News: Chris Breen signed a two-way contract for the 2015-16 season with the Bruins on Thursday. Analysis: Chris Breen spent the majority of last season with AHL Providence and managed to compile 52 appearances during the 2014-15 campaign. The Ontario native is likely in line for another year spent in the AHL, as he only has nine NHL appearances throughout his career.
News: Artem Anisimov is expected to center the Blackhawks' second line during the upcoming season, Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago reports. Analysis: After acquiring Artem Anisimov Monday in the Brandon Saad trade, the Blackhawks affirmed their commitment to carve out a bigger role for the 27-year-old pivot by signing him to a five-year, $22.75 million contract extension the following day while unrestricted free agents Brad Richards and Antoine Vermette signed with other clubs. The Blackhawks have had some instability at the second-line center spot for the last several seasons, but the team is hoping that Anisimov can finally end the carousel. It's unclear who Anisimov will skate next to in 2015-16, but coach Joel Quenneville's historical tendency to separate Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane could allow Anisimov to ride shotgun with one of the league's most potent goal scorers.
News: Jani Hakanpaa has elected to sign a two-year contract with Karpat of the Finnish Elite League rather than remain in North America, Andrew Allsman of KMOV.com reports. Analysis: Jani Hakanpaa appeared to fall down the Blues' defensive depth chart at AHL Chicago last season after recording just eight points in 64 games. The 23-year-old was tendered a qualifying offer, but he evidently decided a better opportunity for him existed overseas. He'll return to his native country for the next two seasons, but the Blues will retain his rights.
News: Martin St. Louis announced his retirement as an NHL player on Thursday. Analysis: The 40-year-old winger, who recorded 21 goals and 52 points in 74 games with the Rangers last season, finishes up his distinguished 16-year NHL career with 391 goals and 1,033 points in 1,134 games. In addition to being a member of the Lightning when the team won the 2003-04 Stanley Cup, Martin St. Louis -- who entered the league as an undrafted free agent -- also earned his share of individual honors. Most notably, he was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP in 2003-04, as well as being a two-time Art Ross Trophy winner and three-time recipient of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.
News: Brett Gallant signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Blue Jackets on Thursday. Analysis: The 26-year-old had two goals and four assists while racking up 247 penalty minutes in 45 games last season with AHL Bridgeport. The 6-foot, 198-pound left wing adds depth and toughness to the Columbus organization up front. He will likely start the season with AHL Springfield and spend plenty of time in the penalty box.
News: James Wright signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders on Thursday. Analysis: James Wright skated in the KHL last season, posting 19 points in 53 games for Zagreb Medvescak. He's previously appeared in 146 NHL games with the Jets and Lightning, but the Islanders seem to be viewing him strictly as a depth option for their AHL squad.
News: Bracken Kearns signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders on Thursday. Analysis: The 34-year-old Bracken Kearns played overseas last season, racking up 20 points in 45 games in the Finnish Elite League. He'll serve as a depth option on the wing for the Islanders at AHL Bridgeport.
News: Ben Holmstrom signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders on Thursday. Analysis: Ben Holmstrom suited up for AHL Charlotte in the Hurricanes organization last season, accruing five goals and 15 assists in 62 games. He'll function as forward depth in the minors for the Islanders.
News: Max Reinhart signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Predators on Thursday. Analysis: The 23-year-old signs one day after being sent from Calgary to Nashville for a conditional fourth-round draft pick. Max Reinhart has seen the ice in 23 NHL games over the past three seasons with the Flames, so although he'll get a chance to compete for a roster spot with the Predators, it's likely he'll start the season with AHL Milwaukee.
News: Jaime Sifers signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Blue Jackets on Thursday. Analysis: The 32-year-old defenseman totaled three goals and 19 assists in 76 games during the 2014-15 season with AHL Springfield. The veteran, who has appeared in 37 NHL games throughout his career, slots in as a depth blueliner for the Blue Jackets.