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  • Avs sign D Toews to four-year, $16.4M contract
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    The Colorado Avalanche signed defenseman Devon Toews to a four-year contract through the 2023-24 season.

    • The team did not disclose terms of the deal announced Tuesday, but Sportsnet pegged the value at $16.4 million, or $4.1 million per season.

      Colorado acquired the 26-year-old Toews earlier this month in a trade with the New York Islanders, who received second-round picks in the 2021 and 2022 drafts in exchange.

      "We're excited to have Devon under contract for the next four years," Avalanche executive vice president and general manager Joe Sakic said in a press release. "As I said when we acquired him, Devon is a smart, two-way, puck-moving defenseman who is a durable defender and is excellent in transition."

      Toews played in all 68 games for the Islanders in 2019-20, finishing second among the team's defensemen in goals (six) and points (28). He added 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 22 postseason games.

      A fourth-round pick by the Islanders in 2014, Toews has 46 career points (11 goals, 35 assists) in 116 games since making his NHL debut in December 2018.

      --Field Level Media

  • Longtime Coyotes F Hanzal announces retirement
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    Veteran forward Martin Hanzal officially retired after 12 NHL seasons and multiple back surgeries.

    • Hanzal, 33, registered 338 career points (127 goals, 211 assists) and 574 penalty minutes in 673 games with the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes (2007-17), Minnesota Wild (2017) and Dallas Stars (2017-18).

      His last game was with the Stars on Dec. 23, 2018, against the New York Islanders, nine months after undergoing spinal fusion surgery. Hanzal also had back surgeries in 2008 and 2015.

      "It's a little bit of a relief because the last couple of years I wasn't sure if I'd play another NHL game or be healthy again, so now it's official: I am retired from the NHL," Hanzal told AZ Coyotes Insider on Sunday. "If I was healthy, I would probably still be playing, but after three back surgeries, and especially after the last one, I just can't do it anymore. I was doing everything I could after this last one, and it took me a year to get back on the ice.

      "When I went to see the doctor again, it was either do another surgery or be done playing. Even the doctor said, 'We're not sure another surgery will help.' I still have a long life ahead of me. I don't want to do another surgery when it's not 100 percent sure it will even help."

      Drafted 17th overall by the Coyotes in 2005, Hanzal played in 28 Stanley Cup Playoff games and contributed five goals and eight assists.

      --Field Level Media

  • D Daley retires, moves into Penguins' front office
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 26, 2020

    Defenseman Trevor Daley retired on Monday to take a front-office job with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    • A second-round selection by Dallas in the 2002 NHL Draft, Daley appeared in 1,058 regular-season games and scored 309 points (89 goals, 220 assists) with the Stars (2003-15), Chicago Blackhawks (2015), Penguins (2015-17) and Detroit Red Wings (2017-20).

      Daley, 37, won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2016 and '17.

      In Detroit in 2019-20, Daley had seven assists in 43 games.

      With the Penguins, Daley will work as a hockey operations adviser, helping the coaching staff and evaluating players in both the NHL and AHL.

      "First, I would like to congratulate Trevor on an incredibly successful 16-year career," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. "In addition to being a Stanley Cup champion with us, he left us with a great impression due to his professional demeanor and quiet leadership qualities. Those traits, along with his desire to want to learn about the business side of the NHL, made him a great candidate to join our staff."

      --Field Level Media

  • Penguins fire assistant GM Karmanos, hire Daley
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 26, 2020

    The Pittsburgh Penguins announced the dismissal of assistant general manager Jason Karmanos on Monday, continuing a shift in the club's leadership.

    • "We would like to thank Jason Karmanos for his contributions to the organization over the past six years," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford stated in a short news release. "I have been evaluating our hockey operations department, and this is the first part of the process to reorganize our group."

      Rutherford and Karmanos worked together with the Carolina Hurricanes before Rutherford moved on to the Penguins, and Karmanos joined him there.

      The club said Sam Ventura, the director of hockey research, will take over for Karmanos and that Erik Heasley, manager of hockey operations, will serve as interim general manager of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

      Also, the team named Trevor Daley, a former defenseman for the Penguins, as a hockey operations adviser. He will help the coaching staff and evaluate players in both the NHL and AHL. Daley, who spent the past three seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, officially retired as a player Monday.

      "He left us with a great impression due to his professional demeanor and quiet leadership qualities," Rutherford said of Daley. "Those traits, along with his desire to want to learn about the business side of the NHL, made him a great candidate to join our staff."

      On Aug. 12, the Penguins announced they would not renew the contracts of three assistant coaches, the first of the changes Rutherford had hinted were coming.

      "We are in the process of conducting a review of our organization because we have underperformed in the playoffs the last few years," Rutherford said then. "We just thought we needed to change the dynamic of our coaching staff. We have very high standards here in Pittsburgh, and we want to continue competing for Stanley Cups. The message to our fans is that ‘We are not rebuilding, we're retooling.'"

      The Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017 but are 2-8 in their past 10 playoff games. The Montreal Canadiens eliminated them 3-1 in the best-of-five qualifier for the Stanley Cup playoffs in August.

      --Field Level Media

  • Coyotes address revelations about draft pick
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 26, 2020

    The Arizona Coyotes said they are working to educate draft pick Mitchell Miller about diversity and inclusion after a report surfaced that he bullied a Black schoolmate beginning in junior high school.

    • The Arizona Republic on Monday posted an interview with Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, who said he was dismayed when he learned the Coyotes selected Miller, 18, in the fourth round of the NHL draft earlier this month. He said he and Miller grew up together in a suburb of Toledo, Ohio, and that Miller bullied him and often made racist comments toward him.

      Bill Armstrong, the Coyotes new general manager, said he wasn't part of the group that chose to select Miller but that the club was aware that Miller previously had admitted to bullying Meyer-Crothers.

      "Our scouts were made aware of his history and the bullying incident that occurred in 2016 when he was 14 years old," Armstrong said.

      "Mitchell sent a letter to every NHL team acknowledging what happened and apologizing for his behavior. Mitchell made a huge mistake, but we are providing him with a second chance to prove himself. We hope that he uses his platform moving forward to raise awareness about bullying and to discourage this type of behavior."

      Meyer-Crothers, who has developmental disabilities, said Miller used to hit him and also called him "brownie" and the "N word."

      "He pretended to be my friend and made me do things I didn't want to do," Meyer-Crothers told the newspaper. "In junior high, I got beat up by him. ... Everyone thinks he's so cool that he gets to go to the NHL, but I don't see how someone can be cool when you pick on someone and bully someone your entire life."

      The Coyotes chose Miller, a 5-foot-9 defenseman, with the No. 111 overall pick in the fourth round. Arizona didn't have a selection in the first three rounds after trades and the loss of a pick for violating the NHL Combine testing policy.

      Last year, Miller played for the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League, where he was named to the All-USHL First Team after scoring 33 points (eight goals, 25 assists) in 44 games. He is a freshman at North Dakota, and the Coyotes will retain his rights throughout his college career.

      In a statement issued by the team, Coyotes president and CEO Xavier Gutierrez said the team did not run away from selecting Miller.

      "Our fundamental mission is to ensure a safe environment -- whether in schools, in our community, in hockey rinks, or in the workplace -- to be free of bullying and racism. When we first learned of Mitchell's story, it would have been easy for us to dismiss him -- many teams did. Instead, we felt it was our responsibility to be a part of the solution in a real way -- not just saying and doing the right things ourselves but ensuring that others are too.

      "Given our priorities on diversity and inclusion, we believe that we are in the best position to guide Mitchell into becoming a leader for this cause and preventing bullying and racism now and in the future. As an organization, we have made our expectations very clear to him. We are willing to work with Mitchell and put in the time, effort, and energy and provide him with the necessary resources and platform to confront bullying and racism. This isn't a story about excuses or justifications. It's a story about reflection, growth, and community impact. A true leader finds ways for every person to contribute to the solution. We all need to be a part of the solution."

      Gutierrez is a member of the league's Executive Inclusion Council, which is charged with fighting racism and increasing diversity in hockey. He is the NHL's first Latino president and CEO, and Alex Meruelo became the first Hispanic owner in the NHL in 2019.

      Miller was charged with assault and violating the Ohio Safe Schools Act in February 2016, according to The Republic. He admitted to the misdemeanor offense, was sentenced to 25 hours of community service and had to write an apology to Meyer-Crothers. His family said Miller never apologized personally, as another boy charged in the case did.

      Miller issued a statement through the Coyotes.

      "I am extremely sorry about the bullying incident that occurred in 2016 while I was in eighth grade. I was young, immature and feel terrible about my actions. At the time, I did not understand the gravity of my actions and how they can affect other people. I have issued an apology to the family for my behavior, completed cultural diversity and sensitivity training and volunteered within my community with organizations such as Little Miracles," he said.

      "Over the past four years, I have had a lot of time to reflect and grow and I am very grateful to the Arizona Coyotes for taking a chance on me. I promise not to let them down. Moving forward, I want to be a leader for this cause and help end bullying and racism."

      --Field Level Media

  • Ullmark, Sabres avoid arbitration with one-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 26, 2020

    Goaltender Linus Ullmark signed a one-year, $2.6 million contract to remain with the Buffalo Sabres.

    • The team announced the deal on Sunday night, hours before a salary arbitration hearing that was set for Monday.

      Ullmark, 27, was 17-14-3 in 34 starts in 2019-20. He had a .915 save percentage and a 2.69 goals-against average.

      The Sabres selected the Swede in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Draft. In 97 career games (92 starts), he has a 41-41-10 record with a .911 save percentage and 2.81 GAA to go with three shutouts.

      --Field Level Media

  • Flames sign F Leivo to one-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, October 25, 2020

    The Calgary Flames signed veteran forward Josh Leivo to a one-year, $875,000 contract.

    • The club announced his signing on Saturday.

      Tbe 27-year-old played in 36 games for the Vancouver Canucks last season, scoring 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists). He was sidelined for the rest of the season after suffering a broken kneecap on Dec. 19.

      He said he chose the Flames because he sees Calgary as being on the brink of good things. The Dallas Stars eliminated the Flames in six games in the Western Conference first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

      "Their mindset is all about winning right now," Leivo said. "They're a team that looks good on paper, so we've got to go out there and show it on the ice. And I think I can be a big part of that."

      Leivo has played in 169 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2013-18) and Canucks (2018-20), registering 65 points (31 goals, 34 assists). Toronto selected him in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft.

      He joins two former teammates with the Canucks -- goaltender Jacob Markstrom and defenseman Christopher Tanev -- in signing with the Flames this offseason.

      --Field Level Media

  • Sabres re-sign F Reinhart to one-year, $5.2M deal
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, October 25, 2020

    The Buffalo Sabres re-signed restricted free agent Sam Reinhart to a one-year, $5.2 million contract Sunday.

    • The 24-year-old forward had been scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Tuesday.

      Reinhart finished second on the team with 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) in 69 games in 2019-20. It was his fifth straight season with at least 40 points and his fourth campaign with 20-plus goals.

      The No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Reinhart has accumulated 255 points (109 goals, 146 assists) in 400 regular season games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Stars sign G Bow to 1-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 24, 2020

    The Dallas Stars signed goaltender Landon Bow to a one-year, two-way deal, general manager Jim Nill announced Saturday.

    • The 25-year-old Bow appeared in two NHL contests in the 2018-19 campaign, stopping 18 of 19 shots for a .947 save percentage. He provides the Stars with depth in the net after spending most of his career with the team's AHL franchise, the Texas Stars.

      Last season, Bow went 12-11-3 with a 3.31 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage in 30 games with Texas.

      The Stars did not announce the financial terms of the deal.

      --Field Level Media

  • Maple Leafs re-sign D Dermott to one-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 23, 2020

    The Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed defenseman Travis Dermott to a one-year, $874,125 contract Friday.

    • Dermott, 23, registered four goals and seven assists in 56 regular-season games in 2019-20.

      The Ontario native has tallied 41 points (nine goals, 32 assists) in 157 NHL games over three seasons with Toronto.

      The Maple Leafs selected Dermott in the second round (34th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Devils sign Kulikov to one-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 22, 2020

    The New Jersey Devils signed defenseman Dmitry Kulikov on Thursday to a one-year, $1.15 million deal.

    • Kulikov, who turns 30 on Oct. 29, had two goals and eight assists (10 points) in 51 games last season for the Winnipeg Jets. The native of Russia added two assists in four playoff games.

      "Kulikov is an experienced, physical left shot defenseman who skates well," New Jersey general manager Tom Fitzgerald said in a release. "His ability to play both the right and left side brings value to our defense corps."

      Kulikov has 170 career points (35 goals, 135 assists) in 677 career games over 11 seasons with the Florida Panthers (2009-16), Buffalo Sabres (2016-17) and Jets.

      Kulikov was a first-round selection (14th overall) by the Panthers in the 2009 draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL postpones All-Star Game, Winter Classic
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 22, 2020

    The NHL on Thursday announced the postponement of the 2021 All-Star Game and the 2021 Winter Classic for COVID-19 reasons.

    • The All-Star Game and All-Star Weekend activities were scheduled for Jan. 29-30 in Sunrise, Fla., the home of the Florida Panthers. The Winter Classic was slated for Jan. 1 with the Minnesota Wild facing the St. Louis Blues at Target Field in Minneapolis.

      The NHL said the postponements were "due to the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the coronavirus."

      The league said it intends to return those events to the two cities in the near future.

      "Fan participation, both in arenas and stadiums as well as in the ancillary venues and events that we stage around the Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend, is integral to the success of our signature events," NHL chief content officer Steve Mayer said in a statement. "Because of the uncertainty as to when we will be able to welcome our fans back to our games, we felt that the prudent decision at this time was to postpone these celebrations until 2022 when our fans should be able to enjoy and celebrate these tentpole events in-person, as they were always intended.

      "We are also considering several new and creative events that will allow our fans to engage with our games and teams during this upcoming season."

      The NHL reiterated Thursday that it is aiming to start the season around Jan. 1. The league's general managers are slated to meet on Friday to discuss topics pertaining to the start date as well as other things.

      --Field Level Media

  • Home of Avalanche, Nuggets renamed Ball Arena
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 22, 2020

    The home of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and NBA's Denver Nuggets was renamed Ball Arena following a global partnership agreement between Ball Corporation and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.

    • Ball Corporation and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) announced the naming rights deal on Thursday for the arena, which was formerly known as the Pepsi Center since it opened in 1999.

      The multi-purpose arena also serves as the home to the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League, as well as concerts and family entertainment events.

      "We look forward to unveiling Ball Arena and welcoming our fans back home when it is time once again to celebrate live sports and entertainment events responsibly," KSE founder and chairman E. Stanley Kroenke said in a statement.

      Ball Corporation is a Colorado-based company that deals in aluminum beverage packaging.

      "This is an important moment in sports and entertainment, and we are proud to partner with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment to advance sustainability in venues by implementing real-world solutions to the packaging waste crisis," said John A. Hayes, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ball Corporation.

      "We are committed to making recycling an easy, everyday choice for consumers by providing them with infinitely recyclable aluminum cans, bottles and cups that can be used and back on a store shelf in just 60 days, and enhancing recycling infrastructure in venues. We look forward to continuing to work with KSE to bring about positive change for years to come."

      --Field Level Media

  • Canucks F Virtanen agrees to terms on two-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 22, 2020

    The Vancouver Canucks agreed to terms on a two-year, $5.1 million contract with restricted free-agent forward Jake Virtanen, the team announced Thursday.

    • The deal, which carries an average annual value of $2.55 million, will avert a salary arbitration hearing between the two sides.

      Virtanen, 24, recorded career bests of 36 points (18 goals, 18 assists) in 69 games last season. The British Columbia native added three more points (two goals, one assist) in 16 playoff games for the Canucks.

      "Jake has continued to make progress on his two-way game and remains a contributor offensively, using his speed and size to generate chances," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. "We look forward to him taking additional steps in his growth this year to help our team be successful."

      Virtanen has collected 95 points (50 goals, 45 assists) in 279 career games since being selected by the Canucks with the sixth overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Oilers ink D Russell to contract extension
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 22, 2020

    Edmonton Oilers defenseman Kris Russell signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract extension that will run through the 2021-22 season, the team announced.

    • Russell could have become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

      The 33-year-old recorded nine assists and 14 penalty minutes in 55 games in 2019-20.

      Russell has collected 236 points (46 goals, 190 assists) and 259 penalty minutes in 846 career games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues and Oilers. He was selected by the Blue Jackets in the third round of the 2005 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Senators F Brown signs three-year, $10.8M contract
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 22, 2020

    Ottawa Senators forward Connor Brown signed a three-year, $10.8 million contract, the team announced Thursday.

    • Per the Senators, the deal will see Brown earn $2.8 million in 2020-21 and $4 million in each of the two following seasons.

      Brown, 26, recorded career highs in assists (27) and points (43) while playing in 71 games with the Senators last season. He was acquired in a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Cody Ceci on July 1, 2019.

      "We're very happy to have Connor back under contract," Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said. "He brings a veteran presence to our lineup and is a player who can play in different situations. He's durable, has a strong work ethic with great practice habits and is regarded as a leader by his teammates. His ability to play up and down the lineup while producing offensively is especially valuable to us as we continue our transition towards being a consistent winner."

      Brown has collected 142 points (59 goals, 83 assists) and 68 penalty minutes in 324 career games with the Maple Leafs and Senators. He was selected by Toronto in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Capitals re-sign D Siegenthaler
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    The Washington Capitals re-signed defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler to a one-year, $800,000 contract, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Siegenthaler, 23, had nine points (two goals, seven assists) in a career-high 64 games during the 2019-20 season. A Switzerland native, Siegenthaler led the Capitals and tied for 11th in the NFL in penalty kill minutes per game (3:11). He also ranked second for Washington with 105 blocked shots.

      Siegenthaler has played two years in the NHL, both with the Capitals. In 90 career games, he has accumulated 13 points (two goals, 11 assists).

      Washington selected Siegenthaler in the second round of the 2015 NHL draft with the 57th overall pick.

      --Field Level Media

  • Maple Leafs ink Mikheyev to 2-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 20, 2020

    The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Ilya Mikheyev to a two-year, $3.29 million contract Tuesday.

    • The deal allowed both sides to avoid arbitration and keeps Mikheyev with the Maple Leafs through the 2021-22 season. The contract will count as $1,645,000 against the salary cap for each of the next two years, although TSN and The Athletic reported that Mikheyev will earn $1.1 million next season and $2.29 million in the second year of the deal.

      The 26-year-old Russian had 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 39 regular-season games as a rookie last season. Before joining Toronto, he spent four seasons with Avangard Omsk of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canadiens sign top draft pick Guhle
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 20, 2020

    The Montreal Canadiens agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with top draft pick Kaiden Guhle.

    • Under terms of the deal, the contract has an average annual value of $925,000 at the NHL level and includes performance bonuses of up to $420,000 each season. The contract runs through 2022-23.

      The AHL value is $80,000 per season.

      The Canadiens selected Guhle with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft earlier this month.

      The 18-year-old defenseman scored 40 points (11 goals, 29 assists) with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL in the 2019-20 season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Flames sign veteran F Nordstrom to 1-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 19, 2020

    The Calgary Flames signed veteran forward Joakim Nordstrom to a one-year, $700,000 deal on Monday.

    • Nordstrom, 28, has appeared in 400 career games in parts of seven seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins. He has tallied 31 goals and 37 assists for 68 points, including seven points last season on four goals and three assists.

      The Sweden native provides the Flames with depth on the third or fourth line, as well as a proven penalty killer. He also has played in 46 playoff games, notching three goals and seven assists in those contests, and he earned a Stanley Cup ring with Chicago in 2015.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wild sign D McCoshen to two-way deal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 19, 2020

    The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Ian McCoshen to a one-year, two-way contract, the club announced Monday.

    • McCoshen, 25, played last season with Springfield and Rockford in the American Hockey League.

      A second-round pick (31st overall) by Florida in 2013, he spent parts of three seasons with the Panthers and registered seven points (four goals, three assists) in 60 career NHL games.

      The two-way contract calls for $700,000 with the Wild, and/or $125,000 with the Iowa Wild in the AHL. The 6-3, 210-pounder from Anaheim, Calif., played at Boston College for three seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canucks re-sign F Gaudette to one-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 19, 2020

    The Vancouver Canucks re-signed forward Adam Gaudette to a one-year, $950,000 contract Monday.

    • Gaudette, 24, posted 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) and 37 penalty minutes in 59 games during the 2019-20 season.

      "Adam has been an excellent young player for us and we are happy to have him continue his progress for another year in Vancouver," general manager Jim Benning said. "We look forward to his intensity and compete level continuing to be a great source of energy for our team."

      In 120 career games with Vancouver, Gaudette has 45 points (17 goals, 28 assists) and 55 PIM.

      The Canucks selected the Massachusetts native in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Avalanche re-sign forward Jost, goalie Miska
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 19, 2020

    The Colorado Avalanche re-signed forward Tyson Jost and goaltender Hunter Miska, with Jost getting a one-year deal and Miska inked to a two-year extension.

    • "Heading into the offseason we made it a priority to sign our restricted free agents in Andre (Burakovsky), Valeri (Nichushkin), Ryan (Graves) and now Tyson," Colorado general manager Joe Sakic said in a statement. "Tyson is a strong two-way player who has NHL experience at a young age and continues to grow his game.

      "Hunter provides depth and upside at the goaltending position and we look forward to having him under contract for two more years as he continues to develop."

      Jost, 22, collected 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) in 67 games for the Avalanche this past season, equaling his career best in assists set during the 2018-19 campaign. He skated in his 200th career contest on Feb. 26 and has produced 72 points (32 goals, 40 assists) in 208 career games.

      The Avs selected Jost in the first round (10th overall) of the 2016 draft.

      Miska has a 48-23-7 record in 87 career AHL contests. He has played in one NHL contest, making his debut with the Arizona Coyotes on Nov. 13, 2018, at Detroit.

      --Field Level Media

  • Coyotes re-sign F Fischer to two-year contract
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 19, 2020

    The Arizona Coyotes re-signed forward Christian Fischer to a two-year contract Monday.

    • General manager Bill Armstrong did not disclose the financial terms, but The Athletic reported it was for $1 million per season.

      "We are very pleased to sign Christian to a multi-year contract," Armstrong said. "Christian is a hard-working, power forward who is strong along the boards. He will add size and toughness to our forward group."

      Fischer, 23, registered nine points (six goals, three assists) and 16 penalty minutes in 56 games with Arizona in 2019-20. He finished third on the team with 140 hits. Fischer also collected one assist in nine postseason contests.

      The 6-foot-2, 214-pound Chicago native has 63 points (35 goals, 28 assists) in 213 career games with the Coyotes.

      He was originally selected by Arizona in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hall of Fame hockey announcer Emrick retires
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 19, 2020

    Hockey announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick retired Monday after a 47-year career in broadcasting.

    • The main voice of NHL games on NBC since 2011 and the New Jersey Devils' play-by-play man for two decades before that, Emrick estimates he called more than 3,750 games.

      "It was 50 years ago this fall, with pen and pad in hand at old Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, I got my first chance to cover the National Hockey League," Emrick, 74, said in a video released by NBC Sports. "Gordie Howe was a Red Wing, Bobby Hull was a Blackhawk, Bobby Orr was a Bruin. ... A time like this makes me recall that we have seen a lot together."

      Emrick called 22 Stanley Cup Finals, 14 NHL All-Star Games and six Olympic Winter Games. He won eight Sports Emmy Awards, including seven in a row from 2014-20.

      "The risk one takes in saying something about Doc Emrick is that you know he could have worded it better himself, on the spur of the moment, with 20,000 fans screaming in his ears (or up to 105,000 in the rain, snow and/or bitter cold), to a national broadcast audience relying on him to get it just right," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "In the 103-year history of the National Hockey League, nobody has ever conveyed the sights, sounds, passion, excitement, thrills and intricacies of our game better."

      In 2008, the Hockey Hall of Fame awarded Emrick the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to broadcasting in hockey. In 2011, he became the first broadcaster inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

      "Things change over 50 years, but much of what I love is unchanged from then to now and into the years ahead," Emrick said. "I still get chills seeing the Stanley Cup. I especially love when the horn sounds, and one team has won and another team hasn't, all hostility can dissolve into the timeless great display of sportsmanship -- the handshake line.

      "Sixty years since I saw my first game, 50 years since I first reported on the NHL, 40 years of calling NHL games. ... I leave you with sincere thanks."

      --Field Level Media