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The New York Islanders have agreed to a seven-year extension with Travis Hamonic worth $27 million.

He was a restricted free agent, coming off his entry-level deal. Hamonic and Andrew MacDonald form New York's shutdown pair on Long Island, but neither of them has much in the way of fantasy value.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 03:57:00 PM

Despite being the first players to benefit from the relaxed Soviet-era rules on Russians playing in North America, hockey legend Slava Fetisov is calling for a Soviet-style restriction on young Russians from coming over.

The goal is simple, Fetisov wants Russian fans to see "our most talented guys, the ones who the people come to see" for longer. The restriction would be in place until the player turns 28, which would allow Russians to see the players through their most productive years. It should be noted that Fetisov is now a senator in Russia. He was also restricted from coming over to the NHL until he was 31 years old, six years after being drafted for the second time.
May 22 - 7:01 PM

Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray currently has two picks in June's NHL Entry Draft, and he's willing to trade one of them.

It's unlikely they'll move off of Jack Eichel at second overall, but Murray seems to want to either move up in the draft or acquire another quality young player for his 21st overall pick in June. For what it's worth, the last three players selected at 21st overall were; Robert Fabbri (St. Louis, 2014), Frederik Gauthier (Toronto, 2013), and Mark Jankowski (Calgary, 2012). But Riley Sheahan (Detroit, 2010) is the last player to make an impact from that particular slot.
May 22 - 6:30 PM

Frederik Andersen denied 27 of the 28 shots he faced in a tense Game 3 in Chicago on Thursday night, which the Ducks won 2-1.

Andersen has been sensational so far in these playoffs, and Game 3 was no different as a Patrick Kane goal late in the first period was all the Hawks could get on him. Ryan Getzlaf had two assists and Simon Despres scored the winner as Anaheim took a 2-1 lead in the series. Andersen improved to 10-2-2 in the playoffs with a .935 save percentage and 1.75 goals against average.
May 21 - 11:26 PM

Updating a previous item, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman believes that the 2015-16 salary cap number will be closer to $71.5 million.

There was an earlier report saying that Bettman projected the cap to be in the mid-70 million range, but the tweet has since been clarified. This is what most people were expecting, as Bettman previously mentioned that $71.5 million was the likely number.
May 21 - 9:39 PM

Henrik Lundqvist is disappointed with the way he's played in the last two games.

He has surrendered 12 goals to the Tampa Bay Lightning on 66 shots in back-to-back losses. "It's really challenging for me the way they move the puck," Lundqvist said after Wednesday night's 6-5 overtime defeat in Game 3. "The way they find open ice in the slot, and scoring chances right in front. I just need to dig deep here to try to be more consistent with my game plan. Try to challenge the shooter then they pass and sometimes you stay back. As a team, if we can be a little bit better, but also I have to be better. Honestly, you're not going to win if I give up six goals." The Rangers will look to get their defense back on track and even the best-of-seven series in Game 4 on Friday.
May 21 - 4:45 PM

Coach Jon Cooper said there's "no update" on Matt Carle after he was injured Wednesday night.

He exited Game 3 early in the match with an undisclosed injury. All Cooper would say is that Carle is listed as day-to-day, so it's unclear if he will be available for Friday in Game 4.
May 21 - 4:32 PM

Dylan Larkin has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

He generated 15 goals and 47 points in 35 games during his first season with the University of Michigan in 2014-15. Larkin was the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He also signed an amateur tryout to be available to play in the AHL playoffs for Grand Rapids. The Griffins will begin their Western Conference Final series against Utica this weekend.
May 21 - 3:43 PM

Mats Zuccarello (concussion) skated Thursday with the extras, but he still isn't ready to join the team for practice.

Obviously, he won't be able to return until he does so. Zuccarello hasn't taken part in a full practice or played since Apr. 24.
May 21 - 2:54 PM

Steve Stamkos was all over the ice Wednesday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final.

He notched a goal and an assist in a 6-5 overtime win over the New York Rangers. Stamkos had a sluggish start to the postseason, but he's been firing on all cylinders again and it started to happen when he shifted from playing center to the wing. "I thought he was spending too much time in the (defensive) zone and was spending way too much energy down there," coach Jon Cooper said. "So to free him up a little bit, get him out of (our) zone faster and (keep him from having to) play the whole 200 feet. I thought it would help save his legs and give him a little more time and space." He has amassed 11 points, including five goals, in his past eight games.
May 21 - 10:16 AM

Mike Babcock has signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The contract is reportedly worth about $50 million over eight years, according to Darren Dreger. That's an unprecedented sum of money for an NHL head coach and is likely the result of the reported bidding war that developed between Toronto and Buffalo. It's worth noting though that at one point it sounded like the Sabres had a similar offer on the table. Which is surprising if true because Toronto is a long-term project and one that's coming off of several false starts. The Maple Leafs' culture is very much in question and it's management is still largely an unknown as its still operating without a general manager. While this is an obvious financial win for Babcock, he's taking a big risk from a reputation perspective. If Toronto is successful then Babcock will be a hero in the NHL's biggest market. If the Leafs stumbles then the Toronto fanbase might turn on him. That all being said, it's hard not to see this as anything other than a big win for Toronto.
May 20 - 2:14 PM

The Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings are out of the running, according to TSN's Aaron Ward and Bob McKenzie.

McKenzie said that narrows the list of possible destinations down to St. Louis, Toronto, and San Jose. However, a recent report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said the Blues wouldn't end up with Babcock either. There's already been a few surprises in the Babcock sweepstakes, but at this point it sounds like Toronto is his most likely destination.
May 20 - 12:54 PM




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