NHL Recent Player News
|7/24/2014||Lars Eller, C||The Montreal Canadiens avoided arbitration with center Lars Eller, agreeing to a four-year contract on Thursday.
Analysis: Eller was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Friday. "We are very pleased to have agreed upon a long term agreement with Lars Eller," general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. "He is an important part of our group of young veterans."
|7/24/2014||Kevin Poulin, G||The New York Islanders have agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with goalie Kevin Poulin.
Analysis: Poulin appeared in 28 games last season with the Islanders and posted an 11-16-1 record, with a .891 save percentage and a 3.29 goals-against-average. In 49 career games with the Islanders, Poulin has an 18-25-2 record with a 3.08 GAA and .900 save percentage.
|7/24/2014||Jared McCann, C||The Vancouver Canucks have signed center Jared McCann to an entry-level contract.
Analysis: The 18-year-old McCann played last season with the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, where he finished second on the team in goals (27) and points (62) in 64 games. He was selected by Vancouver in the first round, 24th overall, of the 2014 draft.
|7/23/2014||Cory Sarich, D||Sarich is recovering in a Calgary hospital after a cycling accident this week. The 35-year-old Sarich, who is a free agent, said it's been ''a rough couple of days and I'm grateful for the support I've been receiving.'' There's no timeline for his recovery.
Analysis: Sarich has spent a majority of his 15-year NHL career with the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning. He suited up last season for Colorado, helping the Avalanche make the postseason for the first time since 2010.
|7/23/2014||Chris Kreider, LW||Kreider and the New York Rangers agreed on a two-year deal shortly before going to arbitration. The 23-year-old Kreider made a deal Wednesday morning with an average salary of $2.475 million moments before the scheduled hearing. He will receive $2.35 million next season and $2.6 million during 2015-16.
Analysis: Kreider had 17 goals and 20 assists in 66 regular-season games. During the playoffs, the left wing had five goals and eight assists in 15 games. He returned for Game 4 of New York's second-round series against Pittsburgh after missing a month with a broken left hand. He sat out nine regular-season games and 10 in the playoffs.
|7/23/2014||Andre Benoit, D||The Buffalo Sabres signed Benoit to a one-year contract Wednesday.
Analysis: Benoit spent last season with the Colorado Avalanche, and had a career-best 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) in 79 games. He previously spent parts of two seasons with the Ottawa Senators. Overall, he has 10 goals and 29 assists for 39 points in 120 career NHL games.
|7/23/2014||Ryan O'Reilly, LW||The Colorado Avalanche have avoided arbitration with O'Reilly by signing the versatile forward to a two-year deal.
Analysis: O'Reilly led the team with a career-high 28 goals last season and won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to a player who best exemplifies gentlemanly conduct. He also had six game-winners as the Avalanche advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2009-10 under first-year coach Patrick Roy.
|7/23/2014||Mats Zuccarello, LW||The New York Rangers are avoiding salary arbitration with Zuccarello, agreeing to terms with the restricted free agent on a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
Analysis: The deal was announced Tuesday night, three days before the sides were scheduled to go to arbitration.
|7/22/2014||David Booth, LW||Booth has signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs after spending last season with Vancouver.
Analysis: The 29-year-old winger had nine goals and 10 assists in 66 games with the Canucks. He has 218 career points in 443 games with Vancouver and Florida. In 2008-09 with the Panthers, Booth set career highs in goals (31), assists (29) and points (60) in 72 games.
|7/22/2014||Sami Vatanen, D||The Ducks have signed defenseman Sami Vatanen to a two-year contract coming off his rookie season.
Analysis: He had six goals, 15 assists and 22 penalty minutes in 48 games last season, when he won a bronze medal playing for Finland in the Sochi Olympics. The 23-year-old Vatanen had one assist in five playoff games with the Ducks. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2009 by Anaheim.
|7/22/2014||Antoine Roussel, LW||Roussel and the Dallas Stars have agreed to terms on a four-year contract.
Analysis: Roussel played in 81 games last season, when he had 29 points (14 goals and 15 assists) and 209 penalty minutes, making him the only player in the NHL with more than 25 points and 150 penalty minutes. Roussel had three assists and 27 penalty minutes in the Stars' six-game playoff series against Anaheim.
|7/21/2014||Alex Ovechkin, RW||Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. The two had been together since 2011 and became engaged in December 2012.
Analysis: The three-time NHL MVP had faced questions from Russian media about the relationship when he did not accompany Kirilenko to Wimbledon last month. Kirilenko says in comments distributed by the Russian Tennis Federation that there were "a lot of reasons" behind her decision. She says "our relationship is over, but I respect Sasha (Ovechkin) as a person and as an athlete and I respectfully wish him further sporting success."
|7/21/2014||Cody Franson, D||The Toronto Maple Leafs and Franson have avoided arbitration, with the defenseman signing a $3.3 million, one-year contract. This is the third straight one-year deal for Franson, who missed most of training camp last season after a contract dispute.
Analysis: The 26-year-old player is getting a raise from his $2 million contract in 2013-14, when he led all Toronto defensemen with 33 points. Franson has 28 goals and 105 assists in 333 career NHL games. He was a third-round pick of the Nashville Predators in 2005.
|7/19/2014||Lee Stempniak, RW||The Rangers and veteran forward Lee Stempniak have agreed to terms on a one-year, $900,000 contract.
Analysis: The deal with the 31-year-old Stempniak was announced on Saturday. In 73 regular-season games last season with Calgary and Pittsburgh, Stempniak had 12 goals and 22 assists.
|7/18/2014||Simon Despres, D||The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Despres to a two-year contract worth $900,000 per season.
Analysis: The 22-year-old Despres appeared in a career-high 22 games for the Penguins last season, finishing with five assists. He scored six goals and added 16 assists in 36 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. His plus/minus ratio of plus-19 led the team.
|7/18/2014||Dmitry Kulikov, D||The Florida Panthers are keeping defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, signing him to a three-year deal on Friday.
Analysis: Kulikov has spent each of his first five NHL seasons with the Panthers, with 24 goals and 75 assists in 313 games. He logged the second-most minutes for the Panthers this past season and was a regular on Florida's power-play and penalty-kill units. Kulikov set career-bests this past season with 81 games played, eight goals and 66 penalty minutes.
|7/17/2014||John Curry, G||The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with goaltender John Curry on a one-year, two-way contract. Under the deal announced Thursday, Curry will be paid his NHL salary only if he is on the NHL roster. If he is sent to the AHL, he will get a minor-league salary.
Analysis: Curry was one of five goalies who played last season for the Wild. He had a 43-save win in April against St. Louis. He played in four games with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2008-10.
|7/17/2014||Tyler Ennis, C||The Sabres re-signed center Tyler Ennis on Thursday to a five-year contract worth about $23 million, addressing one of the final pieces of their offseason rebuilding plan.
Analysis: Ennis was a restricted free agent after the Sabres retained his rights by tendering him an offer last month. Ennis is a speedy, playmaking forward who led the Sabres with a career-best 21 goals and added 22 assists in 80 games last season.
|7/16/2014||Matthew Lombardi, C||The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with free agent forward Matthew Lombardi, a veteran NHL player who spent last season in Switzerland. He had four goals and four assists in 28 games with Phoenix and Anaheim during the 2012-13 season.
Analysis: The 32-year-old Lombardi, who joined New York on Wednesday, had 20 goals and 30 assists in 46 games with Geneve-Servette in Switzerland. He led the team in goals and assists, and tied for sixth in the league in goals.
|7/16/2014||Taylor Doherty, D||The San Jose Sharks have re-signed defensemen Jason Demers and Doherty. The Sharks announced the agreements with both restricted free agents Wednesday. Doherty's deal is for one year.
Analysis: Doherty had four goals and 11 assists with the AHL's Worcester Sharks last season. The 23-year-old is expected to push for a spot on San Jose's roster this fall.
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