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Bruins coach Claude Julien suggested that Loui Eriksson will help fill the void left by Jarome Iginla.

That meshes with what Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said in June when Iginla walking as a free agent was still just a possibility. Eriksson had just 10 goals and 37 points in 61 games last season, but he also suffered two concussions. He'll have a prime opportunity to rebound if the Bruins give him a shot on their top line in 2014-15.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 24 - 10:32 PM

Lars Eller and the Montreal Canadiens had been talking about a four-year deal for "quite some time."

Eller and Montreal agreed to a four-year, $14 million contract on Thursday and avoided arbitration in the process. "Many times, your salary and your expectations go hand-in-hand. I've seen that here in Montreal," Eller said. "But, I put a lot of pressure on myself, too. I think it also speaks to how much the organization believes in me. It's nice to see that they've shown that faith in me. Now, it's up to me to go out and play the best hockey that I can." Eller will certainly have higher expectations on him now. He had 26 points in 77 games last season and will need to produce more to live up to his salary.
Jul 24 - 8:32 PM

Keaton Ellerby has inked a one-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg.

Ellerby will come with a $700,000 annual cap hit if the plays in the NHL. He had two goals and six points in 51 games in 2013-14.
Jul 24 - 6:58 PM

Joe Sacco has joined the Boston Bruins as an assistant coach.

Sacco spent the 2013-14 campaign serving in the same capacity with Buffalo. He previously spent four seasons as the Colorado Avalanche's bench boss and finished with a 130-134-30 record. "He’s got some great experience, not only as a hockey player but also as an assistant coach, whether it’s been in the American League or NHL," Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. "He's also been a head coach in both leagues as well, so I think just the fact that we've been able to have a guy who has that much experience coming into our group [is important]. Also the fact that he's been a player for such a long time — we all know that he'll have instant respect from our players." Sacco had 94 goals and 213 points in 738 career NHL games.
Jul 24 - 5:51 PM

The Calgary Flames have signed Joni Ortio to a two-year contract.

Ortio had a 2.51 GAA and .891 save percentage in nine games last season. He's expected to start the season in the minors after the Flames inked Jonas Hiller to a two-year deal.
Jul 24 - 4:23 PM

The Montreal Canadiens have signed Lars Eller to a four-year, $14 million contract.

Eller had placed a one-year, $3.1 million contract request to an arbitrator and Montreal had countered with $1.65 million. In the end, the Canadiens were willing to give him a substantially higher cap hit than they had offered in order to lock him up. He had 26 points and 68 penalty minutes in 77 games last season, but he's capable of more than that and Montreal is likely betting on him taking a significant step forward next season.
Jul 24 - 3:21 PM

Jared McCann has inked a three-year, entry-level contract.

McCann was taken with the 24th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He had 27 goals, 62 points, and 51 penalty minutes in 64 OHL games in 2013-14.
Jul 24 - 2:30 PM

The Boston Bruins have signed David Warsofsky to a one-year, two-way contract.

Warsofsky comes with a $600,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He had a goal and two points in six games with Boston last season.
Jul 24 - 1:22 PM

Ben Chiarot has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg.

Chiarot had 20 points and 96 penalty minutes in 65 AHL games in 2013-14. He's not likely to make the team's opening game roster.
Jul 24 - 12:15 PM

Kevin Poulin has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the New York Islanders.

Poulin comes with a $650,000 annual cap hit, but he'll technically only make $175,000 per season at the AHL level. We say technically because his contract comes with a guarantee that he'll earn no less than $275,000 annually, so he'll end up getting at least that amount even if he never gets called up to the Islanders.
Jul 24 - 10:46 AM

Jim Paek has left the Detroit Red Wings' organization so that he can become the head coach of South Korea's national men's team.

Paek is a native of Seoul, South Korea. The 2018 Winter Olympics will be in Pyeongchang, so Paek will attempt to guide the team to its first Olympic hockey berth. "That was the decision maker, the excitement, that the final goal at the end would be the Olympic games," Paek said. "It's a great opportunity. I look at it as preparing for that, but also developing grassroots hockey in Korea for 10-20 years down the road."
Jul 24 - 9:39 AM

Stars GM Jim Nill said Antoine Roussel is a big part of the Stars' plans going forward.

Roussel inked a four-year, $8 million extension with Dallas. "He's a character guy who has worked hard to become an NHL player," Nill said of Roussel. "It was important for us to get this done with him." Roussel had 29 points and 209 penalty minutes in 81 games in 2013-14.
Jul 24 - 9:35 AM

Haydn Fleury is trying to be reasonable about his expectations going into the 2014-15 campaign.

Carolina took Fleury with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. "When you get drafted so high and you see top 10 picks make it the next year, that's kind of one of your goals in the summer," Fleury said. "I think at the same time I need to keep a level mind and realize not many 18-year-olds play in the NHL and it's a big step, especially on defense." Carolina has six defensemen signed to one-way contracts, not including Ryan Murphy, so it will definitely be challenging for Fleury to make the team's opening game roster.
Jul 24 - 9:31 AM

Cory Sarich was hospitalized with multiple broken vertebrae after he was hit by a motor vehicle while cycling.

The good news is that Sarich's injuries are reportedly not life-threatening and his condition is stable. He has reached out on Twitter to thank people for their well wishes. It's not clear how long he will need to recover from his injuries or if he will be able to return to the NHL.
Jul 23 - 11:28 PM

Steve Stamkos is optimistic about the chances of the Tampa Bay Lightning contending going into the 2014-15 campaign.

"We have a good thing going down in Tampa," Stamkos said. "We have a great owner, we've got a great GM in Steve Yzerman, and we've got a good young team. I want to win, and hopefully I can do it in Tampa." The Lightning were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens, but the loss of starting goaltender Ben Bishop was a factor in that. If the Lightning are able to stay relatively healthy this season, then they will be a tough team to play against.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 23 - 7:52 PM



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