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Date Player
8/2/2015 Erik Haula, Min, C
The Minnesota Wild and Haula have agreed on a two-year contract. The Wild announced the deal Sunday with the restricted free agent.

Analysis: Haula had seven goals and seven assists in 72 games last season while playing mostly on the fourth line. He added one goal while appearing in two playoff games.
8/2/2015 Jonathan Bernier, Tor, G
Bernier and the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to a two-year contract worth $8.3 million.

Analysis: Bernier, a native of Laval, Quebec, had a 2.87 goals-against average and .912 save percentage this past season for the Leafs. In 175 NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings and Leafs, Bernier is 76-67-20 with a 2.63 GAA and .916 save percentage.
8/1/2015 Marcus Johansson, Was, C
Johansson has re-signed with the Washington Capitals, getting a $3.75 million, one-year contract based on an arbitrator's decision Friday.

Analysis: The 24-year-old Swede had a career-high 20 goals and 27 assists while appearing in all 82 games last season with Washington. A first-round draft pick of the Capitals in 2009, Johansson has 61 goals and 125 assists in 345 regular-season NHL games.
7/30/2015 Alex Galchenyuk, Mon, C
The Montreal Canadiens and Galchenyuk have agreed to terms on a two-year contract. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed Thursday.

Analysis: Galchenyuk had career highs with 20 goals, 26 assists and 46 points last season. The 21-year-old Wisconsin native has 42 goals and 62 assists in 193 regular-season games and four goals and six assists in 22 playoff games.
7/30/2015 Jakub Voracek, Phi, RW
The Flyers and Voracek have agreed to a multiyear contract extension.

Analysis: The 25-year-old Voracek had 22 goals and career highs of 59 assists and 81 points last season.
7/29/2015 Dainius Zubrus, NJ, LW
Zubrus was placed on unconditional waivers by the Devils on Wednesday with the intention of ending his contract.

Analysis: The 37-year-old Zubrus played for the Devils the last eight seasons and was slated to earn $3.1 million this season in the final year of a three-year, $9.3 million deal. The Lithuanian had 10 points in 74 games last season.
7/28/2015 Brooks Orpik, Was, D
Orpik underwent wrist surgery Tuesday, according to a statement from the team. The Capitals said he will resume full workout activities in two weeks. They anticipate Orpik returning to full hockey activities in time for the season opener.

Analysis: The 34-year-old was signed by the Capitals as a free agent last year and totaled 19 assists and 66 penalty minutes last season.
7/28/2015 Mitchell Marner, Tor, C
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Marner to a three-year entry-level contract. The 18-year-old Marner was selected fourth overall by the Maple Leafs in the draft.

Analysis: Marner finished second in Ontario Hockey League scoring last season with 126 points (44 goals, 82 assists) in 63 regular-season games with the London Knights. He added 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in seven playoff games.
7/28/2015 Adam Clendening, Van, D
The Penguins sent third-line center Brandon Sutter to the Canucks on Tuesday in exchange for forward Nick Bonino and Clendening. The teams also swapped draft picks. Pittsburgh received a second-round pick in the 2016 draft while the Canucks pick up a third-round pick in next year's draft from the Penguins.

Analysis: The 26-year-old Sutter tied a career-high with 21 goals last season but was entering the final year of his contract. The 27-year-old Bonino had 15 goals and 24 assists in 75 games for the Canucks in 2014-15, while Clendening played 21 games in his rookie season with Chicago and Vancouver.
7/28/2015 Nick Bonino, Van, C
The Penguins sent third-line center Brandon Sutter to the Canucks on Tuesday in exchange for Bonino and defenseman Adam Clendening. The teams also swapped draft picks. Pittsburgh received a second-round pick in the 2016 draft while the Canucks pick up a third-round pick in next year's draft from the Penguins.

Analysis: The 26-year-old Sutter tied a career-high with 21 goals last season but was entering the final year of his contract. The 27-year-old Bonino had 15 goals and 24 assists in 75 games for the Canucks in 2014-15, while Clendening played 21 games in his rookie season with Chicago and Vancouver.
7/28/2015 Brandon Sutter, Pit, C
The Penguins sent Sutter to the Canucks on Tuesday in exchange for forward Nick Bonino and defenseman Adam Clendening. The teams also swapped draft picks. Pittsburgh received a second-round pick in the 2016 draft while the Canucks pick up a third-round pick in next year's draft from the Penguins.

Analysis: The 26-year-old Sutter tied a career-high with 21 goals last season but was entering the final year of his contract. The 27-year-old Bonino had 15 goals and 24 assists in 75 games for the Canucks in 2014-15, while Clendening played 21 games in his rookie season with Chicago and Vancouver.
7/28/2015 Brendan Guhle, Buf, D
The Buffalo Sabres have signed newly drafted defenseman Brendan Guhle to a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal was announced Monday, a little over a month after Buffalo drafted Guhle with the 51st pick.

Analysis: Guhle turns 18 on Wednesday and spent the past two seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. Last year, he had five goals and ranked third among team defensemen with 32 points in 72 games. Overall, he has five goals and 37 points in 123 career junior games.
7/27/2015 Colin Wilson, Nsh, C
The Predators have signed Wilson to a four-year contract worth $15.75 million.

Analysis: Under terms of the agreement announced Monday, Wilson receives $3.75 million in 2015-16 and $4 million each of the next three seasons. Wilson was a restricted free agent. The 25-year-old Wilson set career highs in goals (20) and points (42) and tied a personal best in assists (22) in 2014-15. His plus-minus rating of plus-19 led the Predators.
7/27/2015 Derek Stepan, NYR, C
The Rangers have signed Stepan to a long-term contract. General manager Jeff Gorton announced the deal Monday, hours before a contract arbitration hearing for the 25-year-old Stepan.

Analysis: A restricted free agent, Stepan had 16 goals and 39 assists in 68 games as the Rangers posted the NHL's best regular-season record. He also had five goals and seven assists in 19 postseason games, tallying the game-winning goal in overtime in Game 7 against Washington in the Eastern Conference semifinal.
7/26/2015 Alex Chiasson, Ott, RW
Chiasson of the Ottawa Senators has been awarded a $1.2 million, one-year deal in arbitration on Sunday.

Analysis: The restricted free-agent forward and the Senators went to arbitration. Chiasson was seeking more than $2 million, the team $1 million.
7/25/2015 Adam Larsson, NJ, D
The New Jersey Devils have re-signed Larsson to a six-year contract at an average annual salary of more than $4.1 million. General Manager Ray Shero announced the signing Saturday.

Analysis: Larsson led all New Jersey defensemen in assists (21) and points (24) while playing in 64 games last season. His scoring totals were all career highs.
7/24/2015 Tomas Jurco, Det, RW
The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a $1.8 million, two-year contract with Jurco.

Analysis: The 22-year-old Jurco played 63 games with the Red Wings in 2014-15, scoring three goals with 15 assists. He also had a goal and an assist in Detroit's seven-game loss to Tampa Bay in the first round of the playoffs. Jurco was a second-round draft pick by the Red Wings in 2011. He made his NHL debut in 2013-14, scoring eight goals with seven assists in 36 games.
7/24/2015 Jack Dougherty, Nsh, D
The Nashville Predators have signed Dougherty to a three-year entry-level contract with the second-round pick in the 2014 draft expected to spend this season in the Western Hockey League.

Analysis: Dougherty, 19, spent the last season in college at Wisconsin where the freshman had nine points overall, including four points on the power play. The native of St. Paul, Minnesota, spent the 2013-14 season with the U.S. National Team Development Program where he was second among defensemen with six goals and fourth with 22 points.
7/24/2015 Braden Holtby, Was, G
The Washington Capitals have signed Holtby to a $30.5-million, five-year contract. Holtby was a restricted free agent, and he and the Capitals had an arbitration hearing a day earlier.

Analysis: Holtby had a career season with 41 victories, a 2.22 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and nine shutouts in 73 games. He is the third goaltender to reach 100 wins with the Capitals, joining Olie Kolzig and Don Beaupre.
7/24/2015 Alexander Semin, Car, RW
The Montreal Canadiens have signed Alexander Semin to a one-year, $1.1 million contract. The forward who once scored 40 goals with Washington has spent the last three seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Analysis: Semin had six goals and 13 assists in 57 games last year. The Hurricanes bought out his contract on July 1. Carolina owes the 31-year-old Russian $14 million over the next six years. He had three years left on a deal that paid him $7 million annually.
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