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  • NHL notebook: Desjardins named Team Canada coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Willie Desjardins, who was recently fired by the Vancouver Canucks, will be the head coach of Team Canada at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.

    • The organization also announced that Sean Burke will be the general manager, and Martin Brodeur will be a member of the management group for the team.

      Assistant coaches under Desjardins will be former Team Canada head coach Dave King, Scott Walker and Craig Woodcroft.

      The Olympics will be held Feb. 9-25. Canada won the gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Mike Babcock, who is the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, coached both of those teams.

      The 60-year-old Desjardins was coach of the Vancouver Canucks from 2014-17. He coached Canada to a silver medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

      --The New York Rangers signed center Mika Zibanejad to a five-year, $26.75 million contract, the team announced.

      An arbitration hearing, which was scheduled for Tuesday, was avoided.

      The deal has an annual cap hit of $5.35 million, and that makes the 24-year-old Zibanejad the team's second-highest paid forward, behind only Rick Nash.

      --Goaltender Robin Lehner and the Buffalo Sabres have agreed on a one-year contract worth $4 million, the team announced.

      Lehner, 26, posted the ninth-highest save percentage (.920) for a Sabres goalie with at least 40 games played last season. The former second-round pick won a career-high 23 games (23-26-8) with a 2.68 goals against average.

      --Matt Nieto is returning to the Colorado Avalanche on a one-year deal, the team announced.

      Nieto, a 24-year-old left wing who joined the Avalanche off waivers on Jan. 5 and played the final 43 games of his season with the team, avoided arbitration and will make $1 million next season, Sportsnet reported.

      --Defenseman Mark Streit is joining the Montreal Canadiens on a one-year deal, the team announced.

      The Canadiens did not disclose the value of the deal, but multiple reports claim it is worth $700,000.

      Streit, 39, spent the 2016-17 season with the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, totaling six goals and 21 assists for 27 points in 68 games last season.

  • Canadiens sign D Streit to one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Defenseman Mark Streit is joining the Montreal Canadiens on a one-year deal, the team announced Tuesday.

    • The Canadiens did not disclose the value of the deal, but multiple reports claim it is worth $700,000.

      Streit, 39, spent the 2016-17 season with the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, totaling six goals and 21 assists for 27 points in 68 games last season.

      In three playoff games with the Penguins, Streit had two assists while helping the team win its second straight Stanley Cup.

      Streit spent the first three seasons of his career with the Canadiens from 2005 to 2008, scoring 25 goals with 84 assists for 109 points over 205 games.

      In 11 NHL seasons, Streit has 96 goals and 338 assists (434 points) in 784 career games between the Canadiens, New York Islanders, Flyers and Penguins.

  • Desjardins to coach Team Canada at 2018 Olympics
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Willie Desjardins, who was recently fired by the Vancouver Canucks, will be the head coach of Team Canada at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.

    • The organization also announced that Sean Burke will be the general manager, and Martin Brodeur will be a member of the management group for the team.

      Assistant coaches under Desjardins will be former Team Canada head coach Dave King, Scott Walker and Craig Woodcroft.

      The Olympics will be held Feb. 9-25. Canada won the gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Mike Babcock, who is the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, coached both of those teams.

      The 60-year-old Desjardins was coach of the Vancouver Canucks from 2014-17. He coached Canada to a silver medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

      Burke is a professional scout for the Montreal Canadiens, and he played for Canada at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics.

      Brodeur, an assistant general manager with the St. Louis Blues, helped Canada win gold at the 2002 Olympics and again in 2010.

      "This is an exciting time for Hockey Canada and for our National Men's Team program, and it will be an exciting season for Canadian hockey fans," said Tom Renney, Hockey Canada's CEO. "The goal is always to field the best possible team in all upcoming competitions, including this February when we hit the world's biggest sporting stage in Pyeonchang.

      "The faces on our Team Canada rosters may be different than in previous years, but the expectations will be the same; with the addition of Sean, Martin, Willie, Dave, Scott, and Craig, we have assembled some of the best hockey minds out there to help us meet those expectations of on-ice success."

  • LW Nieto avoids arbitration, signs one-year deal with Avs
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Matt Nieto is returning to the Colorado Avalanche on a one-year deal, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Nieto, a 24-year-old left wing who joined the Avalanche off waivers on Jan. 5 and played the final 43 games of his season with the team, avoided arbitration and will make $1 million next season, Sportsnet reported.

      A second-round draft pick of the San Jose Sharks in 2011, Nieto had seven goals -- all of which came with Colorado -- and six assists for 13 points over 59 games between the Sharks and Avalanche last season.

      "Matt brought speed and offensive depth to our team in the second half of last season," Avalanche executive vice president/general manager Joe Sakic said in a statement. "He brings energy to our lineup, and we look forward to having him under contract for 2017-18."

      In four NHL seasons, Nieto has 35 games and 46 assists (81 points) in 264 games.

  • Rangers, C Zibanejad avoid arbitration with five-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    The New York Rangers signed center Mika Zibanejad to a five-year, $26.75 million contract, the team announced on Tuesday.

    • An arbitration hearing, which was scheduled for Tuesday, was avoided.

      The deal has an annual cap hit of $5.35 million, and that makes the 24-year-old Zibanejad the team's second-highest paid forward, behind only Rick Nash.

      Zibanejad, 24, had 14 goals and 23 assists in 56 games last season in his first year with the Rangers. He added two goals and seven assists for a team-high nine points in 12 playoff games.

      A first-round selection in 2011, Zibanejad had 21 goals and 51 points in 81 games during the 2015-16 while playing with the Ottawa Senators. He was traded to New York for Derick Brassard and a second-round pick last July.

      Zibanejad might be the Rangers' top-line center this coming season, because Derek Stepan was traded to the Arizona Coyotes in June.

  • Sabres ink G Lehner to one-year, $4 million deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Goaltender Robin Lehner and the Buffalo Sabres have agreed on a one-year contract worth $4 million, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Lehner, 26, posted the ninth-highest save percentage (.920) for a Sabres goalie with at least 40 games played last season. The former second-round pick won a career-high 23 games (23-26-8) with a 2.68 goals against average.

      Lehner's .921 save percentage over the last two seasons in 80 games with Buffalo is the sixth best for goalies with at least 50 games played during that timeframe.

      The Gothenburg, Sweden native owns a career record of 58-71-26 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.76 GAA over 166 career games with the Sabres and Ottawa Senators.

  • Coyotes sign G Langhamer to one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    Restricted free agent goaltender Marek Langhamer signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes, the team announced Monday.

    • Langhamer relieved Mike Smith and turned aside seven of eight shots in his lone career NHL game last season. He stopped two point-blank shots in the closing seconds, helping the Coyotes secure a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 20.

      The 23-year-old Czech posted an 8-11-2 record with a 3.36 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in 25 games in 2016-17 with Tucson of the American Hockey League.

      Langhamer also had a 5-2-0 record with a 2.72 GAA and .913 save percentage in seven games last season with Rapid City of the ECHL.

      The Coyotes selected Langhamer in the seventh round of the 2012 draft.

  • Sabres' Okposo reveals mystery illness
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo wrote a thank you letter to his fans on the team's website Monday, disclosing that he battled illness stemming from medication last season and possibly a concussion.

    • "I've worked with a lot of different people -- concussion experts and people who have dealt with concussions themselves -- and I feel confident in the fact that I can play hockey again," Okposo wrote. "In fact, I know I can play again.

      "I know I can play and not worry about hitting my head, which is a major hurdle for someone who's dealt with this. If I didn't feel 100 percent right now, that probably wouldn't be the case."

      Okposo has been sidelined since March 28 following a return to the lineup for just two games after missing the previous 10 with a rib injury.

      The 29-year-old wrote that the medication he took to sleep caused a "negative reaction," leading to rapid weight loss. He was administered to Neuro Surgical ICU at Buffalo General Medical Center, the medical ward that deals with neurological injuries such as strokes, concussions, trauma and tumors.

      "At one point, I weighed less than 200 pounds," Okposo wrote. "I haven't weighed that little since I was 17. Now, the initial thought was a possible concussion."

      Okposo missed the remainder of the season with what the team called an undisclosed illness. He finished with 19 goals and 26 assists in 65 games last season, which marked the first in his seven-year, $42 million contract with the Sabres.

  • NHL notebook: Pens' Dumoulin agrees to 6-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    The Pittsburgh Penguins agreed to terms with defenseman Brian Dumoulin on a six-year contract Monday to avoid salary arbitration.

    • The deal begins with the 2017-18 season and runs through 2022-23, with an average annual value of $4.1 million, the team announced.

      "We're happy it's settled," Dumoulin's agent, Lewis Gross, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by phone on Monday morning after the deal was announced. "Brian's thrilled to be there for the next six years. We're happy we avoided having to go to hearing."

      Dumoulin, 25, has been a key component to the Penguins' back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, playing in all 49 playoff games and contributing 14 points (three goals, 11 assists).

      --The Nashville Predators signed forward Austin Watson to a three-year, $3.3 million contract to avoid salary arbitration.

      The hearing was scheduled for Monday in Toronto. The deal will pay Watson $1 million in 2017-18, $1.1 million in 2018-19 and $1.2 million in 2019-20, the team announced.

      Watson, 25, set career highs in goals (five), assists (12) and points (17), penalty minutes (99) and games played (77) during the 2016-17 season as he established himself as key member of the Predators.

      The 6-foot-4, 204-pound left winger added four goals and five assists in 22 postseason games as the Predators advanced to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

      --The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with goaltender Connor Hellebuyck on a one-year, $2.25 million contract to avoid salary arbitration.

      The two sides were scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Aug. 1.

      Hellebuyck, 24, appeared in a career-high 56 games for the Jets last season, posting a 26-19-4 record with a 2.89 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and four shutouts. He played the most games of any goaltender age 23 and younger in the NHL last season.

      The native of Commerce, Mich., owns a career 39-30-5 record with a 2.71 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 82 NHL games over two seasons.

      --The Ottawa Senators signed defenseman Johnny Oduya to a one-year, $1 million contract, the team announced.

      The contract contains bonuses that could push its value to $2.25 million. Oduya could make an additional $250,000 bonus for each of the following: top five in ice time among defensemen, top three in ice time among defensemen, play in at least 41 games, play in at least 65 games and qualify for the playoffs.

      A two-time Stanley Cup champion with Chicago, Oduya had two goals and seven assists in 52 games last season with the Dallas Stars and the Blackhawks. The 35-year-old Swede scored a goal and set up six others while averaging 18:10 of ice time in 37 games with the Stars before adding a goal and an assist in 15 games with the Blackhawks.

      Oduya has collected 37 goals and 145 assists in 798 career games with the New Jersey Devils, Atlanta Thrashers, Blackhawks and Stars.

      --The New York Islanders agreed to terms with defenseman Adam Pelech on a four-year contract.

      The deal has an average annual value of $1.6 million, according to Newsday.

      Pelech, 22, scored 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 44 games last season with the Islanders during his rookie campaign. The Toronto native added five points (one goal, four assists) in 13 American Hockey League games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

      The Islanders selected Pelech in the third round of the 2012 NHL draft. In 53 career NHL games, he owns 12 points (three goals, nine assists). He also has 23 points (three goals, 20 assists) in 105 career AHL games.

  • Senators ink D Oduya to 1-year contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    The Ottawa Senators signed defenseman Johnny Oduya to a one-year, $1 million contract, the team announced Monday.

    • The contract contains bonuses that could push its value to $2.25 million. Oduya could earn an additional $250,000 bonus for each of the following: top five in ice time among defensemen, top three in ice time among defensemen, play in at least 41 games, play in at least 65 games and qualify for the playoffs.

      A two-time Stanley Cup champion with Chicago, Oduya recorded two goals and seven assists in 52 games last season with the Dallas Stars and the Blackhawks. The 35-year-old Swede scored a goal and set up six others while averaging 18:10 of ice time in 37 games with the Stars before adding a goal and an assist in 15 games with the Blackhawks.

      Oduya has collected 37 goals and 145 assists in 798 career contests with the New Jersey Devils, Atlanta Thrashers, Blackhawks and Stars.

  • Islanders agree to 4-year pact with D Pelech
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    The New York Islanders agreed to terms with defenseman Adam Pelech on a four-year contract Monday.

    • The deal has an average annual value of $1.6 million, according to Newsday.

      Pelech, 22, scored 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 44 games last season with the Islanders during his rookie campaign. The Toronto native added five points (one goal, four assists) in 13 American Hockey League games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

      "Adam has proven at a very young age that he's capable of playing an important defensive role on our team," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. "He will be an important piece of our defensive core moving forward and I'm excited to watch him continue to develop at the NHL level."

      The Islanders selected Pelech in the third round of the 2012 NHL draft. In 53 career NHL games, he owns 12 points (three goals, nine assists). He also has 23 points (three goals, 20 assists) in 105 career AHL games.

  • Predators sign F Watson to 3-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    The Nashville Predators signed forward Austin Watson to a three-year, $3.3 million contract Monday to avoid salary arbitration.

    • The hearing was scheduled for Monday in Toronto. The deal will pay Watson $1 million in 2017-18, $1.1 million in 2018-19 and $1.2 million in 2019-20, the team announced.

      Watson, 25, set career highs in goals (five), assists (12) and points (17), penalty minutes (99) and games played (77) during the 2016-17 season as he established himself as key member of the Predators.

      The 6-foot-4, 204-pound left winger added four goals and five assists in 22 postseason games as the Predators advanced to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

      Watson appeared in 57 games for the Predators during the 2015-16 season, recording three goals and seven assists.

      The native of Ann Arbor, Mich., led Milwaukee and tied for 14th in the American Hockey League in goals (26) in 2014-15, in addition to tying for second among all AHL skaters in game-winning goals with eight while appearing in all 76 regular-season games for the Admirals.

      Watson was selected by Nashville in the first round (18th overall) of the 2010 NHL draft.

  • Penguins sign D Dumoulin to six-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    The Pittsburgh Penguins agreed to terms with defenseman Brian Dumoulin on a six-year contract Monday to avoid salary arbitration.

    • The deal begins with the 2017-18 season and runs through 2022-23, with an average annual value of $4.1 million, the team announced.

      "We're happy it's settled," Dumoulin's agent, Lewis Gross, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by phone on Monday morning after the deal was announced. "Brian's thrilled to be there for the next six years. We're happy we avoided having to go to hearing."

      Dumoulin, 25, has been a key component to the Penguins' back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, playing in all 49 playoff games and recording 14 points (three goals, 11 assists).

      In the 2017 playoffs, Dumoulin had an average ice time of 21:59 minutes, the most of any Penguins skater. He assisted on Carl Hagelin's empty-net goal that sealed the 2-0 victory in the decisive Game 6 of the Cup Final against the Nashville Predators.

      As a member of the Pens' 2016 Stanley Cup-winning team, Dumoulin partnered with Kris Letang for much of the playoff run on the team's top defensive pairing. Dumoulin scored the Penguins' first goal in the decisive Cup-winning Game 6 against the San Jose Sharks.

      The 6-foot-4, 207-pound native of Biddeford, Maine, owns 33 points (two goals, 31 assists) in 163 NHL games. His first full NHL season came in 2015-16 when he accumulated 16 assists in 79 regular-season contests.

      Dumoulin was acquired by the Penguins in a 2012 draft day trade with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes drafted Dumoulin in the second round (51st overall) of the 2009 draft.

  • Jets sign G Hellebuyck to one-year, $2.25M deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 24, 2017

    The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with goaltender Connor Hellebuyck on a one-year, $2.25 million contract Monday to avoid salary arbitration.

    • The two sides were scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Aug. 1.

      Hellebuyck, 24, appeared in a career-high 56 games for the Jets last season, recording a 26-19-4 record with a 2.89 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and four shutouts. He played the most games of any goaltender age 23 and younger in the NHL last season.

      The native of Commerce, Mich., owns a career 39-30-5 record with a 2.71 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 82 NHL games over two seasons.

      The 6-foot-4, 207-pound Hellebuyck was selected by the Jets in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL draft.

  • Predators sign F Arvidsson to seven-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson signed a seven-year, $29.75 million contract, the team announced Saturday.

    • The deal pays Arvidsson an annual average value of $4.25 million per season through the 2023-24 campaign. The two sides were scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Saturday.

      Arvidsson compiled a team high in goals (31) and points (61) in 80 games last season while playing in final year of his entry-level deal. The 24-year-old Swede enjoyed a 45-point increase from his 2015-16 season, marking the second highest leap in the NHL in 2016-17 behind only Edmonton Oilers captain and Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid.

      Arvidsson continued his strong play in the postseason, collecting three goals and 10 assists in 22 games as Nashville advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

      Arvidsson has scored 39 goals, set up 38 and added 63 penalty minutes in 142 career games since being selected by the Predators in the fourth round of the 2014 draft.

  • Coyotes sign F Martinook to two-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    The Arizona Coyotes signed forward Jordan Martinook to a two-year contract Saturday to avoid salary arbitration.

    • Martinook's deal reportedly will pay him an average annual salary of $1.8 million per season. He is coming off a two-year, $1.225 million contract and is three years away from being an unrestricted free agent.

      "We are pleased to sign Jordan to a two-year contract," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a statement. "Jordan is a hard-working, versatile forward with good speed. He was an effective player for us last year and will play an important role for us this season."

      The 24-year-old Martinook registered 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) and 40 penalty minutes in 77 games with the Coyotes in 2016-17.

      The Brandon, Manitoba, native established career highs in goals and points last season and ranked second among team forwards in shorthanded time-on-ice/game (2:14). He also led team forwards with 68 blocked shots.

      The 6-foot, 202-pound Martinook owns 50 points (20 goals, 30 assists) and 58 penalty minutes in 166 career NHL games with Arizona. He was originally selected by the Coyotes in the second round (58th overall) of the 2012 NHL draft.

      The Coyotes also announced the signing of center Tyler Gaudet to a one-year, two-way contract.

      Gaudet, 24, had an assist in four games with the Coyotes last season and totaled 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 62 games with Tucson of the American Hockey League. The Hamilton, Ontario, native owns one goal and three assists in 20 career NHL games with the Coyotes.

  • NHL notebook: Red Wings ink Tatar to 4-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar signed a four-year contract on Friday, the team announced.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed by the club, however multiple outlets reported that the deal was for $21.2 million.

      The contract comes after the two sides were unable to work out an agreement and had to go to arbitration.

      Tatar recorded a team-best 25 goals to go along with 21 assists while playing in all 82 games last season. The campaign was the final one in Tatar's three-year, $2.7 million deal.

      --The Ottawa Senators and forward Ryan Dzingel agreed to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $1.8 million.

      Dzingel, who was a restricted free agent, avoided a salary arbitration hearing in Toronto on Friday morning. He will be paid $1.5 million this season and $2.1 million in 2018-19.

      Dzingel, 25, recorded 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 81 games with the Senators in 2016-17, his first full NHL season. He also had two goals and one assist in 15 games during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

      A seventh-round pick in the 2011 NHL draft, Dzingel owns 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists) in 111 NHL games, all with the Senators.

      --Chicago Blackhawks forward Tommy Wingels sustained a left foot fracture during his offseason training and the recovery will take six-to-eight weeks, the team announced.

      Wingels, 29, signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks as free agency opened on July 1.

      "Tommy Wingels sustained a left foot fracture during his offseason training. We anticipate a full recovery in six-to-eight weeks and in time for training camp. We do not anticipate any long-term issues," the Blackhawks' head team physician, Dr. Michael Terry, said in a statement.

      Wingels recorded 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 73 games split between the San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators during the 2016-17 season. He also skated in nine playoff games with the Senators, who acquired him in a trade from San Jose in January.

      --The Nashville Predators promoted Kevin McCarthy to associate head coach on Peter Laviolette's staff.

      In addition, the Predators announced Friday the team hired Dan Muse as an assistant coach.

      McCarthy joined the Predators prior to the 2014-15 season and alongside Laviolette helped Nashville make its first run to the Stanley Cup Final in franchise history in 2017 before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins last month.

      In addition to his time with the Predators, McCarthy has served as an assistant coach under Laviolette with Philadelphia and Carolina, winning a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and reaching the Stanley Cup Final with the Flyers in 2010.

      --Predators goaltender Marek Mazanec signed a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced on.

      Mazanec will earn $650,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the American Hockey League level for the 2017-18 season.

      The 26-year-old Czech recorded an 0-2-0 mark with a 4.73 goals-against average and .839 save percentage in four games with the Predators last season. He owns an 8-13-4 career mark with two shutouts, a 2.97 GAA and .895 save percentage in 31 career NHL appearances since being selected by Nashville in the sixth round of the 2012 draft.

      Mazanec saw the majority of his work last season with Milwaukee of the AHL, posting a 27-17-1 mark with a 2.65 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

      --The Calgary Flames signed first-round pick Juuso Valimaki to a three-year, entry-level contract.

      Valimaki, who was selected with the 16th overall pick of the 2017 draft, spent the last two seasons as a defenseman with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League.

      The 18-year-old Finn collected 19 goals, 42 assists and 34 penalty minutes in 60 regular-season games last season.

  • Predators sign G Mazanec
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Nashville Predators goaltender Marek Mazanec signed a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced on Friday.

    • Mazanec will earn $650,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the American Hockey League level for the 2017-18 season.

      The 26-year-old Czech recorded an 0-2-0 mark with a 4.73 goals-against average and .839 save percentage in four games with the Predators last season. He owns an 8-13-4 career mark with two shutouts, a 2.97 GAA and .895 save percentage in 31 career NHL appearances since being selected by Nashville in the sixth round of the 2012 draft.

      Mazanec saw the majority of his work last season with Milwaukee of the AHL, posting a 27-17-1 mark with a 2.65 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

  • Flames sign first-round pick Valimaki
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    The Calgary Flames signed first-round pick Juuso Valimaki to a three-year, entry-level contract on Friday.

    • Valimaki, who was selected with the 16th overall pick of the 2017 draft, spent the last two seasons as a defenseman with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League.

      The 18-year-old Finn collected 19 goals, 42 assists and 34 penalty minutes in 60 regular-season games last season.

  • Red Wings ink Tatar to 4-year pact
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar signed a four-year contract on Friday, the team announced.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed by the club, however multiple outlets reported that the deal was for $21.2 million.

      The contract comes after the two sides were unable to work out an agreement and had to go to arbitration.

      Tatar recorded a team-best 25 goals to go along with 21 assists while playing in all 82 games last season. The campaign was the final one in Tatar's three-year, $2.7 million deal.

      The 26-year-old Slovak has collected 99 goals, 95 assists and 112 penalty minutes in 345 career contests since being selected in the second round of the 2009 NHL draft.

  • Predators promote McCarthy to associate head coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    The Nashville Predators promoted Kevin McCarthy to associate head coach on Peter Laviolette's staff.

    • In addition, the Predators announced Friday the team hired Dan Muse as an assistant coach.

      McCarthy joined the Predators prior to the 2014-15 season and alongside Laviolette helped Nashville make its first run to the Stanley Cup Final in franchise history in 2017 before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins last month.

      In addition his time with the Predators, McCarthy has served as an assistant coach under Laviolette with Philadelphia and Carolina, winning a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and reaching the Stanley Cup Final with the Flyers in 2010.

      "I'm extremely grateful and thankful for the opportunity to serve as associate head coach," McCarthy said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to working with the team and our coaching staff as we continue to pursue the ultimate goal of the Stanley Cup."

      The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native spent a total of 16 seasons in the Hartford Whalers/Carolina organization from 1992-2009.

      "Kevin is one of the most experienced coaches in the National Hockey League, and given his wealth of knowledge and insight, is was only fitting to elevate him to the title of associate head coach," Laviolette said. "I have the utmost confidence in Kevin's ability to positively contribute to any and all situations, and am fortunate to work with him on a day-to-day basis."

      Muse, 35, joins the Predators organization just two months after winning the Clark Cup as head coach of the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League, a position he held for the past two seasons. Prior to his arrival in Chicago, Muse served as an assistant coach at Yale from 2009 to 2013 before being promoted to the title of associate head coach at the university from 2013 to 2015.

      Muse saw plenty of success at Yale, including winning an NCAA national championship with the Bulldogs in 2013.

      "Dan is an up-and-coming coach that has proven to be a winner at multiple levels," Predators general manager David Poile said. "He has a successful track record working with young players and we welcome his fresh perspective in the 2017-18 season and beyond."

      Muse also served as video coordinator for the United States National Junior Team in 2013 and 2014, winning a Gold Medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship. He has also been behind the bench as an assistant coach at Sacred Heart University, Williams College and Milton Academy.

      "Dan comes to us as a successful young coach that brings great energy and passion to the game," Laviolette said. "He has worked his way up through the coaching ranks, first winning an NCAA title at Yale in 2013, and then taking a Chicago team that had missed the playoffs eight straight seasons and turned them into the Clark Cup champions in just two seasons. We are excited to welcome him to the organization and look forward to his contributions to the coaching staff."

      Muse called Nashville the "hottest hockey city out there."

      "To get an opportunity to work in an organization like this, I couldn't be more excited," Muse said. "To see the success that the Predators have had, to see the excitement level in Nashville right now -- I think this is the hottest hockey city out there. I'm truly blessed to join this coaching staff and help the Predators work toward achieving their ultimate goal."

  • Blackhawks F Wingels to miss 6-to-8 weeks with fractured foot
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Chicago Blackhawks forward Tommy Wingels sustained a left foot fracture during his offseason training and the recovery will take six to eight weeks, the team announced Friday.

    • Wingels, 29, signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks as free agency opened on July 1.

      "Tommy Wingels sustained a left foot fracture during his offseason training. We anticipate a full recovery in six to eight weeks and in time for training camp. We do not anticipate any long-term issues," the Blackhawks' head team physician, Dr. Michael Terry, said in a statement.

      Wingels recorded 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 73 games split between the San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators during the 2016-17 season. He also skated in nine playoff games with the Senators, who acquired him in a trade from San Jose in January.

      Wingels, a native of Wilmette, Ill., set career highs with 16 goals, 22 assists and 38 points during the 2013-14 campaign with San Jose. He was drafted by the Sharks in the sixth round in 2008.

  • Senators F Dzingel agrees to two-year contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    The Ottawa Senators and forward Ryan Dzingel agreed to a two-year contract on Friday with an average annual value of $1.8 million.

    • Dzingel, who was a restricted free agent, avoided a salary arbitration hearing in Toronto on Friday morning. He will be paid $1.5 million this season and $2.1 million in 2018-19.

      Dzingel, 25, recorded 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 81 games with the Senators in 2016-17, his first full NHL season. He also had two goals and one assist in 15 games during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

      "First of all, we're really happy," Senators general manager Pierre Dorion told the team's website. "Ryan has shown through the course of his first full season with us that he was an important member of our team. Getting this done on a two-year contract brings security. He probably feels that he gave up money if he produces at the same level on the second year and we probably got a bargain on the first year.

      "If we went to arbitration, we were afraid the ruling would be closer to their number than our number. Now we get a happy player that will produce for us for the next two years and someone who has shown with his speed, talent and hopefully he can convert on a few more breakaways that we'll have a pretty special player."

      A seventh-round pick in the 2011 NHL draft, Dzingel owns 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists) in 111 NHL games, all with the Senators.

  • NHL notebook: Blues lock up D Parayko
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract on Thursday.

    • The deal holds an annual cap hit of $5.5 million, which is above the $4.85 million that Parayko reportedly had been seeking in a short-term deal in arbitration.

      "We are pleased to have Colton as part of our group for the next five seasons," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "He has made tremendous progress over the last two years and possesses all the tools to be a very good NHL defenseman."

      Parayko collected a career-high 35 points (4 goals, 31 assists) in 81 games last season. The 24-year-old Alberta native also scored two goals and set up three others in 11 playoff contests.

      --Philadelphia Flyers rookie center Nolan Patrick will be held off the ice due to an infection in his face.

      Patrick, who was the second overall pick of last month's draft, had been unable to participate in on-ice activities at the team's development camp earlier this month while recovering from a second abdominal surgery.

      The 18-year-old signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the team on Monday.

      Patrick recorded 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) in 33 games with Brandon of the Western Hockey League last season but missed 39 games, including the playoffs, because of a sports hernia.

      --The Calgary Flames signed forward Garnet Hathaway to a one year, two-way contract.

      Hathaway split the season between the Calgary Flames and their AHL affiliate Stockton Heat.

      While with the Flames, Hathaway played 26 games, picking up a goal and four assists along with 44 penalty minutes. With Stockton, he scored eight goals and added 12 assists and 67 penalty minutes in 31 regular season games before adding a pair of goals and assists in five playoff games.

  • Flames re-sign F Hathaway
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    The Calgary Flames signed forward Garnet Hathaway to a one year, two-way contract on Thursday.

    • Hathaway, a native of Kennebunkport, Maine, split the season between the Calgary Flames and their AHL affiliate Stockton Heat.

      While with the Flames, Hathaway played 26 games, picking up a goal and four assists along with 44 penalty minutes. With Stockton, he scored eight goals and added 12 assists and 67 penalty minutes in 31 regular season games before adding a pair of goals and assists in five playoff games.