Ryan White C PHI 14 Days
White signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Flyers on Friday.
White played 52 games with the Canadiens last season, posting two goals and four assists with the club along with 50 penalty minutes. He will likely slide in at center and battle for a spot on one of the bottom two lines for the Flyers.
Sergei Gonchar D DAL 14 Days
The Stars spent part of the summer trying to find a trade partner for Gonchar, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The 40-year-old defenseman averaged just 17:37 of ice time last season and a paltry 13:24 during the playoffs. His production dropped off steeply as he posted 22 points in 76 games last season after scoring 27 in 45 games the year before. Despite the team's willingness to reportedly eat half of his $5 million salary, they couldn't find a home for Gonchar. He should still have some upside, but it sounds as though Dallas may not give him many minutes and his leash may be short, especially with a glut of young d-men looking to crack the roster this season.
Alex Ovechkin W WAS 15 Days
Ovechkin was involved in a minor car accident in Russia on Monday, Russian Machine Never Breaks reports.
It was a minor incident, so no worries -- Ovi didn't aggravate his knee injury or suffer any new ones. The NHL's reigning goal-scoring king is healthy and seems ready to defend his title under new head coach Barry Trotz.
Brooks Laich C WAS 16 Days
Laich added skating to his offseason training regimen on Monday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Laich has been hobbled by a reoccurring groin injury sustained during the 2012-2013 NHL lockout. Since, he has tallied only 19 points in 60 games and looked like a shadow of his former self. The 31-year-old had surged in mid-March to fix the issue, and insists the worst is behind him and that he is "completely healthy" and had an "unbelievable summer of training". Given the tendency of groin issues not to get better as players age, fantasy owners would be wise to disbelieve his claims unless or until he can show he has regained his old form. Even so, Laich faces a stern challenge for a scoring line role and power-play time, but the news of ratcheting up the skating portion of his offseason training is a good sign, so monitor his progress as the season unfolds.
Michael Del Zotto D PHI 16 Days
Del Zotto signed a one-year deal with the Flyers on Tuesday.
Del Zotto played in 67 games last season with the Rangers and Predators, scoring a total of three goals on the year. He'll provide the Flyers with defensive depth, but it's currently unclear if the 24-year-old will serve in a top-four role.
Alex Ovechkin W WAS 16 Days
Alexander Radulov, who had a roller coaster relationship with current Capitals head coach Barry Trotz praised his former bench boss, Joe Yerdon of NBC Sports reports.
The statement is a bit of a surprise considering Radulov's rocky conclusion to his NHL career when he served under Barry Trotz in Nashville. While it's just one man's opinion, the fact that an enigmatic, offensive wizard like Radulov respects Trotz bodes well for Ovechkin's transition to the former Predators coach, as Ovechkin is committed to doing what it takes to bring a Stanley Cup to DC. Although there may be some growing pains, the chances that Ovechkin becomes a moody, disgruntled, and ineffective player should decline with this revelation. A perennial Rocket Richard candidate and fantasy stud, this insight should give you all the more reason not to be scared by Trotz's arrival in DC when it comes to taking Ovechkin in your fantasy league.
Tom Pyatt C TB 16 Days
Pyatt signed a one-year contract with Geneve-Servette of the Swiss League on Monday.
In leaving North America for Switzerland, Pyatt will join brother and former Pittsburgh Penguin forward Taylor. Tom, the younger of the two brothers, was sidelined for 33 games last season with the Lightning due to a broken collarbone. He would provide only meager scoring production (three goals, four assists) while playing in 27 games, resulting in limited interest from NHL suitors during the offseason.
Brandon Sutter C PIT 16 Days
Sutter signed a two-year, $6.6 million deal with the Penguins on Tuesday.
Sutter tallied 13 goals and 13 assists in 81 regular season games and played well during the Penguins' playoff run. He set new postseason career highs for goals (5), assists (2) and points (7) while posting a plus-7 rating.
Adam Hall RW PHI 16 Days
Hall signed a one-year contract with HC Ambri-Piotta of Switzerland on Saturday.
Hall, 33, appeared in 80 games for the Flyers last season, contributing only nine points and a minus-15 rating. With a light market waiting for him in free agency this offseason, he'll head to Switzerland for what likely amounts to larger payday.
Joni Pitkanen D CAR 16 Days
Pitkanen (heel) indicated in an interview with a Finnish news outlet that he's not confident he'll return to action during the 2014-15 campaign, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
A broken heel suffered in April 2013 has kept Pitkanen off the ice for the last year and a half, putting the 30-year-old's career in jeopardy. The blueliner's three-year contract with the Hurricanes expired in the summer, and considering his bleak long-term health outlook, it's doubtful he signs with a team anytime soon.