Bruins sign D Warsofsky (The SportsXchange)
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:30:40 PDT)
The Boston Bruins signed defenseman David Warsofsky to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Thursday. Warsofsky's salary is worth $600,000 at the NHL level. Warsofsky appeared in six games for Boston during the 2013-14 season, scoring his first NHL goal against the Senators in Ottawa on Dec. 28 and his first NHL assist on Feb. 8 also against the Senators. Warsofsky skated in 56 regular-season games for Providence last year, registering six goals and 26 assists (fourth on the team) for 32 points with a plus-8 rating.
National Hockey League roundup
(Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:12:32 PDT)
(The Sports Xchange) - The New York Rangers and forward Chris Kreider avoided a salary arbitration hearing by agreeing to a two-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. The 23-year-old had career highs of 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games last season, and five goals and 13 points in 15 Stanley Cup playoff games. The Colorado Avalanche and center Ryan O'Reilly agreed to a two-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing, the team announced. The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with defenseman Ben Chiarot on a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000, the team announced.
NHL roundup: Rangers, Kreider agree on two-year deal (The SportsXchange)
(Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:20:51 PDT)
The New York Rangers and forward Chris Kreider avoided a salary arbitration hearing by agreeing to a two-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. The 23-year-old had career highs of 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games last season, and five goals and 13 points in 15 Stanley Cup playoff games. ---The Colorado Avalanche and center Ryan O'Reilly agreed to a two-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing, the team announced Wednesday. He won the Lady Byng Trophy after being assessed only two penalty minutes while playing 80 games.
Sabres sign free-agent Andre Benoit to 1-year deal (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:52:10 PDT)
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres signed free-agent defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year contract Wednesday.
Sabres sign D Benoit (The SportsXchange)
(Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:02:40 PDT)
The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.
Winners, losers in NBC Sports 2014-15 NHL TV schedule (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:32:34 PDT)
You've got to feel for the San Jose Sharks. Not only did they see a good season wasted with yet another early-season exit, but this one may have been the most heart-breaking of all, with the team squandering a 3-0 lead to the eventual Staney Cup Champion LA Kings. Then, to make matters worse, they'll have to open the season playing those same LA Kings and standing around trying not to look as their in-state rivals raise their second Stanley Cup banner.
It's going to be truly uncomfortable for them, which means it's appointment viewing for us, which is likely why NBC was all to happy to lead off their 2014-15 regular season coverage with this game.
In a manner of speaking. The game will be the second of an opening night double-header for NBCSN's growing Wednesday Night Rivalry brand, immediately following a tilt between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins.
On Tuesday, NBC released their next-season broadcast schedule, which will see them airing a grand total of 103 regular-season games. As with past seasons, they know what the people want: the teams of the Northeast, minus the Islanders. From NBC:
Coming off of the most-watched NHL regular season ever on NBC and NBCSN, the most-watched Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2006 and most-watched Stanley Cup Playoffs on cable in 17 years, NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra.
• NBC will present the 2015 NHL Winter Classic from Washington, D.C., between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals on January 1 at 1 p.m. ET.
• Making its return for the first time since 2012, NBCSN will present coverage of the NHL All-Star Game from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets. All-Star weekend will take place Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25 and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL All-Star Game.
• This year’s regular-season coverage features 31 games spanning 14 of the 15 series from the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including back-to-back rematches of the 2014 Western and Eastern Conference Finals on NBCSN (Blackhawks-Kings on Jan. 28, Canadiens-Rangers on Jan. 29), and a rematch of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final between the Rangers and Kings on March 24. Bruins-Red Wings, Blackhawks-Blues,
• Penguins-Flyers and Kings-Sharks are the most featured matchups, each appearing four times on NBC and NBCSN.
• 56 of NBC and NBCSN’s 103 telecasts feature at least one Western Conference team.
And as we often do, here's a breakdown of how often each team will appear on the NBC Sports Group properties:
Anaheim Ducks: 7 Arizona Coyotes: 1 Calgary Flames: 0 Edmonton Oilers: 0 Los Angeles Kings: 13 San Jose Sharks: 13 Vancouver Canucks: 0
Chicago Blackhawks: 20 Colorado Avalanche: 7 Dallas Stars: 4 Minnesota Wild: 11 Nashville Predators: 1 St. Louis Blues: 11 Winnipeg Jets: 0
Boston Bruins: 17 Buffalo Sabres: 11 Detroit Red Wings: 15 Florida Panthers: 0 Montreal Canadiens: 2 Ottawa Senators: 0 Tampa Bay Lightning: 5 Toronto Maple Leafs: 2
Carolina Hurricanes: 3 Columbus Blue Jackets: 1 New Jersey Devils: 2 New York Islanders: 0 New York Rangers: 14 Philadelphia Flyers: 16 Pittsburgh Penguins: 19 Washington Capitals: 13
And finally, a look at some of the winners and losers:
WINNER: The Buffalo Sabres. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to predict that the Sabres are going to be bad, and yet, somehow, they'll appear on an NBC property 11 freaking times . If the goal is rivalries, one wonders what the hapless Sabres are going to be able to contribute. It seems reasonable to assume, more often than not, they're going to get blown out on national television. That said, maybe NBC is counting on that and wants a lot of goals? But if that's the case, they should have opted for more than zero Oilers game.
LOSER: And speaking of teams shut out, how did the Islanders get zero appearances? It's clear NBC cares very little for Western Canada, as evidenced by the Oilers, Flames, and Canucks being shut out here, but the Islanders are right in the thick of the Northeast. All the teams within bussing distance have at least one appearance, and most have more than 10. But the Islanders don't even get a sniff. Clearly, NBC doesn't see much in them. In this way they're like every free agent Garth Snow tried to sign early.
WINNER: The Western Conference. It became very clear last season that the better hockey is being played in the West right now, which might explain why NBC seems more willing than ever to give the teams out west some dap. As they pointed out, more than half of the broadcasts feature a Western Conference club. (It probably also helps that that's where the Cup is right now. The Blackhawks, last year's champion and a massively popular brand still on the rise, have the most appearances, at 20.)
LOSER: The New Jersey Devils. Like the Islanders, NBC clearly doesn't have much faith in them to be compelling or competitive, as they have only two measly appearances. It's a shame, in a way. Their non-playoff year is the issue here, but a look at their underlying numbers from last season suggests they're going to be much better than most expect.
WINNER: California. The Pacific Division is ruled right now by the three California teams, and unsurprisingly, NBC wants to showcase a lot of that hockey. The trio will appear a combined 33 times. Plus, not only are the Sharks and Kings arguably the big draw on opening night, but NBC is going to that well four times over the season, as many as the Battle of Pennsylvania, Red Wings-Bruins and Blackhawks-Blues.
LOSER: Canada. Just two appearances for the Leafs, two for the Canadiens, and none for anybody else. But the country probably doesn't care too much. They'll be watching all their games elsewhere anyhow. Still, you'd think Canada would get a few more national showcases if their teams were any good.
WINNER: The Blues. Between a growing rivalry with the Blackhawks and their continued employment of American hero T.J. Oshie, they get a lot of play. As mentioned, four games versus Chicago, and eleven overall.
LOSER: The Arizona Coyotes. New name, new lease on life, no exposure. While plenty of Western Conference teams get their fair share of TV time, the Coyotes, who could probably use a boost, almost get Canada'd, with just one game to their name. It probably doesn't help that they're sharing a Division with the California three, nor that they're known for playing some pretty bland hockey.
GMs should learn to shop smarter (What We Learned) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:26:48 PDT)
( Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)
Tanner Glass and Lee Stempniak are teammates again, for the first time since spring, and second time since 2004-05. That year, they played together at Dartmouth, with Stempniak a senior and Glass a sophomore.
Now, they're both on the New York Rangers and highlight a particularly bizarre portion of the NHL's annual summer free agency period.
The early days of free agency almost always come off as being woefully inefficient. Guys who sign on or around July 1 tend to be overpaid in terms of dollars and years, and that's a secret to approximately nobody. But the weird part is that things go from laughably expensive to laughably cheap pretty quickly, and it usually happens around the start of the second week of the month. The TSN-coined term “free agent frenzy” is, as a consequence, alarmingly apt. Teams get themselves all worked up to make it appear as though they're doing something that they pay top dollar for players they shouldn't.
Glass is the case in point here. He's played 337 NHL games, and in them he's piled up 54 points. He's also on his fourth organization in five seasons, because what Glass does — get buried in possession and occasionally fight — is available on the open market for very cheap if you know where to look, and that's if you have to go shopping for it; most minor league teams have at least one guy who can do what Glass does.
And yet his cap hit, on a contract unsurprisingly signed on July 1, will be $1.45 million for the next three seasons. That's too much money and too many years for a fighter who'll be 31 in November; remember how Shawn Thornton dropped off a cliff the last two or three seasons? Glass was never as good as Thornton.
Meanwhile, his old college buddy Stempniak had to wait until July 19 to sign his deal with the Rangers. Stempniak has more points in his 637-game career than Glass has games played. For each of his three seasons in Calgary, Stempniak's possession numbers were better than what the rest of the team was doing when he wasn’t on the ice. His career low in points (13) is three below Glass's career high, and that's because the season in which he bottomed out was also one in which he played just 14 games.
You don't need stats to tell you that Lee Stempniak is better than Tanner Glass, of course. That much should be obvious. And yet no one would ever deign to call the former a highly sought-after free agent, obviously. Glass obviously was.
That's why Glass collected a contract worth $4.35 million in total over three years — one that wasn't worth the commitment for the Rangers the second it was signed — while Stempniak got just $900,000 for one year, and that was the end of it.
One wonders what, exactly, possesses a Glen Sather to consider Glass to be worth 1.6 Stempniaks, but “rational thought” cannot be included among the acceptable answers.
The point is, though, that this kind of thing happens all the time. From July 7 on, NHL teams have signed a total of 13 players, all but two for just one season, for an average cap hit of $1.17 million. Compare that to the first five days of July, when teams committed an average of about $7.15 million to 79 players, and the average term was about 2.3 seasons (that means an AAV of roughly $3.1 million).
Now granted, some of that is skewed by the fact that the big-name free agents tend to get signed only July 1, or maybe a few days after that. None wait around until the middle of the month to make their decisions. But then again the vast majority of players being signed in that initial rush aren't highly sought-after, or at least shouldn't be. You'd have to feel comfortable lumping the more recently hired guys in with most July 1 signings in terms of quality.
Were you a betting man, you might be able to make some good money betting that Lee Stempniak has a better season than, say, Dave Bolland. Since 2007-08, they're in roughly the same neighborhood in terms of ES points per 60; Stempniak is 142nd in the league at 1.66, and Bolland is 155th at 1.61. And yet the latter, who's more injury prone and demonstrably worse, was the one who got $5.5 million a year for the next five seasons.
You can grab a lot of headlines on July 1, no doubt about that. But you're not likely to grab good value. Teams that sit back and wait for players to come to them — teams like Nashville, which signed Derek Roy, Mike Ribeiro, and Anton Volchenkov in an eight-day period for a total of $3.05 million, for instance — are the ones that grab the value. Were you a betting man, you might also be able to make pretty good money wagering that Volchenkov will have a better year than Brooks Orpik.
Just because you have money doesn't mean you should spend it. Splash the cash on quality free agents all you like, but don't mistake a Day-1 bidding war for a bargain. Unless you're adding players to your starting lineup, it will almost certainly be far cheaper to sit back and wait.
What We Learned
Anaheim Ducks : Please don't count on John Gibson being a Calder candidate . It would take a disaster for him to get a full-time starting job this season.
Arizona Coyotes : Does Ray Whitney still have something in the tank ? Possession numbers remain shockingly fine, but anyone hoping for 60-point seasons any more will be sorely disappointed.
Boston Bruins : Milan Lucic says he will not apologize for the handshake line threats he made to various Canadiens. And if you ask him about it again, he's going to [expletive]ing kill you.
Buffalo Sabres : Remember that kid who couldn't stick with the team last season? Put him on the first line !
Calgary Flames : The Jonas Hiller contract is off to a running start .
Carolina Hurricanes : Easy to be happy with the Hurricanes' depth additions this summer , but wouldn't it also be nice to get some actual good star players too?
Chicago Blackhawks : Niklas Hjalmarsson believes the the Winter Classic will once again be a “ surreal ” experience. Agreed. Absolutely unreal that this is the team's third outdoor game in six years.
Colorado Avalanche : Joe Sakic says Jarome Iginla's shot and leadership are good . If his legs actually work for the next three seasons, that just might matter!
Columbus Blue Jackets : Hey, they're making strides in Ryan Johansen's contract talks. The kid's good but 30 goals might be a bit much to expect; I wouldn't count on him shooting almost 14 percent next season. He's lucky he got so lucky when he did, really.
Dallas Stars : Antoine Roussel wants $2.35 million in arbitration . The team wants to pay him $1.5 million. Let's call it $2 million and who cares? Dallas has tons of cap space.
Detroit Red Wings : Yeah, “ bold ” is one way to put asking a bankrupt city to foot a too-large part of the bill for a $650 million downtown district that includes an arena that seats 20,000-plus. Public stadium financing is a scam to make the rich richer, and always has been.
Edmonton Oilers : Remember when the Oilers started their rebuild in 2009-10? There's no one left from that team on the roster. What a life.
Florida Panthers : Love that Dmitry Kulikov contract. What I love even more is that he's apparently “ inconsistent .” If having a 23-year-old who can drive possession out of his own zone against good competition isn't good, then I don't know what to think.
Los Angeles Kings : Justin Williams received the Key to the City of Ventnor City, N.J., when he brought the Stanley Cup back to his adopted hometown. That's the second time he's brought it there, but given the way the Kings are going, residents might want to get used to this kind of party.
Minnesota Wild : The Xcel Energy Center is getting a new scoreboard for the coming season. It will be about five times bigger than the previous one, giving fans a closer look at a team that will probably disappoint them this year.
Montreal Canadiens : The Canadiens haven't done much this summer , which makes it all the more likely that this season will be like the one that followed the last time they made the Eastern Conference Final. A first-round bounce-out might actually be the best they can hope for.
Nashville Predators, America's Favorite Hockey Team : Seth Jones remained in Nashville to train this summer. Apparently, almost no Preds actually do that.
New Jersey Devils : The Devils have a lot of good, young defensemen . And Adam Larsson.
New York Islanders : Griffin Reinhart wants to be on the Islanders next season . Someone's gotta take all those tough Andrew MacDonald minutes.
New York Rangers : The city would burn .
Ottawa Senators : The Senators want to know how they can improve Canadian Tire Centre . One assumes most fans wrote, “Put a competitive team in it.”
Philadelphia Flyers : John Stevens brought the Stanley Cup to Philadelphia this past week, and people in Philly are apparently mad that he took it to the Rocky Steps . Does anyone want to let the city of Philadelphia know that “Rocky” isn't even that good of a movie? Ay at least they didn't bring it to Pat's or Geno's!!!
Pittsburgh Penguins : Mark Recchi was named the Penguins' player development coach . Word of advice: Don't ask if he wants to go to the movies.
San Jose Sharks : People are still upset about the Sharks' new ice girls team . It's a reasonable thing to be upset about, but the conspiracy theorist has to think this is at least partly a ploy to distract from how little Doug Wilson has done this offseason, eh?
St. Louis Blues : So cute. Doug Armstrong thinks Chris Butler is a “ qualified defenseman .”
Tampa Bay Lightning : Yeah look if you can't squeeze Jonathan Drouin onto this roster you're not doing a very good job of making the team better. Pretty simple.
Toronto Maple Leafs : If David Clarkson thinks last year went badly , just wait until he's in year five of this awful contract and still has two to go!
Vancouver Canucks : A decent number of people in Vancouver still don't like Derek Dorsett from his junior days. Can't imagine why.
Washington Capitals : Dmitry Orlov just isn't an offensive defenseman . Sorry.
Winnipeg Jets : Another season of missing the playoffs coming up in Winnipeg. No one gets fired! Hooray!
Gold Star Award
Bryan Berard wants $18 million from insurance company that handled his eye injury (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:05:41 PDT)
Bryan Berard is leading a very interesting retirement. First, there was his turn on Battle of the Blades ( he deserved to win, dammit ). Then there was his adventure as a private eye, where he helped bring down two con men that swindled millions from retired NHLers .
Now, speaking of eyes, Berard's right one continues to be a problem, and he's locked in a legal battle with the insurance company that paid him millions after the retinal tear and detached retina he suffered during his playing days.
Berard was clipped by the stick of Marian Hossa during a game between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2000. It was initially feared that his playing days were over, and he received a $6 million insurance settlement from Standard Security Life the following year.
He didn't give up on returning to hockey, however, and after seven surgeries, he was fitted with a special contact lens that allowed him to meet the league's minimum vision requirement. He signed a tryout contract with the New York Rangers in 2001, which turned into a $2 million contract in 2002, at which point he returned the insurance settlement.
And now he wants it returned back to him . With interest.
From the NY Post:
But then in 2013 he hired an attorney and came after Standard saying he never should have had to repay the insurer.
He is demanding $18 million in benefits, interest and penalties, claiming the agreement to relieve Standard of future claims was a fraud.
Berard, 37, told The Post, “I’m disabled. I have no vision in my right eye.”
Standard has preemptively sued Berard.
Here's hoping it works out for Berard. By his own admission, he lost about $6 million in that con man scheme, so he could probably use the money.
NHL roundup: Blues sign Ott to two-year contract (The SportsXchange)
(Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:55:27 PDT)
Free agent center Steve Ott signed a two-year, $5.2 million deal to stay with the St. Louis Blues, who acquired him in the blockbuster trade with the Buffalo Sabres last season that included goaltender Ryan Miller. Ott posted just three assists in the 23 games after the trade to St. Louis with two assists in six playoff games. Ott won 53 percent of his 423 draws last season and is likely to be used on the third or fourth line. Ott, 31, notched 23 points, 92 penalty minutes and 254 hits with the Sabres and Blues last season.
Senators re-sign F Grant (The SportsXchange)
(Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:21:31 PDT)
The Ottawa Senators re-signed forward Derek Grant to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Thursday.
What Went Wrong:Flames, Oilers (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:01:00 PDT)
Ryan Dadoun wraps up our look at the teams that failed to make the playoffs.
Ducks sign what’s left of Dany Heatley for 1 year, $1 million (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:12:50 PDT)
Dany Heatley was once traded for a package that included Jonathan Cheechoo. Five years later, he’s basically become him.
Heatley signed a 1-year, $1-million contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday; the kind of contract NHL teams hand out to former gunslingers in full decline, and the kind of contract former goal-scoring leaders get before their seemingly inevitable KHL deal.
He spent the last three seasons with the Minnesota Wild after the San Jose Sharks flipped him for Martin Havlat in July 2011. He was in San Jose for two seasons after demanding and approving a trade from the Ottawa Senators in Sept. 2009, ending a bitter standoff.
Heatley, 33, has 372 goals and 419 assists in 863 career games. But his goals (0.16) and points per game (0.37) dipped to career lows this season, as he managed just 28 points in 76 games in 14:49 of ice time on average. He was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career for a critical late-season game for the Wild and then five more, and thus the writing was on the wall.
He wanted to continue his NHL career, and Wild GM Chuck Fletcher felt he could, as he told TwinCities.com:
"I really believe he can help a team, and I believe he will get another opportunity," Fletcher said. "He's got such high character, he's such a tremendous human being, I hope for him he gets an opportunity and it works out great.
"I talked to (Colorado Avalanche coach) Patrick Roy, and he thought one of the key things in that (first-round) series was in Game 3 (with the Wild down 2-0), Heatley went back in the lineup and our bottom six started contributing a lot more. He thought that was a big turning point in that series. He expressly mentioned Dany Heatley."
It’s a no-risk deal for the Ducks, who are looking for veteran help at forward after Teemu Selanne retired and Saku Koivu wasn’t retained. So when it comes into focus how far Heatley’s skills have eroded and how he couldn’t keep up with the Wild’s young, lower line players, at the very least it won’t be a costly mistake.
NHL roundup: Sharks secure deals with Wingels, Sheppard (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:50:27 PDT)
The San Jose Sharks signed restricted free-agent forward Tommy Wingels to a three-year contract and re-signed forward James Sheppard to a one-year deal on Tuesday.
D Grant re-signs with Senators (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:53:46 PDT)
The Ottawa Senators re-signed defenseman Alex Grant to a one-year, two-way contract on Tuesday.
Predators' Fisher out 4-6 months after foot surgery (The SportsXchange)
(Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:12:02 PDT)
The Nashville Predators could be without center Mike Fisher until the middle of the upcoming season due to a foot injury. The team announced Monday that Fisher ruptured an Achilles tendon last week while training, and he underwent surgery Thursday. The recovery period is expected to last four to six months, meaning Fisher is likely to miss at least 20 games in the 2014-15 season. General manager David Poile told the Tennessean, "I hope we have enough depth.
Predators' Fisher has ruptured Achilles tendon (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:28:55 PDT)
Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher has a ruptured Achilles tendon that likely will cause him to miss at least the start of the upcoming season. In a statement released by the team Monday, Predators general manager David Poile said Fisher underwent surgery Thursday after rupturing the tendon during a training session. The Predators open the season Oct. 9 against Ottawa. Fisher, 34, served as Nashville's alternate captain last season and had 20 goals and 29 assists in 75 games.
NHL roundup: Oilers sign D Petry (The SportsXchange)
(Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:17:29 PDT)
The Edmonton Oilers agreed to terms with defenseman Jeff Petry on a one-year contract, the team announced Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Hockey Night in Canada reported Petry will make just under $3.1 million. Selected by the Oilers in the second round (No. 45) of the 2006 draft, Petry had 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 80 games last season while leading Edmonton in blocked shots (132) and hits (181), the third straight season he ranked in the top-two on the team in hits. The 26-year-old Petry has spent his entire NHL career with the Oilers, and has 59 points (13 goals, 46 assists) and 107 penalty minutes in 236 games.
Predators sign Volchenkov to one-year deal (The SportsXchange)
(Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:47:49 PDT)
The Nashville Predators signed defenseman Anton Volchenkov to a one-year contract worth $1 million, the team announced Monday. Volchenkov, 32, had eight assists and 20 penalty minutes in 56 games for the Devils in 2013-14, his fourth season in New Jersey. In 650 career games for the Devils and Ottawa Senators, the hard-hitting defenseman has 19 goals, 126 points and 424 penalty minutes.
Senators GM Murray diagnosed with cancer (The SportsXchange)
(Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:10:30 PDT)
Ottawa general manager and executive vice president Bryan Murray was recently diagnosed with cancer, the team announced Monday. "Mr. Murray is undergoing further testing and will begin treatment immediately for this condition as prescribed by the team's doctors in collaboration with specialists," the team said in a statement. "Mr. Murray's treatment schedule may require him to be away from the Senators' office periodically. During his periodic absence, assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will be responsible for managing the Ottawa Senators hockey operations department.
Ottawa Senators GM Murray diagnosed with cancer (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:55:04 PDT)
Ottawa Senators general manager and president of hockey operations Bryan Murray has been diagnosed with cancer. The Senators say he'll begin treatment immediately. Assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will manage the hockey operations department in his absence. The 71-year-old Murray has been with the Senators since June 2004.
Wingels, Petry re-sign; Blues' new jersey preview; underrated signings (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:50:42 PDT)
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.
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• 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:
Bryan Murray battling cancer; Senators lay out contingency plan (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:59:39 PDT)
What We Learned: Bad players getting bad contracts from bad teams (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 07 Jul 2014 06:39:39 PDT)
20 players file for arbitration (The SportsXchange)
(Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:13:04 PDT)
Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was among 20 NHL players who filed for arbitration.
NHL roundup: Senators reach deals with Legwand, Gryba (The SportsXchange)
(Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:20:44 PDT)
The Ottawa Senators agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract with free agent center David Legwand on Friday.
Senators agree to 2-year deal with Legwand (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:53:39 PDT)
The Ottawa Senators signed veteran center David Legwand to a $6 million, two-year contract on Friday. Legwand split last season between the Nashville Predators and the Detroit Red Wings. He had 51 points in 83 games. The Detroit native played the first 15 seasons of his NHL career with Nashville before a March 5 trade sent him to the Red Wings.
Senators, Legwand agree to $6 million deal (The SportsXchange)
(Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:40:28 PDT)
The Ottawa Senators agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract with free agent center David Legwand on Friday.
FA/Trade Grades - Part 1 (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 04 Jul 2014 04:28:00 PDT)
Corey Abbott examines the off-season activity of the Atlantic and Central Divisions.
NHL roundup: Hurricanes bring back Gleason (The SportsXchange)
(Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:53:38 PDT)
Unrestricted free agent defenseman Tim Gleason agreed to terms with the Carolina Hurricanes on a one-year, $1.2 million contract, the team announced Thursday. Gleason spent part of eight seasons with the Hurricanes before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 for defenseman John-Michael Liles. The Maple Leafs bought out the final two years of Gleason's contract earlier this week. Gleason had one goal and five points in 39 games for the Maple Leafs after having one assist in 17 games with the Hurricanes last season.