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A Three-Year Contract For Jordie Benn In Dallas

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Jordie Benn to a three-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Benn, 28, finished the 2015-16 season with 12 points (3-9=12) in 64 regular-season games. His three goals on the season tied a career-high. The blueliner finished third on the team with 94 blocked shots. He played one game during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, registering four penalty minutes and two blocked shots.

In 244 career regular-season games, all with Dallas, he has earned 56 points (9-47=56). In parts of five seasons, he has accumulated 327 hits and 369 blocks. The defenseman has made two Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances, recording three assists (0-3=3) in seven games.

"Jordie has earned the trust of his teammates and the coaching staff, and he's taken advantage of every opportunity put in front of him during his career," said Nill. "His ability to play in a variety of roles make him valuable to our defensive depth and flexibility, and we're happy to have him locked up for the next three seasons."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Victoria, British Columbia was originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2011. 

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Draft Day Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Word is he was told to think about things before making any rash decisions, but if Fleury decides he wants a clear-cut starting job elsewhere, would Pittsburgh take a deep breath and say, “Ok, he’s earned the right to make this call?”

Here’s a personal theory: Carolina. The Hurricanes are improving and Fleury would make a real difference. They could also flip a goalie — Eddie Lack or Cam Ward — to play with Matt Murray. I’d bet Jordan Staal would be happy.

- As for Shattenkirk, you wonder how Yandle’s removal from the market affects Boston. The Bruins are on-record as desiring a more mobile blue line and he’s what they need. One of the theories about Yandle’s decision to sign in Florida was that the Panthers knew they had to outbid the Bruins. It’s believed his original ask from the Panthers was for seven years at $7M per, and he came close. So, Boston knows what the price is. Are they willing to pay that? Armstrong may be willing to allow teams to negotiate with Shattenkirk, but the bigger question might be, how many teams would he be willing to sign with right now? Arizona’s in this, too. But what’s uncertain is if the Coyotes desire to extend him at this point. And, does Armstrong ask for conditional compensation there, too?

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Will The New York Rangers Pull Off A Trade?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Rick Nash is still a Ranger, so is Chris Kreider and so is Derek Stepan. So, for that matter are Dan Girardi and Marc Staal, but we’ll get to that in a bit.

Sources have told The Post that the Rangers are not offering their assets at a discount; that while Gorton is committed to a summer remodeling, he is not going to take 60 or 80 cents back on the dollar for his top assets simply to create cap space or acquire badly needed draft selections. At the moment, the Blueshirts are not scheduled to pick until 81st overall after having dealt away their first- and second-round selections.

Regarding Nash, who despite an off-the-charts bad 2015-16 has been the Rangers’ best forward by a considerable margin over his four seasons in New York: The Post has been told the Blues are not interested in dealing for No. 61, even if the 32-year-old winger is one of the St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock’s all-time favorite players....

Sources also have told The Post that Nash — who has submitted a list of 12 teams to whom he can be sent as per his modified no-trade contract clause — would not approve a trade to a Canadian team. Options for a deal are thus limited.

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Chatter At The Draft

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

- A league executive on trade talk at this draft: “I don’t know if there’s more but there’s a lot. There was a lot last year and some of it (this time) because of next year’s expansion draft will change (things) a little bit.”

- While the Red Wings are trying to move goaltender Jimmy Howard, one of the top priorities is to try to get the contract of the retired Pavel Datsyuk off the books. That’s proving to be a big challenge because cap space is a valuable commodity even for those teams close to the $54 million floor. Two candidates to take on the $7.5-million cap hit are the Carolina Hurricanes and the Coyotes, but the they’ll only do so if GM Ken Holland sweetens the pot with a roster player or a high-end prospect plus a pick. If the Wings are realistic in their pursuit of Steven Stamkos then something has to happen.

- There has been no shortage of interest in Anaheim defenceman Cam Fowler since Sami Vatanen signed his extension because a lot of teams are in the market for blueliners. The belief is the Ducks are listening on the 24-year-old Fowler, who has two years left with a cap hit of $4 million per-season. GM Bob Murray wants a lot in return.

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added 8:43am, Eric Stephens of the OC Register has more on Fowler...

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Buy Out A Possibility For Thomas Vanek

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The Wild has about $9 million of salary cap space with only 15 players signed. If the Wild needs more space, which is very likely, a league source said Thursday that Fletcher has informed veteran Thomas Vanek’s agent that he may need to buy out the final year of Vanek’s contract by Thursday’s deadline.

That would free up $5 million.

“There’s been no final decision, but it’s certainly under consideration,” the source said. Fletcher, too, admitted that earlier this week.

There’s no doubt the Wild’s looking for a forward, preferably a center. The cost could be a young defenseman like Jonas Brodin or Marco Scandella, who are signed to lucrative long-term deals, or restricted free agent Matt Dumba.

“This is something that could linger through the summer or even into the fall. I think there’s going to be other opportunities this year for different reasons to make changes at a later date,” said Fletcher, referring to teams either eclipsing the cap ceiling this summer and having to later get compliant or having to set the table for next summer’s expansion draft.

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Faith In Tim Murray As He Builds The Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Sabres winger Evander Kane sent out a quick tweet saluting the work of his general manager following last year’s NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla. It said simply “Tim Murray” and was followed by four applause emojis.

The players in the Buffalo locker room believe in the gumption Murray shows in trying to build this team, and there’s huge anticipation for what might happen here starting Friday morning and into the evening’s first round of the draft in First Niagara Center.

“I don’t know if I’m going to be here by tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens,” a smiling Kane joked after a youth clinic with the top draft prospects Thursday in HarborCenter. “Tim is a very unique character and it’s served him well. He’s done a great job so far of building our team, and I’m sure he’s looking to add and make us better. As a player, it’s really all you can ask for, and it’s up to us to use what he brings in to the best of our advantage.”

“You’re excited to see what happens here with trades, free agency, the draft,” center Jack Eichel told The News later in the day at (716) Food and Sport following a Bauer hockey event with presumptive top pick Auston Matthews. “You want the best for the team and you really never know. That’s what makes free agency and trades and things so appealing and exciting. But it’s out of my control, and that’s why Mr. Murray and everyone up there does their job so well.”

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Hard To Change The Tempo Of The Boston Bruins

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

General manager Don Sweeney and president Cam Neely passionately want their team to play the fast, up-tempo, stretch-the-ice hockey we saw from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

But wanting to play that way, and having the players to do so, are two different matters. If you ain’t got the legs and the quickness and the skill, brother, it’s not going to work.

The biggest impediment in the Bruins’ transition to the up-tempo style of play is the presence of four decidedly down-tempo defensemen in Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller.

There can be no fast-break attack unless there are blueliners making quick breakout passes and/or quickly skating the puck up themselves.

So here Sweeney is, little over 13 months since taking over the team, continuing his efforts to reinvent the Bruins. He faces a daunting challenge.

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The Latest On P.K. Subban And Steven Stamkos

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

It didn’t take long for Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin to shoot down reports that P.K. Subban was on his way out of Montreal.

“I never shopped P.K. Subban,” Bergevin said to open a press conference Thursday night. “I never had, I’m not now. But I can’t help teams from calling me.”

When asked if he foresaw the possibility of trading Subban, he said no but he said there might be a chance “if someone offered me half their team.” Presumably, the team would have to be Pittsburgh or Chicago and he would want the half that had Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang or Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith.

There’s a school of thought that Bergevin must hit a home run at this weekend’s NHL draft or in the free agent market which opens on July 1.

But when Bergevin was asked Thursday evening whether he felt any pressure to make a big move, he replied: “Not at all.”

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from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

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Flyers extend Gudas

From the Philadelphia Flyers...

And TSN's Bob McKenzie:

Update:

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Evening Line- Steve Yzerman On Steven Stamkos

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