-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Christian Hilbrich is hoping to turn an AHL contract into an NHL contract.
-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins right winger Kevin McClelland (right). Acquired along with center Pat Boutette as compensation for the Whalers' signing of goatlender Greg Millen, McClelland spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1981-82, he appeared in 10 games and recorded five points. He also appeared in all five of the team's playoff games that spring and contributed two points when the Penguins nearly upset the defending Stanley Cup champion Islanders in the first round. In 1982-83 McClelland played in 38 games and scored nine points. After appearing in 24 games and scoring six points in 1983-84, McClelland and a draft pick were traded to the Oilers in exchange for center Tom Roulston. In 72 games with the Penguins, McClelland scored 20 points. He is currently the head coach of the CHL's Wichita Thunder.
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-The Hurricanes signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Matt Tennyson, formerly of the Sharks, to a one-year two-way contract.
-The Panthers re-signed restricted free agent forward Reilly Smith to a five-year contract worth a total of $25 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.425 million, Smith's new deal will have a cap hit of $5 million. Smith, 25, appeared in 82 games last season and scored 50 points (25 goals, 25 assists).
-EN Says: In three full NHL seasons, Smith has hit the 20-goal mark twice. Capable of playing either wing, he's a nice complement to a top-six center.
-How did trade talks between the Canadiens and Predators start in the swap of defensemen P.K. Subban and Shea Weber?
-The Lightning re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis to a one-year, two-way contract.
-Former Avalanche defenseman Marc-Andre Cliche signed an AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies, affiliate of the Maple Leafs.
-Former Avalanche forward Colin Smith signed an AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies.
-The Jets signed forward Patrik Laine, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.
-The Stars signed unrestricted free agent forward Adam Cracknell, formerly of the Canucks, to a one-year two-way contract.
-“We’re close enough that I’m not really worrying about other teams and things like that. I’m excited about what the team has done and encouraged by some of the [free-agent] signings. At the same time, I hope to get my own deal done and it has already been seven weeks. I wish that it had been done already.” - Coyotes captain/forward Shane Doan on his status as an unrestricted free agent.
-The Oilers signed unrestricted free agent forward Taylor Beck, formerly of the Avalanche, to a one-year, two-way contract.
-Former Hurricanes forward Jared Staal has joined the Edinburgh Capitals of the United Kingdom's EIHL.
-Fomer Jets defenseman John Albert has joined Kärpät of Finland's Liiga.
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