Alexander Semin LW MTL 5 days ago

Free-agent left wing Alexander Semin agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. Semin, who totaled just 19 points in 57 games for the Carolina Hurricanes last season, reached a buyout agreement last month that will pay him $14 million over six years. The 31-year-old's time in Carolina was turbulent, as he struggled with injuries and was publicly criticized by coach Bill Peters for inconsistent effort. “[Semin’s] career can only go up from here,” agent Mark Gandler said. “He is still young. His buyout was under unique circumstances and the (Hurricanes) coach did not understand Sasha’s game.” Semin will have a great opportunity to salvage his career in Montreal, where he could find himself on the top line alongside Tomas Plekanic and Max Pacioretty, or taking on a larger offensive role on the team's second line.

Craig Smith C NSH 1 week ago

The Nashville Predators signed right wing Craig Smith to a five-year, $21.25 million contract extension Monday, according to the team's official website. It was reported Saturday that Smith and the team were far apart on the terms of an extension, but the two sides were able to close the gap following an arbitration hearing. “As evidenced by his back-to-back 20-goal seasons and performance in the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, Craig Smith is an integral part of our team’s young core and we are pleased to have agreed on a long-term contract that both parties are comfortable with,” president of hockey operations and general manager David Poile said. “With Craig’s durability, work ethic and intensity, we see him continuing the build on his recent production and be a valuable contributor to our offensive attack for the next five seasons.” Smith is expected to reprise his top-six role next season.

Pavel Datsyuk C DET 1 week ago

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss the start of the season due to an ankle injury, according to NHL.com. Datsyuk had surgery in late June to repair ruptured tendons in his ankle, and it appears he is facing a four-to-five-month rehab timetable. "I'll miss only a little bit at the beginning of the season," Datsyuk said Sunday, but other reports project he could miss as much as a month of action. The star center has struggled with a variety of injuries over the past several years, as he has not exceeded 70 games in any of the last five seasons. In addition to the ankle, the 37-year-old Russian has missed time to a concussion as well as knee, shoulder and groin ailments. However, they haven't affected his performance on the ice, as Datsyuk tallied 26 goals and 65 assists in just 63 games this past season and has exceeded a point per game in seven of his last 10 campaigns.

Teuvo Teravainen F CHI 1 week ago

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen is expected to move to center next season, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Teravainen could join the third line to replace Antoine Vermette.

Jason Williams RW EDM 2 weeks ago

Williams has signed a one-year contract with Kolner Haie of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The former Penguins forward all of 2014-15 with in the AHL with the Oklahoma City Barons, tallying 53 points in 72 games with the club. At 34 years of age, Williams would be hard pressed to find a gig anywhere in the NHL, so he'll instead take his talents overseas.

Oliver Lauridsen D PHI 2 weeks ago

Lauridsen signed a one-year contract Wednesday with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League.

The 26-year-old Lauridsen had appeared in 16 games with the Flyers across the last three seasons, including one in 2014-15, but it became clear that the unrestricted free agent wasn't valued highly with an influx of well-regarded defensive prospects coming up the pipeline. As a result, the 6-foot-6 rearguard elected to head over to Europe, where he'll attempt to bring up his stock in an attempt to return to North America next summer.

Kenny Agostino F CGY 2 weeks ago

Agostino accepted his qualifying offer with the Flames on Wednesday.

Agostino played with with AHL Adirondack last season, tallying 43 points in 67 games with the team. He will get a chance to secure a roster spot with the Flames in training camp, but Calgary is deep at forward, meaning Agostino will likely spend the majority of the 2015-16 in the AHL.

Drew Shore C CGY 2 weeks ago

Shore accepted his qualifying offer with the Flames on Wednesday.

Shore, who tallied three points in 11 games with the Flames last season, will compete for a roster spot with the big club in training camp. The Flames have a deep forward group, however, so he will likely spend the majority of the 2015-16 season with AHL Stockton.

Andy Andreoff C LA 2 weeks ago

Andreoff re-signed with the Kings on a two-year, $1.175 million contract Wednesday, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.

Andreoff played 18 games with the Kings in his 2014 rookie campaign, totaling three points (two goals, one assist), 14 shots on goal and 18 penalty minutes. His deal will keep him with the club for the next two seasons, and he'll likely continue to center one of the Kings' bottom two lines.

Zach Sill C TOR 2 weeks ago

Sill signed a one-year (two-way) contract with the Capitals on Wednesday, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Sill will provide Washington with some much needed organizational depth at forward. He tallied four points in 63 NHL contests in 2014-15. He will likely spend time in both the AHL and NHL this season, and will assume a bottom-six role when suiting up with the big club.