The Wild have signed Charlie Coyle to a five-year deal with $16 million ($3.2M AAV)
Coyle, 22, was set to become a restricted free agent in the offseason (per nhlnumbers.com) but is now signed through the 2020-21 season. The 6-foot-3, 221 lbs. winger has one goal and one assist through four games this season and was recently bumped up to the second line with Mikko Koivu and Thomas Vanek. This is his third full NHL season; he played 37 of 48 games in the lockout shortened season.
Flames officially announce a five-year, $23.25 million contract extension with T.J Brodie.
Brodie has come into his own in the last two years playing alongside Mark Giordano. The 24-year-old is an excellent skater with a great first pass and hard shot. On Sunday he scored his third goal of the season, which gives him seven points on the year and a six-game point streak. He was featured in our 'Fantasy Minute' and should be added if he is available in your league.
The Red Wings have signed Tyler Bertuzzi to a three-year entry level contract.
Bertuzzi, 19, is the nephew of former Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi and was the Wings' second round pick (58th overall) in 2013. He is in his fourth season with the Guelph Storm of the OHL and has started the season with one goal and four assists (five points) in six games. He had 34 points (9G / 25A) in 29 games last year.
The Kings have signed Jake Muzzin to a five-year deal worth $20 million.
The Kings will pay Muzzin an average of $4 million per year, which is a very reasonable cap-hit for your number-2 defenseman. Muzzin has not played yet this season but is coming off of a 24-point (5G / 19A) year and is just 25-years-old. He has an absolute cannon from the point and that cannon will be on the Kings blueline for five more years.
The Bruins have signed Simon Gagne to a one-year, $600K deal.
Gagne was in training camp with the Bruins on a professional tryout and continued to travel and practice with the team as the season started, but he has finally inked the contract and will try to work his way into the lineup.
The Wild have signed Jonas Brodin to a six-year, $25 million deal.
Brodin, 21, is in his third NHL season and has one assist through two games after scoring eight goals with 11 assists (19 points) in 79 games a season ago. This is a very good deal for both sides as they have locked up a key member of their blueline for the next six years.
The Panthers have signed Shane O'Brien to a one-year, two-way deal.
O'Brien, 31, was in Panthers' camp on a professional tryout and impressed enough to earn a two-way contract. O'Brien split last season between the Calgary and Abbotsford (AHL). In 45 games with the Flames, he had three assists, 58 penalty minutes and a minus-8 rating.
The Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with RFA Ryan Johansen on a three-year, $12 million deal.
The lengthy contract dispute is finally over and it is a good thing for the Blue Jackets, who looked like they would be without their entire top-line to start the season. Johansen and the Blue Jackets were significantly apart on the dollar value, but were able to get a deal done before the start of the 2014-15 campaign. Johansen had his coming out party last year when he scored 33 goals and 30 assists (63 points) in 82 games. Expect another 30-30 season from the 22 year old.
The Stars have signed RFA Brenden Dillon to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million.
Dillon, 23, had six goals and 11 assists in 2013-14. The 6-foot-3, 225 lbs. defensemen led the Stars in hits last season with 168 and finished second in blocked shots (149). Dillon will once again play 20-plus minutes a night, but his fantasy value is limited due to his lack of power-play time.
The Senators signed Bobby Ryan to a seven-year deal worth $50.75 million.
Ryan, 27, had 23 goals and 25 assists (48 points) in 70 games in his debut season with the Senators. This signing is key for the Senators, who have lost Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza in the last two years. Ryan didn't seem totally interested in signing at the start of training camp, so the Senators made some significant strides in their negotiations. Ryan will look to get back to 30 goals in 2014-15.
The Oilers signed Vladimir Tkachev to a three-year entry level contract.
Tkachev, 18, is undersized (5-foot-8, 165 lbs.) and despite having 1st round potential, his size scared teams off so much so that he went undrafted. The Oilers invited him to camp and he has dazzled. He picked up four assists in four rookie camp games and has recorded three assists in three preseason games. Small, talented forwards are not strangers to the Oilers and inviting him to camp seems to have been a great idea at this point. He is extremely elusive with electric hands and a lightning release, the question is can he be a productive full-time NHLer with such a small frame.
The Islanders signed Michael Dal Colle to a three-year entry level contract on Monday.
Dal Colle, 18, was this summer's fifth overall pick. The 6-foot-2, 171 lbs. forward had 39 goals and 56 assists (95 points) in 67 games with the Oshawa Generals last season. He has a shot to make the Islanders out of camp, where he could find himself playing with Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin.
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.