Tag: Paul Bissonnette


Bissonnette signs a one-year deal with Kings’ affiliate


Paul Bissonnette has assured himself this summer won’t be like last year.

The 30-year-old has signed a one-year contract with the Ontario Reign – the new AHL affiliate of the L.A. Kings.

“I’m happy about it. It’s good to be returning back to some familiar faces,” Bissonnette told PHT on Wednesday. “I’m very happy and excited to be headed to California.”

At this time last year the Welland, Ontario native was without a contract and considering an offer to play with the Cardiff Devils of the British Elite Ice Hockey League.

He admitted last month that the stress of not having a contract to play in North America at the start of the hockey season caused him to deal “with a bit of depression”.

Bissonnette eventually signed a professional tryout agreement with the AHL’s Portland Pirates.

After being released by the Pirates in December, Bissonnette signed a deal with the Manchester Monarchs – the L.A. Kings affiliate. The veteran of 202 NHL games scored one goal and six assists to go along with 167 penalty minutes in 48 games with the Monarchs.

He also appeared in 11 playoff games as Manchester captured the Calder Cup.

“It was pretty special, especially after a tough start to the year,” Bissonnette said. “It was a good way to finish out and kind of look at it in a positive light.”

Photo courtesy of Paul Bissonnette.

Bissonnette to join AHL club (Update: He’s signed with Portland)

Paul Bissonnette

The agent for Paul Bissonnette has confirmed to ProHockeyTalk the forward is in talks to join an American Hockey League team.

According to Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Coyotes have had discussions with Bissonnette. Arizona’s AHL affiliate is the Portland Pirates.

Updated: Bissonnette’s agent confirmed that his client has signed an AHL deal with the Portland Pirates.

Bissonnette had agreed to join the Cardiff Devils of the British Elite Ice Hockey League on Friday.

On Sunday, the Devils confirmed Bissonnette would not be joining the club.

“I just heard from Paul today (Sunday) prior to our game and he explained that he has been offered a deal in the American Hockey League that he hopes will lead to an NHL deal later this season,” said Devils Managing Director, Todd Kelman. “I told him that I was happy for him that he is getting a chance to get back to the NHL and as much as we are disappointed, we wish him success.

“I still would’ve taken the risk to bring him in. No hesitation on that, we had to try.”

Bissonnette, 29, has previously spent parts of four seasons in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

In 202 career NHL games with Pittsburgh and Arizona, Bissonnette has seven goals and 22 points to go along with 340 penalty minutes.

Oilers release Westgarth from PTO


For the second straight day an NHL tough guy was released from his camp invite.

On Sunday the Oilers announced that forward Kevin Westgarth had been released.

The news comes after the Blues released Paul Bissonnette on Saturday.

Westgarth, 30, has 169 games on his NHL resume with the LA Kings, Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames.

The Princeton product has collected 266 penalty minutes during his NHL tenure, which according to hockeyfights.com, includes 32 career fights.

Westgarth won a Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012.

Rookies staying in Edmonton

It appears rookie center Leon Draisaitl and defenseman Darnell Nurse are sticking with the big club.

Draisaitl, 18, was Edmonton’s third overall selection in the June NHL Draft.

Nurse, 19, was the Oilers seventh overall pick at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Neither player is old enough to be sent to the AHL.

TSN’s Ryan Rishaug tweeted potential lines for the Oilers heading into the regular season:

Oilers trim roster

Edmonton also announced seven other cuts on Sunday.

Jujhar Khaira, Martin Marincin and Bogdan Yakimov have been assigned to the American Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons.

Additionally, Keith Aulie, Anton Lander, Steve Pinizzotto and Tyler Pitlick were placed on waivers with the purpose of assignment to the Barons.