COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Ryan Russell from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for right wing Mike Blunden, Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced today. The trade is pending Blunden passing a physical.
Russell, 24, is the identical twin brother of Blue Jackets defenseman Kris Russell. Ryan Russell registered 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points, 48 penalty minutes and was +17 in 65 games with the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs in 2010-11. He added 7-2-9 in 20 playoff games, helping the Bulldogs reach the Calder Cup Western Conference Final.
BUFFALO, NY (July 7, 2011) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have signed goaltender Drew MacIntyre, and forwards Derek Whitmore and Colin Stuart all to one-year deals.
MacIntyre (6/24/1983, 6’0”, 184 lbs.) split time in the AHL between the Chicago Wolves and the Hamilton Bulldogs last season. MacIntyre appeared in 41 total games, collecting a record of 24-11-3 with a 2.37 GAA. He also went 11-9 with a 1.95 GAA in 20 playoff games, backstopping the Bulldogs to Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals of the Calder Cup playoffs. During his AHL career, MacIntyre has earned 142 wins, with 85 losses and 13 OTL in 261 games played with a 2.39 GAA. In two career NHL games, both with the Vancouver Canucks in 2007-08, he posted a 2.95 GAA and an 0-1-0 record. A native of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, MacIntyre was a fourth round selection (121st overall) of the Detroit Red Wings in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Whitmore (12/17/1984, 5’11”, 190 lbs.) collected 47 points (27+20) in 80 games last season for the Portland Pirates (AHL). In 243 AHL career games with Portland and Rochester, Whitmore has amassed 104 points (57+47). The Rochester, NY native played four seasons at Bowling Green University where he picked up 102 points (70+32). His 70 career goals ranked him in the top 20 in BGSU all-time goal scoring list. Whitmore scored his first professional goal against the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) on April 4, 2008 as a member of the Rochester Americans.
Stuart (7/8/1982, 6’2”, 200 lbs) appeared in three games with the Sabres last season, collecting two penalty minutes. In 72 games with Portland (AHL) last season, Stuart picked up 44 points (16+28). In his 423 AHL appearances, Stuart has collected 84 goals and 88 assists (172 points). In 54 NHL games with Chicago, Atlanta and Buffalo, Stuart has 13 points (8+5). The Rochester, Minn. native was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fifth round (135th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed left wing Jean-Francois Jacques to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Jacques, 26 (4/29/85), appeared in 51 games for the Edmonton Oilers last season, collecting 4-1=5 points with 63 penalty minutes (PIM). He tied a career high in goals and established a personal best in appearances during his sixth season with Edmonton. In addition, the 6-4, 217-pound winger ranked fifth on the Oilers with 111 hits. Jacques also appeared in four American Hockey League (AHL) games with Oklahoma City last season, recording one goal (1-0=1) with 15 PIM.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed center Tom Pyatt to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Pyatt, 5-foot-11, 186 pounds, played in 61 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season, recording two goals and seven points with 65 shots on goal. He averaged 10:38 in ice time per game. Pyatt ranked fourth among Canadiens forwards for blocked shots with 34 and won 50 percentage of draws taken (55-110). He also played in all seven Montreal playoff games in 2011. Pyatt has played in 101 career NHL games with the Canadiens during the past two seasons. He has recorded four goals and 12 points in his career with 19 penalty minutes. He played his first NHL game on November 5, 2009 at Boston. Pyatt also played in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games with two goals and four points, averaging 12:10 in ice time
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed re-signed LW Colton Gillies to a two-year contract.
Gillies, 22 (2/12/89), helped lead the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Houston Aeros to the Calder Cup Final in 2010-11, posting 26 points (11-15=26) and 82 penalty minutes (PIM) in 64 regular season games. Gillies had seven playoff goals, tied for the team lead, and ranked for third on the team in post-season scoring with 12 points (7-5=12) in 24 games. Gillies also played seven games with the Wild, scoring one goal. Gillies skated 45 games with the Wild in the 2008-09 season, recording seven points (2-5=7). The 6-foot-4, 208-pound native of White Rock, B.C., was Minnesota’s first-round pick (No. 16 overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed free agent defenseman Danny Richmond to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Richmond, 26, recorded 23 points (three goals, 20 assists) and 121 penalty minutes in 68 games last season with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). He finished the season ranked third on the team in penalty minutes and third amongst defensemen in points and assists.
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with forward Josh Green on a one-year two-way contract.
Green, 33, skated in 12 games with the Ducks last season with six penalty minutes and he also played in 69 games with the Syracuse Crunch recording 46 points (15G, 31A) and 74 penalty minutes.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed free agent defenseman Kent Huskins to a one-year contract.
“Kent brings size and leadership to our defensive corps and we are looking forward to him joining the Blues,” said Armstrong.
Huskins, 32, played in 50 games for the San Jose Sharks last season, registering 10 points (two goals, eight assists) along with 12 penalty minutes. In addition, the 6’4”, 210-pound defenseman posted a +8 rating, his fourth consecutive season of being a plus player (+43). Huskins captured a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and has played in five National Hockey League (NHL) seasons, recording 60 points (11 goals, 49 assists) along with 159 penalty minutes in 274 career games.
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today the hiring of John Weisbrod as Assistant General Manager/Player Personnel to Flames General Manager Jay Feaster.
“We are pleased to be able to add someone with John’s experience to our staff,” said Feaster. “Not only does he come with an extensive background in various disciplines of hockey, John has won championships as General Manager in both the AHL and IHL and most recently in his current position, leading the pro and collegiate scouting staff of the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. John has the current experience and knowledge that I need from the person in this position.”
Weisbrod, a native of Syosset, NY, joins the Flames after winning the Stanley Cup as the Director of Pro and Collegiate Scouting for the Boston Bruins where he has been since joining the organization in September of 2006. Prior to that, John spent the 2005-06 season as a pro scout for the Dallas Stars out of the New England region.
The Harvard graduate became the General Manager/Director of Operations for the Albany River Rats (affiliate of the New Jersey Devils) in 1993 and won the Calder Cup as AHL Champions in 1995. Additionally, he served as the General Manager of the Orlando Solar Bears winning the Turner Cup as IHL Champions in 2001. When the IHL disbanded, the Solar Bears owner promoted him into the Magic organization in an administrative position. However, he was soon promoted to General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the NBA’s Orlando Magic for 2004-2005 season before returning to hockey in May of 2005.
BUFFALO, NY (June 24, 2011) – The Buffalo Sabres today announced they have signed a purchase agreement with the Rochester Americans hockey club. The AHL Board of Governors unanimously approved the transaction earlier today. The Sabres also announced their affiliation agreement with the Portland Pirates has ended.
The Buffalo Sabres will have no further comment at this time. The Sabres expect to hold a press conference in Rochester next week to set forth their plans for the franchise.
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