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Posted On Tuesday, 07.17.2012 / 6:32 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Kings sign four to one-year deals

The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Thomas Hickey, forward Stefan Legein, forward David Meckler and defenseman Jake Muzzin to one-year contracts, the team announced Tuesday.

Hickey, 23, had 26 points in 76 regular-season games with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League last season. His plus-16 rating led the team. Hickey served as a captain for Team Canada when it won the gold medal at the 2009 World Junior Championship. He was selected in the first-round (No. 4) of the 2007 NHL Draft.

Legein, 23, recorded 14 goals and 11 assists in 63 regular-season games with the Monarchs last season. Five of his goals were shorthanded. Legin was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second-round (No. 37) of the 2007 NHL Draft and acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Meckler, 25, recorded 10 goals, seven assists and a plus-10 rating in 44 regular-season games with the Monarchs in his fifth season in Manchester. Meckler was selected by the Kings in the fifth-round (No. 134) of the 2006 NHL Draft.

Muzzin, 23, established career highs in goals (seven), assists (24), points (31), penalty minutes (40) and games played (71) for the Monarchs last season. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth-round (No. 141) of the 2007 NHL Draft and signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Jan. 4, 2010.

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Posted On Tuesday, 07.17.2012 / 10:58 AM

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Sabres sign Tarnasky and Brennan

The Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Nick Tarnasky and defenseman TJ Brennan on one-year contracts. No financial terms were disclosed.

Tarnasky, 27, joins the Sabres after spending a season in the Kontinental Hockey League playing for Vityaz Chekov. In his KHL season, Tarnasky scored five goals and added seven assits for 12 points, along with 173 penalty minutes in 36 games. The native of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, was chosen by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the ninth round (No. 287) of the 2003 NHL Draft. In 245 games during parts of five NHL seasons with Tampa Bay, the Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers, Tarnasky has 13 goals and 30 points, along with 297 penalty minutes.

Brennan was the Buffalo Sabres' second-round pick (No. 31) in the 2007 NHL Draft. After spending the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League, Brennan scored a goal in his NHL debut on Nov. 23, 2011 vs. Boston. The Willingboro, N.J., native appeared in 11 games for the Sabres in 2011-12.

Brennan finished the 2011-12 season with 16 goals, 30 points and 39 penalty minutes in 52 games for Rochester of the AHL. His 16 goals were a career high and were tops among all Americans defensemen.

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Posted On Tuesday, 07.17.2012 / 10:10 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Report: Jets, Kane working on long-term deal

Evander Kane and the Winnipeg Jets are working on a long-term contract that could keep the 20-year-old star forward with the franchise for at least six more years, according to a report from Gary Lawless in Tuesday's editions of the Winnipeg Free Press. Kane's entry-level contract expired after this past season.

Lawless reports that contract negotiations are moving along with the hope that a deal will be in place before training camp. A report on July 24 said the deal would be worth $29 million.

The two contracts reportedly being used as comparables are John Tavares' six-year, $33 million contract with the New York Islanders and Phil Kessel's five-year, $27 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tavares signed his contract this past season; Kessel is entering the fourth year of his deal.

Both Tavares and Kessel were coming off their entry-level contracts when they signed those deals.

Kane, the No. 4 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, has improved his production in each of his first three seasons. He put up career-bests in goals (30), assists (27), points (57), shots on goal (283) and plus/minus (plus-11) last season. He had 26 points as a rookie in 2009-10 and 43 points the following season.

Lawless also reports that if for some reason the Jets and Kane are not able to agree on a long-term deal, they more than likely would look for a deal in the neighborhood of two years and $5.75 million, which would match the terms of Logan Couture's contract with the San Jose Sharks. Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal recently completed playing under a contract with the same term and money, but will start a five-year, $30 million contract in 2012-13.

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Posted On Monday, 07.16.2012 / 3:48 PM

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Blues re-sign Porter, Peluso and Sonne

The St. Louis Blues on Monday re-signed forwards Chris Porter, Anthony Peluso and Brett Sonne to one-year, two-way contracts. No financial terms were disclosed.

Porter's deal is worth $650,000 at the NHL level or $105,000 at the AHL level, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Porter appeared in a career-high 47 games for the Blues last season, scoring four goals and adding three assists for seven points. The 28-year-old has played in 98 NHL regular-season games, all with the Blues, scoring eight goals and adding eight assists for 16 points along with 27 penalty minutes. The Toronto native was chose by the Chicago Blackhawks in the ninth round (No. 282) of the 2003 NHL Draft and was signed by the Blues as a free agent on Aug. 21, 2007.

Peluso, 23, played in 61 games for the Blues' American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen, last season, scoring four goals and five assists for nine points along with a team-leading 159 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound forward was selected by the Blues in the sixth round (No. 160) in the 2007 NHL Draft.

Sonne, 23, played in 70 games for the Rivermen last season, scoring eight goals and adding nine assists for 17 points along with 40 penalty minutes. He was selected by the Blues in the third round (No. 85) in 2007.

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Posted On Monday, 07.16.2012 / 3:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

L.A. signs King to two-year deal

The Los Angeles Kings signed forward Dwight King to a two-year contract, the team announced Monday. The Los Angeles Times reports the deal is worth about $1.5 million.

King, who turned 23 earlier this month, had 14 points (five goals, nine assists), 10 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating in 27 regular-season games in 2011-12. He was recalled by the Kings from Manchester of the American Hockey League on Feb. 10 after tallying 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists), 20 penalty minutes and a plus-6 rating in 50 regular-season games.

During the Kings' 2012 run to the Stanley Cup championship, King (6-foot-3, 234 pounds) collected five goals, three assists, 13 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating. He ranked tied for first in goals scored during the postseason and tied for second in postseason game-winning goals (two) amongst rookies in 2012. Four of his five postseason goals were scored against Phoenix in the Western Conference Finals.

Selected by the Kings in the fourth-round (No. 109) in the 2007 NHL Draft, King has 14 points (five goals, nine assists), 12 penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating in 33 career NHL regular-season games -- all with the Kings.

With King officially on board, every player who appeared for Los Angeles during the 2012 postseason is signed for next season.

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Posted On Monday, 07.16.2012 / 1:18 PM

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Sens sign Nathan Lawson to one-year deal

The Ottawa Senators announced Monday that the club signed goaltender Nathan Lawson to a one-year, two-way contract.

Lawson, 28, spent the 2011-12 campaign with Hamilton of the American Hockey League. In 44 games with the Montreal Canadiens' affiliate, he posted a record of 19-17-4 with a 2.57 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage, recording five shutouts.

Prior to joining the Bulldogs, the Calgary native spent the previous three seasons in the New York Islanders organization, playing primarily with the Islanders' AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He made his NHL debut with the Islanders during the 2010-11 campaign and posted a record of 1-4-2 over 10 games with New York that season.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound goalie has played in four professional seasons, including 10 NHL games with the Islanders and 127 AHL games with Bridgeport and Hamilton. Undrafted, he played three seasons with the Western Collegiate Athletic Association's University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves from 2004-05 to 2006-07.

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Posted On Monday, 07.16.2012 / 11:59 AM

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Oilers re-sign Theo Peckham

The Edmonton Oilers on Monday re-signed restricted free-agent defenseman Theo Peckham to a one-year contract. The Edmonton Sun reports it is worth $1.075 million.

Peckham, a third-round pick (No. 75) by the Oilers in the 2006 NHL Draft, had a goal and a pair of assists along with 80 penalty minutes in 54 games last season. He has four goals, 17 points and 382 PIM in 156 career games in parts of four seasons.

He was one of seven restricted free agents to receive qualifying offers from the Oilers after also making $1.075 million last season, according to CapGeek.

"It's a relief," he told the team's website. "I understood I was coming off not the greatest year, so -- it wasn't necessarily 'take what you can get,' but both sides are happy. There was a little discussion back and forth, but I think for the most part it worked out best for both sides."

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Posted On Monday, 07.16.2012 / 10:37 AM

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Canadiens re-sign Blake Geoffrion

Blake Geoffrion, the fourth generation of his family to play with the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL, will be with the team for another season after signing one-year contract Monday.

RDS reports it's a two-way deal that will pay him $803,250 in the NHL.

Geoffrion, a forward who is the great-grandson of Howie Morenz and grandson of Bernie Geoffrion, was acquired in a trade from the Nashville Predators for defenseman Hal Gill late last season and scored twice in 13 NHL games with Montreal. He had three assists in 22 games with the Predators before the trade after putting up six goals and eight points with Nashville following a call-up in 2010-11.

"Contract is done, now time to focus on the season. Happy to be back with the habs where it all started for my family," Geoffrion said via his Twitter account.

The former University of Wisconsin star, who won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in the NCAA in 2010, was taken in the second round (No. 56) by Nashville in 2006.

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Posted On Sunday, 07.15.2012 / 7:07 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Report: Green rejects Caps' qualifying offer

CSNWashington.com is reporting defenseman Mike Green has rejected the Washington Capitals' one-year, $5 million qualifying offer, but is expected to continue negotiating with the team. Green had until 5 p.m. ET on Sunday to either accept or reject the offer.

By rejecting the offer Green becomes a restricted free agent.

Green, 26, had three goals and four assists in just 32 regular-season games due to a nagging groin injury. He had two goals and two assists in 14 playoff games.

He's been plagued by injuries the last two seasons, playing a total of just 81 games.

Capitals GM George McPhee said Saturday that the qualifying offer deadlines didn't faze him, and believes he will be able to negotiate new deals for Green and fellow restricted free-agent defenseman John Carlson.

"I think we've had healthy discussions with both players and there are deals to be made there," McPhee told CSNWashington.com. "I think that's something we'll get done sooner than later and they will be deals we can live with and they can live with."

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Posted On Friday, 07.13.2012 / 6:04 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Hurricanes sign Terry to two-year deal

Forward Chris Terry has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, the team announced Friday.

Terry will receive $525,000 at the NHL level or $90,000 at the AHL level, with a guarantee of $105,000, in the first year. In the second year, he will receive $525,000 in the NHL or $105,000 in the AHL.

Terry, 23, led the Charlotte Checkers with 59 points (16 goals, 43 assists) in 2011-12. In three American Hockey League seasons, he has 67 goals and 103 assists in 235 games.

He was selected by Carolina in the fifth round (No. 132) in the 2007 NHL Draft.

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