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  • Friday, August 29, 2014
    Oilers, Schultz agree to one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Edmonton Oilers agreed to a one-year contract with defenseman Justin Schultz, the team announced Friday.

    • Schultz, 24, had 11 goals, 22 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 74 games last season. He set career highs in several statistical categories including points, goals, assists, blocked shots (107) and hits (30). He led the team's defensemen in points, assists and goals, and averaged a team-high 23:20 of ice time per game.

      Schultz has 19 goals, 41 assists and 24 penalty minutes in 122 NHL games.

      He won the AHL's Defenseman of the Year award in 2012-13.

  • Thursday, August 28, 2014
    Flyers' White undergoes pec surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    Flyers center Ryan White underwent surgery Wednesday to repair his left pectoralis muscle, Philadelphia general manager Ron Hextall announced in a statement Thursday.

    • According to Hextall, White was injured during off-ice training in Brandon, Manitoba, last week, and there is no timetable for his return.

      The operation was performed by Dr. Gerry Williams at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia.

      White, 26, signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flyers earlier this month after spending parts of the previous five seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. He appeared in a career-high 52 games in 2013-14, matching his career high with two goals and setting a new high with four assists.

      In 141 NHL games, White has five goals, 12 assists and 232 penalty minutes.

  • Thursday, August 28, 2014
    Wild to participate in Prospects Tournament
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Minnesota Wild will participate in the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., next month, general manager Chuck Fletcher announced.

    • Wild prospects will compete in the tournament's Gordie Howe Division on Sept. 12-16, with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues. The Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers will play in the Ted Lindsay Division.

      Minnesota's roster features a total of 12 draft picks: goalie Alexandre Belanger (2013, 7th round), left winger Raphael Bussieres (2012, 2nd round), center Reid Duke (2014, 6th round), defenseman Matt Dumba (2012, 1st round), defenseman Tanner Faith (2014, 5th round), right winger Kurtis Gabriel (2013, 3rd round), center Tyler Graovac (2011, 7th round), goalie Johan Gustafsson (2010, 6th round), right winger Pavel Jenys (2014, 7th round), defenseman Dylan Labbe (2013, 4th round), center Chase Lang (2014, 6th round) and defenseman Gustav Olofsson (2013, 2nd round).

      Four free agents signed during the 2013-14 season will also compete: center Brady Brassart, defenseman Christian Folin, defenseman Guillaume Gelinas and right winger Zack Mitchell.

      Iowa Wild head coach Kurt Kleinendorst and assistant coach Steve Poapst will lead the Wild prospects.

      The scheduled Wild games include: Sept. 12 vs. Columbus; Sept. 13 vs. St. Louis; Sept. 15 vs. Detroit.

      The eight teams in the tournament will then play for seventh place, fifth place, third place and the champioship based on records for the four scheduled games on Sept. 16.

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014
    Flyers re-sign D Manning
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed restricted free-agent defenseman Brandon Manning to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

    • Manning, 24, appeared in 73 games for Adirondack of the American Hockey League last season. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Prince George, British Columbia led all blueliners in scoring with eight goals and 23 assists for 31 points. The totals were all career highs.

      Manning appeared in six games for the Flyers during the 2012-13 season, recording two assists. He has appeared in a total of 10 games for the club over his career.

      An AHL All-Star in 2013, Manning has appeared in 184 games for Adirondack over three seasons. He has posted 20 goals and 51 assists for 71 points, along with 447 penalty minutes.

      Manning originally signed with the Flyers as a free agent on Nov. 23, 2010, and joined the organization prior to the 2011-12 season following the completion of his junior career with Chilliwack of the Western Hockey League.

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014
    NHL shoots down expansion rumors
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NHL denied reports on Wednesday that the league is planning to expand to Las Vegas, Quebec City, Seattle and Toronto.

    • Deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Canada's TVA Sports that expansion is "not in our plans. There is absolutely nothing new on that."

      Daly said the four cities have been named "every time there's talk of expansion in the NHL but it would be surprising that all four would get a team at once."

      The NHL hasn't expanded since the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild joined for the 2000-01 season.

      Tony Gallagher, columnist for the Vancouver Province, reported Tuesday that NHL expansion to Las Vegas is a "done deal" and that the league could also place franchises in Seattle and/or Quebec City. Later Tuesday, Howard Bloom of Sports Business News tweeted that "four teams added by 2017, Quebec City, Toronto, Seattle, and Las Vegas $1.4B in expansion fees."

      Daly was asked about the possibility of an organization struggling with financial difficulties moving, such as the Florida Panthers.

      "We have no move in sight, whether in the case of the Panthers, or any other team besides." Daly said.

  • Monday, August 25, 2014
    Ex-Penguin Morozov retires
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Pittsburgh Penguins right winger Aleksey Morozov announced his retirement.

    • Morozov, 37, has been playing in Russia since the NHL lockout-canceled 2004-05 campaign. He spent seven seasons in Pittsburgh.

      "I took the decision for myself some time ago on vacation. I already had the decision in my head and can now announce it: I decided to end my career as a hockey player," Morozov told Russian news outlet R-Sport on Sunday. "It's a deliberate decision. I don't want to move from club to club, running and looking for something. I have never done that in my career and don't want to do that now. Therefore I decided that it would be better for me to end my career."

      Morozov, 37, was selected by Pittsburgh in the first round (24th overall) of the 1995 NHL Draft. He left his native Russia to join the Penguins at the age of 20 and made his NHL debut on Oct. 1, 1997 vs. Los Angeles, scoring a goal in the game.

      Morozov went on to play seven consecutive seasons with Pittsburgh from 1997-04, finishing with 84 goals, 135 assists and 219 points in 451 career regular-season games. He also skated in 39 postseason games for Pittsburgh, helping the Penguins reach the Eastern Conference Final in 2001.

      Morozov's last three seasons in Pittsburgh were his most successful, as he played on a line with Mario Lemieux and Alex Kovalev.

      Overall, Morozov represented Russia in seven World Championships and two Olympic Winter Games. He won silver in Nagano in 1998 and captained Team Russia in Vancouver in 2010.

  • Saturday, August 23, 2014
    Flames sign F Setoguchi
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Calgary Flames signed free agent forward Devin Setoguchi to a one-year contract, the team announced Saturday.

    • The contract is worth $750,000, according to TSN.

      Setoguchi, 27, had 11 goals and 16 assists in 75 games last season with the Winnipeg Jets.

      He has 127 goals and 122 assists in 459 career NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild and Jets.

      The 6-foot, 200-pound right winger was a first-round pick of the Sharks in 2005.

  • Thursday, August 21, 2014
    Avalanche G Giguere retires
    By The Sports Xchange

    Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere officially announced his retirement Thursday after 16 seasons in the NHL.

    • The 37-year-old earned 262 victories in 597 regular-season games and won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. Giguere also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2003, when the Ducks lost the Cup final to the New Jersey Devils in seven games.

      Giguere, a first-round pick (No. 13) of the Hartford Whalers in the 1995 draft, finished with a record of 262-216-50 with 25 ties, a 2.53 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and 38 shutouts for the Whalers, Calgary Flames, Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Avalanche. He went 33-17 with a 2.08 GAA and .925 save percentage in 52 playoff games.

      Giguere announced his retirement in Quebec with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada hockey team, where he is a part owner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League franchise.

      Giguere spent the past three seasons in mainly a backup role with the Avalanche. He played in 72 games for Colorado and went 31-21-8 with a 2.51 GAA and .914 save percentage. He went 11-6-1 in 22 games last season with a 2.62 GAA and two shutouts.

      "On behalf of the Colorado Avalanche, I would like to congratulate Jean-Sebastien on an outstanding hockey career," executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic said in a statement. "His achievements speak for themselves, from winning the Stanley Cup to winning the Conn Smythe, Jiggy was always a top-notch goaltender. He was also a very important part of our team during the past three seasons, providing veteran leadership and stability in net. We wish him and his family the best of luck."

  • Thursday, August 21, 2014
    MLSE's Leiweke to step down
    By The Sports Xchange

    Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Tim Leiweke announced Thursday that he will step down after just over a year on the job.

    • Leiweke will continue in his role until June 30, 2015 or until a successor is appointed.

      "Under Tim's leadership, MLSE has made a number of key moves to strengthen our organization on the path to championship success," MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum said in a statement. "We look forward to working closely with Tim to build on this foundation and further accelerate our momentum as we seek a new leader for MLSE."

      Leiweke, who joined the company in April of 2013, said he plans to pursue his goal of owning and operating his own business following his departure from MLSE.

      "It's an honor to lead MLSE, a world-class organization in a city and a country so passionate about sports. But with new opportunities on the horizon, it's time for me to begin the transition from sports and entertainment executive to entrepreneur," Leiweke said in a statement. "Right now, my total focus is here at MLSE and I look forward to working with the Board and MLSE team to continue strengthening our franchises while ensuring a smooth transition to a new leader."

      Since his arrival at the Toronto Maple Leafs parent company, Leiweke has made proclamations about the direction of one of the NHL's most storied franchises.

      Leiweke said early on he already had the Maple Leafs Stanley Cup parade route planned despite the fact that the team hadn't won the championship since 1967.

      The Maple Leafs missed the playoffs last season after a late-season collapse.

      Prior to joining MLSE, which also operates the NBA's Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC of MLS and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, Leiweke spent 17 years with sports entertainment power AEG.

  • Thursday, August 21, 2014
    Rangers agree to terms with F Kristo
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Rangers agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Danny Kristo, the team announced Thursday.

    • Kristo, 24, skated in 65 games with Hartford of the American Hockey League this past season, registering 25 goals and 18 assists for 43 points, along with 18 penalty minutes. He led the team -- and tied for seventh among AHL rookies -- in goals, tied for second on the team in power-play goals (seven), ranked third in points, and finished fifth in shots on goal (146).

      The 6-foot-0, 195-pounder has skated in 74 career AHL games, registering 25 goals and 21 assists for 46 points, along with 20 penalty minutes.

      Kristo played four seasons at the University of North Dakota, where he tallied 68 goals and 93 assists for 161 points, and posted a plus-48 rating in 157 games.

      The Edina, Minn., native has represented Team USA in numerous tournaments, including most recently at the 2013 IIHF World Championship, where he tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in 10 games to help the U.S. capture a bronze medal. Kristo also won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he registered eight points (five goals, three assists) and posted a plus-five rating in seven games.

      Kristo was acquired from Montreal in exchange for Christian Thomas on July 2, 2013. He was originally selected by the Canadiens in the second round (56th overall) of the 2008 draft.

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    Sharks' Torres needs surgery; Thornton loses 'C'
    By The Sports Xchange

    San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres will undergo another surgery intended to alleviate an infection in his previously repaired right knee, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Sharks coach Todd McLellan also disclosed that forward Joe Thornton, the team's captain since 2010, has lost that designation entering training camp in September.

      Torres played in only five regular-season games last season because of the knee injury. After he had an ACL repair during the fall, an infection developed. He came back after the Olympic break and then missed more time before returning for the playoffs.

      Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Torres had a surgical procedure in Toronto recently to remove the original graft from a cadaver that was put in place during the ACL repair. The next surgery will will use his own tissue.

      "Raffi has started a rehabilitation phase, but will need to repeat the surgical procedure to repair the ACL damage suffered on Sept. 20, 2013," Wilson said.

      "We expect Raffi to return to the team during the 2014-15 season, but no official timeline for his return is being set at this time."

      Thornton, who came to San Jose in 2005, has 740 points in 675 games for the Sharks and holds the franchise record for assists with 567.

      "We are going to have a fresh slate at training camp as far as leadership goes," McLellan said. "The veteran players that were on this team last year will have to come up with the way they're going to carry themselves, the way they're going to lead. And then we'll determine who our 'C' and 'As' will be as we go forward."

      Thornton will be given the opportunity in camp to regain the leadership role.

      "Thornton could end up being the captain. I don't know, none of us know," McLellan said. "If it's real evident he's the guy, he'll be the captain. If there's somebody else that assumes that role and is prepared to take it on and doing a very good job, then they'll be."

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    NHL changes lottery format
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NHL announced changes Wednesday to its draft lottery format beginning in 2015, with the rules changing even further in 2016.

    • The league said the new format is an effort to "more appropriately reflect the current state of competitive balance" with the odds of winning the first overall selection in the NHL Draft.

      The 10 highest-finishing non-playoff qualifying teams receiving higher (better) draft lottery odds than they received previously and the four lowest-finishing teams receiving lower (worse) odds. The revised set of odds will remain in effect year-to-year in the future.

      The team that finishes with the fewest points in 2015 will have a 20 percent chance, down from 25, the second-lowest 13.5 down from 18.8, the third-lowest 11.5 down from 14.2 and the fourth-lowest 9.5 down from 10.7.

      Beginning in 2016, the NHL's draft lottery will resemble the NBA's, where the first three spots are up for grabs. The team with the lowest point total could drop as far as fourth, instead of second under current rules.

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    Rangers sign F Hayes
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Rangers agreed to terms with free agent forward Kevin Hayes, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Hayes, 22, skated in 40 games with Boston College this past season, registering 27 goals and 38 assists for 65 points, along with 16 penalty minutes and a plus-34 rating.

      Hayes was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey, and he was named to the NCAA East First All-American Team and Hockey East's First All-Star Team.

      The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Hayes skated in 142 career collegiate games over four seasons with Boston College, registering 44 goals and 88 assists for 132 points.

      During Hayes' four-year tenure with the Eagles, the team won the Hockey East Championship twice, and won the National Championship in 2011-12.

      The Dorchester, Mass., native has also represented Team USA on several occasions. Most recently, Hayes tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in eight games at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

      Hayes was originally selected by Chicago in the first round, 24th overall, of the 2010 NHL draft.

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014
    Senators re-sign LW MacArthur
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Ottawa Senators signed left winger Clarke MacArthur to a five-year, $23.25 million contract extension on Tuesday before he became a free agent next summer.

    • MacArthur will make $3.25 million this season, $4.5 million each of the following two seasons and $4.75 million the next three years. The salary cap hit will be $4.65 million for the Senators.

      The 29-year-old MacArthur joined the Senators before last season after signing a two-year contract as a free agent. He finished 2013-14 with a career-best 24 goals (second on the team behind Kyle Turris' 26) and 55 points.

      In his eight-year NHL career, MacArthur has 117 goals and 151 assists in 482 games with the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Senators.

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014
    Agreement reached to sell Islanders
    By The Sports Xchange

    New York Islanders majority owner Charles Wang has a buyer for the NHL franchise.

    • A group led by former Washington Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and London-based investor Scott Malkin reached an agreement to purchase a minority interest in the team and will become majority owners in two years, the team announced Tuesday. The deal is subject to NHL approval.

      Terms of the agreement call for Wang will remain the majority shareholder and governor of the Islanders for the next two years.

      "We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL," Ledecky said.

      Wang had tried to sell the team earlier this summer but was sued by businessman Andrew Barroway, who claimed that Wang backed out of a $420 million agreement for the team in March.

      "I'm thrilled that Jon and Scott have agreed to join me as we start the Islanders' final year at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum," Mr. Wang said. "I look forward to a long and successful partnership."

      The Islanders will move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015.

  • Monday, August 18, 2014
    NHL roundup: Leafs sign No. 1 pick Nylander
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Toronto Maple Leafs signed first-round draft pick forward William Nylander to a three-year entry level contract, the team announced Monday.

    • Nylander was selected eighth overall at June's NHL draft.

      "Not only does William Nylander bring a high level of speed and skill to his game but he has a very strong character on and off the ice," general manager David Nonis said in a statement. "We believe he has a very bright future and are happy to have him signed to his first NHL contract."

      Nylander, 18, registered one goal, six assists, seven points and six penalty minutes in 22 games with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League in 2013-14. He also played 18 games for Rogle and 17 games for Sodertalje in Sweden's second division, posting eight points (four goals, four assists) and 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) for each club, respectively.

      ---Sonny Milano, the Columbus Blue Jackets' first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has opted to play with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.

      Milano is backing out of a commitment to Boston College.

      Milano also is expected to sign his entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets.

      ---Veteran goaltender Michael Leighton signed a one-year contract to begin a second tour of duty with the Chicago Blackhawks.

      Leighton played for Chicago from 2002-04 before going from Nashville to Carolina to Philadelphia to Nashville and back to the Flyers, where he played five seasons before spending last season in the KHL.

      ---The NHL will move its annual Combine for draft-eligible prospects from Toronto to Buffalo in 2015 and 2016.

      The event, slated for late May or early June, will be held at First Niagara Center and the HarborCenter complex that is scheduled to be completed soon. The combine will feature the top hockey talent from North America and Europe before the NHL draft is held in June.

  • Monday, August 18, 2014
    Maple Leafs sign No. 1 pick Nylander
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Toronto Maple Leafs signed first-round draft pick forward William Nylander to a three-year entry level contract, the team announced Monday.

    • Nylander was selected eighth overall at June's NHL draft.

      "Not only does William Nylander bring a high level of speed and skill to his game but he has a very strong character on and off the ice," general manager David Nonis said in a statement. "We believe he has a very bright future and are happy to have him signed to his first NHL contract."

      Nylander, 18, registered one goal, six assists, seven points and six penalty minutes in 22 games with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League in 2013-14. He also played 18 games for Rogle and 17 games for Sodertalje in Sweden's second division, posting eight points (four goals, four assists) and 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) for each club, respectively.

      The 5-foot-11, 170-pound forward, born in Calgary, Alberta, is the son of Michael Nylander, who played for seven teams during a 920-game, 15-season NHL career.

  • Monday, August 18, 2014
    Blue Jackets prospect Milano to play in OHL
    By The Sports Xchange

    Sonny Milano, the Columbus Blue Jackets' first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has opted to play with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.

    • Milano is backing out of a commitment to Boston College and released a statement to the Columbus Dispatch on Sunday through his agent.

      "After a great deal of thought and discussion with my family, I have spoken with (Boston College) Coach (Jerry) York and informed him that I will be playing for the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers this season," Milano said in the statement. "I think that BC is the best choice for those players who wish to go to school and play hockey. Every player's path to achieving his goal of playing in the NHL is different, and the best route for some is not necessarily the best route for others. For me, the opportunity to play in the OHL is the right decision."

      Milano also is expected to sign his entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets.

      In 58 games with the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 team, Milano was second on the team with 85 points and tied for third with 29 goals.

  • Monday, August 18, 2014
    NHL Combine heads to Buffalo
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NHL will move its annual Combine for draft-eligible prospects from Toronto to Buffalo in 2015 and 2016, the league announced Monday.

    • The event, slated for late May or early June, will be held at First Niagara Center and the HarborCenter complex that is scheduled to be completed soon. The combine will feature the top hockey talent from North America and Europe before the NHL Draft is held in June.

      "The NHL Combine is an essential event for all of our member clubs in advance of the draft, which continues to grow in importance," said Colin Campbell, senior executive vice president of NHL hockey operations. "The League has pushed to improve the Combine each year and the state-of-the-art facilities in Buffalo will allow us to further enhance the quality of the event for our teams, prospects and media."

      Representatives from all 30 NHL clubs put potential draft picks through physical and mental tests and interviews at the Combine.

      "We've had our eye on hosting the Combine for quite some time and we are thrilled that it will be coming to Buffalo,” Sabres president Ted Black said. "(Team owners) Terry and Kim Pegula have made it a goal of this organization to create an environment here in Buffalo that is ideal for hosting highly visible events like the Combine and we are certainly ready to meet that challenge.

      "All of our resources will be in place to ensure a successful event for the league and we're proud to have the next wave of NHL players pass through Buffalo.”

      HarborCenter is scheduled to open this fall in a $172 million hockey and entertainment complex connected to First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo.

  • Monday, August 18, 2014
    Blackhawks bring back G Leighton
    By The Sports Xchange

    Veteran goaltender Michael Leighton signed a one-year contract to begin a second tour of duty with the Chicago Blackhawks.

    • Leighton played for Chicago from 2002-04 before going from Nashville to Carolina to Philadelphia to Nashville and back to the Flyers, where he played five seasons before spending last season in the KHL.

      The 33-year-old is 8-4 in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games and currently holds the NHL record for most shutouts in a postseason series (three vs. Montreal in 2010 Eastern Conference Final).

      Leighton was a sixth-round pick (165th overall) by the Blackhawks in the 1999 NHL Draft. He was (8-21-10) with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage with Chicago.

      Leighton also has 171 career victories in the AHL.

  • Sunday, August 17, 2014
    Owner: Panthers' future in Florida uncertain
    By The Sports Xchange

    Florida Panthers owner Doug Cifu recently told Fox Sports that he is uncertain of the team's future in the state.

    • Cifu and business partner Vinnie Viola bought the Panthers for $230 million last September.

      "The arena and the team have lost a significant amount of money year over year for the last 10-plus years and the current business model is not sustainable," Cifu said.

      The Hockey News reported that the team claims it is losing $30 million per year and has a debt on the arena, which is under lease until 2028 for about $250 million.

      Broward County mayor Barbara Sharief and the county have reportedly hired a consultant to find out if they can allow the team to get out the lease and relocate. A report of the consultant's findings is expected in October.

      According to CapGeek.com, the Panthers have more than $65 million committed in player contracts for this season.

      "We have kept our end of the bargain by signing six free agents on July 1 to more than $60 million of contracts and re-signing some key young players to multi-year deals," Cifu said.

      The Toronto Sun reported that the Panthers ranked 29th in attendance last season with an average of 14,177 per game.

      Seattle and Quebec are among the cities where the team may relocate.

      Seattle real estate mogul Victor J. Coleman has discussed the possibility of having an NHL team play in his proposed SoDo Arena with Seattle businessman Chris Hansen.

      Quebec is set to open a new $400 million arena next year.

      "We get lots of expressions of interest -- whether it's from Quebec City, Seattle, Las Vegas, or Kansas City -- and we're listening, but we haven't enacted a formal process to begin considering expansion," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told the Toronto Sun in April. "That's not something we're intent on doing right now, but we are listening."

  • Friday, August 15, 2014
    Ducks sign F Silfverberg
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Anaheim Ducks signed restricted free agent forward Jakob Silfverberg on Friday.

    • The team did not disclose financial terms, but multiple media outlets reported that the deal is for one year and worth $850,500.

      Silfverberg, 23, had 10 goals and 13 assists 52 games with the Ducks last season. He also missed time with a broken hand. He added two goals in 13 playoff games.

      Silfverberg played all six Olympic contests for Sweden at Sochi last winter in helping his home country win the silver medal.

      In 100 NHL games, Silfverberg has 42 points.

  • Friday, August 15, 2014
    Wild goalies Harding, Backstrom healthy
    By The Sports Xchange

    Minnesota Wild goaltenders Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom are healthy and will be ready for training camp, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    • Harding played his last game on Dec. 31 because of complications related to multiple sclerosis. Backstrom's last game was Jan. 30 due to an abdominal injury. He had surgery on March 25.

      General manager Chuck Fletcher told the Star Tribune that the goalies are ready for action.

      "Everything's a go with both goalies," he said Thursday. "Everybody seems to be feeling pretty good, and at this stage, knock on wood, all of our players who were banged up at the end of the season (are) feeling better. Josh has felt good. Right now we're not expecting any issues for anybody with respect to passing training-camp medicals."

      Harding went 18-7-3 with a 1.65 goals-against average and .933 save percentage before his season ended.

      Backstrom was 5-11-2 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .899 save percentage in 21 games last season.

      "Injuries can happen to anybody, and certainly you can't predict things, but guys are healthy, and typically when Backstrom and Harding are healthy, they play well," Fletcher said. "If something happens, like any player at any position, we'll react. There's always a way to react if you need to, but at this point, we're comfortable with our situation."

      Darcy Kuemper, who filled in last season, is unsigned and is a restricted free agent. He went 12-8-4 with a 2.43 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in 26 games.

  • Thursday, August 14, 2014
    Ex-Islanders coach Arbour battes dementia
    By The Sports Xchange

    In an interview earlier this week, new Buffalo Sabres assistant coach Bryan Trottier told listeners that former New York Islanders coach Al Arbour is battling dementia.

    • The 81-year-old Arbour guided the Isles to four consecutive Stanley Cups in the 1980s. He compiled 782 career victories, which rank him second all-time to only Scotty Bowman.

      “We love the man. Today, he’s going through a little tough time with dementia,” Trottier said on Buffalo's WGR radio. "We all love Al for all the great times we’ve had together and his leadership.”

      Trottier, also in the HOF, said Arbour was a father figure to many of his players.

      In addition to his coaching acumen, Arbour was a solid player, too

      He was part of four Stanley Cup winning teams as his playing career spanned four decades.

  • Thursday, August 14, 2014
    Red Wings give GM Holland 4-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Detroit Red Wings announced a four-year extension for general manager Ken Holland, which puts the team's general manager under contract through the 2017-18 season.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed.

      The 58-yeard-old Holland has been the team's general manager for 17 seasons, and during his tenure the Red Wings have qualified for the playoffs every season while winning more regular-season games (746) and postseason games (115) than any other NHL franchise. A former player and scout for the Red Wings, Holland has contributed to four Stanley Cup championships - three as the team’s general manager (1998, 2002 and 2008) and one as assistant general manager (1997).

      "Ken is regarded as one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League and has been instrumental in the success of the Red Wings over the last two decades," Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said. "Marian and I are extremely pleased that he will continue to lead our hockey club over the next four years. We feel strongly that stability is key to the success of any organization and having this new agreement in place with Ken is important to the organization and its future."