NHL Breeze: Aug.30, Lee Back, DiPietro Rehab, Gagner Wins a New Deal

Joseph Trenton@@TrentonNHLCFLAnalyst IIIAugust 30, 2010

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 09:  Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders looks on from the bench as his team plays against the Nashville Predators on February 9, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Predators 4-3 after a shootout  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NHL Breeze: Aug.30, Lee’s Back, DiPietro Rehab, Gagner wins a New Deal


Happy birthdays to:

NHL player born today:

-          Justin Peters, 24, Carolina Hurricanes


Today’s NHL news and notes:

-       Lee Stempniak expected to announce his new deal with the Coyotes on Monday. Terms to be released.

-       September is just around the corner and Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro is optimistic he has strengthened his knee to a point that he can return to old form this season. Still unsure when he will be back at full speed.

-       Sam Gagner of the Oilers extended his contract with the team for 2-years, $4.55mil. He will get a lot of playing time as he now has more weapons to work with.

-       Toronto Maple Leafs sign forward Clarke MacArthur to a 1-year deal worth $1.1mil.

-       Edmonton starting goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is convicted to 3 charges of DUI and speeding in Arizona. The goalie could face about 6 months in prison for his actions.

-       Despite report that Don Fehr is the new NHLPA boss, players association says “not so fast”

-       Joel Quenville was at the WhiteSox pre-game for a ceremonial pitch Friday night.

-       Training camp opens up in a couple of weeks for many NHL teams, expect the current free agents who wants to play to agree to join clubs on pro tryouts

-       Ilya Kovalchuk and the NJ Devils submitted their latest and likely final proposal to the NHL. The league has 5 days to deem the contract valid or invalid. If things go according to plan, Kovy will play around 15-years for $100 million dollars. $6.66mil cap hit.

-       Toronto Maple Leafs traded for Matt Lashoff in exchange for Alex Berry and Stephano Giliati. Log jam on defense for the Leafs. Someone has to go…

-       Paul Kariya’s agent Don Baizley announced that Paul will not play this season.

-       National Hockey League’s participation in Olympics in question

-       In Pittsburgh, Jordan Staal’s surgically repaired right foot will be examined by doctors to see if he is ready for training camp.

-       Bill Guerin is told by the Penguins that they do not intend on bringing him back, Guerin is disappointed to hear this news.

-       Bobby Ryan wishes to remain a Duck as the Ducks want him back. Hold back is the discussions on term. Ryan wants a 3 year deal which brings him into UFA, but Ducks have offered 4 and 5 year deals thus far.

-       Nicklas Grossman signed a contract with Dallas Stars.



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