The Panthers signed restricted free-agent Brandon Pirri to a two-year deal worth $1.85 million.
After being acquired from the Blackhawks in March, Pirri, 23, recorded seven goals and seven assists (14 points) in 21 games with the Panthers. Florida added a number of forwards this offseason, so it remains to be seen where Pirri will fall in their lineup.
The Sabres signed Tyler Ennis to a five-year extension worth $23 million.
Ennis, 24, had 21 goals and 22 assists (43 points) in 80 games with the Sabres last season. His 43 points were good for second on the team, but was somewhat of a down year after a strong season in lockout shortened year. The Sabres have beefed up their lineup this offseason, which should help the likes of Ennis and Cody Hodgson in 2014-15.
The Sharks signed Jason Demers to a two-year deal worth $6.8 million.
The deal means that both sides will avoid an arbitration hearing for the 26-year-old blueliner, who was a restricted free agent. Last season, Demers had a career-high 34 points (5G / 29A) in 75 games. Demers was fourth amongst Sharks D-men in power-play time per game and with Dan Boyle new in New York, Demers should move up one spot in the pecking order.
The Maple Leafs signed restricted free-agent Peter Holland to a two-year deal.
Holland, 23, had five goals and five assists (10 points) in 14 games with the Maple Leafs. He also recorded on goal in four games with the Ducks, before being traded. The former first round pick will almost certainly make the Leafs roster this season.
The Maple Leafs have signed Carter Ashton to a one-year, two-way contract for $850K.
Ashton, 23, split his time between the NHL and AHL last season. He had three assists in 32 games with the Maple Leafs and 23 points (16G / 7A) in 24 games with the Marlies. Next season will likely be much like 2013-14 for Ashton.
The Rangers signed Matthew Lombardi to a two-year, $1.6 million contract.
After spending nine seasons in the NHL, the 32-year-old Lombardi played with Geneve of National League A (Switzerland) league last year. He had 20 goals and 30 assists (50 points) in 46 games, but has had just 12 goals and 14 assists in his last 90 NHL games.
The Bruins have inked Jordan Caron to a one-year, $600K deal.
Caron, 23, had three points (1G / 2A) and a minus-8 rating in 35 games with the Bruins last season. The Bruins are pushed up against the cap, so they had to let Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton walk, opening up a spot for Caron to play regularly in 2014-15.
The Islanders signed the last of their restricted free-agents when they inked Calvin de Haan to a three-year deal worth $5.9 million.
de Haan, 23, had three goals and 13 assists (16 points) with a minus-7 rating in 51 games in his first full season with the Islanders. The 2009 12th overall pick played a key role on the Isles blueline, averaging 21:01 TOI, playing on both the power-play and penalty-kill. de Haan should play 20-plus minutes and is a candidate for 20-plus points in 2014-15.
The Islanders signed Casey Cizikas to a two-year, $2 million deal on Tuesday.
Cizikas, 23, plays a strong two-way game. He had six goals and 10 assists (16 points) in 80 games with the Isles last season. He averaged 13:22 TOI per game, and 2:25 of that was spent on the penalty kill. That led all Islanders forwards and ranked fourth on the team.
The Islanders have placed Kirill Kabanov on unconditional waivers.
Kabanov, 22, was drafted in the third round (65th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft. Kabanov played 25 games between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) and Stockton Thunder (ECHL). The Russian forward never lived up to the expectations he set with a 55 point season in 50 games in his final year in the QMJHL.
Dupuis skated on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing knee surgery.
Dupuis had knee surgery on February to repair a torn ACL he suffered on December 23 vs. the Senators. Dupuis has not been cleared for contact, but this is a positive step in his rehab and should be ready for the start of the 2014-15 season. Dupuis had 20 points (7G / 13A) in 39 games before getting hurt and should land on the Penguins top-line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz this season. Playing with Crosby is certain to help the 35-year-old produce and a 20-goal, 50-point season should be more than attainable.
Fisher will miss 4-6 months after rupturing his Achilles during a training session in early July.
Fisher is expected to miss at least the first two months of the regular season. Fisher finished fourth on the Predators with 49 points (20G / 29A) in 75 games last season. With Fisher out, the Predators went out and singed Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy each to one-year contracts on Tuesday.