NHL Recent Player News
|6/30/2015||Michael Leighton, Chi, G|
|The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with Leighton on a one-year extension through next season.
Analysis: The 34-year-old Leighton went 22-13-4 with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage with the Rockford AHL affiliate last season. Over 105 NHL regular-season games with four teams, he is 35-41-14 with a 2.97 GAA and a .901 save percentage. He is 8-4 in the postseason and holds the NHL record for most shutouts in a postseason series with three against Montreal in 2010.
|6/30/2015||Drew Stafford, Wpg, RW|
|Stafford is staying with the Winnipeg Jets, who have signed him to an $8.7-million, two-year contract.
Analysis: The 29-year-old Stafford had nine goals and 17 assists in 26 games with the Jets last season. Stafford was part of the trade that sent Evander Kane to the Buffalo Sabres.
|6/30/2015||Brian Flynn, Mon, C|
|Flynn has agreed to a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens. The team announced the deal on Tuesday.
Analysis: Flynn was acquired by Montreal from the Buffalo Sabres on March 2 for a fifth-round draft pick. He had 17 points in 54 games for Buffalo and no points in nine regular-season games for the Canadiens. He added a goal and two assists, all in Game 1 of the first round against Ottawa, in six playoff starts.
|6/30/2015||Dougie Hamilton, Cgy, D|
|The Calgary Flames have signedHamilton to a six-year contract. Hamilton's deal is reportedly worth $34.5 million. That means the 22-year-old defenseman will count $5.75 million per season against the salary cap through 2020-21.
Analysis: The Flames acquired Hamilton from the Boston Bruins on Friday for the 15th, 42nd and 57th picks in the draft. Hamilton is coming off career highs in goals (10), assists (32) and points (42).
|6/30/2015||Sean Kuraly, Bos, C|
|San Jose sent Kuraly and a 2016 first-round pick to Boston on Tuesday in exchange for goaltender Martin Jones.
Analysis: Kuraly, a 22-year-old forward, scored 19 goals with 10 assists in 40 games for Miami (Ohio) this past season.
|6/30/2015||Martin Jones, SJ, G|
|The San Jose Sharks have found their starting goaltender for next season, acquiring Jones in a trade with the Boston Bruins. The Sharks sent a 2016 first-round pick and unsigned forward prospect Sean Kuraly to the Bruins for Jones on Tuesday.
Analysis: Jones had a short tenure in Boston, having been dealt from the Los Angeles Kings to the Bruins last Friday during the draft in a package for left wing Milan Lucic. Finding a No. 1 goalie had been one of the top priorities for the Sharks this offseason as they look to get to the postseason after having their 10-year playoff run snapped this past season.
|6/30/2015||Alexander Semin, Car, RW|
|Carolina placed Semin on unconditional waivers Tuesday with the intent to buy out his hefty contract. The move came the day before the start of the NHL's free agency period. Semin must clear waivers at noon Wednesday before his deal can be bought out. Under the league's collective bargaining agreement, he will be owed $14 million - two-thirds of the amount remaining on his deal - over six years.
Analysis: Semin, 31, has three years remaining on a contract extension signed in March 2013 and worth $7 million per season - second on the team only to captain Eric Staal, who is set to make $9.5 million this year. Semin had a career-worst six goals and added 13 assists in 57 games during a largely disappointing 2014-15 season. During his three seasons with Carolina, he had 41 goals and 64 assists.
|6/30/2015||Brenden Dillon, SJ, D|
|The Sharks have agreed to a five-year contract with Dillon.
Analysis: The Sharks acquired Dillon during last season from Dallas in exchange for Jason Demers and a draft pick. The 24-year-old Dillon had two goals and seven assists in 60 games for San Jose and is being counted on as a key part of the Sharks' defense in the future. Dillon has 11 goals and 24 assists in 209 career games with Dallas and San Jose.
|6/29/2015||Adam Larsson, NJ, D|
|The Devils gave Larsson a qualifying offer on Monday.
Analysis: Larsson played in 64 games this past season, collecting three goals and 21 assists. The fourth pick overall in the 2011 NHL draft, the 22-year-old played his best hockey in the second half of the season.
|6/29/2015||Seth Helgeson, NJ, D|
|Helgeson received a qualifying offer form New Jersey on Monday.
Analysis: Helgeson spent time in Albany and New Jersey last season, collecting two assists in 22 NHL games.
|6/29/2015||Eric Gelinas, NJ, D|
|The Devils made a qualifying offer to Gelinas on Monday.
Analysis: Gelinas, 24, has six goals and 13 assists in 61 games.
|6/29/2015||Stefan Matteau, NJ, LW|
|The Devils extended a qualifying offer to Matteau on Monday.
Analysis: Matteau, the Devils' first-round pick in 2012, had a goal in seven games after being called up from Albany (AHL) late in the season.
|6/29/2015||David Rundblad, Chi, D|
|The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with Rundblad on a two-year extension through the 2016-17 season.
Analysis: The 24-year-old Rundblad had three goals and 11 assists in 49 games with the Blackhawks last season along with a career-best plus-17 rating. He saw time in five playoff games as the Blackhawks relied primarily on four defensemen to win the Stanley Cup championship.
|6/29/2015||Antti Niemi, Dal, G|
|Niemi has signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars. The deal Monday came two days after Dallas acquired Niemi's contract rights from San Jose for a seventh-round pick during the draft and two days before the goaltender would have become an unrestricted free agent.
Analysis: Niemi won all 16 postseason games for Chicago in 2010 when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup title. He went to San Jose as a free agent after that season. The 31-year-old Niemi, who is from Finland, has a 190-100-40 regular-season record with a 2.39 goals against average in his NHL career with Chicago (2008-10) and San Jose (2010-15).
|6/29/2015||Mike Richards, LA, C|
|The Los Angeles Kings have terminated Richards' contract, claiming the forward committed a ''material breach'' of its terms. The Kings announced their newest tactic Monday in their attempt to get out from under Richards' enormous deal.
Analysis: The Kings refused to say why they're terminating Richards' deal, which carries an annual salary cap hit of $5.75 million through 2020. Los Angeles placed Richards on waivers again over the weekend. The Kings were thought to be attempting a buyout of that deal that would lessen his cap hit by spreading it out through 2025. The club demoted Richards to the minors last season after the two-time Stanley Cup champion's play declined sharply.
|6/29/2015||Austin Watson, Nsh, LW|
|The Nashville Predators have signed Watson to a two-year contract. Watson's contract includes a two-way deal for 2015-16 that pays him $575,000 when he's in the NHL and $100,000 when he's in the American Hockey League. Watson will have a one-way, $575,000 contract in 2016-17.
Analysis: The 23-year-old Watson scored 26 goals this past season for the Predators' AHL affiliate in Milwaukee. He tied for second among all AHL skaters with eight game-winning goals and tied for 14th in the league in overall goals. Watson has scored one goal and played in six NHL games with Nashville. All his NHL appearances came in the 2012-13 season.
|6/29/2015||Jay Beagle, Was, C|
|Beagle has re-signed with the Washington Capitals, getting a $5.25 million, three-year contract. The team announced the deal Monday.
Analysis: The 29-year-old Beagle set career highs with 10 goals, 10 assists and 20 points last season. He has 23 goals and 24 assists in 254 career NHL games, all with Washington.
|6/29/2015||Cody Hodgson, Buf, C|
|A person familiar with the decision has told the Associated Press that the Buffalo Sabres have placed Hodgson on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying out his contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced.
Analysis: Hodgson has four years and $19 million remaining on his contract, one of the last significant deals under former general manager Darcy Regier. The contract carries a $4.25 million salary cap hit. Sabres general manager Tim Murray said the move was being considered as recently as two weeks ago.
|6/29/2015||Andrej Nestrasil, Car, C|
|The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms for a two-year deal with Nestrasil. The deal will pay the forward $875,000 this season and $950,000 in the 2016-17 season.
Analysis: In a statement, general manager Ron Francis says the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Nestrasil has good size and is ''a good fit for our team and what we're trying to do.'' The 24-year-old made his NHL debut last season, scoring seven goals with 13 assists in 54 games with Detroit and Carolina. The Hurricanes acquired him on waivers in November.
|6/29/2015||Ian Cole, Pit, D|
|The Pittsburgh Penguins and Cole have agreed to a new contract. The three-year deal, announced on Monday, has an average value of $2.1 million per season and will keep Cole with the Penguins through the 2017-18 season.
Analysis: Pittsburgh acquired the 26-year-old Cole from St. Louis in March in exchange for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo. Cole had one goal and seven assists in 20 games with the Penguins while averaging 18:28 of ice time. He posted career highs in goals (five), assists (12) and penalty minutes (51) in 74 combined games with Pittsburgh at St. Louis.
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