Thursday, April 30, 2015

Chicago Signs Gustafsson

Erik Gustafsson has signed with the Chicago Blackhawks according to the Second City Hockey blog. Gustafsson has spent the past two seasons playing defense for Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League. He had 29 points in 55 games last season. The 23 year-old was reportedly signed to an entry level contract.

Panarin to Blackhawks

According to a recent ESPN report, 23 year-old forward Artemi Panarin has signed a two year entry level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. Panarin was a leading point scorer in the KHL and helped his team win the league championship this past season.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NHL Notes: Lindback, Malkin

Anders Lindback, who played in net for the Buffalo Sabres most recently, would like to remain in Buffalo according to a report by ProHockeyTalk.  The netminder, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, posted a .924 save percentage in 16 contests with the Sabres.

If any team has expressed interest in obtaining one of the best players in the world from the Pittsburgh Penguins via trade, that will almost certainly not happen.  As quoted in a recent ESPN article, Penguins' GM Jim Rutherford stated:
"We don’t have any interest in that," Rutherford told when asked about trading Malkin. "Our core players are Sid [Crosby] and Geno, and [Kris] Letang and [Marc-Andre] Fleury and [Patric] Hornqvist. And we feel very strong about that core. But we have to continue to have complementary pieces to those players in order to have a better chance to play into June."
Malkin signed an eight-year contract extension with Pittsburgh in 2013.   

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rangers and Stars Updates

As reported by the New York Post, New York Rangers' defenseman Kevin Klein is ready to play in game one of the second round playoff series. Per Klein:
“I feel in good shape, I’ve been skating a lot, I feel strong, which is a positive,” Klein said. “I feel I can be out there 100 percent, and with the team.”

Klein had been out of the Rangers' lineup for an extended period of time due to an arm injury.

The Dallas Stars have had a few key players undergo hip surgery as reported in the Dallas Morning News recently. Trevor Daly, Jamie Benn and Ales Hemsky each had hip surgery, addressing hip pain they experienced during the season. It's expected that all three players will be ready for the start of next season in early October.

Monday, April 27, 2015

NHL Blog Round Up

Anaheim Calling reviews some key numbers associated with the AHL Norfolk Admirals three year association with the Anaheim Ducks. Notably, of the 28 players on the Ducks current playoff roster, 12 of them are Norfolk Admirals alumni.

Broad Street Hockey notes that the Philadelphia Flyers may be considering former Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins for their vacant head coach slot. Before joining Edmonton, Eakins was a highly sought after head coach prospect after guiding the AHL Toronto Marlies to two successive winning seasons.

PensBurgh looks at a particular talented offensive player from overseas who could fill a need for additional skill.

The New York Islanders have not played in a game seven, as they will tonight, in 12 years. They do have five players on their roster currently, who have participated in a game seven, as noted by Islanders Point Blank.

NHL Notes

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Johnston believes that his team has the right "core pieces" in place for a run to the Stanley Cup, per a recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Columbus Blue Jackets lost a whopping 502 man-games due to injury this past season, as noted in a graphic shared by Aaron Portzline via Twitter.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild will meet in the second round of the NHL a playoffs for the second consecutive year, as noted in a series preview by Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NHL Notes

Tyler Johnson was the only undrafted player in the list of top 20 NHL scorers this season, notes the Tampa Tribune. Johnson scored twice in Tampa Bay's 5-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings yesterday. More news and notes from around the league:

Amongst all the talk about the Buffalo Sabres not having the number one overall pick in this year's NHL entry draft, but rather the second overall pick, Mike Harrington notes in the Buffalo News that the Sabres will still meet their needs in drafting a prime pivot.

Big picture: For the first time in nearly three decades, the Sabres will draft a true No. 1 center they can build around. Eichel has all the tools to become a franchise player, which is what the Sabres wanted all along.

Former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle is ready and willing to get back behind the bench writes Gary Lawless in the Winnipeg Free Press. Carlyle, an accomplished veteran head coach, could wind up in one of several NHL locations, including Buffalo and New Jersey.

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