Winnipeg Free Press "LeBron James going home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers led to speculation about whether a star NHL player might do the same in the near future. Naturally, Steven Stamkos was at the centre of that speculation. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain and Markham, Ont., native could be an..." July 23
Pro Hockey Talk "“There was never any animosity between us this whole time. Any of the perceived animosity came from the outside.” That was Joe Sakic today, to the Denver Post, after the Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract, avoiding a potentially nasty arbitration hearing in..." July 23
NHL.com "Defenseman Ben Chiarot and the Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000, the team announced Wednesday. Chiarot, 23, had six goals and 14 points in 65 games last season with the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League, and then scored two goals and..." July 23
Denver Post "Cory Sarich, who played 54 games for the Avalanche last season and was an unrestricted free agent, was seriously injured Monday after being hit by a car while bicycling in Invermere, British Columbia. Sarich was airlifted to a hospital in Calgary, Alberta. Calgary's CTV reported he was diagnosed..." July 23
Eller (MON) requests $3.1M...Canadiens counter with $1.65M
SI.com "Maybe we shouldn't get too attached to the name "Arizona" Coyotes just yet. According to a report in the Arizona Republic, a previously undisclosed meeting of City Council members and an Arizona Coyotes attorney last June may have violated Arizona's Open Meeting Law and revealed key information..." July 23
Die By The Blade "The Sabres have signed defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year deal worth 800k according to TSN's Aaron Ward. Benoit, 30, spent last season with the Colorado Avalanche, where he scored seven goals and 21 assists in 79 games. He also has a tie to Tim Murray since he was in the Ottawa organization..." July 23
Newark Star-Ledger "Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello has always been willing to invite an unsigned veteran or two to training camp on a tryout basis, and it could happen again this year. But there is no one on the team’s radar at this point. “If it happens, we’d be totally comfortable with it. But, as of..." July 23
USA Today "New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather has built a reputation of driving a hard bargain with his team's restricted free agents, especially those coming off their entry-level contracts. That story line replayed itself again in the latest negotiation with Chris Kreider, who reportedly..." July 23
CJAD "A former NHL player has been sent to prison for 30 months after confessing to a pair of bank robberies on the South Shore. 39-year old Patrick Cote caught the eye of police in May when the car he was driving broke down in Candiac. When the patrol officers realized the car had been reported..." July 23
NHL.com "Jacques Martin was named senior adviser of hockey operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team announced Wednesday. Martin, 61, was an assistant last season on Dan Bylsma's coaching staff. Bylsma was fired after the season and replaced last month by Mike Johnston." July 23
O'Reilly and Avs avoid arbitration! Two years, 5.8, 6.2. Happy days here again!
Edmonton Journal "Benoit Pouliot had 10 points (plus eight) for the Rangers in their run to the Stanley Cup final, but there was no money in the cupboard to resign him. He had a collection of suitors, though — one team offered a six-year deal, one more than the Oilers signed him for (five at $20..." July 23
Mats Zuccarello settles at one year, $3.5 million with New York Rangers. Nice raise from $1.15 million.
Hockey Fights "The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Sami Vatanen to a two-year contract through the 2015-16 NHL season. Vatanen, 23 (6/3/91), scored 6-15=21 points with a +9 rating and 22 PIM in 48 games with the Ducks last season. Among rookie NHL..." July 22
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Recently-signed Wild winger Thomas Vanek was in federal court in Rochester, N.Y., on Monday as part of an ongoing gambling investigation, WHEC-TV reported. Vanek’s appearance apparently stems from the June arrest of three men on gambling and money laundering charges. The three men were..." July 22
NHL.com "Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Antoine Roussel on a four-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Roussel, 24, concluded his second season with the Dallas Stars, earning career highs during the..." July 22
NHL.com "The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today the hiring of Kyle Dubas, who served the past three seasons as General Manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, as Assistant General Manager to David Nonis. As part of a front office restructuring, the club also announced the departures of Vice..." July 22
Matchsticks & Gasoline "The Flames had just one restricted free agent opt for arbitration, and now that isn't an issue at all as the Flames and Joe Colborne have reached a two-year deal worth an annual average value of $1.275 million. His previous contract was a one-year, $600k deal. Colborne's contract makes him the..." July 22
Tennessean "If the Predators want to get more offensive via trade, there's one more player out there who could help them. Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets is a young scorer who would complement first-line winger James Neal on the second line. If character wasn't an issue, Kane, a former 30-goal scorer who..." July 22
Edmonton Journal "My take Franson, 26, is 6-feet, 5-inches and 213 pounds. He shoots right and almost always plays the right side, a position where the Oilers already have Jeff Petry, Justin Schultz and Mark Fayne. Franson should be heading into the peak years of his NHL career. His coach trusted him with..." July 22
National Post "Late last week, Brian Burke, the president of hockey operations with the Calgary Flames, posted a fishing tale on social media. Burke was at a British Columbia fishing lodge with two National Hockey League general managers, and through his Twitter account, he said another guest at the lodge had..." July 22
NHL.com "The Ducks have signed defenseman Sami Vatanen to a two-year contract through the 2015-16 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Vatanen, 23 (6/3/91), scored 6-15=21 points with a +9 rating and 22 PIM in 48 games with the Ducks last season. Among rookie NHL..." July 22
NHL.com "Defenseman Nate Prosser and the St. Louis Blues agreed to terms Monday on a one-year, two-way contract, according to multiple media reports. Financial terms were not disclosed. Prosser, 28, had two goals and eight points in 53 games for the Minnesota Wild last season. " July 22
Habs announce they've signed 1st rd pick Nikita Scherbak and his size 13 (!) skates to a 3-year entry level deal.
Washington Post "One of D.C.’s great power couples is no more. The press service of the Russian Tennis Federation announced Sunday that Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and Russian tennis pro Maria Kirilenko have broken off their engagement. R-Sport reported the sad news with a quote from Kirilenko. “I have decided..." July 21
CBSSports.com "Defenseman Cody Franson and the Toronto Maple Leafs avoided arbitration with a last-minute agreement. The Leafs extended Franson a one-year deal at $3.3 million, thus rendering Monday's scheduled arbitration hearing needless according to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun. This is the third..." July 21
Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets and restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen may still be a long way from a new contract. But after weeks of silence there has been significant progress. Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, recently extended a second contract offer to the Blue Jackets, sources have told The..." July 21
Sobotka receives a one-year award through arbitration. He will receive $2.725 million for the season in which he returns to the #stlblues.
CBSSports.com "It appears one of the NHL's most intriguing negotiations of the offseason will reach its conclusion this week in an arbitration hearing set for Wednesday. The Colorado Avalanche went the route of team-elected salary arbitration with young center Ryan O'Reilly, a rare and possibly..." July 21
CBSSports.com "The New York Rangers have three players slated for arbitration hearings over the next two weeks, making this a busy time of the summer for the club. Young forward Chris Kreider is up first on Wednesday, with Mats Zuccarello slated for an arbitration hearing on July 25 and Derick Brassard looking..." July 21
CSN Chicago "The Joe Louis Arena has been the home of the Red Wings since 1979, but that will end in 2017. The Olympia Development of Michigan announced on Sunday that the Detroit Red Wings will have a brand new stadium by summer of 2017." July 21
USA Today "The NHL salary arbitration hearing period opens Monday with scheduled cases involving St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka and Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson. Both sides file salary requests based on the pay of statistically comparable restricted free agents and make their..." July 21
Detroit Free Press "Next up on the to-do list for Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is working out deals with forward Tomas Tatar and defenseman Danny DeKeyser, both restricted free agents. It could take a while to come to an agreement with both players. “We’ve talked and continue to talk, but nothing..." July 21
Pro Hockey Talk "It took the Nashville Predators a decade to draft another Russian-born player after Alex Radulov - a player who seemed to leave the franchise with some serious baggage – but they finally did so with second-rounder (42nd overall) Vladislav Kamenev. The Tennessean takes an interesting look at the..." July 21
Chicago Tribune "Newly acquired Blackhawks center Brad Richards didn't get the typical free-agent news conference when he signed. There was no horde of reporters for a jersey presentation. No, the first real chance Richards had to speak publicly came Saturday before more than 2,000 fans at the Blackhawks..." July 20
The Hockey News "The wrist injury Milan Lucic suffered in Game 7 of the Boston Bruins second-round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens is healing quite nicely, thank you very much. But the ignominy he and the Bruins suffered in that same game, well, that’s taking a little longer to wear off. Shortly..." July 20
NHL.com "Free agent forward Lee Stempniak is close to a one-year contract with the New York Rangers, TSN's Darren Dreger reported Friday. The 31-year-old right wing finished last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins after he was traded from the Calgary Flames. Stempniak had four goals and seven..." July 20
CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks are currently $2-plus million over the salary cap and have to get down to $69 million before the regular season begins. Oduya’s name has been bandied about in trade rumors. The defenseman, who said the Blackhawks haven’t indicated what may happen with him, added that he takes it..." July 20
Franson has submitted $4.2M. TOR has submitted $2M. They can still settle beforehand.
Miami Herald "Panthers have now come to agreements with all restricted free agents except for winger Jimmy Hayes. Florida signed center Brandon Pirri to a two-year deal earlier this week. "He's very highly skilled, has a great shot,'' Tallon said. "We'll use him a lot for offense. He'll get stronger and..." July 19
Arizona Republic "The NHL's free-agent signing period opened three days before winger David Moss' wedding July 4 and six days before he embarked on a honeymoon in Turks and Caicos with his wife Erinn. Surely, he figured, a deal could be worked out before he left the country. But it wasn't until Moss was..." July 19
NHL.com "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenceman Simon Despres to a two-year contract worth $900,000 per season. The 22-year-old Despres appeared in a career-high 22 games for the Penguins last season, finishing with five assists." July 19
TSN.ca "The Florida Panthers have re-signed defenceman Dmitry Kulikov to a three-year deal worth a total of $13 million. Kulikov's new deal carries an average annual value of $4.33 million. The 23-year old Russian scored eight goals and added 11 assists in 81 games with the Panthers in 2013-14." July 19
NHL.com "Goaltender Martin Brodeur remains one of the most prominent names on the NHL free-agent market. He said Thursday it could stay that way for a while. "I'm still looking for the right fit, and the right fit might not come this summer, it might come later on in the fall," Brodeur told Yahoo..." July 19
#Flames G Jonas Hiller needed only minor procedure after appendictis attack. Expected to make a speedy recovery.
Boston Herald "The Bruins signed Jordan Caron to a one-year, one-way contract worth $600,000 yesterday. The deal is less than what his qualifying offer would have been, but that would have been a two-way deal, which meant he could have been sent down to Providence, where he would have received a lower AHL..." July 18
Pro Hockey Talk "The Boston Bruins have reportedly agreed to terms with one of their promising young defensemen. Zach Trotman, who made his NHL debut last season following the injury to Dennis Seidenberg, has agreed to a two-year deal worth $1.25 million overall — good for a $625,000 cap hit at the big league..." July 18
Winnipeg Free Press "The Winnipeg Jets will have Carl Klingberg back in their prospect pool for another year. The club announced today it has agreed to terms with the 23-year-old forward on a one year, two-way contract worth $650,000. The big Swede played in three games with the Jets last year and scored his..." July 18