s hard to pick which team is going to win, but you want to be on a contender, and I think at this stage in my career that is very important,” Iginla said to Sportsnet. “I know Boston, they have a great shot, a great team and they work very hard and they’re committed. Unfortunately, it didn’t end the way we wanted it to this year in Boston, but they’ll be right back there and have a great shot again and I realize that. But it wasn’t really a full option and Colorado, to me, is a young, dynamic team and they’re just getting better.”

Last season the Avalanche won the Central Division title but lost in the first round of the playoffs in seven games to the Minnesota Wild.

Iginla has played 17 NHL seasons split between Calgary, Pittsburgh, and Boston. He is a six-time All Star, who has scored 560 goals, tying him with Guy Lafleur for 24th on the NHL’s all-time top scorers list.

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