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The Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks will begin on Wednesday in Chicago.

Game 2 will be played on Saturday with Games 3 and 4 in Boston on Monday and Wednesday. If necessary, the series will continue with Game 5 the following Saturday in Chicago, Game 6 in Boston on Monday with Game 7 scheduled to be played on Wednesday June 26th in Chicago.
Source: NHL.com
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 05:58:00 AM

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

The Buffalo Sabres have signed Marcus Foligno to a one-year extension.

Foligno had 23 points and 79 penalty minutes in 75 contests last season. The 24-year-old has now participated in 267 career games and has 36 goals and 93 points over that span.
Jul 14 - 4:26 PM

J.T. Miller has signed a two-year, $5.25 million contract extension with the New York Rangers.

Miller will earn $2.5 million in 2016-17 and $2.75 million the following season. That represents a huge jump from his previous $874,000 salary, but it's not a surprising leap given that he scored 22 goals and 43 points in 82 games in 2015-16. He had an arbitration hearing scheduled for August 2, but that's moot now.
Jul 13 - 4:44 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Victor Rask to a six-year, $24 million contract.

Rask was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level deal. He had 21 goals and 48 points in 80 contests in 2015-16. There's been quite a few of these long-term deals to young players this summer and the theme of them is consistent: The length of the contract compared to the resume of the player makes it a risky bet for the team, but the upside of the player also makes the annual cap hit look like a potential steal. After all, if the 23-year-old Rask continues to develop than that $4 million annual cap hit will easily start to look cheap relative to what other top-six forwards get. However, Rask still has plenty to prove despite his newfound security.
Jul 12 - 10:11 AM

Shane Doan has reportedly agreed to a one-year contract worth up to $5 million with the Arizona Coyotes.

Doan expressed an interest in playing in 2016-17 and after recording 28 goals and 47 points in 72 contests last season it's been seen as just a matter of time before he agreed to terms with the Coyotes. Doan's contract will pay him $2.5 million in base salary and it would be through a signing bonus and other incentives that he would get up to $5 million. Doan reportedly attracted interest from other teams, but his focus was on remaining with the Coyotes.
Jul 12 - 3:20 AM

Nathan MacKinnon has signed a seven-year, $44.1 million contract extension with the Colorado Avalanche.

MacKinnon was a restricted free agent after completing his three-year, entry-level contract. This contract will put his cap hit up to $6.3 million. That's in a way a tame cap hit for someone with his potential. However, he's been a mixed bag, making this signing a risk as it is. MacKinnon had an excellent rookie campaign with 24 goals and 63 points in 82 contests, but he was reduced to 38 points in 64 games as a sophomore before bouncing back somewhat to 52 points in 72 games last season. Because of that inconsistency, there was speculation that he'd end up with a bridge contract rather than a long-term deal. Of course if he did bounce back and continued his development, he would be in line for a better contract than this after that bridge deal finished.
Jul 8 - 5:40 PM

Mark Scheifele has agreed to an eight-year, $49 million contract extension with the Winnipeg Jets.

That works out to be a $6.125 million annual cap hit. He was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract. Scheifele broke out last season with 29 goals and 61 points in 71 contests. He's got the potential to get even better over the next couple of seasons and really make that cap hit look like a bargain for the Jets. Obviously, Winnipeg is also taking a risk here given the length of the deal and his still somewhat small sample size, but Scheifele's a player worth taking that kind of chance on.
Jul 8 - 5:29 PM




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