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Islanders re-sign Boulton to one-year deal


If nothing else, the New York Islanders will have some toughness on the roster next season.

The team announced they’ve re-signed rugged forward Eric Boulton to a one-year deal to have him prowl the ice next season. He made $550,000 this season. 

This season, Boulton has played in 23 games and has four points to go with 88 penalty minutes. According to users at, Boulton has four wins in his eight fights this season and three draws with his only loss coming against Krys Barch on March 2.

Boulton has played in 638 career games in the NHL and has 1,389 penalty minutes. His four points this season are the most he’s had in a season since 2010-11 when he played for the Atlanta Thrashers. That season, Boulton had a hat trick against the New Jersey Devils to account for half of his goals for the year.

The Islanders are his fourth team after spending time with New Jersey, Atlanta, and Buffalo.

Add Detroit’s Cleary to list of teeth-pulling players


The Detroit Red Wings are hoping to avoid three consecutive losses against the Florida Panthers on Saturday, but at least one of their players lost something already tonight. Specifically, Daniel Cleary lost a tooth.

It doesn’t sound like the 35-year-old will miss much time because of that lost tooth, however, as he continued to play in the game. Here’s a GIF of the tooth-yanking scene, via Fox Sports Detroit by way of The Score.

source:  At this point, hockey fans are probably becoming jaded about hockey players nonchalantly pulling their teeth out. Well, as jaded as one can get regarding such a sight …


Daniel Sedin earns hi-sticking penalty

Krys Barch offers his to a fan

John Tavares’ offering

Carey Price hands his tooth to trainer

Panthers owner: ‘We intend on being in the free agent market in a significant way’


Vinnie Viola says the Florida Panthers are going to be aggressive during this summer’s free agency period.

“We intend on being in the free agent market in a significant way” Viola told the Florida Sun-Sentinel. “We’re here to build a winner.”

Under normal circumstances, this might sound like an owner paying lip service to fans of a struggling fanbase, but a couple things stand out.

One, Viola has already opened up the checkbook. Within 48 hours of finalizing his purchase of the club, Viola gave GM Dale Tallon the greelight to spend on unattached veteran free agents — which he did, spending $6 million on Tim Thomas, Brad Boyes, Jesse Winchester, Tom Gilbert and Krys Barch.

Thomas, 39, was perhaps the best example of an aggressive free agent approach. He didn’t come cheap — $3.75 million in salary — and was a big risk given he’d been away from the NHL for over a year, but the gamble has paid off as Thomas has become a workhorse for the Panthers and kept the struggling team afloat on certain nights.

Another thing to consider? Tallon’s history playing the free agent market.

Prior to the 2011-12 campaign, Tallon went out and revamped the club through a series of signings: Tomas Fleischmann, Jose Theodore, Sean Bergenheim, Ed Jovanovski and Scottie Upshall, to name a few. The result was a Southeast Division championship and the club’s first playoff appearance since 2000.

Viola wants to see the club get back to that level.

“We want to patiently win now,” he explained. “I don’t know if we can resolve the two logically, but that’s how I would say it.”

Video: Peluso scraps Falk, scores decisive victory


Anthony Peluso might not be a household name, but he’s certainly making his presence known across the National Hockey League.

The Jets tough guy scored another decisive fighting victory on Monday night, this time against Rangers defenseman Justin Falk:

Peluso, 24, was originally a Blues draftee, claimed off waivers by Winnipeg last season. While he doesn’t have much NHL experience — just 15 NHL contests — he has some pretty impressive fights under his belt, including this tilt against Washington’s Aaron Volpatti:

And this one against New Jersey’s Krys Barch:

Video: Panthers’ Barch pulls tooth, offers it to fan


The recent run of hockey players pulling out their teeth like no big deal distinguished itself by featuring finesse players like John Tavares and Pascal Dupuis. Florida Panthers tough guy Krys Barch often finds himself a healthy scratch, but he made the most of his Saturday – at least when it comes to personal dentistry – by adding a wrinkle to the routine:

(That fan must be mad about all the money he lost out on eBay.)

So, we all are aware hockey players are tough. Apparently the toughest ones can be awfully silly, too.