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The Vancouver Canucks announced that Cory Schneider will start Tuesday's do-or-die Game 4.

Down 3-0 in the series, there is no tomorrow for the Canucks unless they win Tuesday night. It's a little surprising coach Alain Vigneault is sticking with Schneider after he was awful in Game 3. Roberto Luongo played very well in Games 1 and 2 and even the Sharks said they were happy Luongo was not in net for Game 3. Regardless of which goalie he picked, Vigneault would be ripped either way. At this point, he just has to get the Canucks on the board in the series and worry about public perception later.
Tue, May 7, 2013 03:15:00 PM

Luke Schenn has inked a two-year deal with the Arizona Coyotes.

Schenn deserves credit for being a big contributor when it comes to hits and blocked shots as he finished 2015-16 with 234 and 106 respectively. However, he doesn't look as good in terms of Corsi/Fenwick. He hasn't always been a negative Corsi/Fenwick player relative to his teammates, but that has been the case with him more often than not. He has a career minus-3.8 relative Corsi and minus-4.0 relative Fenwick over the course of his career, which suggests that his teams did a worse job of possessing the puck whenever he was on the ice compared to when he wasn't playing. All that said, this move gives Arizona some extra defensive depth and could bolster their third pairing. It's worth adding that Coyotes GM John Chayka feels Schenn "can optimize his performance here."
Jul 23 - 2:18 PM

Claude Giroux (hip/abdomen) has already resumed skating.

Giroux was originally projected to take 10-12 weeks before he'd be back on the ice, but he got to this point in nine weeks. He should be available for the World Cup, where he'll represent Canada.
Jul 22 - 8:44 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Auston Matthews to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The financial terms of the agreement weren't immediately known. Typically the financial terms of an entry-level contract aren't that interesting anyways, but this is an exception as there was talk that GM Lou Lamoriello might attempt to deny Matthews performance bonuses. We would be surprised if Matthews agreed to a contract with no or minimal performance bonuses, but eventually we know either way. Regardless of the terms of the deal, Toronto and Matthews have taken the first step towards what could be a superb NHL career. Temper your expectations for Matthews as a rookie, especially seeing as the Leafs might limit his playing time initially, but there's no question that he has tremendous upside.
Jul 21 - 1:33 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko has inked a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

As a result, Grigorenko's scheduled arbitration hearing for Friday is no longer necessary. He had requested a salary of $1.65 million and the Avalanche countered at $950,000, so they basically settled on the middle ground. Grigorenko has plenty of potential but he also has a lot to prove. He had an underwhelming six goals and 27 points in 74 contests last season.
Jul 20 - 8:06 PM

Brad Richards has announced his retirement.

Richards is hanging up his skates after scoring 298 goals and 932 points in 1,126 contests with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Detroit Red Wings. He's a two-time Stanley Cup winner and claimed the 2004 Conn Smythe Trophy after recording 12 goals and 26 points in 23 contests during that playoff run. "Winning the Stanley Cups in Tampa Bay and Chicago was the best part of my career and I will never forget those moments. Nothing compares to enjoying that night with your team and knowing what you have accomplished together," Richards said.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 20 - 4:04 PM

Marcus Johansson has inked a three-year, $13.75 million contract with the Washington Capitals.

With that, Johansson and Washington narrowly avoided the arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday. His $4.58 million annual cap hit roughly represents the middle ground between the $5.25 million he requested and the $3.85 million the Capitals countered with. It's also a sizable increase from his previous $3.75 million salary. He had 17 goals and 46 points in 74 games in 2015-16.
Jul 20 - 12:13 PM

The Ottawa Senators have acquired Derick Brassard and a 2018 seventh round pick from the New York Rangers in exchange for Mika Zibanejad and a 2018 second round selection.

The Senators are giving up a 23-year-old coming off 20-goal and 21-goal seasons, but in exchange they're getting a veteran forward who scored 27 goals and 58 points in 80 contests last season. Brassard still has three seasons left on a reasonable five-year, $25 million deal, making him a particularly good fit for a Senators team that typically doesn't spend to the cap. Brassard should play a big role with Ottawa, which will help him continue the success he's enjoyed with the Rangers in recent years.
Jul 18 - 2:08 PM

Alex Killorn has agreed to a seven-year, $31.15 million contract.

In other words, Killorn will come with a $4.45 million annual cap hit. The 26-year-old (27 in September) forward has recorded 41, 38, and 40 points in each of the last three seasons. Given his age, he's not really a prospect anymore and we have doubts that he'll ever achieve much higher heights offensively. He was coming off of a two-year, $5.1 million contract and had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 20 that's now unnecessary.
Jul 17 - 1:20 PM

Jamie Benn has signed an eight-year, $76 million extension with the Dallas Stars.

That gives Benn a $9.5 million annual cap hit. Benn still has a season left on his five-year, $26.25 million deal, so this new contract will run through 2024-25. In other words, this sets him up to play with Dallas until just before his 36th birthday. His cap hit will be on par with Evgeni Malkin's, above Sidney Crosby ($8.7 million) and Corey Perry ($8.625 million), but still below Anze Kopitar ($10 million), Patrick Kane ($10.5 million), and Jonathan Toews ($10.5 million). It's also less than Steven Stamkos recently took (eight-year, $68 million). At the end of the day, Benn is a top-tier player and thus is worthy of this contract. There's an argument to be made that the more he was willing to leave on the table, the more likely Dallas was to win the Stanley Cup. As it is, this contract is substantial, but it's not jarring. The Stars should still be able to maintain a strong core that also includes Tyler Seguin (who isn't eligible to be an UFA until 2019).
Jul 15 - 8:39 PM

Jaden Schwartz has signed a five-year, $26.75 million contract with the St. Louis Blues.

Schwartz had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 20, which is now unnecessary. Although he was limited to 33 games last season, he still scored eight goals and 22 points. That's after he set career-highs in 2014-15 with 28 goals and 63 points in 75 contests. That's really good production out of a player that will now come with a $5.35 million cap hit. "He’s part of that core we have moving forward," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "Schwartz and (Vladimir) Tarasenko, Robby Fabbri, Colton Parayko, Alex Pietrangelo, Jake Allen - we’re trying to build around these guys. Having Schwartz wrapped up in that group, we know we now have a core that we can build around and try to win a championship around."
Jul 15 - 4:49 PM

Jamie Benn had a core muscle injury that led to surgery.

Benn had the operation on Thursday and is expected to need six weeks to recover. So as long as there are no setbacks, he should be fine for the start of the regular season.
Jul 15 - 3:57 PM




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