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Posted On Thursday, 07.26.2012 / 5:20 PM

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

Rangers re-sign defenseman Stralman

The New York Rangers agreed Thursday to a new contract with defenseman Anton Stralman, the team announced. Several reports say it is a two-year deal worth $3.4 million.

The sides had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 31.

Stralman, who was a restricted free agent, finished with two goals and 18 points in 53 regular-season games and added three goals and six points in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

A seventh-round draft pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2005, Stralman, who turns 26 on Aug. 1, has career totals of 13 goals and 92 points in 265 games with the Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets and Rangers.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.26.2012 / 4:52 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

L.A. hockey hot spot gets a day with the Cup

When Montreal-born brothers Chris and Kosta Tsangaris opened the Redondo Beach Café in Southern California seven years ago, they wanted to create a haven for Canadian expats and L.A. hockey diehards. They never dreamed that one day they'd be hosting the Stanley Cup.

"The amount of people that showed up -- we never expected something like that. It's a Wednesday morning a month removed from the actual Cup victory. In L.A., things get old fast," said Chris Tsangaris, who moved to the area in 1988 after accepting a football scholarship at Long Beach State. "It was incredible. The Kings brought it out and it was just majestic."

The huge turnout, which stretched from the restaurant all the way to the sandy beaches a few blocks away, was for a Los Angeles Kings alumni charity event hosted by the Café where fans could have their picture taken with the Cup.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.26.2012 / 3:03 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Flyers keep Jakub Voracek with four-year deal

The Philadelphia Flyers may have missed out on nailing down a big-name defenseman in the free-agent market, but they did land one of their key cogs from last season on Thursday when they signed forward Jakub Voracek to a four-year contract.

The deal reportedly is worth $17 million, according to CSNPhilly.com and other media reports. The 22-year-old restricted free agent, who will likely fill the void left by the departed Jaromir Jagr on the Flyers' top line with center Claude Giroux and left wing Scott Hartnell, will earn $4.25 million annually.

"We are happy to have Jake under contract and look forward to him being a big part of our future," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said.
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Posted On Thursday, 07.26.2012 / 12:39 PM

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

Oilers re-sign Plante, VandeVelde

The Edmonton Oilers announced Thursday they have agreed to terms with defenseman Alex Plante and center Chris VandeVelde on one-year contracts.

Plante, 23, played in 38 games last season with the Oklahoma City Barons in the American Hockey League and tallied 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) and 84 penalty minutes while being named to the Western Conference All-Star Team. He also appeared in three games for the Oilers, collecting an assist.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound blueliner was selected in the first round (No. 15) by Edmonton in the 2007 NHL Draft. In 10 career NHL games, he has a pair of assists and 15 penalty minutes.

VandeVelde, 25, had 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 68 games last season with the Barons. He also had six goals and 10 penalty minutes in 14 postseason games. He also appeared in five games for the Oilers in 2011-12 and scored his first NHL goal on March 25 against Columbus. In 17 career NHL games, VandeVelde (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) has a goal and two assists with 14 penalty minutes.

VandeVelde was selected by Edmonton in the fourth round (No. 97) of the 2005 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Wednesday, 07.25.2012 / 6:38 PM

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

Stars sign Jordie Benn

Defenseman Jordie Benn has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Dallas Stars, the team announced Wednesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The older brother of Dallas forward Jamie Benn made his NHL debut last season and had two assists in three games.

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Posted On Wednesday, 07.25.2012 / 6:36 PM

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

Sabres sign defenseman Schiestel

Defenseman Drew Schiestel has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres, the team announced Wednesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Chosen in the second round (No. 59) of the 2007 NHL Draft, the 23-year-old has played 156 games in the American Hockey League, with 52 points.

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Posted On Wednesday, 07.25.2012 / 3:14 PM

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

Canucks, Weise avoid arbitration

The Vancouver Canucks and forward Dale Weise have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for July 27.

The Vancouver Sun reports the deal is worth $615,000.

Weise, 23, had eight points and 81 penalty minutes in 68 games with the Canucks last season. In 78 NHL games with the Canucks and New York Rangers, Weise has eight points and 100 penalty minutes.

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Posted On Wednesday, 07.25.2012 / 2:25 PM

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

Sens re-sign Da Costa to one-year deal

The Ottawa Senators announced Wednesday that the club has re-signed forward Stephane Da Costa to a one-year, two-way contract.

The Ottawa Citizen reports the deal is worth $800,000 at the NHL level or $80,000 at the AHL level.

Da Costa, 23, began the 2011-12 season with Ottawa, tallying five points (three goals, two assists) and eight penalty minutes over 22 contests before being assigned to the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League on Nov. 27. The Paris native played in 46 games with the B-Sens in 2011-12, scoring 13 goals while adding 23 assists for 36 points and accumulating 12 penalty minutes.

"He’s coming out of his entry level deal and he played some games in the National Hockey League, but he had to play in the American league to refine his game and get stronger," Senators assistant general manager Tim Murray said on the team's website. "He still has a ways to go in that department, but we recognize his talent level and his offensive ability with the puck and his vision on the ice. It’s all first class."

Da Costa was signed by the Senators as an undrafted college free agent on March 31, 2011, after two NCAA seasons with Hockey East's Merrimack College. In 67 career collegiate contests with the Warriors, he recorded 30 goals, 60 assists and 83 penalty minutes.

Da Costa is the only French-born player ever to be signed by the Senators. He has represented France at each of the past four IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships.

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Posted On Wednesday, 07.25.2012 / 1:37 PM

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

Isles ink McIver to one-year deal

The New York Islanders announced Wednesday that defenseman Nathan McIver has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way deal.

McIver, 27, is entering his eighth professional season. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound blueliner had one goal and 68 penalty minutes in 41 games last season with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League.

The Summerside, PEI, native has appeared in 36 NHL contests with the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks, notching one assist and 95 penalty minutes. The Canucks selected McIver in the eighth round (No. 254) of the 2003 NHL Draft.

In 345 career AHL games with the Manitoba Moose and Providence, McIver has 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) and 814 penalty minutes.

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Posted On Tuesday, 07.24.2012 / 5:36 PM

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

Maple Leafs sign Aucoin, Gysbers

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Keith Aucoin and defenseman Simon Gysbers to one-year contracts, the team announced Tuesday.

The Toronto Star reports Aucoin will make $650,000 at the NHL level or $350,000 at the AHL level.

Aucoin, 33, split the 2011-12 season between the Washington Capitals and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. He had three goals, eight assists and a plus-4 rating in 27 games with the Capitals. He also appeared in 14 playoff games for Washington, collecting two assists.

Aucoin played 41 AHL games, ranking second with 59 assists and tied for fourth with 70 points. He was named an AHL First Team All-Star.

Gysbers, 25, played 68 games for the Toronto Marlies in the AHL in 2011-12, posting five goals and 24 assists and a plus-13 rating. He ranked first among Marlies defensemen in goals, assists and points in the regular season.

The Toronto Star reports Gysbers will make $600,000 at the NHL level or $90,000 at the AHL level.

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