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Mika Zibanejad could end up playing on the wing or at center this season.

Ottawa likes the versatility that David Legwand brings to their lineup and his play will largely impact where Zibanejad lines up. He may center on the third line or on the second line as a winger. "A lot of them [centers] can move to the wing," coach Paul MacLean said. "The only one of them that probably couldn't move to the wing would be Kyle. Everyone else has the ability to play on the wing as well. If that's the case, that makes us a bigger and deeper team."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 19 - 6:03 PM

Clarke MacArthur has inked a five-year extension with the Ottawa Senators worth $23.25 million.

He scored 24 goals and 55 points in 79 games last season. MacArthur will earn $3.25 million during the last year of his deal and then his new contract will kick in for the 2015-16 campaign.
Aug 19 - 4:41 PM

Charles Wang has agreed to sell a minority stake in the New York Islanders.

Jonathan Ledecky, a former co-owner of the Washington Capitals, and investor Scott Malki will take majority control of the team in two years. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL," Ledecky said in a statement. The NHL's Board of Governors still has to approve the deal.
Aug 19 - 4:29 PM

Arizona's AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, announced the signings of forward Eric Selleck and defenseman Joel Hanley to minor-league deals on Tuesday.

Selleck registered 12 points and 163 penalty minutes in 60 games between San Antonio and Chicago last campaign. Hanley skated in 15 games with Portland in 2013-14 during his first AHL season.
Source: AHL.com
Aug 19 - 3:28 PM

Nick Petrecki agreed to a one-year AHL contract with the Rochester Americans.

Petrecki was cut loose by the Sharks when he didn't receive a qualifying offer from the club this off-season. He had three points and 54 penalty minutes in 35 games with the Worcester Sharks last season. Petrecki also played 14 contests with the Amerks last year when he was loaned to the club and he played with them in the playoffs.
Source: AHL.com
Aug 19 - 3:20 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Brandon Pridham to serve as an assistant to GM Dave Nonis.

He had been with the NHL as senior director of central registry and central scouting. With the Leafs, he will "assist with salary-cap analysis, contract negotiations and collective bargaining agreement interpretation." Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshinski is also reporting that Toronto has added Darryl Metcalf and Cam Charron to their growing analytics department. Metcalf operated ExtraSkater.com, which was a great resource for "fancy stats" until the site went dark last week.
Aug 19 - 3:09 PM

Dallas GM Jim Nill likes the team's chances of re-signing Jason Spezza.

"I think it's going to happen. I've talked to his agent," said Nill. "We want Jason and his family to move in here. I think once we get him in here, get training camp rolling, I'll sit down with his agent some more. When we made the trade the vision was he's going to be a Star for a long time. It wasn't just a six-month stop." Spezza is eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the 2014-15 season. He'll earn $4 million this year on a deal that carries an annual average value of $7 million.
Aug 19 - 1:10 PM

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen feels it's very important for Ryan Johansen's contract situation to be settled before training camp opens in a about a month from now.

"It's a business," Kekalainen said. "But for me, the team is always first. Everything we do — whether you're a star, a fourth-liner, a grinder, the tough guy, a depth guy — this is all about the team. That's why you have to be in camp the first day. That's when it starts, and that's when the team comes together. It's very, very important that we start as a team. To me, that is huge. That's going to be a very serious matter from a team point of view." That's not a surprising point of view and it has the potential to change the relationship between the two sides if it becomes a holdout. Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, feels an unresolved contract into camp puts more pressure on Columbus than it does on his client. Both sides feel they have leverage in the process and they haven't budged for more than four weeks. They are roughly $3 million apart per season on a two-year contract. Kekalainen said there's "plenty of time to get a deal done."
Aug 19 - 12:27 PM

Joshua Ho-Sang doesn't want to conform to the NHL stereotype if it means he can't be himself.

He doesn't plan to change despite being labelled as a player with "character issues" because of his flashiness and outspoken personality. The Islanders don't appear to mind, as they chose him with the 28th overall pick in the 2014 draft, and Ho-Sang feels it will be a good fit. Ho-Sang has high expectations of himself and he has the skill to be successful at the NHL level.
Aug 19 - 12:00 PM

Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore have reached a settlement out of court, according to Sportsnet’s Michael Grange.

We don't have details yet, but the Moore-Bertuzzi litigation is finally over after 10 years. Moore's career was ended by Bertuzzi in an on-ice incident back in March 2004 and he was seeking $68 million in damages from Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks. Bertuzzi is currently an unrestricted free agent after he recorded 16 points in 59 games with the Red Wings last season.
Aug 19 - 11:20 AM

Ryan Malone pleaded no contest to DUI charges and agreed to a pretrial diversion program on a drug charge.

That will dismiss his felony charge of cocaine possession if he can successfully completes the program's requirements. His driver's license will be suspended for six months and he must complete 50 hours of community service, as part of DUI punishment. Several teams have reportedly expressed interest in the veteran winger and with his case finished, perhaps he can focus on getting his career back on track.
Aug 19 - 11:05 AM

Erik Karlsson wouldn't be offended if he didn't get Ottawa's captaincy.

"Whether it's me or somebody else, it's good for the organization," he said. "Whoever gets that is going to do a great job. We're a tight group. Everyone on the team has shown they want to take responsibility. I'm a big part of that and I want to be." The 24-year-old defenseman led the Senators in scoring last season, but there's some concern if he's ready to take on a leadership role. Karlsson said he feels fresh this season and he's excited to get back to the level he was at before his Achilles injury.
Aug 19 - 10:11 AM

The Sabres and NHL announced on Monday that the league's annual scouting combine will be held in Buffalo for the next two years at HarborCenter.

Sabres President Ted Black also announced that the team has submitted a bid to host the 2016 NHL Draft and they will inquire about getting an All-Star Game. Additionally, the organization plans to bid on the 2018 World Junior Championship. Buffalo is clearly looking to be a player in the hockey world, while attempting to lure people to their city.
Aug 19 - 9:32 AM

Legal representatives for Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore are discussing a negotiated (out of court) settlement, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

The discussions are believed to be close, but no legal agreement is currently in place. McKenzie reports that "a negotiated settlement to avert a trial is a possibility." Bertuzzi and Moore have a civil trial scheduled for Sept. 8.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 19 - 9:22 AM

Steve Mason (finger) got back on the ice Monday for the first time in three weeks.

He suffered a broken pinky finger while playing ball hockey. It looks like Mason will be available for training camp, which is just a month away. We'll let you know if that changes.
Aug 18 - 7:36 PM


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