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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."