Flames' Bouma Inks One-Year Deal
, LW, CGY
News: Lance Bouma
signed a one-year contract with the Flames on Wednesday.
Analysis: Lance Bouma
is coming off his first full season in the NHL, in which the center supplied five goals and 10 assists over 78 games. The 24-year-old probably has room to grow as a scorer given his relative youth, but he may not amount to more than a second- or third-line center at his peak.
News: Devin Setoguchi
signed a one-year deal with the Flames on Saturday.
Analysis: Devin Setoguchi
spent last season with the Jets, scoring 11 goals to go with 16 assists in 75 games. The seven-year veteran has amassed 127 goals and 122 assists in his career. It's a fairly low-risk move for Calgary, which can let go of Setoguchi after the season if he fails to regain the offensive touch that led to three straight 20-plus goal seasons with the Sharks.
Kristo Re-Signs With Rangers
, RW, NYR
News: Danny Kristo
re-signed with the Rangers on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Danny Kristo
tallied 25 goals and 18 assists in 65 games with AHL Hartford last season. Another season at the AHL level likely awaits.
Sharks' Torres To Miss Months With Knee Infection
, LW, SJ
News: Raffi Torres
suffered an infection in his surgically-repaired right knee and is expected to miss the first few months of the season while he undergoes another operation on the knee, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Raffi Torres
was limited to just five regular-season contests in 2013-14 after undergoing knee surgery and suffering a subsequent setback shortly after returning after the Olympics. He would ultimately rejoin the Sharks during the postseason and looked to be healthy heading into the upcoming campaign, but it seems the infection surfaced at some point over the summer. For the second straight season, he'll open on injured reserve as a result, with no concrete date for his return. Torres has been a useful player for the Sharks when he's been on the ice, but with two years still remaining on his contract, his durability concerns might dampen the remainder of his tenure with his team.
Coach Mike Babcock relayed that Henrik Zetterberg
(foot) said he was "feeling the best he has in years" this offseason, suggesting he'll be a full participant in training camp, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
With both Henrik Zetterberg
and Pavel Datsyuk missing 37 games apiece last season, the Red Wings were forced to get by with a patchwork forward ranks to so-so results. Now that both players are feeling healthy, the depth chart should enjoy more stability in 2014-15, but don't be surprised if Zetterberg notices a drop in ice time for maintenance purposes as he enters his age-34 season. Still, Zetterberg hasn't had many health issues prior to last season, and managed to supply 48 points over the 45 contests in which he suited up. There's plenty of value to be had in Zetterberg, even as he takes on a more deferential role to emerging wings Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar in the years to come.
Free Agent Malone Pleads No Contest
, LW, TB
News: Ryan Malone
pleaded no contest Tuesday to his DUI charge stemming from an April arrest, but did agree to a pretrial diversion program for the cocaine possession charge he received in the same incident, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The diversion program will help Ryan Malone
's chances of getting the felony drug charge dismissed if he completes the required criteria. Malone's pending legal issues have made teams reluctant to extend a contract offer just yet, but several clubs are said to be interested in the 34-year-old. Once he completes the program and completes community service for his DUI charge, Malone should latch on with a team.
Coyotes Ink Selleck To AHL Contract
, LW, FLA
News: Eric Selleck
signed a minor-league contract with AHL Portland on Tuesday.
Analysis: Eric Selleck
, 26, is a longtime AHL vet who offers much physicality on the checking line. He's totaled at least 160 penalty minutes in each of his last four seasons in the minors, but won't have great odds of earning a promotion to Arizona at any point.
News: Clarke MacArthur
inked a five-year, $23.25 million extension with the Senators on Tuesday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Analysis: Clarke MacArthur
was already under contract for $3.25 million for this season, so the new five-year deal won't kick in until 2015-16, keeping him under team control through the end of the 2019-20 campaign. The 29-year-old totaled a career-best 24 goals, 78 PIM and plus-12 rating in his first season in Ottawa, and will be counted on to fill a top-line role long-term on the left wing.
Alfredsson To Decide on 2014-15 In Mid-September
, RW, DET
News: Daniel Alfredsson
may not make a decision on returning to the NHL for 2014-15 until mid-September and could even come to training camp in Detroit on a tryout, according to Ian Mendes of TSN1200 Ottawa.
Alfie had 49 points in 68 games last season, but is 42 and on the downside of a glorious career. The Wings might actually be hoping he retires after Thomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist stepped up late in the season and will press for more playing time this season.
Leafs' Clarkson Working On Fundamentals
, RW, TOR
News: David Clarkson
is in Florida working out with Sidney Crosby, Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon, all guided by trainer Matt Belfry, according to the New York Times.
The workouts have been likened to a hockey school of sorts, where players focus on fundamentals and individual skill work. David Clarkson
is clearly committed to doing whatever is needed to start again in Toronto, but we'll see how it translates into game action come September and October.