David Warsofsky D BOS 21 Hrs
The Boston Bruins have signed David Warsofsky to a one-year, two-way contract.
Warsofsky comes with a $600,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He had a goal and two points in six games with Boston last season.
Ben Chiarot D WPG 22 Hrs
Ben Chiarot has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg.
Chiarot had 20 points and 96 penalty minutes in 65 AHL games in 2013-14. He's not likely to make the team's opening game roster.
Kevin Poulin G NYI 24 Hrs
Kevin Poulin has agreed to a two-year, two-way contract with the New York Islanders.
Poulin comes with a $650,000 annual cap hit, but he'll technically only make $175,000 per season at the AHL level. We say technically because his contract comes with a guarantee that he'll earn no less than $275,000 annually, so he'll end up getting at least that amount even if he never gets called up to the Islanders.
Antoine Roussel F DAL 1 Day
Stars GM Jim Nill said Antoine Roussel is a big part of the Stars' plans going forward.
Roussel inked a four-year, $8 million extension with Dallas. "He's a character guy who has worked hard to become an NHL player," Nill said of Roussel. "It was important for us to get this done with him." Roussel had 29 points and 209 penalty minutes in 81 games in 2013-14.
Haydn Fleury D CAR 1 Day
Haydn Fleury is trying to be reasonable about his expectations going into the 2014-15 campaign.
Carolina took Fleury with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. "When you get drafted so high and you see top 10 picks make it the next year, that's kind of one of your goals in the summer," Fleury said. "I think at the same time I need to keep a level mind and realize not many 18-year-olds play in the NHL and it's a big step, especially on defense." Carolina has six defensemen signed to one-way contracts, not including Ryan Murphy, so it will definitely be challenging for Fleury to make the team's opening game roster.
Cory Sarich D COL 1 Day
Cory Sarich was hospitalized with multiple broken vertebrae after he was hit by a motor vehicle while cycling.
The good news is that Sarich's injuries are reportedly not life-threatening and his condition is stable. He has reached out on Twitter to thank people for their well wishes. It's not clear how long he will need to recover from his injuries or if he will be able to return to the NHL.
Steven Stamkos C TB 2 Days
Steve Stamkos is optimistic about the chances of the Tampa Bay Lightning contending going into the 2014-15 campaign.
"We have a good thing going down in Tampa," Stamkos said. "We have a great owner, we've got a great GM in Steve Yzerman, and we've got a good young team. I want to win, and hopefully I can do it in Tampa." The Lightning were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens, but the loss of starting goaltender Ben Bishop was a factor in that. If the Lightning are able to stay relatively healthy this season, then they will be a tough team to play against.
Rasmus Rissanen D CAR 2 Days
Rasmus Rissanen inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Rissanen's new contract comes with a $575,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He had 10 points and 91 penalty minutes in 62 AHL contests in 2013-14.
Cory Sarich D COL 2 Days
Cory Sarich has been hospitalize after being involved in a cycling accident.
It's not yet known how significantly Sarich has been hurt or even where he was hurt. He's an unrestricted free agent after scoring a goal and 10 points in 54 games in 2013-14.
Ryan O'Reilly C COL 2 Days
Colorado's Joe Sakic fought against the idea that Ryan O'Reilly's new two-year, $12 million contract is the first step towards a sign-and-trade.
"We want him long term, and we'll keep working on that," Sakic said. While we don't expect O'Reilly to be dealt this summer, it wouldn't surprise us if this is his last deal with Colorado. The Avalanche have made it clear that they will be disciplined with their budget and we think it's likely that O'Reilly will insist on more than the Avalanche are willing to spend once he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.