The Rangers have signed Henrik Lundqvist to a 7-year deal worth $59.5 million US which is an average annual salary of $8.5 million US.
Lundqvist has spent his entire nine-year career with the Rangers. In that time he has posted a 284-182-57 recvord with an outstanding 2.26 GAA and .920 SV%. The deal makes him the highest paid goalie in the NHL edging out Pekka Rinne and Tuukka Rask. This has been Lundqvist's toughest year so far, he is 8-11-0 with a 2.51 GAA and .917 SV%… That is how good he is, that is a tough year. He is still the clear number-1 in New York and remains an elite goaltending fantasy option.
The Coyotes have signed forward Gilbert Brule to a one-year, two-way contract.
Brule is a former first round pick (6th overall in 2005) who never materialized in the NHL. He was with the Coyotes in 2011-12 where he had five goals and 14 points in 33 games. He has appeared in eight games with the Coyotes AHL affiliate the Portland Pirates this season, where he has six goals and two assists.
The RedWings have signed Jonathan Ericsson to a six-year extension with an annual cap-hit of $4.25 million.
Ericsson was the very last pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, but has developed into a rock-solid defenseman for the Red Wings. He has not been a fantasy factor with a career-high of 15 points, but has become a solid shutdown defenseman skating on the top-pair with Niklas Kronwall. He is averaging 22:16 TOI through 15 games this season. He has one goal and four assists which has him on pace for five goals and 24 points. He has a legitimate chance of making Team Sweden's Olympic roster as well.
The Maple Leafs have signed right winger Connor Brown to a three-year entry level contract.
Brown has 19 goals and 27 assists (46 points) in 23 games with the Erie Otters. His 46 points leads the OHL by three over teammate Dane Fox. Brown, 19, was selected with the 156th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
The Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Ryan Hartman on a three-year contract.
Hartman, 19, was the Blackhawks first round pick (30th overall) in this year's NHL Entry Draft. The 5-foot-11, 181 lbs. forward had 60 points (23G / 37A), a plus-29 rating and 120 PIMs in 56 games with the Plymouth Whalers last season. In 2013-14 he has 21 points (10G / 11A), a minus-14 rating and 38 PIMs in 20 games with Plymouth.
The Canucks have signed goalie Eddie Lack to a two-year contract extension worth $2.3 million ($1.15 million AAV).
Lack is 2-2-0 with a 2.41 GAA and .911 SV% in his first five NHL appearances. The 25-year-old Sweden native spent the last three seasons in the AHL where he posted a 56-45-8 combined record. He is not fantasy relevant other than spot start situations because Roberto Luongo is firmly in the starters role.
The Blues have made the Carlo Colaiacovo signing official.
St. Louis signed Colaiacovo pending a physical on Tuesday, he obviously passed that physical and has been signed to a one-year deal. Colaiacovo spent four seasons with the Blues (2008-12), which were the best years of his career (18G / 88A = 106P in 259 games)
Shaw's two-year extension is worth $2 million per year.
Bishop allowed two goals on 27 shots in an OT win over the Red Wings on Saturday. It was his fourth consecutive win and his league leading 11th of the season. Tonight he faces a Canadiens team who have lost four of their last five. It could become tougher for Bishop to win games with Steven Stamkos out of the lineup.
The Blues have agreed to a one-year deal with defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo pending the results of a medical.
Colaiacovo spent four seasons with the Blues (2008-12), which were the best years of his career (18G / 88A = 106P in 259 games). Last year he had an injury plagued season with the Red Wings. Colaiacovo only appeared in six of a possible 48 regular season games. He had one assist in nine playoff games.
Blackhawks agree to two-year contract extension with Andrew Shaw.
Shaw, who would have been a restricted free agent following this season, is now signed through 2015-16. He’s currently making $577,500, but is due for a significant raise after playing a major role in the Hawks’ run to the Stanley Cup in the spring. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately known. Twice passed over in the NHL draft, Shaw finally was taken by the Hawks in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. He has 25 goals and 24 assists and a plus-11 rating in 103 career regular-season games.
The Oilers have reached a verbal agreement on a one-year contract with Ilya Bryzgalov, pending completion of today's Edmonton-Calgary trade.
Bryzgalov struggled to a 19-17-3 record with a 2.79 GAA and .900 SV% with the Flyers last season. His time in Philadelphia was disappointing, but prior to becoming a Flyer he was very successful in Phoenix. He went 130-93-27 with a 2.54 GAA and .917 SV% in four seasons with the Coyotes. Bryz comes to the Oilers with an eccentric personality. However they were a team desperate for help in the crease so all they need him to do is stop the puck. Edmonton has a lot of offensive fire power, but lack defence which could limit Bryzgalov's value. The majority of owners should have one player they can drop to take a flier on the 33-year-old Russian netminder.
The Washington Capitals have re-signed left wing Jason Chimera to a two-year contract extension. Chimera will earn $2.0 million per year from 2014-15 through the 2015-16 season.
Chimera, 34, has recorded 11 points (five goals, six assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 16 games this season. Chimera has registered 107 points (45 goals, 62 assists) and 251 penalty minutes in 265 career games with Washington. The 6’3”, 216-pound forward has played in 726 career regular-season games with Edmonton, Columbus and Washington, recording 279 points (126 goals, 153 assists)