Author: Ryan Dadoun


Ducks sign Hagelin to four-year deal


The Anaheim Ducks announced that they have signed Carl Hagelin to a four-year contract. The financial terms of the deal weren’t revealed by the team, but his new contract is worth $16 million, according to the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens.

Hagelin, 26, was acquired by Anaheim from the New York Rangers in June along with the 59th (Julius Nattinen) and 179th (Garrett Metcalf) overall selections in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. In exchange the Rangers received Emerson Etem and the 41st overall pick (Ryan Gropp).

That move provided the Ducks with the type of speedy forward that Ducks GM Bob Murray craved.

“We can play with some speed now,” Murray said in June. “If you watched Tampa Bay and Chicago [in the Stanley Cup Final], that was pretty quick.

“You see who’s in the finals and you see how we got beat — the speed element of the game is getting bigger and bigger and bigger. So we have to move along with the times, and we got a guy that can really skate.”

Hagelin had 17 goals and 35 points in 82 contests last season. He was a restricted free agent coming off of a two-year, $4.5 million contract.

Gonchar returns to Penguins for pro tryout

Sergei Gonchar

With his career winding down, Sergei Gonchar is returning to Pittsburgh in the hopes of playing once more with the team he helped lead to a Stanley Cup championship.

The Penguins have announced that Gonchar will attend their training camp on a professional tryout contract.

Gonchar has recorded 220 goals and 811 points in 1,301 career games with the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Dallas Stars, and Montreal Canadiens. He’s reached the 50-point mark on nine separate occasions and has traditionally logged big minutes.

He’s 41-years-old now though and saw his role decline substantially with Montreal last season. He had a goal and 14 points in 48 contests and wasn’t used at all in the playoffs.

At this stage of his career, he might find it difficult to secure a job with the Penguins. Pittsburgh has six blueliners inked to one-way contracts, not including Olli Maatta. On top of that, defensemen Adam Clendening and Derrick Pouliot are expected to compete for roster spots during training camp.

Leafs add 11-time Cup winner Lemaire as special assignment coach

Jacques Lemaire

The Maple Leafs added Stanley Cup champions this summer in head coach Mike Babcock and GM Lou Lamoriello, but Toronto has hired someone who has won Lord Stanley’s Mug more times than the two of them combined — by a wide margin.

Jacques Lemaire has joined the organization as a special assignment coach, the Leafs announced this morning. The Hall of Famer comes with a lengthy resume that includes a 853-game playing career and 1,262 contests as a bench boss. Along the way, he’s won the Jack Adams Award twice.

On top of that, he’s won the Stanley Cup an incredible 11 times. On eight occasions he went the distance while playing with Montreal, but he’s also claimed the Cup twice as an assistant general manager and in 1995 as the New Jersey Devils’ head coach.

“Obviously Jacques Lemaire has a wealth of experience. We had a great relationship from the 2010 Olympics and I’ve asked him to join our staff to help me and the rest of our coaches within the entire organization be the best they can be,” said Babcock.

Lemaire also has a lengthy relationship with Lamoriello. Lemaire served as the Devils’ bench boss under Lamoriello for 509 games over two stints with the organization. More recently, Lemaire had been a special assignment coach with New Jersey.