The New York Rangers added more forward depth on Friday by agreeing to terms with Luke Adam.
Adam, 25, was taken 44th overall by Buffalo at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and enjoyed some good success as a Sabre — in 2011-12, he scored 10 goals and 20 points in 52 games, all career-highs.
The former Quebec junior league standout struggled to retain a spot in Buffalo from there, however, shutting back and forth between the Sabres and AHL Rochester until he was traded to Columbus (for Jerry D’Amigo) in December of 2014.
Adam proceeded to play in three games for the Blue Jackets, recording four penalty minutes.
The Winnipeg Jets have locked in one of the young prospects acquired in the Evander Kane trade, inking Brendan Lemieux to a three-year, entry-level deal on Friday.
Picked 31st overall by Buffalo at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Lemieux spent last year in OHL Barrie and performed well, scoring 41 goals and 60 points in 57 games. And if you’re wondering if Brendan shares anything in common with Claude, do consider he’s racked up 290 PIM combined over the last two years.
Jets fans are getting their first real look at Lemieux today, too. Winnipeg’s prospects camp gets underway at the MTS Iceplex, and should feature former first-round picks Nikolaj Ehlers, Josh Morrissey, Kyle Connor, Jack Roslovic and Joel Armia who, like Lemieux, also came to Winnipeg in the Kane trade.
Despite the fact he’s never played a game for them, Korbinian Holzer has been re-signed by the Ducks.
Holzer, a trade deadline acquisition from Toronto, has signed a one-year, $750,000 extension with Anaheim, the club announced on Thursday.
The German rearguard suffered a concussion just prior to getting dealt, an injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Though he was eventually cleared to play, that clearance came during the playoffs, making it difficult for Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau to insert Holzer into the lineup.
When healthy, Holzer was a decent contributor for the Leafs. He had six points in 34 games, averaged 17 minutes per night and has good size (6-foot-3, 205 pounds).
In Anaheim, he’ll be battling for a seventh d-man job, possibly with the likes of Josh Manson and former first-round pick Shea Theodore.
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov will spend 90 days in jail and receive three years of probation after accepting a plea deal in relation to domestic assault charges.
On Thursday, Voynov entered a no contest plea to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse — his wife, Martina Varlamova, who declined to make a victim impact statement.
Per the OC Register, Voynov is to surrender no later than July 14 for jail time.
Today’s development nullifies Voynov’s felony domestic violence trial, which was to begin next week. In October, the Kings d-man was charged after an incident as his Redondo Beach house, with prosecutors alleging Voynov choked and hit Varlamova, and pushed her into a TV.
This doesn’t figure to be the end of the Voynov saga, though, as several questions remain:
— Will the Kings seek to void his contract, like they did with the Mike Richards deal?
— Is Voynov facing the possibility of deportation to his native Russia?
— Will the NHL lift his indefinite suspension?
More to follow…
San Jose has filled out Peter DeBoer’s coaching staff with two individuals DeBoer knows very well.
Ex-NHLers Bob Boughner and Johan Hedberg will be behind the Sharks’ bench next season, the club announced on Thursday. Both will work as assistant coaches, with Hedberg pulling double duty as the club’s goaltending coach.
“I’ve known Bob for more than 20 years and he’s an experienced winner, having won championships in both juniors and internationally,” DeBoer said in a statement. “Johan played for me in New Jersey and had a very long and successful career in the NHL as a player.”
Boughner, 44, is a former Columbus assistant that’s spent the last few years coaching in OHL Windsor, where he became the first bench boss in CHL history to win two Memorial Cups and two Coach of the Year awards.
Hedberg, 42, has been AHL Albany’s goaltending coach for the last few seasons, a job he took immediately after retiring from the NHL. DeBoer praised Hedberg as a “student of the game,” adding that coaching “came naturally to him.”
Hedberg and Bougher will now join a San Jose hockey operations department that already included Larry Robinson (director of player development), Corey Schwab (goaltending development coach) and Mike Ricci (development coach).
In related news, the Sharks announced on Thursday that vice president and assistant GM Wayne Thomas has retired.