PHILADELPHIA -- For Philadelphia Flyers chairman Ed Snider, it was pretty easy Tuesday to look at his franchise and know it was better with the additions of defenseman Mark Streit, goaltender Ray Emery and center Vincent Lecavalier.
"You don't add three terrific players like that without getting better," Snider said following a press conference at Wells Fargo Center. "We're better, no question about it."
The hope is the three veterans -- each over 30 years old -- can help the Flyers get back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after a 10th-place finish in the Eastern Conference in 2012-13.
Gustafsson, 24, played 27 games for the Flyers in 2012-13, scoring three goals and adding five assists. He averaged more than 20 minutes per game.
"He definitely still wants to play, and there is some interest in him," Jagr's agent, Petr Svoboda, told The Associated Press on Saturday. "I think it's going to take some time, but you never know for sure because there are three teams that are very interested."
Svoboda declined to tell the AP which teams are interested in signing Jagr, the leading scorer among active NHL players. However, the agent told TVA Sports there were discussions Friday with Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin and "the interest is mutual, but the decision is now up to the Canadiens."
Svoboda on Tuesday said the Buffalo Sabres were not one of the three.
"I have not talked to anybody in Buffalo and the Sabres have not called," Svoboda told The Buffalo News by phone from California. "It's absolutely not true. Speculation."
"I'm glad to be back with the Coyotes organization," Miele said. "I will continue to work hard and keep pursuing my dream of becoming an NHL player."
In parts of two NHL seasons, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound player has appeared in eight games with the Coyotes. Last season, he had 19 goals, 53 points and 72 penalty minutes in 70 games with Portland of the American Hockey League. Miele led the Pirates in assists and points, and was third on the team in goals.
The deal will pay Nash $550,000 on the NHL level or $135,000 on the American Hockey League level, with a guarantee of $150,000 in 2013-14. It will pay him $600,000 on the NHL level and $150,000 on the AHL level, with a guarantee of at least $200,000 in 2014-15.
Nash, 24, completed his third full professional season and second in the NHL in 2012-13, establishing NHL career highs in games played (32), goals (four), assists (five) and points (nine), averaging 12:48 of ice time per game.
Arthur Staple of Newsday is reporting the deal to be worth $11 million.
The Islanders acquired Clutterbuck, who was a restricted free agent, from the Minnesota Wild on June 30 in a trade Nino Niederreiter. Clutterbuck is 25 years old and has 110 points in 346 career NHL games, all with the Wild.
Milan Hejduk has been with the same organization since the Quebec Nordiques selected him in the fourth round (No. 87) of the 1994 NHL Draft.
The 37-year-old right wing broke into the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche in 1998 and has scored 375 goals and 430 assists in 1,020 games, all with the Avalanche. But it appears the next goal he scores will be for another club.
Adrian Dater of The Denver Post reported Monday that Hejduk would like to continue his playing career, but the Avalanche are no longer interested in his services. Hejduk, who had four goals and seven assists in 29 games for Colorado in 2012-13, is an unrestricted free agent.
ST. LOUIS -- After being bounced in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it was quite clear what the St. Louis Blues needed to take more necessary steps in their push for their first Stanley Cup.
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong, though happy with the roster as it was following a six-game series loss to the Los Angeles Kings (who also eliminated the Blues in 2012), entered the summer searching for ways to tweak and not overhaul a highly competitive group.
After scoring 10 goals in the series against the Kings, it was clear the Blues could use an influx of scoring -- more specific, some playmaking ability down the middle.
Though the team didn't necessarily address those needs at the 2013 NHL Draft a week ago -- the Blues chose a pair of defensemen and two wings -- they did so when the free agency period kicked off.
Strachan, 28, played in 38 games with the Florida Panthers last season, compiling four assists and 40 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound blueliner has recorded one goal, 13 points and 127 penalty minutes in 120 career NHL games with Florida and the St. Louis Blues.
Watkins, 26, registered 11 goals, 30 points and 43 penalty minutes in 68 games with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League in 2012-13. He appeared in one NHL game with the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2011-12 season.
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