Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ilya Bryzgalov headed to Pittsburgh?

Rumors are heating up that Ilya Bryzgalov could sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins are without backup goalie Tomas Vokoun, he is out long term with blood clot issues in his hip.

The Philadelphia Flyers used its second and final compliance buyout to terminate the remaining seven seasons of Bryzgalov’s contract, making him a UFA.

Ilya Bryzgalov to Pittsburgh


Jannik Hansen signs contract extension

Jannik Hansen has signed a 4-year, $10 million contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks.

“It’s something I wanted,” Hansen told reporters after practice. “We’re a good fit. I like it here. To come to a new agreement now, it makes it a lot easier on the sour days. It was something that I was hopeful that they’d be willing to do.”

The new deal will kick in at the start of the 2014-15 season, so the Canucks have effectively locked him up for five seasons.

Hanson, 27, who had 10 goals and 17 assists in 47 games for Vancouver last season. He was selected by Vancouver in the seventh round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Jannik Hansen Contract


Joe Colborne traded to Calgary

The Calgary Flames acquired Toronto Maple Leafs centre Joe Colborne for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft.

Colborne was among the players fighting for one of the final spots on the Leafs roster but did not stand out in the pre-season.

Colborne, 23, joins a host of other young players who are expected to be given big minutes by the rebuilding Flames.

Jay Feaster statement:

“He fits in very well with our rebuild and provides size up the middle which we believe is critical going forward. The fact that he is from Calgary is an added bonus. We look forward to welcoming him to the Flames family.”

Joe Colborne traded to Calgary


Raffi Torres has torn ACL

Raffi Torres has undergone surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

Torres is expected back later this season.

Torres was injured in a collision with Anaheim forward Emerson Etem.

The San Jose Sharks were counting on Torres to provide energy and physical play this year. His acquisition late last season provided a needed spark to the team before he was suspended for the final six playoff games for an illegal hit on Los Angeles forward Jarret Stoll.

The Sharks signed Torres to a three-year, $6 million contract in June.

Raffi Torres ACL Injury


Phil Kessel Contract Talks

Will Phil Kessel sign a contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs?

Leafs GM Dave Nonis will try and sign Phil Kessel to a contract extension before the start of the NHL season.

Kessel has said he doesn’t want to talk contract during the season. The Leafs could always re-sign him after the season if they can’t work out a deal before Tuesday. But that is taking a HUGE risk as Kessel could walk and become an unrestricted free agent.

Nonis hopes to have at least one serious negotiation meeting with Kessel’s agent, Wade Arnott, before Monday.

It could take an eight year deal between $60 and $64 million.

Phil Kessel Contract Talks


Derek Stepan agrees to Contract

Derek Stepan has agreed to a two-year contract with the New York Rangers.

Stepan, 23, is expected to be the Rangers’ No. 1 centre, led the team with 44 points last season and was second to Rick Nash with 18 goals while playing all 48 games.

He had been seeking $3.5 million per season, while the Rangers were offering around $3 million. The new deal is for a total of $6.15 million — $2.3 million this season and $3.85 million in 2014-15.

Derek Stepan Contract


Cody Franson signs with Leafs

Cody Franson has agreed to terms with the Toronto Maple Leafs on a 1-year, $2 million contract.

Franson, 26, has spent the last two seasons of his four-year NHL career with the Leafs, after being acquired in a trade with the Nashville Predators.

In 45 games last season, Franson scored four goals and a career high 25 assists, with a plus-8 rating.

Franson was drafted in thed thir round, 79th overall of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Predators. He made his debut during the 2009-10 season and spent the first two years of his career in Nashville.

Cody Franson Contract


Damien Brunner signs with Devils

Damien Brunner has signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the New Jersey Devils.

Brunner has been attending the Devils’ training camp on a professional tryout.

Brunner, 27, spent last season, his first in the NHL, with the Detroit Red Wings where he tallied 12 goals and 14 assists in 44 games.

Damien Brunner Contract


Tim Thomas Closing in on NHL Return

Two-time Vezina Trophy winner, Tim Thomas, is looking increasingly likely to secure his return to the NHL with the Florida Panthers, after the goaltender’s year out of the game.

The veteran keeper returned to the ice by taking part in the Panthers preseason training camp and a number of NHL betting pundits have suggested that the franchise are now in-line to offer the 39-year old a deal to sign for the Floridians.

The four-time All Star recently revealed that he did not even watch games during his season off, until the playoffs, where he saw his former Bruins teammates reach the Stanley Cup Final before their 4-2 defeat to Chicago.

And it was seeing his former team in the playoffs that gave Thomas the motivation to get back on the ice: “after 14 years of pro hockey, I got tired, and I needed a break. Now, I’m energized and I’m looking forward to it.

“When it came playoff time I started to watch some hockey and started to get the competitive juices flowing and I saw my former team, the Boston Bruins, have the success they had,” admitted Thomas.

While the signing of Thomas would be a huge boost to the Panthers, the veteran would be no certainty for a starting position.

Jacob Markstrom showed last season that he an extremely capable goaltender at this level, but the Swedish youngster may find himself on the bench if the squad is bolstered by the arrival of a goalie of quality of Thomas.

Markstrom may well be the Panthers’ long-term option between the posts, but Thomas is a special goalie to fans betting on NHL and one who could be the difference between Florida making next season’s playoffs and not.

Tim Thomas Florida Panthers


Brenden Morrow signs with Blues

Brenden Morrow has signed a 1-year contract worth $1.5 million with the St. Louis Blues.

Morrow, 34, scored 12 goals and 13 assists in 44 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars in 2012-13.

Morrow was traded to Pittsburgh prior to the NHL trade deadline along with a third-round pick, in exchange for Joe Morrow and a fifth-round pick in 2013.

Brenden Morrow contract


David Clarkson 10 game Suspension?

David Clarkson leaves bench during line brawl after tough guy John Scott went after Leafs sniper Phil Kessel.

Clarkson was assessed a 10-minute penalty for leaving the bench to join an altercation in the third period of the Leafs’ Sunday night preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres.

The penalty carries with it an automatic 10-game suspension, though no hearing has yet been announced with NHL Director of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan.

A brawl erupted between the two teams when Sabres forward John Scott dropped his gloves and went after Leafs forward Phil Kessel.

David Clarkson Suspension


Sam Gagner out with Broken Jaw

Sam Gagner will miss some time to start the season with a broken jaw.

The Oilers announced that Gagner will be out indefinitely with a broken jaw suffered in a preseason game with the Vancouver Canucks.

Gagner and Canucks forward Zack Kassian collided along the boards with Kassian’s stick knocking out some of Gagner’s teeth. X-ray’s later confirmed Gagner had a broken jaw.

Sam Gagner Broken Jaw