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Date Player News
9/18/2014 Darcy Kuemper, G The Minnesota Wild have signed Kuemper to a two-year contract.

Analysis: The Wild finally secured Kuemper on Thursday, one day after starting goalie Josh Harding broke his right foot. The injury helped motivate the Wild to get a deal done with Kuemper, who went 12-8-4 with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage in 26 games last season.
9/17/2014 Josh Harding, G Harding has a broken right foot, putting him out indefinitely. The Wild announced Wednesday the injury was suffered in an off-ice incident. The team said Harding was hurt Sunday but did not specify how.

Analysis: Harding will not need surgery, but with training camp starting Friday and the opener Oct. 9 the Wild's tenuous depth in the net is a concern. Veteran Niklas Backstrom has returned after midsection injuries kept him out of action after January. But restricted free agent Darcy Kuemper has not yet been signed.
9/17/2014 Justin Braun, D The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Justin Braun to a $19 million, five-year extension.

Analysis: Braun emerged as one of San Jose's top defensemen last season, often drawing the most difficult matchups. He was second on the team in average time on ice per game (20:59), tied for first in short-handed ice time per game (2:11) and set career-highs for points (17), goals (4) and assists (13).
9/16/2014 Danny DeKeyser, D The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with DeKeyser on Tuesday on a two-year deal, with an average cap hit just under $2.2 million.

Analysis: The 24-year-old DeKeyser is coming off a fine rookie season in which he had four goals and 19 assists in 65 games. He averaged 21:38 of ice time, second to only Niklas Kronwall on the team.
9/16/2014 Devante Smith-Pelly, RW Smith-Pelly has agreed to a two-year, $1.6 million deal to return to the Anaheim Ducks.

Analysis: Smith-Pelly has scored 23 points in 75 games over the past three seasons with the Ducks, bouncing between the NHL and Anaheim's AHL affiliates. He had two goals and eight assists in 19 games last year for the Ducks. Smith-Pelly solidified his Anaheim roster spot with an outstanding postseason last spring, leading the Ducks with five playoff goals.
9/11/2014 Nino Niederreiter, RW The Minnesota Wild have signed Niederreiter to a three-year contract. The Wild announced the deal Thursday.

Analysis: Minnesota had been negotiating with Niederreiter all summer and time was running short with training camp set to begin next week. But the two sides finally got the deal done, ensuring that the 22-year-old Niederreiter will remain with the team that helped jumpstart his career after it began with the New York Islanders. Niederreiter came to Minnesota in a trade last summer and had 14 goals and 22 assists to help the Wild to the playoffs.
9/11/2014 Alex Ovechkin, RW Ovechkin says the right knee he injured at the hockey world championship is fine and he's been working out for the past month or so.

Analysis: The three-time NHL MVP says: "Everything feels fine and 100 percent." He says it took about two months for his knee to heal after he took a hit at the world championship in May. Asked whether he would play left wing or right wing under new Capitals coach Barry Trotz, Ovechkin replied: "Ask him about it. He's the coach and he's going to make the decision."
9/11/2014 Sonny Milano, LW The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Sonny Milano, the club's first pick in the 2014 NHL draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Analysis: The 18-year-old left wing was the 16th overall pick in June's draft. A member of the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers, he is among 25 players representing the Blue Jackets at the annual NHL prospects tournament from this weekend in Traverse City, Michigan.
9/10/2014 Saku Koivu, C Longtime Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu has retired.

Analysis: The NHL players association announced on Wednesday that the Finnish star would call it a career after 18 seasons, all but five of which were spent in Montreal. He won four Olympic medals with Finland in the Winter Olympics, including a silver medal in their 2006 loss to archrival Sweden in the final.
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