• Mark Giordano signs monster 6-year, $40.5 million extension. Is Norris Trophy next?

    Jared Clinton
    Mark Giordano (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

    The Calgary Flames have locked up their captain and all-star defenseman to a long-term extension.

    It was announced Tuesday afternoon that Mark Giordano has inked a six-year extension with the Flames that will keep him in Calgary until the 2021-22 season. According to multiple sources, including TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the six-year deal carries an average annual value of $6.75 million. How exactly the salary is broken down hasn’t yet been reported, however.

    Initial details of Giordano’s extension talks said the veteran defenseman was looking for somewhere in the $9 million range on an extension, which would have made him one of the five highest-paid defensemen in the league. At $6.75 million — an outstanding price for the Calgary Flames — Giordano will come in as one of the 10-highest paid defensemen, edging out the likes of Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson and St. Louis’ Alex Pietrangelo.

    Giordano, 31, has spent the past seven seasons with the Flames and has been the club’s captain since the 2013. His play over the past few seasons has been a blessing for Calgary, as he has turned the corner from consistent top-pairing defenseman to legitimate Norris Trophy candidate. With his ability, he would have been one of 2016’s top free agents were he to hit the open market. The six-year extension assures Giordano won’t be going anywhere, though. Read more

  • Red Wings’ Franzen says he’ll be ready for season, but where does he fit?

    Jared Clinton
    Johan Franzen (Graig Abel/Getty Images)

    By the time the Red Wings hit the ice for their first game of the 2015-16 season, it will have been more than eight months since winger Johan Franzen suited up in an NHL contest. But the 35-year-old could be ready to go when the upcoming campaign gets underway.

    There has been uncertainty about Franzen’s future and whether he’d ever suit up in the NHL again. Concussion issues have plagued him throughout his career — his latest head injury was his fifth documented concussion — but the 10-year veteran says he’ll be ready when the Wings hit the ice in October. At the Ilitch Charities Golf Classic at Oakland Hills, Franzen said he’s already been back on the ice.

    “I’ll be ready,” Franzen told ABC Detroit’s Brad Galli. “I’ve been skating for a week.” Read more

  • This Week In The Hockey News magazine: Yearbook 2015-16

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    It’s the 2015-16 edition of The Hockey News’ annual Yearbook, your essential guide to the upcoming NHL season. We’ve got full breakdowns and predictions for all 30 teams (plus our picks for the Stanley Cup), features on the game’s biggest stars and much more. In the 188-page issue:

    EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK – We love to argue, but not over these picks

    OPENING FACEOFF – Hello, 3-on-3 OT. Goodbye, shootout

    ROOKIE WATCH – McDavid & Eichel ramp up the hype

    MEET THE NEW GUYS – Maple Leafs and Oilers’ overhauls just one of many moves

    WHAT THE FANS SAY – Who you think will harvest hardware

    SEAN MONAHAN – Boring? No chance. Next Toews? Maybe

    DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN & BRENT BURNS – Great versatility, greater personalities

    OFF-SEASON TRAINING – Ryan O’Reilly’s regimen about more than body

    THE TOP 50 PLAYERS – Habs’ crease king is also league’s cream

    RYAN MCDONAGH – Born to play, bred to lead. Next up: Cup

    OVIE OR SID? – After 10 years in the NHL, who’s better?

    TAYLOR HALL – New and improved and hunting for wins

    SHEA WEBER – What gets the NHL’s boom king gabbing?

    MORGAN RIELLY – “Untouchable” for so many reasons

    NHL TEAM REPORTS – four pages for each NHL club, including the breakdown of need-to-knows, Depth Charts, Fast Facts, Expanded Rosters, Extended Stats from last season and the Future Watch Zone – looking at each organization’s top prospects

    2014-15 STATISTICS – Forget the Internet…numbers galore for every major league around the world!

    2015-16 NHL SCHEDULE – 1,230 reasons to stay on the couch

    OVERTIME WITH KEN CAMPBELL – Stan Bowman’s magic keeps Hawks ticking

    Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, buy it from the THN store or digitally on your IPad or through PressReader, Kobo, Google PlayZinio or Nook. You can also subscribe at thehockeynews.com.

  • Mikko Koskinen hits highlight reel with huge glove stop on KHL opening night

    Jared Clinton
    Mikko Koskinen robs Alexander Radulov (via KHL/YouTube)

    No, it’s not October yet and the NHL season is still more than a month away. However, that we’re approaching the end of August means the KHL season has begun. And it only took one day for SKA St. Petersburg netminder Mikko Koskinen to make a point blank stop that will be remembered all season.

    With the score knotted at 0-0 with little more than six minutes remaining in the first period, CSKA Moscow worked the puck in behind the St. Petersburg goal and the SKA defense collapsed on the attacking forwards. That’s when Alexander Radulov snuck into the empty room in front of the net and was given a golden opportunity on the doorstep — a golden opportunity that was snatched away from him by the quick glove hand of Koskinen. Read more

  • Watch St. Louis Blues fall over themselves in hilarious video of first day of informal camp

    Jared Clinton
    The St. Louis Blues had some fun at the first day of informal skates. (via St. Louis Blues/Twitter)

    There’s pressure on the St. Louis Blues to finally make a deep post-season run in 2015-16, but you wouldn’t know the team is feeling the heat by watching them take the ice for the first time at the Blues’ first informal skate of the season.

    In the short clip posted to the team’s Twitter account, Alex Pietrangelo, Petteri Lindbohm, Robby Fabbri and the newest Blue, Troy Brouwer, all fly out onto the ice, skating straight-legged and trying to stay upright. But instead, for 14 seconds, the video is like watching four- and five-year-old children scramble around the ice. Read more

  • NCAA players can get paid now, but will they?

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    Noel Acciari and Jon Gillies celebrate a Providence College goal. (Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

    The NCAA has taken some bad p.r. beatings in recent years due to the fact the “student-athletes” under the organization’s care do not get paid, even with lucrative events such as football’s bowl season and the March Madness basketball tournament on the schedule.

    Now, a “cost of attendance” stipend is (slightly) changing the game. And the hockey world is easing in to the issue.

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  • AHL Logo Ranking: No. 20 – Binghamton Senators

    Jared Clinton
    Binghamton Senators logo (via SportsLogos.net/Chris Creamer)

    (The AHL has undergone a season of change and one-third of the league has changed locations or logos for the 2015-16 season. Leading up to the new season, The Hockey News will be ranking the logos of the league’s teams and offering a brief look at the history of each franchise. See the rest of the rankings in our AHL feed.)

    Life hasn’t been easy for the Binghamton Senators since their championship run in 2010-11. Since then, the Senators have failed to make the post-season twice — including misses this past season and the season immediately following their championship — and have been booted from the playoffs twice in the first round, winning only one playoff game along the way. That’s not exactly the type of sustained success the franchise was after.

    But things might be looking up in 2015-16. Shane Prince, the club’s leading scorer in 2014-15 with 28 goals and 65 points in 72 games, should be back for a full season and be looking to build on last year’s successful campaign. Standout defenseman Chris Wideman will likely spend at least one more full season in the AHL. And this season Nick Paul, who was rated as the Senators’ best prospect, should be suiting up in Binghamton.

    Add in Eric O’Dell and Mike Kostka, two depth signings Ottawa made this off-season who should contribute on the farm, and the roster is rounding out quite nicely.

    The one loss that might be felt is that of Matt Puempel. The 22-year-old played 13 games with Ottawa in 2014-15 and he could be ready to have a full rookie campaign in the NHL. If he’s back in Binghamton, however, expect improvement on his 12-goal, 32-point output this past season.

    The biggest question for Binghamton will be goaltending, where top NCAA free agent Matt O’Connor and 21-year-old Chris Driedger will likely split time. Driedger has a total of eight AHL games to his name, and that’s the most AHL experience any of any of the Senators’ options for the starting job in Binghamton. Read more