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Panthers prospect Adam 'Mr. Big Shot' Mascherin hopes to make a dent on scoreboard

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For the first time in franchise history the Florida Panthers boasted five players with 20 or more goals last season.

Yet, one would be hard-pressed to find a player on the team with a shot that strikes fear in opposing goalies.

Until now.

While 18-year-old left wing Adam Mascherin will most likely return for at least two more seasons in ...Read more

Wild's Zucker won't let himself forget young fan's advice

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Maybe it was fate.

Jason Zucker and Jared Spurgeon had the option to pick the fifth floor or the sixth floor during a visit to University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital last December. They chose the fifth floor, and because of that seemingly insignificant decision, Zucker ended up meeting his biggest fan with the biggest heart.

Weeks...Read more

Brad Richards retires after 15 NHL seasons

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The Detroit Red Wings turned out to be Brad Richards' last stop in the NHL.

Richards, 36, announced his retirement Wednesday with a release through the NHLPA. He played 15 seasons, the last of them this past season in Detroit. Signed to boost offense and experience from his two Stanley Cup championships, Richards produced just 10 goals and 28 ...Read more

Joel Quenneville believes Blackhawks didn't have same 'zip' last season

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When the Blackhawks were going through a late-season slump in March, the drumbeat began that they might be tired -- that years of playing deep into the postseason finally was catching up with them.

The Hawks generally dismissed that notion, saying they felt fine. However, coach Joel Quenneville said Saturday during a Blackhawks Convention panel...Read more

Blues sign Schwartz to five-year contract

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The Blues and Jaden Schwartz have agreed on a new contract, ending a stalemate that was scheduled for salary arbitration.

The club has signed the left winger to a five-year deal that will pay him $26.75 million for annual average value (AAV) of $5.35 million.

The Blues said earlier that Schwartz was their No. 1 priority this offseason, and ...Read more

Flyers re-sign Petr Straka

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The Flyers signed another restricted free agent Friday.

Winger Petr Straka, 24, signed a one-year, two-way deal and will begin his fourth season in the organization. He scored 19 goals with the AHL's Phantoms last season.

Straka was not recalled by the Flyers last year. The previous season, he played three games with the Flyers and totaled two...Read more

Red Wings' Luke Glendening gets extension he never envisioned

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Luke Glendening looks back at what a long way he has come and chuckles.

From being a walk-on at Michigan to joining the Detroit Red Wings as an undrafted free agent -- working his way from the ECHL to the NHL -- it has been quite a journey for the Grand Rapids native.

It's one that will continue at least through 2020-21, after Thursday's ...Read more

Red Wings, Teemu Pulkkinen agree to 1-year, prove-it deal

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One year makes sense for both parties.

The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Teemu Pulkkinen, a restricted free agent, for $812,500 for the coming season.

Pulkkinen, 24, has yet to establish himself at the top level, having struggled to translate his best asset -- a wickedly hard right-handed shot -- to success with the Wings. Pulkkinen ...Read more

New Blackhawk Michal Kempny lets his play do his talking

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Michal Kempny felt the need to apologize during his first interview upon arriving in Chicago.

"I'm sincerely sorry I don't speak English," Kempny, a native of the Czech Republic, said through an interpreter. "I didn't take any in school. Right now I'm taking tutors. I'm actually taking English classes to get better. I'm trying to get better as ...Read more

Hurricanes, Rask agree on 6-year contract

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A new six-year contract will give Carolina Hurricanes center Victor Rask financial and professional security, and is a major commitment from the team.

Rask, in return, said Tuesday his goal was to help the Canes return to the playoffs and again contend for a Stanley Cup.

The Canes announced Tuesday that Rask had agreed to the deal that will ...Read more

Flyers' Cole Bardreau continues comeback from broken neck

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If overcoming adversity leads to success, center Cole Bardreau should have a solid NHL career.

Signed by the Flyers as a free agent last year, the 5-foot-10, 193-pound Bardreau -- who broke his neck while playing for Cornell in 2013 and was nearly paralyzed -- looks like he has a future as a scrappy third- or fourth-line player.

"He's ...Read more

Ryan Hartman wants to go from prospect to pro for Blackhawks this season

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At Blackhawks prospect camp, players are separated into three groups -- A, B and C.

It was clear from scanning the rosters that Group C was stacked.

Nearly every prospect who has a chance of earning playing time with the Hawks next season was in Group C, the first to take the ice Sunday at Johnny's IceHouse West.

One of those in Group C, Ryan...Read more

Red Wings' forward depth means young guys must earn their spots

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The real audition comes in autumn, but development camp is an opportunity to make an early impression.

The Detroit Red Wings are stocked with forwards after adding three new ones during free agency, which general manager Ken Holland hopes will lead to intense competition for minutes.

"Our goal is to have depth," Holland told the Free Press ...Read more

Ducks acquire goalie Jonathan Bernier from Maple Leafs to back up John Gibson

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Some experienced help will now accompany John Gibson in the Ducks' goal crease.

The Ducks on Friday acquired goalie Jonathan Bernier from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2017 conditional draft pick. Bernier fills a hole created when Frederik Andersen was traded to the Leafs on June 20, effectively making Gibson the clear No. 1 goalie.

Seen at ...Read more

Hurricanes' Cotton shaken by Dallas shootings

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David Cotton came to the Carolina Hurricanes prospects development camp this week with only hockey on his mind.

That all changed Thursday night.

Cotton was flipping through TV channels when he spotted something about a shooting in Dallas. "At first I thought it was a movie or something," he said Friday.

Cotton quickly learned it was a real-...Read more

Red Wings re-sign goalie prospect Jared Coreau

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The advice to sign Jared Coreau came after a night he let in six goals.

Since that time, the Detroit Red Wings have seen much to like, and backed that up by signing Coreau to a two-year contract Wednesday. It's worth $575,000 in the NHL/$150,000 in the minors in year one and $650,000 in year two.

The fact it morphs from two-way deal to one-way...Read more

Blackhawks sign veteran forward Jordin Tootoo

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After losing Andrew Shaw and Teuvo Teravainen in separate trades last month, the Blackhawks are in need of veteran depth along their bottom six forwards next season.

The Hawks added to that on Tuesday by signing right winger Jordin Tootoo to a one-year deal, the team announced.

Tootoo has played in parts of 12 NHL seasons and had four goals ...Read more

Panthers ink Reilly Smith to five-year deal

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A day after signing center Vincent Trocheck to a six-year contract, the Panthers continued their busy offseason by locking in forward Reilly Smith with a five-year deal worth a reported $25 million.

Smith, 25, came to the Panthers in a trade with Boston last July and had a career-best 25 goals and added 25 assists as he has now hit the 20-goal ...Read more

Penguins still waiting to find out if Cullen will return

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The Penguins have no regrets about trying to lure center Matt Cullen back for another season.

But they might be second-guessing the decision to not give him a deadline for making up his mind.

Despite being an unrestricted free agent for two days, Cullen still hasn't made it known whether he will spend 2016-17 with the Penguins or another club....Read more

Panthers sign defenseman Jason Demers to 5-year, $22.5 million deal

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The Panthers continued to reshape their defense Saturday morning by signing Stars free-agent defenseman Jason Demers to a five-year deal worth a reported $22.5 million.

Demers, 28, is the analytics kind of defenseman the revamped scouting staff of the Panthers desire. Demers, a Quebec native, drafted in the seventh round by the Sharks in 2008, ...Read more