The Sharks have signed Ryan Lowe to a professional tryout agreement, and Lowe will be San Jose's emergency backup goalie for Wednesday's game against Calgary.
The Sharks were scrambling to find a backup for Antti Niemi after doctors determined Wednesday morning that Troy Grosenick could not play. Grosenick, who has started two games for the Sharks, suffered an upper body injury Tuesday during practice. Alex Stalock is still on injured reserve with a knee ailment. A San Jose State alum, Lowe, 31, last played professional hockey in 2013 for the Sydney Bears of the Australian Ice Hockey League, and was hired as a goalie coach for the Jr. Sharks in May.
The Stars have signed Spezza to a four-year contract extension worth $30 million ($7.5 AAV).
Spezza was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He was acquired from Ottawa in July and has recorded four goals and 14 assists (18 points) in 20 games this season. He was making an average annual salary of seven million during his current seven-year deal, so his new deal represents a $500K raise each season.
The Penguins have signed Marc-Andre Fleury to a four-year, $23 million contract extension.
Fleury was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, but is now locked up through the 2018-19 season. Fleury is playing on a $5 million cap-hit this season, that will bump up to $5.75 million for the next four seasons. Fleury is 7-2-0 with a 1.89 GAA and .931 SV% in his first nine starts this season.
The Flyers have inked Carlo Colaiacovo to a two-way deal.
Colaiacovo's salary cap hit in St. Louis last season was $550,000 and it figures he probably got a similar deal with Philly. Colaiacovo will help bolster a banged up Flyers blueline, but he has a long history with injuries. He has had numerous injuries -- shoulder, wrist, knee, eye, facial, lower body all, since January 23, 2010, he’s missed 59 NHL games.
The Wild have signed Charlie Coyle to a five-year deal with $16 million ($3.2M AAV)
Coyle, 22, was set to become a restricted free agent in the offseason (per nhlnumbers.com) but is now signed through the 2020-21 season. The 6-foot-3, 221 lbs. winger has one goal and one assist through four games this season and was recently bumped up to the second line with Mikko Koivu and Thomas Vanek. This is his third full NHL season; he played 37 of 48 games in the lockout shortened season.
Flames officially announce a five-year, $23.25 million contract extension with T.J Brodie.
Brodie has come into his own in the last two years playing alongside Mark Giordano. The 24-year-old is an excellent skater with a great first pass and hard shot. On Sunday he scored his third goal of the season, which gives him seven points on the year and a six-game point streak. He was featured in our 'Fantasy Minute' and should be added if he is available in your league.
The Red Wings have signed Tyler Bertuzzi to a three-year entry level contract.
Bertuzzi, 19, is the nephew of former Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi and was the Wings' second round pick (58th overall) in 2013. He is in his fourth season with the Guelph Storm of the OHL and has started the season with one goal and four assists (five points) in six games. He had 34 points (9G / 25A) in 29 games last year.
The Kings have signed Jake Muzzin to a five-year deal worth $20 million.
The Kings will pay Muzzin an average of $4 million per year, which is a very reasonable cap-hit for your number-2 defenseman. Muzzin has not played yet this season but is coming off of a 24-point (5G / 19A) year and is just 25-years-old. He has an absolute cannon from the point and that cannon will be on the Kings blueline for five more years.
The Bruins have signed Simon Gagne to a one-year, $600K deal.
Gagne was in training camp with the Bruins on a professional tryout and continued to travel and practice with the team as the season started, but he has finally inked the contract and will try to work his way into the lineup.
The Wild have signed Jonas Brodin to a six-year, $25 million deal.
Brodin, 21, is in his third NHL season and has one assist through two games after scoring eight goals with 11 assists (19 points) in 79 games a season ago. This is a very good deal for both sides as they have locked up a key member of their blueline for the next six years.
The Panthers have signed Shane O'Brien to a one-year, two-way deal.
O'Brien, 31, was in Panthers' camp on a professional tryout and impressed enough to earn a two-way contract. O'Brien split last season between the Calgary and Abbotsford (AHL). In 45 games with the Flames, he had three assists, 58 penalty minutes and a minus-8 rating.
The Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with RFA Ryan Johansen on a three-year, $12 million deal.
The lengthy contract dispute is finally over and it is a good thing for the Blue Jackets, who looked like they would be without their entire top-line to start the season. Johansen and the Blue Jackets were significantly apart on the dollar value, but were able to get a deal done before the start of the 2014-15 campaign. Johansen had his coming out party last year when he scored 33 goals and 30 assists (63 points) in 82 games. Expect another 30-30 season from the 22 year old.
The Stars have signed RFA Brenden Dillon to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million.
Dillon, 23, had six goals and 11 assists in 2013-14. The 6-foot-3, 225 lbs. defensemen led the Stars in hits last season with 168 and finished second in blocked shots (149). Dillon will once again play 20-plus minutes a night, but his fantasy value is limited due to his lack of power-play time.
The Senators signed Bobby Ryan to a seven-year deal worth $50.75 million.
Ryan, 27, had 23 goals and 25 assists (48 points) in 70 games in his debut season with the Senators. This signing is key for the Senators, who have lost Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza in the last two years. Ryan didn't seem totally interested in signing at the start of training camp, so the Senators made some significant strides in their negotiations. Ryan will look to get back to 30 goals in 2014-15.