The Stars have signed Jordie Benn to a three-year extension worth $3.3M ($1.1 AAV).
Unlike his brother Jamie, Jordie Benn is not known for his offence. The 28-year-old blueliner had just three goals and nine assists (12 points) in 64 games with the Stars in 2015-16. Carrying just a $1.1M cap-hit, the Stars have a solid third pairing defenseman for next to nothing.
The Lightning have signed J.T. Brown to a two-year contract extension.
Brown, 25, had eight goals and 14 assists (22 points) in 78 games with the Lightning last season. He has amassed 51 points (15G / 36A) in 198 career NHL games and has settled in nicely in the Lightning’s bottom six over the last three seasons.
The Panthers have signed Keith Yandle to a seven year deal worth $44.45 million ($6.35M AAV).
Florida acquired Yandle’s rights from the Rangers a few days back and wasted no time inking the 29-year-old defenseman to a seven year contract. Handle has not missed a game in the last seven seasons and has averaged 10 goals and 40 assists (50 points) per 82 games over that stretch. He becomes the highest paid player in the Panthers organization.
The Jets have signed Michael Hutchinson to a two-year contract extension worth $2.3 million.
Hutchinson, 26, appeared in 30 games for the Jets this past season, going 9-15-3 with a 2.84 GAA and .907 SV%. There is a risk of Hutchinson falling to the Jets’ No. 3 netminder behind Ondrej Pavelec and Connor Hellebuyck.
The Coyotes have signed Alex Goligoski to a five-year contract worth $27.375 million.
Arizona traded for Goligoski’s rights last Thursday with the hope they would be able to sign him before July 1st. Goligoski is coming off of a 37-point (5G / 32A) season in 82 games with the Dallas Stars. He has averaged 38.3 points per season in his last three years with Dallas.
The Maple Leafs signed Frederik Andersen to a five-year, $25M contract.
A few hours after acquiring Andersen from the Anaheim Ducks, the Maple Leafs inked their new goalie to a five-year deal worth $5 million per year. Andersen is expected to be the Leafs’ No. 1 netminder in 2016-17.
The Ducks have signed Sami Vatanen to a four-year contract extension worth $19.5 million.
Vatanen was set to become a restricted free agent, but is now signed through the 2019-20 season with a $4.875M cap-hit. Vatanen is coming off of nine goals and 29 assists (38 points) in 71 games with the Ducks.
The Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Anton Forsberg to a one-year, two-way contract extension.
Forsberg, 23, was 1-3-0 with a 3.03 GA and .907 SV% in four games with Columbus, but it was his work with Lake Erie (AHL) that was most impressive. He was 23-10-5 with a 2.40 GAA and .914 SV% in the regular season and led Lake Erie to the Calder Cup championship with a 9-0-0 record, 1.34 GAA, .949 SV% and two shutouts.
The Panthers have signed Connor Brickley to a one-year, two-way deal.
Brickley, 24, split his time between Florida and Portland (AHL) during 2015-16. Brickley had one goal and four assists (5 points) in 23 games with the Panthers and 27 points (12G / 15A) in 45 games with the Pirates.
The Coyotes have signed Craig Cunningham to a one-year, two-way contract extension.
Cunningham, 25, spent most of the 2015-16 season in Springfield (AHL) where he scored 22 goals with 24 assists (46 points) in 61 games. In 10 games with the Coyotes, he had no assist. The two-way contract suggests that he will be back in Springfield to start the 2016-17 season.
The Canucks have signed Sven Baertschi to a two-year contract extension worth $3.7 million.
Baertschi, 23, spent the entire 2015-16 season with the Canucks, totalling 15 goals and 13 assists (28 points) in 69 games. He struggled to gain traction in the Flames organization, but seems to have found his stride in Vancouver, earning him $1.85 million per season for the next two years.
The Blues have signed Dmitrij Jaskin to a two-year contract extension worth $2 million.
Jaskin, 23, spent the majority of the year with St. Louis, collecting 13 points (4G / 9A) in 65 games and had two points (1G / 1A) in three games with Chicago (AHL). He’s expected to land a full-time spot with the Blues in 2016-17.
The Hurricanes signed Cam Ward to a two-year contract extension worth $6.6 million.
Ward started 51 of the Hurricanes 82 games this season, going 23-17-5 with a 2.41 GAA and .909 SV%. The 32-year-old has spent the first 10 years of his NHL career in Carolina and will be set to share the crease with Eddie Lack again in 2016-17. Ward has a career 2.70 GAA and .910 SV%.