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  • F McGinn, Hurricanes agree to two-year, $4.2M deal
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 20, 2019

    The Carolina Hurricanes and forward Brock McGinn have agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million contract, avoiding arbitration.

    • McGinn will earn $1.9 million in 2019-20 and $2.3 million in 2020-21.

      "We're relieved to have this settled before going to arbitration," said Don Waddell, Carolina's general manager and president. "Brock was an important part of what we accomplished last season and we're happy to have him as part of our group moving forward."

      The Boston Bruins swept the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference finals.

      The 25-year-old had 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 82 games with the Hurricanes in 2018-19. He also appeared in 15 games during the Stanley Cup playoffs, tallying six points (two goals, four assists). He scored the series-clinching goal in double overtime in Game 7 of the Canes' first-round series against Washington.

      A second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft by Carolina, McGinn has 76 career points (36 goals, 40 assists) in 240 career games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Oilers trade Lucic for Flames’ Neal
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 19, 2019

    The Edmonton Oilers sent Milan Lucic to the Calgary Flames for James Neal on Friday in a trade involving veteran forwards, according to multiple reports.

    • The Oilers included a conditional third-round pick in 2020, according to ESPN.

      Both players have burdensome contracts and struggled last season. Lucic, who waived a full no-move clause through 2021 to get the deal done, signed a seven-year, $42 million free-agent deal with Edmonton in July 2016, including a $6 million annual cap hit through 2023.

      Neal, also 31, signed a five-year, $28.75 million free-agent deal (without trade protection) with the Flames in July 2018, with an annual cap hit of $5.75 million.

      The 31-year-old Lucic collected six goals and 20 points in 79 regular-season games with the Oilers, who missed the playoffs in 2018-19. In 890 games during his NHL career that included stops with the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings, he has totaled 198 goals and 501 points.

      Neal's numbers were just as disappointing in his only season with the Flames. He scored seven goals and 12 assists -- both career lows -- in 63 games after years of production with the Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights. In 11 NHL seasons, Neal has collected 270 goals and 244 assists over 766 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers agree to deal with D Trouba
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 19, 2019

    Restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba has agreed to terms on a new contract with the New York Rangers, the club announced Friday.

    • Terms were not disclosed but NHL.com reported that Trouba received a seven-year, $56 million deal.

      The Rangers acquired Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets on June 17 for defenseman Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL draft.

      Trouba, 25, set career highs in assists (42) and points (50) last season, playing in all 82 regular-season games for the first time in his career. Among defensemen, he tied for ninth in the league in assists and was 13th in points.

      At 6-foot-3, 202 pounds, he led the Jets in total ice time, total short-handed ice time and blocked shots, while finishing second in average ice time (22:53) and average short-handed ice time (2:28), and tied for second in power play assists (15).

      Trouba, selected by Winnipeg with the ninth pick in the 2012 draft, has played in 408 games for the Jets in the past six seasons, with 137 assists and 42 goals.

      He played last season on a one-year, $5.5 million contract awarded via arbitration.

      --Field Level Media

  • Seattle names Francis as first GM
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 18, 2019

    Ron Francis officially was named the first general manager of the incoming Seattle NHL franchise on Thursday.

    • Francis signed a multi-year contract, the team said in a press release.

      Francis, 56, spent four seasons as general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes from 2014-18. He also was a Hall of Fame player who scored 549 goals in 23 seasons and stands fifth in NHL history with 1,798 career points.

      "Announcing Ron Francis as our team's first general manager is a dream come true," NHL Seattle president and CEO Tod Leiweke said in a news release. "He is truly hockey royalty and is the perfect fit for the team we are building. He has a proven track record in hockey management, a dedication to the community and an eagerness to innovate which fits our vision."

      Seattle is set to begin play with the 2021-22 season and Francis said he is looking forward to preparations leading up to the club's debut.

      "Twelve seasons working in player development, coaching, scouting and management have led me to this moment and this role," Francis said in the release. "I'm excited to bring that experience to Seattle as we build something truly special and historic."

      Francis said he won't be making a head coaching hire in the near future. He indicated he will help the franchise pick its name and provide insight into the design of a training facility that will begin to be built next year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers, F Di Giuseppe agree to contract
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 18, 2019

    The New York Rangers and free agent forward Phillip Di Giuseppe agreed to contract terms. the team officially announced Thursday.

    • The team did not give specifics but theScore reported it is a one-year, $700,000 deal.

      Di Giuseppe, 25, appeared in 24 NHL games in the 2018-19 season: 21 with the Carolina Hurricanes and three with the Nashville Predators. He posted four points (one goal, three assists) on the season.

      He also played in 26 American Hockey League games, scoring five goals with seven assists between the Charlotte Checkers and Milwaukee Admirals.

      The Hurricanes selected Di Giuseppe in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft. In 150 NHL career games, he has registered 14 goals and 27 assists.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Ex-NHL player Johnson's death likely suicide, police say
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 18, 2019

    Rochester (Mich.) Police believe former NHL player Greg Johnson's death earlier this month was the result of a suicide, the Detroit News reported Wednesday.

    • The News said it obtained a police report, which indicated a gun and single bullet were found near Johnson. His wife, Kristin, found him in the couple's basement on the morning of July 7. He was 48.

      According to the News, Kristin Johnson told police her husband had "numerous concussions" during his NHL career but had not shown signs of depression. The police report said no suicide note was left.

      The family declined to comment to the News through Greg Johnson's longtime agent, Tom Laidlaw, who said of his death, "We couldn't believe it." The Oakland County Medical Examiner declined to discuss its autopsy findings with the News.

      Johnson played 12 years in the NHL, including three-plus with the Detroit Red Wings (1993-97) and the final seven years with the Nashville Predators (1998-2006). The Predators selected Johnson from the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1998 expansion draft, and he took their first-ever faceoff before becoming team captain from 2002-06.

      He also played briefly for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      After his time ended in Nashville, Johnson signed again with Detroit in 2006 but retired before the 2006-07 season when a preseason physical revealed a hereditary heart abnormality.

      Kristin Johnson told police her husband wasn't taking medication for the abnormality, according to the News.

      --Field Level Media

  • Avalanche re-sign F Compher to 4-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, July 17, 2019

    The Colorado Avalanche signed restricted free agent J.T. Compher to a four-year contract Wednesday through the 2022-23 season.

    • The 24-year-old forward ranked fifth on the Avalanche with 16 goals and set career highs in goals, assists (16) and points (32) in 66 games last season.

      He added four goals and two assists in 12 postseason games.

      Financial terms were not disclosed, but TSN reported the deal to be worth $14 million. Compher avoided a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for July 31.

      Since making his NHL debut with Colorado in 2016-17, the Illinois native has tallied 60 points (32 goals, 28 assists) in 156 regular-season games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Seattle franchise to name Francis as GM
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, July 17, 2019

    Hockey Hall of Famer Ron Francis is expected to be announced this week as the first general manager of the NHL's expansion franchise in Seattle, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

    • Sources told the Seattle Times that Francis, 56, will likely agree to a multi-year contract -- with salary in the middle of the pack among other league general managers -- believed to be approximately five years in length, although nothing official has been announced.

      Francis, who played 23 seasons in the NHL, spent four years as GM of the Carolina Hurricanes from 2014 until being fired in April 2018. While the Hurricanes did not make the postseason during Francis' tenure, his rebuilding effort laid the foundation for an Eastern Conference finals run this past season.

      The Seattle franchise will debut in the 2021-22 season.

      Francis scored 1,798 points, was named to four All-Star teams and won two Stanley Cups in his playing career with the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Blackhawks trade Anisimov for Sens' Smith
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    The Chicago Blackhawks traded forward Artem Anisimov to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday for forward Zack Smith.

    • Smith, 31, tallied nine goals and 19 assists in 70 games last season, posting the third-highest point total of his 11-year NHL career. He is signed for two more seasons at an annual average value of $3.25 million. Smith had spent his entire career with Ottawa since the Senators took him in the third round in the 2008 draft, tallying 94 goals and 99 assists in 612 games.

      Anisimov, 31, had 15 goals and 22 assists in 78 games for the Blackhawks last season, his fourth in Chicago. He is also under contract for two more seasons, at an annual average of $4.55 million.

      Anisimov has 163 goals and 184 assists in 703 career games with the New York Rangers (2008-12), Columbus Blue Jackets (2012-15) and Blackhawks. He topped 20 goals in three consecutive seasons before falling short last year.

      --The Washington Capitals re-signed restricted free agent forward Jakub Vrana to a two-year, $6.7 million contract.

      Vrana, 23, is coming off his best season, with career highs in goals (24) and assists (23). The left winger was third on the Capitals in goals.

      Vrana has 40 goals and 40 assists in 176 games with the Washington over the past three seasons. The Capitals selected the Czech with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 draft.

      --Veteran defenseman Michael Del Zotto, after a brief break to play for the Stanley Cup-winning St. Louis Blues, returned to the Anaheim Ducks by signing a one-year contract. Financial terms were not released.

      Del Zotto, 29, spent a portion of the 2018-19 season with Anaheim, collecting three assists in 12 games before being sent to the Blues for a 2019 sixth-round pick in a trade-deadline deal on Feb. 25.

      He played in seven regular-season games for St. Louis, collecting three assists in seven games, but did not participate in the playoffs.

      --The Minnesota Wild re-signed three players to contracts: Forward Ryan Donato inked a two-year, $3.8 million deal, while forward Nico Sturm and defenseman Carson Soucy agreed to one-year, two-way contracts. Sturm's contract will pay him $874,125 ($70,000 AHL) for the 2019-20 season, and Soucy will earn $750,000 ($125,000 AHL).

      Donato, 23, amassed 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) for the Wild in 22 games after the team acquired him from the Boston Bruins on Feb. 20. He also tallied nine points (six goals, three assists) in 34 games for the Bruins last season.

      Sturm, 24, made his NHL debut on April 4 against Boston after concluding his college career at Clarkson. In two games with Minnesota, he registered seven shots on goal. Soucy, 24, played in 66 games with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League, scoring 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) last season.

      --Forward Teddy Blueger re-signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, agreeing to a two-year deal worth $1.5 million. The contract runs through the 2021-21 season.

      In 28 games with Pittsburgh last season, Blueger, 24, scored 10 points (six goals, four assists) and had one game-winning goal.

      Blueger, a native of Latvia, made his NHL debut on Jan. 30. The Penguins selected Blueger in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft, and he joined the franchise after playing four years at Minnesota State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Veteran D Del Zotto returns to Ducks on 1-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    Veteran defenseman Michael Del Zotto, after a brief break to play for the Stanley Cup-winning St. Louis Blues, returned to the Anaheim Ducks by signing a one-year contract Tuesday.

    • Financial terms were not released.

      Del Zotto, 29, spent a portion of the 2018-19 season with Anaheim, collecting three assists in 12 games before being sent to the Blues for a 2019 sixth-round pick in a trade-deadline deal on Feb. 25. He played in seven regular-season games for St. Louis, collecting three assists in seven games, but did not participate in the playoffs.

      Del Zotto, a former first-round draft pick by the New York Rangers in 2008, started last season with the Vancouver Canucks, collecting one goal and three assists in 23 games before he was acquired by Anaheim on Jan. 17 for defenseman Luke Schenn and a seventh-round pick in 2020.

      In his 10-year NHL career, Del Zotto has 54 goals and 167 assists (221 points) over 608 games with other stops including the Rangers, Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers.

      Also joining the Ducks are unrestricted free agent defenseman Chris Wideman and restricted free agent forwards Chase De Leo and Justin Kloos, who were signed to one-year, two-way contracts.

      In 25 games last season with the Ottawa Senators, Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers, Wideman, 29, collected two goals and five assists.

      De Leo, 23, has failed to score in three NHL games with the Ducks and Winnipeg Jets. Kloos, 25, has not collected a point in two NHL games with the Ducks and Minnesota Wild.

      --Field Level Media

  • Capitals bring back Vrana on 2-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    The Washington Capitals re-signed restricted free agent forward Jakub Vrana to a two-year, $6.7 million contract on Tuesday.

    • Vrana, 23, is coming off his best season, with career highs in goals (24) and assists (23). The left winger was third on the Capitals in goals and sixth among forwards in assists.

      "Jakub is a highly skilled player with a tremendous upside and is a big part of our future," general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement. "We are pleased with his development the past two seasons and are looking forward for him to continue to develop and reach his full potential with our organization."

      Vrana has 40 goals and 40 assists in 176 games with the Washington over the past three seasons. The Capitals selected the Czech with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 draft.

      He competed for the Czech Republic at the 2019 IIHF World Championships, recording four goals and an assist in nine games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wild re-sign F Donato, two others
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    The Minnesota Wild re-signed three players to contracts on Tuesday.

    • Forward Ryan Donato inked a two-year, $3.8 million deal, while forward Nico Sturm and defenseman Carson Soucy agreed to one-year, two-way contracts.

      Sturm's contract will pay him $874,125 ($70,000 AHL) for the 2019-20 season, and Soucy will earn $750,000 ($125,000 AHL).

      Donato, 23, has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) for the Wild in 22 games since the team acquired him from the Boston Bruins on Feb. 20. He also tallied nine points (six goals, three assists) in 34 games for the Bruins last season.

      The Bruins selected Donato in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

      Sturm, 24, made his NHL debut on April 4 against Boston after concluding his college career at Clarkson. In two games in Minnesota, he registered seven shots on goal. At Clarkson, he was a first-team all-ECAC selection.

      The Wild signed him as a free agent on April 1.

      Soucy, 24, played in 66 games with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League, scoring 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) last season. He added two assists in 11 Calder Cup playoff games.

      Minnesota selected Soucy in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in three NHL games during the 2017-18 campaign.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blackhawks trade Anisimov to Senators for Smith
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    The Chicago Blackhawks traded forward Artem Anisimov to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday for forward Zack Smith.

    • Smith, 31, tallied nine goals and 19 assists in 70 games last season, posting the third-highest point total of his 11-year NHL career. He is signed for two more seasons at an annual average value of $3.25 million.

      Smith has spent his entire career with Ottawa since the Senators took him in the third round in the 2008 draft, tallying 94 goals and 99 assists in 612 games.

      Anisimov, 31, had 15 goals and 22 assists in 78 games for the Blackhawks last season, his fourth in Chicago. He is also under contract for two more seasons, at an annual average of $4.55 million.

      Anisimov has 163 goals and 184 assists in 703 career games with the New York Rangers (2008-12), Columbus Blue Jackets (2012-15) and Blackhawks. He topped 20 goals in three consecutive seasons before falling short last year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Penguins re-sign F Blueger to two-year contract
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    Forward Teddy Blueger re-signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, agreeing to a two-year deal worth $1.5 million.

    • The contract runs through the 2021-21 season.

      "Teddy is a perfect role model for younger players coming into the league," assistant general manager Bill Guerin said. "When you watch a guy with his work ethic, determination and ability to trust the process of going through the proper steps to get to the NHL, you have a great example for younger players. Teddy came to us with great expectations, and he's worked hard to meet each one. He has great hockey sense, he loves to compete and he's a true professional."

      In 28 games with Pittsburgh last season, Blueger, 24, scored 10 points (six goals, four assists) and had one game-winning goal.

      Blueger, a native of Latvia, made his NHL debut on Jan. 30.

      The Penguins selected Blueger in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft, and he joined the franchise after playing four years at Minnesota State.

      Before being called up to Pittsburgh, Blueger scored 39 points (21 goals, 18 assists) for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.

      --Field Level Media

  • Avalanche sign Burakovsky to one-year contract
    By Field Level Media / Monday, July 15, 2019

    The Colorado Avalanche signed forward Andre Burakovsky to a one-year contract Monday for the 2019-20 season.

    • Acquired in a June 28 trade with the Washington Capitals, the 24-year-old winger registered 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 76 games last season.

      Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

      A first-round pick by Washington in 2013, Burakovsky helped the Capitals win their first Stanley Cup championship in 2017-18.

      "We are excited to be adding a big, fast, skilled winger like Andre," Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said after the trade. "He already has a lot of NHL experience at a young age and is a Stanley Cup winner who has performed well in the playoffs. At just 24 he is entering the prime years of his career and we feel with an added role, he will be a great addition to our team."

      He appeared in 328 games in five seasons with the Caps, tallying 145 points (62 goals, 83 assists) with 13 game-winning goals.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Blues, Binnington agree to 2-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 13, 2019

    The Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues agreed to a two-year, $8.8 million deal with goaltender Jordan Binnington on Saturday.

    • Binnington was one of the players who was instrumental in the team's rise from worst team in the NHL to eventual champions, all in the span of a few months. He had a 2.46 goals-against average in the playoffs and became the first rookie in NHL history to record 16 wins in a single postseason.

      "I'm happy to get this deal done with the St. Louis Blues," Binnington told the team website. "To the city of St. Louis, thank you for welcoming me in and trusting me to do me. I'm excited and motivated to keep doing my job and keep bringing success to the St. Louis Blues organization."

      By agreeing to terms Saturday, Binnington and the club avoid an arbitration hearing. "We are pleased to have Jordan signed for two more years," general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement. "His play was outstanding and we look forward to seeing him continue to be a major contributor for our team."

      --The Blues will keep restricted free-agent forward Robby Fabbri in the fold with a one-year, $900,000 deal.

      Fabbri, drafted 21st overall by St. Louis in 2014, had a strong rookie campaign in 2015-16, but has struggled with knee injuries since -- including one that forced him to miss the entire 2017-18 season.

      Fabbri returned to the Blues in November but played in just 32 regular-season games and tallied six points. The 23-year-old also played in 10 playoff games for the Stanley Cup champions, scoring one goal.

      --The Philadelphia Flyers and forward Scott Laughton avoided arbitration by reaching a two-year deal worth $4.6 million.

      Laughton, who had filed for arbitration originally, will now be an unrestricted free agent after the 2020-21 season.

      The Flyers drafted Laughton, 25, 20th overall in 2012. After playing in 109 games through his first four seasons, Laughton has played in all but one regular-season game the last two years. He finished with 12 goals, 20 assists and 32 points -- all career highs -- last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blues agree to two-year deal with G Binnington
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 13, 2019

    The Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues agreed to a two-year, $8.8 million deal with goaltender Jordan Binnington on Saturday.

    • Binnington was one of the players who was instrumental in the team's rise from worst team in the NHL to eventual champions, all in the span of a few months. He had a 2.46 goals-against average in the playoffs and became the first rookie in NHL history to record 16 wins in a single postseason.

      "I'm happy to get this deal done with the St. Louis Blues," Binnington told the team website. "To the city of St. Louis, thank you for welcoming me in and trusting me to do me. I'm excited and motivated to keep doing my job and keep bringing success to the St. Louis Blues organization."

      By agreeing to terms Saturday, Binnington and the club avoid an arbitration hearing.

      "We are pleased to have Jordan signed for two more years," general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement. "His play was outstanding and we look forward to seeing him continue to be a major contributor for our team."

      Binnington, who turned 26 on Thursday, went 24-5-1 with a 1.89 GAA, .927 save percentage and five shutouts in 32 regular-season games (30 starts).

      When Binnington replaced Jake Allen as the starting goaltender in January, the Blues began their turnaround and eventually defeated the Boston Bruins in seven games to claim the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blues retain Fabbri on one-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 13, 2019

    The St. Louis Blues will keep restricted free-agent forward Robby Fabbri in the fold with a one-year, $900,000 deal.

    • Fabbri, drafted 21st overall by St. Louis in 2014, had a strong rookie campaign in 2015-16, but has struggled with knee injuries since -- including one that forced him to miss the entire 2017-18 season.

      Fabbri returned to the Blues in November but played in just 32 regular-season games and tallied six points.

      The 23-year-old also played in 10 playoff games for the Stanley Cup champions, scoring one goal.

      --Field Level Media

  • Flyers re-sign Laughton for two years, $4.6M
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 13, 2019

    The Philadelphia Flyers and forward Scott Laughton avoided arbitration by reaching a two-year deal worth $4.6 million on Friday.

    • Laughton, who had filed for arbitration originally, will now be an unrestricted free agent after the 2020-21 season.

      The Flyers drafted Laughton, 25, 20th overall in 2012. After playing in 109 games through his first four seasons, Laughton has played in all but one regular season game the last two years.

      Laughton finished with 12 goals, 20 assists and 32 points -- all career highs -- last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Penguins re-sign Johnson on two-way deal
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 12, 2019

    The Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday re-signed forward Adam Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract that will pay $700,000 if he's on the NHL roster.

    • Johnson, who excelled with the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season, made his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins in March and played in six games. He had two assists during his brief stay.

      "Adam has definitely put the work in," assistant general manager Bill Guerin said. "He's a great skater, and has worked extremely hard to get to another level of strength and conditioning, which certainly helped him in his second pro season."

      The Penguins originally signed Johnson, 25, as an undrafted college free agent out of a prospect development camp in 2017.

      In the AHL, Johnson finished last season with 18 goals and 25 assists in 63 games. He had 11 goals and 20 assists in 70 games the previous season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Flyers president Holmgren steps down, becomes adviser
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 12, 2019

    Paul Holmgren announced that he has stepped down as president of the Philadelphia Flyers and will become a senior adviser for the club.

    • In a related moved, general manager Chuck Fletcher becomes president of hockey operations, and will report directly to Comcast Spectacor chairman and CEO Dave Scott.

      "I love the Flyers and I want the Flyers to do well," Holmgren said Thursday on a conference call.

      In 40-plus years with the Flyers organization, Holmgren, 63, served as team president, general manager, assistant general manager, head coach, director of pro scouting and a player. He totaled 323 points (144 goals, 179 assists) in 527 games during a 10-year NHL career, which began in 1975 with the Flyers (1975-84) and included his two final seasons (1983-85) with the Minnesota North Stars.

      "It's been an honor to serve this franchise in many different roles throughout my life and I look forward to this next chapter," Holmgren said in a release by the club. "I approached Dave about my idea to step aside to spend more time with my family. I have complete confidence in Chuck in his new role, leading the Flyers to great things.

      "The Flyers have given so much to me and my family over the years, and I have forged life-long friendships with the many players, coaches, employees and fans who have helped me make Philadelphia home for over 40 years. I would like to thank Dave and Chuck for their efforts to lead this franchise into a bright future and for their continued confidence in me as I take on this new role."

      Fletcher, previously a general manager for the Minnesota Wild , was hired in December to replace Ron Hextall, who was fired on Nov. 26.

      Fletcher, 52, has worked with NHL teams for 25 years and before joining the Flyers served as a senior adviser with the New Jersey Devils. He was the GM of the Minnesota Wild from 2009-18, but his contract was not renewed in that spring.

      While he was in Minnesota, the Wild compiled a 399-298-89 record and qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs in each of his last six seasons.

      During the conference call, Scott said, "Paul and I have been around six years plus now, we've watched a lot of hockey games together. I think the one thing Paul has really taught me is patience. The game, it's line by line, period by period, game by game - it's a long season and you've really got to have that perspective because things can shift on a dime."

      --Field Level Media

  • Hurricanes sign C Dzingel to 2-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 12, 2019

    Free agent center Ryan Dzingel agreed on a two-year, $6.75 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, general manager Don Waddell announced Friday.

    • Dzingel will earn $3.25 million this season and $3.5 million in 2020-21.

      "Ryan has proven that he can be an impact player offensively, putting up bigger numbers over each of his three full-time NHL seasons," Waddell said in a statement. "His speed, skill and vision make him an excellent fit for our forward group and our style of play. At 27, he's just entering his prime and certainly had options coming off a 26-goal season, so we're happy he's chosen to be a part of the Carolina Hurricanes."

      Last season, Dzingel totaled career highs in goals (26), assists (30) and points (56) in 78 regular-season games, splitting time between the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets.

      He was traded to the Blue Jackets on Feb. 23 after totaling 22 goals and 22 assists in 57 games for the Senators, who drafted him in 2011.

      In nine playoff games, he collected only one goal and no assists with the Blue Jackets, who beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round before being eliminated by the Boston Bruins.

      --Field Level Media

  • 2019 No. 1 overall pick Hughes signs with Devils
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 12, 2019

    The New Jersey Devils signed No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes to an entry-level contract on Friday.

    • The contract is for three seasons and averages about $925,000 per season. There are also performance bonuses in the deal that could push the average annual value as high as $3.775 million.

      Hughes, 18, played last season with the United States national development team, where he scored 34 goals and dished 78 assists in 50 games. He also played for the United States at the Under-18 World Championships and World Championships.

      The Devils now have two of the last three No. 1 overall picks on their roster -- the other being 2017 No. 1 pick Nico Hischier.

      --Field Level Media

  • Sharks re-sign forwards Gambrell, Suomela
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 11, 2019

    The San Jose Sharks re-signed restricted free agent forwards Dylan Gambrell and Antti Suomela on Thursday.

    • The 22-year-old Gambrell agreed to a two-year contract and the 25-year-old Suomela reached a one-year deal. No financial terms were disclosed.

      A second-round pick in the 2016 draft, Gambrell has not scored in 11 regular-season games with the Sharks over the past two seasons.

      Gambrell did score San Jose's only goal in a season-ending 5-1 loss at St. Louis in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

      Suomela, originally signed as an undrafted free agent in June 2018, tallied three goals and five assists in 27 games during his rookie season in 2018-19.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canadiens re-sign Armia, Lehkonen
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 11, 2019

    The Montreal Canadiens re-signed forwards Joel Armia and Artturi Lehkonen to two-year deals on Thursday.

    • Armia received a deal worth $5.2 million while Lehkonen landed a $4.8 million package.

      The two Finnish players have become productive players for Montreal.

      Lehkonen had 11 goals last season while setting career bests for assists (20) and points (31). The 24-year-old has 80 points (41 goals, 39 assists) in 221 games over three seasons with the Canadiens.

      Armia, 26, scored a career-best 13 goals last season while tallying 23 points in his first campaign with Montreal. He has 81 points (39 goals, 42 assists) in 237 games in four-plus seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, Winnipeg Jets and Canadiens.

      --Field Level Media