Keaton Ellerby D WPG 5 Days
Keaton Ellerby has inked a one-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg.
Ellerby will come with a $700,000 annual cap hit if the plays in the NHL. He had two goals and six points in 51 games in 2013-14.
Joni Ortio G CGY 5 Days
The Calgary Flames have signed Joni Ortio to a two-year contract.
Ortio had a 2.51 GAA and .891 save percentage in nine games last season. He's expected to start the season in the minors after the Flames inked Jonas Hiller to a two-year deal.
Lars Eller C MON 5 Days
The Montreal Canadiens have signed Lars Eller to a four-year, $14 million contract.
Eller had placed a one-year, $3.1 million contract request to an arbitrator and Montreal had countered with $1.65 million. In the end, the Canadiens were willing to give him a substantially higher cap hit than they had offered in order to lock him up. He had 26 points and 68 penalty minutes in 77 games last season, but he's capable of more than that and Montreal is likely betting on him taking a significant step forward next season.
Jared McCann C VAN 5 Days
Jared McCann has inked a three-year, entry-level contract.
McCann was taken with the 24th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He had 27 goals, 62 points, and 51 penalty minutes in 64 OHL games in 2013-14.
David Warsofsky D BOS 5 Days
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 5 Days
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 5 Days
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 5 Days
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 5 Days
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 5 Days
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.