Jun 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) and goalie Tuukka Rask (40) make a save against Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) during the second period in game six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Harry How/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Two For Roughing: NHL News And Notes [August 3, 2013]


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Time is flying by right now. Which means that with every passing minute we are getting ever so closer to NHL hockey. Training camps are coming up soon, which gives us a chance to see our teams for the first time all summer. A Stanley Cup run for the New York Rangers this season seems like a realistic expectation. Once they resign restricted free agent Derek Stepan, they will have tons of depth up and down the lineup. Which will benefit them tremendously. Let’s take a look at the newest and latest headlines in the league.

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The St.Louis Blues have agreed on a contract extension with forward  Magnus Paajarvi. The deal is 2 years in length and is worth $2.4 million. Watching the Blues in the playoffs last season was one of the greatest experiences in my life. The atmosphere in the Scottrade Center was electrifying. I’ve always been fond of the Blues. Now that they have a suitable goaltender in Jaroslav Halak they will be a playoff contender for a while. Re-signing Paajarvi will help too, as it adds even more depth to their already solid offense which includes David Backes, T.J Oshie, and Derek Roy to name a few.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Kyle Clifford. He appeared in all 48 games last season, with 14 points and 51 penalty minutes. This is a solid signing for the Kings. Clifford is not the biggest superstar in the league, but he will chip in every now and then, and stand up for teammates, which is valuable when it comes to defending the title. If the Kings want to repeat, which hasn’t been done since 1998, they will need this depth to help them on their journey. And signing Clifford is just the start.

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