The Canadiens have signed Al Montoya to a two-year deal worth $2.13 million ($1.065M AAV).
Montoya, 31, has gone 4-4-2 with a 2.74 GAA and .909 SV% in his first season with the Canadiens. This signing probably has less to do with signing Montoya than it does with having a goalie to expose to the expansion draft this summer. For the rest of this season, Montoya will be one of the better spot-start options behind a strong Canadiens team.
The Blues have resigned Robert Bortuzzo to a two-year deal worth $2.3 million ($1.15M AAV).
Bortuzzo has appeared in 64 games with the Blues over the last three seasons, collecting just four goals and three assists. Bortuzzo has never been known for his offensive production, picking just 27 points (8G / 19A) in 177 career NHL games.
The Blackhawks have signed Artemi Panarin to a two-year contract extension worth $12 millions ($6.0M AAV).
The Blackhawks have a tough salary-cap situation, which is why they couldn’t give more term to Panarin. The young Russian winger has picked up 15 goals and 22 assists (37 points) in 37 games this season and has 114 points (45G / 69A) in 117 career NHL games.
The Islanders have signed Cal Clutterbuck to a five-year deal worth $17.5M ($3.5M AAV).
Clutterbuck has picked up two goals and seven assists (nine points) in 25 games this season. The fourth liner has played some games alongside John Tavares, but has spent the majority of the year in the bottom-6. Clutterbuck’s new contract will kick in next year and carry him through the 2021-22 season.
Ramo has signed an amateur tryout contract with the Toronto Marlies.
Ramo has been skating with the Maple Leafs as he rehabs from a knee injury that he suffered last season. The Maple Leafs waived Jhonas Enroth yesterday and if Ramo is healthy enough and plays well with the Marlies they are expected to sign Ramo to be Frederik Andersen's backup.
The Predators have signed Adam Pardy to a one-year deal worth $575K.
The Predators have moved Anthony Bitetto to IR and Ryan Ellis is out, so they needed an NHL body. Pardy had been playing with the Predators’ AHL affiliate on an AHL deal, where he has collected two goals and three assists (five points) in 12 games.
The Sharks signed Brent Burns to a eight-year deal worth $64 million ($8.0M AAV).
Burns is a special player and that forced the Sharks to sign him to the longest contract in franchise history. Burns will be 32 in March, so he will be 40-year-old in the final year of his contract, which isn’t ideal, but was necessary to get him signed. After a historic 2015-16 season, Burns has picked up 16 points (7G / 9A) in 19 games, to put him on pace for a career-high 30 goals and 38 assists (68 points)
The Jets have signed Jacob Trouba to a two-year deal worth $6 million ($3.0M AAV).
After holding out of training camp and the first month of the season, the Jets were finally able to sign restricted free agent Jacob Trouba to a two-year deal. Trouba is regarded as one of the best young defenseman in the NHL and signing him is huge for the Jets' success in 2016-17. Trouba had 21 points (6G / 15A) in 81 games with the Jets last season.
The Ducks have signed Hampus Lindholm to a six-year deal worth $31.5 million ($5.25M AAV).
Lindholm missed the first eight games of the season due to a contract holdout, but now that he is signed, you can probably expect him to be in the lineup over the weekend. Lindholm is one of the best young defensemen in the NHL and comes in having scored 10 goals and 18 assists (28 points) in 80 games last year.
Lindback is expected to join the Kings organization.
The Kings would be Lindback’s fifth team in four years. He has played for the Lightning, Stars, Sabres and Coyotes over the last three years and he went 5-7-1 with a 3.11 GAA and .894 SV% in 19 games with Arizona last year. With Jonathan Quick out, the Kings are desperately searching for some help in net.
The Islanders have signed Steve Bernier to a one-year, two-way deal.
Bernier, 31, had six points (1G / 5A) in 24 games with the Islanders last season. The veteran forward has 230 career points (105G / 125A) in 633 games with the Sharks, Sabres, Canucks, Panthers, Devils and Islanders.
The Penguins have signed Matt Murray to a three-year contract extension worth $11.25 million ($3.75M AAV).
The 22-year-old netminder hasn’t appeared in a game this season thanks to a broken hand that he suffered in the World Cup of Hockey, but earned an extension with an excellent postseason, en route to a Stanley Cup. Murray was 9-2-1 with a 2.00 GAA and .930 SV% in 13 regular season starts a season ago. Marc-Andre Fleury is off to a good start to the year, but Murray should rejoin the fold in the next week or so.
The Ducks have signed Rickard Rakell to a six-year deal worth $22.8 million ($3.8M AAV).
Rakell missed the first game of the season because of a contract holdout, but the Ducks were able to sign him to a six-year deal this afternoon. Rakell is imperative to the Ducks success as their second/third line centre. He is coming off of a career-year, having scored 20 goals with 23 assists (43 points) in 72 games.