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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

Brandon Sutter and the Vancouver Canucks have been working on an extension.

Sutter's new deal is reportedly looking like it will be a five-year contract just shy of $4.4 million annually. Whether or not that deal makes sense depends on the role he'll play in Vancouver. It sounds like he might start the 2015-16 campaign as the team's second line center, but is that his long-term role there? He's great defensively, but hasn't been a prolific scorer and might ultimately make more sense serving on the third line and in that scenario, his contract might look a bit overpriced.
Jul 30 - 3:20 PM

The Boston Bruins have reached out to unrestricted free agent Marek Zidlicky.

Zidlicky had seven goals and 34 points in 84 games with New Jersey and Detroit last season. He could help the Bruins with the man advantage if they sign him. He wouldn't come close to replacing Dougie Hamilton in Boston, even in the short-term, but Zidlicky would still be a decent addition to the Bruins' blueline.
Jul 30 - 2:26 PM

Dainius Zubrus has been officially bought out by the New Jersey Devils.

Zubrus had to clear waivers before New Jersey could terminate his contract and now he has. The Devils will still be charged his $3.1 million cap hit in 2015-16 because he was a 35-and-over signing, but they don't have to pay his full salary now and have freed up a roster spot for a future move.
Jul 30 - 12:53 PM

Dainius Zubrus was caught off guard by the New Jersey Devils' decision to buy him out.

That's partially due to the timing as Zubrus would have been more prepared had this happened in June. At the same time he knows he's coming off of a bad season "stats-wise" as he recorded just 10 points in 74 games. "Saying that, I think I can play in the NHL," Zubrus said. "I'm an NHL player and I think I will play."
Jul 30 - 11:42 AM

The New Jersey Devils hope to sign Pavel Zacha next week.

The Devils have until the August 15 transfer deadline to sign Zacha if they want him to be eligible to play in the NHL in 2015-16. Zacha was taken with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 30 - 10:12 AM

Slava Voynov has been serving his 90-day jail sentence at the Seal Beach Police Detention Center.

Voynov is paying $100 a day to stay at what was once described as a "luxury" jail. It has advertised in the past amenities like flat screen TVs. He began serving his sentence on July 7 after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse.
Jul 30 - 10:07 AM

It sounds like former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was let go due in large part because of how he handled the cap.

"It's a cap environment we find ourselves in here, and you've got to look to the future," Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs siad. "If you watch the success of the Chicago team, and I do admire them quite a bit, they dealt with their high-priced players early on and kept creating room. Every year, there was a change, not too unlike the change we see here (this year). We see some great players going elsewhere. Even to this year, you see very successful teams have met that problem. We didn't deal with it in a timely enough manner and we found ourselves in a cap position that wasn't attractive for us." Jacobs feels Chiarelli wasn't prepared to make the kind of trades he feels the Bruins needed to execute. Since Don Sweeney took over as the team's general manager, Boston has made some painful trades as they've moved Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton.
Jul 30 - 9:42 AM

Devils GM Ray Shero wanted to create some roster flexibility by buying out Dainius Zubrus.

"You're talking to other managers and there are certainly free agents out there," Shero said. "It's not that anything is imminent and it really wasn't about Dainius himself. It was more about the roster spot/flexibility moving forward." Because of Zubrus' age when he signed his contract, his full $3.1 million annual cap hit will still count against the Devils in 2015-16. He had four goals and six assists in 74 contests last season.
Jul 29 - 10:23 PM

Niklas Treutle agrees to one-year, entry-level contract with Arizona.

Treutle had a 2.06 GAA and .923 save percentage in 30 games with Munich EHC of the German League. He's expected to start the 2015-16 campaign in the minors.
Jul 29 - 8:19 PM

Marcus Johansson and the Washington Capitals weren't able to agree to terms before his arbitration hearing.

Johansson put in a request of $4.75 million to an arbitrator while the Capitals countered at $3 million. Both sides can still agree to an extension until the arbitrator makes a ruling on the matter by Friday afternoon. Johansson had 20 goals and 47 points in 82 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 29 - 6:31 PM

Ryan O'Byrne has signed with the Swedish League's HV71.

O'Byrne spent the previous two campaigns with Ambri-Piotta in Switzerland. He is a veteran of 308 NHL games.
Jul 29 - 5:00 PM



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