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Beleskey signs five-year contract with Bruins

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 9:27 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

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Forward Matt Beleskey signed a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

It is worth $19 million, an average annual value of $3.8 million.

Beleskey, 27, had 22 goals and 10 assists in 65 games for the Anaheim Ducks last season. He had eight goals and one assist in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helping the Ducks reach the Western Conference Final.

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Vermette returns to Coyotes after winning Cup

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 9:22 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

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After helping the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup, center Antoine Vermette returned to the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday, signing a two-year contract.

Vermette, who spent parts of four seasons with the Coyotes before being traded to the Blackhawks on Feb. 28, scored four goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including two game-winners in the Final that helped Chicago defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games for its third title in six years.

The contract is worth $7.5 million, an average annual value of $3.75 million, according to multiple media reports.

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Eichel signs with Sabres, ready for pro career

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 8:56 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel, the second pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, on Wednesday became the first player from his draft class to sign a three-year, entry-level contract.

The decision ended speculation over whether Eichel would turn pro or return to Boston University for a second season.

"I'm super excited to be a part of this organization," Eichel said. "I signed today and that makes it official that I'll be leaving school and pursuing my career in professional hockey, and I couldn't be more excited about it. Looking at the Sabres organization, there's such a bright future here and it seemed like a no-brainer. It's my dream to potentially be playing professional hockey and I'm going to do everything in my power to make an impact on the Sabres next year."

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McDavid skates at Oilers' home arena for first time

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 8:40 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Connor McDavid stepped onto the ice at Rexall Place for the first time Wednesday, taking part in opening day of Edmonton Oilers development camp.

The No. 1 pick at the 2015 NHL Draft went through the fitness portion of the six-day camp before he participated in a skating session.

"Today was a lot of fun," McDavid said. "The fitness test wasn't a whole lot of fun, but it was cool to throw on the Oilers gear, the gear that I want to play the rest of my life in. It was very special put it on and to step onto Rexall with all that history. It was a lot of fun."

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Red Wings sign Green for three years, add Richards

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 8:15 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Paul Harris - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings got the right-handed shooting defenseman with offensive ability they have been seeking for so long, plus a skilled veteran center with two Stanley Cup championships, on Wednesday.

Detroit signed free agent defenseman Mike Green to a three-year, $18 million contract and center Brad Richards to a one-year contract guaranteed for $3 million but that could be worth $4 million with bonuses, according to TSN.

"Both players have high hockey IQ's, great stick skills, and can play the give-and-go type of game that that we like to play," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Wednesday. "We're excited to have both Brad and Mike with our organization."

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Kassian aims for fresh start with Canadiens

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 8:06 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

The Vancouver Canucks ran out of patience with Zack Kassian. The Montreal Canadiens hope to benefit from that lack of patience.

The Canucks traded Kassian, the 13th player taken in the 2009 NHL Draft, and a fifth-round pick in 2016 to the Canadiens on Wednesday for forward Brandon Prust, ending a tumultuous four seasons in Vancouver for the hulking right wing.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning explained that he wanted to add toughness and consistency to his lineup by replacing Kassian with Prust, who is seven years older and carries a salary-cap charge that is $750,000 more than Kassian's.

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Wild re-sign Granlund, Prosser, Carter, add Reilly

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 8:06 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

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The Minnesota Wild re-signed center Mikael Granlund and defenseman Nate Prosser each to a two-year contract on Wednesday, and center Ryan Carter to a one-year contract. The Wild also signed defenseman Mike Reilly to a two-year entry-level contract after he reportedly decided to sign last week.

Granlund's contract is worth $6 million, according to Sportsnet. Carter's contract is worth $625,000, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. No monetary value was reported on Prosser's contract.

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Frolik, Hamilton acquisitions raise bar for Flames

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 7:25 PM / NHL Insider

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- General manager Brad Treliving knows the Calgary Flames' on-ice success last season, when they qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009 and advanced beyond the first round for the first time since 2004, will increase expectations on them next season.

So, too, he predicts, will his recent acquisitions.

The Flames signed free agent forward Michael Frolik on Wednesday, five days after adding defenseman Dougie Hamilton in a trade with the Boston Bruins then signing him. Calgary also retained goalie Karri Ramo, re-signing him before he hit the free agent market.

"We told our team this, at the locker clean-out I said, 'We all have to be better, and it starts with me,'" Treliving said. "What we accomplished last year was nice, but ultimately it's just a step. The fact we had the season we had is going to raise expectations. That's just human nature, and we can't shy away from those. If we all want to be good, this is what happens. There's more expected. There's more pressure. We've got to start living like a team that wants to be good.

"I think those expectations are a good thing. That means you've added good people. The people you do have have had some success, so there should be expectations."

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Flyers sign goaltender Neuvirth to two-year contract

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 7:05 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Philadelphia Flyers signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a two-year contract Wednesday.

Neuvirth, who likely will serve as the backup to Steve Mason, will be paid $1.5 million in 2015-16 and $1.75 million in 2016-17, according to Sportsnet.

"We're excited about it," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. "We think he's a proven goalie. He's a good goalie. One of the attractive things for us with [Neuvirth] is … if something happens to [Mason] he'd have to carry the load and he's done that in the past. We think we brought in a real good goalie that's going to give us a real solid backup. I'm sure he's going to play more than the typical backup."

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Oilers' facelift continues with Sekera, Letestu

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 7:04 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli checked off two more items on his list during the first day of NHL free agency.

On Wednesday, Chiarelli signed veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera to a six-year, $33 million contract and center Mark Letestu to a three-year, $5.4 million contract.

"At the start of the shopping period, we had [Sekera] on our list and began talks with his agent," Chiarelli said. "It was at that point that there was interest and there was a little bit of recruitment from that period and dialog. He's a really versatile [defenseman] and really strong. He can play on our top pair if need be. We'd like to spread it out a bit so he can kind of be the linchpin of that second pair. He plays both sides. He played most of the year on the left, but when he was traded [to the Los Angeles Kings] he moved to the right."

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