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Date Player
7/18/2016 Reece Scarlett, NJ, D
The Devils have re-signed Scarlett to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 at the NHL level.

Analysis: Scarlett played last season with Albany (AHL), getting four goals and 22 assists in 60 games. He also played in 10 playoff games. The 23-year-old has played with the organization for the past three seasons, appearing in 165 AHL games with 12 goals and 59 assists.
7/18/2016 Mika Zibanejad, NYR, C
The Senators have traded Zibanejad to the Rangers for center Derick Brassard in a deal involving players coming off career seasons.

Analysis: Zibanejad, 23, skated in 81 games with Ottawa with 21 goals and 30 assists. He established career highs in games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (seven), and faceoff win rate (50.5 percent). He has scored at least 20 goals in each of the past two seasons. Zibanejad gives New York a player who has had success in the shootout. He has tallied a goal on 13 of his 28 career NHL shootout attempts, and he has five game-deciding goals in the shootout.
7/18/2016 Derick Brassard, Ott, C
The Rangers have traded Brassard to the Senators for forward Mika Zibanejad in a deal involving players coming off career seasons.

Analysis: The 28-year-old Brassard had a career-high 27 goals and finished second on the team with 58 points in 80 games last season. His 31 assists were 10 fewer than the previous season. Brassard skated in 254 games with the Rangers over parts of four seasons, getting 69 goals and 105 assists. He was acquired by New York from Columbus in April 2013 in a multiplayer trade that sent forward Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets.
7/18/2016 Jack Roslovic, Wpg, C
The Jets agreed to terms with Roslovic on a three-year, two-way NHL entry-level contract Monday worth an average annual value of $1,137,500.

Analysis: Roslovic, 19, just completed his freshman season at Miami University (Ohio) where the center tied for the team lead in scoring with 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 36 games.
7/18/2016 Matej Stransky, Dal, RW
The Stars signed Stransky to a one-year, two-way contract Monday.

Analysis: Stransky, 23, registered 39 points (23 goals, 16 assists) in 74 games for the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League in 2015-16. His 23 goals and eight power play goals both ranked second on Texas for the regular season. During the 2016 Calder Cup playoffs, he recorded one assist in four games.
7/18/2016 Robin Kovacs, NYR, RW
The Rangers have signed Kovacs to an entry-level contract.

Analysis: Kovacs was the Rangers third-round draft pick in 2015. The 19-year-old played in 44 games with AIK IF of Allsvenskan in Sweden this past season and had 21 goals and 13 assists. He skated in 92 career games in Allsvenskan over the last two seasons, registering 38 goals and 24 assists.
7/17/2016 Alex Killorn, TB, C
The Lightning avoided arbitration with Killorn, agreeing to terms on a $31.15 million, seven-year contract.

Analysis: Killorn, who turns 27 in September, has 53 goals and 85 assists for 138 points in 272 regular-season NHL games. In 47 Stanley Cup playoff games, he has 15 goals and 18 assists.
7/15/2016 Jaden Schwartz, StL, LW
The Blues and Schwartz have agreed to terms on a five-year, $26.75 million extension.

Analysis: The Blues achieved one of their main offseason priorities by locking up the 24-year-old on a long-term deal. A fractured ankle limited Schwartz to 33 regular-season games in 2015-16, but he recorded 53 goals and 66 assists over the previous two seasons.
7/15/2016 Mark McNeill, Chi, RW
The Blackhawks agreed to terms with McNeill on a one-year contract Friday.

Analysis: McNeill spent most of last season with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL, recording a team-high 25 goals, along with 23 assists, in 64 games. He made his NHL debut this past season with the Blackhawks on Jan. 26 at Carolina. Over his AHL career, McNeill has registered 66 goals and 63 assists in 216 games, all with the IceHogs.
7/15/2016 Garret Sparks, Tor, G
The Maple Leafs signed Sparks to a one-year, two-way contract Friday.

Analysis: Sparks became the first Maple Leafs goaltender to record a shutout in his NHL debut after making 24 saves against Edmonton on Nov. 30. He finished his rookie season with a 6-9-1 mark, 3.02 goals-against average and .893 save percentage. Sparks excelled in 21 games last season with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, recording a 14-4-0 mark with three shutouts, a 2.33 GAA and .928 save percentage.
7/15/2016 Petr Straka, Phi, RW
The Flyers signed Straka to a one-year contract Friday.

Analysis: The 24-year-old Czech notched two assists in a three-game stint with the Flyers after being recalled from Lehigh Valley of the AHL on Jan. 27, 2015. Straka collected 19 goals and 18 assists in 64 games with the Phantoms last season. He has scored 42 goals and set up 46 others in 192 contests in the AHL.
7/15/2016 Dylan McIlrath, NYR, D
McIlrath settled on a one-year deal with the Rangers on Friday to avoid an arbitration hearing.

Analysis: The 2010 first-round pick broke through to become an NHL defenseman last season, putting up four points in 34 games.
7/15/2016 Jamie Benn, Dal, LW
Benn signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension Friday, one day after he underwent surgery to repair an abdominal muscle injury.

Analysis: The recovery time is expected to be about six weeks, putting Benn on track to be ready for the 2016-17 season. However, it's uncertain if the Stars captain will be available to participate for Team Canada in the World Cup of Hockey that begins in mid-September. Benn had a career-high 89 points for Dallas last season.
7/15/2016 Josh Jooris, NYR, C
The Rangers have agreed to terms with Jooris.

Analysis: Jooris joins the Rangers from the Calgary Flames. The undrafted 26-year-old out of Union College had four goals and nine assists in 59 games last season and has 16 goals and 21 assists in 119 NHL games.
7/14/2016 Adam Lowry, Wpg, C
The Jets agreed to terms with Lowry on a two-year, one-way contract on Thursday. His contract is worth $1.125 million yearly.

Analysis: Lowry, 23, had 17 points in 74 games last season with the Jets, his second season in the NHL. Over his career, Lowry has 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists) in 154 career games.
7/14/2016 Joel Armia, Wpg, RW
The Jets agreed to terms with Armia on a two-year, one-way contract on Thursday. His contract is worth $925,000 yearly.

Analysis: Armia, 23, had 10 points in 43 games last season with Winnipeg after splitting time between the Jets and Manitoba Moose. Armia was acquired by Winnipeg from Buffalo on Feb. 11, 2015, along with Drew Stafford, Tyler Myers, Brendan Lemieux and a first-round draft pick (Jack Roslovic) in exchange for Zach Bogosian, Evander Kane and Jason Kasdorf.
7/14/2016 Luke Glendening, Det, C
The Red Wings signed Glendening to a four-year contract extension Thursday.

Analysis: Glendening recorded a career-high 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 81 games last season.
7/14/2016 Nick Cousins, Phi, C
Cousins will remain in the City of Brotherly Love for another season after the Flyers forward accepted a qualifying offer on Thursday.

Analysis: Cousins recorded six goals and five assists in 36 games last season. The 22-year-old also played in all six contests of Philadelphia's first-round series versus Washington. Cousins averaged a point per game with Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League in 2015-16, scoring 12 goals and setting up 26 others in 38 contests. A third-round selection of the 2011 draft, Cousins has played in 47 career games with the Flyers.
7/14/2016 Marcus Foligno, Buf, LW
The Sabres have re-signed Foligno to a one-year contract.

Analysis: Foligno had career highs last season with 75 games, 10 goals and 23 points. He also tied a career high with 13 assists. Foligno has played five seasons in Buffalo after being drafted in the fourth round in 2009.
7/14/2016 Patrick Bjorkstrand, LA, C
The Los Angeles Kings have signed Bjorkstrand to a one-year contract.

Analysis: Bjorkstrand earned the deal at the Kings' development camp earlier this month. He spent the past three seasons with Medvescak Zagreb, the Kontinental Hockey League team based in Zagreb, Croatia. He has played for Denmark in the past four World Championship tournaments. Bjorkstrand has never played professionally in North America, but he played alongside Kings captain Anze Kopitar on a Swedish club during the 2012 NHL lockout.
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