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Lightning’s Brandon Hagel comes into his own in first playoff run
May 9th, 2022 by Mari Faiello - Tampa Bay Times

TAMPA — The Lightning had a comfortable lead late in the second period of Game 4 Sunday. But Brandon Hagel wanted to ensure the team didn’t lose any momentum heading into the second intermission. With Toronto on a late power play, it would have been easy to give something up. And Maple Leafs forward Alex…

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Sharks Sign Defenseman Nick Cicek
April 11th, 2022 by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE, CA – The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) Interim General Manager Joe Will announced today that the club has signed free agent defenseman Nick Cicek (CHEE-check) to a two-year contract. “Nick has a strong track record of leadership in his career, having been the captain of the Portland Winterhawks last season, and he has…

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Cozens of Sabres recalls days on dad’s rink ahead of Heritage Classic
March 14th, 2022 by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Dylan Cozens said when he plays for the Buffalo Sabres against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2022 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario on Sunday (4 p.m. ET; TNT, SN, TVAS, NHL LIVE), it will be the continuation of a Cozens family tradition on outdoor ice. The forward,…

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Flames prospect Jeremie Poirier swipes junior record from current NHL standout
March 9th, 2022 by Wes Gilbertson - Calgary Sun

Calgary Flames prospect Jeremie Poirier hasn’t yet settled on a special place to display this keepsake puck. Or maybe he has. “I have it in my stall at the rink right now with the tape around it —­ ‘Franchise record,’ ” Poirier said. “I don’t really know what to do with it now. I’ll probably…

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Hagel emerging as must-keep player for Blackhawks ahead of Trade Deadline
March 5th, 2022 by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO — Brandon Hagel didn’t foresee being such a big part of the Chicago Blackhawks when he signed with them as a free agent Nov. 5, 2018. “It’s actually crazy,” the 23-year-old forward said. “Being unsigned and signing up for school, and now here I am playing 100 games in the NHL, a hat trick,…

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Brimming with confidence, Sabres’ Dylan Cozens trying to go from ‘super raw’ to elite
February 16th, 2022 by Lance Lysowski

His nose still blotched from hours under the sun in Miami, Dylan Cozens cracked a smile when recalling how he and two of his Buffalo Sabres teammates, Tage Thompson and Jacob Bryson, chose to spend their brief respite from the grind of an 82-game NHL season. “We went out fishing a bit and just enjoyed…

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NHL THREE STARS: HISCHIER, LAINE AND HELLEBUYCK AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME
February 14th, 2022 by ADAM PROTEAU - The Hockey News

Every Sunday, we celebrate the best of the best in the NHL in the past week, in our choices for the Three Stars of the past seven days. It’s not necessarily all about who had the most points; sometimes, a goalie or defenseman shines through because of their play when they don’t have the puck;…

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Rueschhoff producing in increased role with Wolf Pack
February 14th, 2022 by Alex Thomas | AHL On The Beat

For every action, there is a reaction. When it was announced in late December that taxi squads would be making a return until the NHL’s All-Star break, there was uncertainty throughout the American Hockey League as to what teams would look like. Which players would get recalled to their NHL affiliate? For the Hartford Wolf…

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Leafs sign Woll to three-year, $2.23M extension
February 11th, 2022 by TSN.ca Staff

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced a three-year extension for goaltender Joseph Woll on Friday. The deal carries with it an average annual value of $766,666. The first year of the deal (2022-2023) is a two-way contract, while the remaining two seasons are one-way. A native of Dardenne Prairie, MO, Woll was originally taken with a…

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With his shoulder finally healed, Blackhawks’ Brandon Hagel hopes to be ‘second-half player’
February 11th, 2022 by Ben Pope@BenPopeCST - Chicago Sun Times

The last time Brandon Hagel visited Edmonton — the closest city on the NHL circuit to his northern Albertan hometown of Morinville — was his first time there as a regular with the Blackhawks. It was a momentous day. There was just one problem: he had injured his left shoulder shortly before that Nov. 20…

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How Danton Heinen Made Penguins History In Win Over Bruins
February 9th, 2022 by Marcus Kwesi O'Mard - NESN

Danton Heinen needed just under half a minute to punish his old team and etch his name in the annals of his new squad. The Pittsburgh Penguins left wing scored twice in 28 seconds Tuesday night at TD Garden in the second period of the Pens’ matchup with the Boston Bruins. In doing so, Heinen…

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From humble beginnings, Hutton hungry for more
February 8th, 2022 by Ian Stephenson | AHL On The Beat

The Bridgeport Islanders have had a significant track record of developing National Hockey League talent, and specifically key defensemen. NHL All-Star Adam Pelech is just one example, putting in the time with Bridgeport through 105 American Hockey League games before blossoming into one of the most steady and reliable defensemen on the New York Islanders….

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Panthers Agree to Terms with Mack Guzda on a 3-Year, Entry-Level Contract
February 8th, 2022 by Florida Panthers @FlaPanthers / FloridaPanthers.com

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that goaltender Mack Guzda has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract. “Guzda has been a standout goaltender in the Ontario Hockey League this season,” said Zito. “We are excited about his growth and are thrilled that he will continue his development in…

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Senators sign defenceman Nick Holden to a one-year contract extension
January 27th, 2022 by Sens communications @Media_Sens / Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the team has signed defenceman Nick Holden to a one-year contract extension. The contract has a value of $1.3M for the 2022-23 season. Holden, 34, is in the midst of his first season with Ottawa which has seen him record one goal and three assists while…

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Kelly positive about opportunities in Senators organization
January 18th, 2022 by Joel Vanderlaan | AHL On The Beat

After a storied junior career with the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders, it’s hard to believe Parker Kelly went unselected in his NHL draft year. His draft status might be a reason he sometimes sneaks under the radar; however, his strong play has continued to catch the attention of executives. Although overlooked in the…

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Logan Thompson taking experience with Golden Knights in stride
September 27th, 2021 by Danny Webster - Knights on Ice

Logan Thompson lived college life to the fullest. The art of the college kid in the 21st century has likely changed in the past 20 years, but eating pizza and drinking beer doesn’t seem like a bad way to go. If Thompson knew what the next two years would bring since his days at Brock…

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Dylan Cozens embracing role as top-six center and a face of the Sabres
September 27th, 2021 by Lance Lysowski - The Buffalo News

On the cusp of training camp this month, the league’s best and brightest young stars from its U.S.-based teams gathered at the NHL Player Media Tour in Chicago for a two-day gauntlet of interviews, photo shoots and activities. There were future Hall of Famers Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Steven Stamkos,…

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Maple Leafs Might Have a Hidden Gem in Alex Steeves
September 16th, 2021 by Steven Ellis - SI.com

When the Toronto Maple Leafs opened development camp last week, all eyes were on Nicholas Robertson. It’s not hard to understand why. Robertson turned 20 over the weekend and is coming off of his first full season of professional hockey. Of all the players participating in the rookie camp, Robertson was the most likely to…

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With his chance at hand, Meyer’s hard work paying off
September 16th, 2021 by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Carson Meyer eventually ended up where he thought he’d be, it just took him a little longer to get there. As a Central Ohio native who grew up on Blue Jackets hockey, maturing as a young player just as the organization and the city’s hockey culture and infrastructure around him were doing the same, he…

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Blackhawks sign Brandon Hagel to a 3-year, $4.5 million contract
August 10th, 2021 by L_B_R - Second City Hockey

The Blackhawks announced on Friday that they’ve signed 22-year old winger Brandon Hagel to a three-year contract with an annual salary cap hit of $1.5 million. It’s not surprising the Blackhawks wanted to lock Hagel sooner rather than later considering he was the biggest surprise and a top rookie last season for the Blackhawks. His…

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