Wednesday, July 31, 2013

NHL Snap Shots: Avalanche, Sharks, Leafs, Wild, Rangers, Flames and Canucks

Francois Allaire, according to the Denver Post, will be a goaltending coach for the Colorado Avalanche and head coach Patrick Roy this coming season. Roy and fellow goaltender and current member of the Avalanche, Jean-Sebastian Giguere, both highly endorse the skills of Allaire in improving their own games. Look for Allaire to work closely with current Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov over the next season.  In other recent news from around the NHL:

  • ESPN reports that the San Jose Sharks have signed Joe Pavelski to a five-year contract extension. The former seventh-round draft pick of the Sharks in 2003 has now become a cornerstone of their franchise.  He has 336 points in 479 regular season games with San Jose, to go with 50 points in 74 playoff games.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenseman Mark Fraser to a one-year deal according to NHL.com.  The deal is reportedly worth $1.275 million for the blueliner drafted by New Jersey in 2005.  
  • According to Yahoo!, the Minnesota Wild have re-signed defenseman Tyler Cuma to a one-year contract.  The 23 year-old from Toronto was taken in the first round of the 2008 NHL draft by Minnesota.
  • The New York Rangers agreed to terms with forward Mats Zuccarello according to the New York Post.  The Norwegian winger has played parts of three seasons with the Rangers, notching 34 points in 67 regular season games and seven points in 13 playoff games.  
  • The Calgary Flames have signed center Josh Jooris to a two-year entry level contract according to NHL.com.  
  • The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Ronald Kennins according to NHL.com. 


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