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Date Player
9/2/2015 Joakim Nordstrom, Chi, LW
Nordstrom and the Blackhawks have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.

Analysis: The restricted free agent has just one goal and five assists in 54 career NHL games.
9/2/2015 Bryce Salvador, NJ, D
Salvador has announced his retirement after 14 NHL seasons.

Analysis: Injuries limited the New Jersey Devils captain to 15 games this past season. Salvador played in 786 regular season games and 74 postseason contests with New Jersey and St. Louis and served as the Devils' captain since 2013.
9/1/2015 Scottie Upshall, StL, RW
The St. Louis Blues have invited Upshall to training camp for a tryout.

Analysis: Upshall is a 12-year veteran with previous stints in Columbus, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Nashville. He was the sixth overall pick in 2002 by the Predators and has 234 points in 553 career games.
9/1/2015 Eric Staal, Car, C
Staal and Cam Ward aren't worrying now about their uncertain futures with the Carolina Hurricanes. Both players said Tuesday that they're keeping their focus on the things they can control on the ice.

Analysis: Staal will make $9.5 million in the last year of a seven-year deal he signed in September 2008.
9/1/2015 Cam Ward, Car, G
Ward and Eric Staal aren't worrying now about their uncertain futures with the Carolina Hurricanes. Both players said Tuesday that they're keeping their focus on the things they can control on the ice.

Analysis: The Hurricanes will pay Ward $6.8 million in 2015-16 in the final year of the six-year contract he signed a year later.
8/27/2015 Elias Lindholm, Car, C
Carolina has agreed to a two-year deal with Lindholm. The contract will pay the 20-year-old forward and former first-round pick $2.5 million in 2016-17 and $2.9 million in 2017-18.

Analysis: Lindholm had 17 goals and 22 assists in 81 games last season. He has played 139 games for the Hurricanes since being taken fifth overall in 2013.
8/27/2015 Scott Gomez, StL, C
The St. Louis Blues have invited Gomez to training camp.

Analysis: The 15-year veteran had 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) in 2014-15 for New Jersey.
8/27/2015 Patrik Berglund, StL, C
Berglund is expected to miss at least four months after having surgery on his right shoulder.

Analysis: The St. Louis Blues forward was hurt while training for this season. He dislocated his right shoulder during the 2013-14 campaign. Berglund had 12 goals and 15 assists in 77 games last season.
8/27/2015 Mike Richards, LA, C
The Royal Mounted Police say Richards was charged Tuesday with possession of a controlled substance. He will have to appear in court Sept. 10.

Analysis: Richards is currently a free agent after the Los Angeles Kings terminated his contract June 29. The NHL Players' Association has filed a grievance on his behalf, but a hearing date hasn't been scheduled.
8/25/2015 Mark Giordano, Cgy, D
The Calgary Flames have signed Giordano to a six-year contract. The Flames captain, an All-Star last season, had 11 goals and 37 assists in 61 games last season before sustaining a season ending injury on Feb. 25.

Analysis: Before his injury, Giordano led an improved Flames defense that helped the team make the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Giordano has 66 goals and 179 assists in 510 games, all with Calgary.
8/23/2015 Christian Ehrhoff, Pit, D
Ehrhoff has agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings. The team confirmed the signing Sunday but did not disclose financial terms.

Analysis: Ehrhoff scored 14 points in 49 games for Pittsburgh last season before missing the final 33 games and the postseason due to injuries, including a concussion. The 33-year-old German is an 11-year NHL veteran who also played for San Jose, Vancouver and Buffalo. He has 327 points in 741 career games. He will be a welcome addition to Kings' depleted defense after Robyn Regehr retired and Andrej Sekera signed with Edmonton earlier this summer.
8/20/2015 Ryan O'Reilly, Buf, LW
O'Reilly's court case on charges of impaired driving has been continued to Sept. 10.

Analysis: O'Reilly was arrested on July 9 for allegedly striking an Ontario coffee shop with his pickup truck and fleeing the scene. The incident came a week after the offseason acquisition signed a seven-year, $52.5 million contract -- the largest in Sabres' history.
8/20/2015 Paul Bittner, Cls, LW
The Blue Jackets have signed Bittner to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Analysis: Bittner, 18, was a second-round pick (38th overall) of Columbus in this year's draft who spent last season with Portland of the Western Hockey League.

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