News: Jesse Blacker wasn't tendered a qualifying offer by the Panthers on Monday and will become an unrestricted free agent, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Analysis: Acquired from the Ducks in December, Jesse Blacker spent all of his time in the Panthers organization with AHL San Antonio, where he recorded 18 points across 40 games. The 24-year-old possesses some pedigree as a former second-round selection in 2009, so he'll still likely draw interest in free agency from a number of clubs.
News: Brandon Saad appears to be further apart from signing a new contract with the Blackhawks, Score 670 AM in Chicago reports. Analysis: Hawks' general manager Stan Bowman has said that he wanted to get Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger, both restricted free agents signed by Wednesday, the start of NHL free agency. The Blackhawks want to sign Saad to a two-year contract at about $2.8 million per year while Saad's side is apparent looking for a long-term deal worth about $4 million per year. Despite the apparent discrepancy with the dollar numbers, Saad should re-sign with the Hawks. Saad's numbers for 2014-15 of 23 goals and 29 assists were slightly better than his first full NHL season in 13-14 of 19 goals and 28 assists. But it was his post-season numbers of eight goals and three assists along with his all-around play in the Stanley Cup playoffs that have people raving that the Blackhawks will re-sign the restricted free agent. With the expected departure of Patrick Sharp from the Blackhawks, Saad could be in for a big 2015-16 season.
News: Alexander Semin was placed on unconditional waivers Tuesday, and the Hurricanes are expected to buy out his contract, NHL.com reports. Analysis: Alexander Semin will be subject to waivers, and if he clears he'll be bought out by the team Wednesday afternoon. The 31-year-old has three years remaining on the five-year, $35 million extension he inked with Carolina in March of 2013. Semin tallied only six goals and 13 assists in 57 games this past season.
News: Matt Lindblad wasn't tendered a qualifying offer Monday by the Bruins and will become an unrestricted free agent, Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports. Analysis: Matt Lindblad appeared in two games for the big club during the past season, but he was viewed as strictly a depth player by the organization. There's a chance that the Bruins could still re-sign him, though it's likely he'll try to find an opportunity with another club that might offer a clearer path to ice time.
News: Michael Leighton signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on Tuesday, ESPN Chicago reports. Analysis: Michael Leighton hasn't played in the NHL since 2012-13, and he'll likely just provide organizational goaltending depth in the AHL. He had a .920 save percentage and 2.26 GAA in 42 AHL appearances last season.
News: The Lightning re-signed Andrej Sustr to a two-year, one-way contract. Analysis: Andrej Sustr received a qualifying offer over the weekend, and it didn't take long for the two sides to reach an agreement. He'll likely open 2015-16 as part of Tampa Bay's third defensive pairing, coming off a 13-point season (all assists) in 72 appearances. Sustr's two-year contract is worth $2.9 million, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.
News: The Flyers traded Zac Rinaldo to the Bruins on Monday for a third-round draft choice in the 2017 NHL Draft, NHL.com reports. Analysis: Zac Rinaldo, who tallied one goal and six points to go along with 109 penalty minutes in 58 games for Philadelphia this past season, adds depth and grit to the B's forward mix, but he's presumably ticketed for a fourth-line/agitator role that limits his fantasy utility to PIM-heavy formats.
News: Chris Pronger was dealt to the Coyotes over the weekend along with defenseman Niklas Grossmann in exchange for forward Sam Gagner, a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2016 or a third-round pick in 2017, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Chris Pronger's playing career came to an end during the 2011-12 season due to post-concussion issues and an eye injury, but he still has two years remaining on the seven-year, $34.5 million contract he inked with the Flyers in the summer of 2009. His contract will cost the Coyotes $575,000 over both of the next two seasons and carries a cap hit of just under $5 million annually, which will help Arizona in their attempt to meet the league's salary-cap minimum. The 40-year-old Pronger, who was hired by the NHL's Department of Player Safety last season, is eligible to be voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this week.
News: Carl Hagelin was given a qualifying offer by the Ducks on Monday, the Los Angeles Times reports. Analysis: This was a foregone conclusion after the Ducks acquired Carl Hagelin, a restricted free agent, from the Rangers at the draft. He's likely in for a raise this season and could see an uptick in minutes in his new digs, but Hagelin's offensive limitations -- mostly his mediocre shooting ability -- make him best suited for a third-line role.
News: Jakob Silfverberg was given a qualifying offer by the Ducks on Monday, the Los Angeles Times reports. Analysis: After making $850,000 last season, Jakob Silfverberg looks to be in line for a significant raise following his 39-point regular season and 18 points in the playoffs. He should also be looking at regular second-line work for the Ducks next season, which could lead to a scoring breakout for the highly talented Swede.