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Cody Hodgson has agreed to a six-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

The financial terms of the agreement are not yet known. Hodgson was a restricted free agent and missed Wednesday's physicals as a result of his holdout, but the team's first practice won't occur until Thursday anyways. After years of struggling to climb up the Vancouver Canucks' depth charts, Hodgson got a fresh opportunity in Buffalo and so far he's taken full advantage of it. Hodgson had 15 goals and 34 points in 48 games last season. It wouldn't be surprising to see him surpass the 60-point mark in 2013-14.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 06:33:00 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

The Los Angeles Kings have placed center Mike Richards on waivers.

Once Richards clears, the Kings will then buy him out. It will be an expensive buyout as Richards will make $14.67 million over the next 10 years. Even though his play has been declining for a while now, the 30-year-old should drum up some interest on the free-agent market because his cap hit will be more affordable. Richards had five goals and 16 points in 53 games with Los Angeles in 2014-15.
Jun 28 - 12:17 PM




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