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Moving swiftly to give Alex Ovechkin help at the defensive end while raiding a rival, new Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan signed Pittsburgh Penguins free agents Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik on Tuesday to deals totalling more than $65 million. Dmitrij Jaskin Jersey . The 27-year-old Niskanen, the more offensive-minded of the pair of defencemen joining the Capitals, got a $40.25 million, seven-year contract. "Its a very big commitment from Washington. Thats no small thing. Youre talking a seven-year commitment for a very substantial amount of money," said Niskanen, who got married Saturday. "Im excited for that challenge." The 33-year-old Orpik, more of a stay-at-home blueliner who had spent his entire career with the Penguins, was given a $27.5 million, five-year package. "Ive got to be honest: Up until this year, I never really envisioned myself leaving Pittsburgh. As everyone knows, theres been a lot of changes there. It really was a perfect time," Orpik said. "The past year, there was such strong expectations for the team, both internally and externally, and I think we had a really tough time handling those expectations." The Capitals got off to a fast start on the first day of NHL free agency, also adding Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters on a $1.9 million, two-year deal, while re-signing centre Michael Latta to a $1.15 million, two-year contract. Last season, three-time NHL MVP Ovechkin and the Capitals missed the playoffs for the first time in seven years, leading ownership to make changes. George McPhees contract was not renewed after he spent 17 seasons as the teams GM, while Adam Oates was fired with a year left on his three-season deal. MacLellan was promoted from assistant general manager to replace McPhee, while Barry Trotz was hired as the new coach. Washington also has added assistant coach Todd Reirden, who was hired by the Capitals after the Penguins fired him last week. "Hes been huge," Niskanen said. "Todd helps young defencemen get better." And in one more Penguins-to-Capitals transaction Tuesday, Washington signed right wing Chris Conner to a one-year, two-way contract. He has 22 goals and 28 assists in 178 NHL games, including 19 with Pittsburgh last season. As for all those people moving from Pittsburgh which also recently changed its GM and coach to Washington, Niskanen said: "It would seem odd, wouldnt it? But its professional sports. ... If the Caps call, youve got to listen." Speaking about the Capitals, Orpik said: "Ive played against that group enough to know what the potential of that group can be. ... I think they needed some direction, and I think Barry will provide that." Niskanen, 27, led NHL defencemen with a plus-33 rating last season, when he set career highs with 10 goals and 36 assists. The 6-foot, 209-pound defenceman has 35 goals, 132 assists and 266 penalty minutes in 491 career NHL games for Pittsburgh and Dallas. The 6-foot-2, 219-pound Orpik has 13 goals, 119 assists and 734 penalty minutes in 703 career games. He is a two-time U.S. Olympian and was an alternate captain for the Penguins since 2008. The 27-year-old Peters went 7-9-4 with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage for the Carolina Hurricanes last season. "When the head coach on the team looks you in the eye and tell you he wants you to be there, that goes a long way," Peters said. He said that he wasnt told how hell be used with the Capitals strictly as a No. 2 behind Braden Holtby, or splitting time in the top goalie spot but added that he thinks it will "work itself out." ___ AP Sports Writer Joseph White contributed to this report. Nate Prosser Jersey . Defenceman Tessa Bonhomme was among three players released from the team Tuesday morning along with defenceman Brigette Lacquette of Waterhen, Man. Vladimir Tarasenko Jersey . TSNs Farhan Lalji reports the Edmonton Eskimos non-import DT has a workout scheduled with an NFL team next week and isnt expected to sign a deal with any team until then. http://www.officialbluesnhlshop.com/pierre-turgeon-jersey/ . Following the Ford Womens World Curling Championship gold medal match that attracted record-breaking audiences to TSN, the networks exclusive live coverage of the tournament begins Saturday at 7am et/4am pt with Canadas opening draw against Denmark.RALEIGH, N.C. - The Carolina Hurricanes kicked off November with the first victory for coach Bill Peters.Elias Lindholm scored two goals, and the Hurricanes beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-0 on Saturday night for their first win of the season.Jiri Tlusty also scored for Carolina (1-6-2), and Cam Ward finished with 25 saves in his first shutout since March 27, 2012. The Hurricanes had been the NHLs only winless team in Peters rookie season as a head coach.Lindholm, Carolinas top pick in the 2013 draft, collected his first two goals of the season for his second career two-goal game.The Hurricanes played without right wing Alexander Semin, who was a healthy scratch. The Russian has two assists and is without a goal in eight games.We started out on time tonight, Peters said. The shots were 6-1 and then they got a power play and Wardo made a real good save to keep it at 0-0 and give us a chance to get a lead.I hope and think we came out of it healthy. Im happy for the guys. You saw how hard they worked tonight. When you win you pay a price, and the guys did it tonight.Justin Faulk had two assists for Carolina.Arizonas Mike Smith stopped 32 shots.Ward was all smiles while wearing a firemans hat that Peters will award on a rotating basis to his choice for most outstanding player in a win.Coach Peters came in here and said it will go to somebody every time we win a game, said Ward, who earned his 22nd career shutout. Really I think he could have given it to anybody. But Ill wear it with pride and obviously it was great to get a win.The Coyotes (3-6-1) have lost three straight. They had won their last three games in Raleigh going back to 2008.We made a couple of mistakkes and got behind and chased the game, Arizona coach Dave Tippett said. Carter Hutton Jersey. Thats happened to us too many times this year. We got chances and couldnt capitalize on them, and couldnt get ourselves back in the game.Lindholm jumped on Smith for two goals in the first.He followed his own shot and put Carolina in front 3:57 into the game. Brett Bellemore and Nathan Gerbe each got an assist on the score.Lindholm then made it 2-0 at 17:22 on another follow shot from the low slot, with Riley Nash and Faulk on the assists.It took a couple of games, Lindholm said. We hadnt played good and obviously tonight we did. Its good for the team and its always nice to get some goals.Tlusty scored the Hurricanes third goal on a power play at 15:21 of the second.Hurricanes captain Eric Staal said the team may have gotten some motivation from Semins benching.Its nice to get a lead and stay on the gas, Staal said. I thought we were pretty solid all the way through. I think that sent a message to everybody. Obviously Bills looking for certain things out of people in our lineup, and if he doesnt feel youre delivering that, hes the coach.NOTES: The defending NHL champion Los Angeles Kings visit Carolina on Sunday. ... Arizona visits Washington on Sunday. ... D Tim Gleason played in his 500th game as a Hurricane. ... Carolina wore its black jerseys for the first time this season. ... Attendance for the first home game following a five-game road trip was a season-low 10,870. ... D John-Michael Liles was Carolinas other healthy scratch. ... RW B.J. Crombeen and D Chris Summers were healthy scratches for Arizona. ... The Coyotes host the return meeting Feb. 5. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys NFL Cheap ' ' '

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