Sean Leahy

  • Bruins send 2017 3rd-round pick to Flyers for Zac Rinaldo

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago

    "I think we lost our team identity this year. We weren't as tough a team to play against as we'd like to be, and as we were in year's past.”

    Those were the words of Boston Bruins president Cam Neely at the end of the regular season; one in which he watched his team fail to qualify for the playoffs on the final day.  

    Well, if Neely was looking to get back to the Big Bad Bruins days, acquiring Zac Rinaldo will help you get there. 

    On Monday, GM Don Sweeney kept making moves by trading a 2017 3rd-round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for 25-year old Rinaldo.

    Here’s what the Bruins will get in Rinaldo, from Travis Hughes of Broadstreet Hockey, a Flyers blog:

    Boy, what do you think Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara are thinking after the last several days? 

    That’s a successful way to start your off-season.

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  • Stars ink Antti Niemi to three-year, $13.5 million deal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    The Dallas Stars have signed Antti Niemi to a three-year, $13.5 million deal, committing themselves to $10.4 million in goal for the next three seasons.

    Locking up Niemi doesn’t mean Kari Lehtonen is going anywhere, even coming off a down season. Stars GM Jim Nill said his thought process on acquiring and then signing Niemi was to solidify the goaltending position.

    “Kari is still an elite goalie,” Nill said on Saturday after the NHL Draft. “We just, we’re in a tough situation with our travel. We have as much travel as anybody in the league and back-to-back games.

    "I really think it’s becoming a two-goalie league now You look around the league, the teams that have a lot of success, it’s because of two goalies and the pressure to win. Injuries. We have cap room right now. We know we have to improve this position and we went this direction.”

    “You lose a goalie and don't have a good person to bring in to fill that position,” said Nill, “3-4 wins could be the difference in making the playoffs or missing it.”

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  • Sabres place Cody Hodgson on waivers; buyout coming

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

    The Buffalo Sabres could have given Cody Hodgson a two-year bridge deal in 2013, but decided on a six-year, $25.5 million pact instead. Nearly two years later, the winger has been put on unconditional waivers by the team with the intent of buying out his contract. 

    Hodgson was dealt to the Sabres at the 2012 trade deadline from the Vancouver Canucks and in three-and-a-half seasons tallied 44 goals and 99 points. This past season was his worst during his tenure in Buffalo where he scored six goals and 13 points over 78 games while watching his ice time diminish nearly six minutes compared to the previous two seasons. As Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald pointed out, the 25-year old had goal droughts of 19, 27 and 47 games in 2014-15.

    Things started so promising in Buffalo, though…

    The NHL’s buyout period ends Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET.

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  • Devan Dubnyk, Wild agree to six-year, $25 million extension

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    All Chuck Fletcher has wanted is stability in goal. He hopes he got that on Saturday after the Minnesota Wild agreed to a six-year, $25 million extension Devan Dubnyk.

    The Wild used four goaltenders during the 2012-13 season, five last season and four in 2014-15. So you can see why giving Dubnyk six years will give Fletcher and the Wild hope that they’ve found their guy to man the nets into the next decade. 

    From Mike Russo of the Star Tribune, who broke the story:

    On the risk of giving Dubnyk such term after half a season of great play, Fletcher said, "He’s 29 years old. He’s entering the prime of his career. He’s had some good seasons in Edmonton and had a great season this year. We’re not asking him to duplicate what he did this year every year. Maybe that’s not realistic, but we believe he can be a good goaltender in this league. He's right at the stage of his career where he's ready to take off.”

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  • Flames' Oliver Kylington to use NHL Draft drop as motivation

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    SUNRISE, Fla. — The waiting was the hardest part for Oliver Kylington. The 18-year defenseman from Sweden was pegged by many as a first rounder, but fell to 60th and the Calgary Flames.

    “It was a bit tough,” he said after the selection. “I was nervous sitting there and waiting, but I’m just happy now be part of the NHL and part of the Calgary Flames.”

    Kylington said he had a clue he’d go anywhere from 15, which Calgary originally had before dealing it as part of the Dougie Hamilton trade, to the second round, but he knew to expect the unexpected. The Flames had expressed interest, speaking with him in Stockholm and again during the NHL Combine earlier this month in Buffalo. 

    The 6-foot, 185 lbs. blueliner played 35 games between Farjsted and AIK last season, posting 6 goals and 12 points. He was also busy internationally, repping Sweden at the U-18s and with the U-20 team.

    Kylington is still under contract with AIK and will play there next season. After that, he has a clause in his deal allowing him to leave, but that decision is a ways down the line. 

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  • Stars acquire Antti Niemi's negotiating rights for 7th-round pick

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Kari Lehtonen’s time in Dallas may not be for long, or Stars GM Jim Nill wants to go heavy on experience in net next season.

    Not long into the start of Round 2 of the NHL Draft on Saturday, the Stars acquired the negotiating rights to Antti Niemi from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for pick No. 193. Niemi is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, so Nill has until Wednesday to work out a deal. 

    "Antti is a proven goaltender, who has played and succeeded at the highest levels," Nill said. "He's one of the hardest working goalies out there and we look forward to working towards an agreement.”

    Lehtonen saw a bit of a career turnaround after being dealt from Atlanta in 2010. From last season he dropped off. After posting even-strength save percentages of .926, .924 and .925, he put up a .909 number in 2014-15. 

    With Niemi gone, this leaves San Jose with only Alex Stalock, Troy Grosenick and Joel Rumpel as goalies under contract in their organization. The Sharks were in on Cam Talbot, but with him now being in Edmonton, GM Doug Wilson will have to look elsewhere.

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  • Why Arizona Coyotes didn't trade the No. 3 pick

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    SUNRISE, Fla. — Don Maloney knew that Dylan Strome would be his pick once the NHL Draft Lottery determined the Arizona Coyotes would be selecting No. 3 Friday night. The only thing that would change that was whether he would deal the pick after a number of teams showed interest.

    The Coyotes were in on the Dougie Hamilton sweepstakes. It would have been a move that would cause Maloney to trade out the third spot. The idea of Hamilton and Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the blueline for the next decade was tempting, but he kept coming back to the feeling he needed to fill a hole down the middle.

    “At the end the day I just felt the only way to build a champion is you have to have a center ice that’s strong,” Maloney said after Round 1 at the BB&T Center.

    Maloney said he received two “signifcant" offers to deal No. 3 outright, without a pick coming back in return. But his mind kept returning to need, and the only way he would deal out of that spot would be if he was assured Strome would still be there.

    “We felt he was the best for our franchise now and in the future,” he said. 

    “We feel like if you look at our roster going forward, up front we’re starting to shape up,” he said. 

  • Sabres stay busy, acquire Ryan O'Reilly from Avs in five player deal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray had himself a very busy Friday. After trading for Robin Lehner in the morning, he then completed a deal to acquire Ryan O’Reilly from the Colorado Avalanche not long before selecting Jack Eichel No. 2 overall during Friday’s NHL Draft.

    The full deal: O’Reilly, Jamie McGinn for Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher and the 31st pick the 2015 draft. 

    After the Avs acquired and later signed Carl Soderberg, that all but signaled the O’Reilly would be dealt this weekend. The 24-year old center is entering the final season of his deal carrying a $6 million cap hit.

    Grigorenko, an RFA, was expected to be move after there was talk he might head to the KHL after being unhappy with his situation in Buffalo.

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  • Noah Hanifin fighting nerves as he awaits to learn NHL Draft fate

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. —Noah Hanifin has seen all the Tweets. The notifications pop up on his phone displaying the hopes of fans hoping he lands with their favorite team. He hasn’t, however, kept track of the rumors about the No. 3 pick and the desires of some general managers to trade into that spot to take the 18-year Boston College defenseman.

    “You can’t really pay attention to it because there are so many examples of crazy things happening in the past,” he said.

    The NHL Draft begins at the No. 3 pick, held by the Arizona Coyotes. Hanifin could land there or he could fall a few spots. The uncertainty of his fate started to hit him when he arrived in South Florida. 

    “There’s definitely a lot of nerves. It’s starting to hit me now, a day away,” Hanifin said on Thursday. “You’ve been dreaming about something your whole life and now that it’s here it’s pretty surreal. There’s so many teams and so many things that could happen in the draft that it’s kind of making it really exciting for me. Guys like Connor [McDavid] and Jack [Eichel], they know where they’re going, but for me personally and some other guys, we really don’t know what’s going to happen.”

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  • Mike Reilly expected to sign with Minnesota Wild: Report

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Mike Reilly has made his decision and he will be signing with the Minnesota Wild. 

    According to Mike Russo of the Star Tribune, Reilly will ink a two-year, $1.85 million deal with bonuses after becoming a free agent last week after failing to agree to terms with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team that drafted him in 2011. 

    The Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins were among the finalists for Reilly’s signature.

    Reilly grew up in Minnesota and played the last three years for the Golden Gophers, where he was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a Hobey Baker Award finalist this past season. His dad, Michael, is a minority investor with the Wild. 

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