News: Dmitrij Jaskin
signed a one-year deal with the Blues on Friday.
As a rookie last season, Dmitrij Jaskin
scored 13 goals to go with five assists in 54 games. The 2011 second-round pick had a plus-7 rating and 16 penalty minutes.
Blackhawks' Saad Signs Six-Year Deal With Jackets
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News: Brandon Saad
signed a six-year, $36 million deal with the Blue Jackets on Friday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Analysis: Brandon Saad
, who was acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks earlier in the week, will make roughly $6 million per year despite never reaching the 30 goal plateau. He's just 22 years old, however, so Buffalo is betting that he'll continue to improve. Saad should team with Ryan Johansen to form a formidable tandem on the Blue Jackets' first line.
Caron Signs Two-Way Deal With Blues
, RW, COL
News: Jordan Caron
signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues on Thursday.
Analysis: Jordan Caron
saw time with the Bruins and Avalanche last season, but failed to register a single point in 30 games. The Blues boast an overwhelming stable of talent at forward, so it seems unlikely that he'll be able to claim a roster spot with the team out of training camp. Look for him to head to AHL Chicago to open the 2015-16 campaign.
News: Cole Schneider
signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Senators on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Cole Schneider
will more than likely return to AHL Binghamton for the fourth straight season. He recorded 29 goals and 58 points in 69 games for Binghamton in 2014-15.
Rangers' Bourque Signs With Capitals
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News: Chris Bourque
has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Capitals.
Analysis: Chris Bourque
recorded 29 goals and 37 assists with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL during the 2014-15 season. His goals total was good enough to tie for fifth in the AHL during that span. With the Capitals being the parent club of the AHL's Hershey Bears, Bourque will likely see the majority of his time there moving forward. He's quite familiar with them though, considering he's played with the Bears in 392 of his 510 career regular-season AHL games.
Ex-Maple Leaf Smith Headed For Switzerland
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News: Trevor Smith
signed a two-year contract Wednesday with Bern of the Swiss Elite League, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Despite suiting up in 54 games in the NHL last season with the Maple Leafs, Trevor Smith
wasn't likely to command much interest in free agency on anything more than a two-way deal. As a result, he'll opt to head to Europe, where he likely received a more lucrative offer. At 30 years old, Smith could still surface in the NHL again somewhere down the line.
Jets Sign Fraser To One-Year Deal
, LW, WPG
News: Matt Fraser
signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Jets on Thursday, Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
Analysis: Matt Fraser
managed to stick around in the NHL all season with the Bruins and Oilers, but after providing only eight goals and 12 points in 60 games, Edmonton declined to tender him a contract earlier this week. He'll stick around in Canada and compete for a fourth-line role with the Jets in training camp, though the two-way nature of his contract may make him susceptible to an assignment to AHL St. John's.
Brouwer Packaged To St. Louis In Four-Player Deal
, RW, STL
News: Troy Brouwer
was traded to the Blues on Wednesday along with goalie Pheonix Copley and a 2016 third-round draft pick in exchange for forward T.J. Oshie, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Troy Brouwer
was a model of consistency during his time in the NHL scoring between 30 and 45 points in six of his seven full seasons. However, despite often receiving the opportunity to skate next to a world-class talent in Alex Ovechkin, Brouwer never provided the breakout season the Capitals were counting on. Nonetheless, he's still a more-than-serviceable second- or third-line talent, though he'll face more obstacles to ice time in St. Louis. The Blues are eager to make room on the roster for youngsters Dmitrij Jaskin and Ty Rattie, either or whom could cut into Brouwer's minutes as the season progresses. Brouwer will enter the final year of his contract and carries a cap hit of $3.67 million.
Blues Deal Oshie To Capitals
, RW, WAS
News: T.J. Oshie
was traded to the Capitals on Thursday in exchange for forward Troy Brouwer, goalie Pheonix Copley, and a 2016 third-round draft pick, NHL.com reports.
With the Blues possessing ample young forward talent in their AHL ranks, the team decided to downsize and move T.J. Oshie
to Washington while picking up some future assets. Though he'll leave one of the NHL's most productive attacks, Oshie should be in line to maintain his production in D.C., where he could have the luxury of playing next to Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. The Capitals will have Oshie under contract for the next two seasons at a reasonable $4.175 million cap hit.
Sharks Ink McCarthy To Two-Way Deal
, LW, SJ
News: John McCarthy
signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sharks on Thursday, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
After opening the past season with AHL Chicago in the St. Louis organization, John McCarthy
finished up the campaign at AHL Worcester, where he had played the previous five years. He'll stick around with the organization that drafted him, but his middling production in the minor-league ranks likely won't put him on the cusp of a promotion.