Brandon DeFazio F VAN 12 hours ago
DeFazio signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Bruins on Monday.
DeFazio, who played two games for the Canucks last season, gives the B's organization some added depth up front and the 26-year-old could compete for a fourth-line role with the big club in training camp.
Brett Connolly RW BOS 13 hours ago
Connolly signed a one-year, $1.025 million contract with the Bruins on Monday.
With the departures of Carl Soderberg and Milan Lucic this offseason, Connolly has a real shot at sliding into the Bruins' top-six forward group in 2015-16. He tallied 12 goals and 17 points in 55 NHL games last season, and has shown he is capable of being a solid offensive contributor. He will likely be competing with fellow newcomer Jimmy Hayes for the final forward spot in the Bruins' top-six in training camp.
Jimmy Hayes RW FLA 13 hours ago
Hayes signed a three-year, $2.3 million contract with the Bruins on Monday.
Hayes could immediately slot into a top-six role that was previously occupied by the under-performing Reilly Smith, who was traded to the Panthers in exchange for Hayes this offseason. Hayes proved that he can be a valuable offensive contributor last season with the Panthers, registering 19 goals and 16 assists for a total of 35 points in 72 games. He is a big-bodied forward (6'6") who could become a valuable net-front presence for the Bruins on one of their power play units next season. Hayes is certainly a player fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on heading into 2015-16.
Andre Benoit D BUF 15 hours ago
Benoit signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues on Monday.
Benoit experienced a large dip in offensive production in 2014-15, tallying a mere nine points after registering 28 points in 2013-14. This dip in production can largely be attributed to the fact that the 31-year-old defender played 20 fewer games in 2014-15, and was a member of the league's worst team in the Sabres. A fresh start with a new team may be just what the doctor ordered for Benoit, but don't expect him to surpass the numbers he posted in the 2013-14 campaign.
Shawn Matthias C VAN 15 hours ago
Matthias signed a one-year deal with the Leafs on Monday, the Province reports.
The deal is reportedly worth $2.3 million. Matthias notched 18 goals and nine assists in 78 games with the Canucks this past season, playing mostly on the team's third line. His fantasy upside with the Leafs thus hinges on where he'll slot in with his new team line-wise, as well as whether or not sees more power play action that he did with Vancouver. With the Canucks, Matthias was used sparingly with the man advantage.
Marcus Johansson C WAS 1 day ago
Johansson filed for salary arbitration on Sunday, and will have his hearing heard during the arbitration period from July 20th to August 4th, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
If the case goes before the arbiter, Johansson will take a contract extension with a maximum of two years. While the filing is indicative of disagreement between Johansson's camp and the Capitals about a new contract, there is still a very good chance the two sides will get a deal done before the case is heard. A fixture in the Capitals top-six last season, Johansson has a career-high of 20 goals and 47 points in 82 games. The arrival of T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams may complicate Johansson's deployment in next season's lineup, but general manager Brian MacLellan has made it clear he wants to keep Johansson with the team beyond next season. Keep an eye on the situation as it unfolds.
Braden Holtby G WAS 1 day ago
Holtby filed for salary arbitration on Sunday, and will have his hearing heard during the arbitration period from July 20th to August 4th, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
If he goes through arbitration, Holtby will receive a contract with a maximum term of two years, the Capitals choice given that Holtby's camp chose to file for arbitration. An arbitration period certainly imposes a specific timeframe for the Capitals to work out a long-term extension for Holtby, who is coming off a career year in which he posted a 2.22 GAA and .923 save percentage en route to a 41-20-10 record over 73 games during the regular season.
Rounding out a season worthy of Vezina consideration (although he was not a finalist for the award), Holtby turned in an outstanding post-season effort cut short by the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, but not before winning six games with a 1.71 GAA and .944 save percentage. All signs point to a big pay day for Holtby who has emerged as one of the league's top goaltenders, and while the Capitals are unlikely to let him slip away, there does appear to be some roadblocks in getting a deal done at the moment.
Landon Ferraro C DET 1 day ago
Ferraro signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Red Wings on Sunday, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Ferraro has appeared in seven games over the last two seasons for the Red Wings as an injury replacement, but has otherwise yet to earn a full-time role at the NHL level. Expect him to again see most of his action this season at AHL Grand Rapids, where he compiled 27 goals and 42 points in 70 games in 2014-15.
Nazem Kadri C TOR 1 day ago
Kadri signed a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs Sunday that will net him $4.1 million, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports.
Kadri skated in 73 games with the Maple Leafs last season, posting 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists) over that span. He'll have a good chance to crack the top six again in 2015-16, but that doesn't mean as much coming from a team that was near the bottom in goals per game played last season.
Evgeny Kuznetsov C WAS 2 days ago
Kuznetsov's agent said that his client and the Capitals are exploring a two to three year contract extension, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Kuznetsov remains a restricted free agent and his re-signing is a top priority for general manager Brian MacLellan and the Capitals. After a slow start to his sophomore campaign, Kuznetsov was a mainstay as the team's second-line center by season's end, finishing with 37 points in 80 regular season games, as well as five goals and seven points in 14 playoff games. With outstanding offensive skills, Kuznetsov figures to be a fixture on the Capitals for many years to come, but appears willing to accept a bridge deal rather than sign a long-term extension at this time. Keep an eye on the situation as it unfolds, but all signs point to Kuznetsov staying in DC for now.