Bobby Ryan RW OTT 4 Hrs
The Ottawa Senators will try to lock up talented forward Bobby Ryan to a long-term contract in the near future.
Pierre Dorion, the Sens' assistant general manager, plans to speak to Ryan's agent this week. Ryan has one year left on his contract but the Sens would like to sign him to an extension so that he won't bolt, or threaten to, after the season. Dorion also is planning the same strategy with Clarke MacArthur, who also would be eligible for free agency after next season. Ryan had 23 goals and 48 points in 70 games for Ottawa in the past season. MacArthur had 21 goals and 55 points in 71 games.
Derick Brassard C NYR 7 Hrs
Derick Brassard and the New York Rangers have agreed to terms on a new contract, thus avoiding a salary-arbitration hearing.
There are reports that the contract is worth $25 million for five years. Brassard, 27 in September, had been a restricted free agent. His arbitration session with the Rangers was scheduled for Monday. Brassard had a career-high 18 goals in 81 games last season for the Rangers. He also scored 45 points, which ranked fourth on the team. He also tied for fourth on the team with 12 points in the post-season. In 403 games with the Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Brassard has 81 goals and 225 points. He is likely to serve as the Rangers' second-line center next season, behind Derek Stepan.
Luke Adam LW BUF 11 Hrs
The Buffalo Sabres have signed center Luke Adam to a one-year, two-way contract.
Adam, 24, played in 12 games with the Sabres in 2013-14. He scored one goal. He scored a team-leading 29 goals and added 20 assists in 59 games with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans. A second-round choice (44th overall) by Buffalo inthe 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Adam has appeared in 87 career games as a Sabres and has notched 15 goals and 11 assists.
Dana Tyrell C CLS 11 Hrs
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Dana Tyrell to a one-year, two-way contract.
Tyrell's contract is worth $650,000 at the NHL level and he's been guaranteed a minimum of $150,000 for the 2014-15 season. Tyrell was chosen in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning and broke into the NHL in 2010-11 with six goals and 15 points in 78 contests but he hasn't played in more than 26 NHL games in a single season since he was a rookie. He has 24 points in 132 career games.
Jake Gardiner D TOR 15 Hrs
Defenseman Jake Gardiner, 24, is coming off his entry-level contract with Toronto and likely headed towards a bridge deal with the Maple Leafs.
etting the blue liner re-signed. "Talks are on-going," Nonis said. "Things are going fine. I don't see any hiccups there." According to CapGeek.com, the Leafs have $4.3 million in cap space now that they've got Reimer's deal done. With that kind of cushion, the Leafs have plenty of room to work out a short-term deal with the young defenseman. Leafs general manager Dave Nonis isn't worrying about getting Gardiner re-signed. "Talks are ongoing," he said. "Things are going fine. I don't see any hiccups there." Last season, Gardiner had 10 goals and 31 points in 80 games and averaged 21:05 of ice time per game.
Matt Watkins LW WAS 16 Hrs
Forward Matt Watkins, an unrestricted free agent for the Washington Capitals, is headed to Austria after signing a one-year deal with the Vienna Capitals.
Watkins leaves behind three straight seasons of one-year, two-way deals in the AHL, most recently with the Hershey Bears. Signed last offseason, the 27-year-old right winger had 27 points over 73 games. He has also played for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (30 points in 68 games), Portland Pirates (36 points in 70 games) and San Antonio Rampage (57 points in 115 games) in the AHL, but has appeared just once in the NHL, for eight shifts on Feb. 21, 2012, for the Coyotes. The Vienna Capitals compete in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, Austria's top hockey league. The team has won one league title, in 2005. Watkins, a native of Regina, Canada, was classified as a "Group 3″ unrestricted free agent, meaning he had either reached the age of 27 (he did, last November) or had accumulated seven years of NHL experience, per the latest collective bargaining agreement.
David Kolomatis D WAS 16 Hrs
Former Capitals and Hershey Bears defenseman David Kolomatis has signed a one-year contract with Tappara in Finland.
Kolomatis is the second Washington two-way free agent headed overseas to the top-tier Liiga in the past week. This past season, his fifth full AHL season and first with Hershey after joining the Washington organization on a one-year, two-way deal, Kolomatis registered 30 points in 61 games, including 23 assists, both career-highs. He had previously spent four seasons with the Manchester Monarchs, the affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. A former fifth-round draft pick in 2009, Kolomatis cut his teeth for three seasons with the OHL's Owen Sound Attack before leaping to the AHL, but has never played in an NHL game. Kolomatis joins his former AHL teammate, Nicolas Deschamps, in inking one-year deals with the Finnish league. Deschamps, a forward, recently signed with Oulu Krpt.
Teddy Purcell RW EDM 16 Hrs
Right winger Teddy Purcell said he got "yelled at a lot" for not taking more shots with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season.
He recorded 156 shots in 80 games last season. In 400 career NHL games, he has taken 776 shots. His new teammate in Edmonton, Taylor Hall, has taken 797 shots in only 246 games. But Purcell said it's different with the Oilers than it was with Tampa Bay. "There are lots of guys here who can make plays, so I'll shoot more," he said. Purcell will be either the second- or third-line right-winger, depending on where Nail Yakupov is slotted. "I spoke to Dallas (coach Eakins) the day I got traded, and from what he says, he'll give me lots of opportunities," said Purcell, who was also on the power play in Tampa.Purcell had a breakout year in 2011-12 when he managed 24 goals and 65 points but slumped last season with only 12 goals and 42 points.
Eric Staal C CAR 16 Hrs
Bill Peters, new coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, says Eric Staal's one goal on power plays last season under then-coach Kirk Muller is "unacceptable" to him and he vows to improve the PP next season.
Peters wants a better organized, more competitive team in Carolina and said a lack of overall team size didn't have to be a detriment. "We can intimidate with our speed and work ethic," he said.
Mark Cundari D CGY 17 Hrs
Defenseman Mark Cundari has signed a one-year (two-way) contract with the Calgary Flames.
Cundari, 24, is the latest of the Flames' restricted free agents to sign on the dotted line. The burly blue-liner did himself no favours last fall, showing up with an iffy cardio base. Coach Bob Hartley had not been impressed, ensuring Cundari's early demotion to AHL Abbotsford. That, he promises, is going to change. Cundari has modified his training - "not crazy different," he said. Less weightlifting. More running and cycling, more muscular-endurance work. "High-intensity, high-tempo stuff." Cundari has played eight games in the NHL, all for the Flames.