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Another rumor involving Ilya Kovalchuk was refuted on Monday.

This one suggested that a feud with former coach Milos Riha led to the bench boss's dismissal on Sunday. "All the rumors about some problems between me and Riha are nonsense," he said. "We had a good personal relationship, and I want to wish good luck to him and [assistant coach Andrey] Potaychuk in wherever they will work next." SKA sits atop the KHL overall standings with 61 points after 28 games, so Riha's firing did come as a surprise and it fueled speculation of issues with his players. Kovalchuk was also rumored to be returning to North America last week because of personal reasons, but the team denied that. Despite the scuttlebutt, Kovalchuk has been superb overseas, with 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) over 22 appearances.
Source: R-Sport.ru
Mon, Nov 26, 2012 02:10:00 PM

The Calgary Flames are reportedly considering signing Jaromir Jagr, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Friedman dropped this bit of news during an interview on NHL Network. The obvious connection between Jagr and the Flames, is that he was coached by Calgary head coach Glen Gulutzan when both were in Dallas during the 2012-13 season. Jagr, 45, is still looking for work since the Panthers decided not to bring him back into the fold. He had 16 goals and 46 points in 82 games last season.
Aug 22 - 2:24 PM

Francois Beauchemin has reportedly signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

He confirmed the news to TVA Sports on Monday. He can earn another $500,000 in performance bonuses. Beauchemin was bought out by the Colorado Avalanche during the off-season, but the veteran seems to have landed in a good situation with his former team. He spent parts of five seasons with the Ducks between 2011 and 2015 and another three seasons with them between 2006 and 2009. He had five goals and 18 points in 81 games with the Avs last season. Don't expect him to carry much fantasy value going into next season.
Source: TVA Sports
Aug 21 - 12:49 PM

Travis Zajac will miss four to six months after undergoing pectoral surgery.

Depending on how his recovery goes, Zajac should be back sometime between December and February. "This morning, Travis Zajac underwent successful surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle that was suffered last week during off-season training," said GM Ray Shero. "The procedure was performed by the club's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jonathan L. Glashow." The 32-year-old had 14 goals and 45 points in 80 games with the Devils last season. The injury gives first overall pick Nico Hischier an even better chance of sticking with the team out of training camp.
Aug 17 - 4:57 PM

The Minnesota Wild have signed Matt Cullen to a one-year contract worth $1 million.

Cullen can also make $700,000 in performance bonuses. The 40-year-old was contemplating retirement after winning back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he decided to play another year in his home state. Cullen also spent three years with the Wild between 2009 and 2013. He had 13 goals and 31 points in 72 games last season. He's still a useful player, but he won't carry any fantasy value.
Aug 16 - 4:47 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract worth $68 million.

That works out to an annual average value of $8.5 million. Draisaitl put up solid numbers in 2015-16 (19 goals, 51 points in 72 games), but he really came into his own last season, as he was second on the Oilers with 29 goals and 77 points in 82 games. The 21-year-old has quickly emerged as one of the best young centers in the NHL, and the Oilers have shown their commitment to him with this huge contract. Draisaitl will carry the biggest cap hit on Edmonton's roster next year, but he'll be passed by Connor McDavid's $12.5 million cap hit two years from now. After McDavid, he's the most dangerous forward on the team.
Aug 16 - 2:15 PM

Will Butcher has officially become an unrestricted free agent.

Last season's Hobey Baker Award winner was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but he has decided not to sign with the club before yesterday's deadline. The 22-year-old had 37 points in 43 contests during his final year at the University of Denver in 2016-17. The Sabres, Devils Golden Knights and Penguins have already been rumored to be in the running for his services.
Aug 16 - 8:37 AM

Kansas City is still on the radar to get an NHL expansion team, according to Bill Daly.

"Kansas City has never been entirely 'off our radar screen,'" NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. "We have talked to potentially interested stakeholders in the past, and it's certainly a market that in the right circumstances (including a desire by our board to entertain further expansion) our league would fairly evaluate and consider. In evaluating potential locations for NHL teams, we typically look at three things: One, whether the market has or is building a suitable arena facility; two, the demographics of the market and whether they suggest an ability to support an NHL franchise; and, three, whether there is qualified and interested ownership to own and operate the franchise."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 15 - 5:38 PM

Shane Prince will be out anywhere between four to six months after undergoing ankle surgery.

Prince was dealing with a high ankle sprain late in the season. During his rehabilitation in the summer, he felt increasing discomfort and was then told he needed surgery to repair the injury. The 24-year-old had five goals and 18 points in 50 games with the Islanders last season.
Aug 14 - 4:49 PM

Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet isn't sure when Jakob Chychrun will be able to return from a knee injury, but he expects to be at some point in the 2017-18 season.

"He's just a beast," Tocchet said. "If this happened to somebody else, you might have a guy who's out for the year. I don't know the timeframe (for his recovery), but it's not for the year. It's something that he's going to bounce back (from). He's an animal. It's almost like we've got to crank this kid down a little bit." The Coyotes will update Chychrun's status from knee surgery at training camp.
Aug 13 - 1:38 PM

Former hockey executive and coach Bryan Murray passed away Saturday morning at the age of 74.

Murray was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in 2014 that spread into his liver and lungs. "Bryan was one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever known and also a great father, mentor and teacher," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "We extend our sincere condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss." Murray coached for 18 seasons in the NHL, while amassing 620 victories, and worked as the GM for the Red Wings, Panthers, Mighty Ducks and Senators. Our condolences go out to his family and friends for their loss.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 12 - 1:55 PM

Anders Bjork admits that the chance to challenge for an NHL roster spot was part of the reason why he turned pro.

"That was definitely a factor," said Bjork, who decided not to return for his senior year with Notre Dame. "[General manager] Don Sweeney told me there is good opportunity here, especially for wingers. That's exciting for me." He shoots from the left side, but is more comfortable at right wing. If he plays on the left then he could have a better chance at landing a spot on the second line because David Pastrnak and David Backes could line up on the right.
Aug 11 - 5:21 PM




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