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Date Player
7/7/2015 Vladimir Tarasenko, StL, RW
The Blues announced they've re-signed Tarasenko to an eight-year, $60 million contract.

Analysis: Tarasenko had 37 goals and 36 assists last season for St. Louis, his third year in the league.
7/7/2015 Zach Boychuk, Car, LW
The Carolina Hurricanes and forward Zach Boychuk have agreed on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal announced Tuesday will pay him $600,000 in the NHL or $200,000 in the minors with a guarantee of $250,000.

Analysis: Boychuk had three goals and three assists in 31 games with the Hurricanes last season. He was Carolina's first-round selection in the 2008 draft.
7/7/2015 Mikkel Boedker, Ari, LW
The Arizona Coyotes have signed Boedker to a one-year, $3.75 million deal.

Analysis: Boedker had 14 goals and 14 assists in 45 games last season, which was cut short in January after he ruptured his spleen. He had 19 goals and 32 assists in 2013-14.
7/7/2015 Trevor van Riemsdyk, Chi, D
Van Riemsdyk and the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season.

Analysis: The 23-year-old van Riemsdyk had one assist in 18 regular-season games with the Blackhawks last season. He skated in four Stanley Cup Final games.
7/6/2015 Dylan Strome, Ari, C
The Arizona Coyotes have signed center Dylan Strome, their first-round pick in last month's NHL draft, to a three-year entry-level contract. Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the team Monday.

Analysis: The 18-year-old Strome was the third overall pick in the June 26 draft. He led the Ontario Hockey League in scoring with 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games last season.
7/6/2015 Anders Nilsson, Chi, G
The Edmonton Oilers have acquired goaltender Anders Nilsson in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Analysis: The 25-year-old Nilsson has a 9-9 record and a 3.05 goals-against average in 23 career NHL games with the New York Islanders. He played in the Kontinental Hockey League last season.
7/6/2015 Evgeny Kuznetsov, Was, C
Kuznetsov has signed a $6 million, two-year contract with Washington.

Analysis: As a rookie, Kuznetsov had 11 goals and 26 assists during the regular season, and then starred in the playoffs, with five goals and two assists. He scored twice in Game 5 against the New York Islanders in the first round, and netted the winning goal in a 2-1 Game 7 victory in that series.
7/5/2015 Mikkel Boedker, Ari, LW
Boedker has filed for salary arbitration.

Analysis: The 25-year-old Dane has been one of Arizona's most creative offensive players, scoring 19 goals with 32 assists in 2013-14. He had 14 goals and 14 assists in 45 games last season before going out in January with a ruptured spleen. Boedker is expected to be healthy for the start of training camp and general manager Don Maloney has been optimistic about re-signing him.
7/5/2015 Nazem Kadri, Tor, C
The Toronto Maple Leafs signed Kadri to a one-year contract extension on Sunday. The 24-year-old Kadri finished fourth among Maple Leaf players in scoring last season with 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists) in 73 regular-season games.

Analysis: Kadri has appeared in 250 NHL games - all with Toronto - and has 152 points (64 goals, 88 assists).
7/4/2015 Dan Ellis, Was, G
Ellis signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Washington Capitals.

Analysis: The 35-year-old Ellis went 4-3-1 with a 2.35 goals-against average in eight games with the Florida Panthers last season.
7/4/2015 Cody Bass, Nsh, C
The Nashville Predators have signed free-agent forward Cody Bass to a one-year, two-way contract. Bass' contract will be worth $575,000 when he's in the NHL and $125,000 when he's in the American Hockey League.

Analysis: The 28-year-old Bass has played 49 career NHL games with the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets since the 2007-08 season. The 6-foot, 202-pound center has two goals and three assists. Bass had six goals and eight assists for the AHL's Rockford IceHogs this past season. He has spent the majority of the last eight seasons in the AHL with Binghamton, Springfield and Rockford.
7/3/2015 Jamie McBain, LA, D
McBain has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Los Angeles Kings.

Analysis: The Kings announced the deal Friday. McBain scored nine points in 26 games for the Kings last season. He began the year on a tryout contract with the Kings' AHL affiliate, but worked his way into a semi-regular role in Los Angeles when the Kings' defense was shortened by injuries and Slava Voynov's suspension. McBain has scored 28 goals in 301 NHL games, starting his career with Carolina and Buffalo.
7/3/2015 Shawn Horcoff, Anh, C
Horcoff has agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Anaheim Ducks.

Analysis: The Ducks announced the deal Friday. Horcoff had 29 points and a plus-9 rating in 76 games for the Dallas Stars last season. The speedy Michigan State product spent the past two seasons in Dallas after beginning his NHL career with 12 seasons for the Edmonton Oilers, earning an All-Star game appearance and playing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Horcoff will turn 37 years old in September.
7/3/2015 Brandon Saad, Cls, LW
Saad signed a six-year, $36 million contract with his new team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, on Friday.

Analysis: Saad, 22, was acquired from Chicago earlier this week. He will be with the Blue Jackets through the 2020-2021 season, and is expected to play on the team's top line alongside center Ryan Johansen. He set career highs with 23 goals and 29 assists in 82 games last season. He then had eight goals and three assists in the playoffs, helping Chicago to its third NHL title in six seasons.
7/3/2015 Joel Ward, Was, RW
The San Jose Sharks have signed veteran forward Joel Ward to a three-year contract. The Sharks announced the deal Friday.

Analysis: Ward had 19 goals and 15 assists last season with Washington. He also had three goals and six assists in 14 playoff games.
7/3/2015 Andrew Desjardins, Chi, LW
Desjardins has agreed to a two-year contract with the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks.

Analysis: Acquired from San Jose before the trade deadline, he became an important part of the fourth line and helped Chicago win its third Stanley Cup in six seasons. He had a career-high five goals in 69 regular-season games between the Sharks and Blackhawks and had a goal and three assists in the playoffs.
7/3/2015 Ryan O'Reilly, Buf, LW
The Buffalo Sabres have made newly acquired forward Ryan O'Reilly their highest-paid player by signing him to a $52.5 million, seven-year contract extension on Friday.

Analysis: O'Reilly is regarded a top-line talent and had one year left on his contract, during which he is scheduled to make $6.2 million next season. He was acquired from Colorado in a trade that involved five players during the first round of the NHL draft June 26.
7/3/2015 Connor McDavid, Edm, C
The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with center Connor McDavid on a three-year, entry-level contract. The 18-year-old superstar spent the last three seasons with the OHL's Erie Otters. He was selected by the Oilers with the first overall pick in the NHL draft last month.

Analysis: McDavid, from Newmarket, Ontario, had 120 points (44 goals, 76 assists) in 47 games with Erie last season. McDavid helped Canada win gold at the world junior hockey championship this year.
7/2/2015 Kevin Bieksa, Anh, D
Bieksa has agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract extension through 2018 with the Anaheim Ducks.

Analysis: The Ducks announced the deal with Bieksa on Thursday, two days after the club acquired him from Vancouver. Bieksa has one year and $4.6 million left on his contract from the Canucks. He scored 14 points in 60 games for Vancouver last season.
7/2/2015 Patrick McNally, SJ, D
The San Jose Sharks signed former Harvard defenseman Patrick McNally to a two-year contract Thursday.

Analysis: McNally was originally a fourth-round pick by Vancouver in 2010 but went to college instead of signing with the Canucks. The Sharks acquired his rights for a seventh-round pick at this year's draft. McNally had six goals and 15 assists in 21 games at Harvard this season.
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