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Brenden Dillon has signed a five-year contract to remain with the San Jose Sharks.

The 24-year-old defenseman could have become a restricted free agent Wednesday. The contract has an average annual value of $3.27 million, CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz reported. The Sharks acquired Dillon Nov. 21 in a trade with the Dallas Stars for defenseman Jason Demers and a third-round choice in the 2016 NHL Draft. Dillon scored two goals, added seven assists and posted a minus-11 rating in 60 games with the Sharks.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 29 - 9:58 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed goaltender Jacob Markstrom to a two-year deal, general manager Jim Benning announced Monday.

Markstrom, 25, appeared in three games with the Canucks in 2014-15 and 32 games with the Utica Comets of the AHL, where he was 22-7-2, with a goals-against average of 1.88, a save percentage of .934 and five shutouts. In 50 career NHL games with Vancouver and Florida, he has a mark of 13-28-5 and a 3.19 GAA.
Jun 29 - 8:21 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed center Chris VandeVelde to a multi-year contract extension, general manager Ron Hextall announced Monday evening.

VandeVelde, 28, is coming off a breakout season in which he recorded nine goals and six assists for 15 points in 79 games. Before 2014-15, the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder had never appeared in more than 18 games in any of his previous four NHL seasons, and had posted a goal and three assists over 46 NHL games. VandeVelde was honored by his teammates at the end of the past season with the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the Flyers’ most improved player from the previous season.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 29 - 8:06 PM

Michael Blunden has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning.

He made just two appearances with Tampa Bay last season and he had 22 points in 33 AHL with the Syracuse Crunch.
Jun 29 - 6:54 PM

Carolina did not send a qualifying offer to Riley Nash, so he can become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday afternoon.

He produced eight goals and 25 points in 68 games with the Hurricanes last year. Nash had a great start to the campaign with 15 points in his first 23 contests, but it was never believed to be sustainable. GM Ron Francis hasn't closed the door completely on bringing Nash back, though.
Jun 29 - 6:47 PM

Yannick Weber didn't get a qualifying from the Canucks.

He can test the open market on July 1, but a contract with Vancouver could still be in the works. The two sides will continue to talk prior to the start of free agency on Wednesday.
Jun 29 - 6:42 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov was among five players to receive a qualifying offer from the Lightning.

Andrej Sustr, Luke Witkowski, Carter Ashton and Philippe Paradis were the others to have their rights retained by Tampa Bay. The Lightning will try to get each of their restricted free agents signed over the off-season.
Jun 29 - 6:28 PM

Mike Hoffman has received a qualifying offer from the Senators.

The two sides will continue working on a new contract. Ottawa also sent qualifying offers to Alex Chiasson, Shane Prince and Cole Schneider.
Jun 29 - 6:24 PM

Linden Vey has received a one-year, $1 million contract from the Vancouver Canucks.

The re-signing was announced by Canucks GM Jim Benning on Monday. Vey tallied 10 goals and 24 points in 75 games during his first season in Vancouver.
Jun 29 - 6:06 PM

Chris Pronger was indeed elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

Pronger, who was recently traded to the Coyotes and still has two seasons left on his contract, played 1,167 games in 18 NHL seasons where he compiled 698 points and 1,590 penalty minutes. He won the Hart Trophy and Norris Trophy in the same season (2000) and he was a member of the Triple Gold club. Pronger hasn't played since Nov. 19, 2011 because of concussion issues, which made him eligible for the honor to head to the Hall of Fame
Source: NHL.com
Jun 29 - 5:59 PM

St. Louis has acquired Konrad Abeltshauser from San Jose for a conditional 2016 seventh-round draft pick.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound defenseman picked up three goals and 16 assists in 50 games with Worcester. Abeltshauser also appeared in five contests with Allen of the ECHL and he recorded seven points.
Jun 29 - 5:44 PM

Matt Beleskey has been garnering plenty of interest as free agency approaches.

He has touched base with a dozen clubs and agent Murray Kuntz says Beleskey is slated to visit a few Eastern Conference teams this week. Beleskey will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Jun 29 - 5:35 PM

Phil Housley will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November.

He was announced as part of the Class of 2015 on Monday along with Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Chris Pronger, Angela Ruggiero, Peter Karmanos and Bill Hay. Housley compiled 1,232 points in 1,495 games in 21 NHL seasons to place him fourth among defensemen in all-time scoring.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 29 - 5:06 PM

Sergei Fedorov has been chosen to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

That is not surprising after he generated 483 goals and 1,179 points in 1,248 games during his 18-year career. Fedorov added another 176 points in 183 Stanley Cup Playoff games and he won the league championship three times with the Red Wings. He also captured the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award in 1994 and earned the Selke Trophy a pair of times.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 29 - 4:58 PM

As expected, Nicklas Lidstrom is part of the 2015 class for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

He was elected by a selection committee of 18 on Monday and will be inducted into the Hall on Nov. 9 in Toronto. His 20-year NHL career, all with the Red Wings, saw him play 1,564 games (fourth among defensemen) and he racked up 1,142 points. Lidstrom's trophy case includes four Stanley Cups, seven Norris Trophies, a Conn Smythe Trophy and an Olympic Gold Medal. He was a lock to be inducted and it is easy to see why he is considered one of the greatest defensemen ever. Joining Lidstrom in the Hall of Fame will be Sergei Fedorov, Chris Pronger, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Peter Karmanos and Bill Hay.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 29 - 4:51 PM



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