Patrick Kane serenaded a crowd with his rendition of Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’. It’s safe to say that if at any point in his life he was debating between a hockey and singing career, he made the right choice. (CSN Chicago)
Wally Stanowski, who won the Stanley Cup with the Toronto Maple Leafs four times in the 1940s, has passed away at the age of 96. (Toronto Star)
Now with the Buffalo Sabres, Ryan O’Reilly doesn’t think there’s anything he would have done differently when it comes to his past contract negotiations with the Colorado Avalanche. (Denver Post)
Ottawa hasn’t given up on re-signing Erik Condra. (Ottawa Sun)
Max Talbot took to Twitter to shoot down the rumor that he wants to be traded. (CSN New England)
The Ottawa Senators and restricted free agent Alex Chiasson are likely headed for arbitration.
“We’ll be filing (for arbitration) fairly shortly,” Chiasson’s agent Kent Hughes told PHT on Monday.
Chiasson’s three-year, $2.7 million entry-level deal is set to expire on Wednesday making him a restricted free agent.
“We’re far apart at this point and we don’t really see the arbitration case through the same lens,” said Hughes.
The 24-year-old, who was acquired by the Sens in the Jason Spezza trade, had 11 goals and 15 assists in 76 games during the 2014-15 season.
“We talk to them all the time, but they’re arbitration guys that, at the moment, want to go that direction,” Sens’ GM Bryan Murray said of Chiasson and Mike Hoffman last week. “If we’re not going to negotiate, then we have to prepare for that.”
The Ottawa Senators have signed pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Chris Wideman to a new one-year two-way deal. The contract will pay Wideman $600,000 at the NHL level and $400,000 in the AHL.
The 25-year-old appeared in 75 games for the Binghamton Senators last season scoring 19 goals and 42 assists to go along with 116 penalty minutes. He led all AHL defensemen in assists, points and shots on goal (213).
Wideman won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s top defenseman in 2014-15. He was also named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound blue liner was originally a fourth-round selection (100th overall) by the Ottawa Senators in 2009.
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Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane took the Stanley Cup to a Jimmy Buffet concert on Saturday. The 26-year-old took to the stage and helped Buffet sing “volcano” while rocking some interesting dance moves. (Bar Down)
Murray may rank as the NHL executive most in need of a five-second delay … at least when it comes to rumors about his goalies. Back in January 2014, he needed to be censored when asked about a possible Jonas Hiller trade.
He might not like the rumors, yet they crop up for a reason (much like irksome ones involving Hiller and Bobby Ryan eventually hinted at exits that did happen). The Ducks have three goalies in Khudobin, Gibson and Frederik Andersen under contract for just one more season, so it’s only reasonable to wonder when the other shoe might drop.
You might need earmuffs if you ask Murray about it around kids, though.