• Mike Ribeiro signs two-year extension with Nashville Predators

    Jared Clinton
    Mike Ribeiro. Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Nashville GM David Poile has locked up one of his top free agent prizes: veteran center Mike Ribeiro.

    According to TSN’s Aaron Ward, Nashville has re-signed Ribeiro to a two-year deal worth $7 million.

    The re-signing comes following a big year for Ribeiro in which he signed a one-year, $1.05 million deal with the Predators to prove he still had something left in the tank.
    During last year’s off-season, the Arizona Coyotes had bought out Ribeiro just one season into a four-year deal. Following the buyout, Nashville inked Ribeiro to a one-year deal that was low-risk, high reward: if Ribeiro failed, it wasn’t a deal that broke the bank for the Predators and it wouldn’t damage their salary cap; if he played well, they had found a steal. Read more

  • Flames re-sign goaltender Karri Ramo to one-year deal

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    Karri Ramo (Derek Leung/Getty Images)

    He may not be the second coming of Patrick Roy, but Karri Ramo was widely considered the top goaltender among this season’s free agent crop. He won’t be leaving Calgary, however, as the Flames have re-signed the netminder.

    According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, Ramo has signed a one-year, $3.8 million deal to stay in Calgary. The contract means Ramo, who suited up in 34 games for the Flames this past season and posted a record of 15-9-3, will be back to split time with Jonas Hiller in the Flames’ crease. Read more

  • Ducks extend Bieksa, Anisimov gets new deal in Chicago

    Jared Clinton
    Artem Anisimov featured

    Less than 24 hours after being traded, both Kevin Bieksa and Artem Anisimov have signed contract extensions with their new clubs.

    Bieksa, who went from the Vancouver Canucks to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a second-round pick in 2016, was said to be closing in on an extension with the team as early as Tuesday evening. As of Wednesday morning, it was reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman that Bieksa has his new deal.

    According to Friedman, the extension is for two years at $8 million and also carries a no-trade clause. The terms of the clause – whether it’s limited and, if so, to how many teams – have not been reported. The average cap hit of $4 million is less than what Bieksa is currently making, as his current deal has the Ducks on the hook for $4.6 million hit this upcoming season. Read more

  • Rumor Roundup: Buzz surrounding the big name free agents

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    Mike Green (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

    On the eve of the 2015 NHL free agent period, here’s a look at the latest speculation involving the notable UFAs.

    Mike Green: Considered by most observers the best player available in this summer’s UFA market, the 29-year-old Green should attract interest from several clubs. Among the suitors could be the Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers. The Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika included Green on his list of possible free-agent targets for the Stars.

    Alexander Semin: He enters the UFA market following a contract buyout by the Carolina Hurricanes. Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press wonders if the Detroit Red Wings could have interest in the 31-year-old winger. Semin’s a right-handed shot, a commodity the Wings currently don’t have enough of on their roster. Read more

  • Report: Police investigation into Mike Richards involves prescription drug

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    (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHL)

    According to a report, an alleged incident at the Canada-U.S. border has Mike Richards under investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

    TMZ Sports reported late Tuesday evening that now-former Los Angeles Kings center Richards, whose contract was terminated by the Kings for a “material breach” on Monday, was allegedly held up when crossing the border from the United States into Canada on June 17.

    Following the TMZ report, the Winnipeg Sun’s Paul Friesen cited a source that told him the RCMP are investigating, “after a man was held in custody at the Emerson, Man., border crossing for at least four hours after allegedly trying to import OxyContin pills on June 17.”

    It’s important to note, however, that no charges have been laid against Richards. Read more

  • Martin Jones signs for three years, $9 million with San Jose Sharks

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    Martin Jones' numbers are unbelievable, but is he simply the product of his environment? (Getty Images)

    Before the San Jose Sharks acquired netminder Martin Jones from the Boston Bruins, the club’s future between the pipes looked uncertain. Hours after trading for Jones, however, the Sharks shored up their goaltending situation for at least the next few seasons.

    Tuesday evening the Sharks announced they have locked up the 25-year-old Jones to a three-year deal worth $9 million. The cap hit, a mere $3 million per season, all but solidifies the fact that the Sharks will look to Jones as their starter as early as next season. Jones’ price tag puts him at almost double the cap hit of the Sharks’ backup netminder, Alex Stalock, who was the frontrunner for the starting job had San Jose not gone out and acquired Jones.

    “Martin was at the top of our list of players that we had targeted,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson said in a release by the club. “We’re extremely excited to have him on board.” Read more

  • Kevin Bieksa does the electric slide down the West Coast in trade to Anaheim

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    Kevin Bieksa. (Getty Images)

    For the second summer in a row, the Vancouver Canucks are sending a proven playoff performer down the Pacific Coast to Anaheim. The Ducks acquired 34-year-old defenseman Kevin Bieksa from the Canucks for a second round draft choice in 2016.

    Last summer, the Canucks sent Ryan Kesler to the Ducks for a package the included Nick Bonino.

    Vancouver GM Jim Benning has been trying to deal Bieksa since the end of the season and was thought to be close to a deal that would send him to San Jose. Winding up in another part of California was just fine for him.

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  • Saad return underwhelming, but what did you expect?

    Brandon Saad (Photo by Megan Bearder /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

    At first glance, it’s pretty tempting to look at the return Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman got for Brandon Saad and deem it to be underwhelming. Like, really underwhelming. But Bowman also realizes, perhaps better than any other GM in the business, that when you’re not dealing from a position of strength, your pals in the GM fraternity are more likely to throw you an anchor than a life preserver.

    Either that, or Marko Dano is going to be a lot better than everyone thought. Or perhaps Bowman, who seems to know a little bit about evaluating talent, saw in Saad a player whose value was perhaps a little inflated by playing with Jonathan Toews so much and being part of such a strong team. No doubt, he saw an offer sheet coming. But if that offer sheet had contained a six at the front of the salary number, the Blackhawks would have received a first-, second- and third-round choice. Instead, they dealt Saad and two prospects to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Artem Anisimov, Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a fourth-round pick in 2016.

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