Defenseman Deryk Engelland signed a three-year contract with the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. The team did not release financial terms, but TSN reported the contract carries an average annual value of $2.9 million.
Engelland, 32, had a career-best six goals in 56 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, and finished with 12 points and 58 penalty minutes. He was held without a point in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.
There were a few extra players available Tuesday after some notable restricted free agents were not tendered a qualifying offer by his team. Those players became unrestricted free agents and do not require any compensation to sign a new contract.
The Colorado Avalanche have signed defenseman Nick Holden to a three-year contract extension that will begin in 2015-16. Financial terms were not disclosed.
In his first full NHL season, the 27-year-old scored 10 goals and 25 points in 54 games in 2013-14. Each total ranked second among Avalanche defenseman behind Tyson Barrie.
An undrafted free agent after playing with the Chilliwack Bruins of the Western Hockey League, Holden signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008 and spent much of the next five seasons with their American Hockey League affiliates in Syracuse and Springfield. He was scoreless in seven games with Columbus split between the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons.
The Montreal Canadiens brought balance to their defense in the first hour of unrestricted free agency Tuesday.
Moments after trading defenseman Josh Gorges to the Buffalo Sabres, the Canadiens signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Tom Gilbert to a two-year contract reportedly worth $2.8 million per season and then resigned defenseman Mike Weaver to a one-year contract worth a reported $1.75 million.
As right-handed defensemen, Gilbert and Weaver fill a need on a team that had P.K. Subban as the only right-handed shooter on the back end.
The signing was reported by TSN minutes after the free-agent market opened at noon ET.
"I spoke with a few teams that showed some interest, a lot of teams in different stages of their growing process," Malhotra told TSN. "But based on the chat I had with [general manager] Marc Bergevin and then coach [Michel] Therrien, the role they saw me in, where they saw the future of their team going and obviously Montreal being the market it is -- you get chills as an opposing player going into that building -- it's going to be a pretty special feeling putting on the red, white and blue."
It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.
— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness