Author: Jason Brough

San Jose Sharks v Detroit Red Wings

Wings sign Pulkkinen to one-year deal


The Detroit Red Wings have reached a one-year deal with winger Teemu Pulkkinen, the club announced today.

Financial terms of the contract were not released.

Pulkkinen, 23, split last season between the NHL, where he had five goals in 31 games for the Wings, and the AHL, where he had 34 goals (the most in the AHL) in 46 games for Grand Rapids and was named to the league’s first all-star team.

With Pulkkinen and Gustav Nyquist signed, forward Tomas Jurco remains as the Wings’ lone restricted free agent.

Detroit drafted Pulkkinen 111th overall in 2010. The hope now is that he can take what he’s done in the AHL and start doing it regularly in the NHL.

Oilers bring back Gerry Fleming to coach AHL team


Gerry Fleming will remain head coach of the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL affiliate, now in Bakersfield.

“Gerry’s attention to detail and ability to develop our young players made him a natural fit to return as head coach,” said Oilers assistant GM Bill Scott in a statement.

Fleming took over from Todd Nelson last season in Oklahoma City, posting a 26-21-3-1 record before helping the Barons to the second round of the playoffs.

Jean-François Houle and Tony Borgford will be Fleming’s assistants.

Fleming, 48, has been coaching in the minors for some time now. He started as an assistant in 1998-99 with the Fredericton Canadiens, under current Habs head coach Michel Therrien.

NHL to ‘focus exclusively’ on expansion bids for Las Vegas and Quebec City

2015 NHL All-Star Weeknd - Commissioners Press Conference

The NHL confirmed today that only two applications for an expansion team were submitted — one for Las Vegas, the other for Quebec City.

“As previously announced, NHL expansion applications were made available to all potentially interested applicants on July 6,” the league wrote in a statement. “Since that date, we have received requests from, and responded by sending applications to, 16 separate groups/individuals.

“The deadline for filing an application and proceeding in the NHL expansion process was last night. We can confirm that we have received two applications: one from Bill Foley for a franchise in Las Vegas, Nevada, and one from Quebecor for a franchise in Quebec City, Quebec.

“Our purpose, in initiating the expansion process in the manner we did, was not only to explore the possibility of admitting new members to the NHL but also, at the outset, to set realistic guideposts to distinguish between bona fide expressions of interest (i.e., those which have at least substantial ownership capabilities and an arena or the realistic possibility of an arena) from those indications of potential interest which were, at best, merely hopes or aspirations. Apparently, only Mr. Foley and Quebecor have the confidence in their ability to secure an arena and suitable ownership capability to move forward with this process.

“We now intend to focus exclusively on the two expansion applications that have been submitted in accordance with the previously announced process. The process we have outlined for qualified applicants includes at least two more stages of documentation submission. We will provide no further updates until there is something substantive to announce.”

While many expected a group, or groups, from Seattle to submit an application, no bids were forthcoming, as the absence of a suitable arena in the Pacific Northwest city remains a major stumbling block.

Related: So, what happened to that Toronto expansion bid?