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Date Player News
7/15/2014 Mike Ribeiro, C The Nashville Predators have signed veteran forwards Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy to one-year contracts. Both signings were announced Tuesday. Ribeiro's contract is worth $1.05 million. Roy's is worth $1 million.

Analysis: Ribeiro had 16 goals and 31 assists in 80 games for the Phoenix Coyotes last season. He has 202 goals and 454 assists in 865 career regular-season games.
7/11/2014 Brandon Dubinsky, C The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Brandon Dubinsky to a six-year contract extension worth a reported $35.1 million through the 2020-21 season. The Columbus Dispatch reported details of the contract, worth $5.85 million per season.

Analysis: The 28-year-old Dubinsky, acquired two years ago in the blockbuster deal with the New York Rangers for Rick Nash, has scored 18 goals with 52 assists with a +7 plus/minus rating in 105 games the past two seasons. He was at his best in last season's six-game playoff series with Pittsburgh, scoring a goal with five assists while frequently matched up against Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby.
7/11/2014 Richard Panik, RW Tampa Bay signed forwards Philippe Paradis and Richard Panik to one-year, two-way contracts Friday.

Analysis: Panik had three goals and 13 points in 50 games with Tampa Bay last season.
7/11/2014 Philippe Paradis, C Tampa Bay signed forwards Philippe Paradis and Richard Panik to one-year, two-way contracts Friday.

Analysis: Paradis played with Syracuse of the American Hockey League last season.
7/11/2014 Brenden Morrow, LW The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Brenden Morrow to a one-year contract. The team announced the news on Friday.

Analysis: Morrow had 13 goals and 25 points in 71 games with St. Louis last season. In 921 NHL games with the Blues, Dallas and Pittsburgh, the 35-year old has 262 goals and 567 points.
7/10/2014 Rinat Valiev, D The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Trevor Smith to a one-year contract and Valiev to a three-year entry-level deal.

Analysis: The Maple Leafs selected the 19-year-old Valiev in the third round, 68th overall in the 2014 draft.
7/10/2014 Trevor Smith, C The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Smith to a one-year contract and defenseman Rinat Valiev to a three-year entry-level deal.

Analysis: Smith played 28 games for the Maple Leafs last season, getting nine points (four goals, five assists) with four penalty minutes. He also had 10 goals, 16 assists and 10 penalty minutes while serving as captain of the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies in 2013-14.
7/10/2014 Daniel Cleary, RW The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed Cleary to a one-year contract.

Analysis: The team announced the move Thursday. The 35-year-old Cleary finished last season with four goals, four assists and 53 penalty minutes in 52 games. Cleary has spent the last nine seasons with the Red Wings, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2008. Cleary was bothered by knee problems last season and did not play after January.
7/10/2014 Steve Ott, C The St. Louis Blues have re-signed forward Steve Ott to a two-year contract.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Ott, who was acquired in the Ryan Miller deal from Buffalo, had three assists and 37 penalty minutes in 23 regular-season games. In six playoff games, he added two assists and 14 penalty minutes. Ott had been the Sabres captain before the trade on Feb. 28. He's an 11-year veteran and former 2000 first-round pick of the Stars.
7/10/2014 Scott Hannan, D The San Jose Sharks have re-signed Hannan to a one-year contract.

Analysis: General manager Doug Wilson announced the move Thursday, saying Hannan will be a good mentor for younger players. The 35-year-old Hannan played 56 games last season with three goals and nine assists.
7/9/2014 Cory Schneider, G The New Jersey Devils have signed Schneider to a seven year, $42 million contract extension. Schneider was acquired by the Devils from the Vancouver Canucks at the NHL draft in June 2013.

Analysis: He was 16-15-12 in 45 games with New Jersey last season and posted a 1.97 goals-against average, third best in the NHL. The 28-year-old Schneider would have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season.
7/9/2014 Dany Heatley, RW The Anaheim Ducks have signed Heatley to a one-year deal, returning the 33-year-old unrestricted free agent to the Pacific Division.

Analysis: Heatley spent last season with Minnesota. He played for San Jose from 2009-11, compiling 65 goals and 81 assists in 162 games for the Sharks. Heatley also has played for Atlanta and Ottawa in his career, notching 372 goals and 419 assists in 863 career games. He is a four-time All Star and a two-time 50-goal scorer. Heatley ranks second among NHL players with 143 power-play goals.
7/9/2014 Patrick Kane, RW The Blackhawks have agreed to eight-year contract extensions with captain Jonathan Toews (tayvz) and star forward Patrick Kane. General manager Stan Bowman said all along that the extensions were his biggest offseason priority, and the team announced the megadeals Wednesday. The Blackhawks did not release the value of the deals that keep the two stars in Chicago through the 2022-23 season.

Analysis: Chicago selected Toews with the No. 3 pick in the 2006 draft, and grabbed Kane with the No. 1 overall selection the following year. They combined to lead the Blackhawks to Stanley Cup titles in 2010 and 2013. Kane had 29 goals and 40 assists and Toews finished with 28 goals and 40 assists this season. The Blackhawks lost to Los Angeles in the Western Conference finals.
7/9/2014 Jonathan Toews, C The Blackhawks have agreed to eight-year contract extensions with captain Jonathan Toews (tayvz) and star forward Patrick Kane. General manager Stan Bowman said all along that the extensions were his biggest offseason priority, and the team announced the megadeals Wednesday. The Blackhawks did not release the value of the deals that keep the two stars in Chicago through the 2022-23 season.

Analysis: Chicago selected Toews with the No. 3 pick in the 2006 draft, and grabbed Kane with the No. 1 overall selection the following year. They combined to lead the Blackhawks to Stanley Cup titles in 2010 and 2013. Kane had 29 goals and 40 assists and Toews finished with 28 goals and 40 assists this season. The Blackhawks lost to Los Angeles in the Western Conference finals.
7/9/2014 Mattias Ekholm, D The Nashville Predators have signed restricted free-agent defenseman Mattias Ekholm to a two-year, $2.075 million contract. The Predators announced the signing Wednesday. The contract will pay Ekholm $1.0375 million each of the next two seasons.

Analysis: Ekholm, 24, had one goal and eight assists in 62 games as a rookie last season. He was one of only six NHL defensemen to play at least 50 games and to be assessed 10 or fewer penalty minutes. He also played one game for the Predators in 2012-13 and appeared in two games with the team in 2011-12.
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