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  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    Holmgren, Daly named Lester Patrick winners
    By The Sports Xchange

    Accomplished NHL executive Bill Daly and former player, coach, current Flyers executive Paul Holmgren have been named recipients of the 2014 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

    • A ceremony will be held in Minneapolis in December.

      The award was first presented in 1966 to the New York Rangers in memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer of NHL development.

      Daly was named the first deputy commissioner in the NHL in 2005. He assists commissioner Gary Bettman on all issues involving operation and overall business. He administers the collective bargaining agreement as well as NHL Players' Association and the NHL Officials' Association.

      Holmgren is president of the Philadelphia Flyers after a 10-year career with that team and the Minnesota North Stars. Drafted 108th overall in 1975 by the Flyers, he was an all-star in 1981 and scored three goals in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in 1980 to become the first U.S.-born player with a hat trick in a Cup Final game. He was also a 1981 NHL All-Star. Before becoming team president, Holmgren was assistant coach, head coach, assistant general manager, and general manger of the Flyers.

  • Monday, September 15, 2014
    Devils sign D Gelinas
    By The Sports Xchange

    Restricted free-agent defenseman Eric Gelinas signed a new contract with the New Jersey Devils on Monday.

    • Details of the contract were not released, but NorthJersey.com reported Gelinas signed for one year at $900,000.

      "Just happy to have everybody here, everybody ready," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said. "It's the first step towards getting our team together. We've got all our players here and now training camp begins."

      Gelinas, 23, had seven goals and 29 points in 60 games last season for the Devils while averaging 16:55 of ice time per game. He was fourth among all rookie defenders in goals and tied for third in points.

      The signing comes on the same day Devils rookies reported for their training camp physicals.

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014
    Oilers sign F Chase
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Greg Chase to a three-year entry level contract, the team announced Saturday.

    • Chase, 19, had 35 goals, 50 assists and 83 penalty minutes in 70 games with the Western Hockey League's Calgary Hitmen last season. He led the team in points (85) and assists (50) and ranked second with 35 goals. He also had four goals, five assists and two penalty minutes in six playoff games.

      Chase also participated in the 2013 Canadian Hockey League Subway Super Series as a member of Team WHL. He had two goals and a plus-one rating, as well as being named Team WHL's Player of the Game in its 4-2 victory over Russia.

      The 6-foot, 189-pound forward recently attended Team Canada's Under-20 National Junior Team Summer Development Camp in Calgary, Alberta, where he had two assists and six penalty minutes in three games.

      Edmonton selected Chase in the seventh round of the 2013 draft.

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
    NHL roundup: League announces rule changes
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NHL announced Thursday a series of rules changes for the 2014-15 season, following approval earlier in the summer by the League's Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players' Association.

    • Included in the changes are:

      --A new Game Misconduct category will be created.

      Clipping, charging, elbowing, interference, kneeing, head-butting and butt-ending move from the general category into the same category as boarding and checking from behind.

      A player who incurs two such game misconducts in this category would now be automatically suspended for one game.

      --The 'Spin-O-Rama' move no longer will be permitted either in penalty shot situations or in the shootout.

      --The goalkeeper's restricted area -- the trapezoid -- will be expanded by two feet from the goal post on both sides of the net.

      --he Minnesota Wild signed restricted free agent right winger Nino Niederreiter to a three-year, $8 million contract.

      The 22-year-old Niederreiter made his Wild debut last season and had 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) and a plus-12 rating in 81 regular-season games. He ranked second on the team in hits with 175, third in goals, fourth in plus-minus and fifth in shots.

      A fifth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders, Niederreiter went to the Wild on June 30, 2013, in a trade for forward Cal Clutterbuck and a 2013 draft pick that the Islanders used to draft Eamon McAdam.

      --The New York Rangers agreed to terms with defenseman John Moore. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is a one-year, $850,000 contract, according to multiple reports.

      With Moore in the fold, the Rangers have all six of their expected top defensemen under contract entering training camp.

      Moore, 23, scored registered four goals and 11 assists to go along with 25 penalty minutes in 74 games last season, all career highs. He also ranked fifth on the team with 57 blocked shots.

      --The Columbus Blue Jackets signed their first-round draft pick, forward Sonny Milano, to a three-year entry level contract. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

      "Sonny Milano is a skilled, dynamic player and we're very happy to add him to the exciting group of prospects within our organization," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We are looking forward to watching his development and helping him grow both on and off the ice in the years to come."

      Milano, 18, was the 16th overall pick in June's NHL Draft. The Massapequa, N.Y., native has spent the past two seasons playing for the U.S. National Development Program, where he registered 24 goals and 37 assists with 33 penalty minutes in 63 games.

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
    Wild signs RW Niederreiter
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Minnesota Wild signed restricted free agent right winger Nino Niederreiter to a three-year, $8 million contract on Thursday.

    • The 22-year-old Niederreiter made his Wild debut last season and had 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) and a plus-12 rating in 81 regular-season games. He ranked second on the team in hits with 175, third in goals, fourth in plus-minus and fifth in shots.

      The highlight of 13 playoff games last season was the Swiss native scoring the winning goal in overtime of Game 7 agaisnt the Colorado Avalanche on April 30. He added the winning goal in Game 4 of the Western Conference playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks on May 9.

      In February, Niederreiter played in four games for Switzerland in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

      A fifth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders, Niederreiter went to the Wild on June 30, 2013, in a trade for forward Cal Clutterbuck and a 2013 draft pick that the Islanders used to draft Eamon McAdam.

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
    NHL announces rule changes for new season
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NHL announced Thursday a series of rules changes for the 2014-15 season, following approval earlier in the summer by the League's Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players' Association.

    • Included in the changes are:

      --A new Game Misconduct category will be created.

      Clipping, charging, elbowing, interference, kneeing, head-butting and butt-ending move from the general category into the same category as boarding and checking from behind.

      A player who incurs two such game misconducts in this category would now be automatically suspended for one game.

      --The 'Spin-O-Rama' move no longer will be permitted either in penalty shot situations or in the shootout.

      --The goalkeeper's restricted area -- the trapezoid -- will be expanded by two feet from the goal post on both sides of the net.

      --Video reviews will be expanded to assist the referees in determining the legitimacy of all potential goals and to provide guidance to referees on goal and potential goal plays where the referee has blown his whistle (or intended to blow his whistle) after having lost sight of the puck.

      --The rule relating to tripping will be revised to specifically provide that a two minute minor penalty will be assessed when a defending player "dives" and trips an attacking player with his body/arm/shoulder, regardless of whether the defending player is able to make initial contact with the puck.

      New rules also address "kicked in goals," and how referees will determine if the goal is legitimate or not, and diving and embellishment.

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
    Blue Jackets sign first-round pick Milano
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday signed their first-round draft pick, forward Sonny Milano, to a three-year entry level contract. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

    • "Sonny Milano is a skilled, dynamic player and we're very happy to add him to the exciting group of prospects within our organization," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We are looking forward to watching his development and helping him grow both on and off the ice in the years to come."

      Milano, 18, was the 16th overall pick in June's NHL Draft. The Massapequa, N.Y., native has spent the past two seasons playing for the U.S. National Development Program, where he registered 24 goals and 37 assists with 33 penalty minutes in 63 games.

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
    Rangers agree to deal with Moore
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Rangers agreed to terms with defenseman John Moore. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is a one-year, $850,000 contract, according to multiple reports that equals his qualifying offer from over the summer.

    • With Moore in the fold, the Rangers have all six of their expected top defensemen under contract entering training camp.

      Moore, 23, scored registered four goals and 11 assists to go along with 25 penalty minutes in 74 games last season, all career highs. He also ranked fifth on the team with 57 blocked shots.

      In 173 career NHL games over four seasons with the Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Moore has seven goals and 22 assists, along with 40 penalty minutes. A first-round pick in 2009, he was acquired by the Rangers from Columbus on April 3, 2013, along with Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, and a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Marian Gaborik, Blake Parlett, and Steven Delisle.

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    NHL roundup: Ducks extend Boudreau's contract
    By The Sports Xchange

    Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau received a two-year extension through the 2016-17 season on Wednesday.

    • Boudreau led Anaheim to the best record in the Western Conference (54-20-8) last season when the Ducks won a second straight division title and set a franchise record with 116 points.

      He became the fastest coach in NHL history to reach 300 wins, accomplishing the feat in 496 games. Boudreau's career record, including four seasons with the Washington Capitals from 2007 to 2011, is 312-143-62.

      ---Former Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu announced his retirement on Wednesday after 18 seasons in the NHL.

      Koivu, 39, appeared in 1,124 regular-season NHL games and 80 Stanley Cup playoff games. He scored 255 goals and had 832 points in the regular season, and 18 goals and 59 points in the playoffs.

      He was captain of the Canadiens for nine seasons, from 1999-2000 to 2008-09, becoming the first European-born player to hold that role.

      ---The NHL announced Wednesday that the Washington Capitals will host the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015 at Nationals Park.

      The Blackhawks will appear in the Winter Classic for the second time. Chicago hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in the 2009 Winter Classic. The Red Wings won the game 6-4.

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    Nationals Park to host Capitals vs. Blackhawks
    By The Sports Xchange

    The National Hockey League announced Wednesday that the Washington Capitals will host the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015 at Nationals Park.

    • "The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic has made New Year's Day a highlight of the season for NHL fans everywhere," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "Nationals Park provides an ideal setting for all the excitement, entertainment and fun as the Blackhawks and Capitals bring our outdoor tradition to historic Washington, D.C."

      The stadium is the home of Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals. The 41,546 seat venue opened in March 2008.

      "We are thrilled the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be played at Nationals Park as we welcome the Chicago Blackhawks and their fans to our nation's capital," Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis said. "We are delighted the D.C. area and our great fan base will have an opportunity to experience the Winter Classic, and we know that Nationals Park will provide an incredible backdrop for the game."

      In celebration of the outdoor game, the Capitals will unveil their NHL Winter Classic uniforms during a special event at Nationals Park on Sept. 23.

      The 2015 game will mark the seventh Winter Classic. It will be the second time that the Capitals will play an outdoor game. Washington defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in front of 68,111 fans at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 2011.

      The Blackhawks will appear in the Winter Classic for the second time. Chicago hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in the 2009 Winter Classic. The Red Wings won the game 6-4.

      "It's an honor to be selected by the NHL to participate in the 2015 NHL Winter Classic," said Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough. "This is another marquee event for the Blackhawks and we're looking forward to spending New Year's Day in our nation's capital."

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    'Miracle on Ice' Bob Suter dies at age 57
    By The Sports Xchange

    Bob Suter, a defenseman on the 1980 Miracle on Ice team that stunningly won the Olympic gold medal in hockey, died of an apparent heart attack on Tuesday at age 57 in Madison, Wis.

    • Suter played in all seven games during the U.S. team's improbable run to the gold and in its shocking victory over the then-Soviet Union.

      Suter was drafted in the seventh round by the Los Angeles Kings in 1977 but did not make it to the NHL during his playing career. However, his son, Ryan Suter, is now a star for the Minnesota Wild. Suter's brother, Gary, and Ryan Suter both played in the Olympics and won silver medals.

      "The sudden loss of my father has been difficult for myself and our family -- my dad was my hero and he taught me about life, hockey and what was truly important -- family," Ryan Suter said in a statement Wednesday. "He will be missed greatly and his legacy and spirit will be with us every day. He lived with the motto 'it's all about the kids' and forever he will be remembered by this.

      "My family and I also want to say thank you for the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from the hockey community around the world. It means a lot to us to know how much he was loved and will be missed."

      After retiring s a player, Bob Suter coached youth hockey in the Madison area, where he went to college at the University of Wisconsin, ran a hockey pro shop, Suter's Gold Medal Sports, and served as a scout for the Wild.

      "We are very saddened by today's news that Minnesota Wild scout Bob Suter suddenly passed away," the Wild said in a statement. "The Wild organization sends its condolences to the entire Suter family during this difficult time. Not only was Bob a great hockey ambassador, he was a terrific person off the ice who will be greatly missed by all of us."

      U.S. Olympic teammate Mike Eruzione tweeted, "Sad news at the passing of Bob Suter a great teammate on 1980 Olympic team he will be missed by so many RIP."

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    Koivu retires after 18 seasons in NHL
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu announced his retirement on Wednesday after 18 seasons in the NHL.

    • "Looking back at my 22 years of pro hockey, first in Finland and then in the NHL, I feel truly blessed and fulfilled," he said in a statement released by the National Hockey League Players' Association. "I have been contemplating retirement for quite some time and am very confident in my decision at this time and place."

      Koivu, 39, appeared in 1,124 regular-season NHL games and 80 Stanley Cup playoff games. He scored 255 goals and had 832 points in the regular season, and 18 goals and 59 points in the playoffs.

      He was captain of the Canadiens for nine seasons, from 1999-2000 to 2008-09, becoming the first European-born player to hold that role.

      "I feel I was truly lucky to have a chance to play for the legendary Canadiens for so many years and serve as captain and share that great honor with many truly legendary captains from before my time," he said.

      Koivu spent the final five seasons of his NHL career in Anaheim.

      The Canadiens selected Koivu in the first round (No. 21) of the 1993 draft. He ranks in the top five among Finnish-born NHL players in games played, goals, assists and points.

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    Ducks give Boudreau two-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau received a two-year extension through the 2016-17 season on Wednesday.

    • Boudreau led Anaheim to the best record in the Western Conference (54-20-8) last season when the Ducks won a second straight division title and set a franchise record with 116 points.

      He became the fastest coach in NHL history to reach 300 wins, accomplishing the feat in 496 games.

      "I couldn't be more excited," Boudreau said. "I'm determined not only to win, but to do it here, for this organization that has treated me so well. I can't wait for training camp to get started."

      Boudreau's career record, including four seasons with the Washington Capitals from 2007-11, is 312-143-62.

      "Bruce has done a very good job over the last several years and deserves the opportunity to take this team deep into the playoffs," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a statement. "We're happy to have this contract complete before training camp, so our complete focus can be on winning hockey games."

  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014
    NHL roundup: Bob Suter, Miracle on Ice defenseman, dies
    By The Sports Xchange

    Bob Suter, a defenseman on the 1980 Miracle on Ice team that stunningly won the Olympic gold medal in hockey, died of an apparent heart attack on Tuesday at age 57 in Madison, Wis.

    • Suter played in all seven games during the U.S. team's improbable run to the gold and in its shocking victory over the then-Soviet Union.

      Suter was drafted in the seventh round by the Los Angeles Kings in 1977 but did not make it to the NHL during his playing career. However, his son, Ryan Suter, is now a star for the Minnesota Wild. Suter's brother, Gary, and Ryan Suter both played in the Olympics and won silver medals.

      After retiring s a player, Suter coached youth hockey in the Madison area, where he went to college at the University of Wisconsin, ran a hockey pro shop, Suter's Gold Medal Sports, and served as a scout for the Wild.

      ---The Washington Capitals re-signed defenseman Cameron Schilling to a one-year, two-way contract. Financial terms were not disclosed, although the deal is valued at $625,000 at the NHL level and $110,000 at the AHL level, according to the Washington Post.

      Schilling, 25, has been a restricted free agent. The 6-foot-2, 182-pounder made his NHL debut on March 12, 2013 and has played in two career games for the Capitals, including one last season, without registering a point.

      Schilling is expected to compete for a roster spot near the bottom of the blue-line rotation this season. If he doesn't make the roster out of training camp, the Capitals would risk losing him through waivers if they attempted to assign him to the AHL.

      ---Scott Stevens is leaving his job as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils after two years, the team announced Tuesday.

      The 50-year-old Stevens will be replaced by Tommy Albelin, who also is a former Devils player. Albelin was serving as an assistant coach for Albany in the American Hockey League.

      Albelin previously was with the Devils as an assistant coach for three seasons from 2007 to 2010.

      ---The Toronto Maple Leafs signed left winger Spencer Abbott to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were were not released by the team.

      The 26-year-old Abbott spent the majority of last season with the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League, posting 17 goals and 52 assists. He added 11 points in 11 playoff games. Abbott played in one game for the Maple Leafs last season in his NHL debut.

  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014
    LW Abbott signs with Leafs
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Toronto Maple Leafs signed left winger Spencer Abbott to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

    • Financial terms of the deal were were not released by the team.

      The 26-year-old Abbott spent the majority of last season with the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League, posting 17 goals and 52 assists. He added 11 points in 11 playoff games.

      Abbott played in one game for the Maple Leafs last season in his NHL debut.

  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014
    Stevens steps aside as Devils assistant
    By The Sports Xchange

    Scott Stevens is leaving his job as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils after two years, the team announced Tuesday.

    • The 50-year-old Stevens will be replaced by Tommy Albelin, who also is a former Devils player. Albelin was serving as an assistant coach for Albany in the American Hockey League.

      "It's not the organization. It's not this. It's not that. It's just that was a decision he made," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said of Stevens, according to NorthJersey.com. "I'm sure it's not something that will be long term. I'm sure he'll be back into coaching, hopefully, here someday. It's just a personal thing."

      Lamoriello went on to say that he didn't think Stevens would be back this season. Stevens was hired as an assistant by the Devils in 2012 along with Matt Shaw to replace Adam Oates and Larry Robinson.

      "I don't believe that will happen," he said of Stevens returning during the 2014-15 season. "This is a decision he made and I don't think anybody should read into anything of anything. It's just a personal decision. Personal, professional, whatever way you want to look at it, it's just a decision he made."

      Stevens was in charge of the defense with the Sabres.

      Albelin previously was with the Devils as an assistant coach for three seasons from 2007 to 2010.

  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014
    Capitals re-sign D Schilling
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Washington Capitals re-signed defenseman Cameron Schilling to a one-year, two-way contract. Financial terms were not disclosed, although the deal is valued at $625,000 at the NHL level and $110,000 at the AHL level, according to the Washington Post.

    • Schilling, 25, has been a restricted free agent. The 6-foot-2, 182-pounder made his NHL debut on March 12, 2013 and has played in two career games for the Capitals, including one last season, without registering a point.

      Schilling is expected to compete for a roster spot near the bottom of the blue-line rotation this season. If he doesn't make the roster out of training camp, the Capitals would risk losing him through waivers if they attempted to assign him to the AHL.

      He has 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in 147 career AHL games, including 16 points to go along with 89 penalty minutes in 70 games with the Hershey Bears last season, finishing fourth on the team in penalty minutes and third among defensemen with 13 assists.

      Schilling played four years at Miami University, collecting 57 points in 144 games, and was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

      The Capitals open training camp Sept. 19.

  • Sunday, September 7, 2014
    Reports: Nationals Park to host Winter Classic
    By The Sports Xchange

    Nationals Park will host the 2015 Winter Classic on New Year's Day, multiple media outlets reported Sunday.

    • The Washington Capitals will take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the annual outdoor showcase.

      The stadium is the home of Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals. The venue has been the rumored site since the game was announced nearly a year ago.

      According to reports, some details took longer than expected to finalize but those issues have been resolved. An official announcement by the NHL could come by the end of the month.

      FedEx Field, home of the NFL's Washington Redskins, and their former home, RFK Stadium, were also in contention to host the 2015 Winter Classic. However, Nationals Park was the preferred locale throughout the selection process.

      The Capitals will host their first Winter Classic after visiting the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2011 outdoor contest.

      The Blackhawks hosted the second Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in 2009. They also hosted an outdoor game last winter at Soldier Field following the Sochi Olympics.

      Next year's Winter Classic will be the fourth held in a baseball ballpark. The others were Wrigley Field, Fenway Park (Boston) and Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia).

  • Saturday, September 6, 2014
    Report: Winter Classic set for Nationals Park
    By The Sports Xchange

    Nationals Park is expected to be the site of the 2015 Winter Classic on Jan. 1, The Washington Post has reported.

    • An official announcement has not been made.

      The Washington Capitals will host the Chicago Blackhawks in the first Winter Classic to feature teams from separate conferences, the Post said. This is also the first time that two veterans of the Winter Classic will be participating.

      The Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field.

      The Blackhawks lost 6-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings in 2009.

  • Friday, September 5, 2014
    Bruins sign F Fraser
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Boston Bruins announced Friday the signing of forward Matt Fraser to a one-year, two-way contract and defenseman Steve Eminger to an AHL contract.

    • Fraser's contract is worth an annual cap figure of $625,000 at the NHL level.

      Fraser appeared in 14 games for Boston last season, posting two goals. In his first regular season with Providence, Fraser finished the 2013-14 campaign with 20 goals (tied for third on the team) and 10 assists for 30 points in 44 appearances.

      Eminger joins the Bruins after spending half of last season with CSKA Moscow.

  • Thursday, September 4, 2014
    NHL roundup: Moore-Bertuzzi civil lawsuit settled
    By The Sports Xchange

    Ten years after Todd Bertuzzi attacked former Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore, Moore's civil case officially has been settled.

    • There had been reports the past few weeks that the sides had agreed on a settlement. On Thursday, Moore released a statement saying the case is closed.

      "The legal case for the loss of my NHL career is over. I have accepted a settlement agreement which has now been finalized and signed by all the parties."

      Confidentiality agreements meant details of the settlement must be kept secret. Moore had been asking for $68 million in damages in a civil lawsuit, which was filed in 2006.

      At the time of the attack, Bertuzzi skated for the Vancouver Canucks. During a March 8, 2004, game, Bertuzzi attacked Moore from behind in the third period of a 9-2 loss to the Avalanche. Bertuzzi drove Moore's body to the ice leaving him motionless for about 10 minutes.

      Moore suffered three broken vertebrae and a concussion. Moore's career was cut short; he never played again.

      Bertuzzi pleaded guilty to criminal assault causing bodily harm. He also was suspended by the NHL, and sat out 17 months in part due to the 2004-05 lockout.

      --The Boston Bruins and forward David Krejci have agreed to a six-year extension through the 2020-21 season. The deal is worth $43.5 million.

      He has one year left on his current three-year, $15.75 million deal.

      Krejci led the Bruins in scoring in the 2013-14 campaign with 69 points, posting 19 goals and 50 assists. He accrued an NHL best plus 39-rating.

      --The Colorado Avalanche announced the signing of defenseman Tyson Barrie to a two-year contract through the 2015-16 season.

      Barrie, 23, led all Colorado defensemen with 13 goals this past season, the most by an Avs blueliner since 2006-07 when John-Michael Liles posted 14 goals.

      Barrie finished second among Avalanche defensemen in both points (38) and assists (25) while appearing in 64 games last season.

      --First-round draft pick Robby Fabbri, selected 21st overall, signed a three-year entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues.

      Fabbri, dressed in 58 regular-season games with the Ontario Hockey League's (OHL) Guelph Storm last season. The 18-year-old forward ranked second on the team with 87 points, including 45 goals and 42 assists.

      Fabbri, the 21st-ranked North American skater in the 2014 NHL Draft, will participate with the Blues at the 2014 Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., starting Sept. 12.

  • Thursday, September 4, 2014
    Moore's civil lawsuit officially settled
    By The Sports Xchange

    Ten years after Todd Bertuzzi attacked former Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore, Moore's civil case officially has been settled.

    • There had been reports the past few weeks that the sides had agreed on a settlement. On Thursday, Moore released a statement saying the case is closed.

      "The legal case for the loss of my NHL career is over. I have accepted a settlement agreement which has now been finalized and signed by all the parties."

      Confidentiality agreements meant details of the settlement must be kept secret. Moore had been asking for $68 million in damages in a civil lawsuit, which was filed in 2006.

      The civil lawsuit had been scheduled to begin Sept. 8.

      Moore, 35, said he finally has some closure, and while he knows he never will be able to play again, his family won't have to carry the burden of an "unresolved legal case."

      "I lost my entire career in my rookie year," Moore said in an interview with CBC Sports in March. "I think any player put in that situation would do the same thing.

      "I can't recover anything else. I can't recover my career, the experience of living out my dream from the time I was 2 1/2 years old, of playing in the NHL."

      At the time of the attack, Bertuzzi skated for the Vancouver Canucks. During a March 8, 2004, game, Bertuzzi attacked Moore from behind in the third period of a 9-2 loss to the Avalanche. Bertuzzi drove Moore's body to the ice leaving him motionless for about 10 minutes.

      Moore suffered three broken vertebrae and a concussion. Moore's career was cut short; he never played again.

      Bertuzzi pleaded guilty to criminal assault causing bodily harm. He also was suspended by the NHL, and sat out 17 months in part due to the 2004-05 lockout.

  • Thursday, September 4, 2014
    Avalanche sign Barrie
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Colorado Avalanche announced Thursday that the team has signed defenseman Tyson Barrie to a two-year contract through the 2015-16 season.

    • Barrie, 23, led all Colorado defensemen with 13 goals this past season, the most by an Avs blueliner since 2006-07 when John-Michael Liles posted 14 goals.

      Barrie finished second among Avalanche defensemen in both points (38) and assists (25) while appearing in 64 games last season.

  • Thursday, September 4, 2014
    Bruins, Krejci finalize six-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Boston Bruins and forward David Krejci have agreed to a six-year extension through the 2020-21 season, the team announced Thursday. The deal is worth $43.5 million.

    • He has one year left on his current three-year, $15.75 million deal.

      Krejci led the Bruins in scoring in the 2013-14 campaign with 69 points, posting 19 goals and 50 assists. He accrued an NHL best plus 39-rating.

      In 504 career games in the NHL with the Bruins, Krejci has 378 points, including 77 points in 93 career playoff games. He led the team in scoring during its last two playoff marches to the Stanley Cup Finals.

      The 28-year-old Krejci joins teammates Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg and Tuukka Rask under contract for at least the next three seasons.

      The Sternberk, Czech Republic, was drafted by the Bruins in 2004 in the second round.

  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014
    Blues sign first-round pick Fabbri
    By The Sports Xchange

    The St. Louis Blues agreed to terms on a three-year, two-way entry level contract with 2014 first-round pick Robby Fabbri

    • Fabbri, 18, dressed in 58 regular-season games with the Ontario Hockey League's Guelph Storm last season, ranking second on the club and sharing 14th league-wide with 87 points, including 45 goals and 42 assists. In the 2014 OHL postseason, Fabbri helped the Storm capture the OHL Championship, posting 28 points, including a team-leading 13 goals, in 16 games en route to earning the 99 Award as the League's Playoff MVP.

      The 5-foot-10, 165-pound center and Mississauga, Ontario native earned a gold medal with Canada at the Ivan Hlinka U-18 Tournament in 2013, tallying one assist in five appearances.

      Fabbri will participate with the Blues at the 2014 Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., starting Sept. 12.