The Avalanche signed Cody McLeod to a three-year, $4 million dollar contract extension.
McLeod, 30, had five goals and eight assists (13 points) in 71 games with the Avs last season. The only true fantasy value McLeod might have lies in his PIMs, he had 122 last season with a career high 189.
The Avalanche signed Brad Stuart to a two-year, $7.2 million contract extension.
Stuart was acquired from the Sharks on July 1st after two seasons in San Jose. The 34-year-old defenseman had 11 points (3G / 8A) in 61 games last season. The contract keeps his cap-hit at $3.6 million through the 2016-17 season.
The Bruins' signed Reilly Smith to a one-year, $1.4 million deal.
Smith, 23, was originally considered a 'throw-in' in the Tyler Seguin trade, but showed that he is much more than that. He had 20 goals and 31 assists (51 points) in 82 games in his debut season with the Bruins. Smith will be an even more important part of the Bruins' top-6 this season after the departure of Jarome Iginla.
The Bruins have signed Torey Krug to a one-year, $1.4 million dollar deal.
Krug, 23, had 14 goals and 26 assists (40 points) with a plus-18 rating in his rookie season. The 5-foot-9 defenseman has a ton of offensive talent and will play a prominent role on the Bruins' power-play this season. The $1.4 million dollar cap-hit is a one-year steal for the Bruins. He will be a restricted free-agent at the end of next season.
The Blues signed Jaden Schwartz to a two-year, $4.7 million deal.
Schwartz, 22, had 25 goals and 31 assists (56 points) in 80 games in his second full season with the Blues. The 2010 14th overall pick took a massive step forward last season and should be a clutch fantasy contributor this season. It took the Blues awhile to get him signed, but he will get a lot of time in training camp to get ready for the season.
The Predators have signed Ryan Ellis to a five-year, $12.5 million dollar deal.
Ellis, 23, had six goals and 21 assists (27 points) in 80 games last season. He was drafted 11th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft and has tremendous offensive upside. Ellis is undersized, but will be a key member of the Predators power-play for years to come.
The Red Wings have signed Danny DeKeyser to a two-year deal.
Dekeyser, 24, had four goals and 19 assists (23 points) in 65 games with the Red Wings in his first full pro season. The smooth skating defenceman was a calming presence on Detroit's blueline and should continue to develop his game as a top-4 NHL D-man.
The Ducks signed restricted free-agent Devante Smith-Pelly to a two-year contract.
Smith-Pelly, 22, scored two goals and eight assists (10 points) in 19 games with the Ducks last season. He spent the majority of the season in the AHL, where he led the Norfolk Admirals in goals with 27 in 55 games. He should make Ducks out of training camp and is a candidate to play with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.
The Rangers signed winger Ryan Malone to a one-year, $700K contract.
Malone, 34, spent the last six seasons with the Lightning, but saw his run with Tampa Bay come to an end after being arrested on charges of driving under the influence and cocaine possession last April. Malone had five goals and 10 assists (15 points) in 57 games with the Lightning last season.
The Devils signed defenseman Eric Gelinas to a one-year deal.
Gelinas, 23, had seven goals and 22 assists in 60 games in his first NHL season. The 6-foot-4 defenseman averaged 2:25 power-play minutes per night and tallied five goals and 17 assists with the extra-man, both good for second among Devils D-men. He has an a rocket slap-shot and will be a key member of the New Jersey power-play in 2014-15.
The Boston Bruins signed centre David Krejci to a six-year, $43.5 million dollar contract extension.
Krejci, 28, was set to become a free agent at the end of next season, but is now locked up through the 2020-21 season with an annual cap-hit of $7.25 million. Krejci is coming off of his second best point total as a pro having totaled 19 goals, 50 assists (69 points) with a plus-29 rating in 80 games.
The Jets have signed first round pick Nikolaj Ehlers to a three-year, entry level contract.
Ehlers, 18, was selected ninth overall in the draft this summer. He has tremendous speed and an excellent wrist shot. He posted 49 goals and 55 assists (104 points) in 63 games with the Halifax Mooseheads last season. Ehlers was named the CHL's rookie of the year. He stands in at 5-foot-11, but needs to fill out (163 lbs.) to play in the NHL. He will probably return to juniors for one more season.
The Florida Panthers signed 2014 first overall pick Aaron Ekblad to a three-year entry level contract on Wednesday.
Ekblad was named the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) most outstanding defenseman during the 2013-2014 season, ranking first among the league’s blueliners with 23 goals and tied for fifth with 53 points (23-30-53). The 6-foot-3, 213-pound defenseman became just the third player in his 18-year-old birth year to earn the OHL’s most outstanding defenseman honor in the past 20 years. The Belle River, Ontario, native is expected to crack the Panthers opening day roster and should be an immediate fantasy contributor.