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.
The Oilers have signed restricted free agent Justin Schultz to a one-year deal worth $3.675 million.
Schultz, 24, scored 11 goals with 22 assists (33 points) in 74 games in his second full NHL season. He is the Oilers only legit fantasy option on D. The 33 points from last season is a reasonable expectation for him again in 2014-15.
The Senators signed Craig Anderson to a three-year contract extension worth $12.6 million.
A season after posting an NHL-best .941 SV%, Anderson struggled to a 25-16-8 record with a 3.00 GAA and .911 SV%. Just weeks after the Sens signed Robin Lehner to a three-year extension, they locked up the other half of their goaltending duo through 2017-18. Anderson will start the season as the number-1 and will be looking for a bounce back season; but the team in front of him is looking like a basement dweller.
The Flames signed Devin Setoguchi to a one-year, $750K contract.
Setoguchi had 11 goals and 16 assists (27 points) in 75 games with the Jets last season. He is a long way from his days of 31 goals with the Sharks in 2008-09, but he could definitely chip in for the Flames this season.
The Senators signed Clarke MacArthur to a five-year extension worth $23.25 million.
MacArthur recorded 24 goals and 31 assists with a plus-12 rating in 79 games with the Senators last season. The 29-year-old has scored 20 goals in each on the last three 82-game seasons so expect fourth straight in 2014-15. On a rundown Senators offence, Mac will once again play a considerable amount of minutes this season.
The Ducks signed Jakob Silfverberg to a one-year, $850K contract.
In his first season with the Ducks, Silfverberg was limited to 52 games because of a broken hand. He finished the season with 10 goals and 13 assists (23 points) while playing mostly third line minutes. Silfverberg will battle to move into the top-six to earn a chance to play with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry or on the second line with Ryan Kesler.
The Flyers have signed Ryan White to a one-year, two-way deal.
White, 26, had been with the Canadiens since they selected him in the third round (66th overall) in the 2006 draft. He played 52 games with the Habs last season, racking up just six points (2G / 4A). He has just five goals and 12 assists in 141 career NHL games, so do not expect him to have any fantasy impact with his new team.
The Flyers have signed Michael Del Zotto to a one-year deal worth $1.3 million.
With Kimmo TImonen out indefinitely after being treated for blood clots, the Flyers were seeking help on the blueline. They sign the 24-year-old, who had three goals and 13 assists (16 points) in 67 games between the Rangers and Predators. The former first-round pick (20th overall in '08) has seen his play slip in the last few seasons, but comes to Philadelphia on a low-risk one-year deal.
The Penguins have re-signed forward Brandon Sutter to a two-year contract worth $6.6 million.
Sutter, 25, is coming off his best playoff performance to date. He set new career highs in goals (5), assists (2), points (7), shorthanded goals (1) and plus/minus (+7), while his 2:57 average shorthanded time on ice per game ranked second among all Pittsburgh forwards. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Sutter suited up for 81 of Pittsburgh’s 82 games in 2013-14, tallying 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points. Sutter played a vital role in the NHL’s No. 5-ranked penalty kill unit (85%), placing second among all Pittsburgh forwards with 2:18 shorthanded minutes per game.
The Lightning have signed Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension worth $11.9 million.
Bishop, 27, went 37-14-7 with a 2.23 GAA (7th in the NHL) and .924 SV% (6th) with the Lightning last season. It was by far his best season of his five-year career. He underwent wrist surgery in April, but he should be ready for the start of the 2014-15 season. He is just outside the group of elite goaltenders, but should still be a top-30 pick in September.