The Red Wings signed Danny DeKeyser to a six-year contract worth $30 million ($5M AAV).
DeKeyser, 26, is coming off of his third full NHL season and set a career-high in goals (8), but a career-low in points (20). DeKeyser is arguably the Red Wings’ top defenseman and they have locked him up through the 2021-22 season. Look for DeKeyser to play huge minutes for Detroit in 2016-17 and he has shown the potential to be and effective goal-scorer with 30-plus point potential.
The Wild have re-signed Jordan Schroeder to a one-year, two-way contract.
Schroeder, 25, has been with the Wild for the last two years, this past season splitting his time between the AHL and NHL. He had 34 points (14G / 20A) in 40 games with Iowa and four points (2G / 2A) in 26 games with Minnesota. He will battle for an NHL roster spot in training camp this fall.
The Blue Jackets signed Scott Harrington to a one-year, two-way deal.
Harrington, 23, was a second round pick of the Penguins in 2011, but was traded to the Maple Leafs as a part of the Phil Kessel trade and was moved to Columbus this offseason for Kerby Rychel. Last year, Harrington split his time between the AHL and NHL—he had one assist in 15 games with the Maple Leafs and three points (1G / 2A) in 17 games with the Marlies.
The Flyers signed Brayden Schenn to a four-year contract extension worth $20.5 million ($5.125M AAV).
The Flyers and Schenn avoid arbitration by getting this deal signed. Schenn is coming off of a career-year, notching 26 goals and 33 assists (59 points) in 80 games. In the 2016 calendar year, Schenn was among the best fantasy forwards, collecting 44 points (19G / 25A) in 46 games from January-to-April—he had just 15 points (7G / 8A) in the first 34 games of the season. Schenn might not turn into a point-per-game player during the 2016-17 season, but he might be able to top 60 points for the first time in his career.
The Coyotes signed Luke Schenn to a two-year deal worth $2.5 million ($1.25M AAV).
Schenn, 26, started the 2015-16 season in Philadelphia before being traded to Los Angeles in the Vincent Lecavalier deal. Schenn finished the season with four goals and 12 assists (16 points) in 72 games. Schenn adds depth to the Coyotes’ blueline, where he will likely battle with Kevin Connauton for the last spot in the opening night lineup.
The Canadiens signed Bobby Farnham to a one-year, two-way deal.
Farnham, 27, had 10 points (8G / 2A) in 50 games with the Devils last season. The fourth-line forward has appeared in 64 career NHL games with the Devils and Penguins, totalling 121 PIMS and brings some feistiness to the Montreal bottom-6.
The Rangers signed Kevin Hayes to a two-year deal worth $5.2 million ($2.6M AAV).
Hayes, 24, had an excellent rookie season and was among the breakout candidates heading into 2015-16, but he struggled for the majority of the year. He scored 14 goals with 22 assists, falling short of his 17-goal, 28-assist rookie campaign. Heading into 2016-17, Hayes remains an intriguing sleeper option given his great size and skill, but he will need to find a way to break into the Rangers’ top-6 if he’s going to have huge impact.
The Rangers signed Chris Kreider to a four-year contract worth $18.5 million ($4.625M AAV).
Kreider, 25, posted a career-high 46 points (21G / 25A) in 2014-15 and followed it up with a nearly identical season in 2016-16, posting 21 goals and 22 assists (43 points) in 79 games. Kreider will once again skate in the Rangers’ top-6 this season, with either Derek Stepan and Mika Zibanejad in the middle. Kreider could be in for a breakout season, which includes his first 25-goal, 50-point season.
The Maple Leafs Josh Leivo to a two-year contract extension.
Leivo, 23, spent the majority of the 2015-16 season with the Toronto Marlies, but also appeared in 12 games with the Maple Leafs. During his time in the NHL he scored five goals, but was much more effective in the AHL, collecting 17 goals and 31 assists (48 points) in 51 games. Leivo will try and crack the Leafs’ roster during training camp.
The Red Wings re-signed Mitch Callahan to a one-year contact.
Callahan, 24, spent the entire 2015-16 season with Grand Rapids (AHL), where he had 19 goals and 13 assists (32 points) in 62 games. He plays a pest-style game, perfect for a bottom-6 role in Detroit, but there are far too many veteran forwards in his path for Callahan to be a Red Wing in 2016-17.
The Avalanche signed Mikhail Grigorenko to a one-year deal worth $1.3 million.
After spending the first three years of his NHL career in Buffao, Grigorenko moved to Colorado last season, where he collected six goals and 21 assists (27 points) in 74 games. The former 12th overall pick has yet to max out his potential, scoring just 12 goals with 29 assists (41 points) in his first 142 career NHL games.
The Capitals signed Marcus Johansson to a three-year deal worth $13.75 ($4.58M AAV).
Johansson, 25, has settled in nicely with the Capitals since they drafted him 24th overall in 2009. He had 46 points (17G / 29A) in 74 games last year, continuing his consistent mid-40’s point production. At just 25, there is room for him to grow into a mid-50’s player, especially in an explosive Capitals’ offence. Draft him as the player he has been with room for upside.
The Sharks inked Matt Nieto to a one-year deal on Monday.
Nieto, 23, is a former second-round pick, who already has 205 career NHL games under his belt. He was a great scorer during his time with the U.S. development team and at Boston University, but hasn’t been given the high-end minutes in San Jose that he needs to produce fantasy relevant numbers. Nieto has just 68 career points (28G / 40A).