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: Predators GM David Poile admitted Tuesday that the team is looking to trade Magnus Hellberg this summer, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports. Analysis: With Pekka Rinne and Carter Hutton under contract for 2015-16 and the Predators comfortable with the duo of Marek Mazanec and Juuse Saros at the AHL level, the organization has no incentive to keep carrying Magnus Hellberg. At 24 years old and coming off a season in which he posted a respectable 2.33 GAA and .913 save percentage in 38 appearances with AHL Milwaukee, Hellberg could warrant interest from another team looking for goalie depth in the minor-league ranks.
News: Anders Lee signed a four-year, $15 million contract extension with the Islanders on Tuesday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Analysis: Anders Lee shined in his first full NHL season in 2014-15, scoring 25 goals and chipping in 16 points in 76 games. For a time, he even saw top-line minutes alongside John Tavares, something that could occur with more regularity if the Islanders elect to part ways with Kyle Okposo during the summer. Regardless, the 24-year-old should be locked into a role on one of the Isles' two scoring lines until his deal expires at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.
News: Scott Clemmensen will hang up his skates and take a job as the Devils' goaltending development coach, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. Analysis: The 37-year-old Scott Clemmensen was slated to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday, but with little more than a reserve role with an AHL club likely to be offered up to him from prospective teams, it appears he's decided to retire. A veteran of 12 NHL seasons, Clemmensen will wrap up his career with a 73-59 record, 2.79 GAA, and .905 save percentage over 191 appearances with the Devils, Maple Leafs, and Panthers.
News: Anton Forsberg is still recovering from an offseason scope on his right knee, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: It was only a cleanup procedure rather than a full reconstructive one, so Anton Forsberg is expected to be back at full health by the time training camp starts in the fall. The 22-year-old excelled with AHL Springfield last season, but faltered when he was called upon to serve as the Blue Jackets' No. 2 goalie when Sergei Bobrovsky missed time due to injury. Over five appearances, Forsberg submitted a dismal 4.69 GAA and .866 save percentage. He'll likely head back to Springfield again to open the 2015-16 campaign.
News: The Red Wings re-signed Brendan Smith to a two-year contract on Tuesday, the team's official site reports. Analysis: Per MLive.com's Ansar Khan, Brendan Smith's new deal is worth $2.75 million per season. The 26-year-old blueliner is coming off a season in which he suited up in a career-high 76 games for the Wings, notching 13 points and 68 penalty minutes. He's only an option in deeper formats for now, however, especially given his limited power play opportunities.
News: The Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Brett Connolly, csnne.com reports. Analysis: The same applies to fellow forward Ryan Spooner, with both restricted free agents ticketed for regular duty this coming season, more so with the the team having parted ways with forwards Carl Soderberg and Milan Lucic. While it's too early to get a great read on how the B's lines might shake out next season, Brett Connolly has a shot to land a top-six role and in such a scenario, he could emerge on the fantasy radar. He's coming off a 2014-15 campaign in which he recorded 12 goals and 17 points in 55 NHL games, including five in a Boston uniform following his trade from Tampa Bay.
News: Brian Flynn agreed to a two-year, $1.9 million contract extension 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 points in 63 combined games. The 26-year-old typically saw time on the Habs' fourth line last season, a role he seems destined to fill again in 2015-16.