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Date Player
5/28/2015 Matthias Plachta, Ari, C
The Arizona Coyotes have signed Plachta to a one-year entry-level contract Thursday.

Analysis: The 24-year-old Plachta had 14 goals and 21 assists in 47 games this season with Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
5/28/2015 Cody Goloubef, Cls, D
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Goloubef to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season, locking him up before he could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Analysis: The 25-year-old defenseman had nine assists with 19 penalty minutes and a +12 plus/minus rating, while averaging 15:33 of ice time in 36 games with the Blue Jackets in 2014-15. The Blue Jackets' second pick, 37th overall, in the 2008 NHL draft, the Mississauga, Ontario, native has a goal and nine assists, 21 penalty minutes and a +10 plus/minus rating in 53 career NHL games.
5/28/2015 Nicklas Backstrom, Was, C
Backstrom has had hip surgery and the team expects him to be ready for next season.

Analysis: The Capitals say the arthroscopic procedure was done Wednesday. The club adds in a statement Thursday that it is "confident" he will be "completely healthy" before the start of the 2015-16 regular season. Backstrom led the NHL with 60 assists and was sixth in points with 78 this season, playing in all 82 games. He became the team's career assist leader and is fifth in points.
5/27/2015 Emerson Etem, Anh, RW
Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau shuffled his forwards to start Game 5, scratching Etem and activating Tomas Fleischmann.

Analysis: Etem had a goal in Game 4 at the United Center.
5/27/2015 Blake Pietila, NJ, LW
The New Jersey Devils have signed Pietila and Ryan Kujawinski to entry-level contracts. General manager Ray Shero announced the signings Wednesday.

Analysis: The 22-year-old Pietila had 46 goals and 60 assists in 153 games at Michigan Tech, including career highs of 14 goals and 30 points last season. He was a fifth-round draft pick by New Jersey in 2011.
5/27/2015 Ryan Kujawinski, NJ, C
The New Jersey Devils have signed Kujawinski and Blake Pietila to entry-level contracts. General manager Ray Shero announced the signings Wednesday.

Analysis: Kujawinski had 21 goals and 15 assists in 34 games with North Bay (OHL) following a trade from Kingston. He had a league-leading two overtime game-winners, while adding three assists in 15 playoff games. The 20-year-old, 2013 third-round draft pick also had 13 goals and 10 assists in 27 games with Kingston this season.
5/26/2015 Cedric Paquette, TB, C
Paquette has a hand/arm injury.

Analysis: He's considered day-to-day.
5/23/2015 Teuvo Teravainen, Chi, LW
Teravainen and Antoine Vermette are active for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

Analysis: Vermette and Teravainen were healthy scratches for Chicago's 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Thursday night. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he was looking for fresh legs after a triple-overtime victory at the Ducks in Game 2. Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom were on the inactive list after they made their first appearances of the series in Game 3.
5/23/2015 Antoine Vermette, Chi, C
Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen are active for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

Analysis: Vermette and Teravainen were healthy scratches for Chicago's 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Thursday night. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he was looking for fresh legs after a triple-overtime victory at the Ducks in Game 2. Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom were on the inactive list after they made their first appearances of the series in Game 3.
5/22/2015 Trevor van Riemsdyk, Chi, D
The Blackhawks have recalled van Riemsdyk from Rockford of the American Hockey League, and coach Joel Quenneville says he might be able to play in the Western Conference finals against Anaheim.

Analysis: Van Riemsdyk is coming back from surgeries on his left knee in November and his right wrist in April. The rookie had one assist in 18 games with Chicago.
5/21/2015 Matthew Carle, TB, D
Carle returned to the Lightning lineup Sunday against the New York Rangers after missing Game 4 with an undisclosed injury.

Analysis: The defenseman left in the first period in Wednesday's Game 3 following a collision with New York's Derek Stepan.
5/20/2015 Martin Brodeur, StL, G
Brodeur has signed a three-year contract to become the St. Louis Blues' assistant general manager. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced the deal Wednesday.

Analysis: The 43-year-old Brodeur played seven games for St. Louis this season, retiring Jan. 29 to become a senior adviser to Armstrong. Brodeur played 21 seasons for New Jersey, leading the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and winning the Vezina Trophy four times as the NHL's top goalie. Brodeur leads NHL goalies in career victories with 691, shutouts with 125, games with 1,266 and minutes with 74,438. He's also first in playoff starts with 204 and shutouts with 24.
5/20/2015 Nick Foligno, Cls, LW
The 27-year-old Foligno was announced Wednesday as the club's first captain in almost three years. None was selected after the Blue Jackets dealt Rick Nash to the New York Rangers in July 2012.

Analysis: Foligno is coming off the best season of his career with personal bests of 31 goals, 42 assists and 73 points. He was a captain in the All-Star Game in January, played on the Blue Jackets' home ice.
5/16/2015 Brian Boyle, TB, C
Boyle missed Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the New York Rangers on Saturday due to an undisclosed injury.

Analysis: Boyle is considered day-to-day.
5/15/2015 Mike Weaver, Mon, D
Veterans Manny Malhotra, Sergei Gonchar and Weaver will not be back with the Montreal Canadiens next season.

Analysis: Defenseman Weaver, 37, had four assists in 31 games.
5/15/2015 Sergei Gonchar, Mon, D
Veterans Manny Malhotra, Gonchar and Mike Weaver will not be back with the Montreal Canadiens next season.

Analysis: None of them played in the postseason. Montreal's season ended with a second round elimination by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
5/15/2015 Manny Malhotra, Mon, C
Malhotra, Sergei Gonchar and Mike Weaver will not be back with the Montreal Canadiens next season.

Analysis: Malhotra, a 34-year-old center, had a goal and three assists in 41 games. Defenseman Weaver, 37, had four assists in 31 games.
5/14/2015 Corey Perry, Anh, RW
Perry has missed his second straight practice with the Anaheim Ducks to rest for the Western Conference finals. The forward stuck to a stationary bike Thursday, but coach Bruce Boudreau expects him to play when the Ducks open the series Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Analysis: Perry is the top scorer in the Stanley Cup playoffs with 15 points in nine games for the Ducks, who went 8-1 in the first two rounds. Perry left Game 5 against the Flames last Sunday after a leg-on-leg hit from Calgary's Matt Stajan in the second period, but returned moments later. Perry eventually scored the series-winning overtime goal, sending Anaheim to its first conference finals since 2007. The 2011 NHL MVP scored 55 points in 67 regular-season games for Anaheim.
 

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