News: Dwight King
signed a 3-year, 5.85 million dollar deal to remain with the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, LAKingsInsider.com reports.
Analysis: Dwight King
and the Kings got the deal done just in time to avoid a salary arbitration hearing that was set for Friday. Coming off of his best NHL season in which he played 77 games, King was very productive for the Stanley Cup champs. He netted 15 goals along with 30 points, and had an overall rating of plus 16 when he was on the ice. King will return to the Kings to try and keep their roster in tact and try to build off of the production he gave the team during their great run through the playoffs this past season.
News: Matt Halischuk
has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Jets worth $725,000, the Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Analysis: Matt Halischuk
thus returns to the Jets, on the heels of his first season with the team, in which the winger recorded a modest total of 10 points (including five goals) in 46 contests.
Oilers' Yakupov Back To Full Strength
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News: Nail Yakupov
(foot) is skating and fully healthy, the Oilers' official site reports.
Analysis: Nail Yakupov
was injured back in February when he took a slap shot from teammate Justin Schultz off his foot. If the season started now, he'd be ready to go -- now it's just a matter of him bouncing back from last year's brutal campaign.
LaRose Signs AHL Contract With Hurricanes
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News: Chad LaRose
agreed to a contract with AHL Charlotte on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
The 32-year-old will try to parlay the AHL contract into a comeback with the Hurricanes at the NHL level, after he sat out the entirety of the 2013-14 campaign. Chad LaRose
appeared in 35 games for the Hurricanes two seasons ago, logging four points and a minus-8 rating.
Bruins' Fraser Should Be Ready For Training Camp
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News: Matt Fraser
, who underwent surgery on his right foot a week after the 2013-14 season concluded, is slated to start skating in early August, ESPN Boston reports.
The report adds that the winger -- who is coming off a season in which he recorded 20 goals and 30 points in 44 AHL contests with Providence, along with two goals in 14 NHL contests -- expects to be 100 percent for the start of training camp in September. The 24-year-old is in line to make a run at a roster spot with the Bruins, given that the team needs to fill a couple of spots up front after bidding adieu to veterans Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton this offseason.
News: Peter Mueller
has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jeremy Rutherford reports.
Analysis: Peter Mueller
spent last season in Switzerland, scoring 24 goals and 46 points for Kloten of the Swiss A-League. Although he carries concussion concerns, Mueller is a skilled winger who will provide the Blues with a solid depth option up front.
News: Justin Fontaine
has agreed to a two-year contract to remain with the Wild, the Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Justin Fontaine
played 66 games during his rookie season for the Wild last season, finishing the campaign with 13 goals and 21 points, including a hat trick in January. He'll continue his development with Minnesota and likely see more playing time in the upcoming season.
Panthers Retain Hayes On One-Year Deal
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News: Jimmy Hayes
has agreed to a one-year contract with the Panthers.
Analysis: Jimmy Hayes
joined the Panthers after being dealt by the Blackhawks on Nov. 14 of last year. He played 53 games in a Florida jersey, during which he totaled 11 goals and seven assists.
News: Michael Frolik
has re-signed with the Jets on a one-year contract, The Globe and Mail's James Mirtle reports.
Analysis: Michael Frolik
was reportedly in discussions over a long-term deal to remain in Winnipeg, but instead settled on just a one-year contract. The winger finished last season with 15 goals, 27 assists, and 42 points for the Jets.
News: Jerry D'Amigo
signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
Analysis: Jerry D'Amigo
was acquired by Columbus earlier this month in a deal that sent forward Matt Frattin to Toronto. The 23-year-old D'Amigo made 22 appearances for the Maple Leafs last season, scoring one goal to go with two assists. He'll compete for a roster spot with the Blue Jackets during training camp.