Senators acquire forward Dylan Gambrell from San Jose

OTTAWA, ONT – The Ottawa Senators announced today that the team has acquired forward Dylan Gambrell from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for the Sharks’ original 2022 seventh-round draft pick that the Senators had acquired on Jan. 27, 2021, in exchange for defenceman Christian Jaros.

A native of Bonney Lake, Wash., Gambrell has skated in three contests this season with San Jose’s American Hockey League affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda, and has registered one point (one assist) and four penalty minutes. He will be recalled to Ottawa as part of this transaction.

Maple Leafs’ Goalie Campbell Becoming a Star in Toronto

TORONTO, ONT – Toronto Maple Leafs netminder Jack Campbell is one of the nicest guys in the business. His happy-go-lucky attitude is contagious for the team while his play in the crease has been frustrating opponents. “Soup” has heard his name called plenty of times early on this season and it’s because he’s been absolutely rock solid. His strong performance early on this season is a great sign for Toronto as he’s proving, once again, he’s ready for prime time.

Predators Sign Mattias Ekholm to Four-Year, $25 Million Contract

NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today the team has signed defenseman Mattias Ekholm to a four-year, $25 million contract that will keep him in Nashville through the 2025-26 season. The contract will begin in the 2022-23 season and carries an annual average value of $6.25 million.

“When you think about foundational pieces on our hockey team, Mattias Ekholm is certainly at the top of the list, and we couldn’t be happier to get this deal done with the start of the regular season upon us,” Poile said. “An alternate captain who leads both vocally and by example, Mattias brings stability and size to our defense corps and has embraced serving as a mentor to the younger players on our team. We have a group of young, right-shot defensemen that includes Alexandre Carrier, Philippe Myers, Dante Fabbro and Matt Benning who all have the opportunity to learn from and play with Mattias on the side opposite him, and we’re excited about the stability that will provide us on the blue line.”

Canadiens newcomer Dvorak impresses Ducharme with his hockey smarts

MONTREAL, QC – The new top-six line for Montreal Canadiens this season should be Christian Dvorak, who was brought in after Jesperi Kotkaniemi signed a US$6.1-million offer sheet with Carolina, between a healthy Jonathan Drouin and speedster Josh Anderson. Dvorak scored a goal and added three assists in Monday’s pre-season win over the Maple Leafs, surprising a lot of people, including Ducharme.

“I knew he was a complete, solid hockey player (but) I see little things (that make me realize) he’s even smarter than I thought,” said Ducharme.

Matt Carle, longtime NHL defenseman, Joins Wild Amateur Scouting Staff

ST. PAUL, MN – On the second day of a Minnesota Wildtraining camp that has already seen the return of Russian sensation Krill Kaprizovand the rest of the club, general manager Bill Guerin decided to break some news off the ice before the Wild’s first preseason game on Saturday.

First and foremost, Guerin’s personal contract guru Chris O’Hearn has been promoted to Assistant General Manager. He previously served as the team’s Director of Hockey Operations and had been in that role since the 2019 season.

Viktor Arvidsson on joining LA Kings: “I’m here to win”I’m

LOS ANGELES, CA – Not long after the calendar flipped to July, LA Kings general manager Rob Blake wasted little time to improve the roster, sending two draft picks to Nashville in exchange for Viktor Arvidsson. The Swedish winger is three years removed from a 34-goal season, although the last couple of years have been somewhat disappointing.

However, the 28-year-old is hoping to regain form in Los Angeles and playing alongside one of the game’s best puck facilitators in Anze Kopitar.

Travis Zajac retires — as a Devil

NEWARK, NJ – On Monday, veteran center Travis Zajac signed a one-day contract with the New Jersey Devils so he could retire in the jersey he proudly represented for almost 15 years.

Zajac, 36, was originally the 20th overall selection in the 2004 NHL Draft by New Jersey. He served as an assistant captain in seven of his last eight seasons with New Jersey.

He appeared in his 1,000th career NHL game on February 21, 2021, at Washington, becoming the fourth player in franchise history to reach the milestone.

Travis Zajac Signs One-Day Contract to Retire as a Devil

NEWARK, NJ – Center Travis Zajac, who spent all but 13 games of his 15-year NHL career with New Jersey, today signed a one-day contract with the New Jersey Devils and announced his retirement from the National Hockey League.  Zajac will remain with the organization in an on/off-ice player development and consulting role, while also working to grow the club’s youth hockey initiatives.