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  • Flames sign G Gillies to 2-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    The Calgary Flames signed restricted free agent goaltender Jon Gillies to a two-year, $1.5 million contract on Tuesday.

    • Gillies went 3-5-1 with a 2.88 goals-against average and .896 save percentage last season, his second with the Flames. He made his NHL debut during the 2016-17 season, allowing just one goal on 28 shots in his lone start.

      "Looking back at my career path and the opportunities I've been given, I think I've shown my abilities to rise to the occasion," Gillies said, according to team's website. "If you look at my starts when [Mike Smith] was hurt and at the end of the year, I think I'm ready to take that next step."

      "I've been on a path where I've played a lot of games," he added. "I've had a lot of chances to show what I can do. This will be another one."

      Gillies was 17-16-3 with a 2.52 GAA, .917 save percentage and four shutouts in 39 games for Stockton of the American Hockey League last season. A third-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, the Flames expect the 24-year-old to build upon his experience with the team last season.

      "Last year was his first prolonged exposure at the NHL level and there were some really good things," Calgary general manager Brad Treliving told the team's website. "Jon has shown over his amateur career and [AHL] career that he's a top-level prospect. You look at his frame (6-foot-6, 223 pounds), his athletic ability, his talent level, he's a guy who's knocking at the door. Now he's got to push that door down."

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Vesey gets 2-year deal from Rangers
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    The New York Rangers and restricted free agent Jimmy Vesey reached agreement on a new two-year contract Tuesday.

    • Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Vesey is expected to make $2.275 million per season, according to multiple reports.

      Vesey, 25, posted a career-high 17 goals and added 11 assists last season. As a rookie in 2016-17, he had 16 goals and 11 assists.

      Vesey joined the Rangers in 2016 after not re-signing with the Nashville Predators, who held his draft rights after selecting him in the third round in 2012. Vesey won the Hobey Baker Award as college's top player with Harvard in 2015-16.

      --The New York Islanders and restricted free agent defenseman Ryan Pulock agreed to a new two-year contract.

      Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

      Pulock, 23, enjoyed a breakout 2017-18 season, scoring 10 goals and 22 assists in 68 games. The No. 15 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft had played in only 16 NHL games prior to last season, totaling two goals and two assists.

      --The New Jersey Devils have signed restricted free agent forwards Blake Coleman and Stefan Noesen to new contracts.

      Coleman will make $1.8 annually on a three-year deal, while Noesen signed a one-year deal for $1.725 million. Both players had elected salary arbitration, but their scheduled hearings -- July 22 for Coleman, Aug. 1 for Noesen -- will no longer be necessary.

      Coleman, 26, had 13 goals and 12 assists in 79 games last season. Noesen, 25, had 13 goals and 14 assists in 72 games in 2017-18, his first full year with the Devils after they claimed him off waivers in January 2017.

      --The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed three restricted free agents -- forwards Teddy Blueger and Thomas Di Pauli and defenseman Ethan Prow -- each to one-year contracts.

      All three contracts are two-way deals with an average annual NHL value of $650,000.

      All three played for American Hockey League affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season. Blueger, 23, had 21 goals and 24 assists in 70 games. Di Pauli, 24, had 12 goals and eight assists. Prow had four goals and 13 assists in 40 games, setting career highs in goals and points.

      --Field Level Media

  • Isles, Pulock reach 2-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    The New York Islanders and restricted free agent defenseman Ryan Pulock agreed to a new two-year contract on Tuesday.

    • Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

      Pulock, 23, enjoyed a breakout 2017-18 season, scoring 10 goals and 22 assists -- both career highs -- in 68 games with the Islanders.

      Pulock had played in only 16 NHL games prior to last season, totaling two goals and two assists.

      The Islanders selected Pulock with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers, Vesey agree to 2-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    The New York Rangers and restricted free agent Jimmy Vesey reached agreement on a new two-year contract Tuesday.

    • Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Vesey is expected to make $2.275 million per season, according to multiple reports.

      Vesey, 25, posted a career-high 17 goals and added 11 assists last season. As a rookie in 2016-17, he had 16 goals and 11 assists.

      Vesey joined the Rangers in 2016 after not re-signing with the Nashville Predators, who held his draft rights after selecting him in the third round in 2012.

      Vesey won the Hobey Baker Award as college's top player with Harvard in 2015-16.

      --Field Level Media

  • Devils sign C Coleman, RW Noesen to avoid arbitration
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    The New Jersey Devils have signed restricted free agent forwards Blake Coleman and Stefan Noesen to new contracts, the team announced on Tuesday.

    • Coleman will make $1.8 annually on a three-year deal, while Noesen signed a one-year deal for $1.725 million. Both players had elected salary arbitration, but their scheduled hearings -- July 22 for Coleman, Aug. 1 for Noesen -- will no longer be necessary.

      Coleman, 26, had 13 goals and 12 assists in 79 games last season, his first full year in the NHL since New Jersey took him in the third round of the 2011 draft.

      "Extremely proud to wear the devils red and black for the next 3 years!" Coleman tweeted Tuesday. "Big thanks go out to everyone who has been in my corner to help me get to this point. And another thanks to the outpouring of support from the devils faithful! See you guys in September!"

      General manager Ray Shero added in a statement: "Blake proved himself this season with his work ethic, intensity level and competitiveness. He worked throughout the year to become a strong penalty killer who also had a positive impact in the offensive zone. We look forward to him continuing his development in the next stage of his career."

      Noesen, 25, had 13 goals and 14 assists in 72 games in 2017-18, his first full year with the Devils after they claimed him off waivers in January 2017. He had appeared in just 14 NHL games -- all with Anaheim -- before joining New Jersey, for whom he has played 104 games over the last season and a half.

      "Since he has arrived in New Jersey, Stefan has played smart, competitive hockey and has scored timely goals," Shero said in a statement. "He's also a guy you can rely on to play in tough defensive situations and has really grown his all-around game."

      The Devils do not have any other players who elected arbitration this year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Penguins re-sign 3 players to two-way contracts
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Tuesday they re-signed three restricted free agents, forwards Teddy Blueger and Thomas Di Pauli and defenseman Ethan Prow, to one-year contracts.

    • All three contracts are two-way deals with an average annual NHL value of $650,000.

      All three have played in the AHL for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for at least two seasons.

      In 2017-18, Blueger, 23, had 21 goals and 24 assists in 70 games. Di Pauli, 24, had 12 goals and eight assists. Prow had four goals and 13 assists in 40 games, setting career highs in goals and points.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Ducks give Henrique 5-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Monday, July 16, 2018

    Center Adam Henrique and the Anaheim Ducks have agreed to a five-year contract extension, the team announced Monday.

    • The contract will run through the 2023-24 season. It is worth $29.1 million, according to multiple reports.

      Last November, the Ducks acquired the 28-year-old Henrique, along with Joseph Blandisi and a 2018 third-round draft pick, from New Jersey for defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional draft pick. In the 2017-18 season, Henrique scored 24 goals and 26 assists in 81 games combined with the two teams.

      Henrique has four 20-goal seasons in his career, scoring a career-best 30 in the 2015-16 season. The Devils selected him with the No. 82 overall pick in the 2008 draft.

      --The Calgary Flames signed forward Elias Lindholm to a six-year, $29.1 million contract that brings a $4.85 million annual salary cap hit.

      Lindholm, 23, was acquired on June 23 along with Noah Hanifin in a deal that sent defensemen Dougie Hamilton and Adam Fox and forward Micheal Ferland to the Carolina Hurricanes.

      Lindholm had 16 goals and 28 assists in 81 games last season, giving him 64 goals and 124 assists in 374 games in five seasons with Carolina. However, he has yet to reach 20 goals in a season.

      --The Nashville Predators re-signed goaltender Juuse Saros to a three-year contract and forward Ryan Hartman to a one-year deal.

      Saros' deal is worth $4.5 million, while Hartman will earn $875,000 next season. Both had been restricted free agents.

      Saros, 23, posted an 11-5-7 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage last season, making the NHL's all-rookie team while backing up Vezina Trophy winner Pekka Rinne. Hartman, 23, finished the season with three goals and three assists in 21 games with the Predators.

      --The Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenseman Rasmus Sandin to a three-year entry-level contract.

      The Swedish 18-year-old was the 29th overall pick by the Maple Leafs in the draft in June.

      Sandin had 12 goals and 33 assists in 51 regular season games with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League last season, earning OHL First All-Rookie Team honors. He added a goal and 12 assists in 24 games during the playoffs.

      --Field Level Media3

  • Flames sign Lindholm to 6-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, July 16, 2018

    The Calgary Flames signed forward Elias Lindholm to a six-year, $29.1 million contract that brings a $4.85 million annual salary cap hit, the club announced Monday.

    • Lindholm, 23, was acquired on June 23 along with Noah Hanifin in a deal that sent defensemen Dougie Hamilton and Adam Fox and forward Micheal Ferland to the Carolina Hurricanes.

      Lindholm had 16 goals and 28 assists in 81 games last season, giving him 64 goals and 124 assists in 374 games in five seasons with Carolina. However, he has yet to reach 20 goals in a season.

      His new contract does not include no-trade or no-movement clauses, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ducks sign C Henrique to 5-year, $29.1M deal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, July 16, 2018

    Center Adam Henrique and the Anaheim Ducks have agreed to a five-year contract extension, the team announced Monday.

    • The contract will run through the 2023-24 season. It is worth $29.1 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

      Last November, the Ducks acquired the 28-year-old Henrique, along with Joseph Blandisi and a 2018 third-round draft pick, from New Jersey for defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional draft pick. In the 2017-18 season, Henrique scored 24 goals and 26 assists in 81 games combined with the two teams.

      Henrique has four 20-goal seasons in his career, scoring a career best 30 in the 2015-16 season. The Devils selected him with the No. 82 overall pick in the 2008 draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Predators re-sign Saros, Hartman
    By Field Level Media / Monday, July 16, 2018

    The Nashville Predators re-signed goaltender Juuse Saros to a three-year contract and forward Ryan Hartman to a one-year deal, the team announced Monday.

    • Saros' deal is worth $4.5 million, while Hartman will earn $875,000 next season. Both had been restricted free agents.

      Saros, 23, posted an 11-5-7 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage last season, and made the NHL's all-rookie team while backing up Vezina Trophy winner Pekka Rinne.

      Hartman joined the Predators last season in a February trade from the Chicago Blackhawks and scored the game-winning goal in his Nashville debut.

      Hartman, 23, finished the season with three goals and three assists in 21 games with the Predators. He had 11 goals and 20 assists in 78 combined games between the Predators and Blackhawks.

      The Blackhawks drafted Hartman 30th overall in 2013 and brought him on board after two seasons with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

      He finished with 19 goals and 12 assists in 2016-17, his rookie season with the Blackhawks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Leafs sign Sandin to three-year entry level deal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, July 16, 2018

    The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenseman Rasmus Sandin to a three-year entry-level contract, the club announced on Monday.

    • The Swedish 18-year-old was the 29th overall pick by the Maple Leafs in the draft in June.

      Sandin had 12 goals and 33 assists in 51 regular season games with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League last season, earning OHL First-All Rookie Team honors. He added a goal and 12 assists in 24 games during the playoffs.

      Sandin joined the Maple Leafs for their development camp in June.

      --Field Level Media

  • Panarin set to meet with Blue Jackets' GM
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, July 15, 2018

    Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin is scheduled to meet with his agent and general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on Monday, Panarin announced on social media Sunday.

    • The 26-year-old Panarin is coming off a career season in which he scored 82 points (27 goals, 55 assists) in 81 games. He has notched 151 career points in 162 career contests with the Blue Jackets and the Chicago Blackhawks.

      Columbus reportedly is willing to offer Panarin a maximum eight-year deal worth up to $11 million per season. However, Panarin has declined to sign a long-term extension up to this point, putting him on track to hit free agency at the end of next season. His agent, Daniel Milstein, told the Athletic last week that his client's reluctance to sign at the moment is related to the length of the deal, as he would prefer a shorter-term agreement.

      The Columbus Dispatch reported that Panarin is on vacation in Nice, France, with teammate Sergei Bobrovsky. Like Panarin, Bobrovsky is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next summer unless he agrees to an extension with Columbus, although it's unclear whether Bobrovsky will also meet with Kekalainen.

      Panarin posted on his Twitter and Instagram accounts that he was preparing for the meeting, along with a photo of an inflatable raft being pulled behind a boat.

      "I meet with him every day during the season, so this is nothing out of the ordinary," Kekalainen told the Dispatch at the end of June. "We're both in Europe and have a situation that has come up. I want to talk to him, make sure we're on the same page when he gets here for training camp."

      --Field Level Media

  • Canadiens, Danault agree to three-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, July 15, 2018

    The Montreal Canadiens and restricted free agent center Phillip Danault agreed to terms on a three-year contract, the team announced on Sunday.

    • The deal will average $3.083 million per year, after Danault made $832,500 last season. The agreement removes the need for an arbitration hearing, which was scheduled for this Friday.

      Danault, 25, played 52 games for the Canadiens last season, finishing with eight goals and 17 assists.

      He was a first-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011, and was traded to Montreal in February 2016. In 155 games across three seasons with Montreal, Danault has 70 points (24 goals, 46 assists) and has averaged 15:31 of ice time.

      The Canadiens have reached deals with both of their players who elected arbitration, having signed Joel Armia to a one-year, $1.85 million contract on Friday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Flyers, Senators G Emery dies in swimming accident at 35
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, July 15, 2018

    Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery died early Sunday morning in a swimming accident in the Hamilton, Ontario, harbor. He was 35.

    • According to Hamilton Police, Emery's body was recovered near the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club at 2:50 p.m. in the same vicinity where he entered the water nearly nine hours earlier and didn't surface.

      The Hamilton Spectator reports Emery was visiting a friend's boat and jumped in the water where it was docked at the club a little after 6 a.m.

      "At this time we do not believe there to be suspicious or foul play," Inspector Marty Schulenberg told the Spectator. "We do believe this is a case of misadventure."

      Police added that a cause of death will be announced after an autopsy.

      A Hamilton native, Emery last played for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2013-15, his second stint with the team after starting a career-high 29 games for the Flyers in 2009-10, as they went on to reach the Stanley Cup Final. He spent the first five years of his career with the Ottawa Senators, who took him in the fourth round of the 2001 draft. He helped Ottawa to the finals in 2006-07.

      Emery also played for the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks, winning a Stanley Cup title with the latter in 2012-13.

      In 11 NHL seasons, he went 145-86-28 with a 2.70 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.

      "On behalf of the Ottawa Senators, I wish to express my sincere condolences on the passing of Ray Emery," Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement. "Ray was instrumental in our run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, and at his best he brought a competitive edge and combative mentality to the game. On behalf of our entire organization, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Ray's family, friends and loved ones."

      The Flyers also expressed shock and sadness at Emery's death.

      "The Philadelphia Flyers are stunned and extremely saddened to hear of the tragic passing of former Flyers goaltender Ray Emery," Flyers president Paul Holmgren said in a statement. "Ray was an outstanding teammate and an extremely gifted goaltender. He had exceptional athleticism, was a fierce competitor and battled in every game he played with the Flyers.

      "...Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time."

      On their Twitter page, the Blackhawks posted a picture of Emery hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2013.

      "The Chicago Blackhawks organization was deeply saddened to hear of Ray Emery's passing," the Blackhawks said in a statement. "We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. The Blackhawks will fondly remember Ray as a fierce competitor, a good teammate and a Stanley Cup champion."

      --Field Level Media

  • Blue Jackets sign Bjorkstrand to three-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, July 15, 2018

    The Columbus Blue Jackets signed their last remaining restricted free agent, forward Oliver Bjorkstrand, to a three-year deal on Sunday, the team announced.

    • Terms were not announced, but the deal is reportedly worth $2.5 million annually.

      Bjorkstrand, 23, will again be a restricted free agent when his deal is up in 2021.

      He finished with 11 goals and 29 assists in 82 games with Columbus last season.

      "Oliver is a gifted player with a tremendous shot and scoring instincts who has improved steadily during his first three seasons as a pro," said general manager Jarmo Kekalainen. "He is just scratching the surface of the type of player he can be and we believe he has the potential to be a dynamic offensive player for our club."

      A third-round pick by the Blue Jackets in the 2013 NHL Draft, Bjorkstrand starred for the American Hockey League's Lake Erie/Cleveland Monsters before earning a full-time role with the NHL club last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Stars re-sign C Shore for two years, $4.6 million
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 13, 2018

    The Dallas Stars re-signed restricted free agent center Devin Shore to a two-year deal worth $4.6 million, the team announced Friday.

    • The agreement means an arbitration hearing that was scheduled for next Friday won't be necessary.

      Shore, who turns 24 on Thursday, made $832,500 last season while playing in all 82 games for the second consecutive campaign.

      He finished with 11 goals and 21 assists, nearly identical to his 2016-17 line (13 goals, 20 assists), although his rating dipped from minus-4 to minus-30. He averaged 15:26 of ice time per game, fifth-most among Dallas forwards.

      A second-round pick by the Stars in 2012, Shore had played in only three NHL games before earning a full-time role in Dallas in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

      Dallas has two other players who remain on course for arbitration. Mattias Janmark's hearing is scheduled for Aug. 3, and Gemel Smith's is set for Aug. 1.

      Janmark, 25, finished fourth on the team in goals (19) and fifth in points (34) last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Golden Knights keeping Fleury with $21M extension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 13, 2018

    One day after being eliminated by the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Finals, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said he hoped to stick with the Vegas Golden Knights for the rest of his professional career.

    • On Friday, the Knights announced a three-year $21 million extension with the 33-year-old goalie.

      Fleury celebrated the deal in a video posted to the team's Twitter account.

      "I guess you guys will be stuck with me for a little longer. I'm really excited about it. My family and I really love Vegas, the organization, my teammates," he said,

      Fleury is now signed through the 2021-22 season.

      The Golden Knights selected Fleury from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2017 expansion draft and leaned on the veteran in their inaugural season. Fleury went 29-13-4 in the regular season and 13-7 in the playoffs, posting a 2.24 goals against average in both.

      After the season ended, he immediately lobbied to stay with the team long-term.

      "It's weird, a year ago I was told I was getting too old to play. I still love it. I still have a lot of fun," Fleury said then. "Certainly, Vegas has given me this opportunity to do what I love, and I wouldn't want to go anywhere else, and hopefully I can finish my career here."

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Blackhawks eye Pacioretty, Skinner in trade talks
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 13, 2018

    In clearing up a reported $8.5 million in cap space with a seven-player trade on Thursday, the Chicago Blackhawks appeared to position themselves to add firepower to their veteran roster.

    • According to a couple of reports, that's exactly what they're doing.

      First, The Fourth Period's David Pagnotta tweeted shortly after the trade that the team has "been in talks" with both the Montreal Canadiens about Max Pacioretty and the Carolina Hurricanes about Jeff Skinner. According to Pagnotta, with the trade complete, it's "possible these talks pick up steam now."

      A little later, 670 The Score AM in Chicago's Jay Zawaski confirmed the club has discussed Skinner, but added, "this particular source had not heard the same about Pacioretty."

      Earlier in the week, The Athletic's Marc Antoine Godin reported that Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin told Pacioretty, "there will be no contract negotiation and that his intention is to trade Pacioretty as soon as possible."

      The Blackhawks on Thursday traded stalwart forward Marian Hossa, forward Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft to the Arizona Coyotes. In return, forward Marcus Kruger -- a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Hawks -- is returning to Chicago, along with forward MacKenzie Entwistle, minor league center Jordan Maletta, minor league defenseman Andrew Campbell and a fifth-round pick in 2019.

      The Blackhawks now have more than $10 million they can use to sign the three or four players they need to fill out their roster, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

      Hossa spent 19 years in the NHL. Over his career, he scored 525 goals and posted 609 assists with the Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers and Ottawa Senators. He had 186 goals and 229 assists in his eight seasons in Chicago.

      Pacioretty, 29, has 226 goals and 222 assists in his 10-year career, all in Montreal. He has scored at least 30 goals five times, including a career-high 39 in 2013-14. Last season, however, he scored just 17 goals and had a career-worst minus-16 in 64 games. He has one season that carries a $4.5 million cap hit left on his contract.

      Skinner, 26, is also coming off of a down season. Though he played in all 82 games, he scored 24 goals (his fewest since 2014-15) and registered a minus-27, worst of his career and in the bottom 15 of the league last season. He has 204 goals and 175 assists in 579 games, all with the Hurricanes.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Jets G Hellebuyck signs six-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 12, 2018

    The Winnipeg Jets announced the signing of restricted free agent goalie Connor Hellebuyck to a six-year, $37 million deal Thursday.

    • Hellebuyck had filed for salary arbitration last week after being tendered a qualifying offer by the Jets in June, but his July 27 hearing will no longer be needed.

      The 25-year-old enjoyed a breakout 2017-18 season that saw him tie for the NHL lead in wins after posting a 44-11-9 record. He had a 2.36 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 67 games (64 starts) and was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league's top goaltender.

      Hellebuyck continued his success into the postseason, where he had a 2.36 GAA and .922 save percentage in 17 games before the Jets fell to the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference finals.

      --The Chicago Blackhawks traded forwards Marian Hossa and Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft to the Arizona Coyotes for forwards Marcus Kruger and MacKenzie Entwistle, a pair of minor-leaguers and a fifth-round pick in 2019.

      The trade appears to be more about gaining flexibility with the salary cap than the acquisitions for the Blackhawks. Hossa, 39, spent last season on long-term injured reserved and has been told he never will play again because of a skin disorder. Still, his contract has three years left and carries an annual cap hit of roughly $5.28 million.

      By sending his contract to Arizona, Chicago can regain that cap space. The Blackhawks now have more than $10 million they can use to sign the three or four players they need to fill out their roster, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

      --The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed restricted free agent defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to a three-year, $6.4 million contract extension, the team announced. The two sides will avoid an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 28.

      Oleksiak, 25, made just less than $1 million last season. The Penguins acquired him from the Dallas Stars for a conditional fourth-round pick in December.

      Oleksiak recorded four goals and 10 assists with a plus-13 rating in 47 games for the Penguins last season, bringing his season totals to five, 12 and plus-7, respectively. He averaged 17 minutes, 24 seconds of ice time per game in Pittsburgh, up 2:24 from his average before the trade.

      --Field Level Media

  • Penguins sign D Oleksiak for three years, $6.4M
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 12, 2018

    The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed restricted free-agent defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to a three-year, $6.4 million contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

    • The two sides will avoid an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 28.

      Oleksiak, 25, made just less than $1 million last season. The Penguins acquired him from the Dallas Stars for a conditional third-round pick in December. Oleksiak had spent parts of six NHL seasons with the Stars, who drafted him 14th overall in 2011.

      Oleksiak recorded four goals and 10 assists with a plus-13 rating in 41 games for the Penguins last season, bringing his season totals to five, 12 and plus-7, respectively. He averaged 17:24 of ice time per game in Pittsburgh, up 2:24 from his average before the trade.

      In 140 career games, Oleksiak has seven goals and 15 points with a minus-23 rating.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wild's Parise: 'Cleared to do everything'
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 12, 2018

    Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise is back on the ice at a 4-on-4 summer league this week and looking to put the injuries that cut his 2017-18 season short behind him.

    • Parise, who played in a game situation Wednesday as part of "Da Beauty League," which features NHL players with ties to Minnesota, said he is "cleared to do everything" after playing in only 42 games last season. In addition to a fractured sternum sustained in the first round of the playoffs in April, Parise didn't make his season debut until January following back surgery.

      "I'm hoping that no one's hitting out there, but I feel good," Parise said, according to NHL.com. "It's good to get back out there. I feel fine."

      Parise said the sternum injury healed on its own and he felt better the week after Minnesota's season ended. He said he hopes to continue his normal offseason training and be ready for next season.

      When he was healthy last season, Parise scored 15 goals and nine assists. The 33-year-old has 333 goals and 352 assists for his 13-year career, six times scoring more than 30 goals in a season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blackhawks send Hossa to Coyotes as part of 7-player trade
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 12, 2018

    The Chicago Blackhawks and stalwart forward Marian Hossa parted ways Thursday, with the team sending his rights, forward Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft to the Arizona Coyotes.

    • In return, forward Marcus Kruger -- a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Hawks -- will come back to Chicago, along with forward MacKenzie Entwistle, minor league center Jordan Maletta, minor league defenseman Andrew Campbell and a fifth-round pick in 2019.

      The trade appears to be more about gaining flexibility with the salary cap than the acquisitions for the Blackhawks. Hossa, 39, spent last season on long-term injured reserved and has been told he never will play again because of a skin disorder. Still, his contract has three years left and carries an annual cap hit of roughly $5.28 million.

      By sending his contract to Arizona, Chicago can regain that cap space. The Blackhawks now have more than $10 million they can use to sign the three or four players they need to fill out their roster, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

      "Today is another example of the leadership Marian has displayed as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization," the Blackhawks said in a statement. "When we approached him to discuss the idea of him waiving his no-move clause to allow us to make this move, it became clear this was a difficult thing for him to consider. After the success he has had in a Blackhawks jersey, the friends he has made throughout the organization and the fact his heart will always be in Chicago, the thought of disassociating in any way from the team he has come to love was not something he really wanted to give any thought to at all. But, as the consummate team player, he did what he has always done. He did what the team needed him to do in order to succeed."

      Hossa spent 19 years in the NHL. Over his career, he scored 525 goals and posted 609 assists with the Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers and Ottawa Senators. He had 186 goals and 229 assists in his eight seasons in Chicago.

      Kruger, 28, spent seven years with the Blackhawks from 2010-2017. He spent last season with the Carolina Hurricanes and has appeared in 446 career NHL games, totaling 33 goals and 72 assists. Carolina traded him to Arizona in May.

      Entwistle, 18, was selected No. 69 overall by Arizona in the 2017 NHL Draft. Last season, he played for the Ontario Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs, who won the league title.

      Campbell, 30, played last season for the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League. In his career, he has played in 42 NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings, Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs. Maletta, 23, split the 2017-18 season between Tucson and the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL.

      For the Coyotes, Hinostroza, 24, was the biggest acquisition. He was drafted by the Blackhawks in the sixth round in 2012 and has played 106 career NHL games, totaling 13 goals and 26 assists.

      Oesterle, 26, has played 80 career NHL games with the Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers. He has five goals and 16 assists in that time.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets ink G Hellebuyck to 6-year, $37M deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, July 12, 2018

    The Winnipeg Jets announced the signing of goalie Connor Hellebuyck to a six-year, $37 million deal Thursday.

    • Hellebuyck had filed for salary arbitration last week after being tendered a qualifying offer by the Jets in June.

      Hellebuyck, 25, enjoyed a breakout 2017-18 season that saw him tie for the NHL lead in wins at 44-11-9. He had a 2.36 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 67 games (64 starts) and was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy awarded to the league's top goaltender.

      Hellebuyck continued his success into the postseason, where he had a 2.36 GAA and .922 save percentage in 17 games before the Jets fell to the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference finals.

      Hellebuyck, a fifth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, became the Jets' primary starting goalie in 2016-17, his second season in the league. He is 83-41-14 with a 2.55 GAA and .917 save percentage for his career.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Wings, F Mantha reach 2-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    The Detroit Red Wings and restricted free agent winger Anthony Mantha agreed to terms on a two-year contract Wednesday, the team announced.

    • Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though multiple reports have it worth $6.6 million.

      Mantha, 23, led the team with 24 goals last season. He added 24 assists for a career-best 48 points in 80 games.

      Mantha, a first-round pick by Detroit in the 2013 NHL Draft, has 43 goals and 44 assists in three seasons with the Red Wings.

      The Red Wings went 30-39-13 last season, missing the playoffs for the second year in a row after 25 consecutive postseason berths.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Habs reportedly looking to trade Pacioretty
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    The Montreal Canadiens will not negotiate a contract extension with captain Max Pacioretty and now intend to trade him, according to a report from The Athletic on Tuesday.

    • Citing an NHL source, the report says general manager Marc Bergevin told Pacioretty -- who is entering the final year of his contract -- there will be no contract negotiations and the team intends to trade the left winger as soon as possible. Pacioretty, 29, is due $4.5 million in 2018-19, the final year of a six-year, $27 million deal he signed in August of 2012. He has spent all 10 of his NHL seasons in Montreal, serving as the team's captain for the last four years and posting four 30-goal seasons from 2013-17.

      His name surfaced in trade rumors over the second half of last season, particularly around the February deadline, but TSN reported last month that the team had opened preliminary contract talks with Pacioretty. Allan Walsh, who Pacioretty hired as his new agent within the last month, told The Athletic he would not comment on his client's current status with the team.

      "I'll reiterate what Max has said a number of times, that he loves Montreal, he holds Montreal dear to his heart and he hopes to stay," Walsh said.

      --The Tampa Bay Lightning announced the signing of star right wing Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year extension worth $9.5 million annually.

      Kucherov has one season remaining on his current contract at a roughly $4.8 million cap hit and would have been a restricted free agent next summer. His new deal runs through the 2026-27 season and carries a total value of $76 million.

      Kucherov, 25, is coming off his first 100-point campaign. He had 39 goals and 61 assists in 80 games for the Lightning and finished sixth in the vote for the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the league's most valuable player. Kucherov scored 40 goals and 45 assists in 74 games in 2016-17. For his career, the 2011 second-round pick has 147 goals and 187 assists in 365 games.

      --Free agent left winger Patrick Maroon signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with his hometown St. Louis Blues, the team announced.

      Maroon, 30, had 27 goals and 15 assists in 2016-17 with the Oilers before totaling 17 and 26, respectively, with the Oilers and Devils last season. He was dealt from Edmonton to New Jersey at the trade deadline for a third-round pick and a prospect.

      Maroon, who was born in St. Louis and attended Oakville High School in St. Louis County, earned $2.1 million last season. A sixth-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2007, he broke into the league with the Anaheim Ducks in 2011 and spent parts of five seasons there before a trade to the Oilers in February 2016. He has 78 goals and 100 assists in 375 career games.

      --Field Level Media