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Ducks sign Henrique to 5-year extension worth reported $29.125M

The Anaheim Ducks signed forward Adam Henrique to a five-year contract extension on Monday, the team announced.

The deal carries an average value of $5.825 million per season for a total of $29.125 million, a source told The Athletic's Josh Cooper.

Henrique joined the Ducks following a trade in late November that saw Sami Vatanen dealt to the New Jersey Devils. With Monday's signing, the Devils will now receive the Ducks' 2019 third-round pick as part of the condition in the trade, according to CapFriendly.

In 81 games split between the Ducks and Devils, Henrique put up a combined 24 goals and 50 points, reaching the half-century mark for the third time in his seven-year career.

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Predators, Hartman sign 1-year, $875K contract

The Nashville Predators signed restricted free-agent forward Ryan Hartman to a one-year, $875,000 contract on Monday, the team announced.

The 23-year-old was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks ahead of last season's trade deadline along with a fifth-round pick. In exchange, the Predators shipped out a first- and fourth-round selection, as well as prospect Victor Ejdsell.

In 79 games split between the Blackhawks and Predators, Hartman tallied 11 goals and matched his career high with 31 points.

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‘No contract progress’ in talks between Panarin, Blue Jackets, says agent

Despite a meeting in Nice, France, on Monday between Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and forward Artemi Panarin, it appears the sides are no closer to a contract extension.

While Kekalainen declined to comment following the meeting, Panarin's agent, Dan Milstein, said it was a "good conversation," but that there was "no contract progress at this time," according to The Athletic's Aaron Portzline.

It was reported back in June that Panarin wasn't ready to consider signing a contract extension with the Blue Jackets, and that Kekalainen was therefore testing the market for him.

The 26-year-old Panarin has one year left on his current two-year, $12-million contract, after which he'll become an unrestricted free agent.

He's coming off his first season with Columbus following a trade that sent Brandon Saad to the Chicago Blackhawks in return. Panarin finished 2017-18 with 27 goals and a career-high 82 points in 81 games.

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Hockey world mourns loss of Ray Emery

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The hockey world lost one of the most memorable netminders in recent history on Sunday.

Former Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery died after drowning early in the morning while swimming in the Hamilton Harbour in Hamilton, Ontario.

Emery dressed in 287 NHL games for five teams across 11 seasons, and judging by the overwhelming compassion expressed by former teammates and friends, he will surely be missed.

"On behalf of the Ottawa Senators, I wish to express my sincere condolences on the passing of Ray Emery. Ray was instrumental in our run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, and at his best he brought a competitive edge and combative mentality to the game. On behalf of our entire organization, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Ray's family, friends and loved ones." - Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a release.

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Former NHL goalie Ray Emery dies after drowning

Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery died early Sunday morning in Hamilton, Ontario after drowning while swimming with friends, Hamilton police confirmed.

Emery was 35 years old.

He played 287 career NHL games across an 11-year career that included stops with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks, and Chicago Blackhawks.

Emery last suited up during the 2015-16 season where he split his time between the Ontario Reign and Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League and the Manheim Eagles of the DEL in Germany.

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Kovalchuk: I have 3 or 4 years of high-level play left in my tank

Age is just a number as far as Ilya Kovalchuk is concerned.

The newest member of the Los Angeles Kings was on hand to speak to reporters on Saturday and said he still expects to play at an elite level through the duration of his contract.

"When I was making my decision, it was all about hockey because I have three or four years left in my tank where I can really play at a high level," Kovalchuk said, according to Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider.com. "L.A. has a great group of guys. Like I said, great goaltending, great defense, and they have one of the best centers in the league. I never had a chance to play with those kinds of guys, so it's really exciting for me."

This season will mark Kovalchuk's return to the NHL after five years spent with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. The former 1st overall pick of the Atlanta Thrashers - who averaged over 40 goals per 82 games in the NHL - is confident he'll be able to produce thanks in large part to the talent surrounding him in L.A.

"The last few years I was still in the same caliber like I was, so I feel comfortable," Kovalchuk said. "Especially when you play with the guys like Kopitar, Doughty, Carter, Brown, those guys, they make it even easier to get the points and the goals. We just need to work really hard and be a good team. It doesn't matter really who's going to score."

Kovalchuk will be relied on heavily to produce offense after a season that saw the Kings finish 16th in the regular season in goals. The campaign concluded with a first-round sweep to the Vegas Golden Knights after the team managed a mere three goals. Adding the KHL's reigning points leader should help address that.

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Stars sign Shore to 2-year, $4.6M contract

The Dallas Stars locked up forward Devin Shore to a two-year, $4.6-million contract on Friday, the team announced.

Shore was a restricted free agent and was scheduled to go to arbitration on July 20.

"Devin is a hard-working, young forward who has shown us that he is willing to do whatever it takes on the ice to help the team win," general manager Jim Nill said in a release. "His durability and versatility as a player has proven to be a major asset for our club. We look forward to watching his continued growth and development."

Shore is coming off his second full season in the NHL, where he put up 30-plus points for the second straight year. He concluded his sophomore season with 11 goals and 21 assists, and finished third among Stars forwards with 57 blocked shots.

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Matthews not concerned about captaincy, says agency rep Bobby Orr

With John Tavares now part of the Toronto Maple Leafs, questions about the team's open captaincy appear to be building.

The club has not had a captain since Dion Phaneuf was dealt to the Ottawa Senators in 2016. Many believe Auston Matthews will step into the role after getting a few seasons under his belt. However, Tavares - who served as captain of the New York Islanders for five seasons - could now be in line to assume the captaincy instead.

It's a dilemma likely being overblown in Toronto. Bobby Orr, whose agency represents Matthews, said the 20-year-old isn't worried about who will be named captain.

"The team is going to be a little different," Orr told reporters, according to TSN. "A very good team with JT there and he is thrilled. Again, this bull about being upset about this and being upset about that, the captaincy. That's so wrong, shouldn't be happening. They are a good team, they are going to be a very good team and John puts them closer to their goal and that's what Auston is concerned about."

Meanwhile, Matthews is now eligible to sign a contract extension with the Maple Leafs. But as Orr said, there isn't a rush to put pen to paper.

"I don't think it's (about) money," Orr said, according to TSN's Gino Reda. "It's like John Tavares' free agency. He wants to play in Toronto, and if it doesn't happen this year before the season starts, he still has a year left to fulfill his contract and we'll see what happens."

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Report: Lightning, Sens working on Karlsson trade; Rangers may be involved

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators are working on a trade for defenseman Erik Karlsson, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

Dreger notes that the New York Rangers may also be involved in some capacity as the Lightning will need to free up cap space if they are to bring on Karlsson's $6.5-million cap hit.

Karlsson will become an unrestricted free agent after this season and is expected to sign a contract similar to that of Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, who just fetched an eight-year, $88-million extension.

Another challenge for the Lightning is that a number of their players have no-trade clauses.

Earlier this week, it was reported the Dallas Stars had become the front-runners to land Karlsson. The Columbus Blue Jackets had also reportedly shown interest, but the asking price was believed to be too high from their perspective.

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