Steve Stamkos at center of rumor mill
Steve Stamkos | TB
(July 25, 2014 10:02 AM EDT)
Speculation has been mounting that Steve Stamkos might sign with Toronto once his current contract expires in 2016.
Even if Stamkos is considering doing that - and he might not be - it won't matter for a couple more years. Still, Stamkos was asked about the possibility of him signing with Toronto once he becomes an unrestricted free agent and he didn't do anything to kill the rumors. "We'll see what happens. It's a couple years away," Stamkos said. "Right now I'm focused on what I have to do to win in Tampa, and I think we've really established ourselves as a team that can compete in upcoming years. For me, that's the important thing is getting a chance to win. It looks like we're going to have that chance for a couple years."
Toronto Star
Phillip Danault to emulate Marcus Kruger
Phillip Danault | CHI
(July 25, 2014 9:29 AM EDT)
Phillip Danault has been asked to model his game after Marcus Kruger.
In other words, the Blackhawks see Danault as a future third or fourth liner. "Not everyone can be the goal scorer," said AHL Rockford IceHogs coach Ted Dent. "He was a big scorer in juniors. But the way he plays in the AHL, it was more of a third or fourth-line center, more of a shutdown center. It took some time for him to adapt to that, play in that role and not be relied upon for offense. He'll try to fine-tune his game to be the best defensive forward he could be." Danault had six goals and 26 points in 72 AHL games in 2013-14.
CSN Chicago
Jonas Hiller should be fine for training camp
Jonas Hiller | CAL
(July 25, 2014 9:26 AM EDT)
Jonas Hiller (appendicitis) should be fully recovered well before training camp starts.
"The procedure nowadays . . . they can do it arthroscopically," said Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving. "They're saying within nine to 12 days, you're up and back to normal. (Hiller's agent) felt by next week that he's right back in the swing of things. The hope and the plan and the expectation right now is that there's no long recovery period." Hiller signed a two-year, $9 million contract with Calgary in July. He's projected to start the season as the Flames' number one goaltender.
Calgary Herald
Joe Sacco thrilled to join Bruins
Joe Sacco | BOS
(July 25, 2014 9:23 AM EDT)
Joe Sacco is thrilled to be joining the Boston Bruins.
Sacco will serve as an assistant coach under Claude Julien. "Well it's obviously an exciting time to be a part of the Bruins organization right now and the success that they've had in the past number of years," Sacco said. "Moving forward especially with the group now, I feel pretty fortunate right now to step in and serve in the capacity that I'll be doing so." Sacco hasn't worked with the Bruins' organization before, but he's from Medford, MA and played at Boston University, so he should feel comfortable in Boston.
CSN New England
Will Loui Eriksson replace Jarome Iginla?
Loui Eriksson | BOS
(July 24, 2014 10:32 PM EDT)
Bruins coach Claude Julien suggested that Loui Eriksson will help fill the void left by Jarome Iginla.
That meshes with what Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said in June when Iginla walking as a free agent was still just a possibility. Eriksson had just 10 goals and 37 points in 61 games last season, but he also suffered two concussions. He'll have a prime opportunity to rebound if the Bruins give him a shot on their top line in 2014-15.
Eller, Habs worked on 4-year deal for a while
Lars Eller | MON
(July 24, 2014 8:32 PM EDT)
Lars Eller and the Montreal Canadiens had been talking about a four-year deal for "quite some time."
Eller and Montreal agreed to a four-year, $14 million contract on Thursday and avoided arbitration in the process. "Many times, your salary and your expectations go hand-in-hand. I've seen that here in Montreal," Eller said. "But, I put a lot of pressure on myself, too. I think it also speaks to how much the organization believes in me. It's nice to see that they've shown that faith in me. Now, it's up to me to go out and play the best hockey that I can." Eller will certainly have higher expectations on him now. He had 26 points in 77 games last season and will need to produce more to live up to his salary.
Winnipeg re-signs Keaton Ellerby
Keaton Ellerby | WPG
(July 24, 2014 6:58 PM EDT)
Keaton Ellerby has inked a one-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg.
Ellerby will come with a $700,000 annual cap hit if the plays in the NHL. He had two goals and six points in 51 games in 2013-14.
Boston adds Joe Sacco to coaching staff
Joe Sacco | BOS
(July 24, 2014 5:51 PM EDT)
Joe Sacco has joined the Boston Bruins as an assistant coach.
Sacco spent the 2013-14 campaign serving in the same capacity with Buffalo. He previously spent four seasons as the Colorado Avalanche's bench boss and finished with a 130-134-30 record. "He’s got some great experience, not only as a hockey player but also as an assistant coach, whether it’s been in the American League or NHL," Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. "He's also been a head coach in both leagues as well, so I think just the fact that we've been able to have a guy who has that much experience coming into our group [is important]. Also the fact that he's been a player for such a long time — we all know that he'll have instant respect from our players." Sacco had 94 goals and 213 points in 738 career NHL games.
Flames re-sign Joni Ortio to two-year deal
Joni Ortio | CAL
(July 24, 2014 4:23 PM EDT)
The Calgary Flames have signed Joni Ortio to a two-year contract.
Ortio had a 2.51 GAA and .891 save percentage in nine games last season. He's expected to start the season in the minors after the Flames inked Jonas Hiller to a two-year deal.
Montreal signs Lars Eller to four-year deal
Lars Eller | MON
(July 24, 2014 3:21 PM EDT)
The Montreal Canadiens have signed Lars Eller to a four-year, $14 million contract.
Eller had placed a one-year, $3.1 million contract request to an arbitrator and Montreal had countered with $1.65 million. In the end, the Canadiens were willing to give him a substantially higher cap hit than they had offered in order to lock him up. He had 26 points and 68 penalty minutes in 77 games last season, but he's capable of more than that and Montreal is likely betting on him taking a significant step forward next season.
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