Hurricanes' Staal Undergoes Hernia Surgery
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News: Eric Staal
underwent successful hernia surgery and is expected to be ready for training camp in September, USA Today reports.
Analysis: Eric Staal
's procedure should allow him ample time to recover by training camp and be fully healthy by the time the regular season begins. The 29-year-old posted 21 goals and 61 points in 79 games last season, production lower than his usual output. Nonetheless, Staal has only missed 17 games during his 10-year career, so durability hasn't traditionally been a concern for him.
News: Nicolas Deschamps
signed a one-year contract with Oulu Karpat of Finland's Liiga last week, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Nicolas Deschamps
was non-tendered by the Capitals earlier this offseason, after scoring 15 goals and adding 25 assists over 65 games with AHL Hershey last season. The 24-year-old cited a desire to avoid the uncertain nature of a two-way deal as his primary reason for heading overseas, but he does hope to return to North America at some point later in his career.
Canadiens Sign Dowell To AHL Deal
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News: Jake Dowell
signed a one-year deal with AHL Hamilton on Monday.
Analysis: Jake Dowell
, 29, made one NHL appearance with the Wild last season, spending the bulk of his season with AHL Iowa. He registered 19 points and 56 PIM over 57 games with Iowa, and will function as organizational depth for the Canadiens.
Jackets Re-Sign Tyrell To One-Year, Two-Way Deal
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News: Dana Tyrell
re-signed with the Blue Jackets on Monday, inking a one-year, two-way deal.
Analysis: Dana Tyrell
spent the bulk of last season in the AHL, splitting time between the Springfield Falcons and Syracuse Crunch. In 63 total games, he recorded 15 goals and 18 assists. Tyrell also made a brief cameo with the Tampa Bay Lightning, appearing in seven contests. Acquired from Tampa Bay in March, Tyrell figures to spend parts of next season in both the NHL and AHL.
News: Martin St. Pierre
signed with Medvescak of the KHL, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Martin St. Pierre
was the captain of the Hamitlon Bulldogs in the American Hockey League last season. He scored a team-high 38 points.
The Rangers re-signed Derick Brassard
to a five-year, $25 million contract extension Sunday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Analysis: Derick Brassard
filed for salary arbitration with the Rangers earlier in July, but the two sides were able to agree to terms on a new deal without an official hearing. The center racked up 18 goals and 27 assists in 81 games last season, and will be counted on to help fill the hole left after the departure of Brad Richards.
Adam Returns To Sabres
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News: Luke Adam
, who was given a qualifying offer by Buffalo in June, re-signed with the team Sunday on a one-year contract.
A second-round pick in a pretty loaded 2008 draft class, Luke Adam
has been one of the Sabres' most perplexing prospects. The 24-year-old can be a feared power forward when he is performing well, but those times can be quite rare. Adam had a good season for the Amerks but did little in 12 games with the Sabres (one goal, 16 shots). The Sabres are going to give Adam another year to prove himself, and on a team loaded with prospects, a poor performance could mean a change of scenery.
Red Wings Ink Ferraro To One-Year Deal
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News: Landon Ferraro
signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings on Friday.
Analysis: Landon Ferraro
inked a two-way contract, meaning he can be assigned to AHL Grand Rapids at will by the Red Wings. He played just four games for Detroit in 2013-14, with the majority of his time coming with Grand Rapids. In the minors, Ferraro was responsible for 31 points (15 goals) over 70 games.
Eller Signs Four-Year Deal With Habs
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News: Lars Eller
signed a four-year, $14 million deal with the Canadiens on Thursday, the Canadian Press reports.
The deal will pay Lars Eller
$3.5 million each of the next four seasons. Coming off of a relatively average 2013-14 season in which he scored 26 points (12 goals) and recorded a career-worst minus-15 rating, Eller will look to prove he's worthy of the new deal.
News: Ryan O'Reilly
agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract with the Avalanche on Wednesday to avoid arbitration, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
The Avs and Ryan O'Reilly
had been far apart on a new deal in recent weeks, but with the prospect of an arbitration hearing closing in, both sides were motivated to strike a quick deal. Still, O'Reilly has been angling for a long-term deal with the Avs for quite some time, to no avail, so he could be motivated to join another organization when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016.