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Posted On Friday, 07.13.2012 / 5:30 PM

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

Wellwood returning to Jets

The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms Friday with forward Kyle Wellwood on a new contract. The Winnipeg Free Press reports it is a one-year deal worth $1.6 million.

"Originally I was searching for more years (on his deal) and the Jets offered me a two-year deal, but after thinking about it I just felt most comfortable with a one-year deal," Wellwood said in a conference call, according to the newspaper. "To have this out of the way and be able to come into an environment I already know and have some familiarity, I’m really excited."

Wellwood, 29, played in 77 games with the Jets last season, recording a career-high 47 points (18 goals, 29 assists), good for fifth on the team, and four penalty minutes.

The Windsor, Ontario, native has played in 450 career NHL games between Toronto, Vancouver, San Jose and Winnipeg, posting 86 goals, 220 points and 34 career penalty minutes.

Wellwood was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fifth round (No. 134) of the 2001 NHL Draft.

The Jets also announced Friday they have signed defenseman Paul Postma. The Free Press reports it is a one-year, one-way contract worth $550,000.

Postma, 23, played in 56 games with the St. John’s IceCaps last season. His 44 points (13 goals, 31 assists) led the team's defensemen. He had 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in 15 Calder Cup playoff games.

The team also signed forward Ben Maxwell and goaltender Mark Dekanich. Maxwell played six games for the Jets last season. Dekanich played five games for the Springfield Falcons.

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Posted On Friday, 07.13.2012 / 4:25 PM

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

Stars give Larsen two-year deal, sign Fortunus

The Dallas Stars announced Friday they have agreed to terms on new contracts with defensemen Philip Larsen and Maxime Fortunus.

Larsen, 22, receives a two-year contract through 2013-14 worth $2.05 million ($900,000 first year; $1.15 million second year). Fortunus, 28, was signed to a one-year, two-way contract.

Larsen skated in 55 games for the Stars last season, posting three goals and 11 points. His plus-11 rating was tied for the lead among Dallas defensemen. The Esbjerg, Denmark native scored his first career NHL goal against Minnesota on Jan. 21, becoming the first Danish-born blueliner to accomplish that feat since Vancouver's Poul Poupiel in 1971-72.

Larsen has played 63 NHL contests over parts of three seasons. Of players who have skated with the Stars in each of the past three seasons, he is one of four who has earned a cumulative plus-10 rating or better (plus-13).

The 6-foot-0, 183-pound defenseman competed in this year’s IIHF World Championship where he had two assists in seven games for Denmark. He also posted a team-leading 23 shots in the tournament, and had the highest time-on-ice per game of anyone on Denmark's National Team (25:05).

Fortunus, 28, has spent the past three seasons with the AHL's Texas Stars and appeared in eight NHL games with Dallas during the 2009-10 season. Last season with Texas, Fortunus appeared in 60 games and collected six goals and 20 points.

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Posted On Friday, 07.13.2012 / 4:09 PM

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

Holmstrom says he'll play only for Wings

Forward Thomas Holmstrom said Thursday if he returns to the NHL it will be with the Detroit Red Wings.

Holmstrom, 39, is deciding whether to return for his 16th season or retire.

Reports out of his home country Sweden said Holmstrom would consider playing for someone other than the Red Wings. He told the Detroit News that is not the case.

"It's playing in Detroit, or nowhere else," he said.

The newspaper said Holmstrom is training as if he is going to return, but he has not made a decision. He is expected to talk with general manager Ken Holland within the next two weeks.

"I appreciate Kenny giving me this time to think about things," Holmstrom said. "I'm training, I'm working out. But a lot of it depends on my health, my knees."

Holmstrom has 243 goals and 287 assists in 1,026 games, all with Detroit.

The Red Wings have acquired forward Mikael Samuelsson and Jordin Tootoo this offseason.

UPDATE: The Detroit Free Press reported on July 27 that the Red Wings and Holmstrom are expected to talk when Holland returns to Detroit next week.

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Posted On Friday, 07.13.2012 / 1:54 PM

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Canadiens re-sign Diaz to two-year contract

The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed Swiss defenseman Raphael Diaz to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Diaz, 26, completed his first season with the Canadiens in the NHL in 2011-12, scoring three goals and 13 assists for 16 points in 59 games, along with 30 penalty minutes, averaging 18 minutes of ice time per game. Diaz blocked 102 shots, ranking third among rookie defensemen in the NHL. He missed the team’s last 16 games of the season due to a season-ending groin injury.

A native of Baar, Switzerland, Diaz was part of the All-Rookie Team at NHL All-Star Weekend.

He first signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on May 13, 2011.

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Posted On Friday, 07.13.2012 / 9:56 AM

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

Penguins sign Ferriero to two-way contract

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Benn Ferriero to a one-year contract, a two-way deal worth $700,000 at the NHL level.

Ferriero, 25, has spent parts of the past three seasons playing for the San Jose Sharks, including 35 games in 2011-12, when he tallied seven goals and eight points. Ferriero also appeared in 20 games last year with Worcester, the Sharks' American Hockey League affiliate, amassing nine goals and 20 points.

A native of Boston, Ferriero played in 92 career NHL regular-season games with San Jose, totaling 14 goals and 22 points. Ferriero also played in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games, with his lone point the overtime goal in Game 1 of the 2011 Western Conference Semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings.

Selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the seventh round (No. 196) of the 2006 NHL Draft, Ferriero has appeared in 121 career regular-season AHL contests, notching 44 goals and 103 points. He has added five goals and seven points in 19 postseason games.

Ferriero spent four years playing for Boston College of the Hockey East between 2005-09. Ferriero, who was a member of the Eagles’ 2008 NCAA national championship team, totaled 64 goals and 139 points in 165 career games. He made back-to-back Hockey East All-Tournament Teams in '06-07 and '07-08.

Ferriero has represented the United States several times internationally, including at the 2005 World Under-18 Championship, where he led the Americans to a gold medal. Ferriero's younger brother, Cody, was chosen by San Jose in the fifth round (No. 127) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 6:47 PM

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

Bonino gets two-year deal from Ducks

Center Nick Bonino and the Anaheim Ducks will avoid arbitration with the sides agreeing to a two-year contract worth $1.4 million.

Bonino, 24, played 50 games last season for the Ducks, getting five goals and 13 assists. He has 20 points in 85 career games, all with Anaheim.

His arbitration hearing was scheduled for Aug. 3.

Bonino was selected in the sixth round (No. 173) by the San Jose Sharks in the 2007 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 4:12 PM

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

Coyotes sign forward Nick Johnson

Right wing Nick Johnson has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, the team announced Thursday.

Johnson played 77 games for the Minnesota Wild last season. He had career highs in goals (eight), assists (18), points (26) and penalty minutes (45).

In 87 career NHL games with Minnesota and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Johnson has 10 goals, 21 assists and 52 PIM.

Johnson, 26, was chosen by the Penguins in the third round (No. 67) of the 2004 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 3:39 PM

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Sharks re-sign Galiardi, McLaren, McCarthy

The San Jose Sharks on Thursday re-signed forwards TJ Galiardi and Frazer McLaren to one-year contracts and John McCarthy to a two-year deal. They also signed free-agent forward Jonathan Matsumoto to a one-year deal. No financial terms were disclosed.

Galiardi played 69 games for Colorado and San Jose in 2011-12, scoring nine goals and adding six assists for 15 points along with 53 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound native of Calgary was originally selected by Colorado in the second round (No. 55) of the 2007 NHL Draft.

McLaren played seven games for San Jose last season, going scoreless with nine penalty minutes. In 20 games with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League, he had one assist and 73 penalty minutes. He is the all-time leader in Worcester Sharks history with 490 penalty minutes.

In 39 career NHL games, McLaren has six points (one goal, five assists), a plus-5 rating, and 85 penalty minutes. He was taken by the Sharks in the seventh round (No. 203) in the 2007 NHL Draft.

McCarthy, a seventh-round choice (No. 202) by the Sharks in 2006, appeared in 10 games for San Jose last season. He led the Worcester Sharks in goals (20) and points (47) while playing in 65 games. The 25-year-old has appeared in 51 career NHL games with San Jose over three seasons, scoring two goals and adding two assists with 18 penalty minutes.

Matsumoto, 25, appeared in one game for the Florida Panthers last season after being acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 18 for A.J. Jenks. At the AHL level, he combined to produce 60 points, including 23 goals, in 76 games with Charlotte and San Antonio.

In 2010-11, Matsumoto had two goals in 13 games with Carolina. He made his NHL debut on Nov. 1 at Philadelphia and scored his goals two nights later against the New York Islanders.

Matsumoto has 124 goals and 281 points in 392 regular-season games at the AHL level. He has 10 goals and 28 points in 41 AHL Calder Cup Playoff games. The Ottawa native was selected by the Flyers in the third round (No. 79) in the 2006 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 3:38 PM

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

Stars sign Bachman, Sceviour

The Dallas Stars announced Thursday they have signed goaltender Richard Bachman to a one-year, one-way contract worth $625,000. The club also signed forward Colton Sceviour to a one-year, two-way deal.

Bachman, 24, posted an 8-5-1 record with a 2.77 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 18 games with Dallas last season. Bachman earned a win in his NHL debut on Dec. 10, 2011 at Los Angeles, and recorded his first career NHL shutout on Dec. 12, 2011 against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder became the first rookie goaltender in Dallas Stars history to win his first three NHL starts, and the first to start seven consecutive games.

Bachman, who avoided an arbitration hearing by signing this deal, represented the United States for the first time in his career at the 2012 IIHF World Championships, stopping 17 of 19 shots en route to a win over Kazakhstan in his only appearance at the tournament.

Originally selected in the fourth round (No. 120) by Dallas in the 2006 NHL Draft, Bachman spent two seasons at Colorado College before making his professional debut with ECHL Idaho during the 2009-10 season. Bachman was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team in 2009-10 and finished as runner-up for the ECHL Goaltender of the Year award.

Bachman spent two partial seasons and one full season (2010-11) with the Texas Stars, Dallas' affiliate in the American Hockey League. In 78 career games with Texas, Bachman posted a 39-29-6 record with a 2.37 GAA and nine shutouts.

Sceviour, 23, has spent the past three seasons with Texas and appeared in one NHL game with Dallas during the 2010-11 season. Last season with Texas, Sceviour finished third on the team with 53 points (21 goals, 32 assists) in 75 games played.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 10:47 AM

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

Arbitration hearings to begin next week

Fourteen restricted free agents were set to have salary arbitration hearings in Toronto from July 20-Aug. 4.

Here are the players still set to go to arbitration as of July 20, as released by the NHL Players Association:

Dallas: Mark Fistric -- Aug. 1

Florida: Kris Versteeg -- July 23

Nashville: Sergei Kostitsyn -- Aug. 2

New Jersey: Mark Fayne -- Aug. 2

N.Y. Rangers: Anton Stralman -- July 31

Ottawa: Kaspars Daugavins -- July 24

Toronto: Nikolai Kulemin -- July 26

Vancouver: Dale Weise -- July 27

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