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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL August 21st, 2014

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Kevin Hayes did not sign in Colorado - rather he signed in New York.

The New York Rangers agreed to terms with free agent forward Kevin Hayes on Wednesday.

Hayes was selected with a first-round pick by Chicago in 2010, but could not agree to terms with the Blackhawks by the deadline last Friday and became a free agent.

The Komets - an Avs affiliate - have signed two more players.

The Fort Wayne Komets announced that veterans Matt Krug and Paul Crowder have agreed to terms and will be in the Fort Wayne lineup when the puck drops on the 2014-15 campaign.

The Komets are the ECHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League and the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.

Mark Moore, Steve's older brother, is telling media that a deal has not been reached yet.

A cloud of uncertainty has descended over the settlement agreement that was believed to have been reached between Steve Moore and Todd Bertuzzi, with Moore's older brother telling a reporter there is "no deal yet," while the Vancouver Canucks issued a release to say a conclusion "has been reached."

Todd Bertuzzi, Steve Moore settle case out of court after years of litigation

Both statements were issued on Wednesday, one day after Geoff Adair, a Toronto-based lawyer representing Bertuzzi, said all parties involved in the lawsuit had reached a "firm and binding" agreement that was "enforceable by a court."

More changes to the draft lottery

Beginning in 2015, the team that finishes with the fewest points will have a 20 per cent chance, down from 25, the second-lowest 13.5 down from 18.8, the third-lowest 11.5 down from 14.2 and the fourth-lowest 9.5 down from 10.7.

The 10 other teams will have increased odds of picking first.

Teams are over the cap.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and their No. 1 centre are considered miles apart on a new contract and he remains unsigned.


The possibility that the restricted free agent will not come to training camp is real. But the possibility of another team presenting him an offer sheet seems unlikely.