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Blackhawks Sign Michal Kempny To One-Year Deal

May 28, 2017 10:28 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a one-year contract with defenseman Michal Kempny.

Kempny was set to become a restricted free agent July 1. The extension runs through the 2017-18 season.

Kempny had two goals and six assists in his first season with the Blackhawks.

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Capitals May Face Changes After Playoff Failure

May 14, 2017 12:18 AM

The aftermath of the Capitals' early playoff exit has an unfamiliar feeling this time.

No longer could players fall back on learning from the latest loss, to the Penguins in seven games in the second round, because some if not many of them won't be back next season. With forwards T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams and defenseman Karl Alzner among the unrestricted free agents and several players set to eat up bigger chunks of the salary cap, changes are coming to Washington after back-to-back Presidents' Trophies and a decade of playoff failures.

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Sharks Sign Melker Karlsson, Joonas Donskoi To New Deals

May 13, 2017 1:25 PM

The San Jose Sharks have signed forwards Melker Karlsson and Joonas Donskoi to new contracts before they become restricted free agents.

The Sharks announced a three-year deal with Karlsson and two-year contract for Donskoi on Friday. Both forwards could have been restricted free agents this summer.

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Vegas Golden Knights Sign Vadim Shipachyov To Two-Year, $9M Deal

May 5, 2017 12:34 PM

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights have signed free-agent Russian forward Vadim Shipachyov to a two-year, $9 million contract.

General manager George McPhee announced the deal Thursday night.

Shipachyov, 30, had 26 goals and 50 assists in 50 games this season for SKA St. Petersburg to finish third in the Kontinental Hockey League scoring race. He added four goals and 15 assists in 17 playoff games to help St. Petersburg win its second title in three years.

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Joe Thornton Has Knee Surgery Before Free Agency

Apr 25, 2017 1:42 AM

Before Sharks center Joe Thornton heads into an uncertain offseason where he could be a free agent, he had more pressing business.

Thornton underwent surgery on a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee Monday to repair an injury that sidelined him less than two weeks before he returned to play the final four games of a first-round series loss to the Oilers.

"I've been in this business a long time," GM Doug Wilson said. "You see a player play with that type of injury tells you all you need to know about him."

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Rangers Sign Free Agent Defenseman Alexei Bereglazov

Apr 21, 2017 2:27 PM

Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Alexei Bereglazov.


Bereglazov, 23, skated in 60 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) this season, registering one goal and 18 assists for 19 points, along with a plus-nine rating and 20 penalty minutes. Bereglazov established KHL career-highs in several categories this season, including games played, assists, points, plus/minus rating, and average ice time (19:27).

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Flyers Sign Coveted College Free Agent Mike Vecchione

Mar 31, 2017 9:12 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Mike Vecchione to an entry-level contract.

Ron Hextall said Vecchione would play for the team this season, but added the 24-year-old's NHL debut probably wouldn't come Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.

"We're excited about it," Hextall said. "We identified a couple of guys, college free agents, and Mike was one of them. Thankfully we got him."

Vecchione had 29 goals and 34 assists in 38 games for Union College and is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's top player. His 63 points were tied for the most in the country.

Vecchione was one of the top college free agents available, ultimately picking the Flyers over the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Vegas Golden Knights Sign First Player

Mar 6, 2017 5:07 PM

The NHL's expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights, has added the first player to their roster, signing 21-year-old free agent Reid Duke to an entry-level contract.

Duke is no stranger to Golden Knights assistant general manager Kelly McCrimmon, given that Duke has played for the past three seasons for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL -- a team long coached and managed by McCrimmon before he left last offseason to join the Golden Knights in Las Vegas.

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Sharks, Brent Burns Agree To Eight-Year Extension

Nov 22, 2016 5:07 PM

The biggest name in next summer's NHL free-agent class has taken himself off the market.

Pending unrestricted free agent Brent Burns and the San Jose Sharks agreed to an eight-year extension Tuesday, the team announced.

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Jets, Jacob Trouba Agree To Two-Year Deal

Nov 8, 2016 1:53 AM

The stalemate between the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba has ended. The team announced that the 2012 first-round pick has signed a two-year deal, worth a total of $6 million.

The contract is worth $2.5 million in year one and $3.5 million in the second year.

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Flames Re-Sign Johnny Gaudreau To Six-Year Deal
Johnny Gaudreau will receive $40.5M and average an annual salary-cap hit of $6.75M.

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Nikita Kucherov Holding Out
Lightning leading scorer Nikita Kucherov will not report to training camp until he signs a new deal.

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Isles, Dennis Seidenberg Agree To One-Year, $1M Deal
This summer, the Bruins bought out the final two years of Dennis Seidenberg's contract.

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Tobias Rieder To Skip Coyotes Training Camp
Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder awaits a new contract, but a deal is not considered imminent.

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Jets' Jacob Trouba Requests Trade
Free-agent Jacob Trouba will not be attending the Jets training camp.

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Zemgus Girgensons Re-Signs With Sabres On One-Year, $1.15M Deal
From Latvia, Zemgus Girgensons has established himself as a two-way player in three seasons with the Sabres.

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Stars Sign Jiri Hudler To One-Year, $2M Deal
Free agent Jiri Hudler had 16 goals last season with the Flames and Panthers.

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Rangers, Jimmy Vesey Agree On Two-Year Deal
Jimmy Vesey said the history of the Rangers had a lot to do with his decision.

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Agent: Jimmy Vesey Meets With Seven Teams
NHL prospect Jimmy Vesey is the reigning winner of the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top men's college hockey player.

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Antoine Vermette Signs Two-Year Deal With Ducks
Antoine Vermette was bought out by the Coyotes on August 1.

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Jimmy Vesey To Become Unrestricted Free Agent Monday
Jimmy Vesey reportedly was "finalizing a list of no more than a half-dozen teams" he planned to speak with.

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Coyotes Buyout Antoine Vermette's Contract
Center Antoine Vermette is now an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any NHL team.

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Blues, Jaden Schwartz Agree To Extension
The Blues have re-signed Jaden Schwartz to a five-year, $26.75M contract extension.

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Sabres Meet With Prospect Jimmy Vesey
Jimmy Vesey intends to become a free agent on August 15.

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Kings Agree To Terms With Teddy Purcell
Teddy Purcell appeared in 76 regular season games with the Panthers and Oilers last season.

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P.A. Parenteau Returns To Islanders
The Islanders and P.A. Parenteau have agreed to a one-year deal.

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Maple Leafs Sign Roman Polak To One-Year Deal
Roman Polak split last season between skating for the Maple Leafs and Sharks.

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Kyle Okposo Signs Seven-Year, $42M Contact With Sabres
Kyle Okposo had played nine seasons with the Islanders.

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Milan Lucic Signs Seven-Year Deal With Oilers
Milan Lucic scored 20 goals in 81 games with the Kings last season.

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Steven Stamkos Wants To Stay With Lightning
The Lightning drafted Steven Stamkos as the No. 1 overall pick in 2008.

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