Welcome to NHL Summer Buzz. With the NHL Expansion Draft and its trade/waiver freeze over, and the beginning of free agency on July 1, the 31 NHL teams are free to make moves to shape their roster for the 2017-18 season.
Here's a look at the latest offseason happenings around the League:
Lindy Ruff to join Rangers as assistant: report
The New York Rangers are expected to hire former Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff as an assistant, the New York Post reported on Saturday.
Ruff would replace Jeff Beukeboom, who's expected to move to a scouting role on coach Alain Vigneault's staff.
Ruff, 57, was fired by the Stars on April 9 after they failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs one season after finishing with the best record in the Western Conference. In four seasons with Dallas, he was 165-122-41 and has a career coaching record of 736-554-78-125 in 1,493 games with the Stars and Buffalo Sabres.
His 736 wins are fifth in NHL history behind Scotty Bowman, Joel Quenneville, Al Arbour and Ken Hitchcock, who succeeded him in Dallas.
Kings sign Andy Andreoff to two-year contract
The Los Angeles Kings signed forward Andy Andreoff to a two-year, $1.355 million contract with an average annual value of $677,500. The contract runs through the 2018-19 season.
Andreoff, 26, had two assists and 70 penalty minutes in 36 games this season. He has 15 points (10 goals, five assists) and 164 penalty minutes in 114 games with the Kings, who selected him in the third round (No. 80) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
Jets agree to terms with Ben Chiarot
The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with defenseman Ben Chiarot on a two-year contract with an average annual value of $1.4 million Saturday.
Chiarot, 26, had 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in 59 games with the Jets this season. Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round (No. 120) of the 2009 NHL Draft, he has 30 points (five goals, 25 assists) in 170 games.