News: John Moore signed a three-year, $4.8 million contract with the Devils on Wednesday, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Analysis: After he was surprisingly non-tendered by the Coyotes on Monday, John Moore didn't take long to latch on with a new team in unrestricted free agency. The 24-year-old Moore offers a left-handed shot and ideal size (6-foot-3, 202 pounds) for a Devils defense that already has a good young core in place. The blueliner tallied two goals and 11 points across 57 games with the Rangers and Coyotes last season.
News: Greg Pateryn signed a two-year contract extension with the Canadiens on Wednesday, CTV Montreal reports. Analysis: "Greg is a young defenceman who has developed very well. He enjoys the physical play and brings more depth to our defensive group," GM Marc Bergevin noted of the blueliner. In 17 regular season games with the Canadiens this past season, Greg Pateryn did not record a point, though the 25-year-old defender did manage three helpers in seven playoff games.
News: Barret Jackman signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Predators on Wednesday, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports. Analysis: After 12 years in St. Louis, Barret Jackman will join another franchise for the first time in his career. As was the case during his final few seasons with the Blues, Jackman will be suiting up for one of the league's deeper defensemen ranks, as he'll join a Predators roster that includes All-Stars Shea Weber and Roman Josi and promising youngsters Ryan Ellis and Seth Jones. Those four players figure to shoulder most of the offensive burden from the blue line, leaving Jackman to do what he does best -- agitating opposing forwards and providing sound decision-making in front of his own net.
News: The Maple Leafs signed P.A. Parenteau to a one-year deal on Wednesday, TSN.ca reports. Analysis: P.A. Parenteau, whose contract was bought out by the Habs, notched 22 points in 56 games for Montreal last season. He'll look to bounce back with the Leafs and if he secures a more prominent role with his new team -- a plausible outcome -- the 32-year-old forward is capable of a bounce-back in 2015-16.
News: Cody Hodgson signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Predators on Wednesday, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports. Analysis: Last season, the Predators cashed in on a low-risk, high-reward signing in Mike Ribeiro, and it looks like they're hoping on following that template again with Cody Hodgson. Once viewed as a key member of the Sabres' rebuild, Hodgson was never able to get on the same wavelength with coach Ted Nolan last season, resulting in a stark decline in his ice time and offensive productivity (six goals, 13 points in 78 games). After having his contract bought by the Sabres a day earlier, Hodgson will now look to rehabilitate his value in Nashville, where he should have the good fortune of playing next to a far greater pool of talent than in Buffalo. This deal could be a steal for the Preds.
News: Michael Frolik signed a five-year, $21.5 million contract with the Flames on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. Analysis: The Flames' top line of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and Jiri Hudler was as good as any in the league, but the team's lack of secondary scoring prompted them to go out and lure Michael Frolik away from Winnipeg. Frolik, who has produced back-to-back 42-point campaigns for the Jets, figures to slot in at one of the wing spots on the second line for Calgary alongside up-and-coming center Mikael Backlund.
News: Mark Letestu signed a three-year contract with the Oilers on Wednesday, NHL.com reports. Analysis: Mark Letestu, whose deal is worth an average of $1.8 million per season, is coming off a campaign in which he notched 13 points in 54 games for Columbus. With the Oilers, the 30-year pivot brings a veteran presence to the table in his role as a bottom-six forward.
News: The Canucks traded Zack Kassian and a fifth-round draft pick to the Canadiens on Wednesday in exchange for Brandon Prust, TSN.ca reports. Analysis: Brandon Prust, who scored four goals and added 14 assists for the Habs in 82 games this past season, will give the Canucks some added grit up front, while retaining some value in PIM-friendly fantasy formats. In 451 career NHL contests, he's racked up 977 penalty minutes.
News: The Canucks traded Zack Kassian and a fifth-round draft pick to the Canadiens on Wednesday in exchange for Brandon Prust, TSN.ca reports. Analysis: Zack Kassian, who notched 10 goals and 16 points in 42 games with the Canucks this past season to go along with 81 PIM, bolsters the Habs' depth and size up front. His fantasy upside, however, hinges on who his 2015-16 linemates end up being, but the 2009 first-rounder still has some untapped potential.
News: Jori Lehtera signed a three-year, $14.1 million extension with the Blues on Wednesday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: Jori Lehtera was already under contract for 2015-16 at a cap hit of $2.25, so the extension will take his term with the Blues to the end of the 2018-19 season. An under-the-radar import from the KHL a season ago, Lehtera shined as the Blues' second-line center next to Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, as he racked up 14 goals, 30 assists, and a plus-21 rating over 75 regular-season matches.