Report: Auston Matthews will pick Europe
Auston Matthews |
(May 28, 2015 6:37 PM EDT)
2016 NHL Draft prospect Auston Matthews is still deciding where he will play next season.
However, Sportsnet's Damien Cox reports that he's almost 100 percent that Matthews will play somewhere in Europe. Clubs from Sweden and Finland may have joined Zurich in the hunt for the talented 17-year-old. Matthews has options to play in the NCAA or the WHL as well, but it appears he wants to challenge himself overseas.
Damien Cox on Twitter
Simon Gagne hopes for another NHL return
Simon Gagne | BOS
(May 28, 2015 6:19 PM EDT)
Simon Gagne isn't ready to retire yet.
He was placed on unconditional waivers by Boston in January after telling the team that he wouldn't be returning because of personal reasons. Gagne left the team in late December to be with his ailing father, who passed away. He plans to train hard over the off-season and hopes to sign with another club.
Damien Cox on Twitter
Report: Justin Falk, CBJ close to new deal
Justin Falk | CLM
(May 28, 2015 6:12 PM EDT)
Columbus is reportedly close to signing Justin Falk to a two-year contract.
He was acquired in March in a trade with Minnesota that sent Jordan Leopold to the Wild. Falk suited up in just five games with the Blue Jackets and he played in 18 contests in total in 2014-15.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
Patrick Roy trying to lure in Alex Radulov
Alexander Radulov |
(May 28, 2015 6:08 PM EDT)
Patrick Roy is trying to leverage his previous experience with Alex Radulov in an effort to lure him over to the Colorado Avalanche.
Mind you, they're angling towards Radulov possibly coming back over for the 2016-17 campaign when Radulov will be entering his age-30 season. Roy and Radulov's coach-player relationship dates back to the 2005-06 season with the Quebec Remparts, where Radulov had 32 goals and 75 points in 65 games en route to a Memorial Cup victory. For what it's worth, Radulov is coming off his best KHL season with a 24 goals and 71 points plus the scoring title.
Taylor Hall feels energized after WHC
Taylor Hall | EDM
(May 28, 2015 5:53 PM EDT)
Taylor Hall will enter the off-season with new-found confidence after helping Canada win a gold medal at the World Hockey Championship.
"To end the season like that and to go into the summer feeling good not only about yourself, but what you can bring to a team, is a really good feeling," said Hall. He has played on a losing Edmonton Oilers team for the past five seasons, so getting a tournament victory has rejuvenated him. Hall was named a All-Star at the Worlds and he registered 12 points, including seven goals, in 10 games. He is also excited to continue playing for coach Todd McLellan, who was hired by the Oilers shortly after he was the bench boss for Canada at the World Championship.
Edmonton Journal
Jordan Schmaltz signs his ELC with Blues
Jordan Schmaltz | STL
(May 28, 2015 5:49 PM EDT)
Jordan Schmaltz has signed a three-year Entry Level Contract with the St. Louis Blues. Financial terms have not yet been released.
Schmaltz was the 25th overall pick in 2012 and has spent the last three seasons with the University of North Dakota. During that time, the right handed defender scored 13 goals and 64 points. The 21 year old Schmaltz is not expected to start the 2015-16 season with the Blues, but it shouldn't be too long before he makes his debut.
St. Louis Blues on Twitter
Coyotes sign DEL forward Matthias Plachta
Matthias Plachta | ARI
(May 28, 2015 5:21 PM EDT)
Matthias Plachta has signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Arizona Coyotes.
The undrafted 24-year-old has spent the past four seasons with Adler Mannheim in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Plachta recorded 14 goals and 35 points in 47 games this past campaign. "Matthias is a big, skilled winger who had a very good season in the German League," GM Don Maloney said in a statement. "We look forward to him continuing his development in our organization."
Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
Sharks name Peter DeBoer as head coach
Peter DeBoer | SJ
(May 28, 2015 5:04 PM EDT)
The Sharks made it official on Thursday and introduced Peter DeBoer as their new head coach.
According to TSN, DeBoer received a four-year deal from San Jose. He was fired by New Jersey in December after a rough start to the season and will be tasked with getting the Sharks back on track after a disappointing 2014-15 campaign.
San Jose Mercury News
Hawks have success when Bryan Bickell scores
Bryan Bickell | CHI
(May 28, 2015 4:39 PM EDT)
Bryan Bickell's goal drought has hit 16 straight games during Chicago's 2015 playoff run.
The Blackhawks would definitely like to see that slump come to an end in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final against Anaheim. Chicago has posted a 16-2 record when Bickell scores in the playoffs.
Chicago Sun-Times
Shawn Horcoff might test free agency
Shawn Horcoff | DAL
(May 28, 2015 4:28 PM EDT)
Shawn Horcoff may not be back with the Stars next season.
He can become an unrestricted free agent in July and Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News believes that the two sides will go their separate ways. Of course, GM Jim Nill could leave the door open for Horcoff to return, especially if he agrees to take a pay cut.
Dallas Morning News