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Nick Spaling has agreed to a two-year, $4.4 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Spaling and the Penguins were on the brink of starting an arbitration hearing. The two sides ultimately decided to roughly split the difference between Spaling's $2.65 million request for 2014-15 and the Penguins' offer of $1.65 million. Pittsburgh acquired him from Nashville as part of the James Neal trade. Spaling had 13 goals and 32 points in 71 games in 2013-14.
Jul 31 - 10:14 AM

Carey Price doesn't require surgery for the leg injury he sustained when Chris Kreider crashed into him during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Price said he's doing okay, but he doesn't plan to start skating until mid-August. He had a 2.32 GAA and .927 save percentage in 59 games last season.
Jul 31 - 10:06 AM

The Minnesota Wild and restricted free agent Darcy Kuemper haven't talked much since July 5.

Kuemper didn't file for salary arbitration, which leaves the door open to him signing an offer sheet or holding out into training camp. "Darcy has great potential and played very well in stretches for us [last] season, but at the end of the day I think he's played around 30 games in the NHL," Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said. "Usually this isn't the time to fight for the big contract. We feel Darcy right now is trying to establish himself in the league, and once he does that it'll be a little simpler to come up with terms." It's worth noting that the Wild already have Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding under contract. They obviously want to sign Kuemper too, but as long as at least one of Backstrom and Harding are healthy, the Wild can afford to wait Kuemper out, even if this drags into the regular season.
Jul 31 - 10:03 AM

Count Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill among those that have embraced analytics.

The Stars evaluate go over each of their games using Corsi and a number of other statistics. "If it's a number you get out of right field, I think it's great for analyzing that," Nill said. "Why such a difference? If the numbers are closer, now you've got more of a comfort level to say, 'OK, yes. There's something here. We made this decision as a staff and the numbers back it up.' It's a lot easier to make a decision then." Nill feels that advanced statistics have room for improvement, but he also acknowledged that they've already progressed immensely compared to where they were 10 years ago.
Jul 31 - 9:54 AM

Robin Lehner has agreed to a three-year, $6.675 million contract with the Ottawa Senators.

Lehner is coming off a bit of a rough season as he posted a 3.06 GAA and .913 save percentage. Nevertheless, the Senators have been betting on him to become the team's starting goaltender and that should happen sooner rather than later. He's got enough potential to make this contract look like a steal, but the Senators are taking a bit of a risk given his relative lack of NHL experience.
Jul 31 - 9:37 AM

Although Martin Brodeur hasn't signed yet, it's still very unlikely that he would return to New Jersey as a player.

New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that the team and Brodeur have come to an understanding that they're both moving on. "It's a progression thing – that is Marty knowing what it is to be a No. 1 goaltender and to have that feeling and that's exactly what he feels Cory needs," Lamoriello said. "We feel the same way. We went through one year a different way. So, I think it's time to go forward, but never negate what Marty has brought nor was the door ever shut. It was a mutual understanding of what's best for both parties and Marty will always be a Devil." Brodeur will probably rejoin the Devils' organization in a front office capacity after he hangs up his skates.
Jul 30 - 10:45 PM

The Detroit Red Wings have hired Jim Hiller to serve as an assistant coach.

Hiller is a former WHL coach of the year, but this will be his first opportunity to serve as an NHL coach. He's a former player and while he spent the better part of his career in Europe, he did finish with eight goals and 20 points in 63 games with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, and Detroit Red Wings. "There's always challenges when you're a coach," Hiller said. "I did play in the NHL, so I kind of understand the mentality of what it's like to be an NHL player and the type of feedback those players want and need." Hiller's focus will be the team's offense and forwards.
Jul 30 - 8:24 PM

Andy Greene's new contract with the Devils is a five-year, $25 million contract.

Greene still has one season left on his four-year, $12 million deal before his new agreement will take effect. He had 32 points in 82 games last season, making it the second time in the last four 82-game seasons that he's breached the 30-point mark.
Jul 30 - 6:51 PM

Nick Spaling has filed request for an arbitrator to award him a $2.65 million contract for the 2014-15 campaign.

The Penguins are countering with a $1.65 million deal. Spaling and Pittsburgh will face the arbitrator on Thursday unless the two sides can agree to terms before then.
Jul 30 - 6:05 PM

Andy Greene has agreed to a long-term deal with the New Jersey Devils.

The Devils didn't disclose the terms of the agreement. Greene had eight goals and 32 points in 82 games in 2013-14. Greene still has one year left on his previous deal, so he will come with a $3 million annual cap hit in 2014-15.
Jul 30 - 4:45 PM

Teemu Selanne's hockey career might not be over after all.

While Selanne won't be returning to the Anaheim Ducks for another season, he is reportedly entertaining the possibility of playing for Jokerit, a Finnish squad that will make its KHL debut in 2014-15. That would complete the circle of Selanne's hockey career as he got his start with Jokerit Helsinki back when they played in the Finnish league before breaking into the NHL.
Jul 30 - 4:00 PM

Dwight King's new deal with the Los Angeles Kings is worth $5.85 million.

In other words, King will come with a $1.95 million annual cap hit, which is a substantial increase from his previous annual salary of $750,000. The Kings don't have any restricted free agents left to sign and while they're close to the cap, they should be fine in that regard.
Jul 30 - 3:01 PM

Matt Halischuk has inked a one-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg.

Halischuk's new deal comes with a $725,000 annual cap hit. He had five goals and 10 points in 46 games with the Jets in 2013-14.
Jul 30 - 2:23 PM

The Chicago Wolves have signed Terry Broadhurst to a one-year AHL contract.

The Wolves are affiliated with the St. Louis Blues. Broadhurst had 16 goals and 44 points in 73 AHL contests last season.
Source: AHL.com
Jul 30 - 1:39 PM

Shane Harper has inked a one-year AHL contract with the St. Louis Blues' affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.

Harper had 13 goals and 33 points in 63 contests in 2013-14. He's 25 years old and hasn't played at the NHL level.
Source: AHL.com
Jul 30 - 1:37 PM



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