It’s Good To Talk – A More Open EIHL

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In a move to bring the EIHL in line with the majority of other leagues around the globe, the Elite League has permitted each of the clubs to appoint additional alternate captains this season.  The teams are now allowed to designate a captain and three alternates.

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Ryan Johansen Agrees to 3-Year Deal With Columbus

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As the contract drama between Ryan Johansen and the Columbus Blue Jackets trudged on for the past few weeks, it seemed like it was only going to get worse and that eventually Johansen would not be wearing a Blue Jackets jersey for another season.

However, all that has changed this morning as the 22-year-old center finally agreed to a 3-year, $12 million dollar deal with the organization. The Blue Jackets have stated that he would make $3 million in the 2014-15 and 2014-16 seasons, and $6 million in 2016-17. The contract has an average annual value of $4 million.

Johansen had a breakout season last season with team-highs of 33 goals and 63 points while centering the top line. He recorded six points in six Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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What Are The Biggest Roster Questions Facing Each NHL Team This Year?

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The 2014/15 NHL season is just days away!  Training camps and preseason games are winding down, teams are getting settled, and fans are debating with all their passions on display the wisdom of various roster decisions.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at what the biggest roster questions facing each team are this year…

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New York Islanders Acquire Boychuk, Leddy

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The New York Islanders traded for defensemen Johnny Boychuk from the Boston Bruins and Nick Leddy from the Chicago Blackhawks today in an effort to improve their defense. In exchange, the Bruins got second-round picks for the 2015 and 2016 NHL Drafts, and a conditional third-rounder in 2015.

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