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NHL Summer Buzz: Brendan Smith, Rangers close on contract

Defenseman reportedly to sign for four years at $4.35 million annual average value

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Welcome to the NHL Summer Buzz. With the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, the Trade/Waiver Freeze and the NHL Draft over, and the beginning of free agency on July 1, the 31 NHL teams are free to make moves to shape their rosters for the 2017-18 season.

Here's a look around the League at the latest doings for Wednesday:

 

4:51 p.m.
Brock McGinn signs two-year contract with Hurricanes

Forward Brock McGinn signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday. The contract has an average annual value of $887,500.

McGinn, 23, would have become a restricted free agent July 1. He had 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 57 games with the Hurricanes this season.

"Brock took a step forward last season and was a regular presence in our lineup," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said. "He is a young player who plays a physical but smart brand of hockey and can contribute offensively."

 

3:50 p.m.
Sven Andrighetto signs two-year contract with Avalanche

Forward Sven Andrighetto signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.

He would have become a restricted free agent July 1. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Denver Post reported the contract was worth $2.8 million (average annual value $1.4 million).

Andrighetto, 24, had 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 19 games after being traded to the Avalanche from the Montreal Canadiens on March 1, the most among players traded on 2017 NHL Trade Deadline day.

 

3:17 p.m.
Cory Conacher signs two-year contract with Lightning

Forward Cory Conacher signed a two-year contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The first year of the contract is one-way and the second is two-way with an average annual value of $650,000 at the NHL level.

Conacher, 27, would have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He played 11 games for the Lightning this season, scoring four points (one goal, three assists). He scored 60 points (17 goals, 43 assists) in 56 regular-season games for Syracuse of the American Hockey League and led the Crunch with 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) in 22 games in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Conacher has 62 points (20 goals, 42 assists) in 152 NHL games with the Lightning, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by Tampa Bay on March 3, 2012.

The Lightning also signed forward Gabriel Dumont to a two-year contract Wednesday. The first year of the contract is one-way and the second is two-way with an average annual value of $650,000 at the NHL level.

 

2:40 p.m.
Brendan Smith, Rangers close: report

Defenseman Brendan Smith and the New York Rangers are close to finalizing a four-year, $17.4 million contract, with an average annual value of $4.35 million, TSN reported Wednesday.

Smith, 28, can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He had four points (one goal, three assists) in 18 regular-season games with the Rangers after being acquired in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 28. He had four assists and a Rangers-best plus-8 rating in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Selected by the Red Wings with the No. 27 pick of the 2007 NHL Draft, Smith has 71 points (16 goals, 55 assists) in 309 games with the Red Wings and Rangers.

Video: Dan Rosen on the Rangers' possible signings

 

Bruins sign Acciari

Forward Noel Acciari signed a two-year, $1.45 million contract, with an average annual value of $725,000.

In 29 games with the Bruins, Acciari had five points (two goals, three assists), and one goal in four playoff games.

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