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|Canes, MacIntyre agree to a two-way deal||05-29-2015|
|Drew MacIntyre G CAR|
Drew MacIntyre has signed a one-year, two-way deal with Carolina.
|MacIntyre can earn $600,000 annually at the NHL level and will make $250,000 if he spends the season in the minors. He had a 2.84 GAA and .914 save percentage in 51 AHL contests in 2014-15.|
|Justin Falk re-signs with Columbus||05-29-2015|
|Justin Falk D CLB|
Justin Falk has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
|Falk had a goal and an assist in 18 games with Minnesota and Columbus in 2014-15. The Blue Jackets acquired him and a fifth round pick in March in exchange for Jordan Leopold.|
|Mats Zuccarello (concussion) skates Friday||05-29-2015|
|Mats Zuccarello Aasen RW NYR|
Mats Zuccarello (concussion) is back on the ice Friday morning.
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|Zuccarello also skated with the Rangers on Thursday. He worked on a line with Matt Hunwick and Derick Brassard, but he's also wearing a non-contact jersey. It remains to be seen if he would be able to play at some point during the Stanley Cup Final should the Rangers make it that far.|
|Anthony Mantha was hoping for more in 14-15||05-29-2015|
|Anthony Mantha RW DET|
Anthony Mantha hasn't lived up to his own expectations in his first AHL campaign.
|Mantha had 15 goals and 33 points in 62 contests with the Grand Rapids Griffins. For a player that had 120 points in 57 QMJHL games in 2013-14, this was obviously a very different kind of season. "I expected a lot more from myself," said Mantha. "It was a hard season to adapt, coming back from an injury." The injury is question was a fractured left tibia, which he sustained during the Traverse City prospects tournament. That cost him the opportunity to play alongside Pavel Datsyuk in training camp. Mantha still has a ton of upside and it wouldn't be at all surprising to see him do much better next season.|
|Coach Q could stick with Kane-Toews line||05-29-2015|
|Jonathan Toews C CHI|
It wouldn't be surprising to see Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane start Game 7 on the same line.
|Toews and Kane played together for part of Game 6 with great results. The Blackhawks typically like to spread out their talent more than that, but pairing up Kane and Toews makes for a very dangerous line. Brandon Saad will likely round out that unit.|
|Hawks hope to lean on Game 7 experience||05-29-2015|
|Patrick Sharp RW CHI|
The Blackhawks will look to lean on their experience in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final.
|"It's very similar to just playing overtime, to be honest with you. Right from the drop of the puck in the first period, every shift is important like it always is," Patrick Sharp said. "It's magnified that much more in a Game 7. Our group has played plenty of overtimes, also Game 7s to draw experience from. I like the guys in our locker room; we get excited for opportunities like that [and] we don't shy away. We want the puck, want to score goals, play as well as we can." In some ways the Blackhawks are facing the potential end of an era as they will have significant cap challenges this summer. There will likely be one or more cost cutting trades as a result. So as dominant as Chicago has been, this year and therefore this game is of particular importance.|