-Penn State goaltender Matthew Skoff, a native of McKees Rocks, will participate in the Penguins' development camp next week.
-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins goaltender Patrick Lalime (right). A sixth-round pick in 1993, Lalime made his NHL debut in the 1996-97 season. He would go 14-0-2 in his first 16 starts and establish an NHL record which still stands for longest unbeaten streak to start a career for a goaltender. Lalime would finish with a 21-12-2 record along with a 2.94 goals against average, a .913 save percentage and three shutouts. As a result of that success, he was selected as a member of the NHL's all-rookie team. It would end up being his only season with the Penguins as he would hold out the 1997-98 season due to a contract squabble. At the 1998 trade deadline, his signing rights were dealt to the Mighty Ducks in exchange for Sean Pronger. He is currently a broadcaster with RDS in Canada.
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-The Capitals re-signed restricted free agent forward Evgeny Kuznetsov to a two-year contract worth a total of $6 million. Coming off the last year of an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $900,000, Kuznetsov's new deal will have a cap hit of $3 million. Kuznetsov, 23, appeared in 80 games last season and scored 37 points (11 goals, 26 assists).
-EN Says: This is a bridge contract which will allow Kuznetsov to earn a longer-term deal. A first-round pick (No. 26 overall) in 2010, Kuznetsov played his first full-season in the NHL last season and had some mixed results. Part of it was attributed to adjustments of playing and living in North America (as opposed to his native Russia). In the later stages of the regular season and into the postseason, he settled into the Capitals' No. 2 center position. A wonderfully skilled player who can play multiple positions, Kutznetsov also brings a little bit of grit. There are few limits on how high his ceiling can be.
-It took seven years for Capitals defenseman and former Penguin Taylor Chorney to finally earn his first one-way contract.
-The Maple Leafs signed former Canucks forward Shawn Matthias to a one-year contract worth $2.3 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.75 million, Matthias, 27, appeared in 78 games last season and scored 27 points (18 goals, nine assists).
-EN Says: This is a shrewd signing. Matthias nearly hit the 20-goal mark last season while playing on the Canucks' third line with little power-play time. A big body (6-foot-4, 216 pounds), Matthias plays a solid two-way game, including on the penalty kill.
-The Bruins signed restricted free agent forward Jimmy Hayes (right) to a three-year contract worth a total of $6.9 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $925,000, Hayes' new deal will have a cap hit of $2.3 million. Hayes, 25, appeared in 72 games with the Panthers last season and scored 35 points (19 goals, 16 assists). The Bruins acquired his signing rights in a trade last week.
-EN Says: Hayes is a massive (6-foot-6, 221 pounds) man who can do a little bit of everything. He broke through last season by nearly hitting the 20-goal mark. Despite his size, he's not overly physical. He'll be expected to be productive and physical with the Bruins.
-The Bruins re-signed forward Brett Connolly to a one-year contract worth a total of $1.025 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $850,500, Connolly, 23, appeared in 55 games last season with the Bruins as well as Lightning and scored 17 points (12 goals, five assists).
-EN Says: Connolly is a former first-round pick (No. 6 overall) in 2010 who never quite worked out for the Lightning. He was traded to the Bruins at the trade deadline last season and was sidelined for 15 games due to a broken finger. Connolly is a smart player who can play center or wing. He just needs to find consistency.
-The Bruins signed former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Brandon DeFazio to a one-year, two-way contract.
-The Sabres hired former Kelowna Rockets (WHL) head coach Dan Lambert as an assistant coach.
-Lambert was a teammate of Sabres coach (and former Penguins coach) Dan Bylsma with the AHL's Moncton Hawks.
-Former Flyers/Predators forward Triston Grant has joined the Grand Rapids Griffins, AHL affiliate of the Red Wings.
-"I'm two years older. I don't know if I'm a different player or not. Maybe a little bit, maybe not. We'll see." - Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov (right) on being away from the NHL for two seasons.
-As they deal with a salary cap crunch, the Blackhawks are still trying to work out deals with restricted free agent forward Marcus Kruger and unrestricted free agent defenseman Johnny Oduya.
-Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom revealed his elbow injury involved nerve damage which prevented him from using his right hand while driving a car or holding a phone.
-Stars forward Tyler Seguin is appearing in ESPN magazine's "Body" issue.
-The Coyotes signed forward Dylan Strome, the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract. Strome, 18, appeared in 68 games with the Erie Otters last season and scored 129 points (45 goals, 84 assists).
-The Oilers elected to take restricted free agent defenseman Justin Schultz to arbitration.
-The Oilers acquired the signing rights to restricted free agent goaltender Anders Nilsson from the Blackhawks in exchange for forward prospect Liam Coughlin. After the trade, Nilson signed a one-year deal worth $1 million. Nilsson, 25, appeared in 20 games last season with Kazan Ak-Bars of Russia's KHL and had a 13-7-0 record with a 1.54 goals against average, .935 save percentage and six shutouts. Coughlin, 20, was a fifth-round pick in 2014. Last season, he appeared in 54 games with the BCJHL's Vernon Vipers and scored 60 points (20 goals, 40 assists).
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