NHL Recent Player News
|7/27/2014||Luke Adam, C||The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Luke Adam to a one-year, two-way contract, which provides them the option to have him play in the minors.
Analysis: Adam was a restricted free agent after being tendered a contract offer by the team last month. He was selected in the second round of the 2008 draft, and has played parts of four seasons with the Sabres. Adam has 15 goals and 11 assists for 26 points in 87 NHL games.
|7/25/2014||Landon Ferraro, C||The Detroit Red Wings have signed center Landon Ferraro to a one-year contract. The team did not announce terms of the deal Friday.
Analysis: The 22-year-old Ferraro made his NHL debut for the Red Wings in March. He ended up playing four games with Detroit, averaging 8:58 of ice time. He also played 70 games with the team's minor league affiliate in Grand Rapids, scoring 15 goals with 16 assists.
|7/25/2014||James Reimer, G||Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a two-year contract Thursday. Reimer's agent, Ray Petkau, confirmed the deal on Twitter. Reimer, a restricted free agent, and the Leafs were scheduled to go to arbitration Monday.
Analysis: Reimer lost the starting job to Jonathan Bernier last season, but was forced into service with Toronto's playoff hopes on the line when Bernier sustained a knee injury that ended his season. The 26-year-old goalie was 12-16-1 with a 3.29 goals-against average last season. In four seasons with Toronto, he's 65-48-15 with a 2.85 GAA.
|7/25/2014||Nathan Walker, LW||The Washington Capitals have signed forward Nathan Walker, the first Australian player to be drafted by an NHL team. The 20-year-old Walker was selected in the third round of last month's draft. He signed a standard three-year, entry-level contract Friday.
Analysis: Walker was born in Wales but spent his early childhood in Australia before moving to the Czech Republic. Walker became the first Aussie in the American Hockey League when he played for the Hershey Bears, the Capitals' AHL affiliate. He had five goals, six assists and 40 penalty minutes in 43 games with Hershey last season.
|7/24/2014||Lars Eller, C||The Montreal Canadiens avoided arbitration with center Lars Eller, agreeing to a four-year contract on Thursday.
Analysis: Eller was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Friday. "We are very pleased to have agreed upon a long term agreement with Lars Eller," general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. "He is an important part of our group of young veterans."
|7/24/2014||Kevin Poulin, G||The New York Islanders have agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with goalie Kevin Poulin.
Analysis: Poulin appeared in 28 games last season with the Islanders and posted an 11-16-1 record, with a .891 save percentage and a 3.29 goals-against-average. In 49 career games with the Islanders, Poulin has an 18-25-2 record with a 3.08 GAA and .900 save percentage.
|7/24/2014||Jared McCann, C||The Vancouver Canucks have signed center Jared McCann to an entry-level contract.
Analysis: The 18-year-old McCann played last season with the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, where he finished second on the team in goals (27) and points (62) in 64 games. He was selected by Vancouver in the first round, 24th overall, of the 2014 draft.
|7/23/2014||Cory Sarich, D||Sarich is recovering in a Calgary hospital after a cycling accident this week. The 35-year-old Sarich, who is a free agent, said it's been ''a rough couple of days and I'm grateful for the support I've been receiving.'' There's no timeline for his recovery.
Analysis: Sarich has spent a majority of his 15-year NHL career with the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning. He suited up last season for Colorado, helping the Avalanche make the postseason for the first time since 2010.
|7/23/2014||Chris Kreider, LW||Kreider and the New York Rangers agreed on a two-year deal shortly before going to arbitration. The 23-year-old Kreider made a deal Wednesday morning with an average salary of $2.475 million moments before the scheduled hearing. He will receive $2.35 million next season and $2.6 million during 2015-16.
Analysis: Kreider had 17 goals and 20 assists in 66 regular-season games. During the playoffs, the left wing had five goals and eight assists in 15 games. He returned for Game 4 of New York's second-round series against Pittsburgh after missing a month with a broken left hand. He sat out nine regular-season games and 10 in the playoffs.
|7/23/2014||Andre Benoit, D||The Buffalo Sabres signed Benoit to a one-year contract Wednesday.
Analysis: Benoit spent last season with the Colorado Avalanche, and had a career-best 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) in 79 games. He previously spent parts of two seasons with the Ottawa Senators. Overall, he has 10 goals and 29 assists for 39 points in 120 career NHL games.
|7/23/2014||Ryan O'Reilly, LW||The Colorado Avalanche have avoided arbitration with O'Reilly by signing the versatile forward to a two-year deal.
Analysis: O'Reilly led the team with a career-high 28 goals last season and won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to a player who best exemplifies gentlemanly conduct. He also had six game-winners as the Avalanche advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2009-10 under first-year coach Patrick Roy.
|7/23/2014||Mats Zuccarello, LW||The New York Rangers are avoiding salary arbitration with Zuccarello, agreeing to terms with the restricted free agent on a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
Analysis: The deal was announced Tuesday night, three days before the sides were scheduled to go to arbitration.
|7/22/2014||David Booth, LW||Booth has signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs after spending last season with Vancouver.
Analysis: The 29-year-old winger had nine goals and 10 assists in 66 games with the Canucks. He has 218 career points in 443 games with Vancouver and Florida. In 2008-09 with the Panthers, Booth set career highs in goals (31), assists (29) and points (60) in 72 games.
|7/22/2014||Sami Vatanen, D||The Ducks have signed defenseman Sami Vatanen to a two-year contract coming off his rookie season.
Analysis: He had six goals, 15 assists and 22 penalty minutes in 48 games last season, when he won a bronze medal playing for Finland in the Sochi Olympics. The 23-year-old Vatanen had one assist in five playoff games with the Ducks. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2009 by Anaheim.
|7/22/2014||Antoine Roussel, LW||Roussel and the Dallas Stars have agreed to terms on a four-year contract.
Analysis: Roussel played in 81 games last season, when he had 29 points (14 goals and 15 assists) and 209 penalty minutes, making him the only player in the NHL with more than 25 points and 150 penalty minutes. Roussel had three assists and 27 penalty minutes in the Stars' six-game playoff series against Anaheim.
|7/21/2014||Alex Ovechkin, RW||Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. The two had been together since 2011 and became engaged in December 2012.
Analysis: The three-time NHL MVP had faced questions from Russian media about the relationship when he did not accompany Kirilenko to Wimbledon last month. Kirilenko says in comments distributed by the Russian Tennis Federation that there were "a lot of reasons" behind her decision. She says "our relationship is over, but I respect Sasha (Ovechkin) as a person and as an athlete and I respectfully wish him further sporting success."
|7/21/2014||Cody Franson, D||The Toronto Maple Leafs and Franson have avoided arbitration, with the defenseman signing a $3.3 million, one-year contract. This is the third straight one-year deal for Franson, who missed most of training camp last season after a contract dispute.
Analysis: The 26-year-old player is getting a raise from his $2 million contract in 2013-14, when he led all Toronto defensemen with 33 points. Franson has 28 goals and 105 assists in 333 career NHL games. He was a third-round pick of the Nashville Predators in 2005.
|7/19/2014||Lee Stempniak, RW||The Rangers and veteran forward Lee Stempniak have agreed to terms on a one-year, $900,000 contract.
Analysis: The deal with the 31-year-old Stempniak was announced on Saturday. In 73 regular-season games last season with Calgary and Pittsburgh, Stempniak had 12 goals and 22 assists.
|7/18/2014||Simon Despres, D||The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Despres to a two-year contract worth $900,000 per season.
Analysis: The 22-year-old Despres appeared in a career-high 22 games for the Penguins last season, finishing with five assists. He scored six goals and added 16 assists in 36 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. His plus/minus ratio of plus-19 led the team.
|7/18/2014||Dmitry Kulikov, D||The Florida Panthers are keeping defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, signing him to a three-year deal on Friday.
Analysis: Kulikov has spent each of his first five NHL seasons with the Panthers, with 24 goals and 75 assists in 313 games. He logged the second-most minutes for the Panthers this past season and was a regular on Florida's power-play and penalty-kill units. Kulikov set career-bests this past season with 81 games played, eight goals and 66 penalty minutes.
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