The Jets have signed Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year, $38 million dollar extension.
Byfuglien was set to become an unrestricted free-agent at the end of the season and was expected to be traded as we approached the trade deadline, but that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore. Byfuglien is locked up through the 2020-21 season. He has 15 goals and 17 assists (32 points) in 52 games this season.
The Panthers have signed Aleksander Barkov to a six-year, $35.4M contract extension.
Barkov, 20, was the second overall pick in the 2013 draft. He has collected 30 points (12G / 18A) in 38 games this season. In his first three NHL seasons, Barkov has 90 points (36G / 54A) in 163 career games.
The Kings have signed Anze Kopitar to an eight-year contract extension.
Kopitar, 28, has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings after the club selected him in the first-round (11th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. In 725 regular season games he has 645 points (230G / 415A), a plus-62 rating and 194 penalty minutes, while in 70 postseason games he has 60 points (18G / 42A), a plus-22 rating and 37 penalty minutes en route to two Stanley Cups.
The Capitals have signed Mike Richards to a one-year, $1M deal.
Richards had his contract with the Kings terminated in 2014 after he faced a charge of possession of a controlled substance while entering Canada. The Capitals met with the NHL on Wednesday and he was granted permission to resume his NHL career. Richards won a Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012 and has 482 career NHL points (179G / 303A) in 710 games.
The Sharks will sign Dainius Zubrus to a one-year contract.
Zubrus has been with the Sharks on a tryout but finally signed this afternoon. The 37-year-old had four goals and 10 points in 74 games with the Devils last season. He has 584 career points (225G / 359A) in 1243 games, but will likely serve as a depth forward at this point in his career.
The Red Wings have signed Justin Abdelkader to a seven-year deal worth $28.75M ($4.25M AAV).
Abdelkader, who had a career-high 23 goals and 21 assists last season, opened this year with a hat trick, but since then he has only scored one goal with three assists in 14 games. Abdelkader will be paid $4.5 million until he is 36-years-old.
The Maple Leafs have signed Rich Clune to an NHL contract.
Clune, 28, signed an AHL contract with the Maple Leafs this summer and registered two goals and three assists in eight games with the Marlies. Signing him to an NHL contract forced the Leafs to make room on the roster for Clune, by placing Mark Arcobello on waivers.
The Canadiens have re-signed Tomas Plekanec to a two-year deal worth $12M ($6M AAV).
Plekanec has four goal in five games so far this season and is now locked up for another two years. The most important part of this contract extension, is that it ends the same season as Carey Price’s contract, giving the Habs a lot of flexibility to resign Price.
The Islanders have signed Eric Boulton to a one-year contract.
Boulton, 39, has played with the Islanders for the last three years and his NHL career will extend into a 16th season. The 1994 ninth round pick has 31 career goals, 48 assists (79 points) 1419 PIMS in 648 games.