Ryan Spooner
Bruins' Ryan Spooner: Inks one-year deal to avoid arbitration
Ryan Spooner, C, BOS
7/26/2017
News: Spooner has agreed to a one-year, $2.825 deal with the Bruins, CSN New England reports.

In doing so, the 25-year-old forward avoided arbitration, inking a deal within the Bruins' financial comfort zone. The 2010 second-rounder brings speed and solid puck skills to the table, traits that make him an asset in man-advantage situations. Still, his overall numbers in 2016-17 (11/28/39 over 78 games) were somewhat disappointing and given that he's not known for stellar work on the defensive end, there had been speculation that the Bruins might look to deal Spooner in order to pave the way for Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson to move into the team's third-line center job. While it's possible that Spooner could be moved down the road, he'll look to retain a key role up front for Boston and if power play time is in his 2017-18 job description, he'll posses a degree of fantasy utility this coming season.

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Kevin Rooney
Devils' Kevin Rooney: Locks in one-year deal
Kevin Rooney, C, NJ
7/26/2017
News: Rooney put pen to paper on a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Wednesday.

Rooney, who went undrafted out of Providence College, made his NHL debut for the Devils last season -- appearing in four pointless contests. A solid 2016-17 campaign with AHL Albany -- 13 goals and eight assists -- earned the 24-year-old at least one more season with the organization. Given the depth of talent New Jersey has accrued recently, the Massachusetts native figures to spend the bulk of next year in the minors further developing his scoring touch.

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Blake Coleman
Devils' Blake Coleman: Inks one-year contract
Blake Coleman, C, NJ
7/26/2017
News: Coleman signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Devils on Wednesday.

Coleman is likely facing an uphill battle to secure a spot on the 23-man roster, given the number of prospects that will be given a look during training camp -- including Brandon Gignac and first-overall pick Nico Hischier. The 25-year-old Coleman saw action in 23 games last season in which he tallied just two points and a minus-7 rating. The center's numbers were significantly better in the minors -- 19 goals and 20 assists in 52 contests -- but he will need to standout among a crowded field of young talent.

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Rocco Grimaldi
Avalanche's Rocco Grimaldi: Secures one-year pact
Rocco Grimaldi, C, COL
7/26/2017
News: Grimaldi agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Colorado on Wednesday.

Grimaldi played in four outings with the Avs last season -- spending the bulk of the year with AHL San Antonio. With the Rampage, the center racked up an impressive 31 goals and 24 helpers in 72 outings, but registered a concerning minus-24 rating. If the 24-year-old can tighten up his defensive game, he should be a regular for Colorado sooner rather than later given his offensive productivity.

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Joseph Blandisi
Devils' Joe Blandisi: Inks two-year deal with New Jersey
Joseph Blandisi, C, NJ
7/25/2017
News: Blandisi signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Devils on Tuesday.

Blandisi was decent in limited action with the Devils last season, tallying nine points (three goals, six assists) and 26 PIM in 27 games. The 23-year-old pivot will likely split time between the AHL and NHL in 2017-18, a role that will prevent him from being a desirable option in season-long fantasy formats.

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Mika Zibanejad
Rangers' Mika Zibanejad: Secures long-term contract
Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR
7/25/2017
News: Zibanejad put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the Rangers on Tuesday worth $26.75 million.

Zibanejad will earn an average annual value of $5.35 million -- on par with the deals given to Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat and Detroit's Tomas Tatar. In his first year with New York, Zibanejad was limited to 56 appearances after suffering a broken fibula in mid-November. When he was healthy, the center racked up 14 goals and 23 assists. If he can suit up for a full 82 games -- or at least 70-plus -- the 24-year-old should get back to being the 20-goal scorer he was with the Senators.

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Reid Boucher
Canucks' Reid Boucher: Re-ups with Canucks on one-year deal
Reid Boucher, C, VAN
7/24/2017
News: Boucher signed a one-year, $687,500 contract with Vancouver on Monday, Sportsnet reports.

Thanks to the new contract, the restricted free agent will avoid his scheduled arbitration hearing on Aug. 1. Boucher's best showing in the NHL came in 2015-16 with the Devils when he managed 19 points in 39 games, but he hasn't done much since with just 10 points in 39 games split between New Jersey, Nashville and Vancouver last year. As such, it's not surprising his new deal isn't significantly higher than the league minimum.

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Daniel Catenacci
Rangers' Daniel Catenacci: Staying in Big Apple
Daniel Catenacci, C, NYR
7/24/2017
News: Catenacci earned a new contract with the Rangers after tallying nine points in 19 outings with AHL Hartford, TSN reports.

Catenacci was brought in via trade last season in a minor-league swap. The center managed just five goals and eight helpers in 50 contests with AHL Rochester, but seems to have hit his stride with the Wolf Pack. Odds are the 24-year-old will spend the bulk of the upcoming campaign in the minors, but could get the occasional call-up due to injury.

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Andreas Athanasiou
Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou: New deal imminent
Andreas Athanasiou, C, DET
7/23/2017
News: Athanasiou is expected to get a new contract from the Red Wings well ahead of training camp in September, The Detroit News reports.

Double A is a restricted free agent, but he's still in the infancy of his career and therefore ineligible for arbitration. The priority signing for the Wings was veteran scoring machine Tomas Tatar, who ended up narrowly missing an arbitration hearing and settled on a four-year, $21.2 million extension. As noted in the report, the Original Six franchise currently has less than $1 million in available cap space, meaning the team will have to explore the option of placing an injured player like Ryan Sproul (knee) on long-term injured reserve in order to give Athanasiou -- who tacked on 18 goals and 11 assists over 64 games last season -- a fair deal.

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Tyler Gaudet
Coyotes' Tyler Gaudet: Commands one-year, two-way extension
Tyler Gaudet, C, ARI
7/22/2017
News: Gaudet signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Coyotes on Saturday, Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports reports. The 24-year-old center will make $650,000 in the NHL or $85,000 at the minor-league level.

Gaudet's contract also includes $110,000 in guaranteed salary. With a new deal in place, the Ontario native can challenge for a bottom-six role in training camp this fall. Last season, he generated six goals and 16 assists in 62 games with AHL Tucson, and also picked up a helper over four games at the highest level.

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