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Former Leafs GM Dave Nonis joins Ducks' front office

Ex-Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis joins Anaheim Ducks' front office as scout, consultant
The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis has joined the Anaheim Ducks' front office as a special assignment scout and consultant to general manager Bob Murray.

The Ducks announced the hiring Friday.

Nonis was fired by the Maple Leafs in April after nearly 2 1/2 years in charge.

Toronto made the playoffs in 2014 for the first time since 2003, but regressed sharply this year. Nonis was swept out along with coach Peter Horachek by team president Brendan Shanahan.

O'Reilly signs $52.5 million, 7-year extension with Sabres

Forward Ryan O'Reilly signs $52.5 million, 7-year extension with Buffalo Sabres
John Wawrow, The Associated Press

The Buffalo Sabres have made newly acquired forward Ryan O'Reilly their highest-paid player by signing him to a $52.5 million, seven-year contract extension on Friday.

The Sabres announced the signing, while two people familiar with discussions revealed the value of the contract to The Associated Press. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres did not disclose the monetary terms.

Ducks sign new D Kevin Bieksa to 2-year extension thru 2018

Anaheim Ducks sign new defenceman Kevin Bieksa to 2-year contract extension through 2018
The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Defenceman Kevin Bieksa has agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract extension through 2018 with the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks announced the deal with Bieksa on Thursday, two days after the club acquired him from Vancouver.

Bieksa has one year and $4.6 million left on his contract from the Canucks. He scored 14 points in 60 games for Vancouver last season.

Anaheim acquired Bieksa shortly after general manager Bob Murray determined he couldn't re-sign defenceman Francois Beauchemin, who got a three-year deal worth $13.5 million from Colorado.

Sabres draftee Eichel signs entry level deal, leaving school

Sabres draftee Jack Eichel signs entry level pro contract, leaving Boston University
Jonah Bronsten And Nick Mendola, The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Jack Eichel is eager to begin his NHL career.

Eichel, the 18-year-old centre selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres in last week's draft, signed his first professional contract Wednesday, opting to skip his final three years of college hockey.

"I couldn't be more excited about it," Eichel said during his introductory press conference at First Niagara Center.

Sather stepping down as Rangers' GM, will stay as president

Shakeup in Rangers' front office, Glen Sather steps down as GM, Jeff Gorton replaces him
Tom Canavan, The Associated Press

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Glen Sather didn't get a chance to raise the Stanley Cup as general manager of the New York Rangers, so he'll just have to settle for making them a lot better in his 15 seasons in charge.

Sather on Wednesday announced that he was stepping down as the Rangers general manager and being replaced by longtime assistant Jeff Gorton.

Blackhawks trade Saad to Blue Jackets

Chicago Blackhawks trade F Brandon Saad to Columbus Blue Jackets
Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks said all along that Brandon Saad would be back next season.

Right up until Tuesday afternoon.

With contract talks at a stalemate on the eve of NHL free agency, the Stanley Cup champions parted with Saad in a seven-player deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Spezza scores 2, Ottawa blanks Rangers

Spezza, Anderson and rest of Senators shut down streaking Rangers 3-0
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Henrik Lundqvist has been among the NHL's best goalies lately. Ottawa's Craig Anderson won't be joining his New York Rangers counterpart at the all-star game, but he sure is making a good case that he should be.

Anderson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season, Jason Spezza scored twice and the Senators beat the surging Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night.

D. Sedin's OT goal lifts Canucks over Blues

Canucks stay atop West after Daniel Sedin's power-play OT goal beats Blues 3-2
R.B. Fallstrom, The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - Daniel Sedin scored a power-play goal 46 seconds into overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night in a matchup for first place in the Western Conference.

NHL Capsules: Anderson has shutout in Sens win

NHL Capsules: Anderson has first shutout of season in 3-0 Senators win
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Craig Anderson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season, Jason Spezza scored twice, and the Ottawa Senators beat the surging New York Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night.

Milan Michalek also scored for the Senators, who have won five straight at Madison Square Garden and seven of eight there (7-0-1).

New York (27-10-4), which entered with the most points in the NHL, had won five straight and 10 of 11.

Habs trade Cammalleri during 2-1 loss to Bruins

Struggling Canadiens lose 2-1 to Bruins; trade Cammalleri to Calgary
Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

BOSTON - The Montreal Canadiens have struggled so much this season that even the Boston fans couldn't muster much of a hatred for their Original Six rivals.

So the crowd yelled derogatory cheers about Tim Tebow instead.

"They've got a lot going on right now, and I think their situation is a little bit different," Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday night after Boston beat the embattled Canadiens 2-1.

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