News: Michael Frolik signed a five-year, $21.5 million contract with the Flames on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. Analysis: The Flames' top line of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and Jiri Hudler was as good as any in the league, but the team's lack of secondary scoring prompted them to go out and lure Michael Frolik away from Winnipeg. Frolik, who has produced back-to-back 42-point campaigns for the Jets, figures to slot in at one of the wing spots on the second line for Calgary alongside up-and-coming center Mikael Backlund.
News: Mark Letestu signed a three-year contract with the Oilers on Wednesday, NHL.com reports. Analysis: Mark Letestu, whose deal is worth an average of $1.8 million per season, is coming off a campaign in which he notched 13 points in 54 games for Columbus. With the Oilers, the 30-year pivot brings a veteran presence to the table in his role as a bottom-six forward.
News: The Canucks traded Zack Kassian and a fifth-round draft pick to the Canadiens on Wednesday in exchange for Brandon Prust, TSN.ca reports. Analysis: Brandon Prust, who scored four goals and added 14 assists for the Habs in 82 games this past season, will give the Canucks some added grit up front, while retaining some value in PIM-friendly fantasy formats. In 451 career NHL contests, he's racked up 977 penalty minutes.
News: The Canucks traded Zack Kassian and a fifth-round draft pick to the Canadiens on Wednesday in exchange for Brandon Prust, TSN.ca reports. Analysis: Zack Kassian, who notched 10 goals and 16 points in 42 games with the Canucks this past season to go along with 81 PIM, bolsters the Habs' depth and size up front. His fantasy upside, however, hinges on who his 2015-16 linemates end up being, but the 2009 first-rounder still has some untapped potential.
News: Jori Lehtera signed a three-year, $14.1 million extension with the Blues on Wednesday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: Jori Lehtera was already under contract for 2015-16 at a cap hit of $2.25, so the extension will take his term with the Blues to the end of the 2018-19 season. An under-the-radar import from the KHL a season ago, Lehtera shined as the Blues' second-line center next to Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, as he racked up 14 goals, 30 assists, and a plus-21 rating over 75 regular-season matches.
News: Tim Erixon was traded Wednesday to the Penguins along with forwards Phil Kessel and Tyler Biggs and a 2016 second-round draft pick in exchange for forwards Nick Spaling and Kasperi Kapanen, defenseman Scott Harrington, and first- and third-round draft picks in 2016, Sportsnet.ca reports. Analysis: Tim Erixon was expected to enjoy a regular role with Toronto in 2015-16, but his path to ice time is a bit more muddled upon landing in Pittsburgh. The 24-year-old showed some semblance of offensive upside in the minors while he was a member of the Blue Jackets organization, but it has yet to materialize quite yet at the NHL level. In 93 career games, he's managed only two goals and 12 assists.
News: The Kings signed Jhonas Enroth to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports. Analysis: Jhonas Enroth will take over as the Kings' top backup behind starter Jonathan Quick, in the wake of the team's recent trade of Martin Jones. As long as Quick remains healthy, Enroth isn't likely to see a ton of action, but it's not hard to imagine the Kings -- who failed to qualify for the 2014-15 playoffs -- turning things around this season, a scenario that would give Enroth value in daily formats as a spot starter.
News: Tyler Biggs (Achilles) was traded Wednesday to the Penguins along with forward Phil Kessel, defenseman Tim Erixon, and a 2016 second-round draft pick in exchange for forwards Nick Spaling, Kasperi Kapanen, defenseman Scott Harrington, and 2016 first- and third-round draft picks, Sportsnet.ca reports. Analysis: Tyler Biggs, 22, is a former first-round draft pick in 2011, but he's widely viewed as a bust at this point. He tore his Achilles while playing with AHL Toronto last season and underwent surgery in March, and it's not certain if he'll be fully healthy by the time the minor-league season kicks off. With his new organization, expect Biggs to settle in as an organizational depth option at forward for AHL Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
News: Matt Bartkowski signed a one-year deal with the Canucks on Wednesday worth $1.75 million, the Boston Herald reports. Analysis: At first glance, Matt Bartkowski -- who notched just four helpers in 47 games for the Bruins last season -- may not appear to have much fantasy upside, but he is a smooth skater who retains some untapped potential on offense, so he could see an uptick in production with the Canucks in 2015-16.
News: Nick Spaling was traded Wednesday to the Maple Leafs along with forward Kasperi Kapanen, defenseman Scott Harrington, and first- and third-round draft picks in 2016 in exchange for forwards Phil Kessel and Tyler Biggs, defenseman Tim Erixon, and a 2016 second-round pick, Sportsnet.ca reports. Analysis: Promising prospects Kapanen and Harrington represent the primary gets in the deal for the Leafs, with Nick Spaling and his $2.2 million cap hit for 2015-16 amounting to a salary dump. The 26-year-old tallied 27 points in 82 games for the Penguins last season and should fulfill a depth role for his new team.