Nicklas Backstrom C WSH 5 days ago

Backstrom (hip) relayed to a Swedish newspaper that he's not confident he'll be ready to play in the Capitals' Oct. 10 season opener against the Devils, Yahoo! Sports reports. "[Surgery] has gone well and I hope it stays that way," Backstrom said. "[But] I don't know if I will be able to play right away when the season starts."

Dmitry Orlov D WSH 5 days ago

Orlov is a candidate to open the season as a regular member of the Capitals' third defensive pairing.

Mark Giordano D CGY 6 days ago

Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano signed a six-year contract extension Tuesday, according to NHL.com. Giordano has been the team captain since 2013 and scored 11 goals and 48 points in 61 games last season before suffering a biceps injury.

Christian Ehrhoff D LA 1 week ago1 Comment

Free-agent defenseman Christian Ehrhoff signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, according to the Orange County Register. Ehrhoff, who made $4.5 million with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, appeared in only 49 games due to injury.

Mats Zuccarello LW NYR 1 week ago1 Comment

New York Rangers right winger Mats Zuccarello has been declared fully healthy after suffering a brain contusion during the playoffs last season, according to NHL.com. Zuccarello was struck in the head by a Ryan McDonagh slap shot in Game 5 of a first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it appears as though he will be a full participant in training camp.

Daniel Briere RW COL 2 weeks ago

Daniel Briere announced his retirement from the NHL on Monday, according to the Canadian Press. Briere had 307 goals and 389 assists in his 17-year NHL career split between the Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens.

Mike Santorelli C ANA 2 weeks ago

Forward Mike Santorelli signed a one-year, $875,000 contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, according to the team's official website. Santorelli had 33 points in 79 games last season for the Nashville Predators and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Carl Hagelin LW ANA 2 weeks ago1 Comment

Restricted free-agent left winger Carl Hagelin signed a four-year contract worth $16 million with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, according to the Orange County Register. Hagelin was acquired in a draft-day trade from the New York Rangers and will compete for a spot on one of the top two lines in training camp.

Jori Lehtera C STL 3 weeks ago

St. Louis Blues center Jori Lehtera had ankle surgery last week that will keep him out for six-to-eight weeks, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Lehtera attempted to rest and rehabilitate the ankle, but with it still bothering him, he underwent surgery last Tuesday. A veteran of the Finnish and Russian leagues, Lehtera excelled as a 27-year-old rookie last season, totaling 14 goals, 44 points and a plus-21 rating over 75 games. After missing the Blues' penultimate game of last season with what was at the time referred to as a lower-body injury, Lehtera returned to the ice for the final game, but apparently much too soon. With the current timeline, Lehtera will most likely miss the entire preseason, and his availability for the start of the regular season is in doubt. If Lehtera is unable to open the season with the Blues, Patrik Berglund may move up to a top-six slot or the team may elect to give 19-year-old center Robby Fabbri a nine-game trial before returning him to juniors.

Jarret Stoll C NYR 3 weeks ago

Free agent center Jarrett Stoll agreed to a one-year, $800,000 contract with the New York Rangers on Monday, according to the team's official website. Stoll, who was arrested on drug charges earlier this offseason, totaled just 17 points in 73 games with the Los Angeles Kings last season and will likely assume a bottom-six role with the Rangers.