The Predators signed Calle Jarnkrok to a six-year contract extension worth $12 million ($2.0M AAV).
Jarnkrok, 24, appeared in 74 games with the Predators in 2015-16, scoring 16 goals with 14 assists (30 points). The young Swede has 57 points (25G / 32A) in 167 career NHL games and will likely start the 2016-17 season on the third line, but could work his way into the Predators’ top-6 as the season progresses.
The Red Wings re-signed goaltender Petr Mrazek to a two-year deal worth $8 million ($4.0M AAV).
The Red Wings and Mrazek were reportedly pretty far apart during their contract negotiations, but were able to come to terms on a two-year bridge deal. Mrazek became the Red Wings’ No. 1 goaltending option in 2015-16, starting 49 games (appearing in 54), posting a 27-16-6 record, 2.33 GAA, .921 SV% and four shutouts. He will have the same role in 2016-17, where he will likely start near 50 games again and should be a low-end No.1, high-end No. 2 fantasy option.
The Senators re-signed Mike Hoffman to a four-year deal worth $20.75 million ($5.185M AAV).
Hoffman, 26, enjoyed a breakout year in 2014-15 and followed it up with an even more impressive 2015-16 campaign, scoring 29 goals and 30 assists (59 points) in 78 games. Hoffman has led the Senators in goals in both of those seasons and will look to do the same in 2016-17 on their top line, likely alongside the usual suspects—Kyle Turris and Mark Stone.
The Lightning re-signed Vladislav Namestnikov to a two-year deal worth$3.875 million ($1.9375M AAV).
Namestnikov, 23, appeared in 80 games in his first full NHL season, collecting a total of 14 goals and 21 assists (35 points). The 2011 27th overall pick has collected 51 career points (23G / 28A) in 127 NHL games and enters 2016-17 as a third line option for the Lightning.
The Predators inked Petter Granberg to a two-year deal worth $1.225 million ($612.5K AAV)
Granberg, 23, spent the majority of the 2015-16 season as an extra defensman for the Predators, appearing in 27 games with Nashville and six games with Milwaukee (AHL). He picked up two assists during his time with the Predators and will likely fill the same role in 2016-17.
The Flyers signed Brandon Manning to a two-year contract worth $1.95 million ($975K AAV).
Manning, 26, spent the entire 2015-16 season with the Flyers after splitting the first four years of his professional career between the AHL and NHL. He tallied just seven points (1G / 6A) in 56 games, bringing his career total to 12 points (1G / 11A) in 77 NHL games. Manning is a member of a very crowded Flyers blueline, which will likely add rookie Ivan Provorov during training camp, so Manning may end up as an extra defenseman or back in Adirondack (AHL).
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.