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  • Coyotes sign D Schenn
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 23, 2016

    The Arizona Coyotes signed free agent defenseman Luke Schenn to a two-year contract Saturday.

    • Terms were not disclosed but the deal is worth a reported $2.5 million.

      "We are very pleased to sign Luke to a two-year contract," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a statement. "He's a good, young defenseman and we feel we can optimize his performance here. He will be a solid addition to our blue line."

      The 26-year-old Schenn registered four goals, 12 assists and 82 penalty minutes in 72 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings last season. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native has recorded 128 points (28 goals, 100 assists) and 409 penalty minutes in 566 career games with the Kings, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs.

      The 6-foot-2, 229 pound Schenn was drafted in the first round (fifth overall) by the Maple Leafs in the 2008 NHL draft.

  • NHL notebook: Sabres' Kane charged in bar fight
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 22, 2016

    Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane surrendered to police on Friday and was charged with criminal trespass and harassment in connection with a June incident at a Buffalo bar.

    • Kane, 24, was charged with four counts of non-criminal harassment and one count of misdemeanor trespass in relation to the June 24 incident at Bottoms Up.

      Police said two women accuse Kane of trying to push them into his car during two separate incidents around 3 a.m.

      Kane allegedly put his hands on three women and a male bouncer at the club. He grabbed the throat of one woman while trying to push her into his car.

      This is the second time Kane has been under investigation for an incident involving women. In December, he was accused of sexual assault and prosecutors decided in March that there wasn't enough evidence to proceed.

      --The New York Rangers agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Chris Kreider on a new contract to avoid arbitration.

      The Rangers also agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Kevin Hayes on a contract to avoid an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 27. Hayes agreed to a reported two-year deal worth $2.6 million.

      Kreider, 25, will receive a four-year deal worth $18.5 million with an annual salary-cap hit of $4.625 million, according to reports. Kreider had been asking for $4.75 million for a one-year deal in arbitration, while the Rangers countered at $3.2 million. The arbitration hearing was scheduled later Friday.

      --The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms with free agent right winger Bobby Farnham on a one-year, two-way contract.

      Farnham, 27, started last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins before being claimed off waivers by the New Jersey Devils in October. The 5-foot-10, 188-pound Farnham registered eight goals, two assists and 97 penalty minutes in 53 games in the NHL in 2015-16.

      --The Arizona Coyotes signed forward Stefan Fournier to a one-year, two-way contract, the club announced.

      Fournier, 24, was acquired from Montreal during the 2015-16 season.

      He had 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in 56 games between American Hockey League teams St. John's and Springfield last season.

      -- The Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenseman Connor Carrick to a two-year contract, the team announced.

      Carrick, 22, had two goals and two assists in 16 games for Toronto last season after being acquired from the Washington Capitals in late February.

  • Coyotes sign F Fournier to one-year contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 22, 2016

    The Arizona Coyotes signed forward Stefan Fournier to a one-year, two-way contract, the club announced Friday.

    • Fournier, 24, was acquired from Montreal during the 2015-16 season.

      He had 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in 56 games between American Hockey League teams St. John's and Springfield last season.

  • Sabres F Kane charged in bar incident
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 22, 2016

    Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane surrendered to police on Friday and was charged with criminal trespass and harassment in connection with a June incident at a Buffalo bar.

    • Kane, 24, was charged with four counts on non-criminal harassment and one count of misdemeanor trespass in relation to the June 24 incident at Bottoms Up.

      Police said two women accuse Kane of trying to push them into his car during two separate incidents around 3 a.m.

      Kane allegedly put his hands on three women and a male bouncer at the club. He grabbed the throat of one woman while trying to push her into his car.

      The Sabres released a statement about the situation.

      "We are aware of the charges against Evander Kane stemming from an incident last month," the team said. "Our organization will have no further comment at this time."

      The NHL said it will monitor the legal proceedings before determining whether Kane will be disciplined.

      This is the second time Kane has been under investigation for an incident involving women. In December, he was accused of sexual assault and prosecutors decided in March that there wasn't enough evidence to proceed.

  • Canadiens sign RW Farnham
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 22, 2016

    The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms with free agent right winger Bobby Farnham on a one-year, two-way contract Friday.

    • Farnham, 27, started last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins before being claimed off waivers by the New Jersey Devils in October.

      The 5-foot-10, 188-pound Farnham registered eight goals, two assists and 97 penalty minutes in 53 games in the NHL in 2015-16.

      Farnham, a native of North Andover, Mass., began his professional career in 2011-12 in the Boston Bruins' organization. He has played in 64 career NHL games.

  • Rangers re-sign Kreider, Hayes to avoid arbitration
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 22, 2016

    The New York Rangers agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Chris Kreider on a new contract Friday to avoid arbitration.

    • The Rangers also agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Kevin Hayes on a contract to avoid an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 27. Hayes agreed to a reported two-year deal worth $2.6 million.

      Kreider, 25, will receive a four-year deal worth $18.5 million with an annual salary-cap hit of $4.625 million, according to reports. Kreider had been asking for $4.75 million for a one-year deal in arbitration, while the Rangers countered at $3.2 million. The arbitration hearing was scheduled later Friday.

      Kreider played in 79 games with the Rangers last season, registering 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists) and 58 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in even strength goals (16) and hits (177), and he tied his career-high in goals in 2015-16.

      The 6-foot-3, 226-pound Kreider was one of six NHL players who registered at least 20 goals, 40 points, a plus-10 rating and 50 penalty minutes last season. He skated in five playoff contests with the Rangers in 2016, scoring two goals.

      Kreider has played in 248 career NHL games, all with the Rangers, recording 129 points (61 goals, 68 assists) and 224 penalty minutes. The Boxford, Mass., native was selected by the Rangers in the first round (19th overall) of the 2009 NHL draft.

      Hayes, 24, played in 79 games with the Rangers last season, recording 14 goals, 22 assists and 30 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in game-winning goals (3), power-play goals (3), power-play points (6) and shots on goal (133), and he tied his career-high in games played in 2015-16.

      The 6-5, 227-pound Hayes has skated in 158 career NHL games over two seasons, both with the Rangers, registering 81 points (31 goals, 50 assists) and 52 penalty minutes. The Dorchester, Mass., native was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on Aug. 20, 2014. Hayes was selected by Chicago in the first round (24th overall) of the 2010 draft.

  • NHL notebook: Maple Leafs sign No. 1 pick Matthews
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 21, 2016

    The Toronto Maple Leafs signed top overall pick Auston Matthews to a three-year entry-level contract on Thursday.

    • The pact is for the maximum $925,000 per season for Matthews, who was the first United States-born No. 1 draft pick in the NHL since the Chicago Blackhawks selected Patrick Kane in the 2007 draft.

      Toronto also signed forward Josh Leivo to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed for the 23-year-old Leivo, who had five goals in 12 games last season with the Maple Leafs and 17 goals and 31 assists in 51 games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

      Matthews scored 24 goals and set up 22 others last season with Zurich in National League A, which is Switzerland's top professional league. The 18-year-old finished as the league's runner-up for the most valuable player.

      --The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Mitch Callahan to a one-year contract.

      Financial terms were not disclosed for Callahan, who collected 19 goals, 13 assists and 94 penalty minutes in 62 games last season with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. The 24-year-old has scored 78 goals and set up 65 others in 299 career contests with the Griffins.

      A sixth-round selection of the 2009 draft, Callahan was held off the scoresheet in the lone NHL game of his career during the 2013-14 season.

      --The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer to a one-year, two-way contract.

      Financial terms were not disclosed by the team for Burgdoerfer, who collected six goals, 14 assists and 59 penalty minutes in 74 games last season with Hershey of the American Hockey League. The 27-year-old New York native notched four assists in 21 postseason contests for the Bears.

      Burgdoerfer scored seven goals and set up 21 others to go along with 121 penalty minutes in 135 career AHL games.

  • Sabres sign D Burgdoerfer to one-year contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 21, 2016

    The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer to a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed by the team for Burgdoerfer, who collected six goals, 14 assists and 59 penalty minutes in 74 games last season with Hershey of the American Hockey League.

      The 27-year-old New York native notched four assists in 21 postseason contests for the Bears.

      Burgdoerfer scored seven goals and set up 21 others to go along with 121 penalty minutes in 135 career AHL games.

  • Red Wings ink F Callahan to one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 21, 2016

    The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Mitch Callahan to a one-year contract on Thursday.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed for Callahan, who collected 19 goals, 13 assists and 94 penalty minutes in 62 games last season with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

      The 24-year-old has scored 78 goals and set up 65 others in 299 career contests with the Griffins.

      A sixth-round selection of the 2009 draft, Callahan was held off the scoresheet in the lone NHL game of his career during the 2013-14 season.

  • Leafs sign top pick Matthews
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 21, 2016

    The Toronto Maple Leafs signed top overall pick Auston Matthews to a three-year entry-level contract on Thursday.

    • The pact is for the maximum $925,000 per season for Matthews, who was the first United States-born No. 1 draft pick in the NHL since the Chicago Blackhawks selected Patrick Kane in the 2007 draft.

      "It feels good," Matthews told NHL.com. "(The contract negotiation) was never an issue or a concern, but now that I've signed and everything's been agreed upon, it's definitely a pretty special feeling."

      Toronto also signed forward Josh Leivo to a two-year contract on Thursday.

      Financial terms were not disclosed for the 23-year-old Leivo, who recorded five goals in 12 games last season with the Maple Leafs and 17 tallies and 31 assists in 51 games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

      Matthews scored 24 goals and set up 22 others last season with Zurich in National League A, which is Switzerland's top professional league. The 18-year-old finished as the league's runner-up for the most valuable player.

      Matthews also collected seven goals and four assists for the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

      He will continue to participate in international play in September when he represents Team North America in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

  • By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Brad Richards announced his retirement from the NHL after 15 seasons on Wednesday afternoon.

    • The 36-year-old forward, who played 1,126 career regular-season games for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit, had 10 goals and 18 assists in 68 games with the Red Wings last season.

      Richards made the announcement via the NHLPA website, stating:

      "I want to thank the fans and the five organizations I have played for: Tampa Bay, Dallas, and the three original six teams -- the New York Rangers, Chicago and Detroit. During my time with those teams, I met many great people.

      "I also want to thank the staff and management in those organizations for all the help and support they gave me. I appreciate all the trainers who did tireless work to help me play and keep me healthy.

      "I had many amazing teammates and made many great friendships along the way that I truly appreciate, and I will never forget the great times we had together. Thank you to all my coaches for pushing, teaching and giving me the opportunity to play this great game.

      "Winning the Stanley Cups in Tampa Bay and Chicago was the best part of my career and I will never forget those moments. Nothing compares to enjoying that night with your team and knowing what you have accomplished together."

      Richards, who had 298 goals and 634 assists in his career, played his best seasons in Tampa Bay, where he won his first Stanley Cup in 2004. He was drafted by the Lightning in the third round in 1998.

      He won a second Stanley Cup as a member of the Blackhawks in 2013-14.

      According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Richards had an offer from a good team this summer but decided to retire anyway.

  • Devils' Palmieri added to U.S. World Cup roster
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri was tabbed Wednesday to replace Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan on Team USA's roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey 2016.

    • Palmieri recorded a career season with the Devils in 2015-16, posting career highs in goals (30), assists (27) and games played (82). For his efforts, Palmieri received a five-year, $23.25 million contract extension two weeks ago.

      Palmieri was chosen to take the place of Callahan, who is just one month removed from right hip surgery and is unable to participate in the tournament that begins on Sept. 17.

      "Kyle brings an all-around game that we're confident will fit nicely with the framework we're looking to build," Team USA general manager Dean Lombardi told USA Hockey's website. "He's coming off an outstanding year in New Jersey and will play an important role with our team."

      Palmieri is no stranger to representing his country, as he claimed the gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship and the bronze in both the same tournament the following year as well as the 2008 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

      Selected by Anaheim with the 26th overall pick of the 2009 draft, Palmieri has collected 73 goals and as many assists in 280 career contests with the Ducks and Devils.

  • Capitals re-sign F Johansson to three-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    The Washington Capitals re-signed forward Marcus Johansson to a three-year, $13.75 million contract Wednesday to avoid arbitration.

    • Johansson will earn $4.25 million in 2016-17 and $4.75 million in 2017-18 and 2018-19. He was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing later Wednesday.

      Johansson, 25, registered 46 points (17 goals, 29 assists) in 74 games with the Capitals last season. The 6-foot-1, 209-pounder set career highs in plus/minus rating (plus-12) and game-winning goals (7) in 2015-16 and tied his career high in power-play goals (6). He ranked tied for 11th in the NHL and second on the team in game-winning goals. In addition, Johansson ranked third in team power-play goals, fifth in assists and sixth in points.

      Johansson has recorded 232 points (78 goals, 154 assists) in 419 career NHL games with the Capitals. He was drafted by Washington in the first round (24th overall) of the 2009 NHL draft.

      The Landskrona, Sweden, native has represented Sweden in the Olympics once (2014) and the World Junior Championship twice (2009, 2010), winning a medal at each tournament. Johansson won a silver medal with Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

  • Chipchura signs one-year deal to play in KHL
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 18, 2016

    Veteran forward Kyle Chipchura is resuming his hockey career in the Kontinental Hockey League.

    • Chipchura, who played for three NHL teams during his nine-year career, signed a one-year contract to play for HC Slovan Bratislava on Monday.

      The 30-year-old is the second player from the Arizona Coyotes to head to the KHL in as many days, as Viktor Tikhonov agreed to terms with SKA St. Petersburg on Sunday.

      Chipchura collected four goals, eight assists and 38 penalty minutes in 70 games with the Arizona Coyotes last season.

      The 18th overall pick of the 2004 draft, Chipchura scored 31 goals, set up 73 others and had 376 penalty minutes in 482 career games with the Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks and Coyotes.

  • NHL notebook: Zibanejad on move to Rangers
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 18, 2016

    The New York Rangers acquired forward Mika Zibanejad from Ottawa Senators on Monday in exchange for forward Derick Brassard.

    • As part of the trade, the Rangers acquired a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft from the Senators, who also get a seventh-round pick in the same draft.

      Zibanejad, 23, skated in 81 games with Ottawa last season, registering 51 points (21 goals, 30 assists) and 18 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (seven) and faceoff win percentage (50.5)

      Zibanejad helped Ottawa reach the playoffs in two seasons during his tenure with the team (2012-13 and 2014-15). In 16 career NHL playoff games, the Stockholm, Sweden, native has two goals and six assists. Zibanejad was selected by Ottawa in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2011 NHL draft.

      Brassard, 28, played in 254 games with the Rangers over parts of four seasons, recording 174 points (69 goals, 105 assists).

      Brassard was selected in the first round (sixth overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2006 draft. After spending the first five-plus seasons of his career with Columbus, he has spent the last three-plus seasons with the Rangers.

      Brassard established a new NHL career high with a team-leading 27 goals for the Rangers in 2015-16. His 58 points ranked second among New York players in scoring last season. The Gatineau, Quebec, native, has recorded 343 points (127 goals, 216 assists) and 294 penalty minutes over 563 career NHL games. He also has 44 points (18 goals, 26 assists) and 30 penalty minutes over 59 NHL playoff games, all of which have occurred with New York.

      --The New York Rangers agreed to terms with forward Robin Kovacs on an entry-level.

      Kovacs, 19, played in 44 games with AIK IF of Allsvenskan in Sweden last season, registering 21 goals, 13 assists and 54 penalty minutes. He was named the winner of Guldgallret, which is an award given annually to the top junior player (20 years old or younger) in Allsvenskan in 2015-16.

      The 6-foot, 186-pound Kovacs helped AIK win the league championship.

      --The Dallas Stars signed right winger Matej Stransky to a one-year, two-way contract.

      Stransky, 23, registered 39 points (23 goals, 16 assists) in 74 games for the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League in 2015-16. His 23 goals and eight power play goals both ranked second on Texas for the regular season.

      During the 2016 Calder Cup playoffs, he recorded one assist in four games.

      --The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with 2015 first-round pick Jack Roslovic on a three-year, two-way NHL entry-level contract worth an average annual value of $1,137,500.

      Roslovic, 19, just completed his freshman season at Miami University (Ohio) where the center tied for the team lead in scoring with 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 36 games.

      The Jets selected Roslovic with the 25th overall pick. The Columbus, Ohio, native finished the 2014-15 season with 79 points (27 goals, 52 assists) in 65 games and helped lead the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championship.

      --The New Jersey Devils re-signed restricted free-agent defenseman Reece Scarlett to a one-year, two-way contract.

      The pact is worth $600,000 at the NHL level for Scarlett, who has yet to play in the league since being selected in the sixth round of the 2011 draft.

      Scarlett collected four goals, 22 assists and 64 penalty minutes in 60 games last season with Albany of the American Hockey League.

      --San Jose Sharks restricted free-agent forward Matt Nieto signed a one-year contract.

      Financial terms were not disclosed by the team, but TVA's Renaud Lavoie reported the contract was worth $735,000.

      Nieto collected eight goals, nine assists and 10 penalty minutes in 67 games with San Jose last season. The 23-year-old led the Sharks with a pair of short-handed tallies.

  • Devils sign D Scarlett to a one-year, two-way pact
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 18, 2016

    The New Jersey Devils re-signed restricted free-agent defenseman Reece Scarlett to a one-year, two-way contract on Monday.

    • The pact is worth $600,000 at the NHL level for Scarlett, who has yet to play in the league since being selected in the sixth round of the 2011 draft.

      Scarlett collected four goals, 22 assists and 64 penalty minutes in 60 games last season with Albany of the American Hockey League.

      The 23-year-old Alberta native has scored 12 goals, set up 59 others and recorded 109 penalty minutes in 165 career contests in the AHL.

  • Sharks' Nieto signs one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 18, 2016

    San Jose Sharks restricted free-agent forward Matt Nieto signed a one-year contract on Monday.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed by the team, but TVA's Renaud Lavoie reported the contract was worth $735,000.

      Nieto collected eight goals, nine assists and 10 penalty minutes in 67 games with San Jose last season. The 23-year-old led the Sharks with a pair of short-handed tallies.

      "Matt brings tremendous speed to our lineup and is someone that opposing teams must be aware of when he is on the ice," San Jose general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "His quickness plays exactly into our team mentality and we feel that he played some of his most effective hockey down the stretch during our playoff run this past season."

      A second-round selection in the 2011 draft, Nieto has scored 28 goals and set up 40 others in 205 career contests with the Sharks.

  • Rangers acquire Zibanejad from Senators for Brassard
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 18, 2016

    The New York Rangers acquired forward Mika Zibanejad from Ottawa Senators on Monday in exchange for forward Derick Brassard.

    • As part of the trade, the Rangers acquired a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft from the Senators, who also get a seventh-round pick in the same draft.

      Zibanejad, 23, skated in 81 games with Ottawa last season, registering 51 points (21 goals, 30 assists) and 18 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (seven) and faceoff win percentage (50.5)

      The 6-foot-2, 222-pound Zibanejad has played in 281 career NHL games over parts of five seasons, all with Ottawa, with 64 goals, 87 assists and 64 penalty minutes.

      Zibanejad helped Ottawa reach the playoffs in two seasons during his tenure with the team (2012-13 and 2014-15). In 16 career NHL playoff games, the Stockholm, Sweden, native has two goals and six assists. Zibanejad was selected by Ottawa in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2011 NHL draft.

      Brassard, 28, played in 254 games with the Rangers over parts of four seasons, recording 174 points (69 goals, 105 assists).

      Brassard was selected in the first round (sixth overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2006 draft. After spending the first five-plus seasons of his career with Columbus, he has spent the last three-plus seasons with the Rangers.

      Brassard established a new NHL career high with a team-leading 27 goals for the Rangers in 2015-16. His 58 points ranked second among New York players in scoring last season. The Gatineau, Quebec, native, has recorded 343 points (127 goals, 216 assists) and 294 penalty minutes over 563 career NHL games. He also has 44 points (18 goals, 26 assists) and 30 penalty minutes over 59 NHL playoff games, all of which have occurred with New York.

  • Stars sign RW Stransky
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 18, 2016

    The Dallas Stars signed right winger Matej Stransky to a one-year, two-way contract Monday.

    • Stransky, 23, registered 39 points (23 goals, 16 assists) in 74 games for the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League in 2015-16. His 23 goals and eight power play goals both ranked second on Texas for the regular season. During the 2016 Calder Cup playoffs, he recorded one assist in four games.

      In 209 career games for Texas, Stransky has accumulated 81 points (39 goals, 42 assists). In three trips to the Calder Cup playoffs, he has one goal and five assists in 27 games, winning the Calder Cup in 2014.

      The 6-foot-3, 210-pound native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, was originally selected by Dallas in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL draft.

  • Jets sign 2015 first-rounder Roslovic
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 18, 2016

    The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with 2015 first-round pick Jack Roslovic on a three-year, two-way NHL entry-level contract Monday worth an average annual value of $1,137,500.

    • Roslovic, 19, just completed his freshman season at Miami University (Ohio) where the center tied for the team lead in scoring with 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 36 games.

      The Jets selected Roslovic with the 25th overall pick, which was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres, at the 2015 NHL draft after playing for the United States National Team Developmental Program based in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Columbus, Ohio, native finished the 2014-15 season with 79 points (27 goals, 52 assists) in 65 games and helped lead the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championship.

  • Rangers sign F Kovacs
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 18, 2016

    The New York Rangers agreed to terms with forward Robin Kovacs on an entry-level contract Monday.

    • Kovacs, 19, played in 44 games with AIK IF of Allsvenskan in Sweden last season, registering 21 goals, 13 assists and 54 penalty minutes. He was named the winner of Guldgallret, which is an award given annually to the top junior player (20 years old or younger) in Allsvenskan in 2015-16.

      The 6-foot, 186-pound Kovacs helped AIK win the league championship. He has skated in 92 career games in Allsvenskan over the last two seasons, recording 62 points (38 goals, 24 assists) and 117 penalty minutes.

      The Stockholm, Sweden, native was selected by the Rangers in the third round of the 2015 NHL draft.

  • Lightning's Killorn signs seven-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 17, 2016

    The Tampa Bay Lightning and Alex Killorn avoided arbitration on Sunday after the forward signed a seven-year, $31.1 million deal.

    • Killorn also received a modified no-trade clause, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

      The 26-year-old Nova Scotia native was scheduled to have his arbitration hearing on Wednesday.

      Killorn collected 14 goals, 26 assists and 44 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Lightning last season. He also scored five goals and set up eight others to help Tampa Bay advance to the Eastern Conference final in the 2016 playoffs.

      A third-round selection in the 2007 draft, Killorn recorded 53 goals, 85 assists and a plus-24 rating in 2762 career games - all with Tampa Bay.

  • Coyotes' Tikhonov returning to KHL
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, July 17, 2016

    Viktor Tikhonov is returning to SKA of the KHL, with the Russian team announcing a contract agreement Sunday.

    • Tikhonov, 28, returned to the NHL last season, going pointless in 11 games for the Chicago Blackhawks before being claimed off waivers by the Arizona Coyotes. He finished with just six points in 39 games for Arizona.

      Tikhonov previously left the Coyotes for SKA following the 2010-11 season.

  • Kings sign F Crescenzi
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 16, 2016

    The Los Angeles Kings signed forward Andrew Crescenzi to a one-year contract Saturday.

    • Crescenzi, 23, recorded 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) and 56 penalty minutes in 67 regular-season games last season with Ontario of the American Hockey League. He also had one goal, two assists and two penalty minutes in 12 postseason games.

      The 6-foot-5, 209-pound native Thornhill, Ontario, was acquired by the Kings from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 22, 2014. Crescenzi has appeared in 184 regular-season games in the AHL in the Toronto and Los Angeles organizations, posting 44 points (15 goals, 29 assists) and 174 penalty minutes. He has appeared in 30 postseason games, where he has tallied one goal, five assists and 21 penalty minutes.

  • Stars, Benn agree to eight-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 16, 2016

    Jamie Benn finalized an eight-year contract extension worth $76 million with the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

    • The 26-year-old left wing and Stars team captain will receive $9.5 million per year through the 2024-25 season.

      "The Stars are the only organization I know and Dallas is home to me," Benn said in a statement. "(The team has) made it clear that they are dedicated to winning, and winning the right way. I'm happy to commit to that process for eight more years."

      Benn is a four-time All-Star who has 192 goals and 256 assists for 448 points over 508 career games in seven seasons.

      He is recovering from surgery to repair a core injury and is expected to be sidelined for the next six weeks. Benn's availability to play for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey in September is up in the air.

      He should be ready for the start of the NHL season.

      Benn had surgery last offseason on both hips.

      Last year, Benn scored a career-high 41 goals with 48 assists for 89 points, which was also a personal-best.

      "Jamie has evolved into one of the most complete players in the NHL and his ability to lead our team is second-to-none," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "He impacts the game in so many ways and this signing was extremely important for the direction of the franchise.

      Benn was selected by Dallas in the fifth round of the 2007 entry draft at No. 129 overall. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 3, 2009.

      He ranks 10th on the Stars' all-time goals list and is the only player in franchise history to win the Art Ross Trophy, which he won in 2014-15 when he led the NHL in points (87) after totaling 35 goals and 52 assists.