Sean Leahy

  • Oilers land Andrej Sekera with six-year, $33 million deal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 38 mins ago

    The Edmonton Oilers started their shopping early by nabbing center Mark Letestu and defenseman Andrej Sekera 30 minutes into the opening of the free agent period.

    Connor McDavid is now an Oiler. Peter Chiarelli is now running the show as general manager. Todd McLellan is behind the bench. There will be plenty more change coming in Edmonton, and with the amount of young talent already on the roster, this is a big summer for the franchise to finally turn things around.

    Sekera’s deal is six years and worth $33 million. It also includes a no-movement clause.

    The pickup of Sekera is big for the Edmonton defense, an area that needed upgrading. The 29-year old blueliner was dealt in February from Carolina to LA for a conditional first-rounder and prospect Roland McKeown. The Kings only got 16 games out of him since they missed the playoffs, which also meant the pick would be a 2016 one and not one in last weekend’s NHL Draft.

    "I thought about that,” Sekera told TSN of playing on the same team as McDavid. “He's going to be a really good player." 

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  • Brandon Saad ready for change in Columbus

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Brandon Saad said he was shocked, but understood it’s a business. 

    Saad knew the Chicago Blackhawks would see changes to their roster after a third Stanley Cup in six seasons. He knew the team’s cap issues would force trades. He understood players don’t play with one team their entire careers anymore. Still, it’s was first time being traded. Just two weeks ago he was celebrating another championship. Now he’s a Columbus Blue Jacket.

    “It’s definitely going to be a change,” Saad said Wednesday morning. “At the same time, I’ve watched Columbus in the past and they’ve had some tight playoff series where they’ve played really well."

    The threat of an offer sheet coupled with Chicago’s cap issues forced Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman to make the move. The Blue Jackets are in the midst of working out a contract for Saad, but at the moment, he’s still a restricted free agent and subject to an offer sheet should a team approach his camp with a tempting offer. 

    Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said on a Tuesday conference call that the team will match any offer sheet.

    “My agent is taking care of that side of the business and I’m waiting to hear from him," Saad said.

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  • Martin Jones, Sharks agree to three-year, $9 million deal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    Hours after the San Jose Sharks acquired Martin Jones, they locked him up with a three-year, $9 million deal, avoiding any threat of an offer sheet for the netminder who was set to become a restricted free agent on Wednesday.

    On Tuesday afternoon, the Sharks sent the Boston Bruins a 2016 first-round pick and prospect Sean Kuraly in exchange for Jones, who was traded from the LA Kings to Boston on Saturday during the NHL Draft.

    “Even draft picks, none of those are guaranteed. This is a guy we’ve seen,” said Sharks GM Doug Wilson, via CSN Bay Area. “We know a lot about him. It’s his style, his size – he’s a big goalie and highly competitive. You probably have more information on a player like this than you do a guy that you’d be drafting.”

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  • Red Wings buy out Stephen Weiss; Mike Green a target?

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    The Stephen Weiss era in Detroit never really got underway after the forward signed a five-year, $24.9 million deal with the Red Wings in 2013. In two seasons, the former Florida Panthers captain missed 86 games as nagging injuries prevented him from being iproductive.

    On Tuesday, the Red Wings ended Weiss’ time in Detroit, announcing they would be buying out the final three years of his deal.

    According to General Fanager, Detroit will pay Weiss $1.67 million over the next six seasons and carry a $1.066 million cap hit for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons; a $2.56 million charge in 2017-18; and $1.67 million for the final three years. 

    Via MLive.com, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said cap issues were the driving force behind buying Weiss out this summer as opposed to last year. This season, players like Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Jurco need new deals, while Justin Abdelkader, Riley Sheahan, Petr Mrazek and Danny DeKeyser are just some of the names who will have to be extended next summer.

  • 2016 HHOF class; defensemen get paid; Glendale pays Coyotes (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago

    Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    Congrats to @philhousley6 for getting into the #HHOF! Nice reaction! Nice work! @PredsNHL @NHL pic.twitter.com/9vK4OHd16x

    • This is what it looks like when you’re told you’re going into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    • These players may have missed out in 2015, but have a great shot at making the Hall in 2016. [Grantland]

    • Angela Ruggiero will be the fourth women’s player to be inducted into the Hall. [Free Press]

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  • Sharks get their goalie, acquire Martin Jones from Bruins

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Doug Wilson missed out on Cam Talbot and dealt away Antti Niemi during NHL Draft weekend, leaving the San Jose Sharks without a goaltender as free agency approached.

    But on Tuesday, the Sharks general manager found his man after sending a 2016 first-round pick and unsigned prospect Sean Kuraly to the Bruins for Martin Jones, who had been dealt over the weekend from the Los Angeles Kings to Boston.

    Jones is set to become a restricted free agent on Wednesday and Bruins GM Don Sweeney said on a conference call that he was exploring possibilities for the 25-year old netminder.

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  • Hurricanes waive Alexander Semin, plan to buy him out

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    After Alex Semin sat in the Carolina Hurricanes’ press box in mid-January as a healthy scratch, his general manager still had faith. “We think we can do it. We’re not giving up on him at all,” said Ron Francis at the time

    Well, the time has come and the Canes have seen enough. On Tuesday, the club announced they were placing Semin on unconditional waivers with the intent of buying out the remaining three years of his contract.

    In 2013, Semin signed a five-year, $35 million deal in the middle of a 13-goal, 44-point lockout-shortened campaign in his first year in Carolina. The extension was signed while the Russian forward was on a one-year, $7 million contract. Both deals were handed to him by former GM Jim Rutherford, who’s now with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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  • Patrick Kane continues 'Summer with Stanley' with a little karaoke (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Patrick Kane told us it was coming. During the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup parade earlier this month, the forward ended his speech at Soldier Field by saying, “I know you said I've been growing up, but watch out for me the next week.”

    There haven’t been any crazy drunken sightings of “Showtime” since then, but Kane and the Cup have made their way around Chicago since. On Saturday night, in what is now tradition, they appeared on stage at a Jimmy Buffet concert, with Kane working the tambourine.

    After the concert, still donning his Parrothead hat, Kane stopped at Riley’s Gathering Place to do a little karaoke, Tom Petty-style:

    According to the Chicago Sun-Times, once Kane finished “Free Falling,” one of the Cup keepers brought the trophy into the bar for fans to enjoy.

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

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day 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 1 day 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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