The Flames have signed Mark Giordano to a six-year, $40.5M contract extension.
Giordano was already inked through the 2016-17 season, so his new deal will keep him with the Flames until 2022-23. He has missed a total of 39 games over the last two years, but has developped into one of the games best defensemen. With the addition of Dougie Hamilton and this signing, the Flames are going to have a stout blueline for years to come.
On Sunday, the Kings signed Christian Ehrhoff to a one-year deal worth $1.5M.
Ehrhoff registered three goals and 11 assists (14 points) in 49 games with the Penguins last season. Ehrhoff missed a lot of time in 2014-15 because of concussion issues, but is reportedly healthy heading into this season. If he is healthy in 2015-16 he should be able to get back to 30 points—he will likely find himself on the Kings’ second PP unit.
The Penguins have signed defenseman Sergei Gonchar to a professional tryout contract.
Gonchar, who turned 41 in April, is coming off of a season where he had 14 points (1G / 13A) in 48 games with the Stars and the Canadiens. He probably doesn’t have much left in the tank, but he could still contribute on the power-play. Gonchar will head into training camp with the Penguins in an effort to make the opening day roster.
The Ducks signed Carl Hagelin to a four-year, $16M contract on Friday.
Hagelin, 26, was traded to the Ducks this summer because the Rangers were up against the salary cap. Hagelin was a restricted free agent who had arbitration rights but opted not to file in a move seen as a sign that the winger and the Ducks were set on getting their new association off on the right foot. He had 17 goals and 18 assists (35 points) in 82 games with the Rangers last season.
Sami Salo announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday.
Salo, 40, played 878 career NHL games with the Ottawa Senators, Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning. He finished his career with 99 goals and 240 assists (339 points) but has not played since the 2013-14 season because of a wrist injury.