Devils, Greene Agree On Long-Term Deal
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News: Andy Greene
and the Devils reached an agreement on a long-term contract Wednesday, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports.
The team hasn't specified the exact length of the contract, but it sounds like the 32-year-old Andy Greene
could be locked in with the Devils for the rest of his career. He's entrenched himself as the team's top defenseman over the past two seasons, leading the unit in ice time while registering eight goals and 24 assists in 2013-14.
Leafs, Gardiner Ink Five-Year Pact
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News: Jake Gardiner
signed a five-year, $20.25 million contract extension with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, Chris Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet reports.
Analysis: Jake Gardiner
, 24, asserted himself as a long-term building block for the Leafs on defense last season with his second 30-point campaign, contributing 10 goals, 21 assists, 108 hits and 87 blocks over 80 games. With Carl Gunnarsson shipped to St. Louis in the offseason, Gardiner appears poised to claim a spot next to Dion Phaneuf on the team's top defensive pairing, though fellow ascendant youngster Morgan Rielly will provide some heat.
Jets Re-Sign Ellerby To One-Year, Two-Way Deal
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News: Keaton Ellerby
re-signed with the Jets on a one-year, two-way contract Thursday.
The Jets didn't extend a qualifying offer to Keaton Ellerby
after the season ended, but elected to bring the 25-year-old back in unrestricted free agency to shore up some depth on defense. The blue liner has dealt with much tumult on the personal front this season after three of his extended family members were murdered, which understandably explains why he took until late July to sign with a team. Ellerby is expected to be available once training camp starts, but the Jets will likely be willing to grant him additional time off he might need while coping with the tragedy.
Devils Re-Sign Burlon To Two-Year, Two-Way Deal
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News: Brandon Burlon
re-signed with the Devils on a two-year, two-way contract Monday, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: Brandon Burlon
saw the ice in 54 games at AHL Albany last season, charting five goals and six assists. He has yet to make his NHL debut, but the two-way contract will help better facilitate a promotion should it be warranted at some point.
Former Flames D-Man Smith Signs With Swiss Club
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News: Derek Smith
signed a one-year contract with the Zürcher Schlittschuh Club of the Swiss National League A on Monday.
The 29-year-old Derek Smith
was non-tendered by the Flames in the offseason, after totaling one point and a minus-10 rating in 14 games with the parent club last season. The one-year deal will allow Smith to return to North America next season, if he so chooses.
Habs' Subban Mum On Contract Negotiations
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News: P.K. Subban
, who is scheduled to go to salary arbitration Friday, is keeping quiet about salary negotiations with the Canadiens, reports TSN.ca. "I'll answer one question about the negotiation: It's been kept pretty quiet the whole time and it's going to remain that way until a deal's done," he told reporters on Saturday.
It's so quiet that no one seems to know if he wants a short- or long-term deal. But it could be one of the biggest in the league once it's inked -- the salary cap is going to rise next year and the next, and he's a recent Norris trophy winner.
UFA Sarich (Broken Back) Should Make Full Recovery
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News: Cory Sarich
(broken back) "will most likely make a full recovery," according to a tweet from the defenseman. He suffered five broken vertebrae and severe road rash after being struck by a motor vehicle as he cycled in Invermere, B.C.
He did not need surgery and isn't wearing a brace. Talk about lucky. He is an unrestricted free agent; this would be a horrible way for his career to end.
Hurricanes Sign Bellemore To One-Year Deal
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News: Brett Bellemore
agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Hurricanes on Friday, the Hurricanes' Official Site reports.
Analysis: Brett Bellemore
played in 64 games for the Hurricanes last season as it was the first time that he spent the entire year in the NHL. He has been able to contribute two goals and eight assists over the stretch of his two-year tenure with Carolina. The defenseman stands to improve on those numbers since he's slowly but surely gaining professional experience.
Bruins Ink Warsofsky To One-Year, Two-Way Deal
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News: David Warsofsky
agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Bruins on Thursday.
The diminutive blueliner is coming off a productive season at AHL Providence, where he supplied six goals and 26 assists over 56 games, ranking fourth on the team in points. He parlayed that minor league success into his first NHL call-up in December, ultimately finishing with two points in six games. With no present openings on the Bruins' top three pairings, David Warsofsky
is likely bound for Providence to start the upcoming season, but should be one of the team's top replacement options should the parent club suffer an injury on defense.
News: Rasmus Rissanen
has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Hurricanes, NHL.com reports.
The 23-year-old Rasmus Rissanen
, who notched 10 points and 91 penalty minutes in 62 games with AHL Charlotte in 2013-14, is in line to reprise his role as an organizational depth blueliner for the Hurricanes.