Archive for July, 2014

National Hockey League roundup (Reuters)

By at 11 July, 2014, 5:16 pm

(The Sports Xchange) – The Columbus Blue Jackets signed center Brandon Dubinsky to a six-year contract extension on Friday. Dubinsky still has one year remaining on a four-year contract he signed with the New York Rangers that pays him $4.65 million f…

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Lee, Ness accept qualifying offers from Islanders (The SportsXchange)

By at 11 July, 2014, 1:40 pm

Forward Anders Lee and defenseman Aaron Ness accepted their qualifying offers from the New York Islanders, the team announced Friday. Lee, 24, was New York’s sixth-round pick (No. 152) at the 2009 draft. He had nine goals and five assists in 22 games…

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Penguins re-sign Megna, Samuelsson (The SportsXchange)

By at 10 July, 2014, 1:37 pm

The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed forward Jayson Megna and defenseman Philip Samuelsson to one-year, two-way contracts, the team announced Thursday.

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Boyle happy with move East to join Rangers (The Associated Press)

By at 7 July, 2014, 4:11 pm

If Dan Boyle’s time on ice goes as smoothly as his introductory conference call with the New York media, he and the Rangers will be quite happy with this free-agent signing. Less than a week after the veteran defenseman officially parted ways with the…

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Dan Boyle wanted to play for NY Rangers, leaving money on table (Puck Daddy)

By at 7 July, 2014, 2:57 pm

Dan Boyle had a better offer from the Detroit Red Wings. He had a better offer from the New York Islanders. The problem for both of those teams and others in their courtship of the free-agent defenseman: None of them are the New York Rangers. 
“That’s where I wanted to go,” said Boyle in his first chat with the media since signing a 2-year, $9-million deal with the Rangers on July 1. “That’s the simplest way I could put it. Once I found out I was done in San Jose, that’s the team that kind of jumped out. That’s the team I’ve always been curious about.”
He had played in Florida with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He had played in California with the San Jose Sharks. But Boyle was curious about playing in New York.
Just not with the Islanders, the team that acquired his negotiating rights from the Sharks before he spurned them for their rivals.
“People are going to say he didn’t want to go there,” Boyle said, via Rangers Rants.   “[But] it’s that I wanted to go to the New York Rangers.”
It goes beyond the Blueshirt for Boyle. There’s also an old friend he was eager to play with again, as having former Lightning teammate Marty St. Louis on the Rangers “was a big factor” in his decision.
“Him and I kept in touch. Unfortunately, with the passing of his mom, we talked through that.  Him going to the Final, me being a UFA. We kept in touch. I’m not going to be the oldest guy on the team, that’s also why I wanted to go. Marty is definitely a big reason. Him and I have had similar careers. It’s a great opportunity to play with him,” he said, via Rangers Rants.
“There’s a lot of talk about his age and my age. Marty and I will only thrive.”
As we’ve noted before here, free agency has shifted from the highest bidders to things like relationships with coaches, players an executives, geography and other things that used to color a decision but not overly influence it. Boyle’s another example of a player that left money on the table – and potentially minutes played as well – for the intangibles the Rangers offered.
Including, of course, that he won’t be the oldest guy on the team.  
 
 

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Wingels, Petry re-sign; Blues’ new jersey preview; underrated signings (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

By at 7 July, 2014, 12:50 pm

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
Pressed and ready to go! They’ll be in stock starting tomorrow at the @insideaacenter fan shop! pic.twitter.com/T7tRybyrjs — Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 6, 2014
• Jason Spezza is now the eighth NHLer to ever wear the no. 90.
• After resigning as president of the Buffalo Sabres after Ryan Miller was dealt away, Pat LaFontaine has re-joined the NHL as vice president of Hockey Development and Community Affairs. [ TSN ]
• Twenty NHL players filed for arbitration before Saturday’s deadline. P.K. Subban, Chris Kreider and James Reimer headline the list. [ NHLPA ]
• Tommy Wingels has re-signed with the San Jose Sharks. It’s a three-year deal worth $7.4. million. [ CSN Bay Area ]
• Nashville Predators GM David Poile on acquiring James Neal: “If I wanted to change a guy, I probably wouldn’t trade for him.” [ Tennessean ]
• David Legwand has inked a two-year, $6 million deal with the Ottawa Senators. [ The 6th Sens ] 
• Jeff Petry re-ups with the Edmonton Oilers for one year and will make $3.075 million. [ @Bob_Stauffer ] 
• Chris Tanev will return to the Vancouver Canucks with a one-year, $2 million deal, but Jacob Markstrom likely won’t after reportedly requesting a trade. [ Province ]
• Clay Witt was a Tampa Bay Lightning fan growing up in Florida. Now he’s at their developmental camp living out his dream. [ Tampa Tribune ]
• The 2015 Winter Classic could have been played on The National Mall in D.C. had one architect gotten his way back in 1964. [ Puck Buddys ]
• The Philadelphia media reaction to Claude Giroux’s arrest is as expected. [ Broad Street Hockey ]
• Cory Conacher has come a long way in his hockey career and he’s looking to make the most of his newest opportunity with the New York Islanders. [ Islanders Insight ]
• How strong is hockey growing in the U.S.? “USA Hockey saw a record 519,547 people register as amateur hockey players across the country, busting the previous high by more than 8,000 players.” [ Eye on Hockey ]
• Here’s your first look at the St. Louis Blues’ new home jersey. No more piping! [ Icethetics ]
• Edmonton Oil Kings head coach Derek Laxdal will move from the WHL to the AHL after taking over as new head coach of the Texas Stars. [ Buzzing the Net ]
• Almost a week after free agency began, what are the top 10 most underrated signings? [ Dobber Hockey ]
• Finally, here’s a behind-the-scenes look of how the James Neal trade went down:

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20 players file for arbitration (The SportsXchange)

By at 5 July, 2014, 6:13 pm

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was among 20 NHL players who filed for arbitration.

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FA/Trade Grades – Part 2 (Rotoworld)

By at 4 July, 2014, 5:54 am

Ryan Dadoun evaluates the Metropolitan and Pacific Divisions’ off-season moves.

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