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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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Penguins Trade Winger James Neal to the Predators

Penguins Trade Winger James Neal to the Predators

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — The Pittsburgh Penguins overhaul continues as they’ve traded winger James Neal to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.
Neal had been with the Penguins since 2011, and was a major offensive weapon for the team the past few seasons.
In 59 games this season, Neal scored 27 goals and had 61 total points.
“In this deal, we got to drop our cap a little bit with Hornqvist,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. “We like Hornqvist as an all-around player. Hornqvist plays at the net, goes to the net, works the corners. We like his all-around play.”
Hornqvist had 22 goals and 31 assists in 76 games this season. Spaling had 13 goals and 19 assists in 71 games for Nashville this season.
After a disappointing end to their season, the Penguins shook up their team by firing general manger Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma.
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Predators Select Defenseman Aaron Ekblad Number One Overall

Predators Select Defenseman Aaron Ekblad Number One Overall

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — With the first pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, the Florida Panthers selected defenseman Aaron Ekblad.
He is the first defenseman selected number one overall since the Stl Louis Blues drafted Erik Johnson back in 2006.
“I was just sitting there just kind of scared and excited at the same time,” Ekblad said after getting drafted.
The Panthers had a top-three pick in the NHL draft for the fourth time in the past five years. The team hopes that Ekblad can help take the team back to the playoffs.
“You look who they have on their back end, right or left shots, all that kind of stuff,” he said. “I was watching to see if Florida would get a new coach. The last little while, it’s pretty fun to just follow that after the season.”
He was arguably the best defenseman in the OHL. ranking first among defensemen with 23 goals and tying for fifth with 53 points.
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Kings Ink Gaborik to 7-Year Contract

Kings Ink Gaborik to 7-Year Contract

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Stanley Cup-winning Los Angeles Kings signed winger Marian Gaborik to a seven-year contract Wednesday.
The deal is worth an average annual value of $4.875 million, according to ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.
Gaborik was acquired by the Kings via a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets in March.
The 32-year-old Slovak played a huge role in the Kings winning Lord Stanley’s Cup this season, scoring a league-leading 14 playoff goals.
Gaborik could have become a free agent on July 1.
“All along I wanted to stay here. The organization knew it, the players knew it, everybody knew it, my agent knew it. That was my No. 1 priority, to try to get the deal done here,” Gaborik said. “I know I could get maybe more money if I went to UFA, but it wasn’t about money. I wanted to stay here and be a part of a great team.”
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Lightning Strike 6-Year Deal with Callahan

Lightning Strike 6-Year Deal with Callahan

(TAMPA BAY) — The Tampa Bay Lightning signed winger Ryan Callahan to a six-year contract Wednesday.
The deal is worth $34.8 million and comes with a full no-trade clause for the first four years and a partial one for the final two, according to ESPN.
“We are pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement on a six-year contract extension with Ryan,” Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said. “He’s proven to be a fierce competitor and outstanding leader who fits very well with our team.”
The now 29-year-old Callahan was acquired by the Lightning in March through a trade with the New York Rangers.
In 20 games with Tampa Bay last season, Callahan had six goals and five assists.
“I couldn’t be happier to be part of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization for the next six years and I am excited for this new chapter of my career,” Callahan said in a release. “Tampa Bay has been a great place to live and play from the day I got there. As soon as the season ended I knew it was a place I wanted to be.”
During his eight NHL seasons, Callahan has played in 470 games scoring 128 goals while dishing out 127 assists.
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Flyers Acquire RJ Umberger, Draft Pick for Winger Scott Hartnell

Flyers Acquire RJ Umberger, Draft Pick for Winger Scott Hartnell

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — The Philadelphia Flyers have traded a fan favorite for a familiar face. The team announced on Monday that they traded winger Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for center R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round draft pick.
Umberger is no stranger to Philadelphia. He spent the first three seasons of his career with the team, but was traded to the Blue Jackets back on June 20, 2008.
“He’s a versatile player, a good skater, a good two-way player,” Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. “He plays all three positions and can kill penalties. He is an attractive guy for us moving forward.”
In 74 games last season, Umberger scored 18 goals and had 16 assists for the Blue Jackets.
Hartnell spent the past seven seasons with the Flyers, and was one of their key offensive players on the first line with Claude Giroux. He scored 20 goals and added 32 assists for the Flyers last season in 78 games played.
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Rangers Buy Out Brad Richards’ Contract

Rangers Buy Out Brad Richards’ Contract

Len Redkoles/NHL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Brad Richards era is over in New York as the team has decided to buy out the remaining six years of the veteran’s contract.
The 34-year-old Richards signed a nine-year deal with the Rangers back in 2011 worth $60 million.
He will receive two-thirds of the $19 million still owed to him in remaining salary, which totals up to about $12.6 million of the next 12 years as well as the full $8 million signing bonus still owed over the next three summers.
“Tough last few days,” Richards said in a statement. “I loved being a Ranger and living in New York and playing at MSG in front of great fans. … (President and GM) Glen Sather, the management and owner, Mr. Dolan, are all class acts. I want to thank them for letting me be a part of New York life and the Rangers family.”
Richards is a 13-year NHL veteran who scored 867 career points with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, and the Rangers.
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Candiens to Retire Guy Lapointe’s No. 5 Jersey

Candiens to Retire Guy Lapointe’s No. 5 Jersey

Len Redkoles/ NHLI via Getty Images(MONTREAL) — Hall of Famer Guy Lapointe will have his No. 5 jersey retired by the Montreal Candiens next season, the team confirmed on Wednesday.
Lapointe’s jersey will be the second one to hang from the Bell Centre rafters along with Bernie Geoffrion’s.
Lapointe, 66, was part of six Stanley Cup teams with the Candiens and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993. The defenseman spent 14 seasons in Montreal and played for the Blues and Bruins at the tail end of his career.  He played 894 games in his career and scored 171 goals with 451 assists.
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Canadiens Agree To 4-Year Extension With Coach Michel Therrien

Canadiens Agree To 4-Year Extension With Coach Michel Therrien

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(MONTREAL) — The Montreal Canadiens and coach Michel Therrien agreed to a four-year contract extension, the club announced on Saturday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Therrien had one-year remaining on his current contract. His new deal will take him through the 2018-19 season.
Therrien is in his second stint as coach of the Canadiens, having compiled a record of 75-42-13 since taking over in 2012. He previously led Montreal for part of three seasons from 2000-03.
The Canadiens advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals this season, where they lost in six-games to the New York Rangers.
Therrien led the Pittsburgh Penguins for part of four seasons, highlighted by an appearance in the Stanley Cup finals in 2008, where they fell in six games to the Detroit Red Wings.
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