News: Brian Flynn agreed to a two-year, $1.9 million deal with the Canadiens on Tuesday, NHL.com reports. "We're very pleased to have reached an agreement with Brian. A fast, versatile and reliable player, Brian bought into the team's philosophy from the very first day. He brings the right attitude to the dressing room day in and day out, and has a professional approach to the game. We are proud to have him among our group of forwards," said general manager Marc Bergevin. Analysis: Brian Flynn came over from the Sabres at the trade deadline and finished the season with five goals and 12 assists for 17 point sin 63 combined games. The 26-year-old was mostly a disappointment during the regular season, but he broke through with three points in six postseason games.
News: Ryan O'Reilly says he is more comfortable playing center and expects to play at that position for the Sabres, reports the Olean Times Herald. Analysis: On a team that lacks true centers, Ryan O'Reilly is a good candidate to be the team's new No. 1, and head coach Dan Bylsma certainly said as much after the trade. The Sabres will have a bit of a logjam at camp, with Zemgus Girgensons, David Legwand, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart all preferring to play center. While general manager Tim Murray noted that O'Reilly has played on the wing in the past, O'Reilly is arguably the team's best faceoff specialist. With an increased role, O'Reilly has the potential to set new career-highs. It's likely he'll begin camp playing alongside Tyler Ennis, the team's reigning top scorer and teammate at the most recent World Championships.
News: Cody Hodgson has cleared waivers, reports Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman. Analysis: No surprise Cody Hodgson cleared waivers, as his performance doesn't nearly justify his cap hit. After signing a lucrative extension with the Sabres, Hodgson's play fell off a cliff, having never improved his skating, consistency or defensive play. The Sabres will buy him out shortly, making him an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Hodgson's fantasy value can only rebound if he starts scoring again and plays on a team that is willing to give him a scoring role.
News: Brad Boyes was placed on buyout waivers Tuesday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. Analysis: Brad Boyes will be subject to waivers and will likely be bought out of the remaining $2.5 million on his contract for next season. It's somewhat of a puzzling move, as Boyes recorded a respectable 38 points in 78 games last season. His $2.5 million salary for 2015-16 isn't overly crippling for a team well below the cap, and he's actually set to make less next season than he did in 2014-15.
News: Sam Gagner has been informed by the Flyers that the team intends to keep him on the roster, CSN's Tim Panaccio reports. Analysis: Sam Gagner was acquired via trade over the weekend, and the initial expectation was that he would be bought out by the Flyers. However, the team said Tuesday that it intends to hang onto Gagner, and neither a buyout nor a trade is in the works.
News: Martin Jones was traded to the Sharks on Tuesday in exchange for a 2016 first-round pick and Sean Kuraly, NHL.com reports. Analysis: Martin Jones, who spent last season with the Kings, was acquired by the Bruins just four days ago. He appeared in 15 games in 2014-15, going 4-5-2 with a 2.25 GAA and .906 save percentage.
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, 670 AM The Score reports. Analysis: GM Stan Bowman has said that he wanted to get Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger -- both restricted free agents -- signed by Wednesday, the start of the NHL's free agency period, but those efforts have been more difficult than anticipated. The Blackhawks are looking to sign Saad to a two-year contract extension at about $2.8 million annually, while Saad's representatives are apparently looking for a long-term deal worth about $4 million per year. Saad's 2014-15 totals of 23 goals and 29 assists were slightly better than his first full NHL season, and his potential to raise those numbers as he ages should eventually result in the Blackhawks reaching an agreement with the restricted free agent. The team is expected to trade Patrick Sharp at some point this summer to create cap space for Saad's new deal.
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.