Stars Free Agency Roundup.

After the NHL Draft comes the Free Agency- a period of time in which players are out of contract with their current teams and are under consideration by others. Of course, after a whirlwind draft, the Dallas Stars have taken full advantage of the Free Agency. Here are the players who have made the cut…

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The Stars have resigned Right Wing Valeri Nichushkin on a two-year contract worth a minimum of $2.95 million. Back in the 2013 Draft, Nichushkin was 10thoverall pick by the Dallas Stars, and spent parts of three seasons with them before signing with CSKA Moscow. This 23 year-old has three medals under his belt already; the Under 17s WHC Gold Medal from 2011-12, the Under 20s WJ Bronze Medal from 2012-13 and a World Championship Bronze Medal from 2016-17, alongside other recognitions.

Next up, on a one-year contract worth $1.3 million, we have Defenseman Roman Polak.

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32 year-old Polak is coming to the Stars from the Toronto Maple Leafs after spending time with the San Jose Sharks and the St Louis Blues. Another player with medals under his tape, Polak won the Under 18s WJC Bronze Medal in 2003-04 and the Under 20s WJC Bronze Medal in 2004-05.

On a three-year contract worth an AAV of $2.4 million, the Stars have brought in 32 year-

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old Blake Comeau, who has been brought in as a replacement for Antoine Roussel, who announced his departure from the Dallas Stars on July 1st. Comeau has one hell of a career under his belt so far, having played for Colorado Avalanche, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Calgary Flames, and the New York Islanders, not to mention the AHLs Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets and the SMHL’s Saskatoon Contacts.

Next on the roster, the Stars have added former Boston Bruins Goaltender Anton

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Khudobin. 32 year-old Khudobin is on a two-year contract worth $2.5 million and will be serving as backup for the Stars this coming season. Driven by a potential chance at the Stanley Cup rather than money, Khudobin has never played more than 36 games in a season but has a .913 save percentage, which is great for a backup at 32.

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Last, but certainly not least, the Dallas Stars have offered a one-year extension worth $735,000 to the 23 year-old Left Wing Remi Elie, who has already played 72 games with the Stars this past season. He played 18 games with them in the 2016-17 season as well and spent the rest of that season with the Texas Stars. While Elie’s production is low in comparison to other forwards, he had 101 hits last year in his minimal ice time and is showing potential for the future.

There we have it, the Free Agency lineup so far! With a new team coming together, could next season be ‘the one’ for the Dallas Stars?

Photographs taken from NHL.com, Causeway Crowd, Hockey’s Future and Sports News.

What to do with Brooks Orpik?

Could Brooks Orpik be on his way back to Washington? (Photo source: RMNB)

In one of the biggest trades on draft day, the Washington Capitals traded backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer and veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik to the Colorado Avalanche.

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80 Years of the Fife Flyers: Part 1

This year, 2018, will see the Fife Flyers celebrate its 80th anniversary. From the club’s inception and first game all the way to present day. We take a brief look at the storied history of the oldest professional ice hockey club in the UK.

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MKL in the community

Pucky meeting some of the MKL faithful at Playoff Weekend 2018 (photo: MKL/Instagram)

The Milton Keynes Lightning have been very dedicated to their work in the community, especially since coming up into the Elite League last season. Over this off season they are pushing extra hard to recruit new fans from outside of the Milton Keynes area including trips to Northampton & Bedford in Pucky’s off season tour.

This coming weekend they will be at the Northampton Festival with a stall at the Northampton Saint’s Rugby ground, situated right next to the site where the hot air balloons will be released.

Pucky will be on the Racecourse between 9am and 6pm and available for photos (maybe an autograph or two) and general Pucky cheekiness.

Other dates for your diary for finding MK out and about in your local community are:

  • 8th July – Northampton Balloon Festival
  • 21st July – John Lewis Family Funday (11am – 5pm)
  • 24th July – 24hr Litter Pick with McDonald’s
  • 31st July – The Festival of Play official opening (11am)
  • 5th August The Henry Allen Trust Family Funday (12-5pm) @ Emerson Valley Sports Pavillion

Eye of the Storm – Hammond Returns

One thing every Storm fan has been sweating over during the summer break is wether or not the league’s leading scorer would be back with us for the 2018-2019 season.

Today we got our answer.

The 28-year old British born, Canadian trained forward is the 12th signing of the Manchester Storm and is without a doubt the most important in my eyes.

When a single player records 83 points in 56 games, you want to make sure you tie that contract up quickly. Hammond was without a doubt the most instrumental player on the ice last season in the Storm push for the Patton title.

After his exploits with team GB in the world championships many believed that Hammond could return to previous club Braehead/Glasgow Clan. Thankfully he stayed where he belongs!

Head Coach Ryan Finnerty was equally ecstatic to have the leagues top man back in board:

“We are really happy to have Mike back at the club, he was a big part of our success last year. Along with his point production he also came up with some big goals in some key games. We need more of the same this year as we look to push the teams at the top”

Welcome back to the shelter Like and I hope you keep on being awesome!

Boxill Back on Belfast Ice!

Well Giant’s fans, what a morning this has been already. After a signing being teased last night, I was not expecting this, and I don’t know about you but I am over the moon to be able to welcome back to Belfast Ice, #89, Jonathan Boxill!

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