NHL notebook: Coyotes, Blue Jackets swap prospects – Reuters

The Arizona Coyotes acquired defenseman Jacob Graves and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2019 draft from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Ryan MacInnis, both teams announced Wednesday.

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The 23-year-old Graves registered three goals and three assists in 23 games last season with the Cleveland Monsters (AHL). He also posted four assists in 24 games with the Quad City Mallards (ECHL) in 2017-18.

MacInnis, 22, has scored 14 goals and 17 assists in 129 AHL games, including six goals and eight assists in 59 games last season. A St. Louis native, he was drafted 43rd overall in 2014 by the Coyotes.

—The San Jose Sharks announced they re-signed restricted free agent center Chris Tierney to a two-year deal, though financial terms were not disclosed. According to a Sportsnet report, the contract will be worth a total of $5.875 million. Tierney made $894,167 last season.

Tierney, who turned 24 on July 1, posted career highs in goals (17) and assists (23) while playing in all 82 games last season, his fourth in the NHL since the Sharks took him in the second round of the 2012 draft.

Also, the Sharks signed 2018 first-round pick Ryan Merkley to an entry-level contract. Merkley, 17, was the Ontario Hockey League Rookie of the Year in 2016-17 and finished third among OHL defensemen with 67 points (13 goals, 54 assists) in 63 games for Guelph last season.

—The Vegas Golden Knights and restricted free agent forward Tomas Nosek avoided arbitration with a one-year, $962,500 contract.

Nosek, 25, had career highs of seven goals, eight assists and

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Alex Ovechkin becomes first NHL player to win ESPY for Best Male Athlete – Russian Machine Never Breaks (blog)

Alex Ovechkin better get a second trophy room in his dacha, because this summer he just can’t stop winning trophies.

After fetching his seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophy and his first ever Conn Smythe (playoff MVP) and Stanley Cup, Ovechkin was awarded Best Male Athlete and Best NHL Player at this year’s ESPYs – ESPN’s annual awards show.

Ovechkin received more votes than Tom Brady, James Harden, and Jose Altuve for Best Male Athlete while he bested Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, and Marc-André Fleury for Best NHL Player. The Capitals, who were nominated for Best Team, lost out to the Houston Astros.

Ovechkin is the first NHL player to ever win Best Male Athlete (25 years). The only other local player to win the award was Cal Ripken in 1996.

The Great 8 was not at Microsoft Theatre to accept either ESPY. After announcing Ovechkin as the winner for Best Male Athlete, Kate Beckinsale accepted the award on Ovi’s behalf, saying “he’s in Russia with his wife, who is eight and half months pregnant.”

Alex Ovechkin Wins the 2018 ESPY Award for the Best Male Athlete!@ovi8 becomes the first @NHL player to win the award!#ALLCAPS #ESPYS pic.twitter.com/2AftqsLoiM

— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 19, 2018

We imagine this is how @ovi8 is celebrating his Best Male Athlete ESPY. pic.twitter.com/ju4J7AgKd2

— ESPYS (@ESPYS) July 19, 2018

Here are all the award winners on the evening.

More from the Capitals:

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been named the recipient of the Best Male Athlete at the 2018 ESPYS, becoming the first NHL player to win the award since the inaugural ESPYs in 1993. Ovechkin beat out Jose Altuve (Houston Astros), James Harden (Houston Rockets) and Tom Brady (New England Patriots).

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11 big summer NHL headlines that have yet to play out – Sportsnet.ca – Sportsnet.ca

Not everyone has a fancy cottage to get to.

While the dog days of summer might seem like the perfect time to enjoy the sun and find a lake, golf course, or even a plush hammock to unwind, why not stay indoors like a true hockey fan and take in some spicy news nuggets before the 2018-19 NHL season unfolds?

(Or, just like, take your phone with you wherever you go and enjoy the best of both worlds.)

Here are some things to look out for during the next couple of months.

Karlsson and Pacioretty have been traded

It’s come to this.

Two Canadian Atlantic Division franchises have (in their own unique ways!) seemingly reached points of no return with their respective captains.

The Ottawa Senators are in the midst of an exceptionally miserable off-season, which has somehow completely overshadowed their averagely miserable regular season. (It’s not worth re-hashing how the Senators got to this point, but if you haven’t been following, there’s a good recap here.)

It’s worth waiting for just the right deal when it comes to trading a player the calibre of Erik Karlsson, and we seemed oh so close to finding out what that perfect deal entails a couple weeks ago when rumours were rampant that the Lightning were about to land him.

In theory there’s nothing stopping the Senators from holding on to their superstar and trading him mid-season like Colorado did with Matt Duchene last year. But given the incredible toxicity brewing out of the nation’s capital, this is a deal best made yesterday.

The Montreal Canadiens seemed mighty close to shipping Max Pacioretty to San Jose at the draft. With GM Marc Bergevin reportedly telling Pacioretty’s camp that there won’t be any extension talks, it’s only a matter of time before a move is

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Flyers re-sign Anthony Stolarz – NHL.com

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today they have signed goaltender Anthony Stolarz to a one-year, two-way contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Stolarz recently completed his fourth season with the Flyers. Below are news & notes on Stolarz career:

ANTHONY STOLARZ (G)

DRAFTED: 2012 (2nd Round, 45th Overall) – Philadelphia Flyers

AGE: 24 (1-20-1994) | BORN: Edison, NJ

VITALS: 6’6″, 210 pounds | CATCHES: Left

* Stolarz missed nearly the entire 2017-18 season after he underwent surgery on his left knee to repair a meniscus tear just prior to training camp in September of 2017.

* He appeared in one game with the Phantoms this past season and three games with the Flyers’ ECHL affiliate, the Reading Royals, on rehab assignment in March of 2018 where he went 1-1-1 with a 3.02 GAA and .902 save percentage.

* Prior to the 2017-18 season, Stolarz made his NHL debut with the Flyers on Nov. 27, 2016 where he stopped 29 of 32 shots to earn his first career win in a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.

* He became the first New Jersey born goaltender in NHL history to start in a regular season game.

* In his second career NHL start, he stopped all 28 shots for a 1-0 overtime win at Detroit for his first NHL shutout… The game was also the Flyers final game at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena.

* Overall in his NHL career, he has appeared in seven games for the Flyers, posting a 2-1-1 record with a 2.07 GAA and .928 save percentage.

* In his AHL career, Stolarz has a 48-41-11 record in 108 appearances with a 2.90 goals-against average and .911 save percentage… In 2015-16, he was named to the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic.

* Stolarz was the Flyers Second

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Merkley signs entry-level contract with Sharks – NHL.com

Ryan Merkley, a first-round pick (No. 21) in the 2018 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks, signed an entry-level contract on Wednesday.

Financial terms were not released.

Merkley, 17, was the Ontario Hockey League rookie of the year last season and finished third among OHL defensemen with 67 points (13 goals, 54 assists) in 63 games for Guelph.

[RELATED: Tierney signs two-year contract with Sharks]

“Ryan was one of the most talented players at his position in this year’s draft and we were very excited to add him to our organization,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. “We were impressed with the way he handled himself as the youngest player at our summer development camp and feel that he has a whole new level he has yet to tap into. Ryan has the potential to be a difference-maker at the NHL level and we are looking forward to watching his development this season.”

Merkley represented Canada at the U-18 World Junior Championship in 2018 and led it in points (three) and assists (three) among defensemen in five games. He won a gold medal with Canada at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and had six assists in five games.

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