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Empty Netter Assists - 07-02-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The Penguins make major changes on the first day of free agency.

-The Penguins signed former Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau.

-The Penguins signed former Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (above).

-The Penguins re-signed Marcel Goc.

-The Penguins signed former Coyotes goaltender Thomas Greiss.

-The Penguins signed former Oilers/Blues defenseman Taylor Chorney to a one-year two-way contract. The son of former Penguins defenseman Marc Chorney, Taylor Chorney, 27, appeared in 69 games with the AHL's Chicago Wolves last season and scored 25 points (five goals, 20 assists).

-EN Says: This would appear to be a signing for the AHL Penguins. He is a mobile puck-moving defenseman who has never had much success beyond the AHL level.

-"The biggest deciding factor was the chance to play more." - Greiss.

-Jim Rutherford speaks:

-Deryk Engelland signed with the Flames.

-Jussi Jokinen signed with the Panthers.

-Brooks Orpik signed with the Capitals.

-Matt Nisanen signed a seven-year contract worth a total of $40.25 million with the Capitals. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.3 million, Niskanen's new deal will have a cap hit of $5.75 million. Appearing in 81 games last season, Niskanen, 27, scored 46 points.

-EN Says: Niskanen cashed in after having a career season at the right time. He joins former Penguins assistant coach Todd Reirden in Washington. Reirden played a significant role in Niskanen's success with the Penguins. Obviously the money and the term were huge factors for Niskanen but Reirden's presence lured him to the Capitals.

-Chris Conner signed a one-year two-way contract with the Capitals. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $650,000, Conner's new contract will have a cap hit of $550,000. Appearing in 19 games last season, Conner, 30, scored five points (four goals, one assist).

-EN Says: Conner was a favorite of former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. So with Bylsma's departure, Conner's days in Pittsburgh were numbered. He can be a serviceable fill-in when injuries hit the NHL roster.

-Harry Zolnierczyk signed a one-year two-way contract with the Islanders. Appearing in 13 games with the Penguins last season, Zolnierczyk, 26, scored two goals.

-Chuck Kobasew has joined Bern of Switzerland's NLA.

-"Shortly after [general manager Jim Rutherford] was hired, just based on the info [agent] Neil Sheehy relayed to me on what their thoughts were, what their feelings were, it just didn’t seem like it was going to be a fit anymore." - Niskanen on leaving the Penguins.

-"I know with the group we had, we all collectively felt we blew a lot of good opportunities." - Brooks Orpik on the Penguins' past five seasons.

-“I would definitely say that the interest in me was more than I thought it was going to be, especially from Calgary. I was really interested in hearing what they had to say and what they expected.” - Engelland on being pursued by nine teams as a free agent.

-“He’s improved since I had him. I think we’re getting a real solid player there.” - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on signing Glass. Vigneault coached Glass with the Canucks.

-The Hurricanes hired former Penguins scout Don Waddell as president of Gale Force Sports & Entertainment, the corporate group which owns the franchise and operates PNC Arena. Waddell spent the past three seasons with the Penguins.

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun (right). Acquired in a trade last year, Vokoun played in 20 games last season and had a record of 13-0-4 record along with a 2.45 goals against average, a .919 save percentage and three shutouts. In the postseason, Vokoun appeared in 11 games and had a 6-5 record, a 2.01 goals against average, a .933 save percentage and one shutout. A blood clot forced him to miss the entire 2013-14 season. He is currently an unrestricted free agent.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Devils signed former Flames forward Mike Cammalleri to a five-year contract worth a total of $25 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $6 million, Cammalleri's new contract will have a cap hit of $5 million. In 63 games last season, Cammalleri, 32, scored 45 points (26 goals, 19 assists).

-EN Says: This is quite an addition for the Devils who were offensively challenged last season. Cammalleri has one of the better shots in the NHL and has produced some impressive offensive totals for some teams which haven't always been outstanding in terms of generating offense. Injuries are a concern with Cammalleri but if healthy, he can give the Devils a boost when it comes to goals.

-The Devils signed former Sharks forward Martin Havlat (right) to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $5 million, Havlat, 33, appeared in 48 games last season and scored 22 points (12 goals, 10 assists). 

-EN Says: This is a low-risk, high-reward contract for the Devils. Havlat is a very talented player who has had his career derailed by injuries. If healthy, he's a legit top-six winger.

-The Devils re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Steve Bernier to a one-year contract worth $600,000. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $775,000, Bernier, 29, appeared in 78 games last season and scored 12 points (three goals, nine assists).

-EN Says: Bernier has been a pretty solid fourth-liner for the Devils for a few seasons.

-The Devils re-signed former goaltender Scott Clemmensen to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Rangers signed former Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle to a two-year contract worth a total of $9 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $6,666,667, Boyle's new deal will have a cap hit of $4.5 million. Appearing in 75 games last season, Boyle, 37, scored 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists).

-EN Says: With the loss of Anton Stralman, the Rangers needed someone to fill his minutes. Boyle probably isn't as strong of a defensive player as Stralman but he's fairly reliable in his own zone. And he's a high-end puck mover. This is a nice addition.

-The Rangers re-signed former Penguins forward Dominic Moore (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $3 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1 million, Moore's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.5 million. Appearing in 73 games last season, Moore, 33, scored 18 points (six goals, 12 assists).

-EN Says: This is a nice signing for the Rangers. Moore fits what this team does very well and has shown an ability to elevate his game in the postseason.

-The Rangers signed former Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick to a one-year contract worth $600,000.

-The Rangers signed former Stars forward Chris Mueller. Terms were not report.

-The Hurricanes signed former Avalanche forward Brad Malone to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.3 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $735,000, Malone's new deal will have a cap hit of $650,000. In 35 games last season, Malone, 25, scored 15 points (eight goals, seven assists).

-EN Says: Malone is a bottom-six forward who offers a physical game and the ability to play multiple positions. This is a depth signing which makes the Hurricanes a little tougher.

-The Hurricanes re-signed restricted free agent forward Jiri Tlusty to a one-year contract worth $2.95 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.6 million, Tlusty, 26, appeared in 68 games last season and scored 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists).

-EN Says: Tlusty has had some limited success with the Hurricanes having played primarily with Eric Staal. This seems like a "prove-it" contract for Tlusty to prove he has a future as an NHLer.

-The Hurricanes signed former Maple Leafs goaltender Drew MacIntyre to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Islanders signed former Bruins goaltender Chad Johnson (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $2.6 million. Coming off a contract worth a total of $600,000, Johnson's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.3 million. Johnson appeared in 27 games last season and had a record of 17-4-3 along with a 2.10 goals against average, a .925 save percentage and two shutouts.

-EN Says: This is a shrewd signing by the Islanders. Johnson, a former Penguins prospect, churned out a solid season as a backup in Boston. It's doubtful he will have the same success with the Islanders but he provides some stability at a role the Islanders have been shaky at for several seasons.

-The Islanders signed former Sabres forward Cory Conacher to a one-year contract worth $600,000. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $871,250, Conacher, 24, played in 79 games last season and scored 26 points (seven goals, 19 assists).

-EN Says: This is a low-risk, high-reward signing. Conacher, a feisty agitator with some skill. has shown an ability to produce earlier his career. If teamed with some skilled linemates, he can potentially produce once again.

-The Islanders signed former Panthers defenseman T.J. Brennan to a one-year contract worth $600,000. Coming off a contract with an identical salary cap hit, Brennan, 25, appeared in 76 games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies last season and scored 72 points (25 goals, 47 assists).

-EN Says: This is another low-risk, high-reward signing. Brennan will never produce at the same clip in the NHL, but he's good enough to crack this lineup.

-The Islanders signed former Blue Jackets forward Jack Skille to a one-year contract. Terms were not reported. In 16 games last season, Skille, 27, scored four goals.

-The Capitals re-signed restricted free agent forward Michael Latta (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.15 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $590,833, Latta's new deal will have a cap hit of $575,000. Appearing in 17 games last season, Latta, 23, scored four points (one goal, three assists).

-The Capitals signed former Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.9 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $537,500, Peters' new deal will have a cap hit of $950,000.

-EN Says: The Capitals needed a backup goaltender and this is a pretty low-rent option. He'll compete with Philip Grubauer for the No. 2 role.

-Former Sharks defenseman Mike Moore signed a one-year two-way deal with the Capitals.

-The Flyers re-signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Ray Emery (right) to a one-year contract worth $1 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.65 million, Emery, appeared in 28 games last season and had a 9-12-2 record, a 2.96 goals against average, a .903 save percentage and two shutouts.

-EN Says: Emery is a solid backup. Getting him to return at a paycut is a good move.

-The Flyers signed former Flames forward Blair Jones to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Flyer signed German goaltender Rob Zepp to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Blue Jackets acquired forward Jerry D'Amigo from the Maple Leafs in exchange forward Matt Frattin. A restricted free agent, D'Amigo, 26, appeared in 22 games last season and scored three points (one goal, two assists). Frattin is entering the first year of two-year contract with a salary cap hit of $800,000. In 44 games last season, Frattin scored seven points (two goals, five assists).

Atlantic Division

 -The Sabres signed former Canadiens forward Brian Gionta to a three-year contract worth a total of $12.75 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $5 million, Gionta's new deal will have a $4.25 million. Appearing in 81 games last season, Gionta, 35, scored 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists).

-EN Says: This seems like an overpayment. Gionta is an aging declining player without a ton of size (5-foot-7, 176 pounds). He bring quite a few intangibles to a young team but his on-ice production has been drying up the past few seasons.

-“Yesterday, he was the captain of the Montreal Canadiens, a storied franchise, a playoff team. That wasn’t a token title. That was real. That was legendary stuff. Now he’s a Buffalo Sabre.” - Sabres general manager Tim Murray on signing Gionta.

-The Sabres acquired defenseman Josh Gorges (right) from the Canadiens in exchange second-round pick in 2016. Gorges, 29, has four years remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.9 million. In 66 games last season, Gorges scored 14 points (one goal, 13 assists).

-EN Says: The Canadiens were trying to move Georges to clear his salary cap hit and got a pretty high-end asset for him in return. For the Sabres, they were looking to add salary and acquired a player who is a pretty dependable defensive player. Gorges can take on a shutdown role against the opponents' top offensive forwards.

-The Sabres re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Matt Moulson to a five-year contract worth $5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $3,133,333, Moulson's new deal will have a cap hit of $5 million. Dealt by the Sabres to the Wild at the trade deadline this past season, Moulson, 30, appeared in 75 games last season and scored 51 points (23 goals, 28 assists).

-EN Says: Moulson, a native of North York, Ont., a town relatively close to Buffalo, is a pretty effective net-front presence who has been a consistent scorer the past decade. Even after leaving the Islanders and playmaking center John Tavares, Moulson was able to scrape out a 20-goal season. Giving a five-year commitment to a player just entering his 30s might seem suspect but Moulson, a former Penguins prospect, has been fairly durable throughout his career.

-The Sabres re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Cody McCormick to a three-year contract worth a total of $4.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.2 million, McCormick's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.5 million. Also traded to the Wild at the trade deadline, McCormick, 31, appeared in 43 games last season and scored seven points (two goals, five assists).

-EN Says: McCormick's a fourth-line energy player who will drop the gloves to defend a teammate. This seems like an overpayment but the Sabres needed to add some salary to get to the salary cap floor.

-The Sabres re-signed restricted free agent forward Marcus Foligno (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $3.75 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $826,667, Foligno's new deal has a salary cap hit of $1.875 million. In 74 games last season, Foligno, 22, scored 19 assists.

-EN Says: Foligno is a part of Buffalo's future. He's a large (6-foot-4, 223 pounds) power forward who goes to the net. This appears to be a bridge contract to a deal with longer term.

-The Canadiens signed former Panthers defenseman Tom Gilbert to a two-year contract worth a total of $5.6 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $900,000, Gilbert's new deal will have a salary cap hit of $2.8 million. Appearing in 73 games last season, Gilbert, 31, scored 28 points (three goals, 25 assists).

-EN Says: Gilbert is a mobile puck-moving defenseman who can eat some big minutes. He's not overly physical despite decent size (6-foot-2, 206 pounds). Coming off a solid season with a bad Panthers team this is a solid signing.

-The Red Wings re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Kyle Quincey (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $8.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.775 million, Quincey's new contract will have a cap hit of $4.25 million. In 82 games last season, Quincey, 28, scored 13 points (four goals, nine assists).

-EN Says: Quincey is a safe reliable option for the Red Wings. He doesn't offer any spectacular attribute but he is familiar with the team and the system and competent as a bottom-four defenseman.

-The Red Wings re-signed restricted free agent forward Riley Sheahan to a two-year contract wort a total of $1.9 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $785,000 Shehan's new deal will have a cap hit of $950,000. Appearing in 42 games last season, Sheahan, 22, scored 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists).

-EN Says: A first-round pick in 2010 Sheahan is a big part of the team's future. With a aging crew of centers prone to injury on the NHL roster, Sheahan will likely need to pick up some significant minutes.

-The Red Wings re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Petr Mrazek to a one-year contract worth $737,500. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $595,000, Mrazek, 22, appeared in nine games last season and had a 2-4-0 record with a 1.74 goals against average, a .927 save percentage and two shutouts.

-EN Says: Mrazek is in line to become the team's future backup goaltender. With Jonas Gustavsson signed for one more season this contract keeps Mrazek in place as the goaltender of the AHL's Grand Rapid Griffins for 2014-15.

-The Red Wings signed former Sabres forward Kevin Porter to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Canadiens signed former Hurricanes forward Manny Malhotra (right) to a one-year contract worth $850,000. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $600,000, Malhotra, 34, appeared in 69 games and scored 13 points (seven goals, six assists). 

-EN Says: Malhotra had a solid rebound season with Carolina after nearly having his career ended by an eye injury. While he isn't quite what he was before the injury, Malhotra is a solid penalty killer and faceoff specialists who will improve the Canadiens' fourth line.

-The Canadiens signed former Flames goaltender Joey MacDonald to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Senators re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Milan Michalek to a three-year contract worth a total $12 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $4,333,333, Michalek's new deal will have a cap hit of $4 million. Appearing in 82 games last season, Michalek, 29, scored 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists).

-EN Says: This is a lot of money for a player who has seen his production decline the past two seasons. At his best, Michalek is a steady goal scorer but a knee injury has seemed to impact his production.

-The Lightning signed former Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman to a five-year contract worth a total of $22.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.7 million, Stralman's new contract will have a cap hit of $4.5 million. In 81 games last season, Stralman, 27, scored 13 points (one goal, 12 assists).

-EN Says: Stralman bring a strong all-around game to the Lightning. He will never put up gaudy numbers but he's a good puck mover with a solid shot. He's not a big man (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) and will never be physical, but he's positionally sound. he's an ideal second-pairing defenseman.

-The Lightning signed former Rangers forward Brian Boyle (right) to a three-year contract worth a total of $6 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.7 million, Boyle's new deal will have a cap hit of $2 million. Appearing in 82 games last season, 29, Boyle scored 18 points.

-EN Says: Boyle established himself as a big (6-foot-7, 244 pounds) bottom-six forward with the Rangers. He'll probably get an expanded role with the Lightning but he'll bring a physical element to team which didn't have a ton of that in the lineup.

-The Lightning signed former Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to one-year contract worth $1.55 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.25 million, Nabokov, 38, appeared in 40 games last season and had a 15-14-8 record, a 2.74 goals against average, a .905 save percentage and four shutouts.

-EN Says: This is a shrewd signing. With Ben Bishop established as the team's No. 1 goaltender, Nabokov can serve as a 1A backup to ease some of his workload. Nabokov is a probably too fragile to serve as a No. 1 backup at this stage of his career but he's more than suited to be a backup for a Stanley Cup contender.

-The Canadiens signed former Canadiens forward Mike Blunden to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Maple Leafs signed former Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas to a three-year contract worth a total of $9 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.3 million, Robidas' new contract will have a cap hit of $3 million. Appearing in 38 games last season, Robidas, 37, scored 10 points (five goals, five assists).

-EN Says: Robidas is coming off a tough season in which he a broken leg twice. One has to wonder if investing in a player coming off such injuries at this stage of his career is a wise investment. If healthy, he's a legit top-four defenseman who can smother an opponent's top forward.

-The Maple Leafs re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Leo Komarov (right) to a four-year contract worth a total of $11.8 million. Returning to the Maple Leafs after spending last season with Dynamo Moskva of Russia's KHL, Komarov, 27, will have a cap hit of $2.95 million.

-EN Says: Komarov is an agitating third-line type of player who had some success with the Maple Leafs before. He should be welcomed back.

-The Panthers signed former Maple Leafs forward Dave Bolland to a five-year contract worth a total of $27.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.375 million, Bolland's new deal will have a cap hit of $5.5 million. Appearing in 23 games last season, Bolland, 28, scored 12 points (eight goals, four assists). Last playing in the NHL during 2012-13, he appeared in 47 games that season and scored nine points (four goals, four assists).

-EN Says: This a gross overpayment. Bolland is a No. 3 center at best but given the Panthers situation, they needed overpay to get him to sign. Bolland, who has a history with general manager Dale Tallon from their time in Chicago, can be a pretty effective two-way player when healthy. A tenacious defender, he has a history of coming up big in the postseason. An ankle injury limited him last season.

-The Panthers signed former Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell to a two-year contract worth a total of $8.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.5 million, Mitchell's new contract with have a cap hit of $4.25 million. Appearing in 76 games last season, Mitchell, 37, scored 12 points (one goal, 11 assists).

-EN Says: Mitchell is coming off a solid season with the Stanley Cup champion Kings who didn't have the salary cap space to re-sign him. A positionally sound defenseman who plays a responsible game in his own zone, he will bring experience to a young team. That said, at his age and with as many miles he has on his tires, this is a pretty large investment.

-The Panthers signed former Bruins forward Shawn Thornton (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $2.4 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.1 million, Thornton's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.2 million. Appearing in 64 games last season, Thornton, 36, scored eight points (five goals, three assists).

-EN Says: Thornton brings toughness and experience to a team short on both fronts. A few seasons ago, Thornton was one of the league's best fourth-liners but he labored through a difficult 2013-14 season and was jettisoned by the Bruins.

-The Panthers signed former Blue Jackets forward Derek MacKenzie to a three-year contract worth a total of $3.9 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1 million, MacKenzie's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.3 million. Appearing in 71 games last season MacKenzie, 33, scored 18 points (nine goals, nine assists).

-EN Says: MacKenzie is a fourth-line banger and crasher.

-The Panthers signed former Jets goaltender Al Montoya to a two-year contract worth a total of $2.1 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $601,000, Montoya's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.05 million. Appearing in 28 games last season, Montoya, 29, had a 13-8-3 record, a 2.30 goals against average, a .920 save percentage and two shutouts.

-EN Says: Montoya is a good backup. This is a solid signing.

Central Division

-The Stars acquired forward Jason Spezza (right) from the Senators in exchange for forwards Alex Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nick Paul and a second-round pick in 2015. Spezza, 31, has one year remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $7 million. In 75 games last season, he scored 66 points (23 goals, 66 points). Chiasson, 23, has one year remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $866,667. In 79 games last season, Chiasson scored 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists). A third-round pick in 2010, Guptil, 22, just signed a two-year entry-level contract. Paul, a fourth-round pick in 2013, is unsigned.

-EN Says: What a coup for the Stars. They had a No. 1 center who might end up being a No. 2 center on this team behind Tyler Seguin. Either way, the Stars will have one of the better 1-2 punches at the center positions in the NHL. The best part of his this is the fact they didn't really give up much in return. The Senators were kind of hamstrung as Spezza has final say over his destination due to a no-trade clause. Chiasson is the best player out of the bundle they gave up. He stepped up last season as a solid power forward but he's hardly a franchise player. Guptil and Paul are marginal prospects. The second-rounder in 2015 might end being pretty valuable as that draft is expected to be pretty deep.

-The Stars signed former Senators forward Ales Hemsky to a three-year contract worth a total of $12 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $5 million, Hemsky's new contract will have a salary cap hit of $4 million. In 75 games last season, Hemsky, 30, scored 43 points (13 goals, 30 assists).

-EN Says: Hemsky was traded to the Senators from the Oilers this past season and seemed to find some chemistry with Spezza. They'll presumably reunite on a line in Dallas and helped balance Dallas' offense. Hemsky is capable of being a spectacular playmaker but injuries have led to inconsistency throughout his career.

-The Stars signed former Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback (right) to a one-year contract worth $925,000. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.8 million, Lindback, 26, appeared in 23 games last season and had an 8-12-2 record with a 2.90 goals against average, an .891 save percentage and one shutout.

-EN Says: With the Stars parting ways with Tim Thomas, they needed another backup goaltender. Lindback struggled quite a bit with the Lightning. He'll need to prove himself to stick in the NHL.

-The Stars signed former Predators forward Patrick eaves to a one-year contract worth $650,000. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.2 million, Eaves, 30, appeared in 30 games last season and scored five points (two goals, three assists).

-EN Says: Eaves is a fairly strong skater who can kill penalties. Injuries have really limited his effectiveness in recent seasons.

-The Blackhawks signed former Rangers forward Brad Richards to a one-year contract worth $2 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $6,666,667, Richards, 34, appeared in 82 games last season and scored 51 points (20 goals, 31 assists).

-EN Says: What a shrewd signing by the Blackhawks. A No. 2 center was a void for this team last season and Richards fills that need quite well. Despite having his contract bought out by the Rangers, Richards came through with a respectable amount of production last season. Which the Blackhawks, Richards doesn't need to the heavy lifting like he did with the Rangers. He just needs to be a contributor.

-The Blackhawks re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Peter Regin to a one-year contract worth $650,000. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $750,000, Regin, 28, appeared in 61 games last season and scored 11 points (four goals, seven assists).

-EN Says: This is a depth signing. At one time, Regin had a bright future as an NHLer but a shoulder injury has derailed his career.

-The Blackhawks signed former Lightning forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie and former Blue Jackets forward Cody Bass to one-year contracts.

-The Wild signed former Canadiens forward Thomas Vanek (right) to a three-year contract worth a total of $19.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $7,142,857, Vanek's new deal will have a cap hit of $6.5 million. Appearing in 78 games last season, Vanek, 30, scored 68 points (28 goals, 41 points).

-EN Says: Vanek, a former star with the University of Minnesota, seemed destined to sign with the Wild as he was long rumored to want to sign with the franchise. Vanek is a proven regular season producer but has never quite established himself in the postseason. This is a fair contract based on what he can do in the regular season.

-The Blues signed former Avalanche forward Paul Stastny to a four-year contract worth a total of $28 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $6.6 million, Stastny's new contract will have a cap hit of $7 million. Appearing in 71 games last season, Stastny, 28, scored 60 points (25 goals, 35 assists).

-EN Says: Stastny immediately boosts the Blues' already impressive crew of forwards, particularly at center. He's probably better suited as a No. 2 center but he'll likely be a No. 1 center with the Blues. $7 million might seem a bit high for Stastny, but in this market, this is normal.

-The Blues re-signed former forward Phil McRae to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Avalanche signed former Bruins forward Jarome Iginla to a three-year contract worth a total of $16 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.8 million, Iginla's new deal will have a salary cap hit of $5,333,333. Appearing in 78 games last season, Iginla, 37, scored 61 points (30 goals, 31 assists).

-EN Says: This is quite an addition for the Avalanche. Already one of the more offensively gifted teams in the NHL, Iginla is still capable of scoring 30 goals a season while offering plenty of intangibles as a veteran to a young, inexperienced team.

-The Avalanche acquired defenseman Brad Stuart from the Sharks in exchange for a second-round pick in 2016 and a sixth-round pick in 2017. Stuart, 34, has one year remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.6 million. Appearing in 61 games last season, Stuart scored 11 points (three goals, eight assists).

-EN Says: Stuart isn't quite what he was earlier in his career, but he's still a steady, physical defender in his own zone. Never an offensively gifted player, his value is strictly in what he can provide as a defender. He adds quite a bit to area of need for Colorado.

-The Avalanche signed former Panthers forward Jesse Winchester to a two-year contract worth $1.8 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $600,00, Wincester's new deal will have a cap hit of $900,000. Appearing in 52 games last season, Wincester, 30, scored 18 points (nine goals, nine assists).

-EN Says: This is a depth signing for the fourth line. Winchester (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) will throw plenty of hits and can kill penalties.

-The Avalanche signed former Jets defenseman Zach Redmond (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $715,000, Redmond's new deal will have a cap hit of $750,000. Appearing in 10 games last season, Redmond, 25, had three points (one goal, two assists).

-EN Says: Depth signing.

-The Avalanche signed former Flames and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Ben Street to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Avalanche signed former Flyers defenseman Bruno Gervais to a one-year two-way contract.

-The Jets signed former Ducks forward Mathieu Perreault to a three-year contract worth a total of $9 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.05 million, Perreault's new contract will have a cap hit of $3 million. Appearing in 69 games last season, Perreault scored 43 points (18 goals, 25 assists).

-EN Says: After Ryan Kesler joined the Ducks, Perreault became expendable in Anaheim. He came through with a productive season and cashed in with the first substantial contract of his contract. He is a smallish (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) but creative playmaker who can produce when teamed with talented linemates.

Pacific Division

-The Canucks signed former Blues goaltender Ryan Miller to a three-year contract worth a total of $4.6 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $6.25 million, Miller's new deal will have a cap hit of $6 million. Appearing in 59 games last season, Miller had a 25-30-4 record with a 2.64 goals against average, a .918 save percentage and one shutout.

-EN Says: The Canucks needed a goaltender and they got the best one on the market. Miller has his shortcomings - his playoff resume is lean - but he's still one of the NHL's top 10 goaltenders and immediately boosts a position where the Canucks had few options. This is a fair contract.

-The Ducks signed former Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner (right) to a four-year contract worth $13 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.05 million, Stoner's new deal will have a cap hit of $3.25 million. In 63 games last season, Stoner, 29, scored five points (one goal, five assists).

-EN Says: Given the high prices defensemen were commanding yesterday, Stoner's price wasn't that bad. He's a physical defender with decent size (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) who will mix it up with anyone. Ideally, he's nothing more than a bottom-pairing defenseman.

-The Coyotes signed former Predators goaltender Devan Dubnyk to a one-year contract worth $800,000. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.5 million, Dubnyk, 28, appeared in 34 games last season and had an 11-18-3 record with a 3.43 goals against average, an .891 save percentage and two shutouts.

-EN Says: This is quite a fall for Dubnyk who at one point, was the goaltender of the future for the Oilers. He goes to a place in Phoenix where goaltending coach Sean Burke has been known to resurrect careers.

-The Coyotes signed former Penguins defenseman Dylan Reese to a one-year two-way contract. The Upper St. Clair native appeared in 45 games with Khabarovsk Amur of Russia's KHL last season and scored seven points (two goals, five assists).

-The Coyotes signed former Kings deenseman Andrew Campbell and Canucks forward Alexandre Bolduc to one-year two-way contracts.

-The Flames signed former Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $9 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $4.5 million, Hiller's new deal will have an identical cap hit. In 50 games last season, Hiller, 32, had a 29-13-7 record with a 2.48 goals against average, a .911 save percentage and five shutouts.

-EN Says: The Flames needed a starting goaltender and Hiller was one of the few on the market. He's coming off a poor season with the Ducks in which he lost his job as a starter and dealt with inconsistency. It's hard to imagine him having an easy time behind a rebuilding team in Calgary, but this appears to be his last chance to show he's still an NHLer.

-The Flames signed former Maple Leafs forward Mason Raymond to a three-year contract worth a total of $9.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1 million, Raymond's new deal will have a cap hit of $3,166,667. In 82 games last season, Raymond, 28, scored 45 points (19 goals, 26 assists).

-EN Says: Raymond is a slick waterbug of a perimeter scoring winger who has scored 20 goals in his career. He's not exceptionally large (6-foot-0, 185 pounds) and can get muscled off the puck. Ultimately, he'll give the Flames some offensive pop.

-The Oilers signed former Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot to a five-year contract worth a total of $20 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.3 million, Pouliot's new contract will have a salary cap hit of $5 million. In 80 games last season, Pouliot, 27, scored 36 points (15 goals, 21 points).

-EN Says: What a gross overpayment. Pouliot has rarely displayed any sort of consistency in his NHL career. A first-round pick in 2005 (No. 4 overall), Pouliot has primarily underachieved throughout his career. He was pretty effective in the Rangers' run to the Stanley Cup final this past spring but this is still way too much.

-The Oilers signed former Devils defenseman Mark Fayne (right) to a four-year contract worth a total of $14.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.3 million, Fayne's new deal will have a cap hit of $3.625 million. In 72 games last season, Fayne, 27, scored 11 points (four goals, seven assists).

-EN Says: Fayne is a typical Devils defenseman in the mold of an Andy Greene or Paul Martin. He doesn't do anything spectacular but he seems to do a lot of things correctly. He won't blow anyone away with any particular skill but he will bring a stabilizing presence to a lean blue line in Edmonton.

-The Kings signed former Blues forward Adam Cracknell and former Avalanche forward David Van der Gulik to one-year two-way contracts.

Adams Division

-Former Sabres/Capitals/Blue Jackets forward Jiri Novotny has joined Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of Russia's KHL.

-Former Kings forward Oscar Moller has joined Ak Bars Kazan of Russia's KHL.

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