Mike Halford

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 30:  Eamon McAdam, 70th pick overall by the New York Islanders, poses for a portrait during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Isles prospect McAdam forgoes senior year, signs ELC


Eamon McAdam, the Penn State goalie taken by New York in the third round of the ’13 draft, has opted to leave school and sign his first pro contract with the Isles, the club announced on Wednesday.


McAdam, 21, completed his third season at Penn State University, posting a 13-8-1 record with a 2.98 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound goaltender’s collegiate career totaled 44 games with a .905 save percentage.

McAdam played three seasons for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League from 2010-11 to 2012-13. He played alongside current Sound Tigers netminder Stephon Williams in 2011-12 and was named Most Valuable Player in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in 2013.

Like many collegiate players that’ve signed in recent days and weeks, McAdam has signed a three-year, entry-level deal, but will begin his pro career immediately by signing an AHL amateur tryout contract. That’ll allow him to suit up for Bridgeport, without having to “burn” a year of his ELC.

Boll to have hearing for late hit on Bellemare


Columbus forward Jared Boll will have a disciplinary hearing for his laet hit on Philly’s Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on Tuesday night, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety has announced.

Boll was given a five-minute interference major and game misconduct on the play, which occurred early in the second period of Columbus’ eventual 3-2 win. Bellemare appeared shaken up on the play, but did return to finish the contest and log just under 11 minutes of ice time.

It’s worth noting Boll has a history of supplemental discipline. Last March, he was suspended three games for a headshot on then-Ducks forward Patrick Maroon.



WATCH LIVE: Kings at Wild

Jared Spurgeon, Dustin Brown

Tonight, the Minnesota Wild have a huge game against the top team in the Pacific Division — Los Angeles — and, with a win, could move into the final wild card playoff spot in the Western Conference.

You can catch the game on TV (NBCSN, 8:30 p.m. ET), or watch online using NBC Sports’ Live Extra.


Some relevant linkage for tonight’s affair:

NHL on NBCSN: Wild continue their playoff chase against Kings

Kings label Kris Versteeg day-to-day

Torchetti to (again) scratch Vanek, who’s not ‘at the level I think he can play at’

Pens beat deadline, sign prospect Blueger to ELC

ST PAUL, MN - MARCH 21: (L-R) Teddy Blueger #23, Brad McClure #19, Matt Leitner #18, Jean-Paul Lafontaine #12 and C.J. Franklin #15 of Minnesota State celebrate in the final seconds of the 2015 WCHA Final Five hockey championship game against Michigan Tech on March 21, 2015 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota State defeated Michigan Tech 5-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Teddy Blueger, the forward taken 52nd overall by Pittsburgh in 2012, has agreed to a two-year, entry-level deal with the club — just months before he was eligible to hit unrestricted free agency.

More, from the club:

Blueger, 21, completed his senior season at Minnesota State-Mankato, leading the Mavericks in points (35) and assists (24) while scoring 11 goals in 41 games as one of the team’s alternate captains.

Seven of Blueger’s 11 tallies this year were game-winning markers. Those numbers earned him a spot on the WCHA First All-Star Team.

A product of Shattuck St. Mary’s (the same prep school Pens captain Sidney Crosby attended), Blueger played his full four years at Minnesota State, which led some to believe he could go the way of Justin Schultz, Kevin Hayes and, most recently, Mike Reilly — skaters that played out their full college careers, passed the deadline to sign with the teams that drafted them, then inked with organizations of their choosing.

Like today’s other signing — Nebraska-Omaha forward Jake Guentzel — Blueger will report to Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he’ll play on an amateur tryout contract.

Canucks sign Swedish League MVP Rodin: one year, $950,000

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Yesterday, we passed along a report that Vancouver was “close” to agreeing to terms with SHL standout Anton Rodin.

Turns out it was really, really close.

On Tuesday, the Canucks announced they signed Rodin — the winner of this year’s Swedish League MVP — to a one-year, one-way contract.

Per Sportsnet, the deal is worth $950,000 and kicks in next season, meaning he won’t be joining the Canucks this year.

Rodin, 25, was Vancouver’s second-round pick at the 2009 draft. After spending two years with the club’s AHL affiliate (then in Chicago), he opted to return to Sweden and re-join the club of his youth, Brynas.

This year, the 5-foot-11, 181-pound forward had 16 goals and 37 points in 33 games for Brynas and finished tied for 15th in the league in scoring. His season ended about one week ago, and the Canucks have retained Rodin’s rights since his departure in ’13.

Earlier this season, Canucks GM Jim Benning acknowledged his club was scouting Rodin, noting the key to bringing him over to North America was the lure of playing in the NHL.

The one-way deal ensures that Rodin will earn his full NHL salary next year.