Archive for December 31, 2014

Panthers Sign Bjugstad to Six-Year Extension

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Image from Resolute via WIkimedia Commons

The Florida Panthers have signed Nick Bjugstad to a $24.6 million / 6 year extension [4.1M per].

Bjugstad, 22, would have been an arbitration eligible RFA this summer. His new contract gives up one potential UFA season to the Panthers.

The sophomore center has 12 goals and 8 assists this season in 33 games with the Panthers.

Friedman: Drew Shore Being Scouted Heavily

Elliotte Friedman reports that Florida’s Drew Shore is being scouted more than normal.

Shore, 23, has 7 goals and 20 assists in 30 games with the Panther’s AHL affiliate this season. He becomes waiver eligible with two more NHL games played, or failing that, the start of the 2015-16 season.

Paul MacLean May Be Heading to the Devils

With the recent firing of Peter DeBoer, rumors suggest that former Ottawa Senators coach, Paul MacLean, may become the new coach of the New Jersey Devils.

MacLean had a rocky history with the Senators, but he won the Jack Adams trophy in 2013.

His coaching style tends to favor veteran players. He would provide valuable leadership to the Devils, while also stunting the development of cornerstone pieces like Adam Larsson.

Jagr Would Be Okay with Trade from Devils

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Image from Lisa Gansky via Wikimedia Commons

Jaromir Jagr would be fine with a trade to another team, he tells Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Says Jagr:

I have no problem with anything. It’s up to Lou . He knows me. I know him. I’ve got no problem with (being traded). If he wants to move me, he will. If he doesn’t, he doesn’t. He knows I like it here, but it’s all about whatever is best for the team.

This stance is in stark contrast to his stance from last season, when Jagr said he was unsure if he would report to another team if traded.

Since returning to the NHL in 2011-12, Jagr has played with the Flyers, Stars, Bruins and Devils.

Predators Trade Roy to Edmonton for Arcobello

Per the Oilers, the club has acquired center Derek Roy from the Predators in exchange for Mark Arcobello.

Roy cleared waivers this morning, but the Oilers elected to trade Arcobello for him in lieu of claiming their target. Moving a player clears up a spot on the 50-man limit. I also wouldn’t be shocked to learn that the Predators are picking up a bit of salary. (UPDATE: This is not the case, per Elliotte Friedman)

Waivers: Heatley, Fraser, Roy, Hackett, Paajarvi

According to Bob McKenzie, Dany Heatley, Magnus Paajarvi, Matt Hackett and Steve Pinizzotto have been placed on waivers.

Derek Roy cleared waivers. The Oilers claimed Matt Fraser off waivers from the Bruins.

Friedman: Contract Talks Expected Between Ehrhoff, Pens

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Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

Elliotte Friedman says we should expect contract talks between the Penguins and defenseman Christian Ehrhoff soon after the new year. As a player on a one-year contract, Ehrhoff can’t officially sign an extension until January 1st.

Ehrhoff signed a below-market one-year deal with the Penguins last July 1 after his buy-out from the Sabres, joining fellow Germans Thomas Greiss and Marcel Goc in signing with the Pens. Ehrhoff, 32, has 2 goals and 8 assists in 31 games this season.

Friedman also hints that Reilly Smith and Torey Krug of the Bruins may see some action on an extension early in the new year.

Devils Fire Peter DeBoer

The New Jersey Devils have fired head coach Peter DeBoer following a dismal 12-17-7 record to start the season.

The Devils have missed the playoffs the past two seasons and appear to be headed in the same direction this year.

A replacement has not yet been named, but DeBoer’s successor will have their work cut out as New Jersey has the dubious distinction of having the oldest roster in the league with the likes of Jaromir Jagr, Martin Havlat, Patrik Elias, and Scott Gomez.

  

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