Cole's Notes From Around The League: 8/16/14-8/22/14

Cole McCarthy
SB Nation

Here's the latest week in major NHL news, up to August 22, 2014.

Anaheim

The Ducks made no major moves this week.

Arizona

The Coyotes made no major moves this week.

Boston

The Bruins made no major moves this week.

Buffalo

The Sabres reorganized their hockey operations department. Randy Cunneyworth has been named a player development coach, Jerry Forton has been named the team's NCAA scout, Kevin Devine has been named director of player personnel, Jason Long has been named coordinator of player development, Corey Smith has been named video coach, Jim Kovachik has been named a pro scout, and Seamus Kotyk and Victor Nybladh have been named amateur scouts. Buffalo will also be hosting the 2015 and 2016 NHL Draft Combines from First Niagara Center.

Calgary

The Flames have named Jordan Sigalet goaltending coach.

Carolina

The Hurricanes made no major moves this week.

Chicago

The Blackhawks signed goaltender Michael Leighton to a one-year two-way contract worth $550K at the NHL level and $400K in the minors.

Colorado

The Avalanche made no major moves this week. Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who played as Colorado's backup from 2011/12 to 2013/14, officially announced his retirement this week.

Columbus

The Blue Jackets made no major moves this week.

Dallas

The Stars made no major moves this week.

Detroit

The Red Wings made no major moves this week.

Edmonton

The Oilers made no major moves this week.

Florida

The Panthers made no major moves this week. Defenceman Mike Mottau, who played a few games last season for the Panthers, officially announced his retirement.

Los Angeles

The Kings made no major moves this week.

Minnesota

The Wild made no major moves this week.

Montreal

The Canadiens made no major moves this week.

Nashville

The Predators made no major moves this week.

New Jersey

The Devils made no major moves this week.

NY Islanders

Islanders owner Charles Wang has agreed to sell a minority interest in the Islanders, pending Board of Governors approval, to an ownership group of Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin, with an agreement to transition the two to majority owners in two years.

NY Rangers

The Rangers have signed winger Kevin Hayes to a two-year entry-level contract.

Ottawa

The Senators have signed winger Clarke MacArthur to a five-year extension worth $23.25M effective in 2015/16. They also signed defenceman Mark Borowiecki to a three-year extension worth $3.3M effective in 2015/16.

Philadelphia

The Flyers made no major moves this week.

Pittsburgh

The Penguins made no major moves this week.

San Jose

The Sharks have stripped centre Joe Thornton of the captaincy and winger Patrick Marleau of the alternate captaincy. They will start training camp without any lettered players. Winger Raffi Torres has had surgery to fix an infection in his surgically repaired right knee, and will return during the 2014/15 season.

St. Louis

The Blues made no major moves this week.

Tampa Bay

The Lightning made no major moves this week.

Toronto

The Maple Leafs signed their 2014 first round pick, winger William Nylander, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Vancouver

The Canucks made no major moves this week.

Washington

The Capitals made no major moves this week.

Winnipeg

The Jets made no major moves this week.

The NHL has tweaked the Draft Lottery format for the 2015 NHL Draft. The odds for each of the four lowest-ranked teams winning the first-overall pick have decreased, while the odds for each of the ten highest-ranked non-playoff teams getting the pick have slightly increased. For 2016, additional lotteries will be held for the second- and third-overall selections. Now the last-place team can fall as low as fourth-overall rather than second-overall. In time for what many expect to be a talent-loaded 2015 Draft headlined by CHL exceptional status holder Connor McDavid, the idea behind these tweaks is to further reduce incentive for teams to intentionally throw away their seasons in order to easily get top prospects.

There's the week in NHL news, come back next week for another week of updates!

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