Lars Eller C MON 22 Hrs
Lars Eller wants an arbitrator to award him a $3.1 million contract.
Montreal has countered with $1.65 million, so there's obviously a substantial gap between the two sides. Eller had 26 points and 68 penalty minutes in 77 games with Montreal in 2013-14.
Andre Benoit D BUF 22 Hrs
Andre Benoit has inked a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
Benoit had seven goals and 21 assists in 79 games with the Colorado Avalanche last season. He might end up getting top-four minutes in Buffalo.
Ryan O'Reilly C COL 1 Day
Ryan O'Reilly has inked a two-year, $12 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.
O'Reilly and the Avalanche narrowly avoided arbitration. His $6 million annual cap hit puts O'Reilly in a tie with Matt Duchene for the highest cap hit on the team. He'll be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this contract and it will be interesting to see if the Avalanche eventually decide to trade him rather than risk watching him allow his contract to expire to that he can play for the highest bidder.
Antoine Vermette C PHO 1 Day
The Arizona Coyotes would like to ink Antoine Vermette to an extension.
The value of top-six centers has gone up though and Vermette would be in for a big payday if he simply becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015. The Coyotes might still be able to keep him, but he'll probably demand a substantial upgrade over his current five-year, $18.75 million deal.
Benoit Pouliot LW EDM 1 Day
Benoit Pouliot sees himself as a top-nine forward and will probably end up on the Oilers' third line.
Pouliot agreed to a five-year, $20 million contract with Edmonton over the summer. He played for the Rangers last season and had 10 playoff points in their run to the Stanley Cup Final. Glen Sather, who has been serving as the Rangers' general manager, was previously the Oilers GM/coach during their glory years. "Glen called, left a message and said 'good luck, you'll enjoy it.' He said it was a good place to be. Coming from Glen, that was big. He's a great man and treated me very well," Pouliot said.
Chris Kreider C NYR 1 Day
Chris Kreider signed a two-year, $4.95 million contract with the New York Rangers.
Kreider and the Rangers narrowly avoided an arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday. Kreider had asked for $2.8 million annually while the Rangers countered with $2.05 million per season, so the two sides agreed to a deal in the middle. He had 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games in 2013-14.
Brock McGinn F CAR 1 Day
Brock McGinn is close to reaching the NHL level, according to his OHL coach, Scott Walker.
"That's a lot of pressure to put on a kid, to say he's ready for the NHL, and he's certainly not expecting anyone to give him anything," Walker said of McGinn. "He's going to work his butt off, and I think people will love the way he plays." McGinn had 43 goals and 85 points in 58 OHL games in 2013-14. He's not a safe bet to make the Hurricanes' opening game roster, but at the same time, it wouldn't be shocking if he manages to secure a spot.
Al Montoya G FLA 1 Day
Al Montoya wants to do more than just give Roberto Luongo the occasional night off.
"The coach and the team knows what I'm capable of and when I'm called, I'm going out there to win games," Montoya said. He had a 2.30 GAA and .920 save percentage in 28 games last season, but he feels his best hockey is still ahead of him. Montoya is a great backup goaltender, but Luongo isn't in any danger of losing the starting job. Assuming Luongo stays healthy, Montoya can't be counted to get more than 25 starts in 2014-15.
Darren Archibald LW VAN 2 Days
The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed Darren Archibald.
Archibald had a goal and three points in 16 games with the Canucks last season. He also had 22 points and 102 penalty minutes in 59 AHL contests.
Mats Zuccarello LW NYR 2 Days
Mats Zuccarello has agreed to a one-year, $3.55 million contract.
Zuccarello reportedly wanted $4.5 million annual salary as part of a long-term deal, but the Rangers probably favored giving him a "show me" contract instead. He had 19 goals and 59 points in 77 games last season, but his previous campaigns in the NHL had been something of a mixed bag.