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David Oliver and Greg Brown have been hired by the New York Rangers to serve as assistant coaches.

Oliver had a lengthy hockey career that included 233 NHL games. His coaching resume is somewhat light, with him serving as an assistant coach for a season with the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters in 2011-12. More recently, he's been part of the Avalanche's front office with an emphasis on player development. Brown has been an assistant coach with Boston College for the last 14 seasons. Brown and Oliver have no prior NHL coaching experience while new head coach David Quinn only has a single season as an NHL coach on his resume. However, the Rangers still have assistant coach Lindy Ruff as a holdover from the old group and there aren't many people out there with more NHL coaching experience than him.
Source: NY Post
Jul 18 - 3:57 AM

Blake Coleman has signed a three-year, $5.4 million contract extension with the New Jersey Devils.

Coleman had an arbitration hearing set for July 22, so the two sides narrowly avoided that scenario. He had 13 goals and 25 points in 79 games last season. "Blake proved himself this season with his work ethic, intensity level and competitiveness," Devils GM Ray Shero said. "He worked throughout the year to become a strong penalty killer who also had a positive impact in the offensive zone. We look forward to him continuing his development in the next stage of his career."
Jul 18 - 3:47 AM

Evan Bouchard has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Bouchard was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He's a two-way defender and a right-handed shot, which is something the Oilers could really use right now. He's not expected to jump into the NHL for the 2018-19 campaign though.
Jul 18 - 3:40 AM

Although we still don't have much details regarding Corey Crawford's (head) status, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman once again expressed optimism about the goaltenders availability.

"Corey was actually just in town," Bowman said. "I ran into him yesterday, talked to him for awhile. So, yeah, things are looking good. He said he hasn’t done a whole lot of on-ice stuff yet, but like most of our guys, a few of our guys were just starting to skate today as well. … I know he has been training off ice. Hopefully, things are good." Crawford last played on Dec. 23 and the Blackhawks' hopes of getting back into the playoffs are largely tied into their goaltenders' health. When Crawford was healthy last season, he was superb with a 2.27 GAA and .929 save percentage in 28 games.
Jul 18 - 3:34 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Dean Chynoweth to serve as an assistant coach.

Chynoweth is replacing Steve Smith, who resigned on July 9. Chynoweth was most recently an associate coach with the WHL's Vancouver Giants and before that he served as the head coach of the AHL's San Antonio Rampage and Lake Erie Monsters over the course of four seasons. At the NHL level, he accumulated three seasons worth of experience as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders from 2009-10 through 2011-12. "Dean brings a great deal of experience as both a player and a coach to the organization," Hurricanes GM Don Waddell said. "His knowledge of the game and attitude will be assets for our players."
Jul 18 - 3:27 AM

Andrew Welinski has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Anaheim.

Welinski can make $690,000 in the NHL or $125,000 in the minors. He registered two assists in seven games with the Ducks in 2017-18. He also recorded 10 goals and 34 points in 51 AHL contests.
Jul 18 - 3:15 AM

Kalle Kossila has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

Kossila can earn $650,000 in the NHL or $125,000 in the minors. He had a goal and an assist in 10 games with the Ducks last season. At the AHL level, he scored 21 goals and 54 points in 55 games.
Jul 18 - 3:12 AM

Torrey Mitchell will play in Switzerland next season.

Mitchell had six goals and 11 points in 60 games with Montreal and Los Angeles last season. The 33-year-old forward has appeared in 666 career NHL contests.
Jul 17 - 11:53 PM

Thomas Di Pauli has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Di Pauli's contract comes with a $650,000 cap hit in the NHL. He had 12 goals and 20 points in 58 AHL contests last season.
Jul 17 - 6:54 PM

Jon Gillies has signed a two-year contract with Calgary.

Gillies' deal is two-ways for 2018-19, but it becomes one-way in 2019-20. When he's in the NHL, he'll come with a cap hit of $750,000. He had a 2.88 GAA and .896 save percentage in 11 games with the Flames last season.
Jul 17 - 5:56 PM

Stefan Noesen has signed a one-year, $1,725,000 contract with the New Jersey Devils.

Noesen had 13 goals and 27 points in 72 games last season. He had an arbitration hearing scheduled for August 1, but that's no longer necessary. "Since he has arrived in New Jersey, Stefan has played smart, competitive hockey and has scored timely goals," said Devils GM Ray Shero. "He's also a guy you can rely on to play in tough defensive situations and has really grown his all-around game."
Jul 17 - 5:20 PM

Ryan Pulock has signed a two-year contract with the New York Islanders.

Pulock scored 10 goals and 32 points in 68 games last season. He was a restricted free agent this summer. The Islanders didn't disclose the financial terms of the deal and they weren't otherwise available at the time of writing.
Jul 17 - 5:03 PM

Jimmy Vesey has signed a two-year, $4.55 million contract with the New York Rangers.

Vesey had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 30 that's now moot. He will earn $2.2 million in 2018-19 and $2.35 million in the second season of the deal. He had 17 goals and 28 points in 79 games last season, so he'll need to step up significantly if he's going to earn a long-term contract at the end of this bridge deal.
Jul 17 - 4:26 PM

The Dallas Stars have extended their affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads through 2019-20.

Dallas and Idaho have been affiliated since the 2005-06 campaign and were also affiliated in 2003-04. Idaho has won the Kelly Cup since as an affiliate of the Stars - in 2004 and 2007. "We are thrilled to renew our affiliation with the Steelheads for the next two seasons," said Dallas Stars assistant GM and the AHL's Texas Stars GM Scott White. "The Steelheads organization, under the direction of Head Coach Neil Graham, continues to promote the type of developmental atmosphere we seek to maintain, and we couldn't be happier to extend our partnership with them."
Jul 17 - 4:07 PM

Spencer Martin has signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Martin had a 3.10 GAA and .893 save percentage in 34 AHL games last season. He's projected to start the season in the minors given that Semyon Varlamov and Philipp Grubauer are firmly ahead of him in the depth charts.
Jul 17 - 3:39 PM



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