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Blues sign forward Lehtera to two-year contract

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 1:06 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The St. Louis Blues on Tuesday signed forward Jori Lehtera to a two-year contract. Financial details were not revealed.

Malhotra excited to sign with Canadiens

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 12:55 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

The Montreal Canadiens wasted no time filling the hole left by the trade of center Daniel Briere one day prior by signing center Manny Malhotra to a one-year contract reportedly worth $850,000 on Tuesday.

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."

Senators' Michalek signs new three-year contract

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 12:41 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Ottawa Senators on Tuesday re-signed left wing Milan Michalek to a three-year, $12 million contract. Financial terms were not disclosed by the team.

Blue Jackets re-sign defenseman St-Denis

Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 11:26 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed defenseman Frédéric St-Denis to a one-year, two-way contract, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced Tuesday.

Kings sign defenseman Schultz to two-year contract

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 8:50 PM / News

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The Los Angeles Kings signed defenseman Jeff Schultz to a two-year contract, the team announced Monday.

Panthers use buyout on Jovanovski

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 8:40 PM / News

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The Florida Panthers has used a compliance buyout on defenseman Ed Jovanovski, the team announced Monday.

Jovanovski was scheduled to make $4 million this season with an NHL salary-cap charge of $4.125 million, according to CapGeek.com.

Devils re-sign Larsson to one-year contract: report

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 8:30 PM / News

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New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson has agreed to a one-year contract with the team, Tom Gulitti of The (Bergen) Record reported Monday night.

It's a one-way deal worth $900,000, according to Gulitti.

Blue Jackets' Johansen gets qualifying offer

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 6:33 PM / News

One of the top items on the to-do list for Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is getting leading scorer Ryan Johansen to sign a new contract.

Johansen, who led the Blue Jackets with 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games in 2013-14, will become a restricted free agent if not signed by noon ET on Tuesday, the start of free agency.

The Blue Jackets announced Monday they have taken the first step toward retaining Johansen's rights by extending him a qualifying offer. Doing so allows Columbus to match any offer Johansen accepts from another team.

Neal joins Predators with high expectations

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 6:30 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

Playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins alongside two former Hart Trophy winners in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, left wing James Neal was not looked upon to be a leader or to carry the load offensively.

The Nashville Predators, who acquired Neal on Friday at the NHL Draft in exchange for forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling, will count upon Neal for each of those qualities.

He said he is embracing the challenge.

James Neal
Right Wing - NSH
GOALS: 27 | ASST: 34 | PTS: 61
SOG: 238 | +/-: 15
"To have an opportunity to be a leader and to be the guy is something I've always wanted to be and tried to be as a young player coming into the League," Neal said during a conference call Monday. "I feel like I'm at that stage of my game where I'm willing to take care of that responsibility and drive with it. I'm excited for the challenge. It's going to be fun. When you play this game and you want to be the best, high expectations come with that and you want those expectations."

Avalanche trade Parenteau to Canadiens for Briere

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 5:47 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

The Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche traded players Monday who might each benefit from a change in scenery.

The Avalanche traded forward PA Parenteau and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Daniel Briere.

The trade has no effect on the salary cap of either team for the 2014-15 season, with Briere and Parenteau each scheduled to make $4 million. The difference is Parenteau has an extra year on his contract with Briere entering the final season of his.

Briere waived his no-move clause in order for the trade to be completed.

"An up and coming team, the chance to play for Patrick Roy, those are all very enticing," he said. "Feeling wanted, when the team wants you and they need you, those are all things I'm looking forward to. Having a no-trade clause doesn't mean you're not going to be traded in my mind, it just means you maybe have a chance to pick or choose a little bit more your destination. When they told me it was Colorado I was right away very excited."

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