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Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek (34), of the Czech Republic, makes a save on shot by the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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Detroit files for arbitration with Mrazek

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On Tuesday, Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek opted not to file for salary arbitration.

On Wednesday, his team decided to.

Per MLive:

The sides will continue negotiations on a new contract in an effort to avoid the hearing in Toronto. Arbitration hearings take place between July 20 and Aug. 4.

If the sides go to arbitration, Mrazek can ask for a one- or two-year contract.

If they agree to a deal before the hearing it likely will be two or four years, possibly for between $4 million and $5 million a season.

Mrazek played last year on a $737,500 deal and, given what he accomplished, figures to be in line for a pretty hefty raise.

The 24-year-old supplanted Jimmy Howard as the club’s No. 1 netminder and, for a time, was in conversation for a Vezina nomination.

Though he did struggle down the stretch and briefly relinquished the starting gig to Howard, Mrazek ended the year as Detroit’s No. 1 and finished with good numbers — 27-16-3 record, .921 save percentage, 2.33 GAA and four shutouts.

Mrazek has some pretty good leverage in negotiations. He’s clearly the team’s goalie of the future, and GM Ken Holland could be forced to deal Howard (and his $5.29 million cap hit) sooner rather than later.

If that happens, Detroit would be left with just Mrazek and Jared Coreau in goal, and Coreau is completely untested at the NHL level.

Sens extend d-man Claesson — one year, $700,000

OTTAWA, ON - APRIL 5: Fredrik Claesson #49 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Canadian Tire Centre on April 5, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
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Ottawa locked in another piece of the blueline on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with Frederik Claesson on a one-year extension.

The deal — of the two-way variety, worth $700,000 at the NHL level — comes after Claesson made his NHL debut last season, appearing in 16 games for the Sens. A fifth-round pick in 2011, Claesson had previously spent all of his North American pro career with Ottawa’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

The 23-year-old will have to battle for minutes in the Canadian capital next season. With a projected top six of Erik Karlsson, Dion Phaneuf, Cody Ceci, Marc Methot, Mark Borowiecki and Chris Wideman, it’ll be Claesson battling with the likes of Mike Kostka and Patrick Sieloff to fill the extra depth defenseman role.

Journeyman blueliner Sanguinetti signs in Swiss League

RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 06: Bobby Sanguinetti #24 of the Carolina Hurricanes during play against the New York Rangers at PNC Arena on April 6, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Rangers won 4-1. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Bobby Sanguinetti, a former first-round pick that’s spent time with a few different NHL organizations, has signed overseas with Kloten of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Wednesday.

Sanguinetti, 28, spent last year with the Sabres’ AHL affiliate in Rochester, scoring 15 points in 40 games. Prior to that he’d spent time with the Canucks, Hurricanes and Rangers (New York drafted him 21st overall in 2006).

A veteran of 45 career NHL contests, Sanguinetti’s best year came with the ‘Canes in 2013, when he had six points in 37 games.

The move overseas shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Sanguinetti has always been a standout at the AHL level — including a second-team All Star nod in ’15, with Utica — but has failed to find similar success in the bigs.

Sanguinetti also has experience overseas, having played in the KHL during the ’13-14 campaign.

 

 

Flames name Cameron, Jerrard assistant coaches

Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron talks to players during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers defeated the Senators 2-1 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)
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Calgary completed its coaching overhaul on Wednesday, announcing that former Sens bench boss Dave Cameron and AHL Utica assistant Paul Jerrard would join Glen Gulutzan’s staff as assistants.

More, from the club:

Dave Cameron joins the Flames after spending the past six seasons with the Ottawa Senators, most recently as their head coach the last two campaigns, while Paul Jerrard comes to Calgary after serving as an assistant coach for Vancouver’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Utica Comets.

Cameron, a native of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, brings 22 years of coaching experience to the Flames.

The 51-year-old Jerrard joins Calgary after 19 seasons as a coach in three different leagues.

Both moves make plenty of sense. Cameron brings a wealth of experience to the table, and has the added benefit of having served as an NHL head coach before.

Jerrard, meanwhile, has deep ties to Gulutzan.

He served as Gulutzan’s assistant in Dallas and the club’s AHL affiliate in Texas — and the two were reunited (sort of) over the last couple of seasons, with Gulutzan working the bench in Vancouver and Jerrard working the bench for Vancouver’s top minor-league team.

So, just to recap everything Calgary has done behind the bench this offseason…

OUT: Head coach Bob Hartley, associate coach Jacques Cloutier

IN: Head coach Gulutzan, assistants Cameron and Jerrard

RETAINED: Assistant coach Martin Gelinas, goalie coach Jordan Sigalet

After nearly making Coyotes last year, Strome aiming to ‘stick there for the long run’

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When Arizona took Dylan Strome third overall at the 2015 draft, the organization thought it found its No. 1 center of the future.

Then Strome went out and nearly became the No. 1 center of the present.

The OHL Erie star survived several rounds of cuts last fall, and stuck with the big club until five days before the start of the regular season, when the Coyotes decided to send him back to junior.

Now, Strome is once again gunning to make the show.

“One year more experience has definitely helped and hopefully helps them see that I’m ready to make the team,” he told AZ Central this week, while participating in Arizona’s prospect development camp. “I’m ready to try to stick there for the long run.”

Strome, 19, lit up the OHL upon being returned, scoring a whopping 111 points in just 56 games. He also tied Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner in scoring for Canada at the world juniors.

One of the big issues Strome faced last year was his lack of strength. He was listed at 187 pounds in his draft year — which might’ve been generous — and Coyotes GM John Chayka said Strome “hit the wall” by the end of camp.

Since then, Strome has added 10 pounds to his frame in preparation of facing the rigors of the NHL.

There will undoubtedly be pressure within the organization to see Strome play in the bigs. He, along with OHL London star Christian Dvorak, are two of the club’s best young forward prospects outside the NHL, and the allure of teaming them with Max Domi and Anthony Duclair is very much alive.

In the end, that decision will ultimately fall to head coach Dave Tippett. Tippett was highly complimentary of Strome last fall, noting that he survived as long as he did “on merit.”

This year, it sure sounds like Strome will have an even greater chance to make the Coyotes.

“He had a very good camp last year,” Tippett said. “I expect him to be that much further along this year. He’s a guy that will certainly get a long look with us.”