Roope Hintz signs huge extension with Stars, and more NHL news

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The Dallas Stars announced an eight-year, $67.6 million contract extension Tuesday with center Roope Hintz.

The deal carries an average annual value of $8.45 million and runs from the 2023-24 season through 2030-31.

“Roope Hintz wants to be a Dallas Star for life,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “He was drafted by the Dallas Stars and he wants to stay here, be a Dallas Star for life. He’s got some great friends on the team, he’s well-respected in the dressing room, and he’s a big part of our team. It was something that was important to get signed.”

Roope Hintz signs extension

Hintz, 26, is currently third on the Stars with 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) through 23 games this season.

“Roope is a dynamic two-way centerman who has proven to be one of the best at his position in the NHL,” general manager Jim Nill said in a news release. “He’s developed into one of our most versatile players, making an impact on special teams and at even strength, and can be counted on by our coaching staff in every situation.

“We are fortunate to have him in Victory Green for an additional eight years and look forward to his continued growth as a player.”

Hintz, a native of Finland, was the Stars’ second-round pick in 2015. He has 194 points (88 goals, 106 assists) in 261 career games since making his debut in 2018-19. His career-high 37 goals last season ranked second on the team.

Sharks place James Reimer in IR

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Nov 25, 2022; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer (47) makes a save during the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

The San Jose Sharks placed goaltender James Reimer on injured reserve Monday due to a lower-body injury.

The Sharks’ primary goalie sat out for two games last week before returning Friday in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Reimer didn’t play Sunday with the Sharks turning to Kaapo Kahkonen in net in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks. San Jose recalled Aaron Dell from its AHL affiliate Sunday to be Kahkonen’s backup.

Injured reserve requires a player to miss a minimum of seven calendar days.

Reimer, 34, is 5-8-2 with a 3.00 goals-against average, .903 save percentage and one shutout in 15 games to begin his second full season with San Jose. He has a career record of 197-156-55 with a 2.81 GAA and a .913 save percentage across 12 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2010-16), Florida Panthers (2016-19), Carolina Hurricanes (2019-21) and Sharks (2016, 2021-23).

In a corresponding roster move, the Sharks recalled forward Jeffrey Viel from the AHL. The 25-year-old has yet to play in the NHL this season but has three goals and two assists across 45 NHL games over the past two seasons.

Avs sign Alex Galchenyuk

The Colorado Avalanche agreed to terms with forward Alex Galchenyuk on a one-year contract for the rest of the 2022-23 season.

The No. 3 overall pick of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft, Galchenyuk has 354 points (146 goals, 208 assists) in 643 games with the Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs.

He also has 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 38 playoff games with the Canadiens, Wild and Maple Leafs.

Galchenyuk, 28, attended Avalanche’s training camp and signed a professional tryout contract with the Colorado Eagles on Nov. 9. He compiled seven points (three goals, four assists) in seven games with the AHL club.

The Milwaukee native finished in a tie for second among NHL rookies in assists (18) and fifth in points (27) in 2012-13. He set career highs in goals (30) and points (56) with the Canadiens in 2015-16. He spent last season with the Coyotes, totaling 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 60 games.

–Field Level Media