NHL Recent Player News
|7/2/2015||Brandon Halverson, NYR, G|
|The New York Rangers have signed Halverson to an entry-level contract. General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signing Thursday as prospects skated at the team's Westchester facility.
Analysis: The 19-year-old goaltender appeared in 50 games with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this past season, posting a 40-5-2 record, along with a 2.63 goals against average, a .913 save percentage and six shutouts. Halverson is the first Rangers' draft pick in franchise history to earn at least 40 wins in juniors in one season. He posted a 10-4 record in the playoffs. Halverson was a second-round pick in 2014.
|7/2/2015||Slava Voynov, LA, D|
|Voynov has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor stemming from a domestic violence incident with his wife after a Halloween party. The Kings defenseman entered the plea Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Analysis: Under terms of the plea deal, he was sentenced to a 90-day jail term and three years of probation. The plea averts a trial on a felony count. The Russian Olympian was charged with corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury after an argument at a party attended by other Kings players. Prosecutors say Voynov choked and hit his wife and pushed her into a TV in their Redondo Beach bedroom. A cut over her eye required eight stitches.
|7/2/2015||James Wright, NYI, C|
|The New York Islanders signed Wright to a one-year, two-way contract Thursday.
Analysis: Wright is returning from Russia, where he had 15 goals and four assists in 53 games with his Kontinental Hockey League club. He has 146 games of NHL experience with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets.
|7/2/2015||Joe Whitney, NYI, LW|
|The New York Islanders signed Whitney to a one-year, two-way contract Thursday.
Analysis: Whitney played with the Albany Devils of the AHL last season. He had 23 goals and 37 assists in 66 games. He also appeared in four NHL games with New Jersey and scored his first goal.
|7/2/2015||Mike Liambas, Chi, LW|
|The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with Liambas on a one-year deal for next season.
Analysis: Liambas had five goals, three assists and 158 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL last season.
|7/2/2015||Cameron Schilling, Chi, D|
|The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with Schilling on a two-year contract.
Analysis: Schilling played in six games with the Washington Capitals (2012-15), including four last season.
|7/2/2015||Martin St. Louis, NYR, RW|
|St. Louis is retiring after 16 NHL seasons, seven All-Star selections and one Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The forward made the announcement Thursday, roughly a month after helping the New York Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to the Lightning in seven games.
Analysis: The 40-year-old St. Louis was uncertain whether he would return for another season after the Rangers were eliminated, but it was clear that New York was not going to bring him back. The 2003-04 league MVP had 391 goals and 642 assists in 1,134 regular season games with the Calgary Flames, the Lightning and the Rangers. He also won a Stanley Cup in 2004 and was the league's top scorer with 94 points.
|7/2/2015||Gabriel Bourque, Nsh, LW|
|Bourque has accepted his qualifying offer and has signed a one-year contract worth $866,250.
Analysis: The 24-year-old Bourque has 30 goals and 44 assists in 220 career NHL games, all with Nashville. Bourque had three goals and 10 assists in 69 games this past season after collecting nine goals and 17 assists in 2013-14.
|7/1/2015||Justin Williams, Was, RW|
|Williams has signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract with Washington.
Analysis: The right winger won the Stanley Cup once with the Carolina Hurricanes and twice with the Los Angeles Kings and took the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs in 2014. The 33-year-old had 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) in 81 games with the Kings last season.
|7/1/2015||Matt Beleskey, Bos, LW|
|The Bruins signed left winger Beleskey, one of the more coveted available forwards, to a five-year contract with a charge against the NHL salary cap of $3.8 million per season.
Analysis: Beleskey shined in the playoffs for Anaheim, helping it come within a victory of reaching the Stanley Cup Final.
|7/1/2015||Antoine Vermette, Chi, C|
|Arizona brought back Antoine Vermette, the popular centerman who just won a Stanley Cup with Chicago.
Analysis: Vermette, who was traded by the Coyotes to Chicago at the trade deadline, signed a two-year, $3.75 million deal.
|7/1/2015||Brad Richards, Det, C|
|Richards has signed a one-year deal with Detroit. He'll make $3 million in base salary with another $1 million possible through incentives.
Analysis: Richards comes over from Chicago after winning his second career Stanley Cup. The 35-year-old had 12 goals and 25 assists in 76 games for the Blackhawks last season. He added three goals and 11 assists in the playoffs.
|7/1/2015||Mike Green, Det, D|
|Green has signed a three-year, $18 million contract with Detroit.
Analysis: Green has spent his entire career with Washington, recording 113 goals and 247 assists in 575 games. He is the second-highest scoring defenseman in the NHL over the past eight seasons and will be counted on to quarterback Detroit's power play. Green had 10 goals and 35 assists last season with the Capitals.
|7/1/2015||Jimmy Hayes, Bos, RW|
|The Florida Panthers traded Hayes to Boston for forward Reilly Smith and the contract of forward Marc Savard.
Analysis: Hayes had 19 goals and 16 assists for Florida this past season. In parts of four seasons with the Panthers and Chicago, Hayes has 36 goals and 30 assists in 168 games.
|7/1/2015||Reilly Smith, Fla, RW|
|The Florida Panthers acquired Smith and the contract of forward Marc Savard on Wednesday from the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Jimmy Hayes.
Analysis: Smith has appeared in 203 games with Boston and Dallas, scoring 36 goals and adding 64 assists for 100 points. He had 13 goals and 27 assists last season, plus had four goals and an assist in 12 playoff games.
|7/1/2015||Blake Coleman, NJ, C|
|The New Jersey Devils have signed Coleman to a two-year entry level contract.
Analysis: Coleman spent the past four years at Miami University of Ohio, getting a career-high 20 goals and 17 assists in 37 games. He was taken in the third round of the 2011 draft by the Devils.
|7/1/2015||John Moore, NJ, D|
|The New Jersey Devils have signed Moore to a three-year contract. In making the announcement Wednesday, general manager Ray Shero said the defenseman would earn an average salary of $1.66 million.
Analysis: Moore will enter his fifth NHL season and sixth year as a professional. He split the 2014-15 season between the New York Rangers (38 games) and Arizona (19 games), finishing with two goals and nine assists. He also won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2015 world championships. The 24-year-old Moore has nine goals and 31 assists in 230 games with Columbus, New York and Arizona.
|7/1/2015||Joe Piskula, Anh, D|
|Piskula agreed to a one-year contract with Anaheim on Wednesday.
Analysis: Piskula has appeared in 13 NHL games with Nashville, Calgary and Los Angeles. He spent most of last season with the Predators' AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.
|7/1/2015||Chris Mueller, Anh, C|
|Mueller agreed to a one-year contract with Anaheim on Wednesday.
Analysis: Mueller has 10 points in 53 career NHL games with Nashville, Dallas and the New York Rangers. He spent most of last season with the Rangers' AHL affiliate in Hartford.
|7/1/2015||Matt Hackett, Anh, G|
|Hackett agreed to a one-year contract with Anaheim on Wednesday.
Analysis: Hackett has played in 26 NHL games with Minnesota and Buffalo, winning four times. He played for Buffalo and its AHL affiliate in Rochester last season.
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