News: Nicolas Deschamps signed a one-year contract with Oulu Karpat of Finland's Liiga last week, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Nicolas Deschamps was non-tendered by the Capitals earlier this offseason, after scoring 15 goals and adding 25 assists over 65 games with AHL Hershey last season. The 24-year-old cited a desire to avoid the uncertain nature of a two-way deal as his primary reason for heading overseas, but he does hope to return to North America at some point later in his career.
News: Keaton Ellerby re-signed with the Jets on a one-year, two-way contract Thursday. Analysis: The Jets didn't extend a qualifying offer to Keaton Ellerby after the season ended, but elected to bring the 25-year-old back in unrestricted free agency to shore up some depth on defense. The blue liner has dealt with much tumult on the personal front this season after three of his extended family members were murdered, which understandably explains why he took until late July to sign with a team. Ellerby is expected to be available once training camp starts, but the Jets will likely be willing to grant him additional time off he might need while coping with the tragedy.
News: Daniel Winnik signed a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs on Monday. Analysis: The 29-year-old appeared in 76 games for the Ducks last season, notching career highs in assists (24) and points (30). He also added 23 penalty minutes to go with a plus-six rating. One of the better available role players, Daniel Winnik should step into a consistent role with Toronto next season, likely as a member of their third or fourth line.
News: Tomas Tatar signed a three-year deal with the Red Wings on Monday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: Tomas Tatar tallied 19 goals and 20 helpers over 73 games with the Red Wings in 2013-14, and should serve a similar role with the team moving forward. The 23-year-old winger had a breakout season last year, and has potential to make a noteworthy fantasy impact if he continues to improve at this pace.
News: Jonathan Bernier (sports hernia) may face competition from James Reimer for the starter's job in training camp, according to Toronto's Sportsnet590 TheFAN. James Reimer says he was told there was a "definite opportunity" for him to win back the starter's gig. Analysis: Maybe it's semantics and maybe it's a ploy to get Reimer re-signed. Who knows? Jonathan Bernier clearly won the starter's gig last year, but he did suffer an injury that put him on the sidelines for a period of time. Camp should be interesting, although our money is on Bernier.
News: James Reimer was happy to re-sign in Toronto after being told during negotiations that there was a "definite opportunity" to regain his starting role, according to Toronto's Sportsnet590 The FAN. Analysis: Optimus Reims told the station on Monday morning that management will give him a chance to win the starter's job. This comes as a surprise to us, especially given how Jonathan Bernier performed last season. Perhaps this comes down to semantics and the exact definition of opportunity. His contract is still tradeable, although the Buds don't have much of a backup plan in place to replace him. Stay tuned.
News: Martin St. Pierre signed with Medvescak of the KHL, the Montreal Gazette reports. Analysis: Martin St. Pierre was the captain of the Hamitlon Bulldogs in the American Hockey League last season. He scored a team-high 38 points.
News: The Rangers re-signed Derick Brassard to a five-year, $25 million contract extension Sunday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Analysis: Derick Brassard filed for salary arbitration with the Rangers earlier in July, but the two sides were able to agree to terms on a new deal without an official hearing. The center racked up 18 goals and 27 assists in 81 games last season, and will be counted on to help fill the hole left after the departure of Brad Richards.
News: Ben Bishop (wrist) "seems on track" for training camp, reports Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. Bishop underwent surgery on his right wrist at the end of April. Analysis: The Vezina candidate will be the Bolts' go-to guy once again in 2014-15 and will be motivated to prove that last season's breakout wasn't a fluke. Draft with confidence.
News: Luke Adam, who was given a qualifying offer by Buffalo in June, re-signed with the team Sunday on a one-year contract. Analysis: A second-round pick in a pretty loaded 2008 draft class, Luke Adam has been one of the Sabres' most perplexing prospects. The 24-year-old can be a feared power forward when he is performing well, but those times can be quite rare. Adam had a good season for the Amerks but did little in 12 games with the Sabres (one goal, 16 shots). The Sabres are going to give Adam another year to prove himself, and on a team loaded with prospects, a poor performance could mean a change of scenery.