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In an eloquent and blunt op-ed piece for the Players' Tribune, Rich Clune opened up about his struggle with addiction.

"Between the ages of 15-24, I was not here. I was checked out. I did not exist," said Clune as his relationships with fear, alcohol, and cocaine worsened. "Rich Clune the pro hockey player existed. He got in over 150 fights and drove drunk and chased women and laughed and cried and lived in oblivion. But Rich Clune, the kid who loved art and film and read books and thought deeply about life, that guy was just not around. He couldn’t cope with the pressure." Until he decided to, that is. Clune is now five years sober. "If you’re reading this and think you might have a problem, do not be ashamed," Clune implored. "Reach out to a friend or a teammate, or find a professional who can help. If I can ask for help, so can you."
Source: Rich Clune
Jul 2 - 11:14 PM

The Detroit Red Wings may retire Sergei Fedorov's No. 91.

Fedorov spent 13 of his 18 NHL seasons with Detroit, winnings three Stanley Cups, two Selke Trophies, a Hart Trophy, and a Lester Pearson Award (now Ted Lindsay) with the team. Said Red Wings GM Ken Holland, "certainly, being selected to go in the Hall of Fame is an incredible accomplishment. He was a great player and a great Red Wing. Certainly worth serious consideration." But notes that the final decision lies with the Ilitch family and senior vice president Jimmy Devellano. Fedorov is a shoe-in to be part of the 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class, and he currently ranks within the top-10 or better in every major offensive Red Wings category. Including fourth with 400 goals, fifth with 954 points, and eighth with 908 career games in Detroit.
Source: Paul Harris
Jul 2 - 10:55 PM

The National Hockey League and the Kontinental Hockey League failed to reach a transfer agreement on Thursday.

As Deputy commissioner Bill Daly sees it, "Ultimately, the KHL wasn’t interested in a player transfer agreement." In light of the increased Russian presence in the NHL, and North American presence in the KHL, the two sides were looking to create an agreement similar to what the NHL has with other European leagues. Essentially a fee-based transfer agreement. Without a new agreement however, the two leagues will continue to honor their memorandum of understanding through June 2016. But that doesn't mean there isn't hope for KHL president Dmitry Chernyshenko, "We will continue to work toward this goal and strive to reach a far better level of co-operation with our friends across the Atlantic."
Jul 2 - 10:24 PM

On Thursday, President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden announced he had relieved a trio of front office members of their duties.

Vice President, Hockey Operations, and Assistant General Manager, Laurence Gilman, Assistant General Manager, Lorne Henning and Director, Player Personnel, Eric Crawford were each relieved of their duties. "They have been important members of our staff for a long time and made significant contributions to the success of this team," Linden said. "Further still, they are great people and respected members of the hockey community."
Jul 2 - 10:13 PM

Chris Bourque is going back to Washington on a two-year, two-way deal worth $1.2M.

The 29-year-old forward was originally drafted by the Capitals 33rd overall in 2004, and spent his first seven professional seasons from 2005-2012 with the franchise mostly playing with AHL Hershey. While playing for AHL Hartford last season, Bourque had his best season since leaving Hershey with 29 goals and 66 points in 73 games. He will make $350K while in the AHL.
Jul 2 - 9:49 PM

The Anaheim Ducks and newly acquired RFA forward Carl Hagelin are "making progress" on a new contract.

With now-teammate Andrew Cogliano serving as a comparable, Hagelin "is believed to be seeking something in the neighborhood of $3-3.5 million annually." Cogliano is two years older and with over twice as many games played in the NHL than Hagelin, he is also in the middle of a four-year contract worth $12M. Hagelin appears as focused as ever regardless of what he signs for, "I always go in with the same mindset every year. I’m ready to do whatever it takes." If the two sides cannot come to an agreement by Sunday afternoon, then they'll have to settle in arbitration later in the summer.
Jul 2 - 9:35 PM

Kyle Brodziak has signed a one-year contract worth $900K with the St. Louis Blues.

Brodziak will be entering his age-31 season when October rolls around, and accumulated just 25 goals and 56 points over the last three seasons for Minnesota. Which is a notable drop off from his combined 47 goals and 133 points with the Wild the trio of seasons prior to that. Known more for his quality defensive play, Brodziak will help to sure up the Blues' bottom six forward corps.
Jul 2 - 9:11 PM

Now a Capital after a seven-year stint with the St. Louis Blues, T.J Oshie has a bright opportunity in Washington this fall.

Not including the lockout shortened 2013 season, Oshie has averaged 77 games played with 20 goals and 56 points since 2011. Last season's 55-point output came on a line with David Backes and Alexander Steen, plus some playing time with Jaden Schwartz, Paul Stastny and Patrik Berglund. In Washington, Oshie will play with Niklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin if he stays above Justin Williams on the Caps depth chart. That would bode well for a significant increase in production, and possibly still a minor increase if he is matched with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson on the second line.
Jul 2 - 8:19 PM

Peter Harrold has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.

The 32-year-old defenseman played 43 games with the Devils last season and managed five points.
Jul 2 - 8:13 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have signed Alex Grant to a one-year two-way contract.

Grant was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he spent last season with Ottawa's farm team in Binghamton. The 26-year-old had six goals, 33 points and 57 penalty minutes in 58 games in the AHL in 2014-15. He will serve as organizational depth on the blue line.
Jul 2 - 7:37 PM

Steve Stamkos had nothing but praise for former teammate Martin St. Louis on Thursday.

This came after St. Louis announced that he would be retiring from the NHL at the age of 40. "You heard all the stories about how great he was and how hard he worked, but to actually physically see it as an 18-year-old kid, that really opened my eyes of how hard you have to work and how dedicated you have to be to be an elite player in the league. It just blew my mind. It was easy for me to follow in his footsteps. And he went out of his way to make me feel comfortable. He really taught me what it was to be a pro. I owe a lot to him." Stamkos also added that St. Louis will be a shoe-in for the Hall-of-Fame when he becomes eligible in a few years.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 2 - 7:20 PM

Brandon Saad and the Columbus Blue Jackets are still working on a new contract.

Columbus General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen said he and Saad's agent, Lewis Gross, are still negotiating. Saad was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks earlier in the week, but he still hasn't come to terms on a deal with his new team. The young winger was traded by the Hawks because they didn't feel that they could bring him back at a number that made sense for them. There were several reports saying that Saad was looking for $6.5 million per season. It will be interesting to see what the final numbers end up looking like once a deal is reached.
Jul 2 - 7:09 PM

The New York Islanders have inked Justin Florek to a one-year, two-way deal.

Florek had 11 goals and 35 points in 73 AHL games in 2014-15. The 25-year-old forward has participated in four career NHL contests.
Jul 2 - 6:38 PM

Patrice Cormier has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Winnipeg Jets.

Cormier had 21 points and 74 penalty minutes in 47 AHL contests in 2014-15. He can earn $650,000 at the NHL level.
Jul 2 - 6:36 PM

Bob Sanguinetti has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Sanguinetti had 16 goals and 40 points in 61 contests in 2014-15. Although he's excelled at the AHL level, he's not likely to play with Buffalo next season.
Jul 2 - 6:03 PM


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