News: Trevor Smith
has signed a one-year contract with the Leafs, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Trevor Smith
, who recorded nine points in 28 games for the Maple Leafs in 2013-14, will reprise his role as a depth center for the team this coming season.
Sharks Sign Haley To One-Year Deal
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The Sharks signed Micheal Haley
to a one-year contract on Thursday.
Analysis: Micheal Haley
had seven goals, 11 assists, and 131 penalty minutes through 53 games with Hartford of the AHL last season. In his career he's played 52 NHL games spread over four seasons. In that span he has two goals, an assist, and 163 penalty minutes.
News: Alexander Wennberg
will get a chance to earn an NHL roster spot in training camp, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
The new regime under GM Jarmo Kekalainen isn't afraid to give young players opportunities, as Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray proved, and Alexander Wennberg
seems ready for North America after an impressive showing at the world juniors and a 16-goal campaign in the Swedish Hockey League. He's most likely ticketed for the AHL, but if last year's 14th overall pick wows in camp, don't be surprised if he starts the year in Columbus.
News: Vladimir Sobotka
agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with the KHL's Avangard Omsk on Thursday, Roman Jedlicka of the TV Nova Sport reports.
The Blues' re-signing of Steve Ott to a fairly sizable contract earlier in the day signaled that the team likely wouldn't have room to keep all of its forwards in tow, and it looks like Vladimir Sobotka
will be the first domino to fall. Money was likely the motivating factor in Sobotka opting to leave the NHL, while heading to Russia also allows him to be closer to his home country, the Czech Republic. Sobotka, who netted nine goals and 24 assists in 61 games last season, will be allowed to opt out of his contract with Omsk at the end of any of the three years, with the Blues retaining his rights if he decides to head back to the NHL.
News: Derek Grant
re-signed with the Senators on a one-year, two-way contract Thursday, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
Analysis: Derek Grant
saw 20 games with the Senators last season, contributing two points and finishing with a minus-3 rating. He'll get the opportunity to compete for a fourth-line role in training camp, but more than likely will spent most of the upcoming season with AHL Binghamton.
News: Pierre-Marc Bouchard
signed with EV Zug of the Swiss National League A on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old Pierre-Marc Bouchard
saw action in 28 games with the Islanders last season, logging nine points and 12 penalty minutes. In heading back overseas to resume his career, it won't be surprising if Bouchard never logs another NHL minute.
Blues Re-Sign Ott For Two Years
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News: Steve Ott
(abdomen) re-signed with the Blues on a two-year, $5.2 million extension on Thursday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Steve Ott
was a disappointment for the Blues after coming over in a deadline deal last season with the Sabres, totaling only three points in 23 games. However, the Blues apparently view him as a key cog on the second or third line, after Vladimir Sobotka decided to take his career to the KHL. Ott underwent surgery to repair his abdominal area after the season ended, but should be fully healthy by the time training camp commences.
Sharks' Hertl Fine After Knee Scare
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News: Tomas Hertl
said the tenderness in his knee that he first experienced in Tuesday's practice isn't anything to worry about, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Tomas Hertl
said that he only felt the sensation in his knee because he had been off the ice for more than a month. He'll likely take the next couple days off to rest before continuing his offseason workouts again.
GM Jim Rutherford acknowledged Wednesday that Crosby is dealing with a right wrist injury, but indicated that it has yet to be determined whether the star center will require a procedure to address the issue, the team's official site reports. "Sidney Crosby
has been undergoing treatment on a right wrist injury that he suffered during the season," Rutherford noted Wednesday. "Sid is continuing to get medical advice to determine the best path moving forward, including the possibility of arthroscopic surgery."
While there had been reports that Sidney Crosby
was slated to have arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist in the next few days, Rutherford indicated that a final decision on that front has yet to be made. With that in mind, Rutherford added that the team expects to have a decision on how to handle Crosby's injury "by early next week."
News: Jonathan Toews
and Patrick Kane have both signed eight-year contract extensions with the Blackhawks that run through the 2022-23 season, NHL.com reports.
TSN.ca reports that the duo's contracts carry an average annual value of $10.5 million, starting next season. While that represents a big chunk of the team's salary cap, the deals ensure that the Hawks' two franchise cornerstones up front will remain with the organization for the long haul. The 26-year-old Jonathan Toews
is coming off a season in which he scored 28 goals and added 40 helpers in 76 games, while maintaining his status as one of the league's top two-way pivots.