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Tough guy Clune signs back on with Toronto


Veteran forward Rich Clune will be back the Leafs organization next year.

On Monday, Toronto’s AHL affiliate — the Marlies — announced they’ve signed Clune to a one-year deal.

Clune, 29, first signed with the Marlies last offseason, which eventually paved the way for him inking an NHL contract with the Leafs in late October. He then proceeded to appear in 19 games for the Buds, scoring four points.

The majority of Clune’s time was spent in the American League, where he acquitted himself reasonably well. He had eight goals and 24 points in 49 regular season contests, then three in 15 Calder Cup playoff games.

Based on how things went this year, it’s possible Clune could earn another contract with the parent club next season — though his noted physicality (11 fights between the NHL and AHL) might not be as in-demand.

The Leafs added burly power forward Matt Martin in free agency, he of the NHL-leading 363 hits last season (to go along with 11 fights of his own).

The fourth Staal brother is off to Europe

RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 25:  Brothers Eric Staal #12, Jared Staal #13 and Jordan Staal #11 of the Carolina Hurricanes wait on the bench for their shift during play against the New York Rangers at PNC Arena on April 25, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Rangers won 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Jared Staal — younger brother of Eric, Marc and Jordan — has departed the Carolina Hurricanes organization and has signed with EIHL team Edinburgh, the club announced on Monday.

Staal, 25, appeared in two NHL games over his professional career, including one alongside Eric and Jordan, when the three started on the same line together for a late-season game ‘Canes in 2013.

Staal spent the majority of his pro career with the ‘Canes AHL affiliate in Charlotte, but also toiled in the ECHL — including this season, when he appeared in 64 games for South Carolina.

The Coyotes’ second-round pick in 2008, Staal will now join a U.K.-based circuit that’s employed the likes of former NHL tough guys Kevin Westgarth and Cam Janssen.

PHT’s 2016 free-agent frenzy tracker

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 09:  Milan Lucic #17 of the Los Angeles Kings looks on during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on February 9, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Welcome to Thunderdome!

Come embrace the madness with us. Throughout the weekend, we’ll be keeping tabs on all the UFA signings across the NHL, so check back regularly for all the biggest signings, trades and other acquisitions.

Saturday, July 2

— New York Islanders sign P.A. Parenteau: one year, $1.25 million (link)

— Toronto signs Roman Polak: one year (link)

— Florida signs Jason Demers: five years, $22.5 million, $4.5M AAV (link)

Friday, July 1

— Boston signs Riley Nash: two years, $1.8 million, $900,000 AAV

— Vancouver signs Jayson Megna: one year, $600K

— San Jose signs Mikkel Boedker: four years, $16 million (link)

— Los Angeles signs Teddy Purcell: one year, $1.6 million (link)

— Detroit signs Steve Ott: one year, $800,000

— Winnipeg signs Brian Strait: one year, $600,000

— Arizona signs Ryan White: one year, $1 million

— Ottawa signs Mike Blunden: two years, $$1.475 million, $737,500 AAV

— Detroit signs Thomas Vanek: one year, $2.6 million (link)

— Minnesota signs Victor Bartley: one-year, $650,000

— Montreal signs Daniel Carr: two years, $1.45 million, $725,000 AAV

— Toronto signs Matt Martin: four years, $10 million, $2.5M AAV (link)

— Winnipeg signs Quinton Howden: one year, $650,000

— Tampa Bay signs Gabriel Dumont: one year, $575,000

— Nashville signs Matt Irwin: one year, $575,000

— Vancouver signs Philip Larsen: one year, $1.025 million

— Dallas signs Patrick Eaves: one year, $1 million

— Arizona signs Kevin Connauton: two years, $2 million, $1M AAV

— Carolina signs Viktor Stalberg: one year, $1.5 million (link)

— Carolina signs Lee Stempniak: two years, $5 million, $2.5M AAV (link)

— Nashville signs Yannick Weber: one year, $575,000

— Montreal signs Zach Redmond: two years, $1.225 million, $612,500 AAV

— L.A. signs Michael Latta: one year, $600,000

— L.A. signs Zach Trotman: one year, $650,000

— Winnipeg signs Shawn Matthias: two years, $4.25 million, $2.125 AAV

— Los Angeles signs Jeff Zatkoff: two year, $1.8 million, $900,000 AAV

— Washington signs Brett Connolly: one year, $850,000

— Colorado signs Fedor Tyutin: one year, $2 million (link)

— Colorado signs Patrick Wiercioch: one year, $800,000 (link)

— Colorado signs Joe Colborne: two years, $5 million, $2.5M AAV (link)

— New York Rangers sign Adam Clendening: one year, $600,000 (link)

— New York Rangers sign Nathan Gerbe: one year, $600,000 (link)

— New York Rangers sign Michael Grabner: two years, $3.2 million, $1.6M AAV (link)

— New Jersey signs Jon Merrill: two years, $2.275 million, $1.137M AAV (link)

— New Jersey signs Devante Smith-Pelly: two years, $2.6 million, $1.3M AAV (link)

— New Jersey signs Beau Bennett: one year, $725,000 (link)

— Dallas signs Dan Hamhuis: two year, $7.5 million, $3.75M AAV (link)

— Los Angeles signs Tom Gilbert: one year, $1.4 million (link)

— Philadelphia signs Dale Weise: four year, $9.4 million, $2.35M AAV (link)

— Montreal signs Alexander Radulov: one year, $5.75 million (link)

— Calgary signs Chad Johnson: one year, $1.7 million (link)

— Montreal signs Al Montoya, one year, $950,000 (link)

— Edmonton signs Jonas Gustavsson, one year, $800,000 (link)

— Boston signs Anton Khudobin: two years, $2.4 million, $1.2M AAV (link)

— San Jose signs David Schlemko: four years, $8.4 million, $2.1M AAV (link)

— Minnesota signs Chris Stewart: two years, $2.3 million, $1.15M AAV (link)

— New York Islanders sign Jason Chimera: two years, $4.5 million, $2.25M AAV (link)

— New Jersey signs Vern Fiddler: one year, $1.25 million (link)

— New Jersey signs Ben Lovejoy: three years, $8.1 million, $2.66 AAV (link)

— Arizona signs Jamie McGinn: three years, $10 million, $3.3M AAV (link)

— Boston signs John-Michael Liles: one year, $2 million (link)

— St. Louis signs Carter Hutton: two years, $2.25 million, $1.125M AAV (link)

— Minnesota signs Eric Staal: three years, $10.5 million, $3.5M AAV (link)

— Detroit signs Frans Nielsen: six years, $31.5 million, $5.25M AAV (link)

— Calgary signs Troy Brouwer: four years, $18 million, $4.5M AAV (link)

— Boston signs David Backes: five years, $30 million, $6M AAV (link)

— Vancouver signs Loui Eriksson: six years, $36 million, $6M AAV (link)

— Buffalo signs Kyle Okposo: seven years, $42 million, $6M AAV (link)

— Edmonton signs Milan Lucic: seven years, $42 million, $6M AAV (link)

— Florida signs James Reimer: five years, $17 million, $3.4M AAV (link)

— St. Louis signs David Perron: two years, $7.75 million, $3.875M AAV (link)

— New York Islanders sign Andrew Ladd: seven years, $38.5 million, $5.5M AAV (link)

— Pittsburgh re-signs Steve Oleksy: one year, $575,000 (link)

— Pittsburgh re-signs Tom Sestito: one year, $575,000 (link)

— Chicago signs Brian Campbell: one year, $2 million (link)

— Detroit re-signs Darren Helm: five years, $19.25 million, $3.85M AAV (link)

Previous deals of note

Steve Stamkos re-signs in Tampa Bay: eight years, $68 million, $8.5M AAV (link)

Trevor Lewis re-signs in Los Angeles: four years, $8 million, $2M AAV (link)

Drew Miller re-signs in Detroit: one year, $1.025M (link)

Jordie Benn re-signs in Dallas: three years, $3.3 million, $1.1M AAV (link)

Keith Yandle signs in Florida: seven years, $44.45 million, $6.35M AAV (link)

Kyle Brodziak re-signs in St. Louis: two years, $1.9 million, $950,000 AAV (link)

Scottie Upshall re-signs in St. Louis: one year, $900,000 (link)

Alex Goligoski signs in Arizona: five years, $27.5 million, $5.475M AAV (link)

Cam Ward re-signs in Carolina: two years, $6.6 million, $3.3M AAV (link)




Jets add ex-Blackhawks assistant Kompon to Maurice’s staff

Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice yells toward the officials during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. Maurice was assessed a game misconduct at the end of the period. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Winnipeg has found a replacement for Pascal Vincent.

Jamie Kompon, the former assistant coach in Los Angeles and Chicago, has accepted the same gig under Paul Maurice, the Jets announced on Saturday.


Kompon, 49, has extensive experience as an NHL assistant coach including six seasons with the Los Angeles Kings from 2006-11 and two seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2012-14.

Kompon won the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons, in 2012 with Los Angeles and 2013 with Chicago. Prior to his time in Los Angeles, which included time as the Kings’ Director of Amateur Development from 2006-08, Kompon spent nine seasons with the St. Louis Blues from 1997-2006 in various roles which included: assistant coach, video coach and strength and conditioning coach.  

Kompon spent last season as the head coach in WHL Portland. As mentioned above, he replaces Vincent, who last month was named the head coach of Winnipeg’s AHL affiliate in Manitoba.

Hall excited about Henrique reunion in New Jersey

Taylor Hall

Seven years ago, Taylor Hall and Adam Henrique made up arguably the most dangerous combo in junior hockey.

Now, they’re looking to reprise that success at the NHL level.

“We spent three years together in junior. We had some really good times in Windsor, playing there,” Hall said of his time with the OHL’s Spitfires, per NJ.com. “And he’s a great guy, and one of the first guys to text me after this deal went public.”

Back in 2009, Henrique and Hall finished as the second- and fourth-leader scorers at the Memorial Cup, combining for 17 points in six games to help the Spits capture the title.

Upon graduating to the NHL — Hall the first overall pick in 2010, Henrique 82nd overall in ’08 — the two didn’t see much of each other. Hall was in Edmonton, Henrique in New Jersey, and there was little thought the two would wind up playing on the same team.

Until this week, that is.

Edmonton and New Jersey pulled off a blockbuster on Wednesday, sending Hall to the Devils in exchange for d-man Adam Larsson. The immediate assumption is that Hall and Henrique would be placed on the same line together, possibly with 30-goal man Kyle Palmieri playing the alternate wing.

If that happens, the Devils’ top line would be plenty of fun to watch. Henrique also found the back of the net 30 times last year, and has been a pretty consistent scorer since turning pro six years ago.

The domino effect would also be pronounced. New Jersey could shift another quality scorer, Mike Cammalleri, into a second line role where he could (possibly) be paired up with prized center prospect Pavel Zacha, the sixth overall pick in 2015.

So needless to say, exciting times for the Devils.