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  • Ducks sign D Beauchemin to one-year contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 21, 2017

    The Anaheim Ducks brought back veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin for a third stint with the franchise, signing him to a one-year contract Monday.

    • Terms were not disclosed, but deal is worth a reported $1 million with an additional $500,000 that can be earned through performance incentives.

      Beauchemin, 37, appeared in 525 career NHL games with Anaheim, recording 179 points (53 goals, 126 assists), and he was a member of the 2007 Stanley Cup champions.

      In his last season with Anaheim in 2014-15, the 6-foot, 204-pound Beauchemin set a career high with 11 goals and finished the season with 23 points in 64 games.

      The native of Sorel, Quebec, has played in 97 career Stanley Cup playoff games, all with the Ducks. He is the all-time franchise leader among defensemen in playoff scoring, goals, assists, power-play goals, power-play points and games played.

      Beauchemin helped Anaheim reach the playoffs in eight of his nine seasons with the club, reaching the Western Conference final three times in addition to the Stanley Cup Final.

      Selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round of the 1998 draft, Beauchemin owns 271 points (73 goals, 198 assists) and 464 penalty minutes in 836 career games in 12 full seasons with Anaheim, Colorado, Toronto and Columbus.

      Beauchemin was originally acquired by Anaheim from Columbus on Nov. 15, 2005. After his original stint in Anaheim, Beauchemin was reacquired by the Ducks from Toronto on Feb. 9, 2011.

  • Blues G Opilka undergoes hip surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 19, 2017

    St. Louis Blues goaltender Luke Opilka underwent successful surgery to repair a torn left hip labrum, the team announced Saturday.

    • Opilka, 20, had been dealing with the injury throughout the 2016-17 season while playing for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. He is expected to be sidelined until December.

      The surgery was performed by the Blues' orthopedic surgeon, Dr. John Clohisy, at the Washington University Orthopedic Center.

      Opilka was 13-13-1 in 31 games for Kitchener last season. The St. Louis native was drafted by the Blues in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL draft.

  • Lightning re-sign F McGinn to one-year contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 17, 2017

    The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed forward Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday.

    • McGinn, 27, skated in 21 games with the Lightning's AHL affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y. last season, scoring 10 goals and nine assists to go along with 16 penalty minutes.

      McGinn missed most of the regular season due to injury. Four of his 10 goals came while on the power play. McGinn also skated in 22 Calder Cup playoff games, recording five goals and 16 points.

      The 6-foot-3, 218-pound forward has appeared in 256 career AHL games over five seasons, collecting 76 goals and 142 points.

      In 89 career NHL games, including two with the Lightning during the 2015-16 season, McGinn has nine goals and 17 points to go along with 44 penalty minutes.

      McGinn was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the fourth round in 2010.

  • Sabres agree to two-year deal with C Girgensons
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 17, 2017

    The Buffalo Sabres agreed to a two-year contract extension with center Zemgus Girgensons on Thursday.

    • The team announced the contract holds an annual average value of $1.6 million.

      Girgensons wrote in a social media post: "Very excited to be back in Buffalo for two more years! Looking forward to the upcoming season"

      Girgensons signed a one-year extension last September and totaled seven goals and 16 points in a career-high 75 games. Since being drafted by Buffalo in the first round of the 2012 draft, the 23-year-old native of Latvia has 37 goals and 86 points in 277 games.

  • NHL notebook: Oilers' Draisaitl signs 8-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    The Edmonton Oilers signed center Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year, $68 million contract extension through the 2024-25 season on Wednesday.

    • The deal has an average annual value of $8.5 million.

      The 21-year old Draisaitl completed his third NHL season in 2016-17, setting career highs with 77 points (29 goals, 48 assists) in 82 games, and also finishing with 20 penalty minutes.

      Draisaitl, a native of Cologne, Germany, finished second in team scoring behind Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid and ranked eighth among all NHL scorers. He also set a record for points by a German player in an NHL season, surpassing the mark of 59 points set by Marco Sturm in 2006.

      --The Minnesota Wild signed free agent center Matt Cullen, who decided to return for a 20th NHL season after winning back-to-back Stanley Cup championships with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      The deal is a one-year, $1 million contract plus $700,000 in potential performance bonuses, the Wild announced.

      The 40-year-old Minnesota native and former St. Cloud State standout made a family decision not to retire and instead return for a second stint with his home-state Wild.

      Cullen recorded 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 72 games with the Penguins in 2016-17 and won 51.2 percent of faceoffs taken while averaging 13:55 in time on ice per game. He added two goals and seven assists in 25 playoff games and won 56.4 percent of faceoffs taken to help the Penguins win their second consecutive Stanley Cup.

      --The Colorado Avalanche signed forward Dominic Toninato to a two-year, entry-level contract.

      Toninato, 23, became a college free agent on Aug. 15 after wrapping up a four-year career with Minnesota Duluth in 2016-17, serving as team captain during his senior season.

      The 6-foot-2, 200-pound center registered 29 points (16 goals, 13 assists) in 42 games, helping the Bulldogs capture their first-ever National Collegiate Hockey Conference title and advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game. He was named to the NCHC All-Tournament Team alongside current Avalanche forward Tyson Jost and was named the league's best defensive forward, finishing with 29 blocked shots.

      In 151 career games with Minnesota Duluth, Toninato accumulated 91 points (54 goals, 37 assists) and finished with a plus-43 rating.

  • Avalanche sign F Toninato to two-year contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    The Colorado Avalanche signed forward Dominic Toninato to a two-year, entry-level contract on Wednesday.

    • Toninato, 23, became a college free agent on Aug. 15 after wrapping up a four-year career with Minnesota Duluth in 2016-17, serving as team captain during his senior season.

      The 6-foot-2, 200-pound center registered 29 points (16 goals, 13 assists) in 42 games, helping the Bulldogs capture their first-ever National Collegiate Hockey Conference title and advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game. He was named to the NCHC All-Tournament Team alongside current Avalanche forward Tyson Jost and named the league's best defensive forward, finishing with 29 blocked shots.

      In 151 career games with Minnesota Duluth, Toninato accumulated 91 points (54 goals, 37 assists) and finished with a plus-43 rating.

      "We are excited to announce that Dominic has decided to sign with our organization," Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said in a statement. "He is a big, responsible two-way center and represents a solid prospect for the future of our team."

      A fifth-round selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2012 NHL draft, Toninato joined the USHL's Fargo Force and notched one goal in four contests. In his one full campaign with Fargo in 2012-13, the Duluth, Minn., native recorded a team-high 70 points (29 goals, 41 assists) in 64 games.

  • Wild sign Minnesota native Cullen
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    The Minnesota Wild signed free agent center Matt Cullen, who decided to return for a 20th NHL season after winning back-to-back Stanley Cup championships with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    • The deal is a one-year, $1 million contract plus $700,000 in potential performance bonuses, the Wild announced Wednesday.

      The 40-year-old Minnesota native and former St. Cloud State standout made a family decision not to retire and instead return for a second stint with his home-state Wild.

      Cullen recorded 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 72 games with the Penguins in 2016-17 and won 51.2 percent of faceoffs taken while averaging 13:55 in time on ice per game. He added two goals and seven assists in 25 playoff games and won 56.4 percent of faceoffs taken to help the Penguins win their second consecutive Stanley Cup.

      Cullen previously signed as a free agent with the Wild on July 1, 2010, and collected 101 points (33 goals, 68 assists) in 193 games during three seasons in Minnesota (2010-13) and skated in his 1,000th career NHL game on Jan. 10, 2012.

      The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Virginia, Minn., owns 689 points (248 goals, 441 assists) and 558 penalty minutes in 1,366 career NHL games during 19 seasons with Anaheim, Florida, Carolina, the New York Rangers, Ottawa, Minnesota, Nashville and Pittsburgh.

      Cullen ranks sixth amongst active NHL players in games played. He has won over 50 percent of faceoffs taken in every season since 2003-04, and has scored 10 or more goals in 15 of his 19 campaigns. He also tallied 56 points (18 goals, 38 assists) in 123 career Stanley Cup Playoff games and won the Stanley Cup three times: in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes and in the last two seasons with the Penguins.

      Cullen, who turns 41 in November, was originally selected by Anaheim in the second round (35th overall) of the 1996 NHL draft. He has represented the United States at the 1996 World Junior Championship, the 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2004 World Championships and the 2006 Olympics.

  • Oilers' Draisaitl signs 8-year, $68M contract extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    The Edmonton Oilers signed center Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year, $68 million contract extension through the 2024-25 season.

    • The deal has an average annual value of $8.5 million.

      The 21-year old Draisaitl completed his third NHL season in 2016-17, setting career highs with 77 points (29 goals, 48 assists) in 82 games, and also finishing with 20 penalty minutes.

      Draisaitl, a native of Cologne, Germany, finished second in team scoring behind Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid and ranked eighth among all NHL scorers. He also set a record for points by a German player in an NHL season, surpassing the mark of 59 points set by Marco Sturm in 2006.

      The 6-foot-1, 216-pound Draisaitl tied for the team lead with 27 power-play points (three goals, 24 assists) and also had five game-winning goals, three of which came in overtime. His power-play points ranked tied for eighth in the NHL.

      Draisaitl led the Oilers in scoring during the 2017 playoffs, posting 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 13 games. Over 191 career regular-season games with the Oilers, he has accumulated 137 points (50 goals, 87 assists) and 44 penalty minutes.

      Draisaitl has played internationally for Germany at three World Hockey Championships (2014, 2016, 2017), two World Junior Hockey Championships (2013, 2014) and two Under 18 World Hockey Championships (2012, 2013). He also was the youngest member of Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, contributing two goals in six games and reaching the final against Team Canada.

      Draisaitl was selected by the Oilers in the first round (third overall) of 2015 NHL draft.

      On July 5, McDavid signed an eight-year, $100 million extension ($12.5 million average annual value) with Edmonton. The new deal will begin in 2018-19.

  • Islanders F Prince to miss 4-6 months
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 14, 2017

    New York Islanders forward Shane Prince will be sidelined four to six months after undergoing ankle surgery, the team announced Monday.

    • Prince collected five goals and 13 assists in 50 games last season before missing the final four contests of the regular season with a high ankle sprain.

      "At the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, Shane Prince returned home and continued the rehabilitation of his high ankle sprain injury," the Islanders announced on their website Monday. "During the later stages of his rehabilitation he began to have increasing discomfort that deterred his training process for the upcoming 2017-18 season. After notifying our medical staff he was referred to specialists, who after trying more conservative measures determined that it was in Shane's best interest to have surgery.

      "He has since had the surgery, is doing well and is expected to return to full activity in 4-6 months."

      Prince is entering the final season of a two-year, $1.7 million contract.

      The 24-year-old New York native has notched 11 goals and 25 assists in 114 career contests with the Senators and Islanders since being selected by Ottawa in the second round of the 2011 NHL draft.

  • Red Wings object to use of logo at rally
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 12, 2017

    The Detroit Red Wings condemned the use of their logo by extremists at a white nationalist rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.

    • A group of people were viewed with placards sporting the Red Wings' logo.

      "The Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated in any way with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, Va.," the franchise said in a statement. "The Red Wings believe that Hockey is for Everyone and we celebrate the great diversity of our fan base and our nation.

      "We are exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration."

      The NHL also denounced the use of the popular logo.

      "We are obviously outraged by the irresponsible and improper use of our intellectual property as seen this weekend in Charlottesville, Va.," the league said in a statement. "This specific use is directly contrary to the value of inclusiveness that our league prioritizes and champions.

      "We will take immediate and all necessary steps to insure the use is discontinued as promptly as possible, and will vigorously pursue other remedies, as appropriate."

      Published reports point to there being a Michigan-based white nationalist group called the Detroit Right Wings. There isn't confirmation that the group is in Charlottesville.

      The activism was allegedly in response to Charlottesville's recently announced plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

  • Longtime coach, GM Murray dies of colon cancer
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Bryan Murray, a former NHL coach and general manager with five different teams in his career, died of colon cancer on Saturday. He was 74.

    • NHL commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement on Murray's passing.

      "Bryan Murray's strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence," Bettman said. "While his warmth and dry sense of humor were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks.

      "As we mourn Bryan's passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game -- as well as his courage. The National Hockey League family sends our deepest condolences, comfort and support to Bryan's family, his many friends and all whose lives he influenced."

      Murray was general manager of the Detroit Red Wings (1990-94), Florida Panthers (1994-98), Anaheim Ducks (2002-04) and Ottawa Senators (2007-16), and coached the Washington Capitals (1981-90), Red Wings (1990-93), Panthers (1997-98), Ducks (2001-02) and Senators (2005-08).

      Murray was a 620-465-23 coaching record with 131 ties in 17 NHL seasons. He won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year with the Capitals in 1983-84, guiding them to a 48-27-5 record.

      Most recently, Murray served as a special adviser to Senators general manager Pierre Dorion after stepping down as Ottawa GM in April 2016 to focus on his health and to spend time with his family. He was inducted into the Senators Ring of Honor on Jan. 24.

      "Bryan was one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever known and also a great father, mentor and teacher," Senators owner Eugene Melnyk told the team's website. "We extend our sincere condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss."

      Murray was general of the Ducks when they reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2003 and the franchise remembered him on Saturday.

      "As both head coach and general manager of the team (2001-2004), Bryan led our organization with class, dignity and charisma," the team said in a statement. "He won 620 games as an NHL head coach and led three teams to the Stanley Cup Final, including 2003, when he served as the architect of our amazing run. But Bryan's legacy goes far beyond his success on the ice, including his courageous fight with cancer and countless contributions to the communities he served. He will be forever remembered by all he touched."

  • Oilers sign first-round pick Yamamoto
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 10, 2017

    The Edmonton Oilers signed 2017 first-round pick Kailer Yamamoto to a three-year entry level contract on Thursday.

    • Yamamoto, picked 22nd overall, appeared in 65 games with the Western Hockey League's Spokane Chiefs last season, scoring 42 goals while adding 57 assists and 46 penalty minutes. He also had a plus-14 rating. He was also named to the 2016-17 WHL Western Conference Second All-Star Team.

      The 5-foot-8, 153-pound forward has appeared in 190 WHL games in his career, scoring 84 goals and 143 assists with 130 penalty minutes. He has also played in 12 playoff games, scoring three goals and seven assists.

      The Spokane, Wash., native attended the Oilers' 2017 Development Camp in Jasper, Alberta, and played for Team USA at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Mich.

  • Jagr keeps options open, including playing for own Czech team
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Jaromir Jagr finds himself in unfamiliar territory as the future Hall of Famer is without a job with the NHL season under two months away.

    • The 45-year-old Jagr admitted that he could play with the second-tier team he owns in his native Czech Republic if an NHL team doesn't come calling.

      "The most serious negotiations I have are with Kladno because Kladno has a smart owner who knows what he wants," Jagr joked, per NHL.com. "No, really, I don't have a clue. I leave it all on my agent (Petr Svoboda). There is a couple of (NHL) teams that showed interest, but nothing specific yet."

      Jagr recorded 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) last season with the Florida Panthers, but the sides failed to come to terms on a new deal and parted ways.

      The 10-time All-Star and 23-year NHL veteran resides 57 games shy of passing Gordie Howe for the most ever. His 765 goals are 36 behind Howe for second place in back of Wayne Gretzky while his 1,914 points have him second only to "The Great One."

      Jagr has five 100-point seasons in his career -- four coming during his 11-season tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      "I know very well I'm not the same player like 10 or 15 years ago when I was able to win games by myself," Jagr said. "It's up to the coach what position he wants to use me. Maybe it would be even better for me if I played on a second or third line because I would play against worse players and worse defensemen. I didn't have as much luck in my entire career, I always had to face the top defensemen. Even in Florida, I always played against the best, which was always very tough."

  • Canucks re-sign Gaunce
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    Vancouver Canucks forward Brendan Gaunce signed a two-year contract on Wednesday.

    • Gaunce notched five assists in 57 games last season before missing the final month of the regular season with a shoulder injury.

      The 23-year-old Ontario native was exposed to the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft before remaining in Vancouver.

      Gaunce has collected one goal and five assists in 77 career games contests since being selected by the Canucks with the 26th overall pick of the 2012 draft.

  • Dallas Stars oppose "bathroom bill"
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    The Dallas Stars of the NHL became the first Texas-based professional sports franchise to officially oppose a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people.

    • Stars president and CEO James Lites issued a statement on Wednesday claiming that the club is "strongly opposed to any legislation perceived as discriminatory."

      "We welcome fans from all over the globe, and our roster boasts players from half a dozen countries. Dallas welcomes all, and we welcome all," Lites said.

      "... We are proud of our home and want every visitor to feel at home here, too, and that' s why we oppose this discriminatory bathroom legislation."

      The NFL and NBA have previously joined other businesses in opposing a proposal requiring transgender people to use bathrooms in schools and government buildings assigned to the gender on their birth certificates.

  • Olczyk recovering from colon cancer surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    Former NHL forward and current broadcaster Eddie Olczyk is undergoing treatment for colon cancer.

    • Olczyk, who works as a broadcaster for the Chicago Blackhawks and played five of his 16 NHL seasons with the team, released a statement through the organization on Tuesday.

      The 51-year-old Olczyk, the No. 3 overall selection in the 1984 NHL draft, was diagnosed with the disease last week. He underwent a surgical procedure to remove a tumor and said he plans to return to the booth following completion of his treatment.

      "I have been diagnosed with a form of colon cancer and am currently undergoing treatment for the disease," he said in the statement. "I have been working with outstanding health care professionals and expect to be back in the broadcast booth after I complete my treatment. Having the support and encouragement from my family, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, NBC Sports and all my friends and fans means the world to me and will give me continued strength to beat this. My family and I appreciate privacy during this time as we focus our attention on my treatments."

      Olczyk appeared in 1,031 games for the Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs, amassing 794 points on 342 goals and 452 assists.

      After retiring following the 1999-2000 season, Olczyk coached the Pittsburgh Penguins for two seasons (2003-05). He has been an in-game analyst for Blackhawks games starting with the 2006-07 season, working for CSN, WGN and NHL on NBC.

      Olczyk also was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.

  • Islanders sign Stephen Gionta to 1-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    The New York Islanders signed center Stephen Gionta to a one-year, two-way contract on Tuesday.

    • Gionta, 33, spent the first seven years of his career in the New York area, playing for the New Jersey Devils for six seasons from 2011 to 2016. He joined the New York Islanders last season.

      The former Boston College standout had one goal and five assists in 26 games with the Islanders last season. In 296 career games, Gionta has 16 goals and 40 assists for 56 points.

      Gionta is the younger brother of veteran right wing Brian Gionta, who began his career with the nearby Devils and played for the Buffalo Sabres last season.

  • Crosby shows off Stanley Cup on 30th birthday
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 7, 2017

    Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby celebrated his 30th birthday with a few of his friends on Monday.

    • Well, numerous friends and a very famous championship trophy, to be precise.

      Crosby brought the Stanley Cup to his native Nova Scotia, where he served as grand marshal of the Natal Day Parade that began in Halifax and ended in Dartmouth. The two-time Hart Trophy winner and two-time reigning Conn Smythe Trophy recipient then headed to Rimouski, Quebec, where he played his junior hockey for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Oceanic.

      "It's just a number," Crosby said of his 30th birthday. "When I think about that, it's a number. Sometimes I don't feel 30. Sometimes I do. It depends. I just try to enjoy things as much as I can. It's pretty special to be able to do this on my birthday, share with everybody. I'll just take that as a great experience and move on.

      "I'm just happy to have the Cup here, and to be spending time with it and everybody on my 30th, I'll take that for sure."

      The Penguins captured their second straight Stanley Cup championship and fifth in franchise history by defeating the Nashville Predators in six games in June. Pittsburgh became the first team to repeat as champion since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98.

  • Sharks sign F Goodrow to two-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, August 7, 2017

    San Jose Sharks forward Barclay Goodrow signed a two-year contract, the team announced on Monday.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed for Goodrow, who recorded a team-leading 25 goals to go along with 20 assists in 61 games last season with the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League.

      "Barclay played a key role in the success of the Barracuda last season and we feel he took a step forward in his development," Sharks assistant general manager and Barracuda GM Joe Will said. "He took on more of a leadership role with the Barracuda and we look forward to him competing for a spot in the NHL this season."

      Goodrow notched an assist in three games with the Sharks last season.

      The 24-year-old Toronto native recorded four goals -- including two game-winning tallies -- and 12 assists in 77 career contests with the Sharks over the past three seasons.

  • Golden Knights sign D Schmidt to two-year contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, August 6, 2017

    The Vegas Golden Knights signed defenseman Nate Schmidt to a two-year, $4.45 million deal following an arbitration decision.

    • The team announced the arbitrator's decision on the contract Saturday night that is worth an average annual value of $2.225 million.

      Schmidt, 26, was selected by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft on June 21, claiming him from the Washington Capitals.

      The 6-foot-1, 194-pound Schmidt played in 60 games for the Capitals during the 2016-17 season and recorded 17 points (three goals, 14 assists). He added one goal and three assists in 11 playoff games.

      Schmidt, a native of St. Cloud, Minn., initially signed with Washington as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Minnesota in 2013. He owns 43 points (eight goals, 35 assists) in 200 career NHL games over parts of four seasons.

  • Red Wings agree to terms with top pick Rasmussen
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, August 5, 2017

    The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with their 2017 first-round pick, center Michael Rasmussen, on a three-year entry-level contract Saturday.

    • Rasmussen, 18, was selected with the ninth overall pick of the NHL draft on June 23.

      The 6-foot-6, 221-pound forward is currently skating for Canada at the World Junior Summer Showcase at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich., and is slated to serve as captain of the Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans for the 2017-18 campaign.

      Rasmussen spent the past two seasons with Tri-City and ranked second on the team in 2016-17 with 32 goals, despite missing the final 22 games of the season due to a wrist injury. The native of Surrey, British Columbia, led the Americans with 15 power-play goals, which tied for sixth overall in the WHL, and ranked among team leaders with 23 assists, 55 points and five game-winning goals.

      In 114 games with Tri-City since 2014-15, Rasmussen owns 98 points (50 goals, 48 assists) and 89 penalty minutes.

  • Stars ink D Oleksiak to one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, August 4, 2017

    The Dallas Stars signed defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to a one-year contract Friday.

    • The deal is worth $964,688, the team announced.

      Oleksiak, 24, registered seven points (five goals, two assists) in 41 games for Dallas in 2016-17. His goals marked a career high and were third amongst team defensemen.

      The 6-foot-7, 255-pound Oleksiak owns 19 career points (six goals, 13 assists) in 119 contests over the past five years, all with Dallas.

      The native of Toronto was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (14th overall) of the 2011 NHL draft. Oleksiak represented Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, winning the bronze medal.

  • NHL notebook: Predators captain Fisher announces retirement
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 3, 2017

    Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday.

    • "This is the hardest decision I've ever had to make, but I know I've made the right one," the 37-year-old Fisher wrote in a letter published in The Tennessean on Thursday. "I've decided to retire from the NHL."

      Fisher, who is married to country music star Carrie Underwood, recorded 18 goals and 24 assists in 72 games last season. He added four assists in 20 postseason contests to guide the Predators to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

      Fisher was named Nashville's captain after defenseman Shea Weber was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in June 2016.

      --Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun had surgery to repair a knee injury that he suffered this week during offseason training.

      Chychrun is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Coyotes, but will be out indefinitely. The team said it would provide an update at the start of training camp in mid-September.

      Chychrun, drafted 16th overall last summer, had seven goals, 13 assists and 47 penalty minutes in 68 games as a rookie with the Coyotes last season.

      --The Calgary Flames announced several front office moves, the most significant of which was the promotion of Don Maloney to vice president of hockey operations.

      Maloney joined the Flames last year as a scout after serving as the Arizona Coyotes general manager from 2007 to 2016.

      The Flames also announced they extended the contracts of assistant general managers Craig Conroy and Brad Pascall.

      Also, Derek MacKinnon is the Flames new director of pro personnel, Rob Sumner and Fred Parker were named assistant amateur scouting directors under head scout Tod Button, and Chris Snow is the new director of hockey analysis.

      --The Florida Panthers reached agreement with defenseman MacKenzie Weegar on a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced.

      Weegar, 23, did not record a point while appearing in three games with the Panthers during the 2016-17 season. He made his NHL debut with Florida on April 3 against the Montreal Canadiens.

  • Coyotes D Chychrun undergoes knee surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 3, 2017

    Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun had surgery Thursday to repair a knee injury that he suffered this week during offseason training.

    • Chychrun is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Coyotes, but will be out indefinitely. The team said it would provide an update at the start of training camp in mid-September.

      Chychrun, drafted 16th overall last summer, had seven goals, 13 assists and 47 penalty minutes in 68 games as a rookie with the Coyotes last season.

  • Panthers D Weegar agrees to two-way contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, August 3, 2017

    The Florida Panthers reached agreement with defenseman MacKenzie Weegar on a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Thursday.

    • Weegar, 23, did not record a point while appearing in three games with the Panthers during the 2016-17 season. He made his NHL debut with Florida on April 3 against the Montreal Canadiens.

      In 60 games with Florida's American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds, the 6-foot, 212-pound native of Ottawa led the team's defensemen in goals (14), assists (22) and points (36).