Bobby Sanguinetti D VAN 2 days ago
Sanguinetti signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sabres on Thursday.
Sanguinetti is coming off a career-best season at the AHL level, as he scored 16 goals and registered 40 points in 61 games with the Canucks' affiliate in Utica. It's likely that he'll suit up for AHL Rochester to open 2015-16, but he might be one of the Sabres' first choices for a call-up if injuries thin the team's blue-line depth.
Pheonix Copley G WAS 2 days ago
Copley was traded to the Blues along with forward Troy Brouwer and a 2016 third-round draft pick in exchange for forward T.J. Oshie, NHL.com reports.
After finishing up his career at Michigan Tech last spring, the undrafted Copley saw his stock skyrocket last season at AHL Hershey in 2014-15. He posted an outstanding 2.17 GAA and a .925 save percentage in 26 games for Hershey, and will now give the Blues an intriguing developmental prospect at AHL Chicago. If he continues to excel in the minors this coming season, Copley could eventually usurp Jake Allen or Brian Elliott for one of the two goalie jobs in St. Louis.
Troy Brouwer RW WAS 2 days ago
Brouwer was traded to the Blues on Wednesday along with goalie Pheonix Copley and a 2016 third-round draft pick in exchange for forward T.J. Oshie, NHL.com reports.
Brouwer was a model of consistency during his time in the NHL scoring between 30 and 45 points in six of his seven full seasons. However, despite often receiving the opportunity to skate next to a world-class talent in Alex Ovechkin, Brouwer never provided the breakout season the Capitals were counting on. Nonetheless, he's still a more-than-serviceable second- or third-line talent, though he'll face more obstacles to ice time in St. Louis. The Blues are eager to make room on the roster for youngsters Dmitrij Jaskin and Ty Rattie, either or whom could cut into Brouwer's minutes as the season progresses. Brouwer will enter the final year of his contract and carries a cap hit of $3.67 million.
T. J. Oshie RW STL 2 days ago
Oshie was traded to the Capitals on Thursday in exchange for forward Troy Brouwer, goalie Pheonix Copley, and a 2016 third-round draft pick, NHL.com reports.
With the Blues possessing ample young forward talent in their AHL ranks, the team decided to downsize and move Oshie to Washington while picking up some future assets. Though he'll leave one of the NHL's most productive attacks, Oshie should be in line to maintain his production in D.C., where he could have the luxury of playing next to Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. The Capitals will have Oshie under contract for the next two seasons at a reasonable $4.175 million cap hit.
John McCarthy LW STL 2 days ago
McCarthy signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sharks on Thursday, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
After opening the past season with AHL Chicago in the St. Louis organization, McCarthy finished up the campaign at AHL Worcester, where he had played the previous five years. He'll stick around with the organization that drafted him, but his middling production in the minor-league ranks likely won't put him on the cusp of a promotion.
Micheal Haley C SAN 2 days ago
Haley was re-signed Wednesday by the Sharks on a one-year, two-way contract, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Haley appeared in four games with the Sharks in 2014-15, but was only called upon when the team was short on healthy formats. That's likely to remain the case again this season, so expect him to spend the bulk of his time at AHL Worcester.
Jordan Caron RW COL 2 days ago
Caron signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues on Thursday.
Caron saw time with the Bruins and Avalanche last season, but failed to register a single point in 30 games. The Blues boast an overwhelming stable of talent at forward, so it seems unlikely that he'll be able to claim a roster spot with the team out of training camp. Look for him to head to AHL Chicago to open the 2015-16 campaign.
Robert Bortuzzo D STL 2 days ago
Bortuzzo agreed to a new contract with the Blues on Thursday.
The Blues elected to retain both Bortuzzo and Chris Butler in free agency, likely ensuring that both players will compete for the sixth defenseman spot during training camp. In 51 games spent with the Penguins and Blues last season, Bortuzzo compiled three goals, five assists, and 93 PIM.
Slava Voynov D LA 2 days ago
Voynov (Achilles) accepted a plea deal Thursday for his domestic assault charges and will spend 90 days in jail and face three years of probation, ESPN.com's Katie Strang reports.
Voynov was arrested on charges of domestic violence back in October and suspended indefinitely by the league. The defenseman has yet to be reinstated by the NHL, which will conduct its own investigation before making a ruling on his eligibility. Further complicating matters is that the Kings have instituted their own suspension on Voynov for suffering a torn Achilles tendon in a non-hockey related activity this past spring. His future with the Kings and in the NHL remains up in the air, and it's uncertain when a resolution might be reached.
Tyson Strachan D BUF 2 days ago
Strachan signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Wild on Thursday, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Strachan was able to stick in the NHL with the Sabres all of last season, but he'll face a much more difficult ascent up the depth chart on a deep Minnesota squad. The 30-year-old didn't help his cause by registering only five points in the 46 games he played with the Sabres in 2014-15, production that doesn't hint at much upside if he's able to earn ice time with the Wild.