Colin Wilson C NSH 4 days ago
Nashville Predators forward Colin Wilson signed a four-year, $15.75 million contract extension on Monday, according to The Tennesseean. Wilson, who posted career highs with 20 goals and 42 points last season, will reprise his role as a top-six forward next season.
Derek Stepan C NYR 4 days ago
New York Rangers center Derek Stepan signed a six-year, $39 million contract extension on Monday, according to ESPN. Stepan, who totaled 16 goals and 39 assists in 68 games as the Rangers' top-line center last season, will be under contract through the 2020-21 season. The $6.5 million annual average will make the 25-year-old one of the highest-paid players in the league, and the agreement was reportedly reached with relative ease. “For the most part, both sides were pretty close from the beginning, but something like this takes time,” Stepan said Monday. “I think we’re both very comfortable and very happy with this. It went the way I expected it to and wanted it to. I think Jeff [Gorton, the Rangers’ general manager] did a great job. There wasn’t any bad blood through the whole thing. Hats off to him and my agent [Matt Oates].”
Paul Byron C CGY 5 days ago
Calgary Flames center Paul Byron re-signed on a one-year, $900,000 contract Sunday, according to Hockey Night in Canada. Byorn missed the playoffs due to a wrist injury and later underwent sports hernia surgery, but he is expected to be healthy for training camp.
Adam Larsson D NJ 6 days ago
New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson signed a six-year, $25 million contract extension Saturday, according to the team's official website. Larsson totaled 24 points in 64 games with the Devils last season and is expected to serve as one of the team's top blueliners for years to come.
Braden Holtby G WSH 7 days ago
The Washington Capitals signed goaltender Braden Holtby to a five-year, $30.5 million contract Friday, according to the Canadian Press. Holtby earned the long-term deal after his best statistical season in 2015, when he tallied a career-best 41 wins and finished top-10 in the league in goals-against average and save percentage. General Manager Brian MacLellan had nothing but praise for Holtby after the deal was signed, saying that he believes he will be a key factor in the success of the team for years to come.“Braden emerged as a top NHL goaltender and we are pleased to sign him to a long-term contract,” MacLellan said. “We feel Braden is just entering his prime and in his young career has already established himself as one of the best goaltenders in the history of our franchise. He is an athletic goaltender with a tremendous work ethic and is a big part of our future.”
Alexander Semin LW MTL 7 days ago
Free-agent left wing Alexander Semin agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. Semin, who totaled just 19 points in 57 games for the Carolina Hurricanes last season, reached a buyout agreement last month that will pay him $14 million over six years. The 31-year-old's time in Carolina was turbulent, as he struggled with injuries and was publicly criticized by coach Bill Peters for inconsistent effort. “[Semin’s] career can only go up from here,” agent Mark Gandler said. “He is still young. His buyout was under unique circumstances and the (Hurricanes) coach did not understand Sasha’s game.” Semin will have a great opportunity to salvage his career in Montreal, where he could find himself on the top line alongside Tomas Plekanic and Max Pacioretty, or taking on a larger offensive role on the team's second line.
Craig Smith C NSH 1 week ago
The Nashville Predators signed right wing Craig Smith to a five-year, $21.25 million contract extension Monday, according to the team's official website. It was reported Saturday that Smith and the team were far apart on the terms of an extension, but the two sides were able to close the gap following an arbitration hearing. “As evidenced by his back-to-back 20-goal seasons and performance in the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, Craig Smith is an integral part of our team’s young core and we are pleased to have agreed on a long-term contract that both parties are comfortable with,” president of hockey operations and general manager David Poile said. “With Craig’s durability, work ethic and intensity, we see him continuing the build on his recent production and be a valuable contributor to our offensive attack for the next five seasons.” Smith is expected to reprise his top-six role next season.
Pavel Datsyuk C DET 2 weeks ago
Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss the start of the season due to an ankle injury, according to NHL.com. Datsyuk had surgery in late June to repair ruptured tendons in his ankle, and it appears he is facing a four-to-five-month rehab timetable. "I'll miss only a little bit at the beginning of the season," Datsyuk said Sunday, but other reports project he could miss as much as a month of action. The star center has struggled with a variety of injuries over the past several years, as he has not exceeded 70 games in any of the last five seasons. In addition to the ankle, the 37-year-old Russian has missed time to a concussion as well as knee, shoulder and groin ailments. However, they haven't affected his performance on the ice, as Datsyuk tallied 26 goals and 65 assists in just 63 games this past season and has exceeded a point per game in seven of his last 10 campaigns.
Teuvo Teravainen F CHI 2 weeks ago
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen is expected to move to center next season, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Teravainen could join the third line to replace Antoine Vermette.
Jason Williams RW EDM 2 weeks ago
Williams has signed a one-year contract with Kolner Haie of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The former Penguins forward all of 2014-15 with in the AHL with the Oklahoma City Barons, tallying 53 points in 72 games with the club. At 34 years of age, Williams would be hard pressed to find a gig anywhere in the NHL, so he'll instead take his talents overseas.