Report: GMs, players want overtime changes, but disagree on specifics


It might not be long before the overtime format is significantly different, but what those changes will be is still up in the air, according to Sportsnet.

The general managers reportedly favor adopting the model that the AHL employed last year. In that league the overtime period is seven minutes long, with the first three minutes featuring 4-on-4 play. If there’s no winner at that point then the whistle is blown and the remainder of the extra period is play 3-on-3.

The NHLPA has expressed concerns about that format in the past as they believe it would put “more wear and tear” on the players. Their solution appears to be to support a five minute overtime that’s 3-on-3 from start to finish.

It’s worth noting that either format is likely to reduce the number of games that end in shootouts. Among AHL games that reached overtime in 2014-15, there was a 40% drop in shootouts compared to the previous year as of March 13, per the Associated Press.

Rangers RFA Klingberg heads to KHL


Carl Klingberg announced today that he will begin “a great adventure” with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the Kontinental Hockey League.

The move, which confirms an earlier report by Igor Eronko, means that the Rangers have lost the only asset they acquired in the Lee Stempniak trade with the Winnipeg Jets back in March. Klingberg was a restricted free agent this summer after completing his one-year, two-way contract that came with a $650K cap hit at the NHL level.

The 24-year-old forward had 17 goals, 41 points, and 45 penalty minutes in 64 AHL games in 2014-15. He also has a goal in 12 career NHL contests.

The then Atlanta Thrashers selected him with the 34th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

His younger brother is defenseman John Klingberg, who enjoyed a breakout 40-point campaign in 2014-15.

Report: Nonis to join Ducks as senior advisor

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After being dismissed by the Toronto Maple Leafs in April, former general manager Dave Nonis might be headed back to the Anaheim Ducks as a senior advisor, according to the Vancouver Sun.

Nonis previously served as a senior advisor with the Ducks before joining the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 7, 2008 to become the franchise’s senior vice president of hockey operations. He was elevated to the post of general manager in 2013, replacing Brian Burke.

In the roughly year long gap between Nonis’ promotion and Brendan Shanahan being brought as team president, Nonis handed out big contracts to Phil Kessel (eight-years, $64 million), Dion Phaneuf (seven-years, $49 million), Tyler Bozak (five-years, $21 million), Joffrey Lupul (five-years, $26.25 million), and David Clarkson (seven-years, $36.75 million).

During that stretch Nonis was also responsible for acquiring goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin, and a second round pick.

If he does indeed return to Anaheim, Nonis will be working under Ducks GM Bob Murray. In addition to Murray being around during his previous stint with the Ducks, the two also worked together in Vancouver.

Calgary locks up RFA Mikael Backlund


The Flames announced that they have signed Mikael Backlund to an extension.

Calgary didn’t provide didn’t provide contract details, but it’s reportedly a three-year deal worth roughly $10.7 million, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Roger Millions.

He would have become a restricted free agent this summer after completing his two-year, $3 million contract. By inking him to a three-year deal, Calgary has also gotten his first two seasons of UFA eligibility.

The 26-year-old center is coming off of a trying campaign as he missed roughly two months due to an abdominal injury that required surgery. When he was healthy he recorded 10 goals and 27 points in 52 contests. He also averaged 17:44 minutes per game, including time in both power play and shorthanded situations.

Since being taken with the 24th overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, he has scored 51 goals and 128 points in 298 career NHL games.

The Flames still have a number of restricted free agents to deal with this summer, including Lance Bouma and Paul Byron.

Burish clears waivers, setting stage for buyout

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There were no takers for the final season of Adam Burish’s four-year, $7.4 million contract as he went unclaimed on waivers, per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. The San Jose Sharks are now expected to buy him out.

This has been a long time coming as the Sharks previously waived him back in November and stuck in him the AHL after he cleared. He had a goal and three points in 20 games with San Jose followed by 19 points in 54 AHL contests.

Buying him out with save the Sharks roughly $1.2 million in cap space for the 2015-16 campaign, although it will cost them about $617K for 2016-17 when he would have otherwise been off the books anyways.

The 32-year-old forward has 60 points and 554 penalty minutes in 378 career games with Chicago, Dallas, and San Jose.