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 just $575,000 over the next two seasons, but he still carries a cap hit of just under $5 million, 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 last season, is eligible to be voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this week.
News: Linden Vey signed a one-year, $1 million contract extension with the Canucks on Monday, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports. Analysis: Linden Vey had a bumpy first season in Vancouver, and ended up finishing with 10 goals and 14 assists across 75 games. The Canucks probably view the 23-year-old as a bottom-six option in their forward ranks heading into 2015-16.
News: Drayson Bowman wasn't tendered a contract by the Canadiens, making him an unrestricted free agent, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Drayson Bowman spent most of the 2014-15 campaign with AHL Hamilton, where he produced 14 goals and 19 assists in 62 games. He made three appearances with the Canadiens during the course of the season, but at 26 years old, he's no longer much of a prospect.
News: Eric Tangradi wasn't tendered a contract by the Canadiens, making him an unrestricted free agent, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Eric Tangradi skated in seven games for the Habs in 2014-15, logging no points. The 26-year-old will try to land a two-way contract with another club this offseason.
News: Andrej Nestrasil signed a two-year, $1.825 million contract with the Hurricanes on Monday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Analysis: The 24-year-old split his first NHL season with the Red Wings and Hurricanes, tallying seven goals and 13 assists across 54 games. Andrej Nestrasil, who was claimed off waivers by the Hurricanes on Nov. 20, ended up leading the team in plus/minus rating, and likely would have posted bigger numbers had he not been felled by the injury bug. He could have a shot at claiming a second- or third-line role for the 'Canes in 2015-16.
News: Ian Cole re-signed Monday with the Penguins to a three-year, $6.3 million contract, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: The Penguins' acquisition of Ian Cole on March 2 was one of quieter moves of trade deadline day, but it proved to be a vital one for Pittsburgh. With the team down several key defensemen due to injury late in the season, Cole came through in a big way, accruing seven points in a seven-game stretch from March 26 through April 7. The Pens' blue-line ranks should be healthier heading into 2015-16, but Cole likely solidified himself as a regular member of the team's second or third pairing due to his play.
News: Chris Wideman re-signed Monday with the Senators on a one-year, two-way contract, Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen reports. Analysis: With the Senators dealing away veteran blueliner Eric Gryaba during this past weekend's NHL draft, Chris Wideman decided to stick around with the organization in the hope of earning a look with the parent club in 2015-16. Wideman, 25, offers a ton of offensive upside from the blue line, having recorded a total of 19 goals and 42 assists over 75 games with AHL Binghamton last season. Wideman's game compares similarly to two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, though he obviously shouldn't be expected to have that kind of impact should he eventually earn NHL minutes. He'll try to earn a third-pairing role with the Senators out of training camp.
News: Marcus Kruger could have a new contract before the start of NHL free agency on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: Blackhawks' general manager Stan Bowman said that Marcus Kruger along with Brandon Saad, both restricted free agents and unrestricted free agent Andrew Desjardins are considered priorities to re-sign. After winning the Stanley Cup, Kruger admitted that he dealt with a few injuries during the Stanley Cup run and was unsure if he would need surgery in the off-season. Kruger's thing is not on the offensive end with only seven goals and 10 assists during the 2014-15 regular season. He is the Blackhawks penalty-killing specialist who matches up against the top centermen on the other team. Kruger also excels on the face-off. He is completing a two-year, $2.65 million contract after the 2012-13 season.
News: Austin Watson signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Predators on Monday, Adam Vingan of The Tennesseean reports. Analysis: A former first-round pick by Nashville in 2010, Austin Watson has spent the last two seasons with AHL Milwaukee. He led Milwaukee with 26 goals last season, and could have the opportunity to earn a longer look with the Predators in 2015-16.