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Devils GM Ray Shero wanted to create some roster flexibility by buying out Dainius Zubrus.

"You're talking to other managers and there are certainly free agents out there," Shero said. "It's not that anything is imminent and it really wasn't about Dainius himself. It was more about the roster spot/flexibility moving forward." Because of Zubrus' age when he signed his contract, his full $3.1 million annual cap hit will still count against the Devils in 2015-16. He had four goals and six assists in 74 contests last season.
Jul 29 - 10:23 PM

Niklas Treutle agrees to one-year, entry-level contract with Arizona.

Treutle had a 2.06 GAA and .923 save percentage in 30 games with Munich EHC of the German League. He's expected to start the 2015-16 campaign in the minors.
Jul 29 - 8:19 PM

Marcus Johansson and the Washington Capitals weren't able to agree to terms before his arbitration hearing.

Johansson put in a request of $4.75 million to an arbitrator while the Capitals countered at $3 million. Both sides can still agree to an extension until the arbitrator makes a ruling on the matter by Friday afternoon. Johansson had 20 goals and 47 points in 82 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 29 - 6:31 PM

Ryan O'Byrne has signed with the Swedish League's HV71.

O'Byrne spent the previous two campaigns with Ambri-Piotta in Switzerland. He is a veteran of 308 NHL games.
Jul 29 - 5:00 PM

Alex Chiasson expected to be more productive than he was in 2014-15.

Chiasson had 26 points in 76 games last season, down from 35 points in 79 contests in 2013-14 when he was still with the Dallas Stars. "From the season I had the year before in Dallas, I thought I was going to come in and be more explosive, a little more offensive," Chiasson says. "Obviously that didn't happen. A lot has to do with confidence. It's hard when you get opportunities and feel like you can't finish. I think it's been a good summer for me to work on my legs, work on my speed." His struggles likely literally cost him as an arbitrator assigned him a $1.2 million salary for the 2015-16 campaign after he requested $2.475 million. The arbitrator's ruling was far closer to Ottawa's counter of $1 million.
Jul 29 - 3:37 PM

Randy Cunneyworth has been named the bench boss of the AHL's Rochester Americans.

The Americans are affiliated with the Buffalo Sabres. "We are happy to have Randy Cunneyworth move into the role of head coach of the Rochester Americans," said Sabres GM Tim Murray. "Randy has already established himself as a valuable member of our hockey department in his previous role as development coach, and his track record for winning in the AHL and developing young players make him the ideal candidate to lead the Amerks." Cunneyworth previously served as Rochester's bench boss from 2000-01 to 2007-08 and posted a 306-273-61 record. He also had a stint as the Montreal Canadiens' head coach in 2001-02, accumulating a 18-23-9 record.
Jul 29 - 1:58 PM

As the Bergen Record notes, the Devils won't actually get any cap savings by buying out Dainius Zubrus' contract.

That's because Zubrus was signed as a 35-years-old and over player, so his $3.1 million cap hit will count against New Jersey in 2015-16 even if he's bought out. The Devils are saving some money by terminating his contract though and freeing up a roster spot for a young forward. Zubrus had 10 points and 42 penalty minutes in 74 games last season. He's on unconditional waivers.
Jul 29 - 12:54 PM

The New Jersey Devils have placed Dainius Zubrus on unconditional waivers.

If Zubrus clears then he will be bought out. He had one season at $3.1 million left on his contract. Zubrus, 37, had just 10 points and 42 penalty minutes in 74 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 29 - 12:42 PM

Jonathan Bernier has filed a request for $5.1 million from an arbitrator.

Toronto has put in a $2.89 million offer as its counter, so there's obviously a substantial difference between the two sides. That being said, each party's position is likely at least partially strategic, potentially with an eye towards the middle ground. Bernier had a 2.87 GAA and .912 save percentage in 58 contests last season.
Jul 29 - 12:05 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have appointed Jon Elkin and Corey Schwab to serve as the goaltending coaches next season.

Elkin has retained that role, but Schwab is a new addition. Schwab served as a gaoltending development coach with the San Jose Sharks for the previous eight campaigns.
Jul 29 - 10:16 AM

Erik Haula is seeking $1.2 million from an arbitrator.

Minnesota has countered at $775,000. Haula's arbitration date is scheduled for Friday, but the two sides have the option of settling on their own prior to the date or even after it so long as they agree to terms before a judgment has been made. Haula had seven goals and 14 points in 72 contests last season.
Jul 29 - 10:13 AM

Dave Steckel has signed with Germany's Nurnberg Ice Tigers.

Steckel had 23 points and 53 penalty minutes in 76 games with the AHL Norfolk Admirals last season. The 33-year-old is a veteran of 425 career NHL games.
Jul 29 - 9:35 AM

Lubomir Visnovsky is entertaining the possibility of signing with a European club.

Visnovsky is intent on extending his playing career, but he's unlikely to re-sign with the New York Islanders. The 38-year-old had five goals and 20 points in 53 games last season. If he does land an NHL contract, we would be very hesitant to recommend drafting him in standard leagues at this stage of his career.
Jul 28 - 10:04 PM

Brooks Orpik underwent wrist surgery on Tuesday.

Orpik is still expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. It will take him about two weeks to get back to full workout activities.
Jul 28 - 8:08 PM

Sven Baertschi has agreed to a one-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Vancouver didn't disclose the value of Baertschi's contract, but it did specify that he's getting a one-way deal. That means that he'll make the same amount regardless of what level he plays at. He had two goals and six points in 18 games with Calgary and Vancouver last season and another 40 points in 51 AHL contests.
Jul 28 - 6:04 PM

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