NHL Free Agency Tracker: Signing tracker and analysis

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Welcome to NHL free agency day 2019, and stay tuned to The Hockey News for minute-by-minute analysis of the day’s biggest deals. Keep an eye on this tracker throughout July 1, as we break down the deals signed as free agency opens.

THN’s Transaction List has information on all deals signed prior to July 1. All contract information courtesy of CapFriendly.

FLORIDA PANTHERS: G Sergei Bobrovsky signs a seven-year, $70-million deal ($10 million AAV).
Florida had many of the pieces in place to become a contender and new coach Joel Quenneville brings legitimacy to the bench, and what the Panthers didn't have – goaltending – they went out and got by signing the top keeper available.

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NEW YORK RANGERS: LW Artemi Panarin signs a seven-year, $81.5-million deal ($11.64 million AAV)
THN's Take:The most coveted UFA on the market. Suddenly, the Rangers have become one of the more intriguing teams in the NHL. It’s pretty clear that GM Jeff Gorton has been on a roll with his acquisitions, which will complement a group of young players that is impressive, both in its depth and talent level.

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DALLAS STARS: C Joe Pavelski signs a three-year, $21-million deal ($7 million AAV)
THN'sTake:Pavelski is a natural fit and an ideal No. 2 center who can also play the right wing. His 38 goals in 2019-20 were the second most of his career. This decade, only Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares and Patrick Kane have scored more goals. Even though he’ll be 35 when the season starts, he has plenty to offer, especially on a short-term deal with a team squarely in its Cup-contention window.

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DALLAS STARS: RW Corey Perry signs a one-year, $1.5-million deal.
THN'sTake: Perry, 34, is obviously a shadow of the dynamic, agitating power forward who won a Stanley Cup in 2007, gold medals with Team Canada in 2010 and 2014 and an MVP and Rocket Richard Trophy in 2011. He hasn’t hit the 20-goal mark since 2015-16, and knee surgery limited him to 31 games this past season. 

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS: D Tyler Myers signs a four-year, $24 million deal ($6 million AAV).
THN's Take: If there was any area the Canucks had to target in free agency, it was their defense, and Vancouver has addressed that need with the signing of Tyler Myers. Will it make them a playoff team? Probably not, but it's a step in the right direction.

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS: LW Brandon Tanev signs a six-year, $21-million deal ($3.5 million AAV).
THN's Take:In the grand scheme of things, this is a fairly reasonable contract for a third-liner. And given he signed a six-year pact, it's clear Pittsburgh is quite fond of what he brings to the table.

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NASHVILLE PREDATORS: C Matt Duchene signs a seven-year, $56-million deal ($8 million AAV).
THN's Take:It was no secret the Predators were in hot pursuit of Matt Duchene, and Nashville has landed the coveted free agent on a seven-year pact that carries an $8-million cap hit and boosted their attack in the process.

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NEW YORK ISLANDERS: LW Anders Lee signs a seven-year, $49-million deal ($7 million AAV).
THN's Take:The Islanders were in on Artemi Panarin and seen as the frontrunner at one point, and though they missed out, keeping Anders Lee in the fold means New York hangs on to its captain and one of its key offensive cogs.

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CALGARY FLAMES: G Mike Smith signs a one-year, $2-million deal.
THN's Take:Mikko Koskinen isn't a proven NHL starter, even if his cap hit suggest otherwise. For that reason, it made sense for Edmonton to go out and get an experienced big-league netminder.

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FLORIDA PANTHERS: RW Brett Connolly signs a four-year, $14-million deal ($3.5 million AAV).
THN's Take: A breakout season has led to a tidy payday for Brett Connolly, who spent the past three seasons with the Washington Capitals, winning a Stanley Cup in 2018 and peaking this past season. His 22 goals beat his previous career high by seven, and his 46 points eclipsed his previous personal best by 19.

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MINNESOTA WILD: RW Mats Zuccarello signs a five year, $6-million deal ($30 million AAV).
THN's Take:In Zuccarello, the Wild get a consistent offensive producer who can basically be pencilled in for 50-60 points when he’s healthy. This past season, he was limited to just 48 games with the New York Rangers and the Dallas Stars due to a couple of injuries – first, a groin problem in New York, then the famous broken arm in Dallas after he blocked a shot right after getting acquired at the deadline.

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CAROLINA HURRICANES: G Petr Mrazek signs a two-year, $6.25-million deal ($3.16 AAV)
THN's Take:Carolina rotated through three goalies early in the season before Mrazek took over and led the Hurricanes to a surprise playoff appearance and was solid in the playoffs before an injury in the second round. Mrazek is still young at 27 and is in his prime, so this is his chance to prove himself.

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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: G Robin Lehner signs a one-year, $5-million deal.
THN's Take:Does this mean Corey Crawford is done in Chicago? Lehner is good enough to be the starting goalie, so something is up. Coming off of personal issues and some up-and-down seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, Lehner played his best hockey with the New York Islanders, winning the Jennings Trophy and Masterton Trophy in a campaign that saw him fall just short of the Vezina Trophy.

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WASHINGTON CAPITALS: RW Richard Panik signs a $10-million, four-year deal ($2.5 million per season).
THN's Take:Set for his fifth team in seven seasons, Richard Panik, a former 20-goal scorer, adds depth to a Capitals team that lost Brett Connolly and Andre Burakovsky this summer – and at a good price, too.

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SAN JOSE SHARKS: RW Timo Meier signs a four-year, $24-million deal ($6 million AAV).
THN’s Take: One of the Sharks' most pressing bits of business was re-signing their young scorer. Meier broke out for 21 goals in his sophomore season of 2017-18 and really took a step forward this past season with 30 goals and 66 points, including 250 shots.

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FLORIDA PANTHERS: D Anton Stralman signs a three-year, $16.5-million deal ($5.5 million AAV).
THN’s Take: A blueline in need of support got some sturdy, veteran help as the Panthers inked Anton Stralman on a three-year deal. He’ll only be 33 when the 2019-20 season begins, but there are a lot of miles on his body and his offensive production continues to drop by the season.

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DETROIT RED WINGS: Valtteri Filppula signs a two-year, $6-million deal ($3 million AAV).
THN's Take:New Detroit GM Steve Yzerman is beginning his remodel of the Red Wings roster, and as part of his process, he's brought familiar face Valtteri Filppula back to the Motor City. It’s not a particularly exciting move to start Yzerman’s tenure as GM, but it’s a fairly sensible one, though a one-year deal might’ve been more prudent from a team perspective. Then again, the second year was likely the clincher in the negotiation.

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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: Gustav Nyquist signs a four-year, $22-million deal ($5.5 million AAV).
THN’s Take: A difficult day in Columbus saw the Blue Jackets say goodbye to Artemi Panarin and Matt Duchene, but the Blue Jackets went to work on recuperating some of the lost offense by inking Gustav Nyquist to a four-year deal. In Nyquist, the Jackets get a player who can play all three forward positions and bring a nifty offensive skill set to a lineup that, with Panarin and Duchene now gone, is heavy on heavies up front.

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OTTAWA SENATORS: D Ron Hainsey signs a one-year, $3.5 million deal.
THN's Take:There seems to be a pipeline leading from Toronto to Ottawa, because after trading for Nikita Zaitsev and Connor Brown and signing Tyler Ennis, the Senators have gone out and plucked another Maple Leaf: Ron Hainsey.

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EDMONTON OILERS: RW Alex Chiasson signs a two-year, $4.3-million deal ($2.15-million AAV).
THN's Take:Consider it a reward for a job well done last season, as Alex Chiasson has signed a two-year deal that will pay just north of $2 million per season. The winger broke out with 22 goals in 2018-19 and was a good fit in the middle of the lineup.

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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: G Curtis McElhinney signs a two-year, $2.6-million deal ($1.3 million AAV).
THN’s Take: McElhinney’s value as a backup goaltender is undisputed. He was important in Toronto during his stint there and kept the Hurricanes afloat after Mrazek’s playoff injury. He hit 20 wins for the first time in his career in just 33 games and should have no problem backing up Andrei Vasilevskiy. Louis Domingue is still under contract for one year, so his future is unknown.

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NEW JERSEY DEVILS: RW Wayne Simmonds signs a one-year, $5-million deal.
THN's Take:It's common for GMs to get swept up in the annual arms race and hand out bad deals, but the Devils found the perfect price – and, more importantly, term – on a one-year deal with Simmonds.

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NEW YORK ISLANDERS: G Semyon Varlamov signs a four-year, $20-million deal ($5 million AAV).
THN's Take: The Islanders wanted to keep Robin Lehner, but failing to do so meant they had to change targets and land another starting-caliber goaltender. Semyon Varlamov fits the bill.

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ARIZONA COYOTES: LW Lawson Crouse signs a three-year, $4.6-million deal ($1.53-million AAV).
THN's Take: Crouse has not lived up to his first-round pick status from when Florida chose him in 2015 (11th overall) but with two full seasons under his belt, the Coyotes clearly like the power-forward style he brings to the bottom six. He'll continue to play on the third line.

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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: G Joonas Korpisalo signs a one-year, $1.15-million extension.
THN’s Take: Columbus brings back ol' reliable for another year, with Korpisalo set to battle Elvis Merzlikins for the starting role this season. A low-risk signing that bridges the gap before Veini Vehvilainen is ready or another goalie comes through the system.

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BUFFALO SABRES: C Curtis Lazar signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN’s Take: Once a promising prospect, Lazar never found his footing in Calgary but had a respectable AHL season with Stockton. At 24, he's still young enough to have some upside, and Buffalo’s roster will provide enough opportunities to prove himself in a depth role.

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS: D Jordie Benn signs a two-year, $4-million deal ($2 million AAV).
THN’s Take: A stellar campaign in Montreal has landed Benn some security in Vancouver. His five goals and 22 points were both career-best marks, and he’ll function as a nice middle-pairing addition for the Canucks. Defense had to be a priority, and Vancouver has made sure to address that so far.

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DALLAS STARS: D Andrej Sekera signs a one-year, $1.5-million deal.
THN’s Take: The Stars have already been aggressive today and taking a chance on Sekera, who is coming off of two injury-plagued seasons in Edmonton before getting bought out on Sunday. Sekera played well when healthy in 2017-18 but was limited to third-pairing minutes last season. Sekera should fill that role again on an already strong defensive group in Texas.

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MINNESOTA WILD: RW Ryan Hartman signs a two-year, $3.8-million deal ($1.9 million AAV).
THN’s Take: The past week has been a whirlwind for Hartman, who was traded by the Flyers, not qualified by the Stars and became a free agent – all while he was trying to stay off the grid. (Despite talk he had no idea what had happened, he informed the world that he knew what was going on via his agent, who he had contacted by satellite phone.) Hartman brings a bit of offense to the bottom six and he can be relied on for about 30 points.

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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: C Kyle Criscuolo signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN’s Take: Crisculo played in nine games with Buffalo two seasons ago, failing to register a point. A Harvard graduate, Criscuolo is a solid AHL forward with good speed and a solid shot, but not much potential outside of that. He did win the Calder Cup with Grand Rapids in 2017 and should provide a veteran touch to Lehigh Valley.

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WINNIPEG JETS: D Nathan Beaulieu signs a one-year, $1-million deal.
THN’s Take: Despite not extending him a qualifying offer last week, Beaulieu will return to fill a depth role for Winnipeg. He filled a need in Winnipeg in a mid-season trade with Josh Morrissey out of the lineup, and Beaulieu even spent some time with Jacob Trouba in a prominent role. Beaulieau is valuable in a role that sees him play 16-18 minutes and can play more in a pinch when needed.

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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: D Luke Schenn signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN’s Take: Tampa is in a cap crunch this summer with Brayden Point still looking for a deal, and with Anton Stralman on the move, Schenn helps fill a hole with the Lightning. Schenn bounced around in the NHL and AHL last season with Anaheim and Vancouver and won’t be used in heavy minutes but this gives Tampa flexibility in a depth role.

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FLORIDA PANTHERS: RW Noel Acciari signs a three-year, $5-million deal ($1.66 million AAV).
THN’s Take: Acciari had a solid playoff run in Buffalo and has become a reliable bottom-six forward in the NHL. Acciari had just 14 points during the regular season but his value is in killing penalties, the ability to play any forward position and chip in around the net.

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BUFFALO SABRES: G Andrew Hammond signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Buffalo adds extra goalie depth to the AHL, likely in a mentorship role to future starting goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen in Rochester. Hammond split the net with Kaapo Kahkonen in Iowa last year and has just seven games of NHL experience since 2016-17. He might earn a callup in an injury situation this year.

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SAN JOSE SHARKS: D Tim Heed signs a one-year, $960,000 deal.
THN’s Take: Heed has proven to be a solid depth defender and the Sharks will be happy to bring him back. With $26.5 million tied to Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Heed is an inexpensive option who will battle Radim Simek and Nick De-Simone for ice time this season before Mario Ferraro and Ryan Merkley are ready to jump up.

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BOSTON BRUINS: RW Brett Ritchie signs a one-year, $1-million deal.
THN’s Take: A big-bodied forward, Ritchie is ready for a fresh start after recording just four goals and six points in 53 games and sitting out all but one playoff game. With Acciari gone, Ritchie can fill a heavy forward role and might have a chance to spark his offense again.

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS: D Oscar Fantenberg signs a one-year, $850,000 deal.
THN’s Take: The Canucks have taken steps to address their defense situation today, but Fratenberg falls on the depth side of things. Fratenberg played with Calgary and Los Angeles last year, putting up just four points in 61 games. Not much offensive potential from the point but he gives Vancouver options on the point.

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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: RW Ryan Carpenter signs a three-year, $3-million deal ($1 million AAV).
THN's Take: Carpenter is coming off of a career-high 18 points this season, and while it's nothing special, Carpenter played on the wing and down the middle for the Golden Knights, giving them options in their bottom six. He should fit in nicely with Andrew Shaw on the fourth-line.

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COLORADO AVALANCHE: RW Joonas Donskoi signs a four-year, $15.6-million deal ($3.9 million AAV).
THN’s Take: The Finnish winger was a cap casualty in San Jose, but the Sharks’ loss is the Avalanche’s gain. Donskoi had 14 goals and 37 points in 80 games this season, a career high. Depth was an issue for the Avs at points this season and Donskoi is capable of playing both wings effectively while having solid possession numbers.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: C Patrick Brown signs a two-year, $1.4-million deal ($700,000 AAV).
THN’s Take: Vegas got a good look at Brown this year after his Charlotte team won the Calder Cup against Vegas' squad, the Wolves. Brown finished with a career-high 35 points in 70 games and had 10 points in 11 playoff contests. Brown has just two points in 21 NHL games and went pointless in eight post-season games with the Hurricanes this year, so it's purely a depth addition.

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CALGARY FLAMES: G Cam Talbot signs a one-year, $2.75-million deal.
THN’s Take: After a short stint in the City of Brotherly Love, Talbot is heading back to Alberta – only this time, he’ll be with the Flames. During his four seasons with the Oilers, Talbot had difficulty finding consistency and a strong start to his tenure was overshadowed by a precipitous drop off in 2018-19. Talbot will compete with David Rittich for the starting gig and potentially split time.

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MONTREAL CANADIENS: G Keith Kinkaid signs a one-year, $1.75 million deal.
THN's Take: Kinkaid played well in New Jersey and was the team’s starting goalie for a good portion of the season. But he was traded to Columbus at the trade deadline for a fifth-round pick to help give Mackenzie Blackwood the starting role, with Kinkaid not playing in a single game with the Blue Jackets. Kinkaid is good in spurts and the Canadiens can be confident in giving him 20-25 starts this season. Now, what happens to Charlie Lindgren?

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MONTREAL CANADIENS: RW Riley Barber signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Once a promising player in the NCAA, Barber's NHL career has been limited to just three games, but he finished with a career-high 60 points in the AHL to put him 21st in league scoring. This is purely a depth signing.

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BUFFALO SABRES: C Jean-Sebastien Dea signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: The Sabres continue to address their depth by adding Dea, who played 23 games between New Jersey and Pittsburgh last season. Dea has a strong AHL showing with 44 points in 46 games but he'll spend most of his time in Rochester this year.

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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: D Ryan Murray signs a two-year, $9.2-million contract ($4.6 million AAV).
THN's Take: Health issues have put a damper on Murray's career, but when healthy, Murray is good as a second-pairing defenseman on Columbus at 21 minutes a game. If he can avoid another upper-body injury, Murray could be set for a big contract when he's a free agent at 27 two years from now.

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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: RW Kurtis Gabriel signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Gabriel's offensive output is extremely limited with just 10 points in 54 games between New Jersey and Binghamton, but his work ethic and size is what teams look for. Philadelphia likes toughness and Gabriel has been a fan favorite everywhere he's gone.

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DETROIT RED WINGS: D Patrik Nemeth signs a two-year, $6-million deal ($3 million AAV).
THN’s Take: After a couple of seasons bouncing between the NHL and AHL, Nemeth established himself as a full-time NHLer in Colorado over the past two campaigns. He is a big, physical shutdown defender that will play more of a depth role for the Red Wings, but that’s where he’s most effective.

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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: LW Kenny Agostino signs a two-year, $1.4-million deal ($700,000 AAV).
THN’s Take: It took him several seasons, but the 27-year-old worked his way up through the minors and became an NHL regular in 2018-19, and he’s turned his six-goal, 24-point season into a two-year deal with Toronto. As a bottom-sixer, he’s got some upside and he’s not going to break the bank for the cap-conscious Maple Leafs.

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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: D Kurtis Gabriel signs a one-year, $xx-million deal ($700,000 AAV)
THN’s Take: The 26-year-old has never been a full-time NHLer and he likely won’t become one in Philadelphia. He’s a good depth add, however, and will be a prime candidate to be an injury replacement should the Flyers need one.

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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: LW Andy Andreoff signs a two-year, $1.5-million deal ($750,000 AAV)
THN’s Take: He’s a fourth-line grind guy who can chip in a modest amount of offense. His career-best was an eight-goal, 10-point campaign back in 2015-16 and he managed nine points in 45 games last season.

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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: D Nate Prosser signs a two-year, $1.4-million deal ($700,000 AAV)
THN’s Take: In all likelihood, this is a signing that will have its greatest impact in the AHL. Prosser spent 31 games with the Wild’s minor-league outfit in Iowa last season, and the 33-year-old has generally gone between the AHL and NHL throughout his career.

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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: D Kevin Gravel signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN’s Take: Gravel provides the Leafs further defensive depth and should be a key contributor to the Marlies backend. Gravel has one goal and 13 points in 106 games between Los Angeles and Edmonton and is a prime callup when Toronto needs help in a pinch.

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ST. LOUIS BLUES: LW Nathan Walker signs a two-year, $1.4-million deal ($700,000 AAV)
THN’s Take: Walker's road from Australia to the NHL has been well documented, but his North American career has been a rocky one. After a couple of years of uncertainty in the Capitals organization – and a brief two-game stint in Edmonton – Walker should spend most of next season in the AHL.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: LW Brandon Pirri signs a two-year deal worth $1.55 million ($775, 000 AAV)
THN’s Take: Seventy-two goals in 259 career NHL games. That’s pretty good, except that those 259 games have been spread across nine seasons. Pirri has appeared in 50-plus games in a season only twice, but he scored 22 times in 49 games with Florida in 2014-15 and 12 goals in 31 games with Vegas this past season. Maybe he only has one trick – putting the puck in the net – but it’s a good one.

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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: G Jean-Francois Berube signs a one-year, $700,00 deal.
THN’s Take: Joining his fifth franchise in six years, Berube is a capable AHLer that will split time with Alex Lyon in Lehigh Valley. He shouldn’t factor in Philadelphia’s plans unless injury issues force another ruthless year in the crease.

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BUFFALO SABRES: D John Gilmour signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN’s Take: Signed by the Rangers out of college, Gilmour has spent the majority of the past three seasons in the AHL, but there’s some offensive upside that makes the 26-year-old an intriguing pickup. He had 20 goals and 54 points with the Hartford Wolf Pack last season.

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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: C Jason Spezza signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN’s Take: It’s a signing that would have made heads explode years ago but merely a sensible one in 2019. Spezza is coming off of back-to-back eight-goal campaigns in which he scored 26 and 27 points, respectively. 

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EDMONTON OILERS: LW Jujhar Khaira signs a two-year, $2.4-million deal ($1.2 million AAV).
THN’s Take: Injuries limited his opportunities to close out the year in Edmonton and he finished with just three goals and 18 points in 60 games. Just a depth signing as Edmonton still chases a game-changer.

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NASHVILLE PREDATORS: LW Daniel Carr signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Carr led the AHL with 71 points last year with Chicago and was solid in Montreal's system for a few years. Carr's deal is a one-way contract, so Nashville must be confident that he can hold a depth forward spot.

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BOSTON BRUINS: D Connor Clifton signs a three-year, $3-million deal ($1 million per).
THN’s Take: Clifton saw a big increase in offensive production with Providence, posting six goals and 27 points in 53 games. He didn't play much in 19 regular season games with Boston but had five points in 18 playoff games. Boston’s blueline is loaded at the moment, so someone will likely be on the move.

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OTTAWA SENATORS: LW Tyler Ennis signs a one-year, $800,000 deal.
THN’s Take: Signed a one-year “prove it” deal with Toronto, and then the 5-foot-9, 160-pound dynamo went out and showed he still has big-league chops. The Sens signed him for depth duty, but they can plug him in on the top-six when needed, and trot him out on the power play, too.

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DETROIT RED WINGS: G Calvin Pickard signs a two-year, $1.5-million deal ($750,000 AAV).
THN’s Take: There’s going to be competition for the second-string position in Detroit. With incumbent Jimmy Howard set for the No. 1 job next season and Jonathan Bernier primed for the backup role, the Red Wings add Pickard to the mix. The 27-year-old is now onto his fourth team in three seasons and has yet to cement himself as a full-time NHLer.

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EDMONTON OILERS: C Markus Granlund signs a one-year, $1.3-million deal.
THN’s Take: Granlund has spent his entire career north of the border, moving from Calgary to Vancouver and now off to Edmonton. The one-year pact gives Granlund the chance to build off of the 12-goal, 22-point campaign he had in 2018-19 and prove he can be a consistent and effective scorer in the middle of the lineup.

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ARIZONA COYOTES: G Ivan Prosvetov signs a three-year, $2.78-million entry-level contract.
THN’s Take: A fourth-round pick in 2018 (114th overall), Prosvetov had a good rookie season in the OHL with Saginaw and is set to return next season. He's still a few positions down on the depth chart, even with the team still needing to sign RFA Adin Hill.

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WASHINGTON CAPITALS: RW Garnet Hathaway signs a four-year, $6-million deal ($1.5 million AAV).
THN’s Take: An 11-goal, 14-point season from the now-former Flames fourth-liner has earned him a healthy payday from the Capitals, who are loading up on crash-and-bang types after acquiring Radko Gudas earlier in the off-season. The term is a concern, but the dollars are such that it shouldn’t be too tough to bury if need be.

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COLORADO AVALANCHE: LW Pierre-Edouard Bellemare signs a two-year, $3.6-million deal ($1.8 million AAV).
THN's Take: In his five-year career, Bellemare has been in the 12-16-point range four times and that's what Colorado will look to get out of him. He'll play with Colin Wilson and Matt Nieto on the fourth-line.

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COLORADO AVALANCHE: LW Colin Wilson signs a one-year, $2.6-million deal.
THN’s Take: Wilson’s contributions were overlooked in large part because of the success of Colorado’s top line, but he had a decent 12-goal, 27-point campaign. More importantly, though, he came alive once again in the post-season, notching four goals and eight points in 12 games. The one-year deal comes with a pay cut, but he can make up the loss and then some with one big year leading into another round of free agency.

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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: D Chris Bigras signs a two-year, $1.4-million deal ($700,000 AAV).
THN’s Take: Bigras didn't turn into the top defensive prospect the Avalanche were once hoping for, but he had a decent year with Hartford last year and will have a chance to lead the Phantoms this season. His future looks stapled to the AHL.

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OTTAWA SENATORS: RW Jordan Szwarz signs a one-year, $800,000 deal.
THN's Take: Providence's captain last season, Szwarz brings leadership and scoring depth – but in this case, it'll be AHL only. He dpes jave 21 games played between Arizona and Boston but the 28-year-old doesn't make Ottawa better.

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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: D Andy Welinski signs a one-year, $750,000 contract.
THN’s Take: After a couple of seasons spent yo-yo-ing between the Anaheim Ducks and AHL’s San Diego Gulls, Welinski moves on to the Flyers. The talent ahead of him on the depth chart makes it unlikely he’s a full-timer in Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: D Tyler Wotherspoon signs a two-year, $1.4-million deal. ($700,000 AAV)
THN’s Take: It’s an AHL signing, plain and simple. Try as Wotherspoon might to crack the big clubs in Calgary and St. Louis over the past few years, he has spent the past two full seasons in the AHL. If you see him in Philadelphia next season, it’s because injuries have really taken a bite out of the Flyers’ blueline.

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EDMONTON OILERS: LW Tomas Jurco signs a one-year, $750,000 deal.
THN's Take: Jurco is still looking for his ticket back up to the NHL after toiling around four AHL and two NHL teams over the past three seasons. Jurco is skilled and can still put up goals at a good rate, but he's still a longshot to make the fouth line – a role he doesn't succeed in – on a bad Oilers team.

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ST. LOUIS BLUES: RW Sammy Blais signs a one-year, $850,000 deal.
THN’s Take: All right, so his output wasn’t all that impressive – two goals and four points in 32 games – but Blais nearly matched it in 15 playoff games and didn’t look at all out of place in the post-season. This is Blais betting on himself, and why shouldn’t he? The 2014 sixth-round pick has worked hard to get to this point, and if he can be an impact player next season, he could earn himself a healthy raise when he’s an RFA again next summer.

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WASHINGTON CAPITALS: C Philippe Maillet signs a two-year, $700,000 deal.
THN’s Take: This one is interesting. Maillet, 26, was signed out of the University of New Brunswick in 2017 and instantly became one of Ontario's best players in the AHL. A solid playmaker, only Matt Moulson (62) had more points than Maillet's 54 with the Reign last year. He’ll be busy with Hershey and is a prime call-up candidate, something he’s never been before.

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ARIZONA COYOTES: C Andy Miele signs a two-year, $1.4-million deal ($700,000 AAV).
THN’s Take: This is a homecoming of sorts after playing the first three years of his career in the Coyotes system from 2011-14. Miele had just two points in 15 games and he later went on to play in Europe, most recently in the KHL. With a two-year pact, Miele provides depth, but the AHL will be his home for now.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: LW Tomas Nosek signs a one-year, $1-million deal.
THN’s Take: Nosek carved his own path to the NHL through his native Czech Republic and has become a fixture in the Golden Knights’ bottom-six over the past two seasons. He hasn’t had that one, breakout season yet, but he’s good for a handful of goals and about 15 points. Cheap, value deals are important for Vegas, and this is one.

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ARIZONA COYOTES: D Aaron Ness signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN'S Take: Ness, 29, suffered an injury late in the AHL season but played well with Hershey with 55 points in 71 games and has 47 games on his NHL resume with the NY Islanders and Washington. Ness could challenge for a final spot on the Coyotes' blueline but he's a solid player to have in your pipeline when an injury arises – something Arizona dealt with often last year.

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ARIZONA COYOTES: LW Beau Bennett signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN’s Take: Bennett played just five games in the KHL last season before getting cut by Minsk, but he didn't sign a pro contract after his dismissal in September. Bennett had 57 points in 60 games with the Chicago Wolves two years ago and could be a solid AHLer again, but he's a risk at this point. 

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BOSTON BRUINS: LW Par Lindholm signs a two-year, $1.7-million deal ($850,000 AAV)
THN’s Take: Lindholm spent had an uninspiring year with a goal and 13 points in 65 games with Toronto and Winnipeg but he's still a capable playmaker and his defensive reliability is notable. He can be a leader on the fourth-line and has experience on the power play and penalty kill.

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COLORADO AVALANCHE: C Andrew Agozzino signs a two-year, $1.4-million deal ($700,000 AAV)
THN’s Take: With just five points in 21 games over five years, Agozzino hasn't had that much of an offensive impact in the NHL but is coming off of a 60-point AHL campaign with the Eagles. At worst, he'll be one of the top players in the AHL. At best, he'll chip in a few times a year in the NHL.

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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: C Nick Shore signs a one-year, $750,000 deal.
THN’s Take: He failed to find a fit in the NHL last season, instead spending the 2018-19 campaign with the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk, but Shore can be a useful fourth-line utility player. Much more shouldn’t be expected, however.

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS: D David Warsofsky signs a two-year, $1.4-million deal. ($700,000 AAV)
THN’s Take: There’s a familiarity here that makes this signing a fit. Warsofsky spent parts of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons with the Penguins organization, including 20 games in Pittsburgh. Likely he’s AHL-bound, but he has injury fill-in potential.

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WASHINGTON CAPITALS: LW Brendan Leipsic has signed a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN’s Take: Another move for Leipsic, who is now onto his fifth team in four seasons. He has 13 goals and 48 points in 126 career games and can be pencilled into a spot on the fourth line for now.

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BOSTON BRUINS: LW Brendan Gaunce signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN’s Take: A first-round pick in 2012, Gaunce hasn’t caught on as an 82-game NHL talent yet, but he’s provided punch in the minor leagues. This past season, he scored 16 goals and 38 points in 60 games for the Utica Comets. He’ll probably start in Providence, but he could get an audition with the Bruins.

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BOSTON BRUINS: C Ryan Fitzgerald signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN’s Take: Consecutive 37-point seasons with the Baby Bruins after wrapping up his tenure at Boston College. He’s yet to appear in an NHL game.

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS: G Zane McIntyre signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN’s Take: A couple years back, McIntyre earned himself backup duty in Boston, but the past two campaigns have been spent in the AHL. In Vancouver, he’s going to be down the depth chart. He’ll be tending goal for the Utica Comets.

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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: G Spencer Martin signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: The second goalie signed by Tampa on Monday, Martin had a brief run in Colorado but spent most of the time in the minors. And that's exactly what this deal is – a signing for Syracuse.

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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: G Scott Wedgewood signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: The third goalie signed by Tampa, is coming off of a good year in Rochester where he had 28 wins in 48 games. With Wedgewood set for Syracuse, it'll mark his fourth AHL team since 2017.

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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: C Chris Mueller signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: At 33, Mueller is strictly an AHL signing, but a good one at that. He's coming off a 65-point campaign and has at least 50 points in his past four seasons. But with just 10 points in 53 games, and none since 2015, don't expect to see him called up.

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CALGARY FLAMES: D Brandon Davidson signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Davidson adds extra defensive stability in Calgary and is already familiar with Alberta, having played three seasons in Edmonton. He didn't play much hockey last season but gives the Flames some flexibility.

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CALGARY FLAMES: C Byron Froese signs a one-year, $700,00 deal.
THN's Take: He spent the past year in the AHL and with 16 points in 110 career games, his NHL output is quite limited.

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LOS ANGELES KINGS: D Joakim Ryan signs a one-year, $725,000 deal.
THN's Take: Another interesting signing. At just $700K, Ryan has spent the past two seasons in the NHL with San Jose and, while not flashy, is a decent option on the third pairing. That's what he'll compete for when training camp kicks off.

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LOS ANGELES KINGS: RW Martin Frk signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Frk was a solid AHLer but never found his way in Detroit. With LA needing some help on the wings and still in rebuild mode, it's now or never for Frk to prove he can stick around in the NHL.

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DALLAS STARS: D Reece Scarlett signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Scarlett's options were likely limited due to playing just one game because of an injury, but Dallas liked him enough to bring him back. But he's just a depth option, and with the Stars looking good on the backend, he doesn't factor into the parent club.

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WASHINGTON CAPITALS: Vitek Vanecek signs a three-year, $2.15-million extension ($716,667 AAV).
THN’s Take: Bringing back Vanecek made sense with Ilya Samsonov expected to make the jump up to Washington in the next season or two, depending on what the Caps want to do with Phoenix Copley. He’ll tend the net in Hershey this summer.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: LW Tyrell Goulbourne signs a two-year, $1.4-million deal ($700,000 AAV).
THN’s Take: This is purely a deal to bolster the Wolves, with Goulbourne moving over after a four-year stint in the Flyers organization. His best AHL total was 19 points and he failed to record a point through 11 NHL games with Philadelphia.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: D Jaycob Megna signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN’s Take: Megna was called up on a couple of occasions in Anaheim over the past three years but mainly in a bottom-pairing role. He’ll challenge for the same role in Vegas this year, but expect him to spend most of his time in the AHL.

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: D Brett Lernout signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN’s Take: Similar deal to Megna. He skated with the Habs in 21 games over three years but was mainly limited to the AHL. Won’t change with the Golden Knights.

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FLORIDA PANTHERS: D Ethan Prow signs a two-year, $1.4-million deal ($700,000 AAV).
THN’s Take: One of the AHL’s best offensive defenseman coming off of a 50-point season. It’s hard to judge what he’s really capable of, given his previous best was 17 points the year before, but at 26, and with a Panthers team still lacking on the point, he is a threat to earn time on the team’s right side. But, again, it was just one season of success.

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FLORIDA PANTHERS: D Tommy Cross signs a two-year, $1.4-million deal ($700,000 AAV).
THN’s Take: Purely an AHL signing. Cross, 29, has just three NHL games under his belt and is good for 35 points in the minors.

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ST. LOUIS BLUES: D Jake Dotchin signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN’s Take: If you’ve made it this far, you’ve likely read a lot about “depth defensemen”. Here’s another one, but one with a real shot at playing. Dotchin played in 20 games last season, bringing a solid physical presence to the backend when injuries put a hold on Anaheim’s roster. He’ll see a few games every now and again in St. Louis.

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WINNIPEG JETS: D Cameron Schilling signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Schilling returns to the Jets organization after spending most of the past two years with the Manitoba Moose. That's where he'll go again, but he did play in four games in a limited role with Winnipeg last year.

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EDMONTON OILERS: C Gaetan Haas signs a one-year, $925,000 entry-level contract.
THN's Take: Good find by the Oilers, signing Haas out of Switzerland. Smart two-way center with good speed and can play just about any role you need him to. This is his first time playing in North America, so it'll be an adjustment period for the 27-year-old.

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NEW JERSEY DEVILS: D Matt Tennyson signed a two-year, $1.4-million deal ($700,00 AAV)
THN 's Take: Tennyson joins his fourth team in five years, once again moving to a team in a depth role. Despite just four games with Buffalo this year, Tennyson has proven to be effective when called upon in the NHL and could weasel his way into 10-15 games at a minimum.

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NEW JERSEY DEVILS: C Ben Street signed a one-year, $750,000 deal.
THN's Take: At 33, Ben Street is more of a veteran fill-in option than anything. With eight points in 56 games since 2012, his role as a top-six AHLer is the focus here, especially on a team that will feature some good young prospects in Binghamton.

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NEW JERSEY DEVILS: D Dakota Mermis signed a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Mermis never cracked the Coyotes' lineup full-time and nothing suggests he will in New Jersey. But he's a steady AHLer that can play a game or two for the Devils.

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ST. LOUIS BLUES: RW Nick Lappin signed a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Lappin's AHL numbers dipped this season in Binghamton, finishing with 34 points a year after scoring 31. He did play in 11 NHL games but failed to record a point. Back to the AHL for him, albeit for a new team.

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ST. LOUIS BLUES: LW Evan Polei signed a two-year, $1.85-million deal ($925,000 AAV).
THN's Take: This is Polei's first NHL contract – good for him. Polei stuck in the AHL full-time last year in Bakersfield and had 20 points. He won't put up a lot of points in San Antonio, but he's a big body that plays a physical game and, who knows? Maybe St. Louis will give him a chance.

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ST. LOUIS BLUES: C Mike Vecchione signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Vecchione saw a two-point dip in production this year in Lehigh Valley but seems good for 40 points. But he shouldn't factor into St. Louis' big club plans.

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ST. LOUIS BLUES: D Derrick Pouliot signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Pouliot was a healthy scratch often during his time in Vancouver and has essentially had a disappointing career since getting drafted in the first round by Pittsburgh in 2012 (eighth overall). Since Pouliot will be on a two-way deal, this is his opportunity to prove himself again.

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NEW YORK ISLANDERS: C Cole Bardreau signs a two-year, $1.4-million deal ($700,000 AAV).
THN's Take: Bardreau is coming off of a tough season that saw him dip from 30 points to 12 in another shortened season for the center. This is purely for AHL depth.

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EHC LINZ: C Mark McNeill has signed a contract.
THN's Take: He was Bruins property, but now he's making his first trip over to Europe. McNeill never materialized after Chicago chose him in the first round in 2011 (18th overall).

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SYRACUSE CRUNCH: G Zach Fucale signs a one-year AHL contract.
THN's Take: A true fall from grace. Five years ago, Fucale was one of the top goaltending prospects in the league. But after a couple of rough years in the Canadiens' and Golden Knights' systems, he finds himself on an AHL deal with the Crunch – but expect him to play in the ECHL with Wedgewood and Martin signed to two-way NHL deals on Monday as well.

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LEIGH VALLEY PHANTOMS: C Greg Carey signs a one-year AHL deal.
THN's Take: Staying in familiar territory, Carey has proven to be one of the most consistent AHLers over the past few years and is coming off of a career-high 61-point season with the Phantoms. This is his first AHL deal after previously being Flyers property.

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COLORADO AVALANCHE: D Daniel Renouf signs a two-year, $1.4-million deal ($700,000 AAV).
THN's Take: Renouf joins his third NHL program in the past three years but did have a good season with Charlotte of the AHL. Expect him to join the Eagles for the whole season.

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CAROLINA HURRICANES: D Alex Lintuniemi signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Lintuniemi never could crack Los Angeles' roster and hasn't shown much improvement over the past three years. Back to the AHL for him.

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DALLAS STARS: C Tanner Kero signs a two-year, $1.48-million deal ($737,500 AAV).
THN's Take: Kero has 22 points in 72 career games in the NHL with Chicago and is coming off of a strong 57-point effort with Utica of the AHL. A good call-up candidate for the Stars.

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COLORADO AVALANCHE: C T.J. Tynan signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: A point-per-game player with the Chicago Wolves last season, Tynan will contend for the AHL scoring title this season with the Eagles.

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PROVIDENCE BRUINS: D Josiah Didier signs a one-year AHL deal.
THN’s Take: Didier, 26, hasn't played a game in the NHL but had a good run en route to the Calder Cup with Charlotte this season. This is a good AHL move.

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BOSTON BRUINS: G Maxime Lagace signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Lagace has 17 games of experience with Vegas but simply couldn't steal the starting role in Chicago. He'll battle Daniel Vladar for the bulk of the starts next season while mentoring rookie Kyle Keyser.

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CALGARY FLAMES: LW Justin Kirkland signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: The Predators didn't offer him a qualifying offer and his transition to pro hockey over the past three years have been rough. But with a career-high 30 points this season in Milwaukee and with a good physical presence, he's a decent pickup for the Flames to send to Stockton.

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SAN JOSE SHARKS: D Dalton Prout signs a one-year, $800,000 deal.
THN's Take: Prout was sparingly used in Calgary, but the Flames did have a crowded blueline. Prout is a big-bodied defender that can truly punish players, but he's not a full-time NHLer.

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WINNIPEG JETS: D Anthony Bitetto signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Bitetto hasn't played an AHL game since early 2017, but that's about to change. He didn't have much to offer Nashville or Minnesota last season and there's no room for him up in Winnipeg.

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SAN JOSE SHARKS: RW Jonny Brodzinski signs a one-year deal.
THN's Take: Injuries limited Brodzinski to just 13 games with the Kings last year but he is a former AHL all-star and brings good size to the Sharks' bottom six. Purely a depth move, but someone who might factor into the team's lineup.

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SAN JOSE SHARKS: D Nikolai Knyzhov signs a three-year entry-level contract.
THN's Take: Solid find for the Sharks, who inked the undrafted defenseman to an ELC. He's a good skater and plays a physical game, but he's not great at handling the puck. His offensive output is limited, but the Sharks liked what they saw out of him in training camp.

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SAN JOSE SHARKS: C Zach Gallant signs a three-year, $2.78-million entry-level contract.
THN's Take: Gallant went unsigned by Detroit after the team took him in 2017 but earned a deal out of development camp with San Jose. He produced at an OK level in the OHL but was very impressive with Toledo during the ECHL stretch run this season. He shouldn't factor into San Jose's short-term plans and should wind up with the San Jose Barracuda.

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SAN JOSE SHARKS: D Artemi Kniazev signs a three-year entry-level contract.
THN's Take: San Jose's pick in the second round, Kniazev is a smooth-skating defenseman that handles the puck well and does a lot of small things well. He's still a few years away, but it's good to have your future ready to go.

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BUFFALO SABRES: LW C.J. Smith signs a two-year, $1.4-million deal ($700,000 AAV).
THN's Take: Not a big-impact move, but Smith has two good AHL seasons under his belt and has played well in 13 games with the parent club. Expect him to get a few games as a call up again this year.

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WINNIPEG JETS: C Mark Letestu signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: It's a two-way deal, and Letestu should almost certainly spend most of the year in the AHL. But 560 NHL games to his credit, he's a reliable option if needed.

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OTTAWA SENATORS: LW Nicholas Paul signs a one-year, $750,000 deal.
THN's Take: At 24, Paul has not proven himself to be a legitimate threat to play full-time, but Ottawa is still in rebuild mode and he will fight for a fourth-line spot in training camp. This is a make-it-or-break-it year for him: Paul has had multiple chances in Ottawa without success, but a good season in the AHL last year may have helped his case.

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS: RW Tyler Motte signs a one-year, $975,000 deal.
THN's Take: Good fourth-liner on an inexpensive deal. Works hard, strong skater and the Canucks like him in defensive situations. Not too shabby.

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ANAHEIM DUCKS: C Andrew Poturalski signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN’s Take: Poturalski smashed his previous career-high point total of 52 two seasons ago with a 70-point campaign before scoring 12 goals and 23 points in 18 playoff games en route to Charlotte’s first Calder Cup. At 25, Poturalski NHL resume is quite limited with just two games with the Hurricanes, but Poturalski’s game improved mightily this year and he could fight for a bottom-six roster spot in Anaheim, but his big-league potential isn’t high.

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS: C Joseph Blandisi signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Blandisi re-joins the Penguins organization after moving over last season. His production dipped in Wilkes-Barre Scranton compared to San Diego but he still finished with 43 points in 54 games. He has played in the NHL for at least a handful of games since 2015 and should have the same opportunity this season.

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MINNESOTA WILD: C Luke Johnson signs a one-year, $1.4-million deal ($700,000 AAV).
THN's Take: Johnson made his NHL debut last year but had just one point in 15 games. So-so offensive threat, but he's more of a defensive center that the Iowa Wild can rely on.

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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: C David Kampf signs a two-year, $2-million deal ($1 million AAV).
THN's Take: A mainstay in the team's bottom six last year, Kampf returns for the same role after posting career highs in assists (15) and points (19) in 2018-19.

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ANAHEIM DUCKS: C Blake Pietila signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: With 46 points in 50 games, Pietila had a huge AHL season and even had 19 games of action with New Jersey. This is a fresh start for him, but with just four points in 38 NHL games, his offensive potential is limited.

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ANAHEIM DUCKS: G Anthony Solarz signs a two-year, $1.5-million deal.
THN's Take: Anaheim adds goaltending depth to San Diego, and one who played in 18 games with Philadelphia and Edmonton last year. He only factors into the play if John Gibson or Ryan Miller get hurt again, but could backup in his second year if Miller retires.

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FLORIDA PANTHERS: LW Joel Lowry signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Good AHL second-liner, but that's it.

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FLORIDA PANTHERS: G Philippe Desrosiers signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: There was simply no more room for Desrosiers with the Texas Stars and he spent part of last season in the ECHL. He'll share the net with AHL veteran Chris Driedger.

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MONTREAL CANADIENS: C Phil Varone signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Montreal adds to its center queue. Varone's offensive impact is very limited with just 17 points in 97 NHL games but he'll be a good leader on the Laval Rocket.

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ANAHEIM DUCKS: D Jani Hapanpaa signs a one-year, $850,000 deal.
THN's Take: The St. Louis Blues had strong defensive depth in the system when Hakanpaa was a member of the team from 2013 to 2015, but after a couple of strong developmental years in Finland, he gets a second chance. At 6-foot-5 and 207 lbs, Hakanpaa has great size and his skating has improved over the past few years, mainly in the speed category. After leaving the AHL once before, it's unlikely he'd sign with the Ducks if he didn't think he had a chance at making the opening night roster.

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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: C Alexander Kerfoot signs a four-year, $14-million deal ($3.5 million AAV).
THN's Take: This is a fantastic value deal for a player capable of closing in on the 50-point mark this year with better linemates around him in Toronto. He's a reliable two-way player that had a couple of good seasons in Colorado and will be a key member of Toronto's third-line.

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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: D Cody Ceci signs a one-year, $4.5-million deal.
THN's Take: All signs point towards Toronto moving away from Ceci next summer with this deal – otherwise, they would have kept him longer to try and strengthen their defense core long-term.

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MONTREAL CANADIENS: D Ben Chiarot signs a three-year, $10.5-million deal ($3.5 million AAV).
THN's Take: It originally looked like the Jets would attempt to keep him around with the departures of Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers but that wasn't the case. Chiarot is coming off of a career-high 20 points and is a good shot blocker, but is average in everything else. He's a replacement for Jordie Benn, but he isn't an upgrade – he's still not the top left-handed defenseman Montreal needs.

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OTTAWA SENATORS: D Christian Wolanin signs a two-year, $1.8-million deal.
THN's Take: Wolanin impressed in 30 games with the Sens and factors in as a full-time defender over the course of his new contract. Wolanin could use someone like Ron Hainsey for guidance.

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS: RW Justin Bailey signed a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: A promising AHL rookie season in 2015-16 made him a prime call-up candidate for years in the Sabres system, but with just nine points in 63 games – including one assist in 11 contests with the Flyers in 2018-19 – his future role is simply to fill a hole when injuries persist.

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EDMONTON OILERS: D Philip Broberg signed a three-year entry-level contract ($1.775 AAV).
THN's Take: Edmonton's first pick in 2019 (eighth overall), Broberg is signed for another year in Sweden and likely won't make the trip over to the AHL until 2020-21. For now, this is just to get a good prospect in the system, but he's still a few years away.

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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: LW Danick Martel signs a one-year, $700,000 deal.
THN's Take: Once a promising AHL prospect, Martel, known for his ability to score often, failed to score in 13 games between the NHL and AHL and had just three asissts to show for. He was a healthy scratch more often than not and shouldn't factor into Tampa's plans this year.

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CAROLINA HURRICANES: C Brian Gibbons signs a one-year, $725,000 deal.
THN's Take: The Hurricanes needed offensive depth and they got it. He struggled in Anaheim last year with just five points in 44 games but had 14 in 20 with Ottawa. He likely won't progress past the fourth line, but a good signing, nonetheless.

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FLORIDA PANTHERS: C Kevin Roy signs a one-year, $850,000 deal.
THN's Take: The small forward was limited to just a handful of games between Anaheim and San Diego last year. Small and speedy, his best value is in the AHL but is good enough to hold his own in a call-up situation.

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ARIZONA COYOTES: RW Hudson Fasching signs a two-year, $1.48-million deal ($737,500)
THN's Take: A big body coming off a 33-point campaign in the AHL, where he'll return for another stint with Tuscon.

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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: D Scott Harrington signs a three-year, $4.9-million deal ($1.63 million AAV).
THN's Take: Not a high-impact player, but one that the Blue Jackets will be happy to have back. He will be a full-time member of the blueline again this season.

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ARIZONA COYOTES: LW Michael Bunting signs a two-year, $1.4-million deal ($700,000 AAV).
THN's Take: Simply an AHL signing. His point total went from 43 to 41 last year in Tuscon but he played in 15 fewer games after a stint with the big club.

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS: LW Josh Leivo signs a one-year, $1.5-million deal.
THN's Take: He played well in Vancouver with 18 points in 49 games after a trade from Toronto. As the Canucks continue to rebuild, it's nice to keep some familiarity in the lineup.

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MONTREAL CANADIENS: LW Nick Cousins signs a one-year, $1-million deal.
THN's Take: A nice budget signing by Montreal. A career-high of 27 points isn’t going to impress anyone, but Cousins is a capable fourth-liner with two-way upside and the capability to annoy the heck out of your best players.

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