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A Four-Year Deal For Anders Lee And The New York Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The New York Islanders announced today that forward Anders Lee has agreed to terms on a four-year contract.

Lee scored 25 goals and 41 points in 76 games as a rookie last season with the Islanders. The Edina, MN, native finished second on the Islanders in goals and fourth among National Hockey League rookies.

“Anders has proven to be an effective goal scorer over his two seasons with the club,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “We’re thrilled to have another home-grown talent signed long term.”

The Islanders selected the 24-year-old winger in the sixth round (152nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He has 57 points (35 goals, 22 assists) in 100 career NHL games and 46 points (25 goals, 21 assists) in 59 career American Hockey League games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

“I’m extremely excited to finalize this deal and ensure that I’m a New York Islander for the next four seasons,” Lee said. “The organization has been nothing but first class to me from the moment I was drafted. I look forward to competing for the Stanley Cup in each year while playing in front of the best fans in the NHL."


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Signings Today, Tonight And Beyond

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

There has been signings today, RFAs, traded players, etc. and more to come.

Check out Sportsnet's signing tracker or TSN.

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San Jose Sharks Make Brenden Dillon Signing Official

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has re-signed defenseman Brenden Dillon (@BDillon4) to a five-year contract.

 Dillon, 24, recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and 77 penalty minutes in 80 games with both Dallas and San Jose last season. Acquired from Dallas in November 2014, Dillon ranked 3rd on San Jose in penalty minutes (54), hits (127) and his 19:13 average ice time per game ranked 6th on the team in 60 games with the Sharks. He finished ranking 4th on San Jose in blocked shots (110).  

 "Brenden is an important part of this team going forward and we look forward to him playing an integral role on our blueline for years to come," said Wilson. "He's a great fit for our organization now and for the future and we're excited to watch him blossom here in San Jose."

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Nicklas Lidstrom discusses ‘life after hockey’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via the Red Wings' Twitter feed, NHL.com's Dan Rosen asked Nicklas Lidstrom 5 questions about "life after hockey." [Edit: THIS IS A REPRINT BUT A TIMELY ONE]. Among them:

What do you do to keep busy? "I do watch some games at home with our Swedish scout Hakan Andersson and I'm helping out with my kids, my youngest son's hockey team now. I started out with my 14-year-old the last couple of years, but this fall I'm helping out with my 11-year-old. That's been a lot of fun. I also do some business on the side. I am involved with some real estate business in Sweden. But I really enjoy helping my son's team, especially the young kids. They love being at the rink. They love being on the ice. They love playing games. It's fun to see them develop. It's great being around the kids all the time now."

Do you feel that when you're around them you absolutely have their attention? I mean, you're Nicklas Lidstrom, they know who you are, right? "Maybe not my own kids (laughs). Sometimes what I say gets through to them, but sometimes I'm just like any other dad talking to the kids and they'll block me out. I'm not giving them a whole lot of advice all the time. I give them some pointers here and there. Not my kids, but the other kids are really in more awe than my sons. That's great. Those young kids ask a ton of questions all the time."

Rosen continues...

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It can’t hurt to try: OHL’s Firebirds draft rights to Vili Saarijarvi

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings and Vili Saarijarvi are preparing for the Finnish prospect to turn pro with Karpat Oulu of the FInnish Liiga, but if he changes his mind, MLive's Aaron McMann reports that the Flint Firebirds would like to convince him to play in the U.S.:

Vili Saarijarvi, a 5-foot-10, 163-pound defenseman selected by the Red Wings in the third round of last weekend's NHL Draft, was picked ninth overall by Flint in Tuesday's Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.

Saarijarvi, of Rovaniemi, Finland, told the media over the weekend he has plans to play junior hockey in his native Finland next season, but the Firebirds are hoping to use their close locale to keep in Michigan following Red Wings development camp in Traverse City July 3-7.

"It's not up to us as to where the boy plays, it's up to the Red Wings," Flint general manager Terry Christensen said. "And I'm sure they'll make a decision as to where they want him and hope that he'll reap the benefit of playing in the Ontario Hockey League."

Christensen had a chance to watch Saarijarvi, 18, play in the U-18 World Hockey Championships in Switzerland in April, where he was named Most Valuable Defenseman and assistant captain for runner-up Finland, and considers him an offensive defenseman with good leadership skills.

"The one thing I really liked about him is that he played in all the tough situations for Finland," Christensen said. "This guy anchored their power play, and of course in a tournament like that you get so many opportunities against great teams. He was always one of the first guys to put others over the boards and quarterback their power play."

Continued, and the Free Press's George Sipple confirms:

"We're hopeful that everything gets worked out and he'll be playing in Flint next year," Christensen said. "I did talk to Vili and we expressed to him how excited we were to have been able to draft him. He was very, very excited that we did draft him. He wants to be in Michigan. He wants to be as close as he possibly can to the Detroit situation."

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Brendan Smith Back In The Fold

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Updated 5x at 4:54 PM:

added 3:49pm,

Here's the Red Wings' press release:

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Per Pierre LeBrun, Wings Have “Some Interest” In Mike Green

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Drew Stafford Re-Signs With The Winnipeg Jets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


added 3:31pm, Winnipeg release is below...

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Dougie Hamilton About To Be A Long-Term Member Of The Calgary Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweets,

Hamilton extension is 6 yrs and close to $34.5 mil total.  Flames pushed for 8 yrs and Hamilton wanted 5. Good compromise.

Yr by yr for Hamilton:  1)$5.5 mil 2)$5.5 mil 3)$5.75 mil 4)$5.75 mil 5) $6 mil 6)$6 mil. Ltd no trade clause in years 5-6.

Bruins made offers on 4-5-6 year terms. Best offer to Hamilton was 6 years at $5.5 average. Obviously both sides believed change was best.

added 2:16pm,



added 2:30pm, Calgary release is below...

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Take Or Pass UFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Travis Yost of TSN,

Below, I’ve compiled some thoughts on two groups of players – those I would consider buying up when unrestricted free agency opens up, and those I would pass on for myriad reasons. A lot of this is talent based, but in many instances, I’m also considering the player’s rumoured asking prices – which, of course, is a primary driver in determining whether the player in question can out-perform his theoretical contract.

Best Buy Recommendations

Eric Fehr (C) – Looking for some size in your lineup? If so, Eric Fehr may be worth your time. Fehr’s coming off of a pair of really strong seasons in Washington, chipping in 31-points in 2013-2014, and 33-points in 2014-2015. But, kind of like a couple of the other depth forward options you see in this lineup, Fehr’s numbers get more impressive as you move away from the counting numbers. Whereas a player like Erik Condra may offer you a speed and versatility option, Fehr offers you the hulking, effective forechecking style that manifests positively in his numbers. Like, for example, his ridiculous Goal% over his career – at 55.1% (5-on-5 only), he’s sandwiched between the likes of Jamie Benn and Joe Thornton, which is pretty good company. 

Andrej Sekera (D) – Andrej Sekera is what I’d consider a ‘soft buy’ – I think he’s a really solid defenseman, but I also think that the market’s going to reward him fairly considerably for years of performance.

read on

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