Mika Zibanejad could end up playing on the wing or at center this season.
Ottawa likes the versatility that David Legwand brings to their lineup and his play will largely impact where Zibanejad lines up. He may center on the third line or on the second line as a winger. "A lot of them [centers] can move to the wing," coach Paul MacLean said. "The only one of them that probably couldn't move to the wing would be Kyle. Everyone else has the ability to play on the wing as well. If that's the case, that makes us a bigger and deeper team."
Clarke MacArthur has inked a five-year extension with the Ottawa Senators worth $23.25 million.
He scored 24 goals and 55 points in 79 games last season. MacArthur will earn $3.25 million during the last year of his deal and then his new contract will kick in for the 2015-16 campaign.
Charles Wang has agreed to sell a minority stake in the New York Islanders.
Jonathan Ledecky, a former co-owner of the Washington Capitals, and investor Scott Malki will take majority control of the team in two years. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL," Ledecky said in a statement. The NHL's Board of Governors still has to approve the deal.
Arizona's AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, announced the signings of forward Eric Selleck and defenseman Joel Hanley to minor-league deals on Tuesday.
Selleck registered 12 points and 163 penalty minutes in 60 games between San Antonio and Chicago last campaign. Hanley skated in 15 games with Portland in 2013-14 during his first AHL season.
Nick Petrecki agreed to a one-year AHL contract with the Rochester Americans.
Petrecki was cut loose by the Sharks when he didn't receive a qualifying offer from the club this off-season. He had three points and 54 penalty minutes in 35 games with the Worcester Sharks last season. Petrecki also played 14 contests with the Amerks last year when he was loaned to the club and he played with them in the playoffs.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Brandon Pridham to serve as an assistant to GM Dave Nonis.
He had been with the NHL as senior director of central registry and central scouting. With the Leafs, he will "assist with salary-cap analysis, contract negotiations and collective bargaining agreement interpretation." Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski is also reporting that Toronto has added Darryl Metcalf and Cam Charron to their growing analytics department. Metcalf operated ExtraSkater.com, which was a great resource for "fancy stats" until the site went dark last week.
Dallas GM Jim Nill likes the team's chances of re-signing Jason Spezza.
"I think it's going to happen. I've talked to his agent," said Nill. "We want Jason and his family to move in here. I think once we get him in here, get training camp rolling, I'll sit down with his agent some more. When we made the trade the vision was he's going to be a Star for a long time. It wasn't just a six-month stop." Spezza is eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the 2014-15 season. He'll earn $4 million this year on a deal that carries an annual average value of $7 million.
Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen feels it's very important for Ryan Johansen's contract situation to be settled before training camp opens in a about a month from now.
"It's a business," Kekalainen said. "But for me, the team is always first. Everything we do — whether you're a star, a fourth-liner, a grinder, the tough guy, a depth guy — this is all about the team. That's why you have to be in camp the first day. That's when it starts, and that's when the team comes together. It's very, very important that we start as a team. To me, that is huge. That's going to be a very serious matter from a team point of view." That's not a surprising point of view and it has the potential to change the relationship between the two sides if it becomes a holdout. Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, feels an unresolved contract into camp puts more pressure on Columbus than it does on his client. Both sides feel they have leverage in the process and they haven't budged for more than four weeks. They are roughly $3 million apart per season on a two-year contract. Kekalainen said there's "plenty of time to get a deal done."