Report: Avs sign prospect Spencer Martin


According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, the Colorado Avalanche have signed goaltender Spencer Martin to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Lavoie reports the deal is a two-way deal, which carries an annual average value of $760,000.

Martin, 19, was Colorado’s third-round selection (63rd overall) at the 2013 NHL Draft.

In 64 appearances with the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League in 2013-14, Martin posted a 24-33-5 record to go along with a 3.54 GAA and an .899 save percentage.

Report: NHL officials to participate in preseason without new CBA

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The NHL preseason schedule begins Sunday with five games and they will be officiated by NHL referees with or without new collective bargaining agreement in place.

As of this moment, there is no deal in place.

In 2010, the two sides worked through the preseason before reaching a four-year deal prior to the start of the regular season.

According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, the two sides don’t anticipate a strike and expect a deal in place prior to the start of the regular season on Oct. 8.

The two sides met in August in Toronto to discuss a new CBA.

In 1993, officials went on a 17-day strike before reaching a new deal in November.

Report: Devils sign Kelly

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According to CapGeek, the New Jersey Devils have inked defenseman Dan Kelly to a two-year, two-way contract worth $1.1 million.

Kelly, 25, has spent the past four seasons with the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League where he tallied 17 points in 71 games to go along with a plus-14 rating in 2013-14.

In total, Kelly has appeared in 233 games with Albany scoring nine goals and 38 points.

The undrafted blue liner will make $90, 000 at the AHL level in 2014-15 while his NHL deal is worth $550,000 for the upcoming season.

Related: Poll: What can the Devils expect from Larsson?

NBC’s Dan Patrick: NHL to Vegas by 2016


Dan Patrick believes the NHL will be in Las Vegas by 2016.

Patrick’s comments are in addition to a story which appeared in the Vancouver Province on Tuesday.

Speaking on his radio show, the Football Night in America host says the Arizona Coyotes or Carolina Hurricanes could relocate. Patrick added that Vegas and Seattle could also be targets for expansion franchises should relocation not occur.

Patrick’s comments come despite the league saying Wednesday that there is nothing imminent on the expansion front.

So if there’s nothing new on the expansion front, perhaps Patrick is onto something in terms of relocation? Only time will tell.

AHL gets drug testing program


The National Hockey League and American Hockey League announced Thursday that an education and drug testing program will be in place for the upcoming AHL season.

The program, which is a joint effort between the two leagues, the NHLPA and the Professional Hockey Player’s Association (which represents AHL players in collective bargaining) will replicate the policies currently used for for NHL players.

The drug testing program will be administered by the doctors who supervise the NHL/NHLPA Performance-Enhancing Substances Program and the Substance Abuse/ Behavioral Health Program.