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Senator’s Mikkel Boedker Excited to Return to Canada

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Ottawa Senators’ winger Mikkel Boedker is excited to return to Canada, where he played junior hockey, as he came over in a June trade from the San Jose Sharks.

“I’m very much (excited),” Boedker said, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun. “It’s a good opportunity to play some good hockey and join a Canadian franchise that’s about to turn the ship around. It’s good to be part of something like that.”

Boedker finished with 37 points last season and Ottawa is hoping that he can offset some of the production from forward Mike Hoffman, who was sent to San Jose in return.

“When people talk about Ottawa I don’t think they give them enough credit because I think there’s a lot of capable players and a lot players that have done some damage in their careers on the stats sheet,” Boedker said. “I still think it’s a very capable team and we’ve just got to get back to that. We’ve just got to get back to where it’s all in every night and every night matters.”

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Penguins Sign Oula Palve

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed European center Oula Plave to a one-year, entry level contract, according to an official team announcement on Monday.

Palve’s new deal is for the league minimum $700K and includes a $92.5K signing bonuses. There are also games-played incentives that could total $132.5K.

Palve is coming off a solid season withTPS Turku in the Finnish sm-Liiga , leading the team with 16 goals and 35 assists in 53 games.

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Caps’ T.J. Oshie Likely Out For The Playoffs

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The Washington Capitals will be without winger T.J. Oshie for whjat appears to be the entire postseason, according to Isabelle Khurshudyan and Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.

Oshie’s injury is being termed as an upper-body issue by the team, but Oshie was seen in a sling following a hit from Carolina Hurricanes winger Warren Foegele.

Despite the hit, the Department of Player Safety opted not to hand anything down in terms of discipline on Foegele.

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Red Wings Hire Steve Yzerman

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The Detroit Red Wings have hired franchise icon and former Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman to take over the post as their general manager.

Current general manager, Ken Holland, will move to a position called Senior Vice President and has inked a multi-year contract extension to remain with the club, according to TSN’s Gord Miller.

Yzerman stepped down from his role as GM of the Lightning in September but he is largely responsible for building the roster that led Tampa Bay to a President’s Cup this season, matching the NHL record for wins in a single season, posting a 62-16-4 record this past season.

Yzerman could be bringing some members of the Lightning front office to Detroit with him, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

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