Author: Cam Tucker

Putting pen to paper: Wild re-sign Dubnyk


Last weekend, the Minnesota Wild announced that the organization and goalie Devan Dubnyk had agreed to terms on a six-year contract.

On Saturday, the Wild made everything all official, announcing the re-signing of Dubnyk to that six-year deal, which was reported last weekend to be worth $26 million.

After getting traded from Arizona to Minnesota in January, Dubnyk helped turn the Wild’s season around with superb goaltending in the second half and rejuvenated his own career in the process.

Last month, Dubnyk earned the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy — he was also nominated for the Vezina Trophy — after finishing his regular season with the Wild with a .936 save percentage and 1.78 goals-against average.

Oilers prospect Draisaitl ‘totally fine’ playing the wing


After beginning last season with the Edmonton Oilers just prior to his 19th birthday, it seems Leon Draisaitl might be in tough to do the same thing at his center position this year.

According to a report from the Edmonton Journal, Draisaitl, the third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, may have to consider a move from center to the wing in order to stick with the Oilers next season, with the additions of Connor McDavid and Mark Letestu down the middle in the last eight days.

“I’d be totally fine with that,” said Draisaitl, as per the Oilers website. “I’ve played the wing before… I know how to play the wing. For me, it wouldn’t really matter. As long as I’m on the team, for me, everything works I guess.”

Draisaitl, who turns 20 on Oct. 27, played 37 games for the Oilers last season, before he was dispatched back to the WHL in January. During his time in Edmonton, he scored twice and had nine points while averaging 12:41 of ice time playing in the middle.

The Oilers eventually burned through the first year of his entry-level contract, although former GM Craig MacTavish believed keeping Draisaitl in Edmonton for so long before sending him to junior was the right move in his development.

Report: Plotnikov paid $500K to get out of KHL contract


Sergei Plotnikov, signed by the Penguins on Wednesday to a one-year entry-level contract, is leaving a favorable impression on Pittsburgh’s GM Jim Rutherford with some of his recent actions.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Plotnikov could arrive in town by August as he embarks on his career in North America, and getting in a little early before training camp is just one example. The other appears to be a little more of a hit to the wallet for the 25-year-old Russian forward.

From the Tribune-Review:

“Without us asking, he’s already talking about getting over here early,” Rutherford said. “Some of the things he’s done speak volumes of his character.”

For example, Rutherford said, Plotnikov, 25, footed the $500,000 bill to terminate his Kontinental Hockey League contract.

“Not many guys would do that,” Rutherford said.

Plotnikov has spent the last six seasons in the KHL, recording a career-high 36 points in 56 games with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv last season.

Blues re-sign Jaskin to one-year contract


The St. Louis Blues on Friday announced they re-signed 22-year-old winger Dmitrij Jaskin to a one-year contract.

According to Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it’s a one-way contract worth $775,000.

In 54 games with the Blues last season, his rookie campaign, Jaskin emerged with 13 goals and 18 points.

He appeared in six playoff games this spring for St. Louis and recorded one assist.

The Blues took Jaskin, who brings size on the wing at six-feet-two-inches tall, in the second round, 41st overall, of the 2011 NHL Draft.

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Report: Former Oilers owner Pocklington wins appeal, avoids prison sentence

Peter Pocklington

Almost two full years after being sentenced to prison for allegedly violating terms of his probation, former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has had his sentence overturned following an appeal, as per the CBC.

From CBC News:

Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has avoided a six-month prison sentence after a court of appeal in California reversed a lower court ruling related to a probation breach.

In a news release, Pocklington’s lawyer, Becky James, said the recent ruling, “vindicates Mr. Pocklington, whose probation was improperly extended even though both the probation officer and the FBI acknowledged there was no probable cause to find a violation.”

In September 2013, a judge in Riverside, east of Los Angeles, sentenced Pocklington to six months in prison followed by a further six months of house arrest for breaching his probation on a perjury conviction related to a bankruptcy fraud case.

Pocklington is best known for trading away Wayne Gretzky to the L.A. Kings in 1988.