The last of three men who ran an illegal sports gambling ring was sentenced to two-years’ probation Friday. James Ulmer, 42, was charged with conspiracy and promoting gambling and faced six months to a year in county jail under a plea agreement for his role in the bookmaking operation with links to the NHL and
The Florida Panthers agreed to a six-year contract extension with center Stephen Weiss on Thursday. Weiss, 24, recorded 20 goals and 28 assists this past season. The Toronto native has played in 249 games for Florida and scored 48 goals with 73 assists in his career. The team did not release the terms of the
Free-agent Michael Peca, who missed the last half of the season with a broken leg, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus spokesman Todd Sharrock said Wednesday that Peca must pass a team physical. A formal announcement is expected later this week, Sharrock said. Peca, 33, a two-time winner of
Trevor Linden re-signed with the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $600,000. The 37-year-old Linden, who will be entering his 16th season with the Canucks, can earn an additional $350,000 in bonuses for games played. “For the last week or so, I was, for the lack of a better word, getting
The Minnesota Wild signed free agent center Serge Payer to a one-year contract on Monday. Payer spent most of last season in the minors with Birmingham of the AHL. The 6-foot, 191-pound Payer played in five NHL games with the Ottawa Senators. Originally signed by Florida in 1997, the 28-year-old Payer played in 71 games
Jean Beliveau, Senator Frank Mahovlich and Scotty Bowman were among the mourners Monday at a memorial service for Sam Pollock, the former general manager who built the Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup dynasties in the 1960s and 1970s. Dickie Moore, along with former Canadiens coach Claude Ruel and others from the organization, joined about 150 people
Free-agent defenseman Jon Klemm, a member of two Stanley Cup champion teams in Colorado, has signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings. Klemm had one goal and two assists in 38 regular-season games for the Dallas Stars last season. He has 42 goals and 100 assists in 751 regular-season games in a 14-year
Blue Jackets center Alexander Svitov joined a Russian team six weeks after signing a two-year contract extension with Columbus. Columbus general manager Scott Howson said Svitov signed with his hometown team Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League for the 2007-08 season. “We will explore the situation in greater detail with respect to Alexander’s contract
A former NHL player and assistant coach who ran an illegal sports gambling ring won’t serve jail time despite international headlines linking the case to hockey’s biggest star. Rick Tocchet was ordered Friday to serve two years’ probation for his role in the gambling ring. Tocchet, 43, could have received up to five years in
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called Sam Pollock’s influence on the hockey world “unmatched” a day after the former Montreal Canadiens vice president and general manager’s death. “Sam Pollock’s legacy extends far beyond the nine Stanley Cup championships the Canadiens won in his 14 years of leadership,” Bettman said in a statement.
The New Jersey Devils kept a major piece of their defense together, signing Paul Martin to a three-year, $11.5 million contract on Thursday. Martin will earn $3 million this season, $4 million in 2008 and $4.5 million in 2009. “Paul Martin is an all-situations type of defenseman, and has developed into one of the more
Bobby Carpenter, the first American-born player to score 50 goals in an NHL season, will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in October. The newest class of members that includes goalie John Vanbiesbrouck, forward Aaron Broten and former Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes was revealed Wednesday by USA Hockey.