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Mathieu Darche is in Devils camp


Free agent forward Mathieu Darche spent the better part of the lockout attending NHLPA meetings. Now he gets the chance to prove he can earn a spot once again in the NHL.

Darche will be attending training camp with the New Jersey Devils, as Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger reports. While he doesn’t have a contract with the team, he’ll be trying to do what Petr Sykora did with the team last year and secure a spot by getting it done in practice.

In 61 games with the Habs last season, Darche scored five goals with seven assists. Two seasons ago he scored a career-high 12 goals with Montreal. With the Devils in need of forward depth, Darche has a great chance to make the team.

Crosby, Ovechkin on hand for NHLPA presentation

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The stars are out for one of the biggest meetings of the summer.

That’s the word from Toronto on Tuesday as the NHL and NHLPA met to discuss the PA’s first proposal in the latest round of CBA negotiations.

According to Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press, 23 players attended the meeting, during which NHLPA Donald Fehr said his side would “put forth an alternative view as to what we should do next,” with regards to a labor agreement.

If the attendees were any indication, the NHLPA wanted star power present.

Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Steve Stamkos, Jason Spezza, John Tavares, P.K. Subban and Mike Cammalleri were just a few of the big names on hand.

Others attendees included Craig Adams, Josh Bailey, Tim Brent, Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche, Steve Downie, Rick DiPietro, Sam Gagner, Steve Montador, Chris Phillips, Kyle Quincey, James Reimer, Matt Stajan, Mike Weaver, Daniel Winnik and Wojtek Wolski.

The NHLPA has tweeted that over 200 players have reviewed the proposal over the last 48 hours.

We’ll have more throughout the day as meetings continue and details come forth.

(Image courtesy NHLPA)

Report: Canadiens allow Brad Staubitz to hit free agency

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On the heels of re-signing Travis Moen, adding J.J. Daigneault to the coaching staff and wrapping up some smaller deals, the Montreal Canadiens reportedly made another noteworthy decision today. Much like with Mathieu Darche, the Habs have decided to let forward Brad Staubitz hit the unrestricted free agent market (according to Renaud Lavoie).

Staubitz scored one goal and zero assists between his 19 games with Montreal and 43 contests with the Minnesota Wild last season. Obviously, scoring points isn’t a major part of his job description, though. According to Hockey Fights, Staubitz was one of the league leaders in fighting majors with 15 in 2011-12.

There probably won’t be a huge market for Staubitz, but he at least brings some versatility to the table. He’s played defense a bit in his career, so he might be at least a little more useful – and marketable – than your typical fighter.

PHT Morning News: Where Bernier might actually return to the Devils


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Tom Gulitti provides a roundup of the New Jersey Devils lower-profile unrestricted free agents, including a bit where Steve Bernier’s agent seems shockingly optimistic about a return. If the Buffalo Bills hire Scott Norwood as a special teams coach this week, go ahead and board your windows. (Fire & Ice)

The New York Islanders hired Brent Thompson as an assistant coach. (NHL.com)

Cam Charron dissects the Vancouver Canucks’ draft strategy of selecting older, (hopefully?) more NHL-ready players. (Vancouver Province)

Buffalo Sabres play-by-play guy Rick Jeanneret will call all 82 games next season, according to Bill Hoppe. (Niagara Gazette)

A deeper look at St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong’s off-season outlook. (BND.com)

Mathieu Darche is bummed that the Montreal Canadiens apparently don’t want him back next season. I just hope he stays in the NHL so I can think of the “Stan Daaaarsh” episode of South Park whenever I hear his name. (Mathieu Darche’s Twitter page)

A buyer beware on Rick Nash. (NHL Numbers)

Some early updates on “The Justin Schultz sweepstakes”: the Columbus Blue Jackets (no surprise) and Detroit Red Wings (pretty big surprise) are among the first who are out. Maybe he’s not a fan of the Central Division?

NHLPA announces 31-player negotiating committee

Donald Fehr

In advance of negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, the NHL Players’ Association has named its Negotiating Committee, a 31-player panel representing a cross-section of all union members.

The players are as follows:

Craig Adams (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Adrian Aucoin (Phoenix Coyotes)
Alex Auld (Ottawa Senators)
David Backes (St. Louis Blues)
Marty Biron (New York Rangers)
Brad Boyes (Buffalo Sabres)
Chris Campoli (Montreal Canadiens)
B.J. Crombeen (St. Louis Blues)
Mathieu Darche (Montreal Canadiens)
Rick DiPietro (New York Islanders)
Shane Doan (Phoenix Coyotes)
Brandon Dubinsky (New York Rangers)
Ruslan Fedotenko (New York Rangers)
Alex Goligoski (Dallas Stars)
Ron Hainsey (Winnipeg Jets)
Scott Hartnell (Philadelphia Flyers)
Jamie Langenbrunner (St. Louis Blues)
Manny Malhotra (Vancouver Canucks)
Steve Montador (Chicago Blackhawks)
Dominic Moore (San Jose Sharks)
Brendan Morrison (Chicago Blackhawks)
Douglas Murray (San Jose Sharks)
George Parros (Anaheim Ducks)
Chris Phillips (Ottawa Senators)
Cory Schneider (Vancouver Canucks)
John Tavares (New York Islanders)
Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)
Kevin Westgarth (Los Angeles Kings)
Dan Winnik (San Jose Sharks)
James Wisniewski (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings)

Note: more players may be added to the negotiating committee at a later date.

“It’s great to see that so many Players have chosen to participate in bargaining and get involved in the important work ahead for their Association,” NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr said in a statement. “I’m certain this group of Players and all Players who will be attending bargaining sessions will do a great job.”


— Nineteen of the league’s 30 teams are represented on the panel. Teams without a representative are Boston, New Jersey, Florida, Washington, Calgary, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Minnesota, Toronto and Edmonton.

— At 21, Tavares is the youngest player on the committee.

— At 38, Aucoin is the oldest.

James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail points out that Aucoin, Auld, Biron, Boyes, Campoli, Doan, Fedotenko, Langenbrunner, Moore, Morrison, Parros and Winnik are all pending UFAs.

— Fedotenko (Ukraine), Zetterberg and Murray (Sweden) are the only non-North Americans on the committee.

— Brainiacs: Parros and Westgarth went to Princeton, Moore and Adams went to Harvard, Murray went to Cornell and Darche won the Dr. Randy Gregg Award at McGill.