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Evening Line- Brett Yormark, Barclays Center CEO

“Unfortunately, it didn’t work. We had great hopes that moving the Islanders to Brooklyn would work. Unfortunately, they were like a rent-a-team. This team never really embraced Brooklyn, unfortunately.

“Their fan base resides in Long Island. They have a great, avid fan base in Long Island. Brooklyn just didn’t gravitate to the team as I had hoped they would. But I think the move next year, where they’re playing 12 games back in Long Island — and after next year we’ll probably play half the schedule, if not more [there] — is a step in the right direction.

“Obviously, they’re looking to build their own venue. Not sure that ever happens, but if it does, I wish them well. But in the interim our goal was to bring them back to Long Island, have them play as many games as they can at NYCB Live, and that’s happening, so I’m excited about it.”

-Brett Yormark, CEO of the Barclays Center.  Neil Best of Newsday has more.

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Video- Celebrating Jean Ratelle’s Career

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The celebration of Jean Ratelle first became a celebration of his era that is remembered so fondly by those of us who grew up in the Blue Seats with Emile and Eddie and Brad and Jean and Rod and Vic, and Stemmer, Wee Bruce and Walter and To the Boards, Billy Fairbairn, To the Boards.

And then, because he is Jean Ratelle, the night on which his No. 19 was gloriously, albeit belatedly, raised to the Garden’s famous spoked ceiling became about even more than that. Because just in the way this elegant center shared the puck, he would share the glory.

Ratelle passed the microphone to his right wing, Rod Gilbert, “for a very special announcement,” toward the end of a classy ceremony preceding Sunday’s match against the Red Wings. Gilbert then revealed the Blueshirts next season will retire the No. 11 in honor of left wing Vic Hadfield to join No. 19 and his own No. 7.

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Who Wants Jack Johnson For A Forward?

 

CapFriendly salary information on Johnson.

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Chris Kelly Will Join The Anaheim Ducks

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Brian Gionta Signs With The Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, February 25, that the team has signed forward Brian Gionta to a one-year, one-way contract worth $700,000.

Gionta most recently served as captain of Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He appeared in all five of the team's games before being eliminated in the quarterfinals by the Czech Republic. The 5-foot-7, 178-pound forward last played in the NHL in the 2016-17 season with the Buffalo Sabres, where he appeared in all 82 games and tallied 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points. He established career highs in all offensive categories in 2005-06, when he skated in all 82 games with the New Jersey Devils and recorded 48 goals and 41 assists for 89 points with a plus-18 rating.

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A Three-Way Deal, Oilers, Predators, Blue Jackets

 

Nashville release is below...

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On Waivers Today

 

 

 

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Tomas Plekanec Traded To Toronto

 

 

added 12:20pm, Montreal release is below...

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Infant Daughter Of Jordan And Heather Staal Passes Away

RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes today issued the following statement regarding team captain Jordan Staal and his family. 

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Hurricanes organization are with Jordan and Heather Staal on the loss of their infant daughter, Hannah. We ask that you please respect their family’s privacy at this time.”

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Rick Nash Headed To Boston

Bob McKenzie tweets,

Not yet official yet because the trade call with NHL has not happened but BOS and NYR have a deal in place for Rick Nash. Return to NYR expected to include BOS first-round pick and prospect defenseman Ryan Lindgren, but there are other elements to the deal as well.

NYR will be retaining 50 per cent of Nash’s remaining salary and AAV for the balance of the season. Nash, of course,is UFA on July 1.

added 9:32am, NYR release is below...

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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