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  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Report: Kings terminated Richards because of border investigation
    By The Sports Xchange

    According to a report from TMZ sports, the Los Angeles Kings terminated the contract of veteran forward Mike Richards on Monday because the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are in the midst of an investigation that involves the prescription drug oxycodone being discovered at a border crossing from the United States to Canada.

    • TMZ cited "multiple sources" that link Richards to the powerful painkiller, although he has yet to be charged with a crime.

      The Kings had been trying to trade Richards, who was scheduled to make $6 million next season and had five years remaining on his contract. Richards, 30, won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012 and 2014, and was previously captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, although his play has deteriorated to the point of him being shipped to the AHL last season after being unclaimed on waivers.

      "The Los Angeles Kings today have exercised the team's right to terminate the contract of Mike Richards for a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract," the Kings said in a statement Monday. "We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for the contract termination at this time."

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    NHL denies report of Coyotes' move to Las Vegas
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NHL denied a New York Post report Tuesday that the league is arranging the sale of the Arizona Coyotes to billionaire William Foley, who would move the team to Las Vegas.

    • "The report is complete, utter and unfounded garbage," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Sports Xchange via email.

      Foley and his group are in the midst of a successful season-ticket drive to gauge interest in the Las Vegas market that has already surpassed the initial goal of 10,000 ticket deposits.

      The Post reported that Foley would move the Coyotes for the 2016-17 season, when the arena currently being built by MGM and AEG about 200 yards off the Las Vegas Strip is scheduled to be completed.

      The move comes after the City Council in Glendale, Ariz., the current home of the Coyotes, terminated its lease agreement, citing a state conflict-of-interest statute as a means to escape the contract. As a result, the Coyotes will lose the $15 million a year Glendale was paying them as part of the original lease agreement.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Coyotes trade Korpikoski to Oilers for Gordon
    By The Sports Xchange

    Arizona and Edmonton made a swap on Tuesday that sent forward Lauri Korpikoski to the Oilers and center Boyd Gordon to the Coyotes.

    • Gordon, 31, had 13 points and 17 penalty minutes in 68 games for the Oilers last season. He led Edmonton in faceoffs at 55.9 percent.

      In 123 career games for the Oilers, Gordon had 12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points. He was drafted in the first round by the Washington Capitals in 2002.

      "We are very pleased to re-acquire Boyd Gordon," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. "Boyd is an excellent defensive center who is one of the league's best in the face-off circle. He has a great work ethic and will add experience and leadership to our dressing room. We are excited to have him back."

      Korpikoski, 28, had six goals and 15 assists for 21 points with 12 penalty minutes in 69 regular-season games for the Coyotes in 2014-15.

      The Finland native began his NHL career with the New York Rangers in 2008 and spent the past six seasons with the Coyotes. He has 68 goals, 91 assists and 112 penalty minutes in 469 career NHL regular-season games.

      Also Tuesday, the Coyotes signed forward Craig Cunningham to a one-year two-way contract.

      The 24-year-old Cunningham had three goals and seven points in 51 games with the Boston Bruins and Coyotes last season.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    NHL notebook: Blue Jackets acquire Saad in multi-player deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    Two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup, the Chicago Blackhawks made a multi-player deal on Tuesday.

    • The Blackhawks traded forwards Brandon Saad and Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta to the Columbus Blue Jackets for forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp and a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

      Saad, 22, posted career bests in goals (23), assists (29), points (52) and ice time (17:15) in 82 regular-season games for the Blackhawks last season. He was the team's third leading goal-scorer and finished fourth in points.

      In Chicago's postseason run to the title, he added eight goals and 11 points in 23 games. Saad's three-year, $2.8 million entry-level contract was to expire on Wednesday and reports indicated that he was seeking a six-year deal worth about $6.5 million per season.

      --The San Jose Sharks acquired goaltender Martin Jones from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a 2016 first-round draft selection and unsigned draft pick Sean Kuraly.

      The Sharks also announced that the team issued qualifying offers to goaltender Aaron Dell and forward Daniil Tarasov but did not extend offers to goalie JP Anderson, defenseman Taylor Doherty and forwards Eriah Hayes and Rylan Schwartz, making the latter four unrestricted free agents.

      In another move, the Sharks re-signed defenseman Brenden Dillon to a five-year contract.

      --The Anaheim Ducks added a veteran defenseman to their roster, acquiring 34-year-old Kevin Bieksa from the Vancouver Canucks in a trade for a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

      Bieksa dealt with a broken hand during the 2014-15 season and finished with four goals, 10 assists and 77 penalty minutes in 69 games for the Canucks.

      --The Winnipeg Jets re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Drew Stafford to a two-year, $8.7 million contract.

      The 29-year-old Stafford totaled 18 goals and 25 assists in 78 games last season, including nine goals and 19 points in 26 games for the Jets.

      --The Calgary Flames signed associate coach Jacques Cloutier and assistants Martin Gelinas and Jamie Pringle to multiyear contracts.

      The deals finalize the team's staff under head coach Bob Hartley.

      --The Detroit Red Wings signed defenseman Brendan Smith to a two-year contract. The team did not provide financial terms of the deal, but it was reported to be worth $5.5 million for two years.

      --The New York Islanders reached agreement on a four-year contract with high-scoring young forward Anders Lee. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team.

      --Defenseman Adam McQuaid agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Boston Bruins. The extension runs through the 2018-19 season at an NHL cap figure of $2.75 million per year.

      --Defenseman Andrej Sustr signed a two-year, $2.9 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

      Sustr, 24, played in 72 games with the Lightning this past season, recording 13 assists and 34 penalty minutes.

      --The Minnesota Wild extended qualifying offers to defensemen Jonathon Blum and Christian Folin, right wingers Brett Bulmer and Jared Knight, centers Mikael Granlund and Erik Haula and goaltender Johan Gustafsson.

      Restricted free agent left winger Curt Gogol and defenseman Colton Jobke did not receive qualifying offers from the Wild.

      --The Calgary Flames reached agreement with recently acquired forward Dougie Hamilton on a multiyear contract.

      The team did not announce financial terms of the deal, but TSN reported that Hamilton received a six-year contract worth $34.5 million.

      --Forward Brian Flynn reached agreement on a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens. The 26-year-old Flynn joined the Canadiens in March from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. Reports indicated his new deal is worth $950,000 per season.

      --The St. Louis Blues signed forward Jeremy Welsh to a one-year, two-way contract.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Ducks deal for D Bieksa
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Anaheim Ducks added a veteran defenseman to their roster on Tuesday, acquiring 34-year-old Kevin Bieksa from the Vancouver Canucks in a trade for a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

    • Bieksa dealt with a broken hand during the 2014-15 season and finished with four goals, 10 assists and 77 penalty minutes in 69 games for the Canucks. He added nine penalty minutes in six postseason games.

      In 597 career games with the Canucks, Bieksa ranked among the franchise leaders for defensemen with 59 goals, 185 points and 879 penalty minutes. He is also Vancouver's career leader in playoff goals by defensemen with 10.

      Bieksa was selected by Vancouver in the fifth round of the 2001 NHL draft. He is entering the final season of a five-year, $23 million contract that includes a $4.6 million salary cap hit.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Blackhawks deal Saad to Jackets
    By The Sports Xchange

    Two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup, the Chicago Blackhawks made a multi-player deal on Tuesday.

    • The Blackhawks traded forwards Brandon Saad and Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta to the Columbus Blue Jackets for forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp and a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

      Saad, 22, posted career bests in goals (23), assists (29), points (52) and ice time (17:15) in 82 regular-season games for the Blackhawks last season. He was the team's third leading goal-scorer and finished fourth in points.

      In Chicago's postseason run to to the title, he added eight goals and 11 points in 23 games. He leaves the Windy City with 126 career points and two Stanley Cups in 208 games with the Blackhawks.

      Saad's three-year, $2.8 million entry-level contract was to expire on Wednesday and reports indicated that he was seeking a six-year deal worth about $6.5 million per season.

      "We're very excited to bring Brandon Saad, a 22-year-old, two-time Stanley Cup champion with great size, speed, power and the ability to score goals, to our organization," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "He is a proven winner and exactly the kind of player we want as a Columbus Blue Jacket."

      Anisimov, 27, is the most experienced player in the trade. He had 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) in 52 games for the Blue Jackets last season. The Russian native has 192 career points in 412 career NHL games with Columbus (2012-15) and the New York Rangers (2008-12).

      Dano, 20, totaled 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 35 games as an NHL rookie last season with the Blue Jackets, who selected him 27th overall in the 2013 NHL draft.

      Morin, 24, played in 43 games for the Blackhawks and Blue Jackets last season, finishing with two goals and four assists. Tropp, 25, had eight points in 61 games for the Blue Jackets last season and has 27 points in 148 career NHL games with Columbus (2013-15) and the Buffalo Sabres (2011-14).

      Broadhurst, 22, produced 14 points last season in 29 games for Rockford and 59 points in two seasons with the IceHogs. Paliotta, 22, played in one game for the Blackhawks in April and had an assist after wrapping up a productive four-year college career at Vermont.

      "(Paliotta) has good size and puck skills and will provide depth on defense and have a chance to compete for a spot on our team," Kekalainen said. "Alex battled some injuries last year, but he is a skilled player and will add to our organization depth at the center position."

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Blues sign F Welsh
    By The Sports Xchange

    The St. Louis Blues signed forward Jeremy Welsh to a one-year, two-way contract on Tuesday.

    • The 27-year-old Welsh played in 75 games for the Chicago Wolves in the American Hockey League last season, finishing with 41 points (20 goals, 21 assists) and an additional two points (one goal, one assists) in five postseason appearances.

      Welsh has seen NHL action in 25 career games with the Vancouver Canucks and the Carolina Hurricanes and has one goal, one assist and 10 penalty minutes. His career AHL totals include 82 points (41 goals, 41 assists) and 62 penalty minutes in 193 regular-season games and five points (one goal, four assists) in 10 AHL postseason appearances.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Lightning re-sign F Angelidis
    By The Sports Xchange

    Forward Mike Angelidis is staying with Tampa Bay, re-signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning on Tuesday.

    • The 30-year-old Angelidis played in three games for the Lightning last season and logged 12 penalty minutes.

      Angelidis spent a majority of his season with Syracuse in the American Hockey League. He saw action in 64 games with the Crunch and totaled 20 goals, 38 points and a team-leading 138 penalty minutes as the Syracuse captain.

      In 10 career NHL games with the Lightning, Angelidis has one goal and 17 penalty minutes.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    F Lee, Islanders agree on four-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Islanders reached agreement on a four-year contract with high-scoring young forward Anders Lee on Tuesday.

    • Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team.

      Lee produced 25 goals and 41 points in 76 games as a rookie last season with the Islanders. He ranked second on the team in goals and fourth among NHL rookies.

      The 24-year-old has 57 points (35 goals, 22 assists) in 100 career NHL games.

      "Anders has proven to be an effective goal scorer over his two seasons with the club," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said. "We're thrilled to have another home-grown talent signed long term."

      A sixth-round pick in the 2009 NHL draft, Lee played in 59 career games for Bridgeport in the American Hockey League and had 25 goals and 21 assists. During his college career at Notre Dame, Lee led the team in goals for three straight years and finished with 116 points in 124 games.

      "I'm extremely excited to finalize this deal and ensure that I'm a New York Islander for the next four seasons," Lee said. "The organization has been nothing but first class to me from the moment I was drafted. I look forward to competing for the Stanley Cup in each year while playing in front of the best fans in the NHL."

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Red Wings sign D Smith
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Detroit Red Wings signed defenseman Brendan Smith to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

    • The team did not provide financial terms of the deal, but it was reported to be worth $5.5 million for two years.

      The 26-year-old Smith played in a career-high 76 games last season but had just 13 points and 68 penalty minutes. In 195 career games for the Red Wings, Smith has 10 goals, 37 assists and 185 penalty minutes.

      In the Stanley Cup playoffs, Smith has an additional two goals and three assists in 24 games. He was a first-round draft pick by the Red Wings in 2007.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    F Stafford remains with Jets
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Winnipeg Jets re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Drew Stafford to a two-year, $8.7 million contract on Tuesday.

    • The 29-year-old Stafford totaled 18 goals and 25 assists in 78 games last season, including nine goals and 19 points in 26 games for the Jets.

      Stafford came to the Jets on Feb. 11 from the Buffalo Sabres in a trade that included Tyler Myers, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux and a 2015 first-round pick in exchange for Zach Bogosian, Evander Kane and Jason Kasdorf.

      After Stafford joined the Jets, he had a season-high nine-game point run from March 12 to March 29.

      A first-round draft pick by the Sabres in 2004, Stafford has played in 589 career NHL games and has 154 goals and 341 points. He scored a career-best 31 goals for Buffalo during 2010-11 season.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Canadiens all in with F Flynn
    By The Sports Xchange

    Forward Brian Flynn reached agreement on a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

    • The 26-year-old Flynn joined the Canadiens in March from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. Reports indicated his new deal is worth $950,000 per season.

      In nine regular-season games for the Canadiens last season, Flynn had no but points but added one goal and two assists in the playoffs, all in the opener of a first-round series against Ottawa.

      Flynn logged 17 points in 54 games last season for Buffalo before the deal and had 17 goals and 24 assists in 168 career games.

      "A fast, versatile and reliable player, Brian bought into the team's philosophy from the very first day," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. "He brings the right attitude to the dressing room day in and day out and has a professional approach to the game."

      Flynn was one of six players who received a qualifying offer from the Canadiens after the season along with Michael Bournival, Alex Galchenyuk, Jarred Tinordi, Christian Thomas and Magnus Nygren.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Flames, D Hamilton agree on contract
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Calgary Flames reached agreement with recently acquired forward Dougie Hamilton on a multiyear contract Tuesday.

    • The team did not announce financial terms of the deal, bht TSN reported that Hamilton received a six-year contract worth $34.5 million.

      The Flames landed Hamilton in a trade for multiple draft picks, including their 2015 first-rounder from the Boston Bruins, on Friday.

      The 22-year-old Hamilton totaled 42 points in 72 games last season for the Bruins. He missed the last 10 regular-season games with an injury.

      In 178 career games for the Bruins, Hamilton had 83 points during the regular season. He added 10 career points in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Flames complete deals with coaching staff
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Calgary Flames signed associate coach Jacques Cloutier and assistants Martin Gelinas and Jamie Pringle to multiyear contracts on Tuesday.

    • The deals finalize the team's staff under head coach Bob Hartley.

      Jordan Sigalet is also under contract with the Flames as the goaltender coach. Skills coach Domenic Pittis was named an assistant coach with Stockton of the American Hockey League.

      Led by Hartley, the Flames finished third in the NHL's Pacific Division in 2014-15 and reached the semifinals in the Western Conference playoffs before falling to the Anaheim Ducks.

      Cloutier will be in his fourth season as Flames associate coach after working on the staffs of the Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche before coming to Calgary.

      Gelinas has been with the Flames for three seasons as an assistant and also played for Calgary from 2002 to 2004.

      Pringle joined the Flames in June 2011 after three seasons as the video coach with the Florida Panthers in the same role with Hockey Canada during 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Sharks land G Jones in deal with Bruins
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Jose Sharks acquired goaltender Martin Jones from the Boston Bruins on Tuesday in exchange for a 2016 first-round draft selection and unsigned draft pick Sean Kuraly.

    • The Sharks also announced that the team issued qualifying offers to goaltender Aaron Dell and forward Daniil Tarasov but did not extend offers to goalie JP Anderson, defenseman Taylor Doherty and forwards Eriah Hayes and Rylan Schwartz, making the latter four unrestricted free agents.

      In another move, the Sharks re-signed defenseman Brenden Dillon to a five-year contract.

      The 25-year-old Jones was with the Bruins just a short time after he was obtained in a trade on draft day in June with the Los Angeles Kings.

      Jones played in 34 career NHL games with the Kings and had a 16-11-2 record with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. Last season, he was 4-5-2 with a 2.25 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage with three shutouts.

      During the 2013-14 season, Jones tied an NHL record with eight consecutive victories to start a career and also was the first goaltender in league history to give up an average of fewer than one goal in his first eight games..

      Jones played for Canada's gold-medal team in the 2015 world championships and logged a 2-0 record with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.

      "Martin was at the top of our list of players that we had targeted," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "We're extremely excited to have him on board."

      Kuraly, 22, was drafted in the fifth round by the Sharks in 2011 but did not sign with the team. He will be a senior at Miami University in the fall.

      Last season for Miami, Kuraly had 19 goals and 29 points in 40 games. He has 120 career points in 118 games for the RedHawks. Kuraly also played on the U.S. gold-medal team in the 2013 World Junior Championships in Russia, contributing one goal and two assists.

      The 24-year-old Dillon had 10 points and 77 penalty minutes in 80 regular-season games for the Dallas Stars and the Sharks in 2014-15. In 209 career games with the Stars and Sharks, Dillon has 35 points and 228 penalty minutes.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Wild make qualifying offers to seven players
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Minnesota Wild extended qualifying offers on Tuesday to defensemen Jonathon Blum and Christian Folin, right wingers Brett Bulmer and Jared Knight, centers Mikael Granlund and Erik Haula and goaltender Johan Gustafsson.

    • Restricted free agent left winger Curt Gogol and defenseman Colton Jobke did not receive qualifying offers from the Wild.

      Granlund was the team's fifth leading scorer in 2014-15 with 39 points in 68 regular-season games.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Lightning, D Sustr agree to two-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    Defenseman Andrej Sustr signed a two-year, $2.9 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    • Sustr, 24, played in 72 games with the Lightning this past season, recording 13 assists and 34 penalty minutes. The Plzen, Czech Republic native set career highs for games played, assists, plus/minus (plus-10) and penalty minutes.

      Sustr appeared in 26 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Lightning, registering one goal and two points. He scored his first career postseason goal in Game 2 against the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Bruins sign D McQuaid
    By The Sports Xchange

    Defenseman Adam McQuaid agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Boston Bruins.

    • The extension runs through the 2018-19 season at an NHL cap figure of 2.75 million per year.

      McQuaid, a second-round pick in 2005, joined the Bruins via trade in 2007, when Boston sent the Columbus Blue Jackets a fifth-round pick.

      He competed in 63 games last season, recording one goal and posting six assists with 85 penalty minutes. In total, the 28-year-old blueliner has played in 283 games at the NHL level -- all with Boston -- with nine goals and 34 assists, while amassing 430 penalty minutes.

      McQuaid has 54 NHL playoff games under his belt with the Bruins, where he has posted two goals and six assists with a combined plus-13 rating in 54 matchups. McQuaid was a member of the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup winning team.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Blackhawks extend Leighton
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with goaltender Michael Leighton on a one-year extension through the end of the 2015-16 season.

    • Leighton, 34, was 22-13-4 with a 2.26 goals-against average and five shutouts with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League last season. He posted a 4-3 record with a 2.59 GAA in eight playoff games.

      A sixth-round draft pick by Chicago in 1999, Leighton has appeared in 105 career NHL regular-season games, posting a 35-41-14 record with a 2.97 GAA.

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    Canucks re-sign G Markstrom, F Vey
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Vancouver Canucks re-signed goaltender Jacob Markstrom and forward Linden Vey on Monday.

    • Markstrom's two-year deal is worth $3.1 million, according to ESPN. Vey will receive $1 million for 2015-16.

      Markstrom, 25, is expected to back up No. 1 goaltender Ryan Miller. Markstrom replaces Eddie Lack, who was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

      Markstrom played in three games with the Canucks last season and is 13-28-5 with a 3.19 goals-against average in 50 games with Vancouver and the Florida Panthers. He came to Vancouver in the trade that sent goaltender Roberto Luongo to the Panthers in March 2014.

      In 32 games with the American Hockey League's Utica Comets last season, Markstrom posted a 1.88 GAA and .934 save percentage.

      Vey, 23, recorded 24 points and 18 penalty minutes in 75 games for Vancouver last season.

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    Judge: Glendale still must pay Coyotes $3.75M
    By The Sports Xchange

    The City of Glendale must pay the Arizona Coyotes $3.75 million as scheduled, despite an ongoing dispute over the arena lease, a judge ordered Monday.

    • Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Dawn Bergin told the city it must make the quarterly payment, which is due Wednesday, but she also increased the Coyotes' bond from $250,000 to $1 million to "protect the city."

      Glendale wanted to withhold the payment as it attempts to halt a 15-year, $225 million arena lease agreement with the Coyotes.

      The Glendale City Council terminated the lease agreement with Gila River Arena on June 11. The Coyotes are challenging the decision.

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    NHL notebook: Seven selected for Hall of Fame induction
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Detroit Red Wings stars Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom were among seven people selected for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

    • Also set for induction Nov. 9 in Toronto are Canadian star Chris Pronger, seven-time All-Star Phil Housley, U.S. women's standout Angela Ruggiero, Hall of Fame chairman Bill Hay and Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos.

      Fedorov, 45, won Stanley Cups with the Red Wings in 1997, 1998 and 2002 and led Russia to world titles in 1989 and 1990. In 1994, he became the first European to be named NHL MVP.

      Lidstrom, 45, won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman seven times and helped the Red Wings win Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008.

      -- The City of Glendale must pay the Arizona Coyotes $3.75 million as scheduled, despite an ongoing dispute over the arena lease, a judge ordered.

      Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Dawn Bergin told the city it must make the quarterly payment, which is due Wednesday, but she also increased the Coyotes' bond from $250,000 to $1 million to "protect the city."

      Glendale wanted to withhold the payment as it attempts to halt a 15-year, $225 million arena lease agreement with the Coyotes. The Glendale City Council terminated the lease agreement with Gila River Arena on June 11. The Coyotes are challenging the decision.

      --The Dallas Stars signed goaltender Antti Niemi to a three-year contract extension.

      Terms of the signing were not disclosed, but the deal is worth $13.5 million over three years for an annual salary cap hit of $4.5 million, according to Sportsnet.

      The Stars acquired Niemi in a trade last week from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a seventh-round selection (193rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

      --The Los Angeles Kings terminated the contract of veteran forward Mike Richards.

      The Kings had been trying to trade Richards. He was scheduled to make $6 million next season and had five years remaining on his contract. His 12-year contract carries an average annual value of $5.75 million, and runs through the 2019-20 season.

      Richards, 30, won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012 and 2014, and was previously captain of the Philadelphia Flyers.

      --The Washington Capitals re-signed center Jay Beagle to a three-year, $5.25 million contract.

      Beagle, 29, set career highs in goals (10), assists (10) and points (20) in 2014-15 and tied his career high in games played (62).

      --The Boston Bruins acquired forward Zac Rinaldo from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for the team's third-round draft pick in 2017.

      Rinaldo skated in 58 games with the Flyers during the 2014-15 campaign, registering one goal and five assists for six points. He led the team in penalty minutes with 102.

      --The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed defenseman Ian Cole to a three-year contract.

      The deal runs through the 2017-18 season and carries an average annual value of $2.1 million.

      Cole, 26, played in 20 regular-season games and five playoff contests for Pittsburgh in 2014-15 after being acquired from St. Louis on March 2. He posted career-high totals in points (17), goals (5), assists (12) and penalty minutes (51) while appearing in 74 regular-season games.

      --The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms with forward Andrej Nestrasil on a two-year contract.

      The deal will pay Nestrasil $875,000 in 2015-16 and $950,000 in 2016-17.

      --The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with defenseman David Rundblad on a two-year extension.

      The contract runs through the end of the 2016-17 season.

      --The Nashville Predators signed forward Austin Watson to a two-year, two-way contract.

      It is a two-way contract in 2015-16, paying him $575,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the American Hockey League level, and a one-way, $575,000 contract in 2016-17

      --The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed right winger Mike Blunden to a one-year, two-way contract.

      The 6-foot-4, 216-pound Blunden played in two games with the Lightning last season, recording two penalty minutes.

      --St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka will not return for the 2015-16 season and will play again in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, the team announced Monday.

      --The San Jose Sharks traded defenseman Konrad Abeltshauser to the St. Louis Blues. In exchange for the 22-year-old, the Sharks received a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

      Abeltshauser recorded three goals and 19 points in 50 games with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League last season.

      --The Philadelphia Flyers signed center Chris VandeVelde to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced. Terms of the contract were not released.

      VandeVelde, 28, had nine goals and six assists for 15 points in 79 games in the 2014-2015 season.

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    Flyers sign VandeVelde to contract extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia Flyers signed center Chris VandeVelde to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Monday.

    • Terms of the contract were not released.

      VandeVelde, 28, had nine goals and six assists for 15 points in 79 games in the 2014-2015 season.

      Prior to 2014-15, he had never appeared in more than 18 games in an NHL season.

      VandeVelde received the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the Flyers' most improved player from the previous season.

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    Sharks trade D Abeltshauser to Blues
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Jose Sharks traded defenseman Konrad Abeltshauser to the St. Louis Blues on Monday.

    • In exchange for the 22-year-old, the Sharks received a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

      Abeltshauser recorded three goals and 19 points in 50 games with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League last season. He also scored five goals in six games with the Allen Americans of the ECHL and tallied 16 points in 25 playoff games as Allen won the league championship.

      Abeltshauser, a native of Bad Tolz, Germany, was drafted in the sixth round by the Sharks in 2010.

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    Former Red Wings lead NHL Hall of Fame class
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Detroit Red Wings stars Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom were among seven people selected for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

    • Also set for induction Nov. 9 in Toronto are Canadian star Chris Pronger, seven-time All-Star Phil Housley, U.S. women's standout Angela Ruggiero, Hall of Fame chairman Bill Hay and Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos.

      "The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these seven hockey legends," selection committee chairman John Davidson said. "Their contributions to the game of hockey are well-documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved."

      Fedorov, 45, won Stanley Cups with the Red Wings in 1997, 1998 and 2002 and led Russia to world titles in 1989 and 1990. In 1994, he became the first European to be named NHL MVP.

      "I have always played hockey because I loved it, not because I wanted to win awards," he said. "But, now that my career is over, I realize how special it is to be recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame. I am deeply honored to be an inductee."

      Lidstrom, 45, won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman seven times and helped the Red Wings win Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008.

      "During my hockey career, I was always focused on the next game or the next season, so I never allowed myself to imagine I'd be hearing from the Hockey Hall of Fame," said Lidstrom, who also helped Sweden win an Olympic gold medal. "I took a lot of pride in being dedicated to the game, so it means a great deal to me to be recognized by those who know the game the best."

      Pronger, 40, was NHL MVP and Norris winner in 2000, and he helped Canada win the gold medal in the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics. He also helped the Anaheim Ducks win the Stanley Cup in 2007 and, after a trade to Philadelphia in 2009, helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2010.

      "It's very humbling to be included alongside the esteemed group of players and builders in the Hockey Hall of Fame's class of 2015," Pronger said. "It's certainly something I didn't expect while playing."

      Housley, 51, No. 2 on the NHL scoring list among American players, holds the NHL record for most games played without winning the Stanley Cup (1,495). He reached the final with Washington in 1998, losing to Detroit.

      "I am absolutely elated," Housley said. "This really is the ultimate honor for a hockey player."

      Ruggiero was the youngest player for the American team that won the first Olympic gold medal in women's hockey. Ruggiero also helped Team USA win four more gold and six silver medals at the world championships.

      "I've visited the Hockey Hall of Fame many times and never get tired of learning about the rich tradition of the inductees," said Ruggiero, who becomes the fourth female elected to the Hall. "The fact that I'm now joining them is very special and the greatest accomplishment I can think of as a hockey player."

      Karmanos has supported dozens of American hockey teams and thousands of players and won the Stanley Cup as owner of the Hurricanes in 2006.

      "Being included in the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2015 ranks right up there with winning the Stanley Cup," he said.