Nhl Roundup: Spezza Trade Headlines Hectic Day – Yahoo Sports

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He finished with eight goals and four assists. The 28-year-old Bolland rejoins Panthers general Dale Tallon, who with the Chicago Blackhawks when Bolland played there. Jokinen had 57 points (21 goals, 36 assists) last season for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Montoya logged a 13-8-3 record with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage for the Winnipeg Jets last season. —Defenseman Brooks Orpik is leaving Pittsburgh after spending his entire career with the Penguins to sign with the Washington Capitals . The Capitals also signed goaltender Justin Peters to a two-year, $1.9 million contract. Orpik signed a five-year, $27.5 million deal with the Capitals. The 33-year-old was a first-round draft pick by the Penguins in 2000. In 703 career games for Pittsburgh, he had 13 goals, 119 assists and 734 penalty minutes. The 27-year-old Peters spent last season with the Carolina Hurricanes and had a 7-9-4 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. He played six additional games for Charlotte of the AHL. —Forward Thomas Vanek signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Minnesota Wild . source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl-roundup-spezza-trade-headlines-235012754–nhl.html

Chicago Blackhawks sign veteran center Brad Richards – ESPN Chicago

You get the itch when you get that far. You want to win. “I saw an opportunity to play on a great team and fill a role, but also these guys are relevant every year. I just thought this was a great fit. It wasn’t trying to be here long term. If it’s one year, that’s fine. Hopefully we can make it work. Who knows what can happen down the road. I can’t predict that. I’m not really worried about it. I want to get there and enjoy this opportunity.” The Blackhawks, who were just one goal shy of making it to the Stanley Cup finals themselves after losing in overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference finals to the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings , have been searching for a center to add via trade or free agency. source: http://espn.go.com/chicago/nhl/story/_/id/11164130/chicago-blackhawks-sign-veteran-center-brad-richards

Chicago Blackhawks: Trade of Brandon Bollig Just the Start of Summer Moves | Bleacher Report

Expect more of the same in the next few weeks. Bowman gained an additional third-round selection in the 2014 NHL draft Saturday by trading forward Brandon Bollig to the Calgary Flames , according to ESPNChicago.com.With the 83rd pick, the ‘Hawks selected Matheson Iacopelli. Time will tell if the young forward is destined to help the Blackhawks. The part of the transaction we should be focusing on is the departure of Bollig. Shipping out a rugged fourth-liner like Bollig isn’t exactly an eye-opening move. You can marvel at the fact that Bowman took an undrafted free agent and developed him into a player worthy of athird-round pick from the Flames. Bollig was the subject of a lot of passionate feelings, both positive and negative. No matter what camp you resided in concerning the usefulness of Bollig to Chicago, the bottom line is that the move was more about money than what he brought to the table. Why the sudden rush to move a player who was just signed to a three-year, $3.75 million contract extension? The release of the NHL salary cap on Fridayis a good place to start. With a cap ceiling of $69 million and the ‘Hawks in possible pursuit of help up the middle this summer, Bowman needs to create more room. Bollig’s salary isn’t going to provide the cap space to pull off a big free-agent signing, but it is likely the first step in the process. Bollig’s role can be filled in cheaper fashion within the organization, most likely by prospect Brandon Mashinter. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2113504-chicago-blackhawks-trade-of-brandon-bollig-just-the-start-of-summer-moves

Blackhawks agree to terms with Cumiskey – Yahoo Sports

Please enter a valid phone number. Please enter your Phone Number. Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Blackhawks agree to terms with Cumiskey By The Sports Xchange July 2, 2014 1:21 PM The SportsXchange Content preferences Done The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with defenseman Kyle Cumiskey on a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. Cumiskey, 27, recorded 28 points (4 goals, 24 assists) in 45 games last season with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League. He shared 12th in the SHL, third among defensemen, in assists and shared fifth among league blueliners in points. The Abbottsford, British Columbia, native appeared in 132 career NHL regular-season games with the Colorado Avalanche from 2006 to 2011, registering 35 points (9 points, 26 assists) in those contests. Cumiskey saw action in six Stanley Cup playoff games with the Avalanche in 2010, recording two points. He has also tallied 81 points (19 goals, 62 assists) in 153 career American Hockey League games with Albany, Lake Erie and Syracuse and three assists in nine Calder Cup playoff games with Albany and Syracuse. Cumiskey played for Canada at the 2010 World Championships, earning three assists in seven games. He was originally selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the seventh round of the 2005 draft. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-agree-terms-cumiskey-172129062–nhl.html

NHL teams draft 3 players with North Dakota ties – Washington Times

(AP) – Two incoming freshmen at the University of North Dakota and a Minot native were selected in the National Hockey League draft that wrapped up over the weekend. The Chicago Blackhawks picked Nick Schmaltz in Fridays first round, at No. 20 overall. The 6-foot, 172-pound center has spent the past two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League. He is the 16th player in the history of the UND program to be a first-round selection. Schmaltzs brother, Jordan, is a junior defenseman at UND and was a first-round pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2012. Nick Schmaltzs family ties extend beyond the hockey program – his father, Mike, and two uncles lettered in football at UND in the late 1980s and early 1990s. St. Louis on Saturday picked incoming UND freshmen Austin Poganski in this years fourth round, 110th overall. source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/30/nhl-teams-draft-3-players-with-north-dakota-ties/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS


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