Saturday, May 30, 2015

Franzen Working Way Back to Red Wings

Johan Franzen, who suffered a concussion in early 2015, is working his way back from that injury and although there have been setbacks it is hoped that he can return from the injury by the start of training camp, and that is how Detroit Red Wings' General Manager Ken Holland is proceeding.  The big, 35 year-old forward has 5 years remaining on his contract, but if he is not ready by the start of next season, the Red Wings could place him on long-term injured reserve and gain some salary cap relief, as noted by writer Ansar Khan.  In additional Red Wings news:

  • The Red Wings will not announce their new head coach until after their AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins complete their run to the Calder Cup, as reported at ESPN.  It's fully expected that the Griffins' current head coach, Jeff Blashill, will become the next head coach of the Red Wings.
  • 2013 first-round draft pick Anthony Mantha will be pressed to continue to work on his game and become an elite NHL player, per a recent article in the Detroit Free Press.  Jeff Blashill noted that with increased consistency and force, Mantha can become a top-tier player:  "I think Anthony has a skill set to be really good at the NHL level," Jeff Blashill told the Free Press. "He needs to change his habit of how he skates every day in games. Because of his elite ability, he could play without moving his feet in juniors. He needs to learn to skate at a more consistent basis, get into puck battles, and when he has puck, skate to attack. If he gets that habit, he will be an elite player."  Mantha notched 33 points in 62 regular season games for the Griffins this past season.  

Sergey Kalinin Signs with New Jersey Devils

Former Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) forward Sergey Kalinin signed an entry level contract with the New Jersey Devils according to the team's official website.  Kalinin spent the past six seasons (he played in one game during the 2009-10 season) playing with Omsk Avangard of the KHL, most recently putting up 25 points in 58 games (watch his first KHL goal here).  The 24 year-old has played in the World Junior Championships (2011) and the World Championships (2014), winning gold each time.

The one-year deal is automatic in the Collective Bargaining Agreement for a 24 year-old entry level contract, as noted by Tom Gulitti at northjersey.com

Columbus Re-Signs Falk

Columbus locked up another defenseman, re-signing Justin Falk to a one-year deal according to NHL.com.  The Blue Jackets acquired Falk is a March trade with the Minnesota Wild, which sent Falk and a fifth-round pick to Columbus in exchange for Jordan Leopold.  Jarmo Kekalainen, GM of Columbus, indicated his pleasure with retaining Falk for the Blue Jackets' defensive corps, as quoted at NHL.com:
"Justin is a good, young defenseman who was a solid addition to our hockey club late last season and we are pleased that he will continue to be a part of our group on the blue line next season," said Kekalainen. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Goloubef Signs Two-Year Extension with Columbus

Defenseman Cody Goloubef has signed a two-year extension to remain with the Columbus Blue Jackets through the 2016-17 season, as reported by Yahoo Sports.  The 25 year-old blueliner was taken 37th overall in the 2008 NHL entry draft by Columbus.  Goloubef spent 36 games with Columbus last season, garnering nine points (all assists).  According to the Columbus Dispatch, the deal is one-way paying Goloubef $700,000 in 2015-16 and $800,000 in 2016-17.  Goloubef made it clear, as quoted in the Dispatch, that he wanted to remain with Columbus.
“I’ve grown with these guys and with this organization,” Goloubef said. “This is where I wanted to be. (Unrestricted free agency) wasn’t something I really wanted to do. I like what we’ve got going on here, and it’s going to be a winning team.”

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bylsma To Coach Buffalo

One more coaching slot has been filled as the Buffalo Sabres have hired Dan Bylsma as their new head coach according to SportsNet. Bylsma, the former head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins has previously led a team to a Stanley Cup and was the 2011 NHL coach of the year. As quoted in the SportsNet article, the hiring was delayed briefly due to arrangements being made for compensation to Pittsburgh:
And his hiring was delayed briefly after the Sabres were required under NHL rules to give up a 2016 third-round draft pick as compensation because Bylsma's contract with Pittsburgh ran through June 2016.

It was thought that the New Jersey Devils might be the front runner for Bylsma's services after GM Ray Shero asked permission to speak with Bylsma earlier in the week.



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sharks New Head Coach: Pete DeBoer

As reported by Pierre LeBrun at ESPN, the San Jose Sharks are set to announce the hiring of former Florida Panthers' and New Jersey Devils' head coach, Pete DeBoer, as the new head coach of the Sharks. It's reported in the ESPN article that the Sharks will announce DeBoer as their new head coach by the end of this week. DeBoer will fill the shoes previously worn by Todd McLellan, who after a mutual parting of ways with the Sharks' franchise, landed in Edmonton where he will be the new head coach with new GM Peter Chiarelli, for the Oilers.





Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hitchcock and Blues Agree To Extension

Incumbent head coach Ken Hitchcock and the St. Louis Blues agreed to a one year contract extension as reported at Pro Hockey Talk. Although it was not a certainty that Hitchcock would return to St. Louis, it cannot be denied that he has great success with the Blues during the regular season. Hitchcock and St. Louis will look to build on that success by carrying it over to the post-season in 2016. As reported in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Hitchcock will also bring back his coaching staff for next season.




Monday, May 25, 2015

New Jersey Speaking with Bylsma, Hynes

The New Jersey Devils have asked and been granted permission to speak with both Dan Bylsma, former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach, and John Hynes, coach of the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, as reported by Rich Chere at NJ.com.  Given the Devils recently hired former Penguins General Manager Ray Shero, who worked with Bylsma while both were in Pittsburgh, there is a strong chance that Bylsma becomes the leading candidate to fill the head coach position in New Jersey.  

Leafs Sign Carrick

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Sam Carrick to a one-year deal, as reported in the Toronto Sun.  The 23 year-old pivot saw 16 games of NHL action with the Leafs, while primarily taking a lead role with the Toronto Mariles this past season.  A checking forward who can score, Carrick notched 27 points in 59 games for the Marlies in 2014-15.  While with the big club, he picked up a goal and an assist, registering nine penalty minutes as well.  Carrick was selected 144th overall by the Leafs in the 2010 NHL entry draft.  

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Andrew Hammond Extended by Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Andrew Hammond to a three-year deal according to TSN. The deal is valued at $4.05 million over the three years of the extension. The netminder known as the "Hamburglar" would have been one of the most sought after free agents this summer if he had not re-signed with Ottawa. His spectacular play towards the end of the 2014-15 season helped guide Ottawa into the playoffs. In 24 regular season games, Hammond put up a minuscule 1.79 goals-against-average this past season.




Brodeur Named Assistant GM for St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues have named former New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur as their assistant general manager according to a recent report at NHL.com. It was announced as a three year deal. Brodeur had been advising with the St. Louis Blues after a brief stint as their backup goaltender however he wanted a larger role. As reported in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, part of the interest on Brodeur's part was related to stability in a hockey position, a scenario to which he has been accustomed.







Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Babcock to Coach Toronto

Although it was reported that Mike Babcock was in negotiations with the Buffalo Sabres, he eventually wound up going to the team with the most cachet, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Some thought he would stay with his longtime employer, the Detroit Red Wings. The San Jose Sharks were also noted to have filed the requisite paperwork in order to speak with Babcock however they were probably never in close contention for his services. Babcock becomes the 30th head coach in the Toronto Maple Leafs storied history. He will take over a team that many think has underachieved in recent years. After making the playoffs and almost beating the Boston Bruins in seven games two years ago, the maple leaves failed to qualify for the playoffs this past season after a head-coaching change in the middle of the campaign.







Bruins Name Sweeney as GM

The Boston Bruins have named Don Sweeney as their new General Manager according to a press release from the team. Sweeney will be the eighth GM in the Bruins' history according to the release.



Oilers Announce McLellan as Head Coach

As expected, the Edmonton Oilers announced Todd McClellan as their new head coach as reported on TSN. The agreement is a five year deal. The Edmonton Journal has published a good overview of McLellan's NHL a career. It notes that the former San Jose Sharks head coach was the second fastest NHL head coach to reach 300 career regular-season wins trailing only Bruce Boudreau.

The Edmonton Oilers and general manager Peter Chiarelli got the man they wanted for the head coach position as evidenced by this quote at NHL.com:
"Todd was at the top of my list for a number of reasons," Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "I thought the fit was right with our personnel. I thought the fit was right with the way I manage, and in this business when you want to get a top coach, you have to act quickly.







Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Babcock to Buffalo?

A report has recently surfaced indicating that Mike Babcock has been in contract negotiations with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. The Buffalo Sabres are one of three NHL teams, other than Babcock's current team the Detroit Red Wings, who are in contention for his services including the San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs. It is widely expected that Mike Babcock will announce where he will be coaching next year on Wednesday.




Sharks Join Babcock Pursuit

Although it was initially reported that only two NHL teams had filed the necessary paperwork to speak with current Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, it has since come out that the San Jose Sharks have also filed the required paperwork and will be speaking with Mike Babcock in advance of his decision, expected this week on where he will coach next season.

The Sharks head coach position opened after the regular season, when the team and Todd McLellan parted ways. McLellan is expected to be formally announced as the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers this week.







Monday, May 18, 2015

McLellan to Coach Oilers

According to a recent report on TSN, Todd McClellan will be the next head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. There was much speculation about who the next Oiler's head coach would be, including the possibility of Mike Babcock being at the helm. However, the front runner always seem to be Todd McLellan, the former head coach of the San Jose Sharks.




Philadelphia Flyers Name Hakstol as Head Coach

The Philadelphia Flyers have named Dave Hakstol as their new head coach according to NHL.com. Hakstol spent 11 seasons at the helm for North Dakota's collegiate hockey team which has had much success in recent times. According to the article on NHL.com, a move of this type is not very common.
The last coach to go directly from the college ranks to the NHL without any previous NHL experience was Bob Johnson, who was hired by the Calgary Flames from the University of Wisconsin in 1981. Previous to that the Detroit Red Wings had hired Ned Harkness from Cornell University in 1970.

Hakstol will become the Flyers' 19th head coach as reported at philly.com.






Sunday, May 17, 2015

Three Teams Vying for Babcock

It seems that three teams are in contention for the services of coach Mike Babcock, per a recent report on SportsNet. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres have filed papers to speak with Mike Babcock, and it seems that they are the only two teams to do so. So it's down to those two teams and Babcock's most recent employer, the Detroit Red Wings, for the three possible teams that will have Babcock behind the bench in 2015-16.

As reported on NHL.com, Babcock recently spoke with Darren Dreger of TSN, and expects his decision to be made within the week.
"The decision date is going to be moved up," Babcock told Dreger in an interview conducted at the IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic. "I'll bet you by [May] 20, I'm going to know what I'm doing."







Saturday, May 16, 2015

Forward Martinsen Signs With Colorado

Forward Andreas Martinsen has signed with the Colorado Avalanche, on a one-year entry level contract as reported in the Denver Post.  Martinsen was most recently playing in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. A native of Norway, the 24 year-old winger had 41 points and 99 penalty minutes in 50 games for Duesseldorf EG this past season.  A relatively big forward at roughly 6' 2'' and 240 lbs., Martinsen will provide some toughness matched with scoring ability if he makes Colorado's NHL team.  

Friday, May 15, 2015

Babcock's Decision by May 20?

As reported recently on ProHockeyTalk, Mike Babcock's decision on where he will be coaching next season could come as early as May 20. We noted here a week ago, that Babcock had been given permission by the Detroit Red Wings and GM Ken Holland to speak with other NHL teams about coaching positions. Although Babcock has been given permission and has spoken with other teams, it's been made clear that there is no guarantee that he will be leaving Detroit.







Ducks Sign Kase

The Anaheim Ducks have signed Ondrej Kase to a three year deal according to the team's website. The 205th overall selection in the 2014 NHL entry draft hails from the Czech Republic.







Canucks Sign Subban For 3 Years

The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenseman Jordan Subban to a three-year deal. The fourth round draft pick of the Canucks in the 2013 NHL entry draft most recently played in the OHL with the Belleville Bulls. This past season he put up a hefty 25 goals in 63 games for the team. Jordan is the brother of Montréal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and Boston Bruins goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban.




Thursday, May 14, 2015

Canucks Sign Stewart

The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenseman MacKenze Stewart to an entry level contract according to TSN. The 19 year-old native of Calgary, Alberta played in 66 games for the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL last season, notching 11 points. Interestingly, although Stewart was drafted as a defenseman by the Canucks in 2014, according to a report in the Vancouver Sun, the team will look to utilize Stewart as a winger.





Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Oilers Sign Goaltender Laurikainen

The Edmonton Oilers have signed goaltender Eetu Laurikainen, as confirmed by Ryan Rishaug on Twitter. The 22 year-old goalie hailing from Finland most recently suited up in the SM-liiga.

As for where Laurikainen will fit into the Oilers plans, there is a suggestion that he would start in the AHL with Edmonton's prospect netminder of the same age, Laurent Brossoit.







Wild and Dubnyk Deal Before July 1?

Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher met with breakout goaltender Devan Dubnyk recently to convey how much the Wild would like to retain Dubnyk's services for the future, according to a report in the Minnesota Star Tribune. And it seems that the Dubnyk wants to remain a member of the Wild:
“I’m not going to go look elsewhere if there is no need to, and obviously that depends on what comes and how those conversations are going,” Dubnyk said.


Dubnyk is currently set to become an unrestricted free agent on July1, but it seems like if the numbers and term are right, he would stay with Minnesota. The 29 year-old netminder has spent time with the Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators and Arizona Coyotes, before landing with the Wild and having spectacular season. Backstopping Minnesota on their way to the playoffs, Dubnyk put up a very impressive 1.78 GAA and save percentage of .936 in 2014-15.





Monday, May 11, 2015

Peter Regin Signs in KHL

Peter Regin, set to become a Chicago Blackhawks unrestricted free agent, has signed with KHL team Jokerit, according to a recent report. The forward, originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators, most recently played in four NHL games this past season with the Chicago Blackhawks. He spent most of his time this past season with the AHL Rockford Ice Hogs, appearing and 69 games and putting up 41 points.





Svedberg to KHL

The Boston Bruins' backup goaltender this past season, Niklas Svedberg, has signed to play in the KHL with Salavat Yulaev. Backing up Tukka Rask for Boston, Svedberg notched a 2.33 GAA and a .918 save percentage. He was set to become a restricted free agent this summer.




Babcock Meets With Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres and Mike Babcock met on Sunday to discuss their head coach vacancy according to a report by SportsNet. Babcock met with both Sabres' owner Terry Pegula and their general manager Tim Murray. It's expected that Buffalo is just one of a handful of teams that Babcock will meet with over the next few weeks about open coaching positions. Other teams thought to be interested in Babcock's services include the Philadelphia Flyers, the New Jersey Devils, the Edmonton Oilers, the San Jose Sharks, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.








Sunday, May 10, 2015

Senators Sign O'Connor

The Ottawa Senators have signed free agent goaltender Matt O'Connor, who recently led his Boston University Terriers to the NCAA title game, eventually won by the Providence College Friars. In 35 games for the Terriers, O'Connor put up a 2.18 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage, last season. O'Connor's services were in demand by several NHL teams. He will most likely play for the Senators' AHL affiliate in Binghamton. O'Connor joins a Senators squad of netminders that includes three NHL starters in Craig Anderson, Robin Lehner and Andrew "The Hamburglar" Hammond. Anderson and Lehner are both under contract for next season, while Hammond is currently slated to become an unrestricted free agent.







Oilers Next Head Coach?

There has been much speculation that the next Edmonton Oilers head coach will be either Mike Babcock or Todd McLellan. It seems that the Oilers are in particular pursuing former San Jose Sharks head coach McLellan, according to a recent report on SportsNet. McLellan has been coaching Team Canada during the recent World Championships, and getting a good look at Oilers' players Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.

Mike Babcock has been given permission by the Detroit Red Wings to speak with other NHL teams, and it would not be surprising if the Oilers wanted to chat with him about their head coach position. The question remains however, as several teams are looking to secure a head coach, if the Oilers would want to lock into an expedient agreement with McLellan, before holding full discussions with Babcock.






Saturday, May 9, 2015

NHL Signings: Tootoo, Turgeon

The New Jersey Devils have re-signed forward Jordin Tootoo, at $825,000 for one year as reported on nj.com by Rich Chere. This deal was something that had been worked on prior to the arrival of new GM Ray Shero and the offer was just recently signed by Tootoo. The tough winger began his NHL a career with the Nashville Predators in 2003-04. Last season, he played in 68 games for New Jersey, garnering 15 points and 72 penalty minutes.

Dominic Turgeon, the 63rd overall draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 2014, signed a three-year entry level contract with Detroit according to Ansar Khan on mlive.com. The pivot spent the past tour seasons with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL, most recently putting up 43 points in 67 games for the team. Dominic is the son of former NHL player Pierre Turgeon.









Rozsival Out For Season

Michal Rozsival, defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks, fractured his ankle in the team's game 4 and series ending victory over the Minnesota Wild. He will not return for the remainder of the playoffs this season, as reported on NHL.com. Rozsival's ankle fractured as he was skating backwards defending Thomas Vanek as he rushed into the Chicago zone.






Friday, May 8, 2015

Babcock Speaking To Teams

The Detroit Red Wings have granted permission to head coach Mike Babcock to speak with other NHL teams, as reported on ProHockeyTalk. To speak with Babcock, teams will need to sign a letter of intent that binds them to give the Red Wings a third round draft pick within the next three seasons if they hire Babcock, per a recent article by Ansar Khan. It's expected that the Wings and GM Ken Holland will know within a few weeks whether Babcock will be coaching a new team or remaining with the Red Wings. Babcock has been with Detroit since 2005 and has much success with his squads there. There are a handful of NHL teams looking for a head coach who would no doubt be interested in his services at the relatively low asking price of a third round draft pick.





Thursday, May 7, 2015

Nashville Notes: Mazanec, Fisher

The Nashville Predators announced on their website that the team has signed 23 year-old netminder Marek Mazanec to a one-year, two way contract. Mazanec would fill an insurance goaltender role for the Predators playing behind one of the best in the league in Pekka Rinne.

Mazanec filled in admirably for Rinne during the 2013-14 season, getting into 25 games for Nashville and putting up a .902 save percentage and 2.80 GAA.

In other Nashville news, GM David Poile has made it clear that re-signing forward Mike Fisher will be a priority for the team, as reported in the Tennessean. According to the report, Poile makes it clear that he wants Fisher back on the Nashville Predators next season:
Mike Fisher, we would love to have him back," Poile said. "He represents so much to our team, both on and off the ice. ... He's a real leader. I truly feel that the best place for Mike is here in Nashville. As long as I'm the manager, he can play as long as he wants."

Fisher, a 34 year-old veteran who has spent the past five seasons with Nashville, continues to produce, most recently putting 39 points up in 59 regular season games.




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Islanders Notes: Persson, Matthias?

John Persson, a 2011 draft pick of the New York Islanders, will be playing with Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League, effectively ending his association with the New York Islanders and Bridgeport Sound Tigers, as reported by Lighthouse Hockey. Persson, a native of Sweden, played in 10 games with the Islanders at the NHL level in 2013-14, notching a goal. He spent the majority of 2013-14 with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, putting up 16 points in 46 games. In 54 games in 2014-15, purely at the AHL level with Bridgeport, he notched 21 points. In returning home, Persson reportedly signed a two year deal with Farjestad. The 22 year-old forward's entry-level contract with New York expired at the end of this season. John will be joining his brother Johan who also plays in the SEL with Farjestad.

In looking at the Islanders needs for next season, Newsday's Arthur Staple notes that a winger to join John Tavares on the first line as a consistent line mate may be in order, if not a high priority. One forward's name bantered around was Shawn Matthias, who was with the Vancouver Canucks last season, but becomes a UFA on July 1 if not re-signed before then. The 27 year-old forward scored a strong 18 goals in 78 games for Vancouver this past season. Matthias earned $1.75 million for 2014-15, and if the Isles could get him for an annual number not much above that, it would be a win for them.




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Wagner Back With Ducks

Anaheim Ducks center Chris Wagner is back with the team, as reported in the Orange County Register, after suffering an upper body injury in game two of the Ducks first round playoff series against the Winnipeg Jets.

Wagner saw nine games of regular season service with Anaheim this year, and put up 28 points in 48 games with the Ducks AHL affiliate Norfolk Admirals.





Monday, May 4, 2015

New Jersey Hires Shero

The New Jersey Devils have hired former Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero to the same position according to a recent post at ProHockeyTalk. Longtime New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello will remain with the team in the role of President of Hockey Operations. In eight years with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ray Shero brought home a Stanley Cup. Next on the list of hires for New Jersey will be a full-time head coach. The Devils were coached by Adam Oates and Scott Stevens for the last piece of their 2014-15 NHL season.

Lou Lamoriello had served as the New Jersey Devils' General Manager since way back in 1987. During his tenure in the GM capacity, Lou guided the Devils to three Stanley Cup Championships (1995, 2000, and 2003).

Both Ray Shero and Lou Lamoriello will consult with the Devils' team owners on major decisions, however, the new permanent head coach will be determined by Shero according to the team's website.








Sunday, May 3, 2015

Capitals Recall Schmidt

The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Nate Schmidt from their AHL affiliate in Hershey as tweeted by Mike Morreale of NHL.com.

Schmidt had 4 points in 39 games with the Capitals this season and in 19 games with the Hershey Bears he put up 9 points.

The recall move is believed to be largely insurance for an injured Tim Gleason. According to an article in the Washington Post, Schmidt will take warm-ups with the Capitals before game 3 against the Rangers, and if Gleason is deemed healthy enough to play that game, Schmidt will be reassigned to the Bears as they compete in the AHL Calder Cup playoffs against the Hartford Wolfpack.





Sabres' Biggest Need

The Buffalo Sabres' biggest need is a top line right winger according to a recent article in the Buffalo News by John Vogl. Tyler Ennis has shown much improvement, and as Vogl writes, "has shown flashes of brilliance". If he is on the second line, the Sabres become a stronger team.

Looking to unrestricted free agency, All-Star caliber right wingers are scarce. Martin St. Louis may be the most sought after, however, he has made his desire to stay in New York City clear. A trade could be a possibility. The most likely chips Buffalo could include in a package would be related to their high draft slot. Don't expect them to part with their number two overall pick though, which will most likely be spent on Hobey Baker Award winning Jack Eichel.







Giordano Skates With Flames

Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano has been out of the team's lineup since late February when he suffered a torn biceps which required surgery. And although the Flames have overachieved in the absence of their captain, defeating the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the NHL playoffs, they certainly could use the on-ice talent of their team leader. There is no specific time table for Giordano's return. there was a positive sign for Calgary in Giordano's skating with the Flames at a recent practice however, as reported by ESPN.



Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bourque Recalled by Rangers

As reported in a tweet by New York Daily News writer Pat Leonard, the New York Rangers recalled forward Ryan Bourque for today's playoff game against the Washington Capitals. In 73 games with the AHL Hartford Wolfpack this season, Bourque, a 2009 Rangers draft pick, scored 12 goals and had 20 assists.




Howard: Trade Request Not in Plans

Although rookie netminder Petr Mrazek played phenomenally for the Detroit Red Wings towards the end of their 2014-15 season, eventually ending in a seven game series with the Tampa Bay Lighting, veteran Red Wings' goalie Jimmy Howard has no plans to request a trade in the offseason according to Sports Illustrated. Quite the contrary, Howard plans on competing for the starting position in Detroit's net for 2015-16. Howard was drafted by Detroit in 2003 and has had the lion's share of time in net for the Red Wings since the 2009-10 season.







Friday, May 1, 2015

Canucks Sign Labate

The Vancouver Canucks have signed Joseph Labate according to the team's website. The tall forward who played collegiately for the Wisconsin Badgers, put up 83 points in 150 games for the team. Labate was originally selected by the Canucks with the 101st pick of the 2011 NHL entry draft.








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