• KHL president hints at return to Russia for Ovechkin, Malkin

    CBSSports.com "Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin are proud Russians. They have represented their country repeatedly on the international stage, having won many a gold medal at various world championships. As a result, despite their playing in the NHL half a world away, they remain among the biggest sporting..." September 02

  • Will Alex Ovechkin face Putin backlash in America?

    Yahoo! Sports "In New York’s East Village, steps away from a 24-hour Ukrainian diner that serves up pierogi as addictive as crack rock, is something a little less comforting: a memorial, adorned with the blue and gold flag of my ancestors, created in February to mourn those who died in the nation’s internal..." September 02

  • Oilers GM Craig MacTavish says he's not eyeing any trades before camp

    Edmonton Sun "With Justin Schultz’s signature on a contact, Craig MacTavish has his roster heading into training camp this fall. The Edmonton Oilers general manager may still have a large hole up the middle of his lineup, but will wait to see how things shake out early in the year before making any desperate..." September 02

  • Islanders have base to be great, says Tonelli

    ESPN.com "With news last week that New York Islanders team owner Charles Wang was selling a majority ownership of the franchise, there are plenty of changes in store. A group led by Jon Ledecky and London-based investor Scott Malkin has purchased a minority share in the team, with that stake slated to..." September 02

  • It's Sept. 1, and Kuemper, Niederreiter remain unsigned

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It’s Sept. 1 (happy Labor Day everybody), meaning in 17 days, Wild players report to training camp for physicals and fitness testing. On Sept. 19, players take the ice for the first time. The only question right now is whether Nino Niederreiter and Darcy Kuemper will be there with the rest of..." September 02

  • Is Blues' Cole done paying dues?

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The past few years have been rewarding for Blues defenseman Ian Cole, on some levels. He has made a healthy amount of money, $750,000 last season, an NHL rate of $875,000 the previous two. That keeps gas in the car, pays the rent and then some for most lads in their early 20s. What’s more, Cole..." September 01

  • Schultz deal might complicate Avs’ talks with RFA Barrie

    Pro Hockey Talk "Defenseman Tyson Barrie might have been very happy when the news broke that Justin Schultz had agreed to a one-year, $3.657 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Barrie, who remains a restricted free agent, is in a similar position with the Colorado Avalanche in the sense that he’s an..." September 01

  • Kadri gunning for goals in contract year

    Sportsnet.ca "“Are you happy now that Randy Carlyle is no longer your coach?” The question, directed at Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri, comes out of left field and spurs Leafs TV’s Paul Hendrick to mock-check his Twitter feed for some breaking news he might have missed. The questioner, perhaps a..." September 01

  • Why Toronto can't sustain a second NHL team

    Toronto Star "This past week, news has been circulating about the possibility of the NHL expanding, adding another four teams by 2017 as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations. To be sure, the league is in fine shape, thanks to a strong collective bargaining agreement and a 12-year, $5.2-billion..." September 01

  • Oilers’ Schultz admits it’s too early for Norris talk

    Pro Hockey Talk "Upon announcing the Edmonton Oilers’ compromise of a one-year deal with Justin Schultz, GM Craig MacTavish didn’t mince words: he stated his belief that the 24-year-old defenseman could win a Norris Trophy one day. Even Schultz wants to dial those expectations down a notch – at least for now –..." September 01

  • Report: Devils sign Kelly

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to CapGeek, the New Jersey Devils have inked defenseman Dan Kelly to a two-year, two-way contract worth $1.1 million. Kelly, 25, has spent the past four seasons with the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League where he tallied 17 points in 71 games to go along with a plus-14..." August 31

  • What if the Blue Jackets and Johansen don’t reach a deal?

    Columbus Dispatch "The latest round of phone calls were placed on Friday, an attempt to see if anything had changed in the lingering contract talks between the Blue Jackets and restricted free agent Ryan Johansen. A step toward the middle, perhaps? A plan to talk again soon? The two sides can't agree on much, it..." August 31

  • Carolina Hurricanes’ Eric Staal glad to be back on the ice

    Raleigh News & Observer "Eric Staal showed no lingering effects from offseason surgery Friday as the Carolina Hurricanes’ captain put in his first informal skate at Raleigh Center Ice. Staal pushed himself at times on the ice, looking anything but tentative. “I feel good,” he said. “I just want to continue to take..." August 31

  • Oilers, Schultz agree to one-year, $3.65 million deal

    TSN.ca "The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed defenceman Justin Schultz to a one-year, $3.675 million deal. Schultz, 24, scored 11 goals and added 22 assists in 74 games with the Oilers in 2013-14. In 122 career games with the Oilers, Schultz has scored 19 goals and added 41 assists. He was named to..." August 30

  • Former Avs defenseman Cory Sarich details horrific bike accident

    Denver Post "Hockey-tough Cory Sarich is living proof that you can get run over by the wheel of a three-quarter ton truck and walk away. But the former Avalanche defenseman, will never bike again. He has kept his splintered cycling helmet for teaching purposes, but ordered officials to get rid of the the rest..." August 30

  • With Ott gone, who will be Buffalo’s next captain?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Since the start of 2013, three different players have worn the ‘C’ in Buffalo — Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek, and Steve Ott — and they have all been traded. That’s created something of a leadership vacuum for the Sabres going into the 2014-15 campaign. Fortunately, there have some candidates..." August 30

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    rick westhead @rwesthead

    Lawyer for Todd Bertuzzi tells TSN the Moore-Bertuzzi lawsuit removed today from the court docket.

  • Gomez invited to Devils training camp

    NHL.com "Forward Scott Gomez will attend New Jersey Devils training camp on a tryout basis, the team said Thursday. Gomez was New Jersey's first-round pick (No. 27) in the 1998 NHL Draft and was a member of the Devils' Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2000 and 2003 before signing a seven-year contract with..." August 30

  • Contract extension talks between David Krejci, Bruins expected to pick up soon

    WEEI Boston "Though two key free agents remain unsigned in Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, the team has had talks to avoid a similar situation with one of their top players next summer. According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Bruins have had “casual discussions” with David Krejci‘€™s camp..." August 29

  • Johnny Boychuk ‘loves’ being on Boston Bruins blueline

    Edmonton Journal "The kid in the Ryan Smyth Edmonton Oilers replica jersey had two requests of Johnny Boychuk just before he was leaving Perry Pearn’s annual pro hockey conditioning camp Wednesday. “Can I have your autograph, please ... and I sure hope the Oilers get you,” said the youngster. The Boston..." August 29

  • No contract talks between Milano and Blue Jackets

    Pro Hockey Talk "Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick Sonny Milano has been one of the most talked about prospects this summer as he weighed his options before choosing to join the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League over of honoring his commitment to Boston College. There was some thought that Milano had..." August 29

  • Capitals defenseman John Carlson ‘looking forward to a fresh start’

    Washington Post "The new coaching staff was upstairs at Washington’s practice facility, another morning preparing for the upcoming season. His teammates were on the ice for another offseason skate session. Rookie camp will begin on Sept. 11, training camp one week after that, and around that time too comes John..." August 29

  • Nicklas Backstrom Finally Receives His Olympic Silver Medal From Sochi

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "In late February, as Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom prepared for one of the biggest games of his career, he learned he tested positive for a banned substance, Zyrtec D, an allergy medication. Backstrom was barred from playing against Canada in the Sochi Olympics gold-medal game. He watched..." August 28

  • Kings need bounce-back season from Richards

    NHL.com "When the Los Angeles Kings traded for Mike Richards in June 2011, it was a given that they had landed a cornerstone center for years to come. Richards was regarded as one of the finest 200-foot young forwards in the NHL. The team did not envision Richards devolving into a fourth-line grinder..." August 28

  • Alfredsson wants to return to Red Wings, but only if he can contribute

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said today that he’s still trying to work out a deal with restricted free agent Danny DeKeyser and said that a final decision on whether forward Daniel Alfredsson will play next season probably won’t be made until just before Sept. 18, when players..." August 28

  • Penguins GM insists new coach Johnston was no afterthought

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "It took Jim Rutherford a minute, but he finally figured out how to operate the electric blinds in his new office at Consol Energy Center. Then he looked out the window and smiled, a near perfect summer complete. In fact, only one aspect from this summer seems to make Rutherford bristle, that..." August 28

  • Report: Tomas Kaberle ‘in line’ to attend Devils’ camp

    Pro Hockey Talk "Defenseman Tomas Kaberle could be attending New Jersey Devils camp on a tryout according to Tom Gulitti of The Record. Kaberle, 36, has not played in the NHL since appearing in 10 games with the Montreal Canadiens during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. “He has talked to us about a..." August 28

  • NHL refutes reports of expansion to Las Vegas, anywhere else

    CBSSports.com "NHL fans were all abuzz when a report published in the Vancouver Province cited that the league's expansion to Las Vegas was a “done deal.” Hash tags were created, team names bandied about, promotional nights dreamt up. When Howard Bloom of SportsBusinessNews.com issued another report that cited..." August 27

  • Report: Toronto, Seattle, Quebec City to join Vegas in 2017 NHL expansion

    SI.com "Apparently Las Vegas isn't the only city adding a National Hockey League expansion team: Seattle, Toronto and Quebec City will add NHL franchises as well with by a target date of 2017, according to a tweet from SportsBusinessNews' Howard Bloom. Bloom said the four-fold expansion, which would..." August 27

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    Tom Gulitti @TGfireandice

    Scott Gomez will attend training camp with the Devils as a tryout. I'll have details up on Fire & Ice blog shortly.

  • 6d
    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    Flyers signed Brandon Manning to a one year contract at $700 000. Its a two way deal. #tvasports

  • Penguins goalie Fleury likely to enter season without new contract

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is almost certain to enter the 2014-15 season without a new contract, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. Fleury's agent, Allan Walsh, is fine with the arrangement. Rutherford on Monday told the Tribune-Review that signing Fleury, who could become an..." August 27

  • Flyers' minor-league team signs GM Ron Hextall's son to 1-year contract

    Newark Star-Ledger "Brett Hextall, son of Flyers general manager and Hall of Famer Ron Hextall, signed a contract Monday with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the team’s AHL affiliate, for the 2014-15 season. A sixth-round draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in 2008, Hextall, 26, played the past three seasons with the..." August 27

  • B's prospect Khokhlachev prepared for NHL shot

    CSN New England "By all rights, Alex Khokhlachev should have a decent shot to crack the NHL roster for the Bruins this season. It remains to be seen if that will happen in training camp, where there are a couple of open roster spots at forward, or during the season as one of the first reserves available for..." August 27

  • Flames sign Lance Bouma

    NHL.com "The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed centre Lance Bouma to a one-year contract. Bouma, a native of Provost, Alberta, played 78 games with the Flames last season netting five goals and 10 assists for 15 points and 41 penalty minutes and finished second in the NHL amongst..." August 27

  • Timonen headed to U.S., will see Flyers doctor

    Courier-Post "For as helpless as Flyers GM Ron Hextall felt at the beginning of the month when he found out his best defenseman was stuck in another country with blood clots in his leg and both lungs, he was much more subdued Tuesday. That’s because Kimmo Timonen was en route back to the United States after..." August 27

  • Penguins coach says team needs to 'lessen the load' on Crosby

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Mike Johnston understands that much of his success as coach of the Penguins will hinge on the performances of franchise centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. That's why Johnston visited Nova Scotia and Moscow this offseason to spend time with Crosby and Malkin — in their home countries, on..." August 27

  • Oilers optimistic Justin Schultz deal will get done before training camp

    Edmonton Journal "With Edmonton Oilers’ training camp only 25 days away, there is still one piece of unfinished business — getting Justin Schultz signed. There’s a possibility the defenceman may sign only a one-year deal if both parties can’t agree on the numbers for a two-year bridge contract. Fellow..." August 27

  • Westhead: Confidentiality talks stall Bertuzzi-Moore settlement

    TSN.ca "Lawyers for Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore are negotiating terms of a confidentiality agreement, a week after Bertuzzi's legal representative said the two sides reached a settlement. Since lawyer Geoff Adair confirmed a week ago to TSN that a settlement was reached, avoiding a trial that would..." August 26

  • Sedins' supporting cast crucial to Canucks' lineup

    NHL.com "The John Tortorella era was brief and not without its share of tumult for the Vancouver Canucks. After five straight seasons in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Canucks stumbled through Tortorella's lone season in charge, ultimately finishing with the third-worst record in the Western Conference...." August 26

  • Penguins aren’t in rush to re-sign Fleury

    Pro Hockey Talk "Although the Pittsburgh Penguins failed to live up to expectations in the 2014 playoffs, at least this time goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury escaped relatively unscathed. Before the 2013-14 campaign, Fleury had struggled in the Penguins’ recent postseason runs, which put his status as the team’s..." August 26

  • Lidstrom declines assistant coach job with Red Wings

    Calgary Sun "Citing family reasons, Nicklas Lidstrom won't be joining the Detroit Red Wings' coaching staff anytime soon. Wings bench boss Mike Babcock reached out to the legendary defenceman in June, asking if he'd like to try his hand at coaching, but the offer was respectfully declined. "It's true..." August 26

  • Lightning's Bishop hoping wrist is close to 100 percent before season starts

    TheScore.com "Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop recently offered insight into the wrist injury that hindered him for much of last season. The Vezina Trophy finalist told Dan Rosen of NHL.com he suffered the injury in January, and dealt with lingering effects throughout the remainder of the..." August 26

  • Vincent Lecavalier 'needs to change game a little bit,' says Flyers coach Craig Berube

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Flyers' puzzle piece that doesn’t fit needs to reinvent his game. Head coach Craig Berube's response to veteran center Vincent Lecavalier hearing his name in trade rumors all summer? “Get over it.” Berube’s response to apparently being stuck for another season with an aging four-time..." August 26

  • Aaron Ekblad ready to lace up for Panthers' home opener

    Toronto Star "Aaron Ekblad is getting back to work. The first overall draft pick of the Florida Panthers said on Saturday he’s free of any concussion-like symptoms less than three weeks after he took a hard hit in a world junior exhibition game. “The concussion is perfectly, completely gone. I feel..." August 26

  • Anderson, Senators agree to three-year extension

    NHL.com "The Ottawa Senators believe they have one of the best goaltending tandems in the NHL, and they acted Monday to ensure it will remain that way past this season. The Senators and goaltender Craig Anderson agreed to terms on a three-year, $12.6 million contract extension that keeps Anderson under..." August 26

  • Columnist cautions against holdout for Blue Jackets’ Johansen

    Columbus Dispatch "Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen is not a holdout. He is a vacationer for 27 more days, until training camp opens on Sept. 18. At the moment, he is not holding out on anything. Also, technically speaking, the term holdout does not apply to him. Holdouts are players who have contracts and..." August 25

  • Jamaica has another Winter Olympics dream: hockey

    CBSSports.com "Everyone loves an underdog. That's why we have a litany of underdogs in the movies, from Rocky Balboa to Rudy to a bobsled team from the island of Jamaica. Now there's a new real-life underdog story being written and again it's Jamaicans at the heart of this tale. Graeme Townshend, the first..." August 25

  • What do the Bruins expect from Torey Krug?

    Boston Globe "Torey Krug’s professional hockey career up until now has been anything but typical. The 5-foot-9 defenseman out of Michigan State went undrafted, only to be signed by the Bruins in March 2012. After spending all of the following season in Providence, Krug made his way into the Bruins' NHL..." August 25

  • Jordin Tootoo remains unsigned

    Tennessean "As players have been scooped up this offseason, one notable player to Predators fans remains unsigned: Jordin Tootoo. The Detroit Red Wings bought out his contract. Would Tootoo be a fit with the Predators? Probably not. They cut ties with him two summers ago, and do not seem like a team..." August 25

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