Andre Benoit has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues.
Benoit had a goal and nine points in 59 games with Buffalo in 2014-15. The 31-year-old defenseman has 179 games worth of NHL experience under his belt, but we think he's more likely to start the 2015-16 campaign in the minors.
Tobias Lindberg is happy he decided to make the transition from Swedish hockey to the OHL last season.
"Before the season, when they told me about the OHL, I didn't really know what to expect," Lindberg said. "I was mostly looking for more ice time. I wasn't sure how much I would play back home in Sweden, with the men's team. When Ottawa said I would play up to 25 minutes per game in the OHL that was the biggest thing for me. Because if you don't play, you can't develop." The Senators prospect made a big impact with the Oshawa Generals, scoring 32 goals and 78 points in 67 contests. He's signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Ottawa and is projected to begin the campaign with AHL Binghamton.
The Los Angeles Kings have begun to negotiate a contract extension with Anze Kopitar.
The talks are reportedly still in the early stages. Kopitar is going into the final season of his seven-year, $47.6 million contract. It wouldn't be surprising to see him sign another lengthy deal with the Kings.
Shawn Matthias has inked a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Matthias had 18 goals and 27 points in 78 games with Vancouver in 2014-15. He's a versatile forward in the sense that he can play up and middle or the wing, which will come in handy for the Maple Leafs as they might trade more of their veterans for prospects and picks after moving Phil Kessel.
Although Andreas Athanasiou had a solid season in the minors, a broken jaw followed by a bad case of the flu caused him to finish 20 pounds lighter than when he started the season.
Athanasiou's goal is to regain his lost weight over the summer, which would mean going into the 2015-16 campaign at 195 pounds. He had 16 goals and 32 points in 55 AHL contests last season.
Axel Holmstrom plans to play in Sweden this season, but head to North American immediately afterwards.
In other words, Holmstrom is projected to wrap up the 2015-16 campaign with a stint in AHL Grand Rapids. He had 10 goals and 20 points in 44 contests with Sweden's Skelleftea AIK in 2014-15.
Matt Beleskey might end up playing on the top line in Boston.
The Bruins signed Beleskey to a five-year, $19 million contract over the summer. There team has a sizable hole in its lineup after trading Milan Lucic, but Beleskey might be able to partially fill it while playing alongside David Krejci. Don't get too excited though. Beleskey often played alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in Anaheim and still finished with a modest 32 points in 65 contests.
Brad Marchand said he was shocked when he heard that the Boston Bruins traded both Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton.
"I think that day (Friday) was just a big shock with those guys leaving. I don’t know if guys were prepared for that to be happening," Marchand said. "There’s always speculation about guys getting traded, but there was obviously a lot more happening this year. You do get a little bit nervous, but I hope I’m here for a long time and if not, then it’s out of my hands. But it’s always a tough spot to be in when guys are getting traded and the team is changing around you and you’re losing friends and close teammates. It just means that new relationships have to be built and I think we’re all looking forward to that."