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Anders Nilsson has a one-year, $1 million contract for the 2015-16 campaign.

Edmonton acquired Nilsson from Chicago on Monday in exchange for Liam Coughlin. Nilsson had a 1.54 GAA and .935 save percentage in 20 KHL games last season. He'll probably start the season in the minors, but if Ben Scrivens falters early in the season, then he could find himself losing his job to Nilsson.
Jul 6 - 10:47 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have exercised their option to file for salary arbitration for Justin Schultz.

Schultz passed on his chance to file for arbitration. Edmonton and Schultz can continue to negotiate, but now they have a hard deadline as an arbitrator will decide what Schultz is worth at a date still to be determined if the two sides don't agree to terms first. Edmonton will also have the option to buy out Schultz's contract if the team doesn't like the arbitrator's decision.
Jul 6 - 10:44 PM

Dylan Strome has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Arizona took Strome with the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He had 45 goals and 129 points in 68 OHL contests last season. He's certainly worth keeping an eye on during training camp as he might make the team's opening game roster, but that's far from guaranteed. The Coyotes have a number of other promising skilled forwards that are further along than Strome, such as Max Domi, and they have bolstered their center depth over the summer by adding Brad Richardson and Boyd Gordon.
Jul 6 - 8:43 PM

The Winnipeg Jets have inked Julian Melchiori to a one-year, two-way deal.

Melchiori can earn $600,000 at the NHL level. He had six points and 54 penalty minutes in 70 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jul 6 - 8:16 PM

The Washington Capitals have inked Evgeny Kuznetsov to a two-year, $6 million contract extension.

Kuznetsov had 11 goals and 37 points in 80 contests in 2014-15. He has a lot of potential and should take a big step forward in 2015-16 given that he has a year and change worth of North American experience now. That being said, this bridge deal makes sense for both sides. The Capitals are managing their risk while Kuznetsov is setting himself up for a bigger payday if he develops as projected.
Jul 6 - 6:47 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have acquired Anders Nilsson from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Liam Coughlin.

Nilsson had a 1.54 GAA and .935 save percentage in 20 KHL games last season. Nilsson might be getting ready to return to North America and his chances of making the Oilers would be better than the Blackhawks.
Jul 6 - 5:39 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have obtained Liam Coughlin from Edmonton in exchange for Anders Nilsson.

Coughlin had 20 goals and 60 points in 54 contests in the British Columbia Hockey League in 2014-15. He was taken by the Oilers with the 130th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 6 - 5:37 PM

Jonathan Bernier is willing to entertain short-term offers.

It was previously reported that Bernier was seeking a long-term deal, but he's apparently willing to be flexible. That's not surprising because the team elected for salary arbitration, so if they can't find a common ground on a bigger deal, they might as well at least agree to something less ambitious to avoid the unpleasantness of an arbitration hearing.
Jul 6 - 4:53 PM

Brandon DeFazio has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with Boston.

If DeFazio spends the season in the NHL, then he will earn $575,000. He had 43 points and 92 penalty minutes in 75 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jul 6 - 3:41 PM

The Boston Bruins have signed Brett Connolly to a one-year, $1,025,000 contract.

Connolly had 12 goals and 17 points in 55 games with the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning in 2014-15. He has more offensive upside than those numbers suggest though and will be worth keeping an eye on during training camp to see if he can secure a top-six role.
Jul 6 - 3:40 PM

Jimmy Hayes has inked a three-year, $6.9 million contract with the Boston Bruins

Boston acquired Hayes from Florida in exchange for Reilly Smith and Marc Savard's contract. Hayes was a restricted free agent. He had 19 goals and 35 points in 72 contests last season.
Jul 6 - 3:37 PM

Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney went into how he addressed the team's ongoing battle with the City of Glendale when talking to free agents.

"You're honest with them," Maloney explained. "You basically say, 'I have no idea what's going on, but it's a great place to play and we have great fans and a great stadium.' Things seem to have a way of working themselves out, so we try to downplay it as much as we can." It's seems likely that there were some unrestricted free agents that wrote off the Coyotes as a possible destination because the franchise is once again in a state of limbo. If the city is successful in terminating its arena lease deal with the Coyotes, then it's hard to say what will happen next for the team and that level of uncertainty has to complicate things.
Jul 6 - 2:31 PM

Although he was eligible to do so, Marcus Kruger decided against filing for arbitration.

Kruger is hoping to ink a longer term deal with the Blackhawks, but first Chicago needs to clear up some cap space. Filing for arbitration would have put a deadline on the negotiations, so that likely struck Kruger as undesirable given the circumstances.
Jul 6 - 1:20 PM

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.
Jul 6 - 12:14 PM

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.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jul 6 - 11:22 AM

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