Sean Leahy

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Sean Leahy is the associate editor of Puck Daddy since the blog started in April 2008. Having covered Stanley Cup Finals, NHL All-Star Games and NHL Drafts, his highlight might have been getting blown out playing Ryan Kesler in NHL2K11 on Nintendo Wii. That, or coercing an All-Star Game goal judge to let him control the goal light for a period. He currently resides on Long Island.

  • Slava Voynov replaced by Nikita Nesterov on Russia's World Cup roster

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    OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images

    When Russia named its final roster for September’s World Cup of Hockey Slava Voynov was included on the blue line. That led to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly telling that the NHL and NHLPA – who are running the tournament – would review his status.

    On Monday, TSN’s Gary Lawless reported that the Russian Hockey Federation has agreed to keep Voynov out of the Russian squad heading to Toronto in two months. Daly confirmed the news to R-Sport.

    Who could replace Voynov? The door could now be open for someone like Nikita Nesterov, Anton Belov, Yevgeny Medvedev, Fedor Tyutin or Nikita Nikitin. Daly added that no deadline has been established for the Russian Hockey Federation to announce a change.

    Voynov spent the 2015-16 season playing for the KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg after the NHL handed him an indefinite suspension following his Oct. 2014 arrest on misdemeanor domestic violent charges. Last July he pled no contest to a reduced charge and spent 90

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  • Alex Killorn, Lightning avoid arbitration, agree to 7-year deal

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    AP Photo/Chris O’Meara

    The summer of Steve Yzerman continues as the Tampa Bay Lightning and forward Alex Killorn avoided arbitration and settled on a seven-year, $31.15 million extension, per CBC’s Tim Wharnsby.

    Killorn, 26, had filed for arbitration earlier this month and a hearing was scheduled for Wednesday. He now joins Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, who both recently inked long-term extensions, as Lightning players signed through at least 2023.

    Yzerman told Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times that the deal includes a modified no-trade clause.

    A 2007 third-round pick by Tampa, Killorn made his mark in his first full season in 2013-14 when he scored 17 goals and recorded 41 points. He really entered the radars of many during the Lightning’s run to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final when he finished third on the team with nine goals and 18 points.

    Killorn’s extension means that Yzerman has only Nikita

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  • Stars extend Jamie Benn with monster 8-year, $76 million deal

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    Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

    Jamie Benn’s Friday began with him recovering from core muscle surgery. It ended with him set to become an even richer man in a year’s time.

    The Dallas Stars announced during their Party in the Park event Friday night that they had extended their captain with an eight-year, $76 million extension. That’s a $9.5 million cap hit per season if you’re keeping track.

    “The Stars are the only organization I know and Dallas is home to me,” said Benn in a statement. “In working with the Gaglardi family and Jim Nill, they have made it clear that they are dedicated to winning, and winning the right way. I’m happy to commit to that process for eight more years. My teammates and I value the passion and dedication that we receive from Stars fans and we’re looking forward to getting this season started.”

    “Jamie has evolved into one of the most complete players in the NHL and his ability to lead our team is second-to-none,” said Stars GM Jim Nill. “He impacts the game in so

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    Tom Pennington/Getty Images

    Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn underwent surgery to fix a core muscle injury on Thursday in Philadelphia, according to the team.

    No word yet on whether the injury was found over the off-season or Benn injured himself training for next season.

    In a statement released by the Stars on Friday, general manager Jim Nill said that the recovery time is six weeks, meaning Benn will be just fine for their opening on October 13. The World Cup of Hockey, however, could be a different story.

    Nill said that Benn’s availability for the tournament in September “will be determined.” That likely means unless he’s feeling 100 percent there’s no way the team will risk anything allowing Benn to play. Good thing for Canada they’re just a tad deep up front in their player pool should they need to replace him.

    World Cup training camps begin in early September, with the Toronto-based tournament taking place from Sept. 17 through Oct. 1.

    This is the second straight off-season that

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    • Matt Beleskey and David Pastrnak help grow the game of hockey in China. [Bruins]

    • Don Cherry on the MLB All-Star Game/ Tenors controversy: “Oh well, all the left wing weirdos in this country are happy.” [CP via Yahoo]

    • How former NHLer Murray Craven brought new Las Vegas NHL team GM George McPhee to Bill Foley. [Review Journal]

    • New New York Islanders co-owner Jonathan Ledecky is excited to be taking the reins of the team from Charles Wang. [Islanders Insight]

    • No. 4 overall pick Jesse Puljujarvi inks his entry-level deal with the Edmonton Oilers. [Edmonton Journal]

    • Former long-time NHL defenseman Jason Smith talks about Edmonton being his home, the player to coach transition and more. [Oilers Nation]

    • How Pekka Rinne could hurt the

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    • P.K. Subban and Shea Weber show up in their new jerseys in the latest NHL 17 trailer. [EA Sports]

    • Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray isn’t worried about what Jimmy Vesey will choose to do. “I’ve got all the scenarios and I’m ready for them all, but it’s up to him, it’s his time.” [WGR550]

    • Sabres prospect Michael Campoli was released from a hospital on Tuesday following a scary hit into the boards during development camp. He said he was ‘feeling good.’ [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

    • Whenever Shane Doan decides to exit the NHL, he’ll do so gracefully. [Today’s Slapshot]

    • Shayne Gostisbehere expects to be cleared to resume skating next week following hip surgery and should be fine to play in September’s World Cup of Hockey. []

    • Why the

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  • Penguins bring back Justin Schultz with one-year, $1.4 million deal

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    AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

    Justin Schultz found a home with the Pittsburgh Penguins after being dealt in February from the Edmonton Oilers. On Wednesday, he extended his stay by another year in hopes of winning a second Stanley Cup.

    The Penguins announced that they’ve re-signed the 26-year-old blue liner with a one-year, $1.4 million deal. It’s quite a pay cut considering Schultz made $3.9 million last season.

    After being miscast in Edmonton, Schultz entered Mike Sullivan’s system with the Penguins and was a great fit. He made the most out of his limited role and was effective on the power play in the postseason, with three of his four points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs coming with the extra man. He also joins Kris Letang as the only right-handed shots on the Penguins’ blue line.

    Schultz will remain a restricted free agent when this deal expires, allowing him to showcase his play and work toward a bigger, longer deal next summer – whether that’s with the Penguins or elsewhere remains

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  • Vegas names McPhee as team's first GM

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    Nearly three weeks after watching his son take the next step in his hockey career by getting drafted, George McPhee is set to begin the next chapter of his career by taking on the job of general manager for the Las Vegas expansion franchise.

    McPhee, who has been working as a special advisor to New York Islanders GM Garth Snow since September, was officially announced Wednesday in Las Vegas as the franchise’s first general manager. They are set to begin play during the 2017-18 NHL season.

    McPhee will bring plenty of experience to the gig having spent 17 years as GM of the Washington Capitals, helping setup an infrastructure within the organization that helped turned the team in perennial contenders. He also has a connection with Murray Craven, the former NHLer who’s been advising team owner Bill Foley throughout the expansion process, from their days in Vancouver in the early 1990s.

    “If there’s another [general manager] job in the future and someone gives me an opportunity,

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  • Ryane Clowe added to New Jersey Devils' coaching staff

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    Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images

    While Ryane Clowe’s hockey career may be over, he’s not leaving the game as the New Jersey Devils announced on Tuesday he would be added to the team’s coaching staff.

    “We are looking forward to Ryane joining our staff,” said Devils head coach John Hynes. “His character, expertise as a player, knowledge of the game and passion to coach will be a benefit for our players and the Devils’ organization.”

    The 33-year-old Clowe has not played in the NHL since Nov. 6, 2014 when he suffered a sixth concussion in an 18-month span. Last September, new Devils GM Ray Shero announced the veteran forward of 491 games wouldn’t be retiring but would not be playing hockey again.

    Clowe joins Hynes’ staff with two more years left on a five-year deal, $24.25 million contract he signed with New Jersey in 2013. He would only play 56 games over two seasons with the Devils before concussions issues ended his career.

    “I’m a year removed from the game so I think I have a decent

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  • Hurricanes lock up Victor Rask with six-year, $24 million extension

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    Paul Bereswill/Getty Images

    As Eric Staal departed at the trade deadline, the Carolina Hurricanes needed to strengthen themselves down the middle. On Tuesday, they did that in locking up center Victor Rask to a six-year, $24 million deal.

    “Victor has gotten better every season that he’s been a part of our organization,” said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. “He is a big part of this team’s present and future, and we are thrilled to sign him to a longer-term deal.”

    In two seasons with the Hurricanes, Rask, who hit RFA status on July 1, has scored 32 goals and 81 points and finished in the top five in scoring on the team. The 2011 second-round pick also led Carolina in power play points last season with 18.

    While a long-term deal for a young player who’s averaged 40 points in two years might raise some eyebrows, it’s a much better gamble for the Hurricanes to take than one on an aging player passed his prime and currently in decline. Rask has improved in his two NHL seasons and given the extra

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