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BUFFALO: The Sabres signed 2013 first-round draft pick Rasmus Ristolainen to a three-year, entry-level contract. Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said that the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defenseman will have a chance to compete for an NHL job this season.
Team Blue defeated Team Gold 6-3 in the 2013 "Blue & Gold Scrimmage," which pitted Sabres prospects against each other to wrap up development camp. Center Zemgus Girgensons had a goal and two assists. Right wing Nick Baptiste and center Logan Nelson each scored twice in the victory.
Sabres general manager Darcy Regier provided updates on the trade market and named Chadd Cassidy the new coach of the Rochester Americans.
BOSTON: After getting goaltender Tuukka Rask to sign a new, long-term contract Thursday, the Bruins inked center Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year extension Friday. Rask is set to be in Boston until the end of the 2020-21 season while Bergeron is under contract until 2021-22.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli also said that the Bruins are “done for now” when it comes to making any more significant off-season moves.
DETROIT: Center Darren Helm, who was limited to one game last season due to a back injury, took the ice for the first time in two months on Thursday. Helm is working to be ready for training camp in September.
FLORIDA: The Panthers signed center Jon Matsumoto and defenseman Matt Gilroy to one-year, two-way contracts.
MONTREAL: Michael McCarron, the Canadiens’ top pick in the 2013 NHL Draft (No. 25 overall), signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the organization. The 6-foot-5, 237-pound right wing is set to play for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League this season.
OTTAWA: The Senators will take on the Vancouver Canucks outdoors in the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic on March 2, 2014. The game, hosted by the Canucks at BC Place, will be the first outdoor game for both teams.
Ottawa also avoided arbitration with Erik Condra and re-signed the forward to a two-year contract. Condra was a restricted free agent.
TAMPA BAY: The Lightning signed Jonathan Drouin, their top draft pick in the 2013 NHL Draft to a three-year, entry-level contract. The 18-year-old center, picked third overall, scored 41 goals and racked up 105 points last season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
TORONTO: The Maple Leafs signed forwards Joe Colborne and Troy Bodie to one-year contracts last week. Colborne spent most of last season with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.