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Leafs Sign Christian Hanson

Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that the hockey club has signed free agent centre Christian Hanson to a two-year entry level contract.

“We are excited to have Christian signed to a contract, and look forward to seeing him play for our organization,” said Burke. “He is a very intelligent hockey player who has good size and a solid scoring touch around the net.”

Hanson, a 23-year-old native of Venetia, Pennsylvania, recently completed his four-year career at the University of Notre Dame. This past season, the 6-4, 228 pound forward played in 37 games for the Fighting Irish registering a career-high 31 points on 16 goals and 15 assists, along with 28 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating. He was second on the team in goals (tie) and third in points (tie). He also added five game-winning goals and six powerplay goals.

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Ducks Sign Mark Mitera

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Mark Mitera to a three-year entry-level contract. Mitera will report directly to the Iowa Chops, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

Mitera, 21 (10/22/87), served as team captain in his senior year with the University of Michigan Wolverines this season, scoring 1-2=3 points in eight contests (including five postseason appearances).

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Sharks Sign Nick Petrecki

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed defenseman Nick Petrecki, the team’s first round (28th overall) selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, to an NHL contract.  In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Petrecki has spent the last two seasons playing at Boston College.  This season, the Schenectady, NY native has posted seven assists in 35 games.  The sturdy defenseman also registered 161 penalty minutes, which ranked first on the team.

Petrecki played a significant role on Boston College’s 2008 National Championship team. The six-foot-three, 220-pound defenseman played in 42 games for the Eagles, registering 12 points (five goals, seven assists) while amassing 102 penalty minutes.

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Capitals Recall Pothier & Varlamov

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Brian Pothier and goaltender Simeon Varlamov from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and assigned goaltender Michal Neuvirth to Hershey, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Pothier, 31, is a third-year Capital who suffered a concussion Jan. 3, 2008, at Boston and missed the remainder of the season and has not played in the NHL this season. He recently completed a four-game conditioning stint with the Bears and is available to make his season debut with the Capitals tomorrow night in Atlanta, the same city where he made his NHL debut nearly eight years ago (April 3, 2001, as a Thrasher).

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Sharks Sign UFA Brandon Mishinter

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed unrestricted free agent forward Brandon Mishinter to an entry-level contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

        Mashinter, a 20-year old left wing, is currently playing for the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League, where he was acquired via trade from the Kitchener Rangers in December.

        The six-foot-four, 232-pound native of Bradford, Ontario has posted 53 points (30 goals, 23 assists) in 47 games, with a plus-nine rating and 67 penalty minutes.

        “We are very pleased to be able to add a player of Brandon’s caliber to our organization,” said Wilson.  “Brandon’s career has really blossomed this season and he deserves a lot of credit, along with Belleville General Manager and Head Coach George Burnett.

Also from the Sharks…

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled forwards Brad Staubitz and Lukas Kaspar from the Worcester Sharks, the team’s top development affiliate in the American Hockey League. 


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Calgary Flames Pick Up Nycholat From Waivers

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the acquisition of defenceman Lawrence Nycholat off NHL waivers. 

“Nycholat is a similar type player to Mark Giordano,” said Sutter. “We were prepared to give up a draft pick to acquire a depth defenceman.”

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Canadiens Ink Conboy to 3 Year Deal

Montreal Canadiens Press Release:

Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Monday the signing of forward Andrew Conboy to a three-year contract (2009-10 to 2011-12). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Conboy, the Canadiens’ fifth-round pick, 142nd overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, registered one point (one assist) and served four penalty minutes in seven games this season with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

More on Conboy from the Associated Press at the NY Post.

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Phoenix Recalls Turris

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled center Kyle Turris from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. 

Turris, 19, has recorded 6-10-16 and 17 PIM in 50 games with the Coyotes this season.  He has also appeared in eight games with San Antonio, collecting 4-3-7. 

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Wings Send McCarty To Grand Rapids

The Detroit Red Wings activated veteran right wing Darren McCarty from injured reserve and assigned him to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

McCarty has missed most of the season after undergoing sports hernia surgery in January. In 13 games with the Red Wings, he has one goal and 25 penalty minutes.

The four-time Stanley Cup champion has registered 127 goals and 161 assists to go along with 1,477 penalty minutes in 15 NHL seasons, all but two with Detroit.

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Sabres Send Gerbe Back To AHL

BUFFALO, NY (February 18, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have returned forward Nathan Gerbe to Portland of the American Hockey League.

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