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Cody McLeod Signs A One-Year Deal With The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK, July 12, 2018 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Cody McLeod on a one-year contract.

McLeod, 34, skated in 48 games with the Nashville Predators and Rangers this past season, registering one goal and three assists for four points, along with 111 penalty minutes. He tied for second in the NHL in major penalties (13) and ranked sixth in the league in penalty minutes in 2017-18. McLeod skated in 25 games with the Rangers during the past season, and he led the Blueshirts (min. two games played) in hits per game in 2017-18 (3.0; 76 hits in 25 contests). He led all skaters with eight hits while making his Rangers debut on February 1, 2018 vs. Toronto, and his eight hits were the most a Ranger recorded in one game during the season.

The 6-2, 210-pounder has skated in 738 career NHL games over 11 seasons (2007-08 – 2017-18) with Colorado, Nashville, and the Rangers, registering 71 goals and 55 assists for 126 points, along with 1,563 penalty minutes. McLeod ranks second in the NHL in penalty minutes and major penalties (157) since the start of his first NHL season in 2007-08. He has been credited with at least 140 hits in seven of his 11 seasons in the league, and he established a career-high with 268 hits during the 2014-15 season. During his tenure with the Avalanche, McLeod served as an alternate captain for five seasons (2011-12 – 2015-16). McLeod has skated in 38 Stanley Cup Playoff games in his career, and he helped Nashville advance to the Stanley Cup Final during the 2016-17 season.

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Time For #91 To Be Put Up In The Rafters

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The bitterness between the organization and Fedorov — and fans and Fedorov —  appeared to subside in 2015 when he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. And as more time passes, it becomes more likely that his No. 91 will become the eighth number retired by the Red Wings.

“Sergei had a fabulous career in a Red Wings uniform,” general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. “He had a tremendous impact on this franchise. I would assume as we continue to go forward there will be ongoing conversations about his impact on this franchise.”

Attempts to reach Red Wings owner Christopher Ilitch were unsuccessful.

Scotty Bowman, who coached Fedorov from 1993 to 2002, did not hesitate with his answer when asked if Fedorov’s number should be retired by the Wings.from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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Marian Hossa’s Contract May Be Headed To Arizona

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added 3:10pm, Chicago statement on Marian Hossa below.

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All Xavier Ouellet

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from Matt Cudzinowski of Canadiens.com,

Fresh off signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Canadiens, we caught up with defenseman Xavier Ouellet, who is set to relocate to Montreal in the next few weeks.

This has to be a really special time in the Ouellet household. Between signing with the Canadiens and celebrating your daughter's first birthday on Sunday, there's a lot going on.

XAVIER OUELLET: It's really exciting. I have a lot of support back home. To have this opportunity, I feel like it's a perfect fit for what I needed personally and also for my professional career. It just seemed to make sense to me and I'm extremely excited about that challenge.

How much are you looking forward to moving back home?

XO: I keep saying that we're going to have a lot of babysitters, so it's good for us, too. (Laughs) I have my mom, my little sister and a couple of friends who we can call. Everyone is so excited to have us a little closer and they can be a part of our daughter's childhood. I think it's going to be good for my family. I feel like things happen for a reason. Things didn't go the way we hoped in Detroit. Now, a new opportunity opened up. The main criteria in my decision [to sign with Montreal] was the opportunity I'm being given hockey-wise and what I can bring to this team.

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Video- Miss The NHL?

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How about 15 minutes of the top saves from the NHL season.

 

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A Six-Year Contract For Connor Hellebuyck In Winnipeg

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added 9:55am, Winnipeg press release is below.

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Video- Anthony Mantha Highlight Reel From The Past Season

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Two minutes to watch.

 

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A Two-Year Deal For Anthony Mantha

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added 3:58pm, Press release is below.

added 4:04pm, CapFriendly tweet on the  cap on the Wings is below too.

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Videos- It’s Summertime Boys

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Afternoon Line- John Tavares

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I know there will still be some people who feel I should have been traded — or asked for a trade at the deadline. (I respectfully disagree. I was Captain of the team, and I took that role seriously. My focus was on staying in the moment, and doing everything I could to help the Islanders win.) I also know there will still be some people who think I strung everyone along, throughout my free agency, just to get attention. (I didn’t … and if you know me, this one’s pretty funny.) And I for sure know there will still be some people who think I signed a wink-wink contract with the Maples Leafs, in secret, on Christmas morning of 1997. (Not true, though for the record I would have if they’d offered.)

And I guess what I just wanted to say is: that’s fine.

I don’t even mind at all. I really, truly do understand it. I get the passion, and I get the emotion, and I get the competitiveness and the obsessiveness and I get … all of that. It’s like I said, you know: I’ve been a fan since before I was three years old. I’ve been there.

But it’s also important to me that I don’t sell anyone short, here. It’s why I wanted to write this letter in the first place: so that all of you Islanders Faithful really do know how much I cherished our time together. Because I was born in Toronto — and that’s never going to change. But I grew up on Long Island — and now that won’t change, either.

-John Tavares of the Toronto Maple Leafs at The Players' Tribune.  Read much more from Tavares.

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