News: The Canucks re-signed Alex Biega on Tuesday, the Province reports. Analysis: Alex Biega, who notched a goal in seven games with the big club in 2014-15, spent most of the season with AHL Utica, where he recorded 19 points in 62 games. The 27-year-old is thus slated to reprise his role as a depth blueliner for the Canucks' organization.
News: Drew Stafford signed a two-year, $8.7 million deal to remain with the Jets on Tuesday, Sportsnet.ca's Elliotte Friedman reports. Analysis: The 29-year-old Drew Stafford, who was acquired from Buffalo in February, finished up the 2014-15 season with 18 goals and 43 points in 76 games overall, but his production picked up with the Jets (19 points in 26 games), earning him a nice two-year payday with the team in advance of free agency. He'll likely be ticketed for a second- or third-line role this coming season.
News: Dougie Hamilton signed a six-year, $34.5 million deal with the Flames on Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports reports. Analysis: Dougie Hamilton came over from Boston in a trade last week, and it appears he's viewed as a key part of the Flames' future. The 22-year-old, who showed flashes of promise as a member of the Bruins, notched 42 points in an average of 21:20 of ice time per game last season.
News: Artem Anisimov was acquired by the Blackhawks on Tuesday along with forwards Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp, and a 2016 fourth-round draft pick. The Blue Jackets will receive forwards Brandon Saad and Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta in return. Analysis: Like many of the Blue Jackets' forwards last season, Artem Anisimov was felled by the injury bug in 2014-15, appearing in only 52 games and providing seven points and 27 games. He offers some ability from the faceoff dot and is capable of producing in a depth-scoring role, not unlike soon-to-be free agent Antoine Vermette, who is not expected to be re-signed. The 27-year-old Anisimov carries a $3.283 million cap hit for the coming season, so it may be challenging for the Blackhawks to fit him under the cap.
News: Marko Dano (knee) was acquired by the Blackhawks on Tuesday along with forwards Artem Anisimov, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp, and a 2016 fourth-round draft choice. The Blue Jackets received forwards Brandon Saad and Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta in return. Analysis: After the Blackhawks were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension with Saad, the team elected to trade the restricted free agent and pick something up for him in return rather than facing the prospect of another team offering him a pricey offer sheet. Of the pieces Chicago received in return, Marko Dano rates as the most intriguing. The 20-year-old flashed plenty of talent during his 35 games with the Blue Jackets last season, totaling eight goals and 21 points. He'll likely have a chance at claiming a third-line role with the Blackhawks out of camp, and could make for a worthy late-round upside target in deeper formats.
News: Alex Broadhurst was acquired Tuesday by the Blue Jackets in the deal that also sent forward Brandon Saad and defenseman Michael Paliotta to Columbus. In return, the Blackhawks will receive forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, and Corey Tropp, along with a 2016 fourth-round draft choice. Analysis: Saad is the headliner of the deal, but the additions of Alex Broadhurst and Paliotta should help bolster the depth of the Blue Jackets' prospect pool. The 22-year-old Broadhurst tallied six goals and 14 points in 29 games for AHL Rockford last season, and will presumably open the 2015-16 campaign at the Jackets' minor-league affiliate in Columbus. The 5-foot-10 winger is probably still a year or two away from potentially making an impact with the parent club.
News: Michael Paliotta was acquired by the Blue Jackets on Tuesday along with forwards Brandon Saad and Alex Broadhurst. In return, the Blackhawks received forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, and Corey Tropp, along with a 2016 fourth-round draft choice. Analysis: Saad, a restricted free agent, was the key to the deal, but Michael Paliotta makes for an attractive throw-in to the deal. The 22-year-old wrapped up his four-year career at the University of Vermont and made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks late in the regular season, recording an assist in his lone game. He'll likely open 2015-16 at AHL Springfield, but he could find himself on the Jackets' second or third defensive pairing before long.
News: Jeremy Morin was acquired Tuesday by the Blackhawks along with forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Corey Tropp, and a 2016 fourth-round draft choice. In return, the Blue Jackets received forwards Brandon Saad and Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta. Analysis: Jeremy Morin, 24, collected six points (two goals, four assists) in 43 games between Columbus and Chicago last season. He was previously acquired by the Blue Jackets from the Hawks via a trade on Dec. 14, but will head back to the Windy City for a second stint. Morin has 22 points (10 goals and 12 assists) in 82 career NHL games and doesn't project as much more than a fourth-line player with the Blackhawks.
News: Brandon Saad was traded to the Blue Jackets on Tuesday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. The Blackhawks will receive forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, and Corey Tropp along with a 2016 fourth-round draft choice in the deal, while the Blue Jackets will pick up forward Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta in addition to Saad. Analysis: The Blackhawks experienced some traction in their initial extension talks with Brandon Saad, but the two sides were eventually expected to reach an agreement on a new deal. However, with the prospect of another team submitting a huge offer sheet to Saad -- a restricted free agent -- becoming a looming issue, the Blackhawks decided to try to get something back in return for the forward rather than lose him outright. After scoring 23 goals and 52 points in the regular season and submitting a strong playoff performance as the Blackhawks claimed the Stanley Cup, Saad was expected to assume an even greater role in 2015-16, but his circumstances shouldn't change too dramatically with his new team. Though he won't have the luxury of potentially playing alongside Jonathan Toews, Ryan Johansen is one of the league's top up-and-coming centers, and could help Saad elevate his game to new heights.
News: Predators GM David Poile said Shea Weber is progressing well in his recovery from a dislocated kneecap. Analysis: Poile suggested that Shea Weber is about "90 percent" healthy, putting the defenseman on track to be back at full strength by the start of training camp. The knee injury limited Weber's prevented him from suiting up during much of the Preds' opening-round playoff series against the eventual Stanley Cup-champion Blackhawks, putting a damper on another strong season for the blueliner. He finished the campaign with 15 goals, 45 points, and a plus-15 rating over 78 games.