Latest Contracts: Leafs, Rangers, Stars, Flames

Maple Leafs HotStove: The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed UFA David Booth to a 1-year, $1.1 million contract

Austin Legendre: The Calgary Flames have re-signed Joe Colborne to a 2-year/$2.55M extension, avoiding arbitration. $1.275M cap hit. Mats Zuccarello and the New York Rangers avoided salary arbitration as they agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

Dallas Stars: The Dallas Stars and Antoine Roussel avoided salary arbitration with a 4-year deal worth $8 million.

Leafs Management Shake-up

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Kyle Dubas as the team’s new assistant general manager.

As part of a front office restructuring, the Leafs also let go vice president of hockey operations Dave Poulin and assistant general manager Claude Loiselle.

David Pagnotta: Pretty significant maangement changes in Toronto today, with the team letting go Dave Poulin & Claude Loiselle, and hiring 28-yr-old Kyle Dubas as Assistant General manager.

Jeff Marek: Ask anyone in the hockey industry and they’ll tell you ‘it was only a matter of time’ until @kyledubas made it to the NHL.

Chris Johnston: The Toronto Maple Leafs front office shakeup signals a massive change in direction.

Darren Dreger: Not shocking, but Maple Leafs shake-up certainly surprising. Both Poulin and Loiselle said to have 3 yrs remaining on contracts.

Morning Notes: Leafs, Oilers, Ovechkin, Rangers, Ekblad

Edmonton Journal: Even with signing a 1-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Cody Franson is on the trade block. Are the Edmonton Oilers be interested?

Washington Post: Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin and Russian tennis pro Maria Kirilenko have broken off their engagement.

NYPost: Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers could avoid a arbitration hearing. Kreider is seeking 2-years at $2.8 million and the Rangers for two years at an average $2.05 million.

Jason Kay: In the August issue of The Hockey News, Dale Hawerchuk says Aaron Ekblad’s “a bigger, stronger, Nick Lidstrom type of player.”

NHL Rumors: Leafs, Blue Jackets, Blackhawks

James Mirtle: Was told early in weekend that Leafs would settle in $3.25-million range. Same source said Franson would then be dealt, so we’ll see.

CBC: Montreal, looking for size up front, asked the Leafs about Joffrey Lupul. It sounds like the Maple Leafs will keep him. Can you replace a 25-goal scorer for $5.25 million, his current cap hit? That’s a good number.

Columbus Dispatch: The Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen are still far apart in contract talks. A source saying that Johansen’s camp recently sent a second contract offer to the Blue Jackets, a two-year deal.

Chicago Sun-Times: The Chicago Blackhawks will be either $1.3 mil or $2.2 mil over the salary cap depending on whether Teuvo Teravainen is given a roster spot. GM Stan Bowman doesn’t appear to be worried. Trade talk usually picks up in September.

Salary Arbitration News – July 21, 2014

Steve Simmons: Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson avoids arbitration. Signs one year deal at 3.3 million with the Leafs.

Ken Campbell: Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly asking for $6.75 million in arbitration. The Avs are offering $5.525 million. O’Reilly elects one-year deal.

Elliotte Freidman: New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider requests $2.8M. Rangers have offered a two-year deal at $1.9, then $2.2.

Stephen Whyno: The St. Louis Blues announce an arbitrator has awarded a one-year deal for Vladimir Sobotka that will go into effect upon return his return from the KHL. He will receive $2.725 million.

Latest Dion Phaneuf rumors

Trade rumors have been quiet but Dion Phaneuf rumors are starting to swirl around again.

Karan Thakur: Talks between the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs regarding Phaneuf have rekindled. No offers on the table as of yet. The San Jose Sharks are also interested.

Here are the latest rumors going around:

Morning Roundup: Blue Jackets, Panthers, Rangers The Columbus Blue Jackets did not make many moves this offseason except for acquiring Scott Hartnell. Columbus president of hockey operations John Davidson sees a fully formed team capable of taking a big step during the 2014-15 season.

The Toronto Sun: When Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon was thinking of trading the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft and moving back, the player he wanted to select was William Nylander, the Leafs No. 1 choice. The New York Rangers have signed veteran forward Lee Stempniak to a one-year contract. The contract is worth $900,000.

The Score: New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot has updated his Ghostbusters mask to include Zuul and Bill Murray.

Cam Talbot Ghostbusters Goalie Mask

Leafs Cody Franson headed to Arbitration

Cody Franson is headed to arbitration. In arbitration, player and team must submit a figure 48 hrs before hearing.

Franson is looking for $4.2 million. The Toronto Maple Leafs have submitted $2 million/year. They can still settle beforehand.

Morning Rumors: Jets, Avalanche, Penguins, Panthers

Winnipeg Sun: Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff is still looking for help up front. The Jets have looked at bringing in right-winger Lee Stempniak (he could be signing with the New York Rangers soon), other UFA’s that could fit the bill on a short-term deal include David Booth and Daniel Winnick.

Denver Post: It appear Ryan O’Reilly is headed to arbitration on Wednesday. He will likely want a 1-year deal and more than likely he will be traded either before the season starts or at some point during the season. The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Simon Despres to a two-year contract. Despres contract has an average annual value (AAV) of $900,000.

Harvey Fialkov: Florida Panthers GM Dave Tallon still looking to trade a young defensemen for veteran d-man or scorer. Sounds like Robak and Petro are on the block.

Quick Hits: Coyotes, Panthers, Rangers – July 18, 2014

Sarah McLellan: The Arizona Coyotes have announced they’ve signed this year’s first pick Brendan Perlini to a three-year entry-level deal.

Sun Sentinel: The Florida Panthers have signed defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to a 3-year $13 million deal.

The Hockey News: Larry Brooks of the New York Post has stated Rick Nash will not be traded anytime soon. He has a no-movement clause that end after the 2014-15 season. Next summer could be a different story.

Morning NHL news: Philly, Rangers, Canucks Jeremy Roenick thinks goalie Steve Mason is not the Philadelphia Flyers answer for a Stanley Cup run.

“I like Steve Mason, but I don’t think [he] is the answer to winning a Stanley Cup,”

NYPost: The New York Rangers are continuing to negotiate with restricted free agents Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard, all of whom have filed for salary arbitration. Vancouver Canucks’ top prospect Bo Horvat trims down, and aims for roster spot this upcoming season.

“It’s not like I am overweight or anything; it’s just trying to get quick, get leaner and a little bit lighter and try to work on my speed and my agility.”

Nightime Roundup: Del Zotto, Ducks, Habs, Sharks

Sportsnet: Free agent Michael Del Zotto to prove doubters wrong. Del Zotto has been talking to “a bunch” of teams—“obviously there’s interest”.

NHL Ducks: The Anaheim Ducks have signed left wing Antoine Laganiere to a one-year contract.

The Score: Patrice Brisebois is reportedly leaving the club for personal reasons after being the director of player development for the Montreal Canadiens.

The Mecury News: Defenseman Jason Demers has signed a two-year, $6.8 million contract with the San Jose Sharks.