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Devils sign defenseman Gelinas to two-year contract

Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 3:28 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

NHL.com

The New Jersey Devils signed defenseman Eric Gelinas to a two-year, $3.15 million contract Tuesday, avoiding arbitration.

"It's a nice little bridge deal," Gelinas told Northjersey.com. "I'm really happy to have agreed before arbitration also. I'm really happy with the deal."

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Canadiens agree to terms with forward Bournival

Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 3:03 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

MontrealCanadiens.com

MONTREALMontreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday that forward Michael Bournival has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract (2015-16).

Bournival, 23, played 29 games with the Canadiens in 2014-15, recording five points (3 goals, 2 assists). He posted a differential of +3 and served 4 penalty minutes. He registered one game-winning goal, 27 shots on goal and totaled 26 hits. The 5'11'' and 196 lbs forward also took part in 12 games with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, recording nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) and a differential of +4.

Colorado Avalanche's third-round selection (71st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Shawinigan, Québec native was acquired by the Canadiens on November 11, 2010, in return for defenseman Ryan O'Byrne.

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Rangers agree to terms with forwards Etem, Lindberg

Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 2:05 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

NHL.com

The New York Rangers agreed to terms with forwards Emerson Etem and Oscar Lindberg on Tuesday.

Newsday reported Etem's contract is for one year at $850,000, and Lindberg received a two-year, $1.3 million contract.

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Brodeur's son, Gaudreau's brother at Devils camp

Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Two players with close ties to New Jersey hockey were looking to make an impression on the opening day of New Jersey Devils development camp at AmeriHealth Pavilion on Monday.

Goaltender Anthony Brodeur, the son of former Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, and forward Matthew Gaudreau, the brother of Carneys Point, N.J, native and Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau, each hope to make the most of a big opportunity.

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Fiala putting in work to win spot on Predators roster

Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Kevin Fiala is doing everything he can to ensure he'll make a good impression on the Nashville Predators coaching staff at training camp in September.

The 18-year-old Swiss forward even started a few months early.

After his exit meetings with Predators general manager David Poile and coach Peter Laviolette at the end of last season, Fiala decided to return to Nashville in May to begin his training for the 2015-16 season. He wanted to be around the facility to prove to the organization he was willing to do whatever it took to make the Predators' opening-day roster.

"I just wanted to come here early to Nashville to know the city better and just practice here with [Predators strength and conditioning coach David Good] and do what Nashville says to make the team next year," Fiala said last week at Predators development camp.

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Rantanen's size may help him crack Avalanche lineup

Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- At 6-foot-4, 211 pounds, right wing Mikko Rantanen stood out at Colorado Avalanche development camp, where he aimed to make a positive first impression before heading to training camp in September.

Rantanen, 18, was the Avalanche's first-round pick (No. 10) at the 2015 NHL Draft. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract Monday and his goal is to make the opening-night roster (Oct. 8 vs. the Minnesota Wild), just as Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon did in his first pro season.

"I will do everything I can to be there and fight for a place in the lineup," Rantanen said. "I know it's hard and it will take hard work, but I will do everything I can and fight as hard as I can to be there. It was an awesome feeling to hear my name called by Colorado, and I'm looking forward to training camp."

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Daley, Garbutt eager to help Blackhawks defend Cup

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 5:45 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Once the initial shock of being traded by the Dallas Stars wore off, defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt had similar feelings about joining the Chicago Blackhawks.

Traded to Chicago for forward Patrick Sharp and defense prospect Stephen Johns on July 10, Daley and Garbutt are sad about leaving Dallas but excited for the future. They're now teammates on the reigning Stanley Cup champions, and each seems eager to help the Blackhawks defend the title.

"I love Dallas," Daley said Monday. "I loved the organization, but I've learned over the years that, as teammates come and go, you know, friendships last forever. I've made some great friendships there, and those will never end. My days as a Dallas Star obviously ended, but I'll move on. And if you came to ask me if I was to go somewhere to play, going to the best team in hockey, actually, is not a bad thing."

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Varone signs one-year contract with Sabres

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 3:32 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

BuffaloSabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Philip Varone to a one-year, two-way contract.

Varone (5'10", 185 lbs., 12/4/1990) appeared in a career-high 28 NHL games during three recalls with the Sabres in 2014-15, logging five points (3+2) and 10 penalty minutes. He spent the majority of the season with the Rochester Americans (AHL), where he posted team-leading totals in both points (44) and assists (29) for the third time in his four AHL seasons, earning a spot in the AHL All-Star Game.

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Sabres, Maple Leafs among most improved teams

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 2:00 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The whirlwind of the NHL offseason has died down and the dog days of summer are starting to set in, which makes it the perfect time to assess and evaluate what has happened since June 15, the night the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup at United Center.

With that, here is a list of the 10 teams (listed in alphabetical order) as identified by NHL.com that have improved the most since the end of last season:

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Kreider expects 'big things' from Rangers this season

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 1:56 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider is hungry for more.

The Rangers have made three trips to the Eastern Conference Final in four seasons, including a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2014. But the Stanley Cup has eluded Kreider and the Rangers, and that's not lost on the 24-year-old about to enter his third full season in the NHL.

"You know me, I'm always hungry, figuratively and literally," Kreider said in video posted by BlueshirtsUnited.com during a recent visit to Rangers Youth Hockey Camp. "You get a taste of that and when you're seeing a team on the other side, whether it be the conference final or the Stanley Cup Final, hoisting that trophy or celebrating … you want it that much more."

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