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NHL Free Company Tracker: Signing tracker and evaluation

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Welcome to NHL free company day 2019, and keep tuned to The Hockey Information for minute-by-minute evaluation of the day’s greatest offers. Regulate this tracker all through July 1, as we break down the offers signed as free company opens.
THN’s Transaction Listing has info on all offers signed previous to July 1. All contract info courtesy of CapFriendly.
FLORIDA PANTHERS: G Sergei Bobrovsky indicators a seven-year, $70-million deal ($10 million AAV).Florida had most of the items in place to turn out to be a contender and new coach Joel Quenneville brings legitimacy to the bench, and what the Panthers didn’t have – goaltending – they went out and obtained by signing the highest keeper accessible.
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NEW YORK RANGERS: LW Artemi Panarin indicators a seven-year, $81.5-million deal ($11.64 million AAV)THN’s Take: Essentially the most coveted UFA available on the market. Abruptly, the Rangers have turn out to be one of many extra intriguing groups within the NHL. It’s fairly clear that GM Jeff Gorton has been on a roll together with his acquisitions, which can complement a bunch of younger gamers that’s spectacular, each in its depth and expertise degree.
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DALLAS STARS: C Joe Pavelski indicators a three-year, $21-million deal ($7 million AAV)THN’s Take: Pavelski is a pure match and a great No. 2 middle who may also play the proper wing. His 38 targets in 2019-20 have been the second most of his profession. This decade, solely Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares and Patrick Kane have scored extra targets. Though he’ll be 35 when the season begins, he has lots to supply, particularly on a short-term cope with a crew squarely in its Cup-contention window.
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DALLAS STARS: RW Corey Perry indicators a one-year, $1.5-million deal.THN’s Take: Perry, 34, is clearly a shadow of the dynamic, agitating energy ahead who gained a Stanley Cup in 2007, gold medals with Staff Canada in 2010 and 2014 and an MVP and Rocket Richard Trophy in 2011. He hasn’t hit the 20-goal mark since 2015-16, and knee surgical procedure restricted him to 31 video games this previous season. 
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VANCOUVER CANUCKS: D Tyler Myers indicators a four-year, $24 million deal ($6 million AAV).THN’s Take: If there was any space the Canucks needed to goal in free company, it was their protection, and Vancouver has addressed that want with the signing of Tyler Myers. Will it make them a playoff crew? In all probability not, however it’s a step in the proper course.
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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS: LW Brandon Tanev indicators a six-year, $21-million deal ($Three.5 million AAV).THN’s Take: Within the grand scheme of issues, it is a pretty affordable contract for a third-liner. And given he signed a six-year pact, it’s clear Pittsburgh is sort of keen on what he brings to the desk.
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NASHVILLE PREDATORS: C Matt Duchene indicators a seven-year, $56-million deal ($Eight million AAV).THN’s Take: It was no secret the Predators have been in scorching pursuit of Matt Duchene, and Nashville has landed the coveted free agent on a seven-year pact that carries an $Eight-million cap hit and boosted their assault within the course of.
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NEW YORK ISLANDERS: LW Anders Lee indicators a seven-year, $49-million deal ($7 million AAV).THN’s Take: The Islanders have been in on Artemi Panarin and seen because the frontrunner at one level, and although they missed out, preserving Anders Lee within the fold means New York hangs on to its captain and one in every of its key offensive cogs.
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CALGARY FLAMES: G Mike Smith indicators a one-year, $2-million deal.THN’s Take: Mikko Koskinen isn’t a confirmed NHL starter, even when his cap hit counsel in any other case. For that motive, it made sense for Edmonton to exit and get an skilled big-league netminder.
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FLORIDA PANTHERS: RW Brett Connolly indicators a four-year, $14-million deal ($Three.5 million AAV).THN’s Take: A breakout season has led to a tidy payday for Brett Connolly, who spent the previous three seasons with the Washington Capitals, successful a Stanley Cup in 2018 and peaking this previous season. His 22 targets beat his earlier profession excessive by seven, and his 46 factors eclipsed his earlier private finest by 19.
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MINNESOTA WILD: RW Mats Zuccarello indicators a 5 yr, $6-million deal ($30 million AAV).THN’s Take: In Zuccarello, the Wild get a constant offensive producer who can mainly be pencilled in for 50-60 factors when he’s wholesome. This previous season, he was restricted to simply 48 video games with the New York Rangers and the Dallas Stars resulting from a few accidents – first, a groin downside in New York, then the well-known damaged arm in Dallas after he blocked a shot proper after getting acquired on the deadline.
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CAROLINA HURRICANES: G Petr Mrazek indicators a two-year, $6.25-million deal ($Three.16 AAV)THN’s Take: Carolina rotated via three goalies early within the season earlier than Mrazek took over and led the Hurricanes to a shock playoff look and was strong within the playoffs earlier than an harm within the second spherical. Mrazek remains to be younger at 27 and is in his prime, so that is his probability to show himself.
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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: G Robin Lehner indicators a one-year, $5-million deal.THN’s Take: Does this imply Corey Crawford is finished in Chicago? Lehner is nice sufficient to be the beginning goalie, so one thing is up. Coming off of private points and a few up-and-down seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, Lehner performed his finest hockey with the New York Islanders, successful the Jennings Trophy and Masterton Trophy in a marketing campaign that noticed him fall simply wanting the Vezina Trophy.
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WASHINGTON CAPITALS: RW Richard Panik indicators a $10-million, four-year deal ($2.5 million per season).THN’s Take: Set for his fifth crew in seven seasons, Richard Panik, a former 20-goal scorer, provides depth to a Capitals crew that misplaced Brett Connolly and Andre Burakovsky this summer season – and at an excellent worth, too.
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SAN JOSE SHARKS: RW Timo Meier indicators a four-year, $24-million deal ($6 million AAV).THN’s Take: One of many Sharks’ most urgent bits of enterprise was re-signing their younger scorer. Meier broke out for 21 targets in his sophomore season of 2017-18 and actually took a step ahead this previous season with 30 targets and 66 factors, together with 250 pictures.
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FLORIDA PANTHERS: D Anton Stralman indicators a three-year, $16.5-million deal ($5.5 million AAV).THN’s Take: A blueline in want of help obtained some sturdy, veteran assist because the Panthers inked Anton Stralman on a three-year deal. He’ll solely be 33 when the 2019-20 season begins, however there are a number of miles on his physique and his offensive manufacturing continues to drop by the season.
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DETROIT RED WINGS: Valtteri Filppula indicators a two-year, $6-million deal ($Three million AAV).THN’s Take: New Detroit GM Steve Yzerman is starting his transform of the Purple Wings roster, and as a part of his course of, he’s introduced acquainted face Valtteri Filppula again to the Motor Metropolis. It’s not a very thrilling transfer to begin Yzerman’s tenure as GM, however it’s a reasonably wise one, although a one-year deal would possibly’ve been extra prudent from a crew perspective. Then once more, the second yr was doubtless the clincher within the negotiation.
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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: Gustav Nyquist indicators a four-year, $22-million deal ($5.5 million AAV).THN’s Take: A tough day in Columbus noticed the Blue Jackets say goodbye to Artemi Panarin and Matt Duchene, however the Blue Jackets went to work on recuperating a few of the misplaced offense by inking Gustav Nyquist to a four-year deal. In Nyquist, the Jackets get a participant who can play all three ahead positions and produce a nifty offensive talent set to a lineup that, with Panarin and Duchene now gone, is heavy on heavies up entrance.
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OTTAWA SENATORS: D Ron Hainsey indicators a one-year, $Three.5 million deal.THN’s Take: There appears to be a pipeline main from Toronto to Ottawa, as a result of after buying and selling for Nikita Zaitsev and Connor Brown and signing Tyler Ennis, the Senators have gone out and plucked one other Maple Leaf: Ron Hainsey.
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EDMONTON OILERS: RW Alex Chiasson indicators a two-year, $Four.Three-million deal ($2.15-million AAV).THN’s Take: Contemplate it a reward for a job nicely finished final season, as Alex Chiasson has signed a two-year deal that can pay simply north of $2 million per season. The winger broke out with 22 targets in 2018-19 and was an excellent match in the course of the lineup.
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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: G Curtis McElhinney indicators a two-year, $2.6-million deal ($1.Three million AAV).THN’s Take: McElhinney’s worth as a backup goaltender is undisputed. He was vital in Toronto throughout his stint there and saved the Hurricanes afloat after Mrazek’s playoff harm. He hit 20 wins for the primary time in his profession in simply 33 video games and should not have any downside backing up Andrei Vasilevskiy. Louis Domingue remains to be beneath contract for one yr, so his future is unknown.
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NEW JERSEY DEVILS: RW Wayne Simmonds indicators a one-year, $5-million deal.THN’s Take: It’s widespread for GMs to get swept up within the annual arms race and hand out unhealthy offers, however the Devils discovered the right worth – and, extra importantly, time period – on a one-year cope with Simmonds.
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NEW YORK ISLANDERS: G Semyon Varlamov indicators a four-year, $20-million deal ($5 million AAV).THN’s Take: The Islanders needed to maintain Robin Lehner, however failing to take action meant they needed to change targets and land one other starting-caliber goaltender. Semyon Varlamov matches the invoice.
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ARIZONA COYOTES: LW Lawson Crouse indicators a three-year, $Four.6-million deal ($1.53-million AAV).THN’s Take: Crouse has not lived as much as his first-round decide standing from when Florida selected him in 2015 (11th total) however with two full seasons beneath his belt, the Coyotes clearly just like the power-forward model he brings to the underside six. He’ll proceed to play on the third line.
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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: G Joonas Korpisalo indicators a one-year, $1.15-million extension.THN’s Take: Columbus brings again ol’ dependable for one more yr, with Korpisalo set to battle Elvis Merzlikins for the beginning function this season. A low-risk signing that bridges the hole earlier than Veini Vehvilainen is prepared or one other goalie comes via the system.
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BUFFALO SABRES: C Curtis Lazar indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: As soon as a promising prospect, Lazar by no means discovered his footing in Calgary however had a decent AHL season with Stockton. At 24, he’s nonetheless younger sufficient to have some upside, and Buffalo’s roster will present sufficient alternatives to show himself in a depth function.
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VANCOUVER CANUCKS: D Jordie Benn indicators a two-year, $Four-million deal ($2 million AAV).THN’s Take: A stellar marketing campaign in Montreal has landed Benn some safety in Vancouver. His 5 targets and 22 factors have been each career-best marks, and he’ll perform as a pleasant middle-pairing addition for the Canucks. Protection needed to be a precedence, and Vancouver has made positive to deal with that to date.
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DALLAS STARS: D Andrej Sekera indicators a one-year, $1.5-million deal.THN’s Take: The Stars have already been aggressive as we speak and taking an opportunity on Sekera, who’s coming off of two injury-plagued seasons in Edmonton earlier than getting purchased out on Sunday. Sekera performed nicely when wholesome in 2017-18 however was restricted to third-pairing minutes final season. Sekera ought to fill that function once more on an already sturdy defensive group in Texas.
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MINNESOTA WILD: RW Ryan Hartman indicators a two-year, $Three.Eight-million deal ($1.9 million AAV).THN’s Take: The previous week has been a whirlwind for Hartman, who was traded by the Flyers, not certified by the Stars and have become a free agent – all whereas he was attempting to remain off the grid. (Regardless of speak he had no thought what had occurred, he knowledgeable the world that he knew what was happening through his agent, who he had contacted by satellite tv for pc telephone.) Hartman brings a little bit of offense to the underside six and he might be relied on for about 30 factors.
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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: C Kyle Criscuolo indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Crisculo performed in 9 video games with Buffalo two seasons in the past, failing to register a degree. A Harvard graduate, Criscuolo is a strong AHL ahead with good pace and a strong shot, however not a lot potential exterior of that. He did win the Calder Cup with Grand Rapids in 2017 and will present a veteran contact to Lehigh Valley.
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WINNIPEG JETS: D Nathan Beaulieu indicators a one-year, $1-million deal.THN’s Take: Regardless of not extending him a qualifying provide final week, Beaulieu will return to fill a depth function for Winnipeg. He crammed a necessity in Winnipeg in a mid-season commerce with Josh Morrissey out of the lineup, and Beaulieu even spent a while with Jacob Trouba in a outstanding function. Beaulieau is effective in a task that sees him play 16-18 minutes and may play extra in a pinch when wanted.
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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: D Luke Schenn indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Tampa is in a cap crunch this summer season with Brayden Level nonetheless searching for a deal, and with Anton Stralman on the transfer, Schenn helps fill a gap with the Lightning. Schenn bounced round within the NHL and AHL final season with Anaheim and Vancouver and gained’t be utilized in heavy minutes however this provides Tampa flexibility in a depth function.
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FLORIDA PANTHERS: RW Noel Acciari indicators a three-year, $5-million deal ($1.66 million AAV).THN’s Take: Acciari had a strong playoff run in Buffalo and has turn out to be a dependable bottom-six ahead within the NHL. Acciari had simply 14 factors through the common season however his worth is in killing penalties, the power to play any ahead place and chip in across the web.
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BUFFALO SABRES: G Andrew Hammond indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Buffalo provides additional goalie depth to the AHL, doubtless in a mentorship function to future beginning goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen in Rochester. Hammond break up the online with Kaapo Kahkonen in Iowa final yr and has simply seven video games of NHL expertise since 2016-17. He would possibly earn a callup in an harm scenario this yr.
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SAN JOSE SHARKS: D Tim Heed indicators a one-year, $960,000 deal.THN’s Take: Heed has confirmed to be a strong depth defender and the Sharks might be glad to carry him again. With $26.5 million tied to Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Heed is an affordable possibility who will battle Radim Simek and Nick De-Simone for ice time this season earlier than Mario Ferraro and Ryan Merkley are prepared to leap up.
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BOSTON BRUINS: RW Brett Ritchie indicators a one-year, $1-million deal.THN’s Take: A giant-bodied ahead, Ritchie is prepared for a recent begin after recording simply 4 targets and 6 factors in 53 video games and sitting out all however one playoff sport. With Acciari gone, Ritchie can fill a heavy ahead function and may need an opportunity to spark his offense once more.
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VANCOUVER CANUCKS: D Oscar Fantenberg indicators a one-year, $850,000 deal.THN’s Take: The Canucks have taken steps to deal with their protection scenario as we speak, however Fratenberg falls on the depth aspect of issues. Fratenberg performed with Calgary and Los Angeles final yr, placing up simply 4 factors in 61 video games. Not a lot offensive potential from the purpose however he offers Vancouver choices on the purpose.
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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: RW Ryan Carpenter indicators a three-year, $Three-million deal ($1 million AAV).THN’s Take: Carpenter is coming off of a career-high 18 factors this season, and whereas it’s nothing particular, Carpenter performed on the wing and down the center for the Golden Knights, giving them choices of their backside six. He ought to slot in properly with Andrew Shaw on the fourth-line.
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COLORADO AVALANCHE: RW Joonas Donskoi indicators a four-year, $15.6-million deal ($Three.9 million AAV).THN’s Take: The Finnish winger was a cap casualty in San Jose, however the Sharks’ loss is the Avalanche’s achieve. Donskoi had 14 targets and 37 factors in 80 video games this season, a profession excessive. Depth was a problem for the Avs at factors this season and Donskoi is able to enjoying each wings successfully whereas having strong possession numbers.
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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: C Patrick Brown indicators a two-year, $1.Four-million deal ($700,000 AAV).THN’s Take: Vegas obtained an excellent have a look at Brown this yr after his Charlotte crew gained the Calder Cup in opposition to Vegas’ squad, the Wolves. Brown completed with a career-high 35 factors in 70 video games and had 10 factors in 11 playoff contests. Brown has simply two factors in 21 NHL video games and went pointless in eight post-season video games with the Hurricanes this yr, so it’s purely a depth addition.
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CALGARY FLAMES: G Cam Talbot indicators a one-year, $2.75-million deal.THN’s Take: After a brief stint within the Metropolis of Brotherly Love, Talbot is heading again to Alberta – solely this time, he’ll be with the Flames. Throughout his 4 seasons with the Oilers, Talbot had problem discovering consistency and a powerful begin to his tenure was overshadowed by a precipitous drop off in 2018-19. Talbot will compete with David Rittich for the beginning gig and probably break up time.
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MONTREAL CANADIENS: G Keith Kinkaid indicators a one-year, $1.75 million deal.THN’s Take: Kinkaid performed nicely in New Jersey and was the crew’s beginning goalie for an excellent portion of the season. However he was traded to Columbus on the commerce deadline for a fifth-round decide to assist in giving Mackenzie Blackwood the beginning function, with Kinkaid not enjoying in a single sport with the Blue Jackets. Kinkaid is nice in spurts and the Canadiens might be assured in giving him 20-25 begins this season. Now, what occurs to Charlie Lindgren?
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MONTREAL CANADIENS: RW Riley Barber indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: As soon as a promising participant within the NCAA, Barber’s NHL profession has been restricted to simply three video games, however he completed with a career-high 60 factors within the AHL to place him 21st in league scoring. That is purely a depth signing.
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BUFFALO SABRES: C Jean-Sebastien Dea indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: The Sabres proceed to deal with their depth by including Dea, who performed 23 video games between New Jersey and Pittsburgh final season. Dea has a powerful AHL exhibiting with 44 factors in 46 video games however he’ll spend most of his time in Rochester this yr.
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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: D Ryan Murray indicators a two-year, $9.2-million contract ($Four.6 million AAV).THN’s Take: Well being points have put a damper on Murray’s profession, however when wholesome, Murray is nice as a second-pairing defenseman on Columbus at 21 minutes a sport. If he can keep away from one other upper-body harm, Murray could possibly be set for an enormous contract when he’s a free agent at 27 two years from now.
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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: RW Kurtis Gabriel indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Gabriel’s offensive output is extraordinarily restricted with simply 10 factors in 54 video games between New Jersey and Binghamton, however his work ethic and dimension is what groups search for. Philadelphia likes toughness and Gabriel has been a fan favourite in every single place he’s gone.
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DETROIT RED WINGS: D Patrik Nemeth indicators a two-year, $6-million deal ($Three million AAV).THN’s Take: After a few seasons bouncing between the NHL and AHL, Nemeth established himself as a full-time NHLer in Colorado over the previous two campaigns. He’s an enormous, bodily shutdown defender that can play extra of a depth function for the Purple Wings, however that’s the place he’s best.
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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: LW Kenny Agostino indicators a two-year, $1.Four-million deal ($700,000 AAV).THN’s Take: It took him a number of seasons, however the 27-year-old labored his method up via the minors and have become an NHL common in 2018-19, and he’s turned his six-goal, 24-point season right into a two-year cope with Toronto. As a bottom-sixer, he’s obtained some upside and he’s not going to interrupt the financial institution for the cap-conscious Maple Leafs.
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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: D Kurtis Gabriel indicators a one-year, $xx-million deal ($700,000 AAV)THN’s Take: The 26-year-old has by no means been a full-time NHLer and he doubtless gained’t turn out to be one in Philadelphia. He’s an excellent depth add, nonetheless, and might be a main candidate to be an harm alternative ought to the Flyers want one.
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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: LW Andy Andreoff indicators a two-year, $1.5-million deal ($750,000 AAV)THN’s Take: He’s a fourth-line grind man who can chip in a modest quantity of offense. His career-best was an eight-goal, 10-point marketing campaign again in 2015-16 and he managed 9 factors in 45 video games final season.
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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: D Nate Prosser indicators a two-year, $1.Four-million deal ($700,000 AAV)THN’s Take: In all probability, it is a signing that can have its best affect within the AHL. Prosser spent 31 video games with the Wild’s minor-league outfit in Iowa final season, and the 33-year-old has typically gone between the AHL and NHL all through his profession.
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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: D Kevin Gravel indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Gravel supplies the Leafs additional defensive depth and needs to be a key contributor to the Marlies backend. Gravel has one purpose and 13 factors in 106 video games between Los Angeles and Edmonton and is a main callup when Toronto wants assist in a pinch.
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ST. LOUIS BLUES: LW Nathan Walker indicators a two-year, $1.Four-million deal ($700,000 AAV)THN’s Take: Walker’s street from Australia to the NHL has been nicely documented, however his North American profession has been a rocky one. After a few years of uncertainty within the Capitals group – and a quick two-game stint in Edmonton – Walker ought to spend most of subsequent season within the AHL.
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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: LW Brandon Pirri indicators a two-year deal price $1.55 million ($775, 000 AAV)THN’s Take: Seventy-two targets in 259 profession NHL video games. That’s fairly good, besides that these 259 video games have been unfold throughout 9 seasons. Pirri has appeared in 50-plus video games in a season solely twice, however he scored 22 occasions in 49 video games with Florida in 2014-15 and 12 targets in 31 video games with Vegas this previous season. Possibly he solely has one trick – placing the puck within the web – however it’s an excellent one.
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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: G Jean-Francois Berube indicators a one-year, $700,00 deal.THN’s Take: Becoming a member of his fifth franchise in six years, Berube is a succesful AHLer that can break up time with Alex Lyon in Lehigh Valley. He shouldn’t consider Philadelphia’s plans except harm points drive one other ruthless yr within the crease.
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BUFFALO SABRES: D John Gilmour indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Signed by the Rangers out of school, Gilmour has spent nearly all of the previous three seasons within the AHL, however there’s some offensive upside that makes the 26-year-old an intriguing pickup. He had 20 targets and 54 factors with the Hartford Wolf Pack final season.
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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: C Jason Spezza indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: It’s a signing that may have made heads explode years in the past however merely a smart one in 2019. Spezza is coming off of back-to-back eight-goal campaigns through which he scored 26 and 27 factors, respectively. 
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EDMONTON OILERS: LW Jujhar Khaira indicators a two-year, $2.Four-million deal ($1.2 million AAV).THN’s Take: Accidents restricted his alternatives to shut out the yr in Edmonton and he completed with simply three targets and 18 factors in 60 video games. Only a depth signing as Edmonton nonetheless chases a game-changer.
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NASHVILLE PREDATORS: LW Daniel Carr indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Carr led the AHL with 71 factors final yr with Chicago and was strong in Montreal’s system for a couple of years. Carr’s deal is a one-way contract, so Nashville have to be assured that he can maintain a depth ahead spot.
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BOSTON BRUINS: D Connor Clifton indicators a three-year, $Three-million deal ($1 million per).THN’s Take: Clifton noticed an enormous improve in offensive manufacturing with Windfall, posting six targets and 27 factors in 53 video games. He didn’t play a lot in 19 common season video games with Boston however had 5 factors in 18 playoff video games. Boston’s blueline is loaded for the time being, so somebody will doubtless be on the transfer.
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OTTAWA SENATORS: LW Tyler Ennis indicators a one-year, $800,000 deal.THN’s Take: Signed a one-year “show it” cope with Toronto, after which the 5-foot-9, 160-pound dynamo went out and confirmed he nonetheless has big-league chops. The Sens signed him for depth obligation, however they will plug him in on the top-six when wanted, and trot him out on the facility play, too.
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DETROIT RED WINGS: G Calvin Pickard indicators a two-year, $1.5-million deal ($750,000 AAV).THN’s Take: There’s going to be competitors for the second-string place in Detroit. With incumbent Jimmy Howard set for the No. 1 job subsequent season and Jonathan Bernier primed for the backup function, the Purple Wings add Pickard to the combination. The 27-year-old is now onto his fourth crew in three seasons and has but to cement himself as a full-time NHLer.
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EDMONTON OILERS: C Markus Granlund indicators a one-year, $1.Three-million deal.THN’s Take: Granlund has spent his whole profession north of the border, transferring from Calgary to Vancouver and now off to Edmonton. The one-year pact offers Granlund the prospect to construct off of the 12-goal, 22-point marketing campaign he had in 2018-19 and show he is usually a constant and efficient scorer in the course of the lineup.
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ARIZONA COYOTES: G Ivan Prosvetov indicators a three-year, $2.78-million entry-level contract.THN’s Take: A fourth-round decide in 2018 (114th total), Prosvetov had an excellent rookie season within the OHL with Saginaw and is ready to return subsequent season. He’s nonetheless a couple of positions down on the depth chart, even with the crew nonetheless needing to signal RFA Adin Hill.
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WASHINGTON CAPITALS: RW Garnet Hathaway indicators a four-year, $6-million deal ($1.5 million AAV).THN’s Take: An 11-goal, 14-point season from the now-former Flames fourth-liner has earned him a wholesome payday from the Capitals, who’re loading up on crash-and-bang varieties after buying Radko Gudas earlier within the low season. The time period is a priority, however the dollars are such that it shouldn’t be too powerful to bury if want be.
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COLORADO AVALANCHE: LW Pierre-Edouard Bellemare indicators a two-year, $Three.6-million deal ($1.Eight million AAV).THN’s Take: In his five-year profession, Bellemare has been within the 12-16-point vary 4 occasions and that’s what Colorado will look to get out of him. He’ll play with Colin Wilson and Matt Nieto on the fourth-line.
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COLORADO AVALANCHE: LW Colin Wilson indicators a one-year, $2.6-million deal.THN’s Take: Wilson’s contributions have been ignored largely due to the success of Colorado’s prime line, however he had an honest 12-goal, 27-point marketing campaign. Extra importantly, although, he got here alive as soon as once more within the post-season, notching 4 targets and eight factors in 12 video games. The one-year deal comes with a pay lower, however he could make up the loss after which some with one huge yr main into one other spherical of free company.
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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: D Chris Bigras indicators a two-year, $1.Four-million deal ($700,000 AAV).THN’s Take: Bigras didn’t flip into the highest defensive prospect the Avalanche have been as soon as hoping for, however he had an honest yr with Hartford final yr and may have an opportunity to guide the Phantoms this season. His future seems stapled to the AHL.
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OTTAWA SENATORS: RW Jordan Szwarz indicators a one-year, $800,000 deal.THN’s Take: Windfall’s captain final season, Szwarz brings management and scoring depth – however on this case, it’ll be AHL solely. He dpes jave 21 video games performed between Arizona and Boston however the 28-year-old doesn’t make Ottawa higher.
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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: D Andy Welinski indicators a one-year, $750,000 contract.THN’s Take: After a few seasons spent yo-yo-ing between the Anaheim Geese and AHL’s San Diego Gulls, Welinski strikes on to the Flyers. The expertise forward of him on the depth chart makes it unlikely he’s a full-timer in Philadelphia.
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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: D Tyler Wotherspoon indicators a two-year, $1.Four-million deal. ($700,000 AAV)THN’s Take: It’s an AHL signing, plain and easy. Attempt as Wotherspoon would possibly to crack the large golf equipment in Calgary and St. Louis over the previous few years, he has spent the previous two full seasons within the AHL. In the event you see him in Philadelphia subsequent season, it’s as a result of accidents have actually taken a chunk out of the Flyers’ blueline.
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EDMONTON OILERS: LW Tomas Jurco indicators a one-year, $750,000 deal.THN’s Take: Jurco remains to be searching for his ticket again as much as the NHL after toiling round 4 AHL and two NHL groups over the previous three seasons. Jurco is expert and may nonetheless put up targets at an excellent price, however he’s nonetheless a longshot to make the fouth line – a task he doesn’t achieve – on a nasty Oilers crew.
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ST. LOUIS BLUES: RW Sammy Blais indicators a one-year, $850,000 deal.THN’s Take: All proper, so his output wasn’t all that spectacular – two targets and 4 factors in 32 video games – however Blais almost matched it in 15 playoff video games and didn’t have a look at all misplaced within the post-season. That is Blais betting on himself, and why shouldn’t he? The 2014 sixth-round decide has labored exhausting to get so far, and if he might be an affect participant subsequent season, he might earn himself a wholesome increase when he’s an RFA once more subsequent summer season.
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WASHINGTON CAPITALS: C Philippe Maillet indicators a two-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: This one is attention-grabbing. Maillet, 26, was signed out of the College of New Brunswick in 2017 and immediately turned one in every of Ontario’s finest gamers within the AHL. A strong playmaker, solely Matt Moulson (62) had extra factors than Maillet’s 54 with the Reign final yr. He’ll be busy with Hershey and is a main call-up candidate, one thing he’s by no means been earlier than.
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ARIZONA COYOTES: C Andy Miele indicators a two-year, $1.Four-million deal ($700,000 AAV).THN’s Take: It is a homecoming of kinds after enjoying the primary three years of his profession within the Coyotes system from 2011-14. Miele had simply two factors in 15 video games and he later went on to play in Europe, most lately within the KHL. With a two-year pact, Miele supplies depth, however the AHL might be his residence for now.
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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: LW Tomas Nosek indicators a one-year, $1-million deal.THN’s Take: Nosek carved his personal path to the NHL via his native Czech Republic and has turn out to be a fixture within the Golden Knights’ bottom-six over the previous two seasons. He hasn’t had that one, breakout season but, however he’s good for a handful of targets and about 15 factors. Low cost, worth offers are vital for Vegas, and that is one.
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ARIZONA COYOTES: D Aaron Ness indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’S Take: Ness, 29, suffered an harm late within the AHL season however performed nicely with Hershey with 55 factors in 71 video games and has 47 video games on his NHL resume with the NY Islanders and Washington. Ness might problem for a ultimate spot on the Coyotes’ blueline however he’s a strong participant to have in your pipeline when an harm arises – one thing Arizona handled typically final yr.
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ARIZONA COYOTES: LW Beau Bennett indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Bennett performed simply 5 video games within the KHL final season earlier than getting lower by Minsk, however he didn’t signal a professional contract after his dismissal in September. Bennett had 57 factors in 60 video games with the Chicago Wolves two years in the past and could possibly be a strong AHLer once more, however he’s a threat at this level. 
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BOSTON BRUINS: LW Par Lindholm indicators a two-year, $1.7-million deal ($850,000 AAV)THN’s Take: Lindholm spent had an uninspiring yr with a purpose and 13 factors in 65 video games with Toronto and Winnipeg however he’s nonetheless a succesful playmaker and his defensive reliability is notable. He is usually a chief on the fourth-line and has expertise on the facility play and penalty kill.
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COLORADO AVALANCHE: C Andrew Agozzino indicators a two-year, $1.Four-million deal ($700,000 AAV) THN’s Take: With simply 5 factors in 21 video games over 5 years, Agozzino hasn’t had that a lot of an offensive affect within the NHL however is coming off of a 60-point AHL marketing campaign with the Eagles. At worst, he’ll be one of many prime gamers within the AHL. At finest, he’ll chip in a couple of occasions a yr within the NHL.
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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: C Nick Shore indicators a one-year, $750,000 deal.THN’s Take: He did not discover a match within the NHL final season, as a substitute spending the 2018-19 marketing campaign with the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk, however Shore is usually a helpful fourth-line utility participant. Way more shouldn’t be anticipated, nonetheless.
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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS: D David Warsofsky indicators a two-year, $1.Four-million deal. ($700,000 AAV)THN’s Take: There’s a familiarity right here that makes this signing a match. Warsofsky spent components of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons with the Penguins group, together with 20 video games in Pittsburgh. Seemingly he’s AHL-bound, however he has harm fill-in potential.
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WASHINGTON CAPITALS: LW Brendan Leipsic has signed a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: One other transfer for Leipsic, who’s now onto his fifth crew in 4 seasons. He has 13 targets and 48 factors in 126 profession video games and might be pencilled right into a spot on the fourth line for now.
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BOSTON BRUINS: LW Brendan Gaunce indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: A primary-round decide in 2012, Gaunce hasn’t caught on as an 82-game NHL expertise but, however he’s supplied punch within the minor leagues. This previous season, he scored 16 targets and 38 factors in 60 video games for the Utica Comets. He’ll most likely begin in Windfall, however he might get an audition with the Bruins.
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BOSTON BRUINS: C Ryan Fitzgerald indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Consecutive 37-point seasons with the Child Bruins after wrapping up his tenure at Boston School. He’s but to look in an NHL sport.
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VANCOUVER CANUCKS: G Zane McIntyre indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: A pair years again, McIntyre earned himself backup obligation in Boston, however the previous two campaigns have been spent within the AHL. In Vancouver, he’s going to be down the depth chart. He’ll be tending purpose for the Utica Comets.
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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: G Spencer Martin indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: The second goalie signed by Tampa on Monday, Martin had a quick run in Colorado however spent more often than not within the minors. And that’s precisely what this deal is – a signing for Syracuse.
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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: G Scott Wedgewood indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: The third goalie signed by Tampa, is coming off of an excellent yr in Rochester the place he had 28 wins in 48 video games. With Wedgewood set for Syracuse, it’ll mark his fourth AHL crew since 2017.
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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: C Chris Mueller indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: At 33, Mueller is strictly an AHL signing, however an excellent one at that. He’s coming off a 65-point marketing campaign and has a minimum of 50 factors in his previous 4 seasons. However with simply 10 factors in 53 video games, and none since 2015, don’t count on to see him referred to as up.
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CALGARY FLAMES: D Brandon Davidson indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Davidson provides additional defensive stability in Calgary and is already accustomed to Alberta, having performed three seasons in Edmonton. He didn’t play a lot hockey final season however offers the Flames some flexibility.
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CALGARY FLAMES: C Byron Froese indicators a one-year, $700,00 deal.THN’s Take: He spent the previous yr within the AHL and with 16 factors in 110 profession video games, his NHL output is sort of restricted.
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LOS ANGELES KINGS: D Joakim Ryan indicators a one-year, $725,000 deal.THN’s Take: One other attention-grabbing signing. At simply $700Okay, Ryan has spent the previous two seasons within the NHL with San Jose and, whereas not flashy, is an honest possibility on the third pairing. That’s what he’ll compete for when coaching camp kicks off.
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LOS ANGELES KINGS: RW Martin Frk indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Frk was a strong AHLer however by no means discovered his method in Detroit. With LA needing some assistance on the wings and nonetheless in rebuild mode, it’s now or by no means for Frk to show he can stick round within the NHL.
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DALLAS STARS: D Reece Scarlett indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Scarlett’s choices have been doubtless restricted resulting from enjoying only one sport due to an harm, however Dallas favored him sufficient to carry him again. However he’s only a depth possibility, and with the Stars wanting good on the backend, he doesn’t issue into the guardian membership.
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WASHINGTON CAPITALS: Vitek Vanecek indicators a three-year, $2.15-million extension ($716,667 AAV).THN’s Take: Bringing again Vanecek made sense with Ilya Samsonov anticipated to make the bounce as much as Washington within the subsequent season or two, relying on what the Caps need to do with Phoenix Copley. He’ll have a tendency the online in Hershey this summer season.
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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: LW Tyrell Goulbourne indicators a two-year, $1.Four-million deal ($700,000 AAV).THN’s Take: That is purely a deal to bolster the Wolves, with Goulbourne transferring over after a four-year stint within the Flyers group. His finest AHL complete was 19 factors and he did not document a degree via 11 NHL video games with Philadelphia.
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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: D Jaycob Megna indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Megna was referred to as up on a few events in Anaheim over the previous three years however primarily in a bottom-pairing function. He’ll problem for a similar function in Vegas this yr, however count on him to spend most of his time within the AHL.
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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: D Brett Lernout indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Comparable deal to Megna. He skated with the Habs in 21 video games over three years however was primarily restricted to the AHL. Received’t change with the Golden Knights.
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FLORIDA PANTHERS: D Ethan Prow indicators a two-year, $1.Four-million deal ($700,000 AAV).THN’s Take: One of many AHL’s finest offensive defenseman coming off of a 50-point season. It’s exhausting to guage what he’s actually able to, given his earlier finest was 17 factors the yr earlier than, however at 26, and with a Panthers crew nonetheless missing on the purpose, he’s a risk to earn time on the crew’s proper aspect. However, once more, it was only one season of success.
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FLORIDA PANTHERS: D Tommy Cross indicators a two-year, $1.Four-million deal ($700,000 AAV).THN’s Take: Purely an AHL signing. Cross, 29, has simply three NHL video games beneath his belt and is nice for 35 factors within the minors.
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ST. LOUIS BLUES: D Jake Dotchin indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: In the event you’ve made it this far, you’ve doubtless learn lots about “depth defensemen”. Right here’s one other one, however one with an actual shot at enjoying. Dotchin performed in 20 video games final season, bringing a strong bodily presence to the backend when accidents put a maintain on Anaheim’s roster. He’ll see a couple of video games each every so often in St. Louis.
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WINNIPEG JETS: D Cameron Schilling indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Schilling returns to the Jets group after spending a lot of the previous two years with the Manitoba Moose. That’s the place he’ll go once more, however he did play in 4 video games in a restricted function with Winnipeg final yr.
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EDMONTON OILERS: C Gaetan Haas indicators a one-year, $925,000 entry-level contract.THN’s Take: Good discover by the Oilers, signing Haas out of Switzerland. Good two-way middle with good pace and may play nearly any function you want him to. That is his first time enjoying in North America, so it’ll be an adjustment interval for the 27-year-old.
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NEW JERSEY DEVILS: D Matt Tennyson signed a two-year, $1.Four-million deal ($700,00 AAV)THN ‘s Take: Tennyson joins his fourth crew in 5 years, as soon as once more transferring to a crew in a depth function. Regardless of simply 4 video games with Buffalo this yr, Tennyson has confirmed to be efficient when referred to as upon within the NHL and will weasel his method into 10-15 video games at a minimal.
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NEW JERSEY DEVILS: C Ben Avenue signed a one-year, $750,000 deal.THN’s Take: At 33, Ben Avenue is extra of a veteran fill-in possibility than something. With eight factors in 56 video games since 2012, his function as a top-six AHLer is the main target right here, particularly on a crew that can characteristic some good younger prospects in Binghamton.
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NEW JERSEY DEVILS: D Dakota Mermis signed a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Mermis by no means cracked the Coyotes’ lineup full-time and nothing suggests he’ll in New Jersey. However he’s a gradual AHLer that may play a sport or two for the Devils.
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ST. LOUIS BLUES: RW Nick Lappin signed a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Lappin’s AHL numbers dipped this season in Binghamton, ending with 34 factors a yr after scoring 31. He did play in 11 NHL video games however did not document a degree. Again to the AHL for him, albeit for a brand new crew.
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ST. LOUIS BLUES: LW Evan Polei signed a two-year, $1.85-million deal ($925,000 AAV).THN’s Take: That is Polei’s first NHL contract – good for him. Polei caught within the AHL full-time final yr in Bakersfield and had 20 factors. He gained’t put up a number of factors in San Antonio, however he’s an enormous physique that performs a bodily sport and, who is aware of? Possibly St. Louis will give him an opportunity.
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ST. LOUIS BLUES: C Mike Vecchione indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Vecchione noticed a two-point dip in manufacturing this yr in Lehigh Valley however appears good for 40 factors. However he shouldn’t issue into St. Louis’ huge membership plans.
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ST. LOUIS BLUES: D Derrick Pouliot indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Pouliot was a wholesome scratch typically throughout his time in Vancouver and has primarily had a disappointing profession since getting drafted within the first spherical by Pittsburgh in 2012 (eighth total). Since Pouliot might be on a two-way deal, that is his alternative to show himself once more.
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NEW YORK ISLANDERS: C Cole Bardreau indicators a two-year, $1.Four-million deal ($700,000 AAV).THN’s Take: Bardreau is coming off of a troublesome season that noticed him dip from 30 factors to 12 in one other shortened season for the middle. That is purely for AHL depth.
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EHC LINZ: C Mark McNeill has signed a contract.THN’s Take: He was Bruins property, however now he’s making his first journey over to Europe. McNeill by no means materialized after Chicago selected him within the first spherical in 2011 (18th total).
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SYRACUSE CRUNCH: G Zach Fucale indicators a one-year AHL contract.THN’s Take: A real fall from grace. 5 years in the past, Fucale was one of many prime goaltending prospects within the league. However after a few tough years within the Canadiens’ and Golden Knights’ programs, he finds himself on an AHL cope with the Crunch – however count on him to play within the ECHL with Wedgewood and Martin signed to two-way NHL offers on Monday as nicely.
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LEIGH VALLEY PHANTOMS: C Greg Carey indicators a one-year AHL deal.THN’s Take: Staying in acquainted territory, Carey has confirmed to be one of the vital constant AHLers over the previous few years and is coming off of a career-high 61-point season with the Phantoms. That is his first AHL deal after beforehand being Flyers property.
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COLORADO AVALANCHE: D Daniel Renouf indicators a two-year, $1.Four-million deal ($700,000 AAV).THN’s Take: Renouf joins his third NHL program up to now three years however did have an excellent season with Charlotte of the AHL. Count on him to hitch the Eagles for the entire season.
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CAROLINA HURRICANES: D Alex Lintuniemi indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Lintuniemi by no means might crack Los Angeles’ roster and hasn’t proven a lot enchancment over the previous three years. Again to the AHL for him.
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DALLAS STARS: C Tanner Kero indicators a two-year, $1.48-million deal ($737,500 AAV).THN’s Take: Kero has 22 factors in 72 profession video games within the NHL with Chicago and is coming off of a powerful 57-point effort with Utica of the AHL. A superb call-up candidate for the Stars.
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COLORADO AVALANCHE: C T.J. Tynan indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: A degree-per-game participant with the Chicago Wolves final season, Tynan will contend for the AHL scoring title this season with the Eagles.
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PROVIDENCE  BRUINS: D Josiah Didier indicators a one-year AHL deal.THN’s Take: Didier, 26, hasn’t performed a sport within the NHL however had an excellent run en path to the Calder Cup with Charlotte this season. It is a good AHL transfer.
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BOSTON BRUINS: G Maxime Lagace indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Lagace has 17 video games of expertise with Vegas however merely couldn’t steal the beginning function in Chicago. He’ll battle Daniel Vladar for the majority of the begins subsequent season whereas mentoring rookie Kyle Keyser.
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CALGARY FLAMES: LW Justin Kirkland indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: The Predators didn’t provide him a qualifying provide and his transition to professional hockey over the previous three years have been tough. However with a career-high 30 factors this season in Milwaukee and with an excellent bodily presence, he’s an honest pickup for the Flames to ship to Stockton.
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SAN JOSE SHARKS: D Dalton Prout indicators a one-year, $800,000 deal.THN’s Take: Prout was sparingly utilized in Calgary, however the Flames did have a crowded blueline. Prout is a big-bodied defender that may really punish gamers, however he’s not a full-time NHLer.
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WINNIPEG JETS: D Anthony Bitetto indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Bitetto hasn’t performed an AHL sport since early 2017, however that’s about to alter. He didn’t have a lot to supply Nashville or Minnesota final season and there’s no room for him up in Winnipeg.
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SAN JOSE SHARKS: RW Jonny Brodzinski indicators a one-year deal.THN’s Take: Accidents restricted Brodzinski to simply 13 video games with the Kings final yr however he’s a former AHL all-star and brings good dimension to the Sharks’ backside six. Purely a depth transfer, however somebody who would possibly issue into the crew’s lineup.
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SAN JOSE SHARKS: D Nikolai Knyzhov indicators a three-year entry-level contract.THN’s Take: Strong discover for the Sharks, who inked the undrafted defenseman to an ELC. He’s an excellent skater and performs a bodily sport, however he’s not nice at dealing with the puck. His offensive output is proscribed, however the Sharks favored what they noticed out of him in coaching camp.
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SAN JOSE SHARKS: C Zach Gallant indicators a three-year, $2.78-million entry-level contract.THN’s Take: Gallant went unsigned by Detroit after the crew took him in 2017 however earned a deal out of improvement camp with San Jose. He produced at an OK degree within the OHL however was very spectacular with Toledo through the ECHL stretch run this season. He shouldn’t issue into San Jose’s short-term plans and will wind up with the San Jose Barracuda.
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SAN JOSE SHARKS: D Artemi Kniazev indicators a three-year entry-level contract.THN’s Take: San Jose’s decide within the second spherical, Kniazev is a smooth-skating defenseman that handles the puck nicely and does a number of small issues nicely. He’s nonetheless a couple of years away, however it’s good to have your future able to go.
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BUFFALO SABRES: LW C.J. Smith indicators a two-year, $1.Four-million deal ($700,000 AAV).THN’s Take: Not a big-impact transfer, however Smith has two good AHL seasons beneath his belt and has performed nicely in 13 video games with the guardian membership. Count on him to get a couple of video games as a name up once more this yr.
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WINNIPEG JETS: C Mark Letestu indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: It’s a two-way deal, and Letestu ought to virtually definitely spend a lot of the yr within the AHL. However 560 NHL video games to his credit score, he’s a dependable possibility if wanted.
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OTTAWA SENATORS: LW Nicholas Paul indicators a one-year, $750,000 deal.THN’s Take: At 24, Paul has not confirmed himself to be a reliable risk to play full-time, however Ottawa remains to be in rebuild mode and he’ll combat for a fourth-line spot in coaching camp. It is a make-it-or-break-it yr for him: Paul has had a number of possibilities in Ottawa with out success, however an excellent season within the AHL final yr might have helped his case.
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VANCOUVER CANUCKS: RW Tyler Motte indicators a one-year, $975,000 deal.THN’s Take: Good fourth-liner on an affordable deal. Works exhausting, sturdy skater and the Canucks like him in defensive conditions. Not too shabby.
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ANAHEIM DUCKS: C Andrew Poturalski indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Poturalski smashed his earlier career-high level complete of 52 two seasons in the past with a 70-point marketing campaign earlier than scoring 12 targets and 23 factors in 18 playoff video games en path to Charlotte’s first Calder Cup. At 25, Poturalski NHL resume is sort of restricted with simply two video games with the Hurricanes, however Poturalski’s sport improved mightily this yr and he might combat for a bottom-six roster spot in Anaheim, however his big-league potential isn’t excessive.
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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS: C Joseph Blandisi indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Blandisi re-joins the Penguins group after transferring over final season. His manufacturing dipped in Wilkes-Barre Scranton in comparison with San Diego however he nonetheless completed with 43 factors in 54 video games. He has performed within the NHL for a minimum of a handful of video games since 2015 and will have the identical alternative this season.
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ANAHEIM DUCKS: C Blake Pietila indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: With 46 factors in 50 video games, Pietila had an enormous AHL season and even had 19 video games of motion with New Jersey. It is a recent begin for him, however with simply 4 factors in 38 NHL video games, his offensive potential is proscribed.
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ANAHEIM DUCKS: G Anthony Solarz indicators a two-year, $1.5-million deal.THN’s Take: Anaheim provides goaltending depth to San Diego, and one who performed in 18 video games with Philadelphia and Edmonton final yr. He solely components into the play if John Gibson or Ryan Miller get harm once more, however might backup in his second yr if Miller retires.
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FLORIDA PANTHERS: LW Joel Lowry indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Good AHL second-liner, however that’s it.
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FLORIDA PANTHERS: G Philippe Desrosiers indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: There was merely no extra room for Desrosiers with the Texas Stars and he spent a part of final season within the ECHL. He’ll share the online with AHL veteran Chris Driedger.
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MONTREAL CANADIENS: C Phil Varone indicators a one-year, $700,000 deal.THN’s Take: Montreal provides to its middle queue. Varone’s offensive affect could be very restricted with simply 17 factors in 97 NHL video games however he’ll be an excellent chief on the Laval Rocket.
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ANAHEIM DUCKS: D Jani Hapanpaa indicators a one-year, $850,000 deal.THN’s Take: The St. Louis Blues had sturdy defensive depth within the system when Hakanpaa was a member of the crew from 2013 to 2015, however after a few sturdy developmental years in Finland, he will get a second probability. At 6-foot-5 and 207 lbs, Hakanpaa has nice dimension and his skating has improved over the previous few years, primarily within the pace class. After leaving the AHL as soon as earlier than, it’s unlikely he’d signal with the Geese if he didn’t assume he had an opportunity at making the opening night time roster.
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