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The Anaheim Ducks and Jakob Silfverberg continue to talk about a contract extension.

Silfverberg is a restricted free agent and the Ducks want him back in their lineup after an outstanding playoffs where he had four goals and 18 points in only 16 games. Silfverberg struggled in the regular season with only 13 goals and 39 points in 81 games but the post-season showed many what kind of hockey player he is capable of being.
Jul 2 - 6:26 AM

Zack Kassian openly admits that he had more to give than he did with the Vancouver Canucks and aims for more consistency in Montreal.

"I need to find consistency," Kassian told TSN. "Honestly, after spending 3 1/2 years, four years in the League I know what I have to do to be the player I need to be. This summer I'm really taking strides forward. Coming into next year I want to have a big year." Kassian, 24, had 10 goals and 16 points in 42 games for the Canucks last season. In 2013-14 he set career-highs with 14 goals and 29 points in 73 games. He's at the put up or shut stage of his career and it seems the Canucks lost patience with him. We'll see if a fresh start in Montreal changes his fate.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 2 - 1:30 AM

Unrestricted free agent Justin Williams has signed a two-year, 6.5 million dollar deal to play with the Washington Capitals.

The LA Kings wanted to keep the 2014 Conn Smythe winner on its team but ultimately the salary cap pinch got in the way. The three time Stanley Cup winner departs the Kings with 427 regular season games played with Los Angeles between 2008-15. Williams totaled 103 goals, 163 assists and 266 points. In all, he played 500 regular season and postseason games with the club.
Jul 2 - 1:11 AM

Jayson Megna has signed a one-year contract with the New York Rangers.

Megna has split his time the last two seasons between Pittsburgh and AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, tallying 10 points in 48 games at the NHL level and 54 points in 88 games in the minors. Still just 25-years-old, he will likely serve mainly as depth for the Rangers and AHL Hartford.
Source: TSN
Jul 1 - 9:57 PM

Shawn Horcoff has signed a one-year contract worth $1.75M with the Anaheim Ducks.

Horcoff had another poor year with Dallas in 2014-15, scoring just 11 goals and 29 points in 76 games. Anaheim possibly represents a fresh start for Horcoff who is now 36-years-old, and just finished a five-year contract worth $33M he originally signed with Edmonton.
Jul 1 - 9:34 PM

Jim O'Brien has signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $575K with the New Jersey Devils.

The 26-year-old forward O'Brien has been a career minor leaguer, playing in just 63 NHL games since being drafted by Ottawa in 2007. Last season he split time with AHL Hershey and Novokuznetsk Metallurg of the KHL, scoring 12 points in 22 games in Russia and 29 points in 32 games in the American League. He is expected to however mainly be a depth player for AHL Albany.
Jul 1 - 8:45 PM

The Arizona Coyotes entered July 1st with the most cap space in the league, and now sit about $1.1M from the floor.

With the signings of forwards Antoine Vermette, Brad Richardson, Steve Downie, Craig Cunningham, defenseman Zbynek Michalek, and goaltender Anders Lindback, the Coyotes chewed up about $12.258M in cap space. The acquisition of forward Boyd Gordon added another $3.1M, and the contract of Chris Pronger $4.94M more. All of which amounts to a staggering $20.298M in cap space, but not necessarily salary. Impressive work by GM Don Maloney to say the least.

Antoine Vermette has returned to the Arizona Coyotes on a two-year contract worth $7.5M which includes a No-Movement Clause.

Sometimes there's no place like home. Other than his foray with Chicago, Vermette has been with the Coyotes franchise since 2011-12 when he was acquired in a trade from Columbus. Vermette has produced 53 goals and 111 points in 215 career games with the Coyotes, and his signing helps alleviate very different cap problems with Arizona and Chicago respectively.
Jul 1 - 8:02 PM

Matt Taormina has returned to Tampa Bay on a one-year, two-way contract.

The 28-year-old Taormina is a career minor leaguer, and isn't expected to see much time with Tampa. Rather he's expected to help fill out AHL Syracuse's blue line. Taormina had his best season since 2009-10 with AHL Worcester, tallying 11 goals and 38 points over 76 games. He had previously played for Tampa Bay and Syracuse from 2012-14, scoring 42 points in 99 games for the Crunch.
Source: TSN
Jul 1 - 7:51 PM

Craig Cunningham has signed a new one-year, two-way contract worth $600K with the Arizona Coyotes.

Cunningham has seen just 53 NHL games since being drafted by Boston in 2010. Since then, he's played mostly in the AHL. Last season he had a good year with AHL Providence, scoring 15 points in 21 games. He was later claimed off waivers by Arizona in March, where he played 19 games and scored just four points.
Jul 1 - 7:47 PM

Dustin Jeffrey has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes.

The 27-year-old forward has spent much of the last two seasons in the AHL. First with Texas, and then splitting last season with Utica and Bridgeport. In 90 combined AHL games over that span, Jeffrey scored 29 goals and 73 points. The majority of which came in 49 games with Utica where he tallied 17 goals and 41 points.
Jul 1 - 7:39 PM

The New York Rangers have no interest in moving defender Keith Yandle.

Still just 28-years-old, the Rangers believe he'll be an important piece to their success in 2015-16 when he'll hit the cap at just $2.265M. A substantial discount considering how much scoring blue liners are paid. Yandle had 11 points in 21 games with the Rangers after his deadline-deal from Arizona, and later chipped in another 11 points in 19 playoff games.
Jul 1 - 7:34 PM

Though there had been growing speculation that the New York Rangers may trade leading scorer Rick Nash, he is expected to remain a Ranger.

Nash's No-Trade Clause expired today, and when you combine that with his underwhelming playoff performance with his $7.8M cap hit the next three seasons, it's easy to see why he may have been on the block. Such as it is, the Rangers' leading scorer isn't expected to be moved any time soon.
Jul 1 - 7:30 PM

Chris Conner has signed a two-year, two-way deal with Philadelphia.

A career minor leaguer, Conner has played in only 180 NHL games since 2006-07. Last season was one of Conner's best however, scoring 19 goals and 52 points in 61 games for AHL Hershey. He's expected to simply provide organization depth in AHL Lehigh Valley.
Jul 1 - 7:25 PM

Tim Brent has signed a one-year, two-deal with Philadelphia.

Brent has spent the last two seasons playing in the KHL with Nizhny Novgorod and primarily Magnitogorsk, tallying 14 goals and 44 points over that span. Brent has played in 207 NHL games since 2006-07, scoring 21 goals and 47 points and is expected to spend much of his time with AHL Lehigh Valley.
Jul 1 - 7:21 PM


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