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Jackets’ prospect Oscar Dansk loaned to Swedish club


After struggling in his first professional season in North America, goaltender Oscar Dansk is heading to Sweden for the 2015-16 season.

Dansk, originally a second-round pick (31st overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2012 NHL Draft, spent the 2014-15 season between the AHL’s Springfield Falcons and ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings.

“I got away from my game a little bit because I felt like I wasn’t playing really well, so (I) tried to find a solution,” Dansk told The Columbus Dispatch. “I maybe should have just built on my game and made it stronger. I got away from my game, which probably hurt me in the long run.”

In 21 AHL games Dansk went 7-7-5 with a 3.57 G.A.A. and a .880 save percentage. The 21-year-old was 1-8-0 while posting a 3.73 G.A.A. and a .889 save percentage in 11 games with Kalamazoo.

“He didn’t have a great season in Springfield, so there was some concern,” said Blue Jackets’ goaltending coach Ian Clark. “Sometimes he slips mentally and starts to overcompensate, but when he’s strong in his game and he’s trusting in his game, he’s a very good goaltender. We’ve got to get rid of those fluctuations where his mind flips. His core assets are real strong.”

Dansk will play next season on loan to Rogle BK, a first-division Swedish League team.

“I’m just going to work every day,” he said. “I have a schedule with fewer games over in Sweden, so I’ll have more time in practices to really nail down a few things and just take my time and not rush into things.”

Report: Bolts sign Mike Angelidis to a one-year, two-way deal

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The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to add depth up front.

In addition to the signing of free agent forward Jeff Tambellini, the Bolts locked up center Mike Angelidis on Sunday.

According to Tim Wharnsby of CBC Sports, Angelidis’ deal is a one-year, two-way deal. The 30-year-old will earn $650,000 at the NHL level and $250,000 in the American Hockey League.

Angelidis spent much of the 2014-15 season with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch scoring 20 goals and 38 points to go along with 138 penalty minutes in 64 games. He appeared in three games with the Bolts registering 12 penalty minutes while averaging 7:21 in ice time.

The Ontario native has appeared in 10 career NHL games, all with the Lightning, over three seasons.

Report: Sharks ink Grosenick to a two-year, $1.2 million deal

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The San Jose Sharks have reportedly signed goaltender Troy Grosenick to a two-year extension.

According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, the deal is for $1.2 million and is a two-way deal for 2015-16 before becoming one-way for 2016-17.

Grosenick spent a bulk of the 2014-15 season with the American Hockey League’s Worcester Sharks compiling a 20-13-3 record to go along with a 2.63 G.A.A. and a .906 save percentage in 36 games.

The 25-year-old also appeared in two NHL games with San Jose going 1-1-0 with a 1.53 G.A.A. and a .948 save percentage.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound goaltender out of Brookfield, WI was originally a free agent by the Sharks out of Union College in April 2013.

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Jackets’ Zito named Lake Erie GM

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 11:  Bill Zito poses for his official headshot for the 2013-2014 season on September 11, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bill Zito

The Columbus Blue Jackets have named assistant general manager Bill Zito the general manager of the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters the team announced on Tuesday.

Zito has been in his role with the Blue Jackets for two years. According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, Zito has been responsible for many of the club’s big contract negotiations including Ryan Johansen, Brandon Dubinsky and Sergei Bobrovsky.

“I’m honored and excited to take on this challenge,” Zito said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the Lake Erie organization.”

Zito will maintain his current role with the Jackets and oversee all hockey operations efforts for Lake Erie.

The 50-year-old replaces Chris MacFarland who left the Blue Jackets in May to join the Colorado Avalanche.

Prior to joining the Blue Jackets in August 2013, Zito spent two decades as an agent Acme World Sports representing the likes of Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask and Kimmo Timonen.

Leafs ink Zach Hyman to a two-year, entry-level deal


The Toronto Maple Leafs have inked forward Zach Hyman to a two-year, entry level contract the club announced on Tuesday.

Hyman was acquired by the Leafs from the Florida Panthers last week along with a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017 in exchange for Greg McKegg.

With Hyman signing, the Panthers retain the seventh round selection.

It’s not too surprising that the Leafs were able to come to terms with Hyman. As Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News notes, Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas was an agent with Uptown Sports, the agency, which currently represents Hyman.

The 23-year-old had 22 goals and 54 points in 37 games with the University of Michigan during the 2014-15 season.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Hobey Baker finalist was the Panthers’ fifth round selection (123rd overall) in 2010.

The Leafs also announced the signing of defensemen Petter Granberg and Tim Erixon to one-year contracts on Tuesday.

According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, Erixon’s deal is a one-way contract worth $600,000 while Granberg’s extension is a two-way, $600,000 deal.

Erixon dressed in 15 games with the Leafs during the 2014-15 season scoring a goal and registering a minus-5 rating while averaging 15:48 a night in ice time.

The 24-year-old started the season in Columbus appearing in 19 games for the Blue Jackets before being dealt to Chicago in December. Erixon played eight games for the Blackhawks prior to being claimed off of waivers by the Leafs in March.

Granberg appeared in seven games for the Leafs during the 2014-15 season registering a plus-1 rating while averaging 11:27 in time on ice. The 22-year-old also played in 53 AHL games with the Marlies scoring one goal and 15 points to go a long with a plus-14 rating.

He was originally the Leafs fourth-round selection (116th overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft.

Photo courtesy of Uptown Sports

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