Thomas Vanek LW MIN 4 Days
Thomas Vanek is involved in an ongoing gambling investigation in upstate New York.
Per WHEC-TV, "Vanek is not charged with any crime and he voluntarily came to the federal court building with his lawyer." Vanek has also issued a statement saying that his cooperation was requested by the U.S. Federal Government and he intends to comply. "I am not the subject of any investigation or prosecution," Vanek said. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that the NHL is looking into the situation, but currently isn't commenting on the matter.
Jeremy Welsh C STL 4 Days
Jeremy Welsh has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with St. Louis.
Welsh had a goal in 19 games with Vancouver in 2013-14. We wouldn't count on him making the Blues' opening game roster.
Zach Trotman D BOS 4 Days
Zach Trotman said it was a "dream come true" for him to get a one-way contract with the Bruins.
More specifically, Trotman inked a two-year contract that's two-ways in 2014-15 and one-way in 2015-16. Even still, the fact that the Bruins would structure his deal like that suggests that they feel Trotman isn't far off from being a regular in the NHL. It helps that AHL Providence coach Bruce Cassidy has also singled out Trotman and Joe Morrow as "clearly the next guys in line" for the Boston Bruins. Trotman played in two games with Boston in 2013-14 and also had 24 points in 53 AHL contests.
Nate Prosser D MIN 4 Days
Nate Prosser has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.
Prosser had eight points and 58 penalty minutes in 53 games in 2013-14. He has a fair chance of making the team's opening game roster.
Stefan Matteau C NJ 4 Days
Although he didn't end up getting called up during the 2013-14 campaign, Stefan Matteau felt that sticking with the AHL Albany Devils for the entire season was beneficial.
"I saw guys getting called up," Matteau said. "Good for them. I thought they deserved it." It was a chance for him to settle down after a rough end to his QMJHL career. He reportedly left Blainville-Boisbrand after he was bench during a playoff contest and was subsequently released. Although he wasn't referring to that incident specifically, Matteau does feel that he's matured since the start of the 2013-14 campaign. He will have a tough time making the Devils' opening game roster given that they have 14 forwards signed to one-way contracts, but he's still worth keeping an eye on during training camp.
Nikita Scherbak F MON 4 Days
Nikita Scherbak has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Montreal.
Scherbak was taken with the 26th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He had 28 goals and 78 points in 65 WHL games in 2013-14. He made a lot of progress last season and he'll probably return to the Saskatoon Blades for the 2014-15 campaign so that he can continue his development.
Kirill Gotovets D CHI 4 Days
Kirill Gotovets has agreed to an AHL contract with the Rockford IceHogs.
The IceHogs are affiliated with the Chicago Blackhawks. Gotovets is getting ready for his first pro seaosn after recording four points and 20 penalty minutes in 32 games with Cornell University last season.
Patrice Cormier C WPG 4 Days
Patrice Cormier has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg.
If Cormier spends the entire 2014-15 campaign with Winnipeg, then he'll earn $625,000. He had three assists and seven penalty minutes in nine games with the Jets last season.
John Albert C WPG 4 Days
John Albert has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with Winnipeg.
Albert can earn $585,000 at the NHL level in 2014-15. He had 28 goals and 45 points in 63 AHL games last season. He also played in nine contests with the Jets and found the back of the net once.
Vladimir Sobotka C STL 4 Days
Vladimir Sobotka has been awarded a one-year, $2.725 million contract from an arbitrator.
Sobotka has already committed to playing in the KHL in 2014-15, but his contract with the St. Louis Blues will still take effective should he decide to return to the NHL later in his career. After spending a season with the Blues, he will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.