NHL Recent Player News
|6/30/2015||Lauri Korpikoski, Ari, LW|
|Edmonton has acquired Korpikoski from Arizona for center Boyd Gordon.
Analysis: Korpikoski had six goals and 15 assists in 69 games with the Coyotes last season.
|6/30/2015||Boyd Gordon, Edm, C|
|The Arizona Coyotes have acquired center Boyd Gordon from the Edmonton Oilers for forward Lauri Korpikoski.
Analysis: The 31-year-old Gordon had six goals and seven assists in 68 games with the Oilers last season. Gordon had 12 goals and 25 assists in 123 games with the Coyotes from 2011-2013. He was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the first round (17th overall) in the 2002 draft.
|6/30/2015||Kevin Bieksa, Anh, D|
|The Anaheim Ducks have acquired veteran defenseman Kevin Bieksa from the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round pick in the 2016 draft. The clubs announced the trade Tuesday.
Analysis: Bieksa has spent his entire 10-year NHL career in Vancouver, compiling 56 goals and 185 assists in 597 games while developing a reputation as a tough-nosed, physical defenseman. The former fifth-round pick has one year left on his contract with a $4.8 million cap hit.
|6/30/2015||Anders Lee, NYI, C|
|The New York Islanders have signed Lee to a four-year contract. Islanders general manager Garth Snow announced the signing Tuesday.
Analysis: Lee scored 25 goals in 76 games as a rookie last season, finishing second on the Islanders in goals and fourth among NHL rookies. The Islanders selected the 24-year-old in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Draft. He has 57 points (35 goals, 22 assists) in 100 career NHL games and 46 points (25 goals, 21 assists) in 59 career AHL games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
|6/30/2015||Corey Tropp, Chi, RW|
|Chicago received Tropp, Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and a fourth-round pick in 2016 Tuesday in a seven-player deal that sent Brandon Saad to the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: Tropp had seven assists and one goal in 61 games in 2014-15.
|6/30/2015||Jeremy Morin, Chi, LW|
|Chicago received Morin, Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Corey Tropp and a fourth-round selection in 2016 Tuesday in a seven-player deal that sent Brandon Saad to Columbus.
Analysis: Morin totaled two goals and four assists in 43 games in 2014-15, playing 28 for Columbus and 15 for Chicago.
|6/30/2015||Marko Dano, Chi, C|
|Chicago received Dano, Artem Anisimov, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a fourth-round pick from Columbus on Tuesday in a seven-player deal.
Analysis: Dano had eight goals and 13 assists in 2014-15 for Columbus.
|6/30/2015||Artem Anisimov, Chi, C|
|Chicago received Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a fourth-round pick in 2016 from Columbus on Tuesday.
Analysis: The 27-year-old Anisimov had seven goals and 20 assists in 52 games for the Blue Jackets last season.
|6/30/2015||Michael Paliotta, Cls, D|
|Chicago sent Paliotta, Brandon Saad and Alex Broadhurst to Columbus on Tuessday.
Analysis: Paliotta had an assist in the lone game he played for the Blackhawks in 2014-15.
|6/30/2015||Alex Broadhurst, Cls, C|
|Broadhurst was sent to Columbus on Tuesday along with Brandon Saad and Michael Paliotta in a seven-player deal.
Analysis: Broadhurst has not appeared in an NHL game.
|6/30/2015||Brandon Saad, Cls, LW|
|Saad has been traded to Columbus in a seven-player deal.
Analysis: The 22-year-old Saad set career highs with 23 goals and 29 assists in 82 games this past season. The rugged winger then helped the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup title in six seasons. Saad was eligible for restricted free agency, and Chicago is trying to manage its salary cap with twin extensions for captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane kicking in for next season.
|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 signed Hamilton 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, who signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Sharks.
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, $16.35 million 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.
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