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Islanders sign Justin Florek 07-02-2015
Justin Florek LW BOS
The New York Islanders have inked Justin Florek to a one-year, two-way deal.

Islanders.nhl.com
Florek had 11 goals and 35 points in 73 AHL games in 2014-15. The 25-year-old forward has participated in four career NHL contests.
Patrice Cormier agrees to terms with Jets 07-02-2015
Patrice Cormier C WPG
Patrice Cormier has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Winnipeg Jets.

Ken Wiebe on Twitter
Cormier had 21 points and 74 penalty minutes in 47 AHL contests in 2014-15. He can earn $650,000 at the NHL level.
Bob Sanguinetti agrees to terms with Buffalo 07-02-2015
Bobby Sanguinetti D VAN
Bob Sanguinetti has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Stephen Whyno on Twitter
Sanguinetti had 16 goals and 40 points in 61 contests in 2014-15. Although he's excelled at the AHL level, he's not likely to play with Buffalo next season.
Philadelphia signs goalie Jason LaBarbera 07-02-2015
Jason LaBarbera G ANA
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Jason LaBarbera to a one-year, two-way contract.

Dhiren Mahiban on Twitter
LaBarbera had a 2.61 GAA and .909 save percentage in five games with Anaheim last season. He'll likely begin the 2015-16 campaign in the minors and act as the Flyers' third-string goaltender on the depth charts.
Matt Fraser signs two-way deal with Winnipeg 07-02-2015
Matt Fraser LW EDM
Matt Fraser has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Winnipeg Jets.

Gary Lawless on Twitter
Fraser will earn $325,000 even if he spends the season in the minors, but he can earn up to $650,000 at the NHL level. He had eight goals and 12 points in 60 contests with Boston and Edmonton last season.
Sharks ink prospect Patrick McNally 07-02-2015
Freddy Meyer D
San Jose has inked Patrick McNally to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Sharks.nhl.com
The Sharks recently acquired McNally from Vancouver in exchange for a seventh round pick. McNally had six goals and 21 points in 21 games with Harvard University in 2014-15.
San Jose signs Mark Cundari 07-02-2015
Mark Cundari D CAL
Mark Cundari has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the San Jose Sharks.

Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
Cundari's contract will come with a $600,000 cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He had 29 points and 64 penalty minutes in 50 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Andrej Sekera says going to EDM was easy 07-02-2015
Andrej Sekera D EDM
Newly signed defenseman Andrej Sekera said that going to Edmonton was an easy choice for him.

NHL.com
Sekera and the Oilers agreed to a six-year deal with an AAV of $5.5 million per season on Wednesday. "I looked at the roster and I saw the team they had, the coach and the management," Sekera said. "When I saw what kind of players they had there, it made my choice very easy. They have a lot of skill, a lot of speed and a lot of smart players. They have a good coach, a good GM and a good goalie. It was a good place for me to play with my style of hockey, so that's why I chose Edmonton." The 29-year-old will add some experience to a young blue line. He will be counted on to play some significant minutes this season and beyond.
Jim Rutherford excited to add Phil Kessel 07-02-2015
Phil Kessel RW PIT
Pittsburgh General Manager Jim Rutherford said he was excited to add winger Phil Kessel on Wednesday.

NHL.com
"I'm very excited about what happened today," Rutherford said on Wednesday. "We've worked on this deal with Toronto for a month, or over a month. It got a little bit of legs on draft day, but it really heated up last night, and we were able to complete the deal today." Kessel gives the Pens an elite scoring option on the wing for Sidney Crosby and/or Evgeni Malkin. The 27-year-old scored 25 goals and 61 points in 82 games with the Leafs last season. Kessel's numbers should spike now that he will be playing with other elite offensive players.
Kings release statement on Slava Voynov 07-02-2015
Viatcheslav Voynov D LA
The Los Angeles Kings have issued a statement regarding Slava Voynov.

Kings.nhl.com
Voynov plead no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse. He will spend 90 days in jail and serve three years probation. "We believe the legal system has effectively resolved this matter and the punishment is fair and just," the Kings said per the statement. "Any act of domestic violence is unacceptable. As an organization, the prevention of domestic violence and the education of our players and employees is of paramount importance. We will continue to actively develop and implement a strategy to deliver this message. We remain steadfast in our support of the National Hockey League as they now begin their own investigative process. Until that is complete we will withhold further comment." Currently Voynov is still suspended by the league and Kings.
Blues acquire Pheonix Copley in Oshie deal 07-02-2015
Pheonix Copley G WAS
The St. Louis Blues have acquired Pheonix Copley in the T.J. Oshie trade.

Monumental Network
Copley had a 2.17 GAA and .925 save percentage in 26 AHL games in 2014-15. He might make his NHL debut at some point next season as an injury replacement.
Blues get Troy Brouwer from Washington 07-02-2015
Troy Brouwer RW STL
The St. Louis Blues have acquired Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley and a 2016 third round pick from the Washington Capitals in exchange for T.J. Oshie.

Monumental Network
Brouwer had 21 goals and 43 points in 82 contests in 2014-15. He's a clear step down from Oshie from an offensive perspective, but he does play a more physical game. We don't believe this trade will meaningfully alter Brouwer's fantasy value.
Washington acquires Oshie from St. Louis 07-02-2015
T.J. Oshie C WAS
The Washington Capitals have acquired T.J. Oshie from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley and a 2016 third round pick.

Monumental Network
Details to follow.
Calgary inks Hunter Smith to entry-level deal 07-02-2015
Hunter Smith RW CAL
The Calgary Flames have signed Hunter Smith to an entry-level deal.

Flames.nhl.com
Smith had 49 points and 122 penalty minutes in 57 games with the OHL's Oshawa Generals last season. Calgary took him with the 54th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Flames sign prospect Mason McDonald 07-02-2015
Mason McDonald G CAL
Mason McDonald has agreed to an entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames.

Flames.nhl.com
McDonald was taken with the 34th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He had a 3.06 GAA and .906 save percentage in 56 QMJHL games in 2014-15.
Bortuzzo's new deal is a two-year contract 07-02-2015
Robert Bortuzzo D STL
Robert Bortuzzo's extension with St. Louis is reportedly a two-year deal.

Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter
Bortuzzo will come with a $1.05 million annual cap hit. The Blues got him and a 2016 seventh round pick from Pittsburgh in March in exchange for Ian Cole.
Christopher Breen signs two-way deal 07-02-2015
Chris Breen D BOS
Christopher Breen has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Boston Bruins.

Bruins.nhl.com
Breen had two goals and 10 points in 52 contests with AHL Providence last season. Look for him to enter the 2015-16 campaign in the minors as well.
Micheal Haley signs one-year contract 07-02-2015
Micheal Haley C SJ
Micheal Haley has agreed to a one-year extension with the San Jose Sharks.

Curtis Pashelka on Twitter
Haley had 31 points and 106 penalty minutes in 68 AHL contests last season. At the age of 29, he should be regarded as an organizational depth forward.
Sharks, John McCarthy agree to terms 07-02-2015
John McCarthy LW STL
The San Jose Sharks have signed John McCarthy to a one-year, two-way deal.

Curtis Pashelka on Twitter
McCarthy had 14 goals and 26 points in 60 AHL games in 2014-15. The 28-year-old forward has participated in 87 career NHL contests.
Jordan Caron to play for Blues' organization 07-02-2015
Jordan Caron RW STL
The St. Louis Blues have signed Jordan Caron to a one-year, two-way deal.

Blues.nhl.com on Twitter
Caron became an unrestricted free agent after the Colorado Avalanche decided not to qualify him. He played in 30 games with the Avalanche and Boston Bruins last season, but failed to record a single point.
Korbinian Holzer signs $750K contract 07-02-2015
Korbinian Holzer D ANA
Korbinian Holzer has agreed to a one-year, $750,000 extension with the Anaheim Ducks.

Eric Stephens on Twitter
It's a one-way deal, which means Holzer will make the same amount even if he gets sent to the minors. He had six assists and 25 penalty minutes in 34 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014-15.
Tyson Strachan signs two-way deal with Wild 07-02-2015
Tyson Strachan D BUF
The Minnesota Wild have signed Tyson Strachan to a one-year, two-way deal.

Chad Graff on Twitter
Strachan had five assists and 44 penalty minutes in 46 games with the Buffalo Sabres in 2014-15. The 30-year-old has now participated in 184 career NHL contests.
Jared Knight agrees to terms with Wild 07-02-2015
Jared Knight C BOS
Jared Knight has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Minnesota Wild.

Chad Graff on Twitter
Minnesota acquired Knight from Boston back in March in exchange for Zack Phillips. Knight had four goals and 10 points in 52 games in 2014-15.
St. Louis re-signs Robert Bortuzzo 07-02-2015
Robert Bortuzzo D STL
Robert Bortuzzo has inked an extension with the St. Louis Blues.

Blues.nhl.com
The details of Bortuzzo's new contract weren't immediately available. He had eight goals and 93 penalty minutes in 51 contests with St. Louis and Pittsburgh in 2014-15.
Cole Schneider re-signs with Ottawa 07-02-2015
Cole Schneider LW OTT
The Ottawa Senators have signed Cole Schneider to a one-year extension.

Senators.nhl.com
Schneider will earn $110,000 at the AHL level or $700,000 annually if he plays in the NHL. He had 29 goals and 58 points in 69 contests last season.
Penguins sign Will O'Neill 07-02-2015
Will O'Neill D WPG
Will O'Neill has inked a one-year, two-way deal with Pittsburgh.

Penguins.nhl.com
O'Neill had 48 points and 74 penalty minutes in 72 AHL contests in 2014-15. He'll come with a $575,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level.
Brandon Halverson signs entry-level contract 07-02-2015
Brandon Halverson G NYR
Brandon Halverson has agreed to an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers.

Andrew Gross on Twitter
Halverson had a 2.63 GAA and .913 save percentage in 50 OHL games in 2014-15. He was taken with the 59th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Voynov accepts plea, to spend 90 days in jail 07-02-2015
Viatcheslav Voynov D LA
Slava Voynov has accepted a plea deal on his domestic assault charges and will spend 90 days in jail and serve three years probation.

Pro Hockey Talk
Voynov plead no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse. A violation of his probation would increase his sentence to 364 days. It's not clear what will happen after that for Voynov. He might face deportation and the Kings might also attempt to void his contract, as they recently did with Mike Richards. Currently, Voynov is suspended by both the team and the league.
Raphael Diaz's contract is worth $700K 07-02-2015
Raphael Diaz D NYR
Raphael Diaz's new contract with the New York Rangers is a one-year, $700,000 deal.

Tim Wharnsby on Twitter
The Diaz signing was reported on Wednesday, but now we have terms. He's not expected to have any fantasy value in standard leagues.
Martin St. Louis announces his retirement 07-02-2015
Martin St. Louis RW NYR
Martin St. Louis has decided to hang up his skates.

NHL.com
"I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride," St. Louis said. "I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years." St. Louis had 391 goals and 1,033 points in 1,134 games with the Calgary Flames, Lightning, and Rangers. He won the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay award after scoring 38 goals and a league-leading 94 points in 82 contests back in 2003-04. He won the Art Ross Trophy again more than a decade later with 60 points in 48 contests in the lockout shortened 2013 season. He's also a three-time Lady Byng winner and a Stanley Cup champion.
Mike Liambas signs with Chicago 07-02-2015
Mike Liambas LW NAS
Mike Liambas has inked a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Blackhawks.nhl.com
Liambas had eight points and 158 penalty minutes in 54 contests with the AHL Milwaukee Admirals last season. He's likely to spend the bulk, if not all, of the 2015-16 campaign in the minors.
Conor Allen, Predators agree on two-way deal 07-02-2015
Conor Allen D NYR
Conor Allen has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Nashville Predators.

Predators.nhl.com
Allen can earn $575,000 at the NHL level. He had 34 points and 113 penalty minutes in 72 contests in 2014-15.
Gabriel Bourque signs qualifying offer 07-02-2015
Gabriel Bourque LW NAS
Gabriel Bourque has decided to accept the Nashville Predators' qualifying offer.

Predators.nhl.com
Bourque will earn $866,250 in 2015-16 before being eligible to become a restricted free agent again. He had three goals and 13 points in 69 contests last season.
Jackets sign Brett Gallant to two-year deal 07-02-2015
Brett Gallant LW NYI
Brett Gallant has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bluejackets.nhl.com
Gallant had six points and 247 penalty minutes in 45 AHL contests in 2014-15. Obviously he would be a good source of PIM if he played regularly in the NHL, but that's not expected to happen.
Nashville inks Max Reinhart 07-02-2015
Max Reinhart C CAL
Max Reinhart has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Nashville Predators.

Predators.nhl.com
The Predators acquired Reinhart on Wednesday in exchange for a conditional fourth round pick. He had 15 goals and 39 points in 69 AHL contests in 2014-15. His deal is worth $575,000 if he plays in the NHL.
Jaime Sifers agrees to two-year deal 07-02-2015
Jaime Sifers D CLB
Jaime Sifers has inked a two-year, two-way deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bluejackets.nhl.com
Sifers had 22 points and 82 penalty minutes in 76 AHL contests in 2014-15. Before that he spent three seasons playing in Germany's top league.
Blue Jackets ink Bodnarchuk to one-year deal 07-02-2015
Andrew Bodnarchuk D LA
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed a one-year, two-way deal with Andrew Bodnarchuk.

Bluejackets.nhl.com
Bodnarchuk had 25 points and 84 penalty minutes in 61 AHL games last season. He's an organizational depth defenseman.
Danny Kristo agrees to two-way contract 07-02-2015
Danny Kristo RW NYR
Danny Kristo has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues.

Blues.nhl.com on Twitter
Kristo had 22 goals and 46 points in 72 AHL contests in 2014-15. The 25-year-old forward will probably start the campaign in the minors, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him make his NHL debut at some point during the season as an injury replacement.
Kevin Shattenkirk subject of trade rumors 07-02-2015
Kevin Shattenkirk D STL
Kevin Shattenkirk has been the subject of trade rumors lately.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Columbus, Edmonton, and Philadelphia have all been cited as possible destinations. Some of the trades we've seen over the last week serve as a reminder that anything is possible, that we would still be surprised if Shattenkirk was actually traded. Teams tend to move a player of Shattenkirk's caliber only when they're either rebuilding or feel the need to make the move from a cap perspective. Given that the Blues are both a competitive team and still have Shattenkirk locked up for another two seasons with a cap hit of $4.25 million annually, it just doesn't strike us as a logical time to make such a trade.
Jordan Leopold probably won't return to Wild 07-02-2015
Jordan Leopold D MIN
Jordan Leopold isn't likely to re-sign with the Minnesota Wild.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
The Wild re-signed Nate Prosser on Wednesday and adding Leopold on top of that would create something of a logjam. Leopold had a goal and four points in 43 contests with St. Louis, Columbus and Minnesota last season.
Derek Dorsett happy with Prust trade 07-02-2015
Derek Dorsett RW VAN
Derek Dorsett is thrilled that Brandon Prust is now a teammate.

Vancouver Province
The Canucks dealt Zack Kassian and a fifth round pick for Prust who will help Dorsett on the physical side of the game. Dorsett actually texted GM Jim Benning and said 'Thank you' upon hearing of the trade. Dorsett was almost solo up front in taking care of the physicality and things should be different in Vancouver this season.
Habs sign Christian Thomas to a two-way deal 07-02-2015
Christian Thomas RW MON
The Montreal Canadiens have signed Christian Thomas to a one-year, two-way deal.

Canadiens.nhl.com
Thomas had a goal in 18 contests with Montreal last season. He also had 11 goals and 22 points in 52 games in 2014-15.
Rob Flick signs two-way deal with Panthers 07-02-2015
Rob Flick C BOS
Rob Flick has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Florida Panthers.

Panthers.nhl.com
This is a depth signing and Flick is expected to start the 2015-16 campaign in AHL Portland. He had 19 goals and 24 points in 65 AHL contests last season.
Pavel Datsyuk might not be ready for 2015-16 07-02-2015
Pavel Datsyuk LW DET
Although Pavel Datsyuk's ankle surgery originally came with a four-to-six week timetable, that might not prove to be the case.

Detroit News
There's been some concern that Datsyuk might not be ready for the start of the 2015-16 campaign. This is a situation you'll want to check back after the summer, but before your fantasy draft(s) as it will obviously have an influence on Datsyuk's value.
Richards will likely serve as No. 2 center 07-02-2015
Brad Richards C DET
Brad Richards is projected to serve as Detroit's number two center in 2015-16.

Detroit News
That said, if Pavel Datsyuk (ankle) isn't ready by the start of the season, then Richards will be asked to help fill that void. Richards is still a solid center at the age of 35, but he's a borderline player in standard fantasy leagues.
Stars don't make a splash on July 1 07-02-2015
Ted Donato RW Bos
The Dallas Stars spent July 1 focused on re-signing their own players.

Dallas Morning News
Patrick Eaves and Curtis McKenzie both agreed to relatively inexperience extensions with the Stars while other squads were handing out big contracts. "We like what we have and we want to keep moving in that direction," said GM Jim Nill. "We're still open to trades or making changes, but we also want to make sure we stay consistent and build from within." It wouldn't be surprising if the Stars' big addition this summer proves to be Antti Niemi. The team does have cap space left, but it will have some big free agents to deal with over the next couple of years, including Alex Goligoski and Jamie Benn.
Kyle Palmieri happy to be a Devil 07-02-2015
Kyle Palmieri C NJ
Kyle Palmieri is happy to be a New Jersey Devil.

Newark Star-Ledger
Palmieri grew up a Rangers fan and while some of his close friends growing up still cheer for the Rangers, he is happy to be near home. "That's alright. I have a couple of friends who are still Rangers fans who are going to be gritting their teeth during those games," Palmieri told NJ Advance Media. "It's something I'm excited for. I grew up around that rivalry. I know how big it was and how intense the games are. But I guess I really won't have an idea until our first big game against them. I can't wait for it." Palmieri should provide some scoring for the Devils as he had 14 goals and 29 points in just 59 games last season.
No talks between McBain and the Kings 07-02-2015
Jamie McBain D LA
There have been no on-going talks between Jamie McBain and the Los Angeles Kings.

LAKings.com
McBain is a UFA and there may not be a spot available for him in Los Angeles. Stay tuned as McBain had three goals and nine points in 26 games with the Kings last season.
Strome not expected to crack Coyotes lineup 07-02-2015
Do not expect Dylan Strome to crack the Arizona lineup next season.

Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
The Coyotes were quite active in the free agency market on Wednesday and added Brad Richardson down the middle. They also re-acquired Boyd Gordon in a trade on Tuesday and with Max Domi set to make the roster this season, there is no reason to rush the 18-year-old Strome who was selected with the third overall pick in the 2015 Draft on Friday. He led the OHL in points with 129 and could use another year of junior hockey along with playing for Canada at the U20 Championships in Finland.
Ducks, Jakob Silfverberg continue to talk 07-02-2015
Jakob Silfverberg RW ANA
The Anaheim Ducks and Jakob Silfverberg continue to talk about a contract extension.

Orange County Register
Silfverberg is a restricted free agent and the Ducks want him back in their lineup after an outstanding playoffs where he had four goals and 18 points in only 16 games. Silfverberg struggled in the regular season with only 13 goals and 39 points in 81 games but the post-season showed many what kind of hockey player he is capable of being.
Zack Kassian looks for more consistency 07-02-2015
Zack Kassian RW MON
Zack Kassian openly admits that he had more to give then he did with the Vancouver Canucks and aims for more consistency in Montreal.

NHL.com
"I need to find consistency," Kassian told TSN. "Honestly, after spending 3 1/2 years, four year in the League I know what I have to do to be the player I need to be. This summer I'm really taking strides forward. Coming into next year I want to have a big year." Kassian, 24, had 10 goals and 16 points in 42 games for the Canucks last season. In 2013-14 he set career-highs with 14 goals and 29 points in 73 games. He's at the put up or shut stage of his career and it seems the Canucks lost patience with him. We'll see if a fresh start in Montreal changes his fate.
Justin Williams signs 2-year deal with Caps 07-02-2015
Justin Williams RW WAS
Unrestricted free agent Justin Williams has signed a two-year, 6.5 million dollar deal to play with the Washington Capitals.

Pierre LeBrun in Twitter
The LA Kings wanted to keep the 2014 Conn Smythe winner on its team but ultimately the salary cap pinch got in the way. The three time Stanley Cup winner departs the Kings with 427 regular season games played with Los Angeles between 2008-15. Williams totaled 103 goals, 163 assists and 266 points. In all, he played 500 regular season and postseason games with the club.