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LOS ANGELES (June 24, 2010)—The National Hockey League Board of Governors today approved a rule change that provides for a major penalty and a game misconduct for a “lateral or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principle point of contact.” The rule change was proposed by the League’s 30 Club General Managers and was approved by the Competition Committee before being forwarded to the Board for ratification.
Rule 48, “Illegal Check to the Head,” also empowers a referee, at his discretion, to assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the penalized player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent with an illegal check to the head.
Any player who incurs a total of two game misconducts under this rule, in either the regular season or playoffs, will be suspended automatically for his team’s next game. For each subsequent game misconduct penalty, the automatic suspension will be increased by one game.
If deemed appropriate, supplementary discipline also can be applied.
Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s tweet, Wojtek Wolski has agreed to terms on a 2 year deal with PHX for $7.6M.
According to various sources, the Bruins have re-signed Johnny Boychuk with a two-year, $3.75 million deal. He’ll receive $1.75 million next season and $2 million in 2011-2012.
From the Kings:
The Los Angeles Kings and Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi have agreed to terms on a new two-year contract extension, Kings Governor Tim Leiweke announced today. In addition, Leiweke and the Kings today announced two-year contract extensions for Kings Vice President/Assistant General Manager Ron Hextall, Kings Vice President/Hockey Operations and Legal Affairs Jeff Solomon, and Kings Head Coach Terry Murray.
Lombardi, Hextall, Solomon and Murray all had one year remaining on their contracts. All four are under contract through the 2012-13 NHL season.
“Dean and his staff want to be here, they want to help finish what we have all started and we feel we are on the verge of something very special, so it was imperative that we keep our nucleus together,” said Leiweke. “The timing was right to do this, and now our focus shifts to the NHL Draft this weekend here at STAPLES Center and LA Live, into free agency next week and to the rest of summer as we look to add a piece or two – the right piece or two—to this great young core we have together here with the Kings.”
From the Sharks:
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed Group III un-restricted free agent forward Patrick Marleau and Group II restricted free agent forward Joe Pavelski to four-year contracts. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals was not disclosed.
“We are very pleased that Patty and Joe have committed to this organization now and in the future,” said Wilson. “They expressed a strong belief in the direction this franchise is heading but also understand the challenges to keeping a talented group like ours together.
“Both players had a tremendous regular season, excelled on the ice for their respective countries at the Winter Olympics and elevated their game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They have solidified their place in the game among the League’s top forwards and we are excited as an organization to have Joe and Patty back in San Jose to build on what we accomplished last season.”
From the Calgary Herald’s Scott Cruickshank:
1. Become a draft-day player
As it is, Flames director of scouting Tod Button doesn’t get a chance to clear his throat till the 64th pick (which represents the third-round choice the team got from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Anton Stralman).
Getting into the first two rounds would be swell, particularly for an organization with a dearth of forward prospects.
From the Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam Jahns:
It really shouldn’t come as a shock that Dustin Byfuglien won’t be wearing an Indianhead sweater for the 2010-11 season.
The Blackhawks have significant salary-cap issues, and the giant-sized winger often was mentioned as a possible candidate to be shipped out. Moves were expected, even declared a must by Hawks general manager Stan Bowman.
The news broke Wednesday—and spread like wildfire—that the first deal had been done—or rather, nearly done. Just after midnight today, it became official: Byfuglien, restricted free agent Ben Eager, veteran defenseman Brent Sopel and prospect Akim Aliu have been traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for the 24th overall pick in the NHL draft (which starts Friday), the 54th overall pick, veteran forward Marty Reasoner, winger Joey Crabb (who has starred in Chicago with the Wolves) and promising prospect Jeremy Morin.
From the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore:
The Thrashers will officially name Craig Ramsay as the francishe’s fifth head coach on Thursday. The announcement will come later this afternoon. The 59-year-old Ramsay has served as assistant coach with the Boston Bruins the past three seasons.
In a conference call to discuss the two trades the Thrashers made early Thursday morning, general manager Rick Dudley said he “won’t tip our hand” about the new coach. However, he did acknowledge that he has spoken to Ramsay “quite a bit.” He said the two had coffee in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning and Ramsay had dinner with team president Don Waddell Wednesday night.
There is a report from TSN that John Torchetti, the Chicago Blackhawks assistant who was the other leading candidate for the head coach job, would join the Thrashers as an associate head coach. I have not confirmed that.
From the Miami Herald’s George Richards:
With the type of season the Florida Panthers went through last year, coach Pete DeBoer said one would have to expect plenty of changes.
Since finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference and last in the Southeast Division for the first time in franchise history, the Panthers brought in a general manager not afraid to shake things up.
You want change? Dale Tallon is ready to bring it.
From the Boston Herald’s Stephen Harris:
The Bruins [team stats] were not a team that needed a major overhaul this offseason.
The B’s could have stood pat, kept their roster all or mostly intact, and likely been a solid playoff team next season. The problems of last season were about questionable attitudes - for certain key individuals and at times for the team as a whole - and, of course, injuries.
But this team finally got its act together late in the season and came within a bounce of the puck of reaching the third round of the playoffs.
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