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Penguins acquire Kessel from Maple Leafs

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 1:26 PM / News

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired forward Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday in a trade involving six players and draft picks.

Kessel, forward Tyler Biggs, defenseman Tim Erixon and a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft went to Pittsburgh for defenseman Scott Harrington, forwards Kasperi Kapanen and Nick Spaling, and first- and third-round picks in 2016. Toronto will retain $1.25 million per year of Kessel's salary.

Kessel, who had 25 goals in 82 games last season, is signed for seven more seasons with an $8 million NHL salary-cap charge, according to

Coyotes sign Richardson to three-year contract

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 1:19 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

GLENDALE, ARIZONAArizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Brad Richardson to a three-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The 30-year-old Richardson recorded 8-13-21 and 34 penalty minutes (PIM) in 45 games with the Vancouver Canucks in 2014-15. The 6-foot, 197-pound native of Belleville, ON has totaled 62-87-149 and 256 PIM in 509 career NHL games with the Canucks, Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche.

Richardson was originally drafted by the Avalanche in the fifth round (163rd overall) in the 2003 Entry Draft.

Blues' Lehtera signs three-year contract

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 1:09 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

ST. LOUISSt. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Jori Lehtera to a three-year contract extension.

Lehtera's extension will begin with the 2016-17 season.

Lehtera, 27, appeared in 75 regular season games with the Blues during his first NHL season in 2014-15, posting 44 points (14 goals, 30 assists) while ranking second on the club with a +21 rating. He also added two assists in five postseason outings.

Hurricanes agree to terms with center Riley Nash

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 1:07 PM / News

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with center Riley Nash on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Nash $1,150,000 in 2015-16.

"Riley gives the Hurricanes good depth at center," said Francis. "He now has two full NHL seasons under his belt and we look forward to seeing him continue to grow as a player."

Nash, 26, played in 68 games with the Hurricanes in 2014-15, posting NHL career highs in assists (17) and points (25) during his second full NHL season. The Consort, Alb., native has scored 22 goals and earned 37 assists (59 points) in 178 career NHL games with the Hurricanes since making his NHL debut during the 2011-12 season. The Hurricanes originally acquired Nash (6'1", 200 lbs.) via trade from Edmonton on June 26, 2010.

Sekera, Oilers agree on six-year contract

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 12:51 PM / News

The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with defenseman Andrej Sekera on a six-year contract.

Sekera's contract is reportedly worth $33 million, TSN reported, and will have an average annual value of $5.5 million per season.

Edmonton also agreed to terms with center Mark Letestu on a three-year contract. It carries an AAV of $1.8 million per season, Sportsnet reported.

Sharks sign Martin to four-year contract

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 12:50 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

The San Jose Sharks signed defenseman Paul Martin to a four-year contract on Wednesday, the club announced.

The contract has an average annual value of $4.85 million, according to TSN.

Martin, 34, spent the last five seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had three goals and 20 points in 74 games with the Penguins in 2014-15.

Saad 'a little shocked' by trade to Blue Jackets

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 12:49 PM / NHL Insider

Craig Merz - Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Brandon Saad, the newest Columbus Blue Jackets left wing, is still getting used to no longer being a member of the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

"I was a little shocked," Saad said Wednesday after being traded Tuesday. "It was my first time going through the process. At the same time it's a business and you have to expect it. After that, I'm definitely excited to come to a good, young team in Columbus.

"Things are going to happen, and most guys don't play their entire career in the same place."

Panthers buy out Boyes' contract

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 12:47 PM / News

SUNRISE, FLA.Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has bought out the contract of F Brad Boyes. The buyout is in accordance with the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Islanders sign Greiss, Hickey, Petrov to contracts

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 12:45 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

The New York Islanders signed goaltender Thomas Greiss to a two-year contract and re-signed defenseman Thomas Hickey to a three-year contract on Wednesday.

Greiss' contract is worth $3 million and Hickey's is worth $6.6 million, according to Newsday.

Greiss spent last season as the Pittsburgh Penguins' backup, appearing in 20 games for a 9-6-3 record with a 2.59 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.

Jets, Halischuk agree to terms on one-year contract

Wednesday, 07.01.2015 / 12:31 PM / News

The Winnipeg Jets today announced they have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Matt Halischuk on a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000.

Halischuk, 27, played in 47 games with the Winnipeg Jets last season recording eight points (3G, 5A) and six penalty minutes. The Toronto, ON native has played in 250 games for New Jersey, Nashville, and Winnipeg collecting 72 points (33G, 39A) and 53 penalty minutes. He’s also played in 118 career AHL games with the Lowell Devils and Milwaukee Admirals recording 77 points (38G, 39A) and 24 penalty minutes.

He was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the fourth round, 117th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

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