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Jonathan Toews has been cleared for contact and the Chicago captain hopes to return Thursday at Minnesota.

Should Toews return against the Wild, coach Joel Quenneville and his staff have talked about putting him right back as the center on the top line with either Marian Hossa or Patrick Kane moving to left wing. Toews has missed 20 games and the game Thursday in St. Paul is one of two remaining contests for the Blackhawks, who finish at Detroit on Saturday.
Tue, Apr 3, 2012 03:59:00 PM

Ryan O'Reilly has inked a two-year, $12 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

O'Reilly and the Avalanche narrowly avoided arbitration. His $6 million annual cap hit puts O'Reilly in a tie with Matt Duchene for the highest cap hit on the team. He'll be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this contract and it will be interesting to see if the Avalanche eventually decide to trade him rather than risk watching him allow his contract to expire to that he can play for the highest bidder.
Jul 23 - 10:07 AM

Chris Kreider signed a two-year, $4.95 million contract with the New York Rangers.

Kreider and the Rangers narrowly avoided an arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday. Kreider had asked for $2.8 million annually while the Rangers countered with $2.05 million per season, so the two sides agreed to a deal in the middle. He had 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games in 2013-14.
Jul 23 - 9:32 AM

Mats Zuccarello has agreed to a one-year, $3.55 million contract.

Zuccarello reportedly wanted $4.5 million annual salary as part of a long-term deal, but the Rangers probably favored giving him a "show me" contract instead. He had 19 goals and 59 points in 77 games last season, but his previous campaigns in the NHL had been something of a mixed bag.
Jul 22 - 6:07 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed David Booth to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

There was a time when Booth was a safe bet to score over 20 goals and 40 points per season. However, that's when he was logging 18-plus minutes per game in Florida, which ended with his acquisition by the Vancouver Canucks. Booth never fit in with Vancouver and his problems were amplified by a series of injuries. A fresh start is exactly what Booth needs, but he's far from a safe bet to capitalize on this opportunity.
Jul 22 - 4:02 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired former vice president of hockey operations Dave Poulin and assistant general manager Claude Loiselle.

Although Toronto hasn't engaged in a major shakeup of its roster and has decided to retain head coach Randy Carlyle and GM Dave Nonis, the Maple Leafs have engaged in a personnel shakeup after they endured yet another spectacular collapse in 2013-14. They have also hired 28-year-old Kyle Dubas to serve as an assistant general manager. Dubas previously served as the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' general manager for three years. He was one of the youngest GMs in OHL history when he originally took the job with the Greyhounds.
Jul 22 - 11:39 AM

Cody Franson has inked a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Franson had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday, so the two sides agreed to terms just under the wire. The deal represents a substantial raise over his previous one-year, $2 million deal. He had five goals and 33 points in 79 games in 2013-14.
Jul 21 - 10:00 AM

The New York Rangers have confirmed that they've signed veteran forward Lee Stempniak to a contract and reports suggest it's worth $900,000 for one year.

Stempniak, 31, played 73 games last season with the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins. He had 12 goals, 22 assists and 32 penalty minutes.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 19 - 7:06 PM

Dmitry Kulikov has signed a three-year, $13 million contract extension with the Florida Panthers.

Kulikov was a restricted free agent after completing his two-year, $5 million deal. He had 19 points and 66 penalty minutes in 81 games last season. The Panthers were one of the worst teams offensively last season and while they won't be great in 2014-15, they should at least approach the level of mediocrity and that will help Kulikov reach the 25-point mark for the third time in his career.
Jul 18 - 12:31 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have signed Tyler Ennis to a multi-year contract extension.

Buffalo didn't disclose the term or cap hit, but it's reportedly a five-year, $23 million contract. The Sabres are betting on Ennis bouncing back after recording just 43 points in 80 games last season. He certainly has the capacity to firmly establish himself as a solid top-six forward and could end up with 50-60 points in 2014-15.
Jul 17 - 10:26 AM

Jason Demers has signed a two-year, $6.8 million contract extension with the San Jose Sharks.

With that, the Sharks and Demers have successfully avoided arbitration ahead of their July 22 hearing date. He's coming off of a breakout season where he scored five goals and 34 points in 75 games. The fact that it's a two-year deal makes a lot of sense for San Jose as it will give Demers a chance to prove that he's capable of continuing to perform at that level before they potentially make a long-term commitment.
Jul 16 - 4:22 PM

Derek Roy has inked a one-year, $1 million contract with the Nashville Predators.

Nashville also signed Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05 million contract Tuesday morning. Like Ribeiro, Roy could prove to be a big steal for the Predators, but there's also a reason why he would sign at that price. Roy has seen his production decline significantly over the last few years and he just had 37 points in 75 games with St. Louis in 2013-14. Still, he's just 31 and will probably start the season on one of Nashville's top two lines. Combine that with the Predators desire to put a greater emphasis on offense next season and the stage seems set for Roy to bounce back.
Jul 15 - 12:28 PM




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