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Al Montoya wants to do more than just give Roberto Luongo the occasional night off.

"The coach and the team knows what I'm capable of and when I'm called, I'm going out there to win games," Montoya said. He had a 2.30 GAA and .920 save percentage in 28 games last season, but he feels his best hockey is still ahead of him. Montoya is a great backup goaltender, but Luongo isn't in any danger of losing the starting job. Assuming Luongo stays healthy, Montoya can't be counted to get more than 25 starts in 2014-15.
Jul 22 - 10:44 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed Darren Archibald.

Archibald had a goal and three points in 16 games with the Canucks last season. He also had 22 points and 102 penalty minutes in 59 AHL contests.
Jul 22 - 7:47 PM

Mats Zuccarello has agreed to a one-year, $3.55 million contract.

Zuccarello reportedly wanted $4.5 million annual salary as part of a long-term deal, but the Rangers probably favored giving him a "show me" contract instead. He had 19 goals and 59 points in 77 games last season, but his previous campaigns in the NHL had been something of a mixed bag.
Jul 22 - 6:07 PM

Brandon DeFazio has agreed to terms with the Vancouver Canucks.

DeFazio had 34 points and 106 penalty minutes in 76 AHL games in 2013-14. He's not expected to make the Canucks' opening game roster.
Jul 22 - 5:04 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed David Booth to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

There was a time when Booth was a safe bet to score over 20 goals and 40 points per season. However, that's when he was logging 18-plus minutes per game in Florida, which ended with his acquisition by the Vancouver Canucks. Booth never fit in with Vancouver and his problems were amplified by a series of injuries. A fresh start is exactly what Booth needs, but he's far from a safe bet to capitalize on this opportunity.
Jul 22 - 4:02 PM

Eric Veilleux has joined the AHL Norfolk Admirals as an assistant coach.

The Admirals are affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks. Veilleux has been coaching in the QMJHL since the 2005-06 campaign and led the Shawinigan Cataractes to their first Memorial Cup championship.
Jul 22 - 3:30 PM

Logan Couture feels Joe Thornton doesn't deserve to have the captaincy taken from him.

There's been some speculation that might happen after Thornton made it clear that he wouldn't waive his no-trade clause. The Sharks might have otherwise shipped him off to jump start their rebuilding effort. Instead, Couture is hoping the Sharks "come back a lot stronger, a lot hungrier" after blowing a 3-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the 2014 playoffs. "It's probably the toughest loss I've been through… It was pretty devastating. It's really stuck with me the whole summer," Couture said.
Jul 22 - 2:49 PM

Joe Colborne has inked a two-year, $2.55 million contract extension.

Colborne was a restricted free agent and had an arbitration hearing scheduled for August 1. He had 10 goals and 28 points in 80 games with Calgary in 2013-14.
Jul 22 - 1:04 PM

Sami Vatanen has inked a two-year, $2.525 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

Vatanen was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level deal. He had six goals and 21 points in 48 games with Anaheim in 2013-14.
Jul 22 - 12:21 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired former vice president of hockey operations Dave Poulin and assistant general manager Claude Loiselle.

Although Toronto hasn't engaged in a major shakeup of its roster and has decided to retain head coach Randy Carlyle and GM Dave Nonis, the Maple Leafs have engaged in a personnel shakeup after they endured yet another spectacular collapse in 2013-14. They have also hired 28-year-old Kyle Dubas to serve as an assistant general manager. Dubas previously served as the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' general manager for three years. He was one of the youngest GMs in OHL history when he originally took the job with the Greyhounds.
Jul 22 - 11:39 AM

Antoine Roussel has inked a four-year, $8 million deal with the Dallas Stars.

That's pretty good for Dallas compared to the $2.35 million annually Roussel requested from the arbitrator on a one or two-year deal. If he didn't agree to terms, he would have had his arbitration hearing on Tuesday. He has 29 points, 209 penalty minutes, and 146 hits in 81 games in 2013-14.
Jul 22 - 10:04 AM

Chris Kreider has requested a two-year contract worth $2.8 million annually from an arbitrator.

The Rangers have countered with a proposal worth $2.05 million per season. Kreider's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, but still can be avoided if the two sides agree to terms first.
Source: NY Post
Jul 22 - 9:50 AM

Al Montoya is familiar with the Miami area as he has plenty of family in the region that he regularly visits.

Montoya is a Cuban-American who was born and raised in Chicago. "I was blessed with a gift and the Cuban people are a motivated bunch, a passionate bunch," Montoya said. "I'm just lucky enough to where I have an arena to show off my American dream. It doesn't matter where you come from or where you've been. Everyone can play hockey. Like I said, the Cuban people are very passionate. Once they figure out what the game is like, it's tough to let go." He signed a two-year, $2.1 million contract with the Panthers to serve as Roberto Luongo's backup.
Jul 22 - 9:42 AM

Antoine Roussel has requested an $2.35 million annual salary from the arbitrator.

The Stars have countered with a $1.15 million annual salary. He can be awarded a one or two-year contract from an arbitrator, based on the Stars request.
Jul 22 - 9:34 AM

Alex Nedeljkovic isn't able to participate in the Hurricanes' development camp.

Nedeljkovic is recovering from a broken thumb. He was taken with the 37th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He's expected to spend the 2014-15 campaign in the OHL.
Jul 22 - 9:24 AM



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