Sharks D Nikolai Knyzhov tears Achilles tendon

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose Sharks defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov will miss the first few months of the season with a torn right Achilles tendon.

General manager Mike Grier said Saturday that Knyzhov got hurt while participating in off-ice training. Knyzhov had surgery Wednesday, and the Sharks estimate it’ll take about six months to recover.

The 24-year-old Knyzhov missed all of last season with a groin injury and the Sharks were hoping to have him back healthy this year.

He played 56 games in the 2020-21 season, recording two goals and eight assists.

Blackhawks announce 1-year contracts for D Jones, F Kurashev

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to one-year contracts with defenseman Caleb Jones and forward Philipp Kurashev.

Jones and Kurashev were restricted free agents. Jones’ deal carries a $1,350,000 salary-cap hit, and Kurashev’s contract is worth $750,000.

The team announced the moves on Friday. Training camp begins on Sept. 21.

The 25-year-old Jones set career highs with five goals and 10 assists in 51 games in his first season with Chicago. He was acquired in the July 2021 trade that sent Duncan Keith to Edmonton.

Kurashev, 22, had six goals and 15 assists in 67 games last season. He was selected by the Blackhawks in the fourth round of the 2018 draft.

Kurashev made his NHL debut on Jan. 15, 2021. He had eight goals and eight assists in 54 games in his first season with Chicago.

Rangers name defenseman Jacob Trouba captain

NEW YORK — The New York Rangers have named defenseman Jacob Trouba captain.

Rangers president and general manager Chris Drury announced the selection in a news release Tuesday morning, and the team held a news conference with Drury, Trouba and coach Gerard Gallant at the team’s practice facility in Greenburgh, New York, in the afternoon.

Trouba, a first-round selection by Winnipeg in the 2012 draft, was acquired from the Jets on June 17, 2019. He has totaled 20 goals and 58 assists in 189 games over the last three seasons with the Rangers.

“Anyone that has been around our team for the last few seasons I think certainly understands the impact Jacob has had on our group, day to day, day in, day out, on ice, off ice, game days or practice days,” Drury said. “He’s a terrific leader and we think he’ll be a great Rangers captain for years to come.”

The 28-year-old, an alternate captain the last two seasons, is the 28th captain in franchise history, and the first since Ryan McDonagh was traded in 2018.

“It was just the right time,” Drury said. “Jake was basically doing the job for at least a couple of seasons and we just felt like it was appropriate and now’s the time, and we’re excited to see the `C’ on him.”

Trouba is one of three defensemen currently serving as captain in the NHL, joining Jared Spurgeon (Minnesota) and Roman Josi (Nashville). He is the 12th defenseman to serve as captain in franchise history.

“I believe in this group and the group of players we have and I’m just really grateful for this opportunity and look forward to leading this team,” Trouba said.

In the first season under Gallant last year, the Rangers had six alternate captains – Barclay Goodrow, Chris Kreider, Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Mika Zibanejad and Trouba. Strome, a free agent after the season, signed with Anaheim last month.

“We had a group of core leaders and if anybody had an issue, or wanted to talk, we would meet, call a meeting and discuss it and figure out how you want to address it,” Trouba said. “That’s going to have to continue going forward. I think all of our leadership group has different strengths, different qualities, different relationships with other players and people, and we use each other as well as we can to navigate through every situation.”

Last season, he had a career-high 11 goals, 28 assists and a career-best plus-minus rating of plus-25 in 81 games. Trouba had 177 blocked shots, the second-most in the NHL, and was the only player in the league with more than 175 blocks and more than 200 hits. He also had a goal and four assists over 20 games in the Rangers’ run to the Eastern Conference Final.

For his career, he has 62 goals and 195 assists in 597 games over nine seasons with the Jets and Rangers.

Jonathan Huberdeau gets 8-year, $84M extension with Flames

CALGARY, Alberta — The Calgary Flames and recently acquired forward Jonathan Huberdeau agreed to an eight-year, $84 million contract extension.

The 29-year-old Huberdeau came to Calgary from the Florida Panthers with defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, forward Cole Schwindt and a conditional 2025 first-round pick last month for star forward Matthew Tkachuk.

Calgary announced Huberdeau’s new deal.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the Calgary Flames organization long-term,” Huberdeau said in a statement. “I’m excited for this new chapter and I am committed to this team. I’ll give everything I have, on and off the ice and I can’t wait to play in front of the passionate Flames fans.”

Huberdeau finished last season with 30 goals and 85 assists for 115 points. His point total had him tied for second in the NHL, while his 85 assists were a league best.

“We are excited to extend Jonathan long term in Calgary,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. “He is an elite player, one of the premier forwards in the league who makes players around him better. We look forward to welcoming Jonathan to our community and his contributions to our team’s success.”

The Saint-Jerome, Quebec, native had spent his entire 10-year career with the Panthers after being drafted third overall in 2011.

He has recorded 198 goals and 415 assists for 613 points over the course of 671 career games.

Blackhawks face Wild in Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum on Oct. 2

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee will host an NHL game for the first time in more than three decades when the Chicago Blackhawks face the Minnesota Wild at Fiserv Forum, the home of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.

The Oct. 2 preseason matchup marks the first NHL game at Milwaukee since 1993. It’s the first time the Blackhawks have played at Milwaukee since facing the Los Angeles Kings at the Bradley Center on Dec. 1, 1992.

The Bradley Center, the Bucks’ former home, hosted NHL preseason games and regular-season games annually from 1988-93.

Sharks hire David Quinn as new head coach

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks have hired former New York Rangers coach David Quinn as their new head coach.

The Sharks announced Tuesday that Quinn would replace the fired Bob Boughner as the Sharks overhaul their management and coaching team.

“His previous NHL head coaching experience is valuable to us and he implements a system that will fit with our philosophy of being a hard team to play against,” general manager Mike Grier said in a statement. “We are extremely happy to have him a part of this organization.”

The 55-year-old Quinn coached the Rangers for three seasons from 2018-21, posting a 96-87-25 record. New York never made it as far as the conference quarterfinals in Quinn’s three seasons, missing the playoffs in 2019 and ’21 and losing in the qualifying round in the COVID bubble in 2020.

Quinn had previously been head coach for five seasons in college at Boston University. He also coached the U.S. Olympic team to a fifth-place finish in Beijing last February.

The Sharks have undergone an organizational overhaul after missing the playoffs for a third straight season for the first time in franchise history.

Long-time general manager Doug Wilson stepped down for medical reasons in April and Boughner was fired along with three assistants in late June after posting a 67-85-23 record in two-plus seasons at the helm.

San Jose hired Grier as general manager earlier in July and Grier has already made significant changes in the front office and now has hired a new coach in hopes of turning the Sharks’ fortunes around.

The Sharks traded away star defenseman Brent Burns earlier this month and have added several veterans like forwards Oskar Lindblom, Luke Kunin, Nico Sturm and Steven Lorentz, and defensemen Markus Nutivaara and Matt Benning in hopes of adding more depth to the roster.

Quinn takes over a roster that struggled to score last season but does have a few key pieces in place, including forwards Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture and Timo Meier, and defenseman Erik Karlsson.

Devils sign D Jonas Siegenthaler for 5 years, $17 million

NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils have signed defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler to a five-year, $17 million contract extension starting next season.

General Manager Tom Fitzgerald announced the signing on Tuesday, saying the Swiss defenseman would make an annual average of $3.4 million with the two biggest paychecks in the first two years of the extension.

Siegenthaler, 25, set career highs last season in games played (70), assists (13), points (14), shots (92), and in all-time, on-ice metrics. He led all New Jersey defensemen in hits, ranked second on the team in blocked shots, and was third in short-handed time on ice/time on ice.

Prior to the start of the 2021-22 season, Siegenthaler signed a two-year contract worth $2.25 million.

Siegenthaler was acquired from Washington in April 2021 in exchange for a conditional third-round draft pick that year.

In four NHL seasons, Siegenthaler has appeared in 175 games and has three goals and 24 assists. He was Washington’s second-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Devils GM Fitzgerald looking for more from coach Lindy Ruff

General manager Tom Fitzgerald hired Lindy Ruff two years ago to coach the New Jersey Devils because of his success developing young players in the NHL.

While there is no doubt that Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt and Yegor Sharangovich have taken their games to new heights, Fitzgerald has told Ruff that won’t be good enough in the future.

The Devils aren’t cutting it as a team. They posted a 27-46-9 record this past season, missing the playoffs for the fourth straight year and for the ninth time in the past decade. Their 63 points were 28th in the 32-team league.

“There’s a lot of negatives that went on this year,” Fitzgerald said Thursday in his end-of-season wrapup. “But when you look at the snapshot of the positives and what our team accomplished individually, that excites me and should excite our fan base.”

Fitzgerald said the team has shown it can score, and its defensive play picked up with the signing of free agent Dougie Hamilton, the trade for Ryan Graves, and the development of Jonas Siegenthaler and Damon Severson.

The problems were in goal with Mackenzie Blackwood and Jonathan Bernier injured most of the year. Hughes was limited to 49 games because of injuries and there was an overall lack of consistency.

The guys who paid the price for that were assistant coaches Alain Nasreddine and Mark Recchi. They were not retained.

“That’s something that Lindy and I had a very frank conversation about,” Fitzgerland said. “And supporting him at this moment is something that I believe is important because of the snapshot of all the positives that I’ve seen from our players. How they respond to him is something that I can’t ignore.”

No doubt Ruff will be on a short leash next season.

Fitzgerland, who was hired on an interim basis in January 2020 to replace Ray Shero and given the full-time job six months later, has to answer to owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer. He needs results and wants the team to do things his way. He said that means the team meets his standards and expectations when it comes to the day-to-day planning, practices and games. He wants a smart, physical, detail-oriented team.

Fitzgerald said the hiring of the new assistants will be a collaborative effort between him and Ruff.

Fitzgerald isn’t giving up on the 25-year-old Blackwood despite two sub-par seasons marked by injuries. He played in 25 games this season because of a heel injury.

Blackwood came back and played in the final week of the season and Fitzgerald said the goaltender is confident and looking forward to next season. It is uncertain whether Bernier (hip surgery) will be ready for the start of 2022-23, said Fitzgerald, who plans to bring in an experienced goaltender to challenge both players.

Fitzgerald said Hamilton (nine goals, 21 assists in 62 games) got off to a great start but his game slipped after his jaw was broken. He expects Hamilton to return to form next season and show why the Devils gave him a seven-year, $63 million contract.

Fitzgerald heads into the offseason needing to make some decisions. Defenseman P.K. Subban, one of the leaders of the Newark, New Jersey organization, is a free agent along with veteran Jimmy Vesey, who was versatile and played on all four lines.

Bratt, who had a career year with 26 goals and 47 assists, and fellow forward Pavel Zacha are restricted free agents who can go to arbitration.

Fitzgerald said the Devils want Bratt back. He was not as clear with the other three.

“I’m looking to build out a roster that can play any type of game, that’s for sure,” he said. “I’m looking to build out a roster that not only becomes a playoff team but can handle the wear and tear and heaviness of a playoff series.”

The Devils started the season well but fell victim to the injuries.

“We were a hard team to play against,” Fitzgerald said. “Other teams said that, but we couldn’t sustain that for obvious reasons. It’s tough to say would we have been an 88- to 90-point team if we had this or if everybody was healthy. I don’t live in that world, but I really believe in the process. I really believe in these young players. ”

Devils GM Fitzgerald looking for more from coach Lindy Ruff

General manager Tom Fitzgerald hired Lindy Ruff two years ago to coach the New Jersey Devils because of his success developing young players in the NHL.

While there is no doubt that Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt and Yegor Sharangovich have taken their games to new heights, Fitzgerald has told Ruff that won’t be good enough in the future.

The Devils aren’t cutting it as a team. They posted a 27-46-9 record this past season, missing the playoffs for the fourth straight year and for the ninth time in the past decade. Their 63 points were 28th in the 32-team league.

“There’s a lot of negatives that went on this year,” Fitzgerald said Thursday in his end-of-season wrapup. “But when you look at the snapshot of the positives and what our team accomplished individually, that excites me and should excite our fan base.”

Fitzgerald said the team has shown it can score, and its defensive play picked up with the signing of free agent Dougie Hamilton, the trade for Ryan Graves, and the development of Jonas Siegenthaler and Damon Severson.

The problems were in goal with Mackenzie Blackwood and Jonathan Bernier injured most of the year. Hughes was limited to 49 games because of injuries and there was an overall lack of consistency.

The guys who paid the price for that were assistant coaches Alain Nasreddine and Mark Recchi. They were not retained.

“That’s something that Lindy and I had a very frank conversation about,” Fitzgerland said. “And supporting him at this moment is something that I believe is important because of the snapshot of all the positives that I’ve seen from our players. How they respond to him is something that I can’t ignore.”

No doubt Ruff will be on a short leash next season.

Fitzgerland, who was hired on an interim basis in January 2020 to replace Ray Shero and given the full-time job six months later, has to answer to owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer. He needs results and wants the team to do things his way. He said that means the team meets his standards and expectations when it comes to the day-to-day planning, practices and games. He wants a smart, physical, detail-oriented team.

Fitzgerald said the hiring of the new assistants will be a collaborative effort between him and Ruff.

Fitzgerald isn’t giving up on the 25-year-old Blackwood despite two sub-par seasons marked by injuries. He played in 25 games this season because of a heel injury.

Blackwood came back and played in the final week of the season and Fitzgerald said the goaltender is confident and looking forward to next season. It is uncertain whether Bernier (hip surgery) will be ready for the start of 2022-23, said Fitzgerald, who plans to bring in an experienced goaltender to challenge both players.

Fitzgerald said Hamilton (nine goals, 21 assists in 62 games) got off to a great start but his game slipped after his jaw was broken. He expects Hamilton to return to form next season and show why the Devils gave him a seven-year, $63 million contract.

Fitzgerald heads into the offseason needing to make some decisions. Defenseman P.K. Subban, one of the leaders of the Newark, New Jersey organization, is a free agent along with veteran Jimmy Vesey, who was versatile and played on all four lines.

Bratt, who had a career year with 26 goals and 47 assists, and fellow forward Pavel Zacha are restricted free agents who can go to arbitration.

Fitzgerald said the Devils want Bratt back. He was not as clear with the other three.

“I’m looking to build out a roster that can play any type of game, that’s for sure,” he said. “I’m looking to build out a roster that not only becomes a playoff team but can handle the wear and tear and heaviness of a playoff series.”

The Devils started the season well but fell victim to the injuries.

“We were a hard team to play against,” Fitzgerald said. “Other teams said that, but we couldn’t sustain that for obvious reasons. It’s tough to say would we have been an 88- to 90-point team if we had this or if everybody was healthy. I don’t live in that world, but I really believe in the process. I really believe in these young players. ”

Devils GM Fitzgerald looking for more from coach Lindy Ruff

General manager Tom Fitzgerald hired Lindy Ruff two years ago to coach the New Jersey Devils because of his success developing young players in the NHL.

While there is no doubt that Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt and Yegor Sharangovich have taken their games to new heights, Fitzgerald has told Ruff that won’t be good enough in the future.

The Devils aren’t cutting it as a team. They posted a 27-46-9 record this past season, missing the playoffs for the fourth straight year and for the ninth time in the past decade. Their 63 points were 28th in the 32-team league.

“There’s a lot of negatives that went on this year,” Fitzgerald said Thursday in his end-of-season wrapup. “But when you look at the snapshot of the positives and what our team accomplished individually, that excites me and should excite our fan base.”

Fitzgerald said the team has shown it can score, and its defensive play picked up with the signing of free agent Dougie Hamilton, the trade for Ryan Graves, and the development of Jonas Siegenthaler and Damon Severson.

The problems were in goal with Mackenzie Blackwood and Jonathan Bernier injured most of the year. Hughes was limited to 49 games because of injuries and there was an overall lack of consistency.

The guys who paid the price for that were assistant coaches Alain Nasreddine and Mark Recchi. They were not retained.

“That’s something that Lindy and I had a very frank conversation about,” Fitzgerland said. “And supporting him at this moment is something that I believe is important because of the snapshot of all the positives that I’ve seen from our players. How they respond to him is something that I can’t ignore.”

No doubt Ruff will be on a short leash next season.

Fitzgerland, who was hired on an interim basis in January 2020 to replace Ray Shero and given the full-time job six months later, has to answer to owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer. He needs results and wants the team to do things his way. He said that means the team meets his standards and expectations when it comes to the day-to-day planning, practices and games. He wants a smart, physical, detail-oriented team.

Fitzgerald said the hiring of the new assistants will be a collaborative effort between him and Ruff.

Fitzgerald isn’t giving up on the 25-year-old Blackwood despite two sub-par seasons marked by injuries. He played in 25 games this season because of a heel injury.

Blackwood came back and played in the final week of the season and Fitzgerald said the goaltender is confident and looking forward to next season. It is uncertain whether Bernier (hip surgery) will be ready for the start of 2022-23, said Fitzgerald, who plans to bring in an experienced goaltender to challenge both players.

Fitzgerald said Hamilton (nine goals, 21 assists in 62 games) got off to a great start but his game slipped after his jaw was broken. He expects Hamilton to return to form next season and show why the Devils gave him a seven-year, $63 million contract.

Fitzgerald heads into the offseason needing to make some decisions. Defenseman P.K. Subban, one of the leaders of the Newark, New Jersey organization, is a free agent along with veteran Jimmy Vesey, who was versatile and played on all four lines.

Bratt, who had a career year with 26 goals and 47 assists, and fellow forward Pavel Zacha are restricted free agents who can go to arbitration.

Fitzgerald said the Devils want Bratt back. He was not as clear with the other three.

“I’m looking to build out a roster that can play any type of game, that’s for sure,” he said. “I’m looking to build out a roster that not only becomes a playoff team but can handle the wear and tear and heaviness of a playoff series.”

The Devils started the season well but fell victim to the injuries.

“We were a hard team to play against,” Fitzgerald said. “Other teams said that, but we couldn’t sustain that for obvious reasons. It’s tough to say would we have been an 88- to 90-point team if we had this or if everybody was healthy. I don’t live in that world, but I really believe in the process. I really believe in these young players. ”