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New York coach John Tortorella feels that Rick Nash will fit in well with the Rangers based on what he has heard.

"The thing I like about Nash -- and I haven't even met him face to face -- in one conversation with him, he's all business," Tortorella said. "Everyone I have talked to about him says he's not a real high-maintenance guy -- [he] wants to play hard, wants to play every day and practice every day. I think we have him at a really good time in his career, and I think he's going to fit in with us tremendously." The Blueshirts bench boss went on to say that he believes Nash "has the hunger to get there and become that go-to guy in the playoffs" at this stage. Nash should help bolster the team's offensive attack in 2012-13 and New York is among the early favorites to win the Eastern Conference again.
Source: NHL.com
Fri, Aug 17, 2012 04:36:00 PM

Brandon Saad has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus also received Michael Paliotta and Alex Broadhurst from Chicago, while the Blackhawks acquired Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp, Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano and fourth-round pick in 2016. Changes were expected to come for the Blackhawks due to the cap and Saad, who is set to be a restricted free agent, becomes a causality as a result.
Jun 30 - 5:25 PM

Updating a previous item, Drew Stafford has signed a two-year/$8.7 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

Stafford had only nine goals and 24 points in 50 games for the Sabres before he was dealt to Winnipeg in the Evander Kane deal. He was a different player with the Jets as he had nine goals and 19 points in only 24 matches. He should be drafted in the late middle rounds in deeper drafts next season.
Jun 30 - 3:27 PM

Martin Jones has been traded to the San Jose Sharks for a 2016 first-round draft pick and unsigned prospect Sean Kuraly.

Jones has a 16-11-2 record with a .923 save percentage and a 1.99 goals-against average in 34 games with the Los Angeles Kings over the past two seasons. He was just acquired by the Bruins in the Milan Lucic deal, but now his fantasy stock has improved considerably as he has a good chance of being the starting goalie for the Sharks.
Jun 30 - 1:04 PM

A source told ESPN.com that Mike Richards is part of an ongoing investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for an off-ice incident.

A spokesperson for the RCMP in Manitoba said that no charges have been brought so far, but mentioned that the Canadian Border Services is also involved in the investigation. Richards had his contract terminated by the Kings on Monday for "a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract." Several sources told ESPN.com that the Kings were made aware of the investigation on Friday, which halted trade talks for the center at the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 12:52 PM

Alexander Semin has been placed on unconditional waivers with the intent of buying out the rest of his contract.

He has three years remaining on his deal and his buyout is set to cost the Hurricanes $14 million over six seasons. Semin generated just six goals and 13 assists in 57 games last season, but don't be surprised if another team takes a chance on him with a one-year contract.
Jun 30 - 12:24 PM

As expected, Nicklas Lidstrom is part of the 2015 class for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

He was elected by a selection committee of 18 on Monday and will be inducted into the Hall on Nov. 9 in Toronto. His 20-year NHL career, all with the Red Wings, saw him play 1,564 games (fourth among defensemen) and he racked up 1,142 points. Lidstrom's trophy case includes four Stanley Cups, seven Norris Trophies, a Conn Smythe Trophy and an Olympic Gold Medal. He was a lock to be inducted and it is easy to see why he is considered one of the greatest defensemen ever. Joining Lidstrom in the Hall of Fame will be Sergei Fedorov, Chris Pronger, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Peter Karmanos and Bill Hay.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 29 - 4:51 PM

Zac Rinaldo has been shipped to the Boston Bruins for a third-round draft pick in 2017.

He earned one goal, five assists and 102 penalty minutes in 58 games last season as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Rinaldo has amassed 572 minutes in the sin bin over 223 matches with Philly in four seasons.
Jun 29 - 4:00 PM

Los Angeles has terminated Mike Richards' contract.

"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," said the team in a statement. "We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for the contract termination at this time." It's being widely speculated that there will be a battle between the NHL, Los Angeles, the NHLPA and Newport over Richards' deal. His contract is off the books for the Kings for now, but it will likely be subject to a grievance.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 29 - 3:49 PM

Cody Hodgson has been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout.

He had four seasons and $19 million remaining on his six-year contract, so the buyout will cost the Sabres $6.33 million if he goes unclaimed. Hodgson notched just six goals and seven assists in 78 games last year. He was eager to bounce back, but now he'll have to do that somewhere else.
Jun 29 - 2:37 PM

Antti Niemi has signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars worth an average annual value of $4.5 million.

Niemi was acquired from the Sharks for a seventh-round draft pick. He posted a 31-23-7 record to go with a .914 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against average in 61 games with San Jose last season. He is slated to share the crease with Kari Lehtonen in 2015-16.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 29 - 2:27 PM

GM Dale Tallon believes a new contract will be finalized with Jonathan Huberdeau soon.

"I think we'll get this down very shortly," Tallon said. "We're very close on getting something done. I don't see any problems." Huberdeau is eligible for restricted free agency after producing 54 points in 79 games last season.
Jun 29 - 11:51 AM




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