-The Red Wings hired former Penguins strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar in the same role. He had been with the Penguins since the 2007-08 season.
-"I froze. I started refreshing Twitter like crazy. Thirty seconds later, my agent phoned and told me I'd been traded to Toronto." - Maple Leafs defensive prospect Scott Harrington (above) on being traded by the Penguins last week as part of the deal which brought forward Phil Kessel to Pittsburgh.
-The Wheeling Nailers re-signed former Robert Morris forward Cody Wydo.
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-The Rangers signed restricted free agent goaltender Magnus Hellberg and forward Marek Hrivik. Terms were not reported.
-The Red Wings re-signed restricted free agent forward Gustav Nyquist (right) to a four-year contract worth a total of $19 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $950,000, Nyquist's new contract will have a cap hit of $4.75 million. Nyquist, 25, appeared in 82 games last season and scored 54 points (27 goals, 27 assists). This contract avoids arbitration.
-EN Says: Nyquist has developed into a legitimate top-six winger who has been a perfect fit for the always skilled Red Wings. Blessed with a great release, he's fully capable of becoming a 30-goal threat.
-Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty is expected to be sidelined 12 weeks after suffering a knee injury while training off ice.
-The Bruins signed former Sharks defenseman Matt Irwin to a one-year contract worth $800,000. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1 million, Irwin, 27, appeared in 53 games last season and scored 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists).
-EN Says: This is a shrewd signing. Irwin has shown an ability to put up respectable numbers while mainly manning a bottom pairing role.
-Two weeks after being traded to the Kings, former Bruins forward Milan Lucic took out a full page ad in the Boston Globe to thank the Bruins as well as Boston fans:
-The Sabres hired Andrew Allen as goaltending coach. He was formerly the Blackhawks' minor league goaltending coach.
-The Stars acquired forward Patrick Sharp and defenseman Stephan Johns from the Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt. With two years remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $5.9 million, Sharp, 33, appeared in 68 games last season and scored 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists). With one year remaining on an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $800,000, Johns, 23, appeared in 51 AHL games for the Rockford IceHogs last season and scored 21 points (four goals, 17 assists). With two years remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.3 million, Daley, 31, appeared in 68 games last season and scored 38 points (16 goals, 22 assists). With two years remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.8 million, Garbutt, 29, appeared in 67 games last season and scored 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists). The Stars will retain half of Garbutt's salary cap hit.
-EN Says: The dismantling of the Blackhawks continues. Faced with a salary cap crunch, the Blackhawks shed a big contract. That said, this wasn't a true salary dump. Sharp (right) has been a significant part of the Blackhawks' three recent Stanley Cup championships but he is coming off a season which saw his production decline. At 33, he's closer to the end of his career than the start. Perhaps a change of scenery playing with the likes of offensive dynamos such as forwards Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza will spark his career once again. Johns, a native of Wampum, is a former second-round pick (in 2010) who spent four seasons at Notre Dame and played his first full professional season in 2014-15. Johns (6-foot-4, 221 pounds) would have likely seen time in the NHL last season if it weren't for his own injuries. If he stays healthy, he should find his way onto the Stars' NHL roster to start next season.
In return, the Blackhawks got back Daley, a productive, legitimate top-four defenseman coming off a career season, and Garbutt, a feisty agitator who hits and stir things up. Daley is capable of being a top pairing defenseman for a lot of NHL teams. In Chicago, he will likely be a second pairing defenseman. Garbutt will find a place on the Blackhawks' bottom two lines. The Blackhawks shed some salary ($2.5 million) but got two legitimate contributors in return.
-“This is more of an old-fashioned hockey trade. Sometimes when you make trades of players who make a lot of money, you’re just trying to get draft picks or prospects back. The key thing for us was trying to make our team better in the process. We did clear some salary-cap space in the process, which is a positive. From that perspective, it was sort of a dual-purpose move." - Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman.
-"Our ownership has made a strong statement that we want to win now, and I think we’ve really helped change some key positions.” - Stars general manager Jim Nill.
-The Jets re-signed restricted free-agent defenceman Paul Postma (right) to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.775 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $712,500, Postma's new deal will have a cap hit of $887,500. Postma, 26, appeared in 42 games last season and scored six points (two goals, four assists).
-EN Says: Postma is a solid bottom-pairing defenseman who can move the puck.
-The Predators signed forwards Vladislav Kamenev and Yakov Trenin to three-year, entry-level contracts. Kamenev was a second-round pick in 2014 while Trenin was a second rounder this year.
-The Coyotes signed former Sharks enforcer/forward John Scott to a one-year contract worth a total of $575,000. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $700,000, Scott, 32, appeared in 38 games last season and scored four points (three goals, one assist) while recording 87 penalty minutes.
-EN Says: Between Scott and former Penguins forward Steve Downie, the Coyotes are going to be rambunctious next season. Scott offers little from a hockey sense. He's a massive goon (6-foot-8, 259 pounds) who does nothing but fight and throw the occasional suspension-worthy hit. It's a mystery as to why the Coyotes or any NHL team in 2015 would need him.
-The Ducks signed former Flames enforcer/forward Brian McGrattan to a one-year two-way contract.
-The AHL announced rule changes. All teams will play 76 games with the exception of five teams which have relocated to California. They will play 68 games. As a result, the AHL playoffs will abandon the conference format and adopt a divisional format similiar to the NHL's. Additionally, the AHL will adopt a five-minute, three-on-three format for regular season overtime.
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