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Penguins’ Sidney Crosby to Have Wrist Surgery

Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will undergo surgery to repair a wrist that never recovered after physical therapy, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Crosby is not expected to miss any regular season games, reports the Gazette.

Crosby was named the league’s Hart Trophy Award winner for the second time this past season. He also won the Ted Lindsay Award, which is the player’s choice for league MVP.

The 26-year-old Crosby played in 80 games this season and led the league in points (104) and assists (68) while leading the Penguins to the Metropolitan Division championship. He also scored 36 goals with 68 assists.

The Penguins were knocked out of the playoffs by the New York Rangers, which led to the firing of their coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Ray Shero.

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ESPN: Wingels Agrees to New 3-Year Deal with Sharks

Len Redkoles/ NHLI via Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — Unrestricted free agent center Tommy Wingels agreed to a new three-year deal with the Sharks Monday, according to ESPN.com.

The 26-year-old Wingels will earn $7.4 million throughout the deal, according to CSNBayArea.com.

Wingels, a former sixth-round pick of the Sharks in 2008, had a breakout campaign last season for the Sharks, playing in 77 games, scoring 16 goals and racking up 38 points.

Wingels also played on the Sharks’ second penalty-kill unit last season and led the team with 218 hits.

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Senators Sign David Legwand

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(OTTAWA) — The Senators added a key veteran free agent on Friday.  Center David Legwand and Ottawa agreed to a two-year deal worth $6 million.

Legwand split time with the Predators and the Red Wings last season.

“David is a good, veteran center, a guy that skates pretty well, gets up and down the ice,” Senators general manager Bryan Murray said in a statement.

Legwand had 51 points in 83 games between the two teams after spending 15 seasons in Nashville before being traded to Detroit in March.

“We just think the way things shook out for us that having an experienced center that can be a decent faceoff man, be a good defensive player, get points, was very important at this time,” Murray continued.

The Senators sent center Jason Spezza to Dallas on Tuesday for right winger Alex Chiasson.

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Predators Ink Jokinen to 1-Year Deal

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Center Olli Jokinen has signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Nashville Predators. The 35-year-old played in all 82 games for Winnipeg last season, scoring 18 goals while tallying 43 points.

“Olli Jokinen is a proven veteran center who will provide us with size, leadership and offensive ability in the tough Central Division and Western Conference,” Predators general manager David Poile said in a team release.” He provides our coaching staff with more depth and options at the forward position and coach [Peter] Laviolette believes he is a good fit for our style of play.”

Jokinen has played 16 NHL seasons split between the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames, New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets.

In 2003 Jokinen was named an All-Star and is a seven-time 20-goal scorer.

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Forward Steve Downie Signs 1-Year Contract with Penguins

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Free-agent winger Steve Downie signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday. The 27-year-old Downie played last season with the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers, dishing out 20 assists and compiling 24 points.

Downie is reunited with Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet, who coached Downie in Tampa Bay during the 2009-10 season. That season Downie had career highs in goals [24] and assists [46].

Downie becomes the fifth player signed by Pittsburgh in the last two days. The Penguins also signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, winger Blake Comeau and goaltender Thomas Greiss, while also re-signing forward Marcel Goc.

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Stars Acquire Jason Spezza

Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Ottawa Senators traded center Jason Spezza and top prospect Ludwig Karlsson to the Dallas Stars for forward Alex Chiasson and prospects Nicholas Paul, Alex Guptill, and a second-round draft pick in 2015, both teams confirmed on Tuesday.

Spezza requested a trade once the season was over for the Senators and finally got his wish. He will join his former teammate Ales Hemsky, who received $12 million over three years from the Stars earlier on Tuesday.

“I’m thrilled because we had great chemistry at the end of the year,” said Spezza of his relationship with Hemsky. “So it’s nice to hear. We got to know each other pretty well pretty quickly.”

Spezza is owed $7 million this season after signing a seven-year contract with the Senators.

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Goalie Ryan Miller Signs 3-Year Deal with Canucks

Dave Sandford/Getty Images(VANCOUVER) — Goalie Ryan Miller signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday. The 33-year-old Miller joins a Canucks team that traded away its franchise goalie Roberto Luongo last season.

“I felt it was important to get a goalie with experience,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. “Over the years, he’s played a lot of games. He gives us that experience that we need.”

Miller, who is a Vezina Trophy winner, has played 11 NHL seasons between Buffalo and St. Louis. During that time, he has compiled a 294-194-58 record, a .915 save percentage, and a 2.59 goals-against average.

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Avalanche Sign Iginla

Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Colorado Avalanche signed free agent winger Jarome Iginla to a three-year, $16 million contract Tuesday.

The 37-year-old Iginla played last season with the Boston Bruins scoring 30 goals and dishing out 31 assists in 78 games, helping the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.

Iginla had interest in re-signing with Boston, but the Bruins have a shortage of salary-cap space. 

“In the NHL it’s hard to pick which team is going to win, but you want to be on a contender, and I think at this stage in my career that is very important,” Iginla said to Sportsnet. “I know Boston, they have a great shot, a great team and they work very hard and they’re committed. Unfortunately, it didn’t end the way we wanted it to this year in Boston, but they’ll be right back there and have a great shot again and I realize that. But it wasn’t really a full option and Colorado, to me, is a young, dynamic team and they’re just getting better.”

Last season the Avalanche won the Central Division title but lost in the first round of the playoffs in seven games to the Minnesota Wild.

Iginla has played 17 NHL seasons split between Calgary, Pittsburgh, and Boston. He is a six-time All Star, who has scored 560 goals, tying him with Guy Lafleur for 24th on the NHL’s all-time top scorers list.

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Avalanche Acquire Daniel Briere in Trade with Habs

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) –The Colorado Avalanche acquired center Daniel Briere from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward P.A. Parenteau and the fifth-round pick in next years NHL Draft, on Monday.

Briere waived his no-trade clause to allow the deal to be completed.
                                                                                                                “An up and coming team, the chance to play for Patrick Roy, those are all very enticing,” Briere said to the NHL Network. “Feeling wanted, when the team wants you and they need you, those are all things I’m looking forward to. Having a no-trade clause doesn’t mean you’re not going to be traded in my mind, it just means you maybe have a chance to pick or choose a little bit more your destination. When they told me it was Colorado, I was right away very excited.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Briere had 29 points in 69 games for the Canadiens this season and has one year left on a two-year, $8 million contract. The 36-year-old Briere is a two-time All Star and has 684 career points.                                                                                                                                                                                
Meanwhile, the Canadiens received the 31-year-old Parenteau. He spent his last two seasons in Colorado, scoring 32 goals while tallying 76 points.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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Penguins Trade Winger James Neal to the Predators

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — The Pittsburgh Penguins overhaul continues as they’ve traded winger James Neal to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.

Neal had been with the Penguins since 2011, and was a major offensive weapon for the team the past few seasons.

In 59 games this season, Neal scored 27 goals and had 61 total points.

“In this deal, we got to drop our cap a little bit with Hornqvist,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. “We like Hornqvist as an all-around player. Hornqvist plays at the net, goes to the net, works the corners. We like his all-around play.”

Hornqvist had 22 goals and 31 assists in 76 games this season. Spaling had 13 goals and 19 assists in 71 games for Nashville this season.

After a disappointing end to their season, the Penguins shook up their team by firing general manger Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma.

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