News: Kevin Poulin
and the Islanders came to terms Thursday on a one-year, two-way contract, avoiding arbitration, Sportsnet reports.
The offseason additions of Jaroslav Halak and Chad Johnson probably relegates Kevin Poulin
to AHL Bridgeport to open the 2014-15 campaign, but the Islanders still seem bullish on Poulin's long-term potential. Only 23 years old, Poulin could end up pushing Halak for the starting job as soon as next season if he shows some growth in the minors.
Sabres' Hackett Sidelined Until Christmas
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News: Matt Hackett
suffered a season-ending ACL in the second-last game of the regular season and will not be returning until Christmas, reports The Buffalo News.
It's been less than two months since Matt Hackett
's surgery to repair a torn ACL, so the Christmas return date is only a rough estimate for now. When Hackett is healthy enough to return, he will have to go undergo rehab before he can return to game action. With Nathan Lieuwen and Andrey Makarov already vying for the starting job, there's no hurry for Hackett to return, but if he can't play, he can't convince the Sabres to keep him around long-term. The Sabres qualified Hackett in June, which means the organization is willing to be patient and give him a fair shake. The 24-year-old has 162 AHL appearances under his belt but has managed only to appear in 21 NHL games.
Flames' Ramo To Compete For No. 1 Spot
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Although the Flames have signed Jonas Hiller, Karri Ramo
is still in the running for the starting goaltender spot, the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis: Karri Ramo
struggled to begin 2013-14 but finished strong, and the Flames brought Hiller in to figure out which Ramo they'll see in 2014-15. Ramo is less proven than Hiller, but still has a lot of potential and could certainly capture the starting spot.
Flames' Hiller Undergoes Appendectomy
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News: Jonas Hiller
underwent a minor procedure to address appendicitis and is expected to make a quick recovery, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis: Jonas Hiller
, who agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract at the beginning of the month, should make a full recovery well before the beginning of training camp. He can still be expected to compete against Karri Ramo for playing time between the pipes.
Wild Re-Sign Curry To One-Year Deal
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News: John Curry
re-signed with the Wild on a one-year, two-way contract Thursday.
Analysis: John Curry
found himself as the Wild's No. 2 goalie during part of the first round of the playoffs when Darcy Kuemper was unavailable, but wasn't really much of a factor. The 30-year-old is just organization depth for the Wild and figures to see most of his action at AHL Iowa, where he went 7-9-2 with a 2.62 GAA and .930 save percentage in 19 games last season.
Kings, Berube Agree To New Deal
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News: J.F. Berube
re-signed with the Kings on a two-way contract Tuesday.
Analysis: J.F. Berube
, 23, played a career-high 48 games for AHL Manchester in 2013-14, going 28-17-2 with a 2.37 GAA and .913 save percentage, ranking in the top six among AHL rookies in all categories. The presence of Jonathan Quick and Martin Jones with the big club likely relegates Berube to Manchester for the bulk of 2014-15, barring a long-term injury to either netminder.
News: Semyon Varlamov
suffered a minor ankle injury Tuesday, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Semyon Varlamov
suffered the injury while at the Francois Allaire camp in Switzerland, but isn't expected to miss much time. The Avs released a statement calling the injury "very minor," so the netminder's status going into next season shouldn't be affected.
News: Eddie Pasquale
has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Capitals, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Eddie Pasquale
, who was acquired from the Jets on June 28, slots in as a depth goalie for the Caps behind Braden Holtby and Justin Peters. Out of the gate this season, look for Pasquale to split time at AHL Hershey with Philipp Grubauer.
Devils, Schneider Come To Terms On Seven-Year Deal
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News: Cory Schneider
signed a seven-year, $42 million extension with the Devils on Wednesday, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports.
After entering his first season in a timeshare in goal with franchise icon Martin Brodeur, Cory Schneider
quickly established himself as the Devils' No. 1 netminder of the present and future. He finished with elite ratios (1.97 GAA, .921) and likely would have garnered more Vezina buzz had a middling Devils attack not stuck him with a so-so 16-15-12 record. With Schneider set to enter his age-29 season, the Devils will likely have him for the peak years of his goaltending abilities during the life of his contract.
News: Richard Bachman
has signed a one-year contract with the Oilers, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Richard Bachman
, who saw action in three games with the Oilers last season, will reprise his role as a depth goalie for the team. The 26-year-old is coming off a 2013-14 campaign in which he recorded a 26-19-6 record, with a .908 save percentage and 2.99 GAA for AHL Oklahoma City.