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NHL Notes: Stars' prospect Scott Winkler dies

Dallas Stars prospect Scott Winkler found died in his parents' home in Norway. (Dallas Stars...

Dallas Stars prospect Scott Winkler found died in his parents' home in Norway. (Dallas Stars website)

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, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

Dallas Stars prospect Scott Winkler has died at his parents' home in Norway.

The 23-year-old, who played at Colorado College, was found by his mother Wednesday at the family home in the Oslo suburb of Asker. No other details have been released, though Winkler's death was confirmed by the Stars.

"The Dallas Stars are heartbroken to hear about Scott's passing," general manager Jim Nill said. "Scott was a wonderful young man with great character and a bright future; we extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends."

Winkler, whose father is Canadian, had 24 goals and 39 assists in 120 games during his career at Colorado College. A forward, he was a third-round pick of the Stars in 2008.

"It is an unfathomable tragedy to see a talented young man pass at such an early age," Colorado College director of athletics Ken Ralph said in a media release. "This spring we have seen Scott put in a great deal of work to prepare himself for his professional career and the rest of his life. He had such a bright future ahead of him."

STREIT 'EXCITED'

Soon-to-bee free agent defenceman Mark Streit sounds like he could be happy with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Streit, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 5, was acquired by the Flyers from the New York Islanders Wednesday. The Flyers will have exclusive negotiating rights with the 35-year-old Swiss blueliner until the start fo free agency.

"It's an exciting time for me," Streit told CSN Philly. "Obviously I'm excited to get traded to Philadelphia. I'm not sure what's going to happen the next few weeks -- or days -- it's part of my agent's job to work that out with Paul (Holmgren), but Philly has an unbelievable team. The team is really good. It's well-structured. It's young and fast and it would be a great honor to play for the Flyers."

Streit seems to think he can get a deal done with the Flyers.

"I'm pretty confident," he said. "I think that maybe they need a few days or weeks, but I'm pretty positive. It'd be awesome to play for the Flyers."

BRIEFLY

The Dallas Stars signed defenceman Kevin Connauton to a three-year, $2.05 million contract. Connauton was acquired by the Stars in the trade-deadline deal that sent Derek Roy to the Vancouver Canucks ... The AHL has reportedly approved the Canucks' request to move their minor-league team to Utica, N.Y. for next season. The team, which was bought from the St Louis Blues earlier this spring, will move from Peoria, Ill. ... New York Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto had sports hernia surgery Thursday in Philadelphia and is expected to need four weeks to recover. The 22-year-old has three goals and 18 assists in 41 games this season ... The Montreal Canadiens signed defenceman Davis Drewiske to a two-year contract extension worth a reported $1.275 million. He was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings at the trade deadline and played in just nine games with the Canadiens ... The Phoenix Coyotes re-signed assistant general manager Brad Treliving to a "multi-year contract extension." Treliving has been Coyotes assistant GM for the last six years ... Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane had surgery on his left foot and is expected to miss no more than six weeks, which means he should be ready for training camp. The surgery was to remove pressure on a nerve in his foot.

 


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