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The Winnipeg Jets have announced an affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Tulsa Oilers for the 2015-16 campaign.

The Oilers posted a 37-29-3-3 record last season before losing in the first round of the playoffs. That was their first season in the ECHL as they were previously in the now defunct Central Hockey League.
Jul 31 - 11:06 PM

Marcus Johansson has been awarded a one-year, $3.75 million contract from Washington in arbitration.

Johansson set new career-highs last season with 20 goals and 47 points in 82 games. He had requested a $4.75 million salary while Washington countered at $3 million, so the arbitrators ruling was ultimately near the middle. It represents a significant increase from his 2014-15 salary of $2,175,000.
Jul 31 - 9:05 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have brought on Claude Loiselle to serve as a consultant for hockey operations.

Loiselle spent four seasons from 2010-14 serving as an assistant general manager and vice president with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He's also a former player that recorded 209 points and 1,149 penalty minutes in 616 career NHL contests.
Jul 31 - 5:49 PM

The New Jersey Devils have hired Paul Castron to serve as their director of amateur scouting.

Castron had been serving in that role with the Columbus Blue Jackets. "I would to thank Jarmo Kekalainen and the Columbus Blue Jackets for their cooperation in allowing Paul Castron to join the New Jersey Devils," said Devils GM Ray Shero. "Paul has an outstanding track record of evaluating and developing prospects for more than 20 years. We feel that he has the experience and leadership qualities to help us accomplish our player development goals." The Devils haven't had a great track record in the draft during the cap era. Longtime Devils scouting director David Conte was let go earlier this month.
Jul 31 - 4:10 PM

Justin Johnson has inked an AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies.

Johnson had five points and 147 penalty minutes in 45 ECHL games in 2014-15. He made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders at the age of 32 on April 11, 2014. He has seven penalty minutes in two career NHL contests.
Jul 31 - 2:31 PM

It's still not clear how Mike Richards' situation with the Los Angeles Kings will play out, but we should know much more by the end of August.

That's because the NHLPA has an Aug. 29 deadline if they want to file grievances over the Kings' decision to terminate Richards' contract for a "material breach." It also remains to be seen if Richards will face charges for an alleged US-Canadian border incident involving the prescription drug oxycodone. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has confirmed that there is an active investigation, but if there are any charges laid at all, they might not be made before the NHLPA's deadline.
Jul 31 - 1:35 PM

Cory Schneider isn't discouraged by the Devils' need to rebuild.

"I'm really excited to step up here," Schneider said. "We're in transition somewhat, but (I'll) hopefully be a calming presence and a veteran presence, even though I feel I'm a young 29. I hope to put my mark on a franchise and organization and hopefully carry them to a Stanley Cup one day." Schneider is one of the league's top goaltenders, but the Devils have one of the worst offenses in the NHL. The result is that he should have a top-10 save percentage and GAA, but he might not even reach the 30-win mark.
Jul 31 - 12:04 PM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall isn't planning on re-signing Brayden Schenn yet.

Schenn will still be a restricted free agent next summer, so it's not imperative that the Flyers sign him in the near future. That being said, the question was raised after Philadelphia handed Sean Couturier a six-year, $25.98 million contract. Schenn still has a lot to prove, so determining fair value for him on a long-term deal would be challenging. He had 18 goals and 47 points in 82 contests last season.
Jul 31 - 10:56 AM

Louis Domingue has decided to spend the 2015-16 campaign in Europe.

Domingue had a 2.73 GAA and .911 save percentage in seven games with Arizona last season. The Coyotes added Anders Lindback though, so Domingue's chances of making Arizona's opening game roster were minimal.
Jul 31 - 10:19 AM

Brandon Gormley has accepted his one-year, two-way qualifying offer with the Arizona Coyotes.

Gormley had two goals and four points in 27 games with Arizona in 2014-15. At the age of 23, he still has the potential to develop into a defenseman that puts up sufficient offensive numbers to make him worth owning in standard leagues. However, at this point we recommend taking a wait-and-see approach with him rather than take a chance on drafting him before training camp.
Jul 31 - 10:16 AM

Don't expect the Arizona Coyotes to make any more significant signings.

"There are still a lot of players out there," Coyotes GM Don Maloney said. "If anything, I can see maybe some tryouts coming our way. The good thing for us we still have roster flexibility. We have some payroll flexibility, but I'm just adamant not to shore up a roster with any more one-way contracts unless it's a very good deal." The Coyotes have some promising young forwards set to compete for roster spots, so that's why Maloney would be reluctant to fill his roster with too many one-way contracts. Max Domi, Dylan Strome, Henrik Samuelsson, Lucas Lessio, and Anthony Duclair are among the young forwards worth keeping an eye on in Arizona's training camp.
Jul 31 - 10:04 AM

Oliver Kylington will be able to play in North America in 2015-16.

Kylington had already signed with the Calgary Flames, but as Sweden's AIK held his rights, he would have had to go back to Europe in the likely event that he didn't make the NHL roster. Now it looks like AIK has given him permission to play in North America regardless, which means that he's free to play for the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings or AHL Stockton depending on Calgary's preference.
Jul 30 - 10:10 PM

Alex Galchenyuk has agreed to a two-year, $5.6 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Galchenyuk had 20 goals and 46 points in 80 games last season. He's still just 21 years old and with plenty of upside, so a bridge contract like this one makes a lot of sense for him. If he continues to develop then he'll be in line for a bigger payday when this contract expires following the 2016-17 campaign.
Jul 30 - 7:55 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Jakub Voracek to an eight-year, $66 million contract.

That's a $8.25 million annual cap hit, although it won't kick in until 2016-17 as Voracek still has a season left on his existing four-year, $17 million deal. He had 81 points in 82 contests last season, so as long as he maintains that high level of play, that high cap hit will look justified. That's not a terrible bet for Philadelphia to make and we don't really find fault with the Flyers locking up one of the league's top forwards for the long haul.
Jul 30 - 6:00 PM

Jonas Siegenthaler has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals.

Siegenthaler had three assists in 41 Swiss League games with Zurich last season. The plan is for him to participate in Washington's rookie camp before returning to Switzerland for the 2015-16 campaign. He was taken with the 57th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 30 - 4:44 PM

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