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Andy Miele has inked a one-year, $575,000 deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

It's a one-way agreement, which helps his chances of spending the full 2014-15 campaign with Detroit. He's an interesting case because at the age of 27 he has only participated in 15 NHL games. However, he excelled during his tenure with Miami University (Ohio) and has reached the 70-point mark in back-to-back AHL seasons.
Jul 1 - 11:45 AM

Karri Ramo has signed a one-year, $3.8 million deal to stay in Calgary.

He would've been eligible for unrestricted free agency, but he'll remain with the Flames. Jonas Hiller has a year left on his contract and Joni Ortio has a one-way deal in 2015-16, so the team will face some tough decisions on who goes and who stays. Ramo had a 15-9-3 record with a .912 save percentage and a 2.60 goals-against average last season
Jul 1 - 11:11 AM

Mike Ribeiro has agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract with the Nashville Predators.

Nashville took a chance on Ribeiro last summer, inking him to a one-year, $1.05 million deal and it worked out for both sides. He scored 15 goals and 62 points in 82 contests, so this isn't a bad deal for the Predators.
Jul 1 - 11:10 AM

Patrick Eaves has inked a one-year, $1.15 million extension.

Eaves completed a one-year, $650,000 deal and was on the verge of becoming an unrestricted free agent. He had 14 goals and 27 points in 47 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 1 - 11:08 AM

With Vladimir Tarasenko set to become a restricted free agent, the St. Louis Blues are expected to be quiet on the UFA front.

"We'll talk to our own restricted free agents, but we're going to stay away from the unrestricteds until we find out what Vladi’s intentions are," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "If we can find the depth player that we want, we're going to fill out our roster. But as far as making a significant addition to our team, we're not looking for a top-five defenseman or a top-10 forward until we get Vladi done." Part of the reason for that is the Blues want to keep enough cap space free to guard against an offer sheet should Tarasenko sign one. The fact that Armstrong is in a strong position to match any potential offer sheet might be enough to convince other teams that it's not worth it.
Jul 1 - 10:37 AM

Martin Jones has inked a three-year, $9 million contract with the San Jose Sharks.

Jones was eligible to test the restricted free agent market. He played for Los Angeles last season, but was dealt to Boston and then San Jose over the course of the last week. Jones had a 2.25 GAA and .906 save percentage in 15 contests last season. The move to San Jose gives him an opportunity to compete for a starting gig and he's not a bad late round gamble in standard fantasy league drafts as a result. Just don't get too excited about his career NHL numbers given the relatively small sample size.
Jul 1 - 10:22 AM

Conor Sheary would like to stay within the Pittsburgh Penguins' organization.

Sheary signed an AHL contract for the 2014-15 campaign and stood out with 20 goals and 45 points in 58 contests. He had another five goals and 12 points in eight playoff games. He was never drafted and made the jump to the AHL after completing his four-year tenure with UMass-Amherst.
Jul 1 - 10:00 AM

Kevin Bieksa has inked a two-year, $8 million extension.

Bieksa still has a season left on his five-year, $23 million deal. In other words, once his present contract experiences, his cap hit will actually go down. He had four goals, 14 points, and 77 penalty minutes in 60 contests with Vancouver in 2014-15.
Jul 1 - 9:53 AM

Artem Anisimov has reportedly sign a five-year, $22.75 million extension with the Chicago Blackhawks.

That's a $4.55 million annual cap hit. Anisimov will come with a roughly $3.3 million cap hit for the 2014-15 campaign though as he wraps up his existing three-year deal. He was acquired by the Blackhawks as part of the Brandon Saad trade. Anisimov had seven goals and 27 points in 52 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 1 - 9:44 AM

Although the New Jersey Devils have cap space to spare, they aren't likely to be a major player in the UFA market.

This isn't a particularly great free agent market, so that might be for the best. The Devils do likely need to add skilled forwards in order to have the kind of offense necessary to compete for a playoff spot next season, but that doesn't mean they'll make such a move. In fact, it wouldn't be surprising if 2015-16 proves to be another transitional season for New Jersey.
Jul 1 - 9:37 AM

Don't be surprised if the Dallas Stars are quiet on July 1.

"I don’t see July 1st being a big day for us," Stars GM Jim Nill said. "We're going to be there and see where the market goes, but from analyzing things and looking at it, I don’t think there’s something there that will be fit for us to start with. Maybe later on we’ll see what happens." Nill has already made a big splash by acquiring the negotiating rights to Antti Niemi and then signing the veteran goaltender.
Jul 1 - 9:03 AM

Brandon Saad and Chicago never got close to agreeing to terms before he was traded to Columbus.

Saad is a restricted free agent and was reportedly looking for $6.5 million annually. "It's fair to say we both tried hard to make it work. It wasn't going to in this scenario," Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said. "I don't think we ever came close on a contract. It wasn't for lack of effort. I respect their side. It just didn't work for us, and it obviously didn’t work for them. That's why we had to move on." We'll have to wait to see what Saad agrees to with Columbus.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 1 - 8:31 AM

James Wisniewski is already familiar with some key personnel within the Carolina Hurricanes' organization.

Wisniewski previously played for head coach Bill Peters back when they were both with the AHL Rockford IceHogs in 2008-09. He also has known Hurricanes director of hockey operations Mike Vellucci for a long time. "He was my first coach in junior hockey and he coached me for three years in Plymouth," Wisniewski said. "We've stayed in touch, played golf together. He knows me as a player but also as a person. Coming to Carolina should be a good fit for for me." The Hurricanes acquired Wisniewski from Anaheim in exchange for Anton Khudobin.
Jul 1 - 8:26 AM

Hurricanes GM Ron Francis wasn't happy with Alexander Semin's compete level last season.

Carolina has placed Semin on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying him out. "He certainly has had some injuries, but last season he did not have the compete level we expect," Francis said. "We talk about holding our players accountable, and there were some things we felt he did not hold up to, so we made this decision. When we talk about accountability and a consistently high compete level, we have to follow through, or they make no sense. He did not have that high compete level, for whatever reason." That plays into the common criticisms about him. It will be interesting to see what kind of market there will be for Semin this summer. If he signs a one-year contract, then that might provide him with the motivation he needs to bounce back.
Jul 1 - 8:05 AM

Although the acquisition and subsequent signing of Dougie Hamilton served as a temporary distraction, the focus in Calgary will now shift back to Mark Giordano's negotiations.

"Mark's our captain and our leader, and we're gonna work away at getting that done," Flames GM Brad Treliving said. "No update on the talks with Mark, other than it remains a priority for us to continue and work away at and get to a good conclusion." Giordano still has a season left on his contract, so his situation wasn't urgent. It will be interesting to see how Calgary handles its defensive situation though as it already has roughly $22 million committed to five blueliners in 2016-17 and that doesn't include Giordano. It's likely the Flames will have to make another move at some point.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jul 1 - 7:58 AM

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