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.
The Flames have signed Nick Grossmann to a one-year deal worth $575K.
Grossmann was with the Flames on a professional tryout and made the team as a depth defenseman. Grossmann spent last season with the Coyotes where he had seven points (3G / 4A) in 58 games. He will not have any fantasy relevance in 2016-17.
The Sabres have signed Rasmus Ristolainen to a six-year deal worth $32.4 million ($5.4M AAV).
Ristolainen, 21, is coming off of a great sophomore season in which he tallied nine goals and 32 assists (41 points) in 82 games. Ristolainen led all Sabres players in ice-time last year as well, eating up a monstrous 25:16 per night, which ranked 10th in the NHL. Ristolianen’s possession numbers leave the Sabres wanting more, but as a 21-year-old defenseman, he is just scratching the surface of what he can become.
The Flames have reportedly signed Kris Versteeg to a one-year deal worth $950K.
Versteeg was in Oilers’ training camp on a professional tryout, but signed with the Flames one day before they are set to meet in the season opener. Versteeg split his 2015-16 campaign between the Hurricanes and Kings, amassing 15 goals and 23 assists (38 points) across 74 games. The Flames are fairly thin at right wing, so Versteeg could earn himself a top-6 role early in the year.
The Lightning have signed Nikita Kucherov to a three-year deal worth $14.2998M ($4.7666M AAV).
Kucherov burst onto the fantasy scene as a member of “The Triplets” line, only to improve on his numbers in 2015-16. Kucherov is coming off of 66 points (30G / 36A) in 77 games and has the potential to be a 70-plus point player who makes under $5 million per year. That’s unheard of.
The Flames have signed Johnny Gaudreau to a six-year deal worth $40.5 million ($6.75M AAV).
Gaudreau and the Flames waited until the final hour to get a deal done, but it was worth it for both the player and the team. Gaudreau gets $6.75 million per season and the Flames get one of the most dynamic wingers in the league for under $7 million per seasons. In his first two years in the NHL, Gaudreau is 12th in scoring, having picked up 54 goals and 88 assists (142 points) in 159 games. He definitely a top-5 left wing heading into 2016-17, with the potential to be among the top-3 at the position.
The Avalanche have signed Gabriel Bourque to a one-year deal.
Bourque, 26, has spent his entire career in Nashville, picking up just 78 points (31G / 47A) in 242 career games. However, he was let go by the Predators this summer and has made the Avalanche out of training camp after being brought in on a professional tryout.
The Avalanche have signed Rene Bourque to a one-year deal.
Bourque only appeared in 49 games with the Blue Jackets last season, picking up just eight points (3G / 5A). The 34-year-old winger makes the Avalanche opening night roster after being invited into training camp on a professional tryout.