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Leafs, G Reimer agree to 2-year deal

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TORONTO (AP) Goalie James Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a two-year contract Thursday.

Reimer, a restricted free agent, was scheduled to go to arbitration Monday. He will get $2.6 million this season and $2 million in 2015-16.

Reimer lost the starting job to Jonathan Bernier last season, but was forced into service with Toronto's playoff hopes on the line when Bernier sustained a knee injury that ended his season.

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Red Wings sign C Ferraro to 1-year deal

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have signed center Landon Ferraro to a one-year contract.

The team did not announce terms of the deal Friday.

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Caps ink first Australian to get drafted

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The Washington Capitals have signed forward Nathan Walker, the first Australian player to be drafted by an NHL team.

The 20-year-old Walker was selected in the third round of last month's draft. He signed a standard three-year, entry-level contract Friday.

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Canucks sign 1st-round pick Virtanen

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks signed first-round pick Jake Virtanen on Friday.

The 6-foot, 208-pound right winger from Abbotsford was selected sixth overall. He had 45 goals and 71 points in 71 games last season for the Calgary Hitmen in the Western Hockey League.

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Canadiens give C Eller 4-year contract

MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens avoided arbitration with center Lars Eller, agreeing to a four-year contract with the 25-year-old Thursday.

"Now it's up to me to go out and play the best hockey I can," he said in a phone interview with the Canadian Press from the airport in Toronto, where he was waiting to catch a flight home to Denmark.

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Islanders, G Poulin agree to 1-year deal

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) The New York Islanders have agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with goalie Kevin Poulin.

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.

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Avalanche sign F O'Reilly to 2-year deal

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche have avoided arbitration with Ryan O'Reilly by signing the versatile forward to a two-year deal.

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.

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Rangers, Kreider agree on 2-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers agreed on a two-year deal shortly before going to arbitration.

For the second straight day, the Rangers averted arbitration with a restricted free-agent forward. 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.

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Sarich recovering after cycling accident

DENVER (AP) Free-agent NHL defenseman Cory Sarich is recovering in a Calgary hospital after a cycling accident this week.

His agent, Tim Hodgson, released a statement Wednesday saying that Sarich was airlifted to the hospital after being hit by a motor vehicle in Invermere, British Columbia. The release said the extent of Sarich's injuries isn't known, but were not considered life-threatening. He remains in stable condition.

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Sabres sign D Benoit to 1-year contract

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres signed free-agent defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year contract Wednesday.

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.

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