The Blackhawks signed Mike Paliotta to a two-year contract on Thursday.
Paliotta, 21, was a third-round pick of the Blackhawks (70th overall) in 2011. The 6-foot-3, 201 lbs. defenseman had 36 points (9G / 27A) in 41 games at the University of Vermont this season. He really added a new-level of offence to his game this season and is expected to report to the Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks signed Kyle Baun to a two-year contract on Thursday.
Baun, 22, had 14 goals and 15 assists (29 points) in 38 games at Colgate University this season. In three years at Colgate the 6-foot-2, 204 lbs. forward amassed 39 goals and 40 assists (79 points) in 113 games. He is expected to report to the Blackhawks, but is not eligible for the playoffs.
The Jets have signed Andrew Copp to a three-year entry-level contract.
Copp, 20, was a fourth round pick (104th overall) of the Jets in 2013. Copp scored 14 goals and 17 assists (31 points) in 36 games at the University of Michigan (NCAA) this season. He is expected to report to the Jets.
The Canucks have signed Chris Tanev to a five-year, 22.25 million ($4.45M AAV) contract extension.
Tanev does not provide much in terms of offence or fantasy value, but he has been an outstanding defenseman for the Canucks this season. He was set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, but is now locked up through the 2019-20 NHL season.
The Panthers signed Steven Kampfer to two-year contract extension.
Kampfer, 26, has appeared in 18 games with Florida this season, registering three points (1G / 2A) with 18 shots on goal. During his career in the NHL, he has played in 79 games for Florida (2015), Minnesota (2011-2012) and Boston (2010-2012), scoring eight goals with 10 assists and 24 penalty minutes.
The Islanders have signed Johnny Boychuk to a seven-year, $42 million contract extension.
Boychuk, 31, was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, but is now signed through the 2021-22 season. He is having a great year, posting seven goals (4 PPG), 25 assists (32 points), a plus-17 rating and 2.68 shots per game through 59 games. He will have an annual cap-hit of $6M until he is 38 years old.
The Bruins have signed Reilly Smith to a two-year, $6.85M contract extension.
Smith, 23, was set to become a restricted free agent in the offseason. After a breakout season in 2013-14, Smith has regressed a little bit, but has still managed to register 12 games and 23 assists (35 points) in 63 games.
The Flyers have signed Pierre Edouard Bellemare to a two-year contract extension.
Bellemare, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, will now make $712,500 per season through the 2016-17 season. The 29-year-old has eight points (4G / 4A) in 62 games with the Flyers.
The Blue Jackets have signed Cam Atkinson to a three-year, $10.5M contract extension.
Atkinson was believed to be a potential trade target at the deadline, but the Blue Jackets have locked the 25-year-old up for the next three years at $3.5 million per year. He has 13 goals and 12 assists (25 points) in 58 games this season.
The Hurricanes have signed Jay McClement to a two-year, $2.4M contract extension.
McClement has six goals and 12 assists in 61 games with the Hurricanes this season. He leads the team in face-off percentage (55.3%) and shorthanded time per game (2:24). He was a pending unrestricted free agent this offseason, but is now signed through the 2016-17 season.