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Saad traded to Blue Jackets by Blackhawks

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 5:16 PM / News

NHL.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired forward Brandon Saad from the Chicago Blackhawks in a seven-player trade Tuesday.

"We're very excited to bring Brandon Saad, a 22-year old two-time Stanley Cup champion with great size, speed, power and the ability to score goals, to our organization,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement. "He is a proven winner and exactly the kind of player we want as a Columbus Blue Jacket."

Saad, defenseman Michael Paliotta and forward Alex Broadhurst were traded to the Blue Jackets for forwards Artem Anisimov, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and Marko Dano, and a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

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Islanders, Lee agree to terms on four-year contract

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 4:24 PM / News

NewYorkIslanders.com

The New York Islanders announced today that forward Anders Lee has agreed to terms on a four-year contract.

Lee scored 25 goals and 41 points in 76 games as a rookie last season with the Islanders. The Edina, MN, native finished second on the Islanders in goals and fourth among National Hockey League rookies.

"Anders has proven to be an effective goal scorer over his two seasons with the club," Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. "We're thrilled to have another home-grown talent signed long term."

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Sharks sign defenseman Dillon to five-year contract

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 4:06 PM / News

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Brenden Dillon signed a five-year contract Tuesday to remain with the San Jose Sharks.

The 24-year-old defenseman could have become a restricted free agent Wednesday. Financial terms were not released, but CSNBayArea.com reported Tuesday the contract has an average annual value of $3.27 million.

"Brenden is an important part of this team going forward and we look forward to him playing an integral role on our blue line for years to come," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "He's a great fit for our organization now and for the future and we're excited to watch him blossom here in San Jose."

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Red Wings sign Smith to two-year contract

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 3:48 PM / News

DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that they have re-signed defenseman Brendan Smith to a two-year contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.

Smith, 26, has played in a total of 195 games for the Red Wings in the past four seasons, recording 10 goals, 37 assists and 185 penalty minutes. The blueliner has also skated in 24 NHL playoff games for the Red Wings over the past three years, tallying two goals and three assists. Last year, Smith suited up in a career-high 76 games for Detroit and posted 13 points (4-9-13), along with 68 penalty minutes for the second-straight year.

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Canadiens, Flynn agree to terms on two-year contract

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 1:16 PM / News

MontrealCanadiens.com

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday that the team has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Brian Flynn (2015-16 and 2016-17).

"We're very pleased to have reached an agreement with Brian. A fast, versatile and reliable player, Brian bought into the team's philosophy from the very first day. He brings the right attitude to the dressing room day in and day out, and has a professional approach to the game. We are proud to have him among our group of forwards," said general manager Marc Bergevin.

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Hurricanes place forward Semin on waivers

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 12:24 PM / News

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Forward Alexander Semin was placed on unconditional waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday with the intent of buying out his contract.

Semin, 31, had the least productive season of his NHL career in 2014-15, scoring six goals and 19 points in 57 games. He has three years remaining on a five-year contract he signed in March 2013, and will cost the Hurricanes $2.33 million for each of the next six seasons, according to war-on-ice.com.

Semin had 13 goals and 44 points in 44 games in 2012-13, his first season with the Hurricanes, and 22 goals and 42 points in 65 games in 2013-14.

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Lightning sign defenseman Sustr to two-year contract

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 10:08 AM / News

TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a two-year, one-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Sustr, 24, played in 72 games with the Lightning this past season, recording 13 assists and 34 penalty minutes. The Plzen, Czech Republic native set career highs for games played, assists, plus/minus (+10) and penalty minutes. Sustr also appeared in 26 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Lightning, registering one goal and two points. He scored his first career postseason goal in Game 2 against the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs.

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Bruins sign McQuaid to four-year contract

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

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The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Adam McQuaid to a four-year, $11 million contract, general manager Don Sweeney said Tuesday.

The sides agreed to terms on the contract shortly before the 2015 NHL Draft began Friday.

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Canucks sign goalie Markstrom to two-year contract

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 8:27 PM / News

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The Vancouver Canucks re-signed goaltender Jacob Markstrom to a two-year contract, general manager Jim Benning announced Monday.

The contract will average $1.55 million per season, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reported.

Markstrom, 25, played three games for the Canucks this season, when he was 22-7-2 with a 1.88 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in 32 games for the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League.

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VandeVelde signs multiyear contract with Flyers

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 7:40 PM / News

PhiladelphiaFlyers.com

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-2, 190 lb. C Chris VandeVelde to a multi-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

VandeVelde, 28 (3/15/1987), is coming off a breakout season in which he recorded nine goals and six assists for 15 points in 79 games. Prior to 2014-15, he had never appeared in more than 18 games in any of his previous four NHL seasons, and had posted a goal and three assists over 46 NHL games.

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I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.

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