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Kings Sign Pearson to Two-Year Deal

The Kings have signed Tanner Pearson to a $2.8 million / 2 year deal.

Pearson, 22, is still five seasons from unrestricted free agency.

Pearson has played in only 42 games this season due to a left fibula injury. He has 12 goals and 4 assists in 2014-15.

Report: Kovalchuk Eyeing NHL Return

Image from Александр Головко via Wikimedia Commons

Image from Александр Головко via Wikimedia Commons

Sportsnet, passing along a report from Finland’s Iltalehti, says that Ilya Kovalchuk may be plotting a return to the NHL in 2016-17.

Because he ‘retired’ from the NHL to get out of his 15 year contract with the Devils, Kovalchuk would need the permission of all 30 NHL teams to return to the league prior to the 2018-19 season.

Kovalchuk will turn 32 next month.

Sabres Could Move Additional 2015 1st Round Pick

Louis Jean of TVA Sports reports that Sabres’ GM Tim Murray has told other GMs that the Sabres might trade their remaining 1st round pick that isn’t their own.

The Sabres originally had three 2015 first round picks — their own, the Islanders’ (acquired in the Thomas Vanek trade), and the Blues’ (acquired in the Ryan Miller trade). The lowest of those picks was moved in the Evander Kane trade earlier this season.

Canucks Sign College D-Man Ben Hutton

The Vancouver Canucks have signed college defenseman Ben Hutton to an entry level contract. Hutton was a Canucks’ 5th round pick in 2012.

In three seasons with Maine, the 21 year old defenseman has played 108 games, recording 28 goals and 37 assists.

Cox: Wings Aren’t Only Team Interested in Phaneuf

Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

Damien Cox reports that after trade talks with the Wings about Dion Phaneuf fell apart, at least two other teams showed interest in the Leafs’ captain.

There’s widespread belief the Leafs could have done a deal with Detroit involving Dion Phaneuf at the deadline, but backed off, thinking a better trade option might emerge over the coming months. At least two other teams have since approached Toronto about a Phaneuf trade.

Phaneuf is owed $49.5 million over the next six seasons with a cap hit of $7 million.

Douglas Murray to Practice with Flames

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Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

The Calgary Flames have announced that defenseman Douglas Murray will practice with the team on a try-out basis.

Murray, 35, played in the NHL most recently last season with the Canadiens. It is highly suspect that he could help an NHL team at this point of his career.

Boychuk, Isles Agree on Seven Year Extension

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Image from Lisa Gansky via Wikimedia Commons

Pierre Lebrun reports that although there’s no deal yet, contract talks between the Islanders and defenseman Johnny Boychuk are “getting there”.

Boychuk was acquired by the Islanders on October 4th, the same day they acquired Nick Leddy from the Blackhawks. The two trades have cemented the Islanders blueline, and are a major reason they are fighting for the Metropolitan Division crown at this stage of the season.

UPDATE: Boychuk himself gave a suggestive tweet:

Arthur Staple reports the seven-year contract is worth $42 million [$6M per]. The contract will expire when Boychuk is 39.

Signing Mike Reilly is Important to Blue Jackets

Aaron Portzline tweets that the situation with University of Minnesota defenseman Mike Reilly is of great importance to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blue Jackets drafted Reilly in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. In three seasons since then, Reilly has played 112 games over three seasons with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, notching 18 goals and 67 assists. He led the Gophers in scoring as a defenseman in 2014-15. Because he’s approaching the fourth June since he’s been drafted, Reilly could be approaching unrestricted free agent status, much in the same way that college players Blake Wheeler and Kevin Hayes did before him.

The Blue Jackets can offer something other teams couldn’t if Reilly were to go to free agency. As Portzline notes, Reilly could be in the Blue Jackets lineup this season if he signs, meaning that Reilly could burn the first season of his entry-level contract.


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