The Maple Leafs and Cody Franson avoid salary arbitration and agree on a one-year, $3.3 million dollar deal.
Franson, 26, played 79 games for the Maple Leafs in 2013-14, collecting 33 points (five goals, 28 assists) with 30 penalty minutes. The 6-5, 213-pound defenceman ranked second in NHL hits (282) and was third on the Leafs in blocked shots (111). He established single-season career highs in assists and points last season.
The Panthers have signed restricted free-agent Dmitri Kulikov to a three-year, $13 million deal.
Kulikov, 23, had a career-high eight goals (19 points) but a career-worst minus-26 rating in 81 games with the Panthers in 2013-14. Kulikov did have solid possession numbers (51.2 CF%) for the second straight year and he'll be just 24-years-old in October so he should continue to improve his NHL game this season.
The Wild have re-signed John Curry to a one-year, two-way contract.
Curry, 30, played in the ECHL, AHL and NHL in 2013-14. After going 10-2-0 with the Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL), Curry went 7-9-2 with a 2.62 GAA and .920 SV% in Iowa (AHL). He only played two games with the Wild and will be back in the AHL again this season.
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.