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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Panthers Sign Bill Thomas to One-Year Contract

The Florida Panthers have announced that they have signed right wing Bill Thomas to a one-year, two-way contract. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. He appeared in 24 games with the Panthers last season, scoring four goals and three assists for seven points. In 25 games this season with San Antonio of the AHL, he has nine goals and eight assists for 17 points. This is really just a depth signing for the Panthers, as Thomas will likely play on the fourth line if he sees any NHL action this season.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Panthers Acquire Krys Barch from Stars for Jake Hauswirth

The Florida Panthers announced on Wednesday that they have acquired right wing Krys Barch and a sixth round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft from the Dallas Stars in exchange for left wing Jake Hauswirth and a fifth round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft. In 10 games with the Stars this season, Barch has no points and 23 penalty minutes. Hauswirth has six goals and six assists for 12 points in 17 games with Rio Grande of the CHL. Not a bad depth move for the Panthers, as the team was in need of an enforcer and Barch will help fill that role. He plays with lots of grit and toughness, but don't expect him to score very many points, as he doesn't have a lot of offensive skill. He wasn't being used very much in Dallas so he should see more ice time in Florida. As for the Stars, they get a marginal prospect in Hauswirth who has some bottom-six forward skill, but is probably still a few seasons away from seeing any NHL action.

Jets Claim Ben Maxwell Off Waivers from Ducks

The Winnipeg Jets have announced that they have claimed center Ben Maxwell off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks and assigned him to their AHL affiliate in St. John's. The Ducks had previously claimed him off waivers from the Jets on November 10. In 10 games so far this season with Winnipeg and Anaheim, he has one assist. Not a bad depth move for the Jets, as Maxwell will bring some two-way ability to the team. For now he will stay in the minors and could be called up by Winnipeg if injuries should begin to mount on the forward lines.

Monday, December 5, 2011

NHL Approves Four-Conference Format for 2012-13 Season

The NHL's Board of Governors announced on Monday night that they have come to a decision on a plan for league realignment. The league approved a new four-conference format that will go into effect for the 2012-13 season. Realignment became necessary when the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg and became the Jets this past summer. The new conferences are arranged to accommodate both geographic proximity and established rivalries. Conferences A and B will be comprised of eight teams a piece, while Conferences C and D will be made up of seven teams each. Here is what the newly realigned NHL will look like:

CONFERENCE A
Anaheim Ducks
Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche
Edmonton Oilers
Los Angeles Kings
Phoenix Coyotes
San Jose Sharks
Vancouver Canucks

CONFERENCE B
Chicago Blackhawks
Columbus Blue Jackets
Dallas Stars
Detroit Red Wings
Minnesota Wild
Nashville Predators
St. Louis Blues
Winnipeg Jets

CONFERENCE C
Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Florida Panthers
Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs

CONFERENCE D
Carolina Hurricanes
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals

The realignment will even out the travel schedules for all teams so each team will play teams outside of their conference twice per year, once on the road and once at home. In the seven team conferences, those teams will play each other six times, three games at home and three games on the road. The eight team conferences will have a slightly different format. Those teams will play each other five or six times per year on a rotating basis. Three teams would play each other six times, while four teams would play each other five times. This process will then reverse each season. For the playoffs, the top four teams of each conference would qualify for the playoffs. In the first round, the first place team would play the fourth place team, while the second and third place teams would square off against each other. The second round would see the top seeded team play against the lower seeded team. For the third round, the four conference champions would face off against each other. The two remaining teams would then play each other for the Stanley Cup. The NHL general managers will determine the playoff structure after round two under the new realignment.

Lightning Acquire Oberg, Kostka from Panthers for Wright, Vernace

The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced that they have acquired defensemen Evan Oberg and Michael Kostka from the Florida Panthers in exchange for center James Wright and defenseman Michael Vernace. In 12 games with San Antonio of the AHL, Oberg has two assists, while Kostka has two goals and four assists for six points in 18 games with San Antonio. In 22 games with Norfolk of the AHL, Wright has one goal and four assists for five points, while Vernace has two goals and 10 assists for 12 points in 22 games with Norfolk. This is really just a depth move for both teams, as all four players will likely spend the majority of the season in the minors.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Senators Acquire Rob Klinkhammer from Blackhawks

The Ottawa Senators announced today that they have acquired left wing Rob Klinkhammer from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft. He will join Ottawa's AHL affiliate in Binghamton. In 18 games this season with Rockford of the AHL, he has two goals and four assists for six points. He has appeared in only one NHL game with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2010-11 season. This is nothing more than a depth move for the Senators, as Klinkhammer will likely spend the entire 2011-12 season in the minors.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bruins Sign David Krejci to Three-Year Contract

The Boston Bruins announced today that they have re-signed center David Krejci to a three-year contract worth $15.75 million. The deal will average out to $5.25 million per season. He would have been eligible for restricted free agency next summer. In 20 games so far this season, he has four goals and nine assists for 13 points. This is a good signing for the Bruins, as Krejci brings plenty of offensive skill to the team. He is a good playmaker with excellent passing skills and two-way ability. Despite his offensive struggles so far in 2011-12, he will more than likely turn his game around as the season progresses.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lightning Sign Victor Hedman to Five-Year Extension

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they have signed defenseman Victor Hedman to a five-year contract extension worth $20 million. The deal will average out to $4 million per season. He would have been eligible for restricted free agency at the end of this season. In 20 games so far this season, he has two goals and a minus-5 rating. This is a great signing for the Lightning, as Hedman has the potential to become an elite defenseman at the NHL level. He is a great skater, is developing some excellent shutdown skills, and has lots of offensive potential. While he hasn't put up a lot of points thus far in his NHL career, defensemen do take a little more time to develop than forwards, and within a few years, Hedman will likely be starting to play up to his potential and will be a bargain at $4 million.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hurricanes Claim Andreas Nodl Off Waivers from Flyers

The Carolina Hurricanes announced today that they have claimed left wing Andreas Nodl off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers. In 12 games with the Flyers this season, he has one assist. He recently missed six games with a lower-body injury. Not a bad move for the Hurricanes, as Nodl will add some two-way ability to the team. He wasn't getting much ice time in Philadelphia, so that figure will likely increase now that he is a member of the Hurricanes.

Sabres Sign Joe Finley to Three-Year Contract

The Buffalo Sabres announced on Monday that they have signed defenseman Joe Finley to a three-year, two-way contract. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. He had attended the Sabres' training camp on a tryout basis this past September. In 18 games so far this season with Rochester of the AHL, he has one goal and one assist for two points and 57 penalty minutes. He has yet to play in an NHL game. This is really just a depth signing for the Sabres, as Finley will likely the majority of this season in the minors. However, he does have a lot of size and strength and also plays a very physical game, so he would definitely add a lot of toughness to the Buffalo blueline should he be recalled from the minors.

Lightning Re-Sign Dana Tyrell to Two-Year Deal

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced on Monday that they have re-signed center Dana Tyrell to a two-year, one-way contract. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. He would have been eligible for restricted free agency in the off-season. In three games with the Lightning so far this season, he has one assist. He has also appeared in 18 games with Norfolk of the AHL, scoring four goals and five assists for nine points. Not a bad depth move for the Lightning, as Tyrell brings plenty of energy to the lineup. He also has lots of speed and is good on the penalty kill. Look for him to continue to play a bottom-six forward role on the team for the duration of the contract.

Flames Claim Blake Comeau Off Waivers from NY Islanders

The Calgary Flames have announced that they have claimed left wing Blake Comeau off waivers from the New York Islanders. In 16 games with the Islanders, he had no points and a -11 rating. In 77 games last season, he had 24 goals and 22 assists for 46 points. Not a bad pick-up for the Flames, as Comeau brings some offensive and goal scoring depth to the team despite being inconsistent in his scoring from time to time. He struggled mightily with the Islanders this season, so perhaps the change of scenery can help Comeau turn his game around.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Coyotes Re-Sign Kyle Turris to Two-Year Contract

The Phoenix Coyotes announced on Tuesday that they have re-signed center Kyle Turris to a two-year contract worth $2.8 million. The deal will pay him $1.2 million in the first year and $1.6 million in the second year. Turris, who had been a restricted free agent, and the Coyotes could not come to terms on a new deal this past summer, so the 22-year-old forward held out and refused to play this season. He had until December 1 to sign a new contract in order to be eligible to play in the NHL this season. It is rumored he was holding out for $3-4 million per season, but reportedly wants out of Phoenix. He had asked for a trade in late October, and at the time, Coyotes' GM Don Maloney stated that Turris would not be traded. In 65 games last season with the Coyotes, he had 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points. He also appeared in two games with San Antonio of the AHL, scoring one assist. More than likely, Turris is going to lose a great deal of respect from his teammates by holding out for so long and could end up on the trading block by season's end despite Maloney's desire to keep him. With only 46 points in 131 NHL games, Turris is not worth the $3-4 million he was reportedly asking for and wasted a lot of time and development by holding out for that much money. While he has the potential to become a scoring forward in the NHL, Turris will have to work very hard on the ice throughout this season and the next to show that he will be worth more money in two years.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ducks Claim Niklas Hagman Off Waivers from Flames

The Anaheim Ducks have announced that they have claimed left wing Niklas Hagman off re-entry waivers from the Calgary Flames. Both teams will split the remainder of his $3 million contract this season. In eight games with the Flames this season, he has one goal and three assists for four points. Not a bad move for the Ducks, as Hagman will bring some offensive depth and scoring ability to the wing despite being a bit inconsistent in his scoring. He could end up playing on the Ducks' second line if they decide to give him a fresh start.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Blues Acquire Kris Russell from Blue Jackets for Nikita Nikitin

The St. Louis Blues announced on Friday that they have acquired defenseman Kris Russell from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Nikita Nikitin. In 12 games with the Blue Jackets this season, Russell has two goals and one assist for three points, while Nikitin has no points in seven games with the Blues. Not a bad depth move for the Blues, as Russell will bring some offensive upside to the team. He also plays with some grit and has some puckmoving skill. The change of scenery may help jump-start his NHL career, but playing on a much deeper defensive corps in St. Louis might make it harder for him to do so. As for the Blue Jackets, Nikitin will bring some defensive upside and puckmoving skill to the team's blueline. He should get more opportunities to improve his overall game in Columbus than he did in St. Louis.

Ducks Claim Ben Maxwell Off Waivers from Jets

The Anaheim Ducks announced on Thursday that they have claimed center Ben Maxwell off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets. In four games with the Jets this season, he had no points. Not a bad depth move for the Ducks, as Maxwell will bring some two-way skill to the team. For now, he will likely play on the fourth line.

Oilers Claim Taylor Chorney Off Waivers from Blues

The Edmonton Oilers announced on Thursday that they have claimed defenseman Taylor Chorney off waivers from the St. Louis Blues and assigned him to their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. The Blues had previously claimed him off waivers from the Oilers on October 11. In two games with the Blues, Chorney had no points. He missed 10 games at the beginning of the season with a sprained knee. Not a bad pickup for the Oilers, as Chorney is a very mobile defenseman with some puckmoving skills and a little offensive upside. For now, he will remain in the minors unless injuries begin to mount on Edmonton's blueline.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Blue Jackets Acquire Mark Letestu from Penguins

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that they have acquired center Mark Letestu from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft. In 11 games so far this season with the Penguins, he has one assist. Not a bad depth move for the Blue Jackets, as Letestu will add some much needed depth at center. He has some two-way upside, a little offensive ability, and some skill on the faceoff. He should be a decent fourth line center for the team. As for Pittsburgh, this move likely indicates that Sidney Crosby is ready to return to the lineup after being sidelined with a concussion since January. It would not surprise me at all if he plays in Friday's game against the Dallas Stars.

NY Rangers Acquire Bouchard from Capitals for Kundratek

The New York Rangers announced today that they have acquired right wing Francois Bouchard from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Tomas Kundratek. In nine games so far this season with Hershey of the AHL, Bouchard has no points. Kundratek has two assists in seven games with Connecticut of the AHL. Both players have yet to appear in an NHL game. This is really just a depth move for both teams, as Bouchard and Kundratek will likely spend the entire season in the minors. However, with Wojtek Wolski and Mike Rupp both currently sidelined with injuries, it is possible Bouchard could see some time on the Rangers' fourth line, but it's an outside chance at this point.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Blues Claim Taylor Chorney Off Waivers from Oilers

The St. Louis Blues have announced that they have claimed defenseman Taylor Chorney off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers. He has yet to appear in an NHL game so far this season. In 12 games last season with the Oilers, he had one goal and three assists for four points. He also appeared in 46 games with Oklahoma City of the AHL, scoring three goals and 13 assists for 16 points. Not a bad pickup for the Blues, as Chorney is a very mobile defenseman with good puckmoving skills, as well as plenty of offensive upside. With Carlo Colaiacovo currently on injured reserve with an upper body injury, Chorney should be a suitable replacement on the blueline until Colaiacovo returns to the lineup.

Ducks Acquire Cumiskey from Avalanche for Newton, Draft Pick

The Anaheim Ducks have announced that they have acquired defenseman Kyle Cumiskey from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Jake Newton and a seventh round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft. The pick can become a fifth round pick in 2012 if Cumiskey plays in a minimum of 45 NHL games this season. In 18 games last season with the Avalanche, Cumiskey had one goal and seven assists for eight points. He missed 35 games early in the 2010-11 season with a concussion and the last 28 games of the season with another concussion. In 48 games last season with Syracuse of the AHL, Newton had two goals and seven assists for nine points. He has yet to appear in an NHL game. Not a bad trade for the Ducks, as Cumiskey is a very mobile defenseman and has some offensive upside. He is currently day to day with a groin injury, but with injuries to Toni Lydman and Kurtis Foster, Cumiskey will be a good replacement until the two blueliners return to the lineup. As for the Avalanche, they have plenty of defensive prospects in the minors with offensive upside, so Cumiskey became expendable. Newton will bring some size to Colorado's blueline, something they've been focusing on adding as of late, so he could see a role on the team's defense in the future.

Canadiens Sign Joe Callahan to One-Year Contract

The Montreal Canadiens have announced that they have signed defenseman Joe Callahan to a one-year, two-way contract. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. He was immediately assigned to the Canadiens' AHL affiliate in Hamilton after the signing. In 27 games last season with the Florida Panthers, he had one assist. He also appeared in 48 games with Rochester of the AHL, scoring four goals and nine assists for 13 points. This is really just a depth signing for the Canadiens, as Callahan will likely spend the majority of the 2011-12 season in the minors.

Coyotes Sign Martin Hanzal to Five-Year Extension

The Phoenix Coyotes have announced that they have signed center Martin Hanzal to a five-year contract extension worth $15.5 million. The deal will average out to $3.1 million per season. In two games so far this season, he has one assist. In 61 games last season with the Coyotes, he had 16 goals and 10 assists for 26 points. Not a bad signing for the Coyotes, as Hanzal brings lots of two-way skill to the team at center. He also brings plenty of size, grit, and rugged play to the forward lines. His offensive game is still taking shape, so look for it to improve over the course of the contract.

Jets Claim Brett MacLean Off Waivers from Coyotes

The Winnipeg Jets have announced that they have claimed right wing Brett MacLean off waivers from the Phoenix Coyotes. He is pointless in only one game so far this season with the Jets. In 13 games last season with the Coyotes, he had two goals and one assist for three points. He also appeared in 51 games with San Antonio of the AHL, scoring 23 goals and 27 assists for 50 points. Not a bad pickup for the Jets, as MacLean has plenty of potential to become a scoring winger at the NHL level. He has plenty of two-way and scoring upside and is versatile enough to play at center. Look for him to stick with the Jets throughout the season.

Monday, October 10, 2011

NY Rangers Claim Jeff Woywitka Off Waivers from Canadiens

The New York Rangers have announced that they have claimed defenseman Jeff Woywitka off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens. In 63 games last season with the Dallas Stars, he had two goals and nine assists for 11 points. He has yet to play a game with the Rangers this season. This is purely a depth move for the Rangers, as Marc Staal is currently sidelined with post concussion headaches. Woywitka will bring plenty of size and strength to the blueline as either a sixth or seventh defenseman until Staal returns to the lineup.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

NHL 2011-12 Opening Day Rosters

The NHL has released the team rosters for the opening of the 2011-12 regular season, which begins today with three games scheduled. Here are the rosters, with links to the players, courtesy of nhl.com:


Anaheim Ducks
Francois Beauchemin, Matt Beleskey, Jason Blake, Sheldon Brookbank, Andrew Cogliano, Jeff Deslauriers, Dan Ellis, Kurtis Foster, Cam Fowler, Ryan Getzlaf, Andrew Gordon, Nathan Guenin, Jonas Hiller, Saku Koivu, Maxime Macenauer, Brian McGrattan, Brandon McMillan, George Parros, Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan, Luca Sbisa, Teemu Selanne, Devante Smith-Pelly, Lubomir Visnovsky.

Injured: Toni Lydman, Matt Smaby.


Boston Bruins

Matthew Bartkowski, Patrice Bergeron, Johnny Boychuk, Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Zdeno Chara, Joe Corvo, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton , Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley, Benoit Pouliot, Tuukka Rask, Tyler Seguin, Dennis Seidenberg, Tim Thomas, Shawn Thornton.

Injured: Steven Kampfer, Marc Savard.


Buffalo Sabres

Luke Adam, Brad Boyes, Christian Ehrhoff, Matt Ellis, Tyler Ennis, Jhonas Enroth, Paul Gaustad, Nathan Gerbe, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Jochen Hecht, Patrick Kaleta, Ville Leino, Jordan Leopold, Drew MacIntyre, Cody McCormick, Ryan Miller, Tyler Myers, Jason Pominville, Robyn Regehr, Derek Roy, Andrej Sekera, Drew Stafford,

Injured: Thomas Vanek, Mike Weber.


Carolina Hurricanes

Bryan Allen, Brian Boucher, Tim Brent, Zac Dalpe, Patrick Dwyer, Justin Faulk, Tim Gleason, Jay Harrison, Jussi Jokinen, Derek Joslin, Tomas Kaberle, Chad Larose, Jamie McBain, Ryan Murphy, Joni Pitkanen, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Tuomo Ruutu, Jeff Skinner, Eric Staal, Anthony Stewart, Brandon Sutter, Jiri Tlusty, Cam Ward.

blue jackets Columbus Blue Jackets

Cam Atkinson, Derick Brassard, Matt Calvert, Jeff Carter, Grant Clitsome, Derek Dorsett, Ryan Johansen, Aaron Johnson, Derek MacKenzie, Radek Martinek, Steve Mason, Maksim Mayorov, Marc Methot, Rick Nash, Samuel Pahlsson, Vaclav Prospal, Kris Russell, Curtis Sanford, David Savard, Fedor Tyutin,R.J. Umberger, Antoine Vermette, James Wisniewski.

Injured: Jared Boll, Mark Dekanich, Kristian Huselius, Theo Ruth.


Calgary Flames

Anton Babchuk, Rene Bourque, Jay Bouwmeester, Chris Butler, Mark Giordano, Curtis Glencross, Niklas Hagman, Scott Hannan, Roman Horak, Jarome Iginla, Tim Jackman, Olli Jokinen, Henrik Karlsson, Miikka Kiprusoff, Tom Kostopoulos, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, David Moss, Cory Sarich, Derek Smith, Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak, Alex Tanguay.

Injured: Mikael Backlund, Raitis Ivanans, Brendan Morrison.


Chicago Blackhawks

Bryan Bickell, Dave Bolland, Andrew Brunette, Corey Crawford, Ray Emery, Michael Frolik, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Nick Leddy, Sami Lepisto, Jamal Mayers, Steve Montador, Sean O'Donnell, Rostislav Olesz, Brandon Pirri, Brandon Saad, John Scott, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews.

Injured: Philippe Paradis, Ben Smith, Viktor Stalberg.


Colorado Avalanche

Matt Duchene, TJ Galiardi, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Jan Hejda, Milan Hejduk, Matt Hunwick, Erik Johnson, David Jones, Chuck Kobasew, Gabriel Landeskog, Joakim Lindstrom, Jay McClement, Cody McLeod, Peter Mueller, Shane O'Brien, Ryan O'Byrne, Ryan O'Reilly, Kevin Porter, Kyle Quincey, Paul Stastny, Semyon Varlamov, Ryan Wilson, Daniel Winnik.

Injured: Kyle Cumiskey, Brandon Yip, Mark Olver.


Dallas Stars

Krystofer Barch, Jamie Benn, Adam Burish, Trevor Daley, Jake Dowell, Radek Dvorak, Loui Eriksson, Vernon Fiddler, Mark Fistric, Alex Goligoski, Nicklas Grossman, Philip Larsen, Kari Lehtonen, Brenden Morrow, Steve Ott, Toby Petersen, Andrew Raycroft, Mike Ribeiro, Stephane Robidas, Michael Ryder, Sheldon Souray, Tomas Vincour, Tom Wandell.

Injured: Scott Glennie, Adam Pardy.


Detroit Red Wings

Justin Abdelkader, Todd Bertuzzi, Fabian Brunnstrom, Daniel Cleary, Mike Commodore, Ty Conklin, Pavel Datsyuk, Patrick Eaves, Cory Emmerton, Jonathan Ericsson, Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm, Tomas Holmstrom, Jimmy Howard, Jiri Hudler, Jakub Kindl, Niklas Kronwall, Nicklas Lidstrom, Andrew Miller, Brad Stuart, Ian White, Henrik Zetterberg.

Injured: Jan Mursak.


Edmonton Oilers

Cam Barker, Eric Belanger, Taylor Chorney, Devan Dubnyk, Jordan Eberle, Tom Gilbert, Taylor Hall, Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff, Darcy Hordichuk, Ryan Jones, Nikolai Khabibulin, Anton Lander, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Linus Omark, Magnus Paajarvi, Theo Peckham, Lennart Petrell, Jeff Petry, Corey Potter, Ladislav Smid, Ryan Smyth, Andy Sutton.

Injured: Ben Eager, Taylor Fedun, Sam Gagner, Ryan Whitney.


Florida Panthers

Sean Bergenheim, David Booth, Matt Bradley, Brian Campbell, Ryan Carter, Evgeny Dadonov, Keaton Ellerby, Tomas Fleischmann, Jason Garrison, Marcel Goc, Erik Gudbranson, Ed Jovanovski, Tomas Kopecky, Dmitry Kulikov, Jacob Markstrom, Shawn Matthias, Jack Skille, Jose Theodore, Scottie Upshall, Kris Versteeg, Mike Weaver, Stephen Weiss.

Injured: Scott Clemmensen, Michael Santorelli.


Los Angeles Kings

Jonathan Bernier, Dustin Brown, Kyle Clifford, Drew Doughty, Davis Drewiske, Simon Gagne, Matt Greene, Trent Hunter, Jack Johnson, Anze Kopitar, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Willie Mitchell, Ethan Moreau, Scott Parse, Dustin Penner, Jonathan Quick, Mike Richards, Brad Richardson, Rob Scuderi, Jarret Stoll, Kevin Westgarth, Justin Williams, Jeff Zatkoff.

Injured: Jake Muzzin.


Minnesota Wild

Niklas Backstrom, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Kyle Brodziak, Brett Bulmer, Cal Clutterbuck, Matt Cullen, Justin Falk, Colton Gillies, Josh Harding, Dany Heatley, Nick Johnson, Mikko Koivu, Guillaume Latendresse, Eric Nystrom, Darroll Powe, Marco Scandella, Nick Schultz, Devin Setoguchi, Jared Spurgeon, Brad Staubitz, Clayton Stoner, Greg Zanon, Marek Zidlicky.

Injured: Cody Almond, Matt Kassian, Mike Lundin.


Montreal Canadiens

Blair Betts, Peter Budaj, Michael Cammalleri, Chris Campoli, Erik Cole, Mathieu Darche, David Desharnais, Raphael Diaz, Andreas Engqvist, Alexei Emelin, Hal Gill, Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez, Josh Gorges, Andrei Kostitsyn, Travis Moen, Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec, Carey Price, Jaroslav Spacek, P.K. Subban, Yannick Weber.

Injured: Hunter Bishop, Andrei Markov, Brendon Nash, Ryan White.


Nashville Predators

Niclas Bergfors, Jonathon Blum, Mattias Ekholm, Martin Erat, Blake Geoffrion, Matt Halischuk, Jack Hillen, Patric Hornqvist, Sergei Kostitsyn, Kevin Klein, Teemu Laakso, David Legwand, Anders Lindback, Cal O'Reilly, Pekka Rinne, Craig Smith, Jerred Smithson, Nick Spaling, Zack Stortini, Ryan Suter, Jordin Tootoo, Shea Weber, Colin Wilson.

Injured: Francis Bouillon, Mike Fisher, Roman Josi.


New Jersey Devils

Eric Boulton, Martin Brodeur, David Clarkson, Patrik Elias, Mark Fayne, Mark Fraser, Andy Greene, Johan Hedberg, Adam Henrique, Cam Janssen, Jacob Josefson, Ilya Kovalchuk, Adam Larsson, Bradley Mills, Nick Palmieri, Zach Parise, Rod Pelley, Bryce Salvador, Henrik Tallinder, Mattias Tedenby, Anton Volchenkov, Dainius Zubrus.

Injured: Travis Zajac.


New York Islanders

Josh Bailey, Blake Comeau, Rick DiPietro, Mark Eaton, Michael Grabner, Travis Hamonic, Milan Jurcina, Andrew MacDonald, Matt Martin, Al Montoya, Mike Mottau, Matt Moulson, Evgeni Nabokov, Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Jay Pandolfo, PA Parenteau, Marty Reasoner, Brian Rolston, Steve Staios, Mark Streit, Ryan Strome, John Tavares.

Injured:Jeremy Colliton, Trevor Gillies, Mark Katic, Nino Niederreiter, Rhett Rakhshani.


New York Rangers

Artem Anisimov, Brendan Bell, Stu Bickel, Martin Biron, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Erik Christensen, Michael Del Zotto, Brandon Dubinsky, Steve Eminger, Tim Erixon, Ruslan Fedotenko, Marian Gaborik, Dan Girardi, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, Brandon Prust, Brad Richards, Michael Rupp, Michael Sauer, Scott Stajcer, Derek Stepan, Wojtek Wolski, Mats Zuccarello.

Injured: Chad Kolarik, Marc Staal.


Ottawa Senators

Daniel Alfredsson, Craig Anderson, Alex Auld, Bobby Butler, Erik Condra, Jared Cowen, Stephane Da Costa, Nikita Filatov, Nick Foligno, Sergei Gonchar, Colin Greening, Erik Karlsson, Zenon Konopka, Filip Kuba, Brian Lee, Milan Michalek, Chris Neil, Chris Phillips, David Rundblad, Zack Smith, Jason Spezza, Mika Zibanejad.

Injured: Matt Carkner, Peter Regin, Jesse Winchester.


Philadelphia Flyers

Sergei Bobrovsky, Daniel Briere, Ilya Bryzgalov, Matt Carle, Braydon Coburn, Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell, Jaromir Jagr, Andreas Lilja, Andrej Meszaros, Andreas Nodl, Chris Pronger, Matt Read, Zac Rinaldo, Jody Shelley, Wayne Simmonds, Maxime Talbot, Kimmo Timonen, James van Riemsdyk, Jakub Voracek, Matt Walker.

Injured: Ian Laperriere, Brandon Manning, Andrew Rowe.


Phoenix Coyotes

Adrian Aucoin, Paul Bissonnette, Mikkel Boedker, Kyle Chipchura, Shane Doan, Boyd Gordon, Martin Hanzal, Rostislav Klesla, Lauri Korpikoski, Jason LaBarbera, Daymond Langkow, Brett MacLean, Derek Morris, Petteri Nokelainen, Patrick O'Sullivan, Taylor Pyatt, Michal Rozsival, David Schlemko, Mike Smith, Raffi Torres, Radim Vrbata, Ray Whitney, Keith Yandle.

Injured: Kurt Sauer.


Pittsburgh Penguins

Craig Adams, Arron Asham, Matt Cooke, Pascal Dupuis, Deryk Engelland, Marc-Andre Fleury, Brent Johnson, Tyler Kennedy, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, Mark Letestu, Ben Lovejoy, Steve MacIntyre, Evgeni Malkin, Paul Martin, Zbynek Michalek, James Neal, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, Richard Park, Jordan Staal, Steve Sullivan, Joe Vitale.

Injured: Robert Bortuzzo, Sidney Crosby, Nick Petersen.


St. Louis Blues

Jason Arnott, David Backes, Patrik Berglund, Carlo Colaiacovo, Matt D'Agostini, Brian Elliott, Evgeny Grachev, Jaroslav Halak, Kent Huskins, Barret Jackman, Jamie Langenbrunner, Andy McDonald, Scott Nichol, Nikita Nikitin, T.J. Oshie, Alex Pietrangelo, Roman Polak, Chris Porter, Ryan Reaves, Kevin Shattenkirk, Vladimir Sobotka, Alexander Steen, Chris Stewart.

Injured: B.J. Crombeen, David Perron.


San Jose Sharks

Dan Boyle, Brent Burns, Ryane Clowe, Logan Couture, Jason Demers, Andrew Desjardins, Thomas Greiss, Michal Handzus, Patrick Marleau, Jamie McGinn, Torrey Mitchell, Andrew Murray, Douglas Murray, Joe Pavelski, Harri Sateri, Joe Thornton, Jim Vandermeer, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Colin White, Brad Winchester, Tommy Wingels.

Injured: Martin Havlat, Antti Niemi, Antero Niittymaki.


Tampa Bay Lightning

Marc-Andre Bergeron, Eric Brewer, Brett Clark, Brett Connolly, Steve Downie, Mathieu Garon, Bruno Gervais, Matt Gilroy, Adam Hall, Victor Hedman, Blair Jones, Pavel Kubina, Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Malone, Dominic Moore, Teddy Purcell, Tom Pyatt, Mattias Ritola, Dwayne Roloson, Ryan Shannon, Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos, Nate Thompson.

Injured: Charles Landry, Mattias Ohlund.


Toronto Maple Leafs

Colby Armstrong, Tyler Bozak, Mike Brown, Philippe Dupuis, Cody Franson, Matt Frattin, Jake Gardiner, Mikhail Grabovski, Carl Gunnarsson, Jonas Gustavsson, Phil Kessel, Mike Komisarek, Nikolai Kulemin, John-Michael Liles, Matthew Lombardi, Joffrey Lupul, Clarke MacArthur, Colton Orr, Dion Phaneuf, James Reimer, Jay Rosehill, Luke Schenn, David Steckel.

Injured: Tim Connolly, Nazem Kadri.


Vancouver Canucks

Andrew Alberts, Keith Ballard, Kevin Bieksa, Alexandre Burrows, Andrew Ebbett, Alexander Edler, Dan Hamhuis, Jannik Hansen, Christopher Higgins, Cody Hodgson, Maxim Lapierre, Roberto Luongo, Manny Malhotra, Sami Salo, Mikael Samuelsson, Cory Schneider, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Marco Sturm, Alexander Sulzer, Christopher Tanev, Aaron Volpatti, Dale Weise.

Injured: Nolan Baumgartner, Byron Bitz, Ryan Kesler, Steven Pinizzotto, Mason Raymond, Aaron Rome, Stefan Schneider.


Washington Capitals

Karl Alzner, Keith Aucoin, Nicklas Backstrom, Jay Beagle, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, Jason Chimera, Mike Green, Kyle Greentree, Jeff Halpern, Roman Hamrlik, Marcus Johansson, DJ King, Mike Knuble, Brooks Laich, Michal Neuvirth, Alex Ovechkin, Mathieu Perreault, Jeff Schultz, Alexander Semin, Tomas Vokoun, Joel Ward, Dennis Wideman.

Injured: John Erskine, Matt Hendricks, Tom Poti.


Winnipeg Jets

Nik Antropov, Zach Bogosian, Alexander Burmistrov, Dustin Byfuglien, Patrice Cormier, Tobias Enstrom, Tanner Glass, Ron Hainsey, Randy Jones, Evander Kane, Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, Chris Mason, Derek Meech, Johnny Oduya, Ondrej Pavelec, Mark Scheifele, Jim Slater, Tim Stapleton, Mark Stuart, Chris Thorburn, Kyle Wellwood, Blake Wheeler.

Injured: Eric Fehr, Ben Maxwell, Kenndal McArdle.

Coyotes Sign Paul Bissonnette to Two-Year Extension

The Phoenix Coyotes announced on Wednesday that they have signed left wing Paul Bissonnette to a two-year contract extension worth $1.475 million. He would have been an unrestricted free agent next summer. In 48 games last season with the Coyotes, he had one goal and 71 penalty minutes. Not a bad depth signing for the Coyotes, as Bissonnette is a hard-working player on the ice who plays with lots of grit and toughness. Look for him to continue to fill the enforcer role over the next few seasons.

Canadiens Claim Blair Betts Off Waivers from Flyers

The Montreal Canadiens announced on Wednesday that they have claimed center Blair Betts off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers. In 75 games last season with the Flyers, he had five goals and seven assists for 12 points. Not a bad depth move for the Canadiens, as Betts will bring lots of skill on the faceoff, as well has experience to the penalty kill and some two-way ability to the forward lines. Look for him to center the fourth line throughout the 2011-12 season.

Devils Sign Petr Sykora to One-Year Contract

The New Jersey Devils announced on Wednesday that they have signed right wing Petr Sykora to a one-year contract worth $650,000. He had been attending the team's training camp on a tryout basis. This will be his second stint with the team, where he played from 1995 to 2002. In 13 games last season with Plzen of the Czech League, he had five goals and eight assists for 13 points. He also appeared in 28 games with Dynamo Minsk of the KHL, scoring eight goals and eight assists for 16 points. He last played in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild during the 2009-10 season. Not a bad depth signing for the Devils, as Sykora brings plenty of offensive skill to the forward lines and a good shot. There's a possibility he could play on the top line with Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias, but it remains to be seen just how Devils' head coach Peter DeBoer will set up his lines when the regular season starts.

Maple Leafs Acquire David Steckel from Devils

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that they have acquired center David Steckel from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft. He still has two years left on his current contract. In 75 games last season with the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils, he had six goals and six assists for 12 points. Not a bad depth move for the Maple Leafs, as Steckel will bring loads of experience and talent to the faceoff, as well as plenty of size and skill to the penalty kill. With Tim Connolly and Mikhail Grabovski currently sidelined with injuries, Steckel adds some much needed depth at center for Toronto, but it's just a short-term fix, as both players shouldn't miss much time. Once they return, look for Steckel to play on the fourth line. For the Devils, this move presents an opportunity for players like Brad Mills, Adam Henrique, Mattias Tedenby, and Cam Janssen to make the opening night roster.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Canucks Claim Dale Weise Off Waivers from NY Rangers

The Vancouver Canucks have announced that they have claimed right wing Dale Weise off waivers from the New York Rangers. In 10 games last season with the Rangers, he had no points and 19 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 47 games with Connecticut of the AHL, scoring 18 goals and 20 assists for 38 points and 73 penalty minutes. This is really just a depth move for the Canucks, as Weise will likely spend the majority of the season in the minors. If he does see any time with Vancouver, it will likely be on the fourth line, where he will provide plenty of grit and toughness.

NY Islanders Sign Jay Pandolfo to One-Year Contract

The New York Islanders have announced that they have signed left wing Jay Pandolfo to a one-year contract. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is believed to be for the veteran minimum of $570,000. He had been attending the team's training camp on a tryout basis. In 12 games last season with Springfield of the AHL, Pandolfo had two goals and four assists for six points. He last played in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils during the 2009-10 season. Not a bad depth signing for the Islanders, as Pandolfo will bring a lot of experience and skill to the penalty kill and is a solid forechecker. He's never had a lot of scoring upside, so look for him to play on the checking lines during the upcoming season.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sharks Sign Brad Winchester to One-Year Deal

The San Jose Sharks announced today that they have signed left wing Brad Winchester to a one-year contract. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. He had been attending the team's training camp on a tryout basis. In 76 games last season with the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks, he had 10 goals and six assists for 16 points and 114 penalty minutes. Not a bad depth signing for the Sharks, as Winchester will bring lots of grit and toughness to the lineup, as well as plenty of size. He should be a good fit on the checking lines.

Blackhawks Sign Ray Emery to One-Year Contract

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have signed goaltender Ray Emery to a one-year contract worth $600,000. He had been attending the team's training camp on a tryout basis. In 10 games last season with the Anaheim Ducks, Emery posted a 7-2-0 record, with a 2.28 GAA and a .926 save percentage. He missed the majority of the 2010-11 season with a career-threatening hip injury, but was able to battle back from the condition and sign with the Ducks. Not a bad depth signing for the Blackhawks, as Emery has good size, is a solid goaltender, and will bring the team plenty of veteran depth in goal. Despite struggling a bit in the preseason and being outplayed by Alexander Salak, he was able to earn a contract with Chicago and will likely play as the backup to Corey Crawford. If Emery should struggle this season, he will more than likely be sent to the minors and be replaced with Salak.