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NHL roundup: Spezza trade headlines hectic day

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 01 2014 06:55:28 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 02 2014 10:28:12 AM CDT
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The Dallas Stars began the NHL's free-agency period on Tuesday by trading for Jason Spezza and acquiring Ales Hemsky.

The Ottawa Senators traded Spezza and prospect Ludvig Karlsson to the Stars for winger Alex Chiasson, prospects Alex Guptill and Nicholas Paul, and a second-round draft pick in 2015.

The 31-year-old Spezza, who signed for the 2014-15 season at $4 million, produced 25 goals and 43 assists for the Senators last season. He had asked the Senators to trade him.

According to reports, Spezza used his limited no-trade clause to nix a deal with the Nashville Predators.

Chiasson, 23, totaled 13 goals and 22 assists for the Stars last season. He has one more season on his contract before he becomes a restricted free agent in 2015.

Hemsky signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Stars, TSN reported.

He played with Spezza last season in Ottawa after the Edmonton Oilers dealt him at the trade deadline. In 20 games for the Senators, the 30-year-old Hemsky had 17 points. In 75 games between the two teams, he had 13 goals and 43 points.

---The Anaheim Ducks bolstered their blueline on Tuesday, signing defenseman Clayton Stoner to a four-year contract

"I'd like to keep growing and improving," Stoner said. "Hopefully, the next few years here in Anaheim are the best of my career."

The 29-year-old has four goals, 31 points and 296 penalty minutes in 227 games with the Minnesota Wild.

In addition, Anaheim inked goaltender Jason LaBarbera, 34, to a one-year contract. LaBarbera appeared in 182 NHL games, including seven with the Edmonton Oilers last season when he was 1-3-0 with a 3.28 goals-against average and .870 save percentage.

---Goaltender Ryan Miller is headed to the Vancouver Canucks after signing a three-year, $6 million contract on Tuesday.

Miller spent the bulk of his career with the Buffalo Sabres, winning 284 games with a 2.60 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage, before he was traded at the deadline last season to the St. Louis Blues.

With the Blues, he posted a 10-8-1 record with a .903 save percentage and then went 2-4 in the playoffs with a .897 save percentage.

Miller was the goalie on the U.S. team that won the silver medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics. He had a 5-1 record, a 1.35 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage en route to being named the tournament most valuable player.

---The Detroit Red Wings reached an agreement with restricted free agent forward Riley Sheahan on a two-year contract extension Tuesday.

According to Mlive.com, the deal is for two years and $1.9 million. Sheahan previously made $900,000 per year with performance and signing bonuses as part of his entry-level contract.

The 20-year-old Sheahan, a first-round draft pick out of Notre Dame in 2010, scored nine goals and had 24 points in 42 games last season for the Red Wings. He also contributed during Detroit's first-round to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Red Wings also re-signed defenseman Kyle Quincey to a two-year deal worth $8.5 million.

The 28-year-old gets a slight raise on the two-year $7.55 million contract he previously signed with the club, which makes him the third highest paid defenseman on the team.

Quincy scored four goals and had pedestrian 13 points and a minus-5 plus-minus rating last season.

---The Pittsburgh Penguins made some pickups on the first day of NHL free agency, signing defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, forward Blake Comeau and goaltender Thomas Greiss to a one-year contracts on Tuesday.

Ehrhoff's deal is worth $4 million for the 2014-15 season, according to TSN.

Ehrhoff, considered one of the best unrestricted free agent defensemen on the market this year, fills a need on the back line for the Penguins with Matt Niskanen becoming a free agent. Last season, Ehrhoff had six goals and 27 assists in 79 games for the Buffalo Sabres.

---The Montreal Canadiens signed free-agent forward Manny Malhotra to a one-year, $850,000 contract on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old Malhotra had seven goals and six assists in 69 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season.

Malhotra overcame a serious eye injury in 2011 while he was with the Vancouver Canucks that threatened to end his hockey career. He broke into the league with the New York Rangers in 1998 and also spent time with the Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks and the Canucks. In 2007-08, he had a career-high 35 points for the Jackets.

---The St. Louis Blues landed a center in free agency on Tuesday, signing Paul Stastny to a four-year, $28 million contract.

Stastny, considered the top center available on the market this summer, could not reach a deal with the Colorado Avalanche to remain with the club, which wanted him back at a reduced salary.

According to reports, the Avalanche weren't interested in matching the Blues' offer of $7 million per year for Stastny.

In 71 regular-season games last season for Colorado, Stastny had 25 goals and 35 assists.

The 28-year-old has eight years of experience in the NHL, all with the Avalanche. His 458 points include 160 goals in 538 regular-season games, including a career-best 70 in 2010. He also has 18 points in 22 postseason games.

---The Calgary Flames signed forward Mason Raymond and defenseman-forward Deryk Engelland to three-year contracts.

Raymond's deal was worth $9.5 million and Engelland received $8.7 million. The 28-year-old Raymond had 19 goals and 26 assists last season for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Engelland brings some toughness to the roster that the Flames were seeking. The 32-year-old veteran collected six goals and six assists in 56 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season.

---The Florida Panthers reached contract agreements with centers Dave Bolland and Jussi Jokinen and goaltender Al Montoya.

Bolland's deal is worth $27.5 million over five years and Jokinen's contract is $16 million over four years. Montoya's contract terms were not available.

Bolland was limited to 23 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season after suffering a severed tendon in his left ankle. He finished with eight goals and four assists.

The 28-year-old Bolland rejoins Panthers general Dale Tallon, who with the Chicago Blackhawks when Bolland played there.

Jokinen had 57 points (21 goals, 36 assists) last season for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Montoya logged a 13-8-3 record with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage for the Winnipeg Jets last season.

---Defenseman Brooks Orpik is leaving Pittsburgh after spending his entire career with the Penguins to sign with the Washington Capitals.

The Capitals also signed goaltender Justin Peters to a two-year, $1.9 million contract.

Orpik signed a five-year, $27.5 million deal with the Capitals. The 33-year-old was a first-round draft pick by the Penguins in 2000. In 703 career games for Pittsburgh, he had 13 goals, 119 assists and 734 penalty minutes.

The 27-year-old Peters spent last season with the Carolina Hurricanes and had a 7-9-4 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. He played six additional games for Charlotte of the AHL.

---Forward Thomas Vanek signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Minnesota Wild.

Last season was a whirlwind for Vanek, who was traded twice, from the Buffalo Sabres to the New York Islanders and then to the Montreal Canadiens, where he finished the season. The Islanders dealt Vanek to Montreal when he rejected their contract offer.

Vanek was considered one of the top scorers available in free agency this year. He finished the season with a combined 27 goals and 41 assists in 78 regular-season games and added five goals and five assists in 17 playoff games.

---Matt Moulson is returning to Buffalo after signing a five-year, $25 million contract, and right winger Brian Gionta also is headed to the Sabres.

The Sabres signed Gionta, a former Montreal Canadiens captain, to a three-year contract valued at $4.25 million, The Buffalo News reported.

The 35-year-old Gionta, a former U.S. Olympian who completed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Canadiens, had 18 goals and 40 points in 81 regular-season games last season for the Habs. He has 249 goals and 485 points in 776 NHL games, including a career-best 48 goals and 89 points in 2005-06 with the New Jersey Devils.

Moulson began last season with the New York Islanders before he was traded to the Sabres and then to the Minnesota Wild.

He finished the regular season with 23 goals, including 11 for the Sabres in 44 games.

---The Colorado Avalanche picked up two veterans, acquiring defenseman Brad Stuart from the San Jose Sharks and landing veteran Jarome Iginla as a free agent.

The Sharks received a second-round pick in 2016 and a sixth-rounder in 2017 in exchange for Stuart.

The 34-year-old Stuart had three goals and 11 points and averaged 19:10 in 61 games for the Sharks last season.

Iginla signed a three-year contract worth a reported $16 million with the Avalanche.

The 37-year-old led the Bruins during the regular season with 30 goals, but the Bruins could not work out a deal. Iginla has scored 30 or more goals in every season since 1999-2000.

---The Chicago Blackhawks reached agreement on a one-year, $2 million contract with veteran forward Brad Richards and agreed to terms with forward Peter Regin on a one-year contract Tuesday.

Richards, an unrestricted free agent, had 20 goals and 31 assists in 82 regular-season games for the New York Rangers last season, the seventh time in 13 NHL seasons that he has played in every game. The 34-year-old added 12 points in 25 playoffs games while helping the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Finals.

The 28-year-old Regin spent last season with the Blackhawks and the New York Islanders, scoring four points in 17 games with the Blackhawks and seven points in 44 games for the Islanders.

---The Tampa Bay Lightning signed free agent defenseman Anton Stralman to a five-year, $22.5 million contract and added right winger Mike Blunden.

The 27-year-old Stralman joins the Lightning after three years with the New York Rangers. Blunden played in seven games for the Montreal Canadiens.

Last season, Stralman had one goal and 13 points and averaged 19:24 in 81 games for the Rangers. He added five assists in the Stanley Cup playoffs while averaging 21:03 in ice time in 25 postseason games.

Blunden spent most of last season with Hamilton in the AHL and had 18 goals and 37 points. He is a veteran of 102 career NHL games with the Canadiens, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Blackhawks.

---The New Jersey Devils, looking for add offense to their roster, signed veterans Mike Cammalleri and Martin Havlat on the first day of free agency.

The 32-year-old Cammalleri agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract and the 33-year-old Martin Havlat to a one-year, $1.5 million deal.

Cammalleri finished last season with 26 goals and 45 points with the Calgary Flames. He has scored 20 or more goals five times during his career.

Havlat, whose contract was bought out the San Jose Sharks, has battled injuries the past few seasons but has scored 20 or more goals and at least 50 points six times in his career. In 48 regular-season games for the Sharks in 2013-14, he had 12 goals and 22 points. He played in only one playoff game against the Los Angeles Kings.

---The New York Rangers signed defenseman Dan Boyle and Michael Kostka, forwards Tanner Glass and Chris Mueller and also and re-signed forward Dominic Moore.

Boyle agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal, according to the New York Post.

Glass' contract was for three years and $4.35 million, the Post reported. Moore signed a two-year, $3 million contract, according to Newsday. The team announced that Kostka's deal is for one year, but no salary figures were provided.

---The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed goaltender Ray Emery to a one-year contract and added German league goalie Robb Zepp.

Financial terms were not released for Emery's deal. He made $1.65 million last season as the backup to Steve Mason.

The 31-year-old Emery went 9-12-2 in 28 games with a 2.96 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in 2013-14. In the postseason, he started the first three games of a first-round series against the New York Rangers when Mason was injured and posted a 1-2 record with a 3.49 goals-against average and a .888 save percentage.

Emery had a stellar 2012-13 season with the Chicago Blackhawks when he went 17-1-0 with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. His career record is 135-75-21 with a 2.66 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 256 regular-season games for the Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks, Blackhawks and Flyers.

The 32-year-old Zepp played in Germany for the past seven seasons.

---The Edmonton Oilers kicked off the free-agent period by signing forward Benoit Pouliot and defenseman Mark Fayne to multiyear contracts.

Pouliot's deal was for five years and Fayne's for four years. Financial terms were not disclosed by the team.

Pouliot posted 15 goals and 36 points in 80 games for the New York Rangers last season. Fayne had four goals and 11 points in 72 games for the New Jersey Devils.

---The Arizona Coyotes signed backup goaltender goalie Devan Dubnyk, to a one-year deal worth a reported $800,000 after losing last season's backup, Thomas Greiss, to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

Dubnyk started last season as the Edmonton Oilers starter before being traded to the Nashville Predators in January. He went 11-18-3 last season with a 3.43 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage.

The Coyotes also added checking-line center Joe Vitale to a three-year deal and defenseman Dylan Reese to a two-way contract. Vitale played for the Penguins for the past four seasons.

---The Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenseman Stephane Robidas to a three-year contract and forward Leo Komarov to a four-year contract.

The 37-year-old Robidas split last season with the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks, scoring five goals and 10 points in 38 games. He was traded to the Ducks at the trade after being a fixture in Dallas for over 10 years.

"He's a heart-and-soul kind of a player," Toronto general manager Dave Nonis said. "He's a player I think that at the end of every year you can look back and say he's given you everything he had. He's still a very effective player."

Robidas broke his leg in the playoffs, the second time he has suffered the injury in the past year.

"We're very comfortable that injury isn't a factor, and will not be a factor going into this season," Nonis said.

The 27-year-old Komarov played for the Maple Leafs in 2012-13 and with Moscow Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League this past season.

"Leo offers a lot more than I think that we even got out of him two years ago," Nonis said. "He's a better player, he's better offensively, he can play with good players. He's done that on the world stage with a pretty good hockey team.

"He's a guy that can play up and down the lineup and it was very important to us that we put a pretty good effort in to get Leo to come back here."

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