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  • Predators sign F Arvidsson to seven-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson signed a seven-year, $29.75 million contract, the team announced Saturday.

    • The deal pays Arvidsson an annual average value of $4.25 million per season through the 2023-24 campaign. The two sides were scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Saturday.

      Arvidsson compiled a team high in goals (31) and points (61) in 80 games last season while playing in final year of his entry-level deal. The 24-year-old Swede enjoyed a 45-point increase from his 2015-16 season, marking the second highest leap in the NHL in 2016-17 behind only Edmonton Oilers captain and Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid.

      Arvidsson continued his strong play in the postseason, collecting three goals and 10 assists in 22 games as Nashville advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

      Arvidsson has scored 39 goals, set up 38 and added 63 penalty minutes in 142 career games since being selected by the Predators in the fourth round of the 2014 draft.

  • Coyotes sign F Martinook to two-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, July 22, 2017

    The Arizona Coyotes signed forward Jordan Martinook to a two-year contract Saturday to avoid salary arbitration.

    • Martinook's deal reportedly will pay him an average annual salary of $1.8 million per season. He is coming off a two-year, $1.225 million contract and is three years away from being an unrestricted free agent.

      "We are pleased to sign Jordan to a two-year contract," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a statement. "Jordan is a hard-working, versatile forward with good speed. He was an effective player for us last year and will play an important role for us this season."

      The 24-year-old Martinook registered 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) and 40 penalty minutes in 77 games with the Coyotes in 2016-17.

      The Brandon, Manitoba, native established career highs in goals and points last season and ranked second among team forwards in shorthanded time-on-ice/game (2:14). He also led team forwards with 68 blocked shots.

      The 6-foot, 202-pound Martinook owns 50 points (20 goals, 30 assists) and 58 penalty minutes in 166 career NHL games with Arizona. He was originally selected by the Coyotes in the second round (58th overall) of the 2012 NHL draft.

      The Coyotes also announced the signing of center Tyler Gaudet to a one-year, two-way contract.

      Gaudet, 24, had an assist in four games with the Coyotes last season and totaled 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 62 games with Tucson of the American Hockey League. The Hamilton, Ontario, native owns one goal and three assists in 20 career NHL games with the Coyotes.

  • NHL notebook: Red Wings ink Tatar to 4-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar signed a four-year contract on Friday, the team announced.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed by the club, however multiple outlets reported that the deal was for $21.2 million.

      The contract comes after the two sides were unable to work out an agreement and had to go to arbitration.

      Tatar recorded a team-best 25 goals to go along with 21 assists while playing in all 82 games last season. The campaign was the final one in Tatar's three-year, $2.7 million deal.

      --The Ottawa Senators and forward Ryan Dzingel agreed to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $1.8 million.

      Dzingel, who was a restricted free agent, avoided a salary arbitration hearing in Toronto on Friday morning. He will be paid $1.5 million this season and $2.1 million in 2018-19.

      Dzingel, 25, recorded 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 81 games with the Senators in 2016-17, his first full NHL season. He also had two goals and one assist in 15 games during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

      A seventh-round pick in the 2011 NHL draft, Dzingel owns 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists) in 111 NHL games, all with the Senators.

      --Chicago Blackhawks forward Tommy Wingels sustained a left foot fracture during his offseason training and the recovery will take six-to-eight weeks, the team announced.

      Wingels, 29, signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks as free agency opened on July 1.

      "Tommy Wingels sustained a left foot fracture during his offseason training. We anticipate a full recovery in six-to-eight weeks and in time for training camp. We do not anticipate any long-term issues," the Blackhawks' head team physician, Dr. Michael Terry, said in a statement.

      Wingels recorded 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 73 games split between the San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators during the 2016-17 season. He also skated in nine playoff games with the Senators, who acquired him in a trade from San Jose in January.

      --The Nashville Predators promoted Kevin McCarthy to associate head coach on Peter Laviolette's staff.

      In addition, the Predators announced Friday the team hired Dan Muse as an assistant coach.

      McCarthy joined the Predators prior to the 2014-15 season and alongside Laviolette helped Nashville make its first run to the Stanley Cup Final in franchise history in 2017 before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins last month.

      In addition to his time with the Predators, McCarthy has served as an assistant coach under Laviolette with Philadelphia and Carolina, winning a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and reaching the Stanley Cup Final with the Flyers in 2010.

      --Predators goaltender Marek Mazanec signed a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced on.

      Mazanec will earn $650,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the American Hockey League level for the 2017-18 season.

      The 26-year-old Czech recorded an 0-2-0 mark with a 4.73 goals-against average and .839 save percentage in four games with the Predators last season. He owns an 8-13-4 career mark with two shutouts, a 2.97 GAA and .895 save percentage in 31 career NHL appearances since being selected by Nashville in the sixth round of the 2012 draft.

      Mazanec saw the majority of his work last season with Milwaukee of the AHL, posting a 27-17-1 mark with a 2.65 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

      --The Calgary Flames signed first-round pick Juuso Valimaki to a three-year, entry-level contract.

      Valimaki, who was selected with the 16th overall pick of the 2017 draft, spent the last two seasons as a defenseman with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League.

      The 18-year-old Finn collected 19 goals, 42 assists and 34 penalty minutes in 60 regular-season games last season.

  • Predators sign G Mazanec
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Nashville Predators goaltender Marek Mazanec signed a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced on Friday.

    • Mazanec will earn $650,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the American Hockey League level for the 2017-18 season.

      The 26-year-old Czech recorded an 0-2-0 mark with a 4.73 goals-against average and .839 save percentage in four games with the Predators last season. He owns an 8-13-4 career mark with two shutouts, a 2.97 GAA and .895 save percentage in 31 career NHL appearances since being selected by Nashville in the sixth round of the 2012 draft.

      Mazanec saw the majority of his work last season with Milwaukee of the AHL, posting a 27-17-1 mark with a 2.65 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

  • Flames sign first-round pick Valimaki
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    The Calgary Flames signed first-round pick Juuso Valimaki to a three-year, entry-level contract on Friday.

    • Valimaki, who was selected with the 16th overall pick of the 2017 draft, spent the last two seasons as a defenseman with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League.

      The 18-year-old Finn collected 19 goals, 42 assists and 34 penalty minutes in 60 regular-season games last season.

  • Red Wings ink Tatar to 4-year pact
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar signed a four-year contract on Friday, the team announced.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed by the club, however multiple outlets reported that the deal was for $21.2 million.

      The contract comes after the two sides were unable to work out an agreement and had to go to arbitration.

      Tatar recorded a team-best 25 goals to go along with 21 assists while playing in all 82 games last season. The campaign was the final one in Tatar's three-year, $2.7 million deal.

      The 26-year-old Slovak has collected 99 goals, 95 assists and 112 penalty minutes in 345 career contests since being selected in the second round of the 2009 NHL draft.

  • Predators promote McCarthy to associate head coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    The Nashville Predators promoted Kevin McCarthy to associate head coach on Peter Laviolette's staff.

    • In addition, the Predators announced Friday the team hired Dan Muse as an assistant coach.

      McCarthy joined the Predators prior to the 2014-15 season and alongside Laviolette helped Nashville make its first run to the Stanley Cup Final in franchise history in 2017 before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins last month.

      In addition his time with the Predators, McCarthy has served as an assistant coach under Laviolette with Philadelphia and Carolina, winning a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and reaching the Stanley Cup Final with the Flyers in 2010.

      "I'm extremely grateful and thankful for the opportunity to serve as associate head coach," McCarthy said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to working with the team and our coaching staff as we continue to pursue the ultimate goal of the Stanley Cup."

      The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native spent a total of 16 seasons in the Hartford Whalers/Carolina organization from 1992-2009.

      "Kevin is one of the most experienced coaches in the National Hockey League, and given his wealth of knowledge and insight, is was only fitting to elevate him to the title of associate head coach," Laviolette said. "I have the utmost confidence in Kevin's ability to positively contribute to any and all situations, and am fortunate to work with him on a day-to-day basis."

      Muse, 35, joins the Predators organization just two months after winning the Clark Cup as head coach of the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League, a position he held for the past two seasons. Prior to his arrival in Chicago, Muse served as an assistant coach at Yale from 2009 to 2013 before being promoted to the title of associate head coach at the university from 2013 to 2015.

      Muse saw plenty of success at Yale, including winning an NCAA national championship with the Bulldogs in 2013.

      "Dan is an up-and-coming coach that has proven to be a winner at multiple levels," Predators general manager David Poile said. "He has a successful track record working with young players and we welcome his fresh perspective in the 2017-18 season and beyond."

      Muse also served as video coordinator for the United States National Junior Team in 2013 and 2014, winning a Gold Medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship. He has also been behind the bench as an assistant coach at Sacred Heart University, Williams College and Milton Academy.

      "Dan comes to us as a successful young coach that brings great energy and passion to the game," Laviolette said. "He has worked his way up through the coaching ranks, first winning an NCAA title at Yale in 2013, and then taking a Chicago team that had missed the playoffs eight straight seasons and turned them into the Clark Cup champions in just two seasons. We are excited to welcome him to the organization and look forward to his contributions to the coaching staff."

      Muse called Nashville the "hottest hockey city out there."

      "To get an opportunity to work in an organization like this, I couldn't be more excited," Muse said. "To see the success that the Predators have had, to see the excitement level in Nashville right now -- I think this is the hottest hockey city out there. I'm truly blessed to join this coaching staff and help the Predators work toward achieving their ultimate goal."

  • Blackhawks F Wingels to miss 6-to-8 weeks with fractured foot
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    Chicago Blackhawks forward Tommy Wingels sustained a left foot fracture during his offseason training and the recovery will take six to eight weeks, the team announced Friday.

    • Wingels, 29, signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks as free agency opened on July 1.

      "Tommy Wingels sustained a left foot fracture during his offseason training. We anticipate a full recovery in six to eight weeks and in time for training camp. We do not anticipate any long-term issues," the Blackhawks' head team physician, Dr. Michael Terry, said in a statement.

      Wingels recorded 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 73 games split between the San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators during the 2016-17 season. He also skated in nine playoff games with the Senators, who acquired him in a trade from San Jose in January.

      Wingels, a native of Wilmette, Ill., set career highs with 16 goals, 22 assists and 38 points during the 2013-14 campaign with San Jose. He was drafted by the Sharks in the sixth round in 2008.

  • Senators F Dzingel agrees to two-year contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, July 21, 2017

    The Ottawa Senators and forward Ryan Dzingel agreed to a two-year contract on Friday with an average annual value of $1.8 million.

    • Dzingel, who was a restricted free agent, avoided a salary arbitration hearing in Toronto on Friday morning. He will be paid $1.5 million this season and $2.1 million in 2018-19.

      Dzingel, 25, recorded 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 81 games with the Senators in 2016-17, his first full NHL season. He also had two goals and one assist in 15 games during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

      "First of all, we're really happy," Senators general manager Pierre Dorion told the team's website. "Ryan has shown through the course of his first full season with us that he was an important member of our team. Getting this done on a two-year contract brings security. He probably feels that he gave up money if he produces at the same level on the second year and we probably got a bargain on the first year.

      "If we went to arbitration, we were afraid the ruling would be closer to their number than our number. Now we get a happy player that will produce for us for the next two years and someone who has shown with his speed, talent and hopefully he can convert on a few more breakaways that we'll have a pretty special player."

      A seventh-round pick in the 2011 NHL draft, Dzingel owns 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists) in 111 NHL games, all with the Senators.

  • NHL notebook: Blues lock up D Parayko
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract on Thursday.

    • The deal holds an annual cap hit of $5.5 million, which is above the $4.85 million that Parayko reportedly had been seeking in a short-term deal in arbitration.

      "We are pleased to have Colton as part of our group for the next five seasons," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "He has made tremendous progress over the last two years and possesses all the tools to be a very good NHL defenseman."

      Parayko collected a career-high 35 points (4 goals, 31 assists) in 81 games last season. The 24-year-old Alberta native also scored two goals and set up three others in 11 playoff contests.

      --Philadelphia Flyers rookie center Nolan Patrick will be held off the ice due to an infection in his face.

      Patrick, who was the second overall pick of last month's draft, had been unable to participate in on-ice activities at the team's development camp earlier this month while recovering from a second abdominal surgery.

      The 18-year-old signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the team on Monday.

      Patrick recorded 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) in 33 games with Brandon of the Western Hockey League last season but missed 39 games, including the playoffs, because of a sports hernia.

      --The Calgary Flames signed forward Garnet Hathaway to a one year, two-way contract.

      Hathaway split the season between the Calgary Flames and their AHL affiliate Stockton Heat.

      While with the Flames, Hathaway played 26 games, picking up a goal and four assists along with 44 penalty minutes. With Stockton, he scored eight goals and added 12 assists and 67 penalty minutes in 31 regular season games before adding a pair of goals and assists in five playoff games.

  • Flames re-sign F Hathaway
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    The Calgary Flames signed forward Garnet Hathaway to a one year, two-way contract on Thursday.

    • Hathaway, a native of Kennebunkport, Maine, split the season between the Calgary Flames and their AHL affiliate Stockton Heat.

      While with the Flames, Hathaway played 26 games, picking up a goal and four assists along with 44 penalty minutes. With Stockton, he scored eight goals and added 12 assists and 67 penalty minutes in 31 regular season games before adding a pair of goals and assists in five playoff games.

  • Flyers rookie C Patrick sidelined by facial infection
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Philadelphia Flyers rookie center Nolan Patrick will be held off the ice due to an infection in his face, the team announced Thursday.

    • Patrick, who was the second overall pick of last month's draft, had been unable to participate in on-ice activities at the team's development camp earlier this month while recovering from a second abdominal surgery.

      The 18-year-old signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the team on Monday. The deal is worth a reported $2.775 million with an annual salary-cap hit of $925,000.

      Patrick recorded 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) in 33 games with Brandon of the Western Hockey League last season but missed 39 games, including the playoffs, because of a sports hernia.

      In 2015-16, the 6-foot-2, 198-pound Patrick finished fifth among all WHL players with 102 points (41 goals, 61 assists) in 72 games.

      Patrick underwent abdominal surgery on June 13 to repair issues related to the sports hernia.

      His father, Steve Patrick, was the Buffalo Sabres' first-round pick (No. 20 overall) in the 1980 draft. His uncle, James Patrick, was selected ninth overall by the New York Rangers in 1981.

  • Blues D Parayko agrees to 5-year, $27.5M contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, July 20, 2017

    St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract, the team announced Thursday.

    • The deal holds an annual cap hit of $5.5 million, which is above the $4.85 million that Parayko reportedly had been seeking in his arbitration.

      Parayko, who was a restricted free agent, was scheduled to have a salary arbitration hearing with the Blues on Thursday.

      "We are pleased to have Colton as part of our group for the next five seasons," general manager Doug Armstrong said. "He has made tremendous progress over the last two years and possesses all the tools to be a very good NHL defenseman."

      Parayko collected a career-high 35 points (four goals, 31 assists) in 81 games last season. The 24-year-old Alberta native also scored two goals and set up three others in 11 playoff contests.

      Parayko made the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2015-16, when he recorded 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) and a plus-28 rating in 79 games.

      The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Parayko has notched 68 points (13 goals, 55 assists), 61 penalty minutes and a plus-35 rating in 160 career contests since being selected by St. Louis in the third round of the 2012 draft.

  • Rangers sign free agent G Georgiev
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    The New York Rangers agreed to terms with free agent goaltender Alexandar Georgiev, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Georgiev, 21, appeared in 27 games with TPS Turku of Liiga in Finland during the 2016-17 season, posting a 13-8-4 record with a 1.70 goals-against average and a 923 save percentage. He appeared in one playoff game and in two games as part of the Champions Hockey League with TPS Turku last season.

      The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Georgiev participated in the Rangers' prospect development camp in June.

      The Moscow native helped Russia earn a silver medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship as he posted a 3-1 record with a 2.52 GAA in five appearances during the tournament.

  • Islanders promote Cronin to associate coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    The New York Islanders promoted Greg Cronin to associate coach, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Cronin, 54, was hired as an assistant coach in June 2014 and worked in the position for the past three seasons with the Islanders.

      "Greg's hockey knowledge and experiences of over 30 years in the coaching profession are an asset to our coaching staff," new head coach Doug Weight said in a statement. "He's run our penalty-kill the past several seasons and each year, it's been one of the best in the league. He has a tireless work ethic on the bench during games, at practice and in meetings. His desire to get the best out of every player, to help achieve our goal of winning is impressive and I'm thrilled to continue to work with him."

      Cronin is in his second stint with the Islanders, initially serving as an assistant coach with the organization from 1998-2003 and as head coach of the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, from 2003-2005.

      Prior to rejoining the Islanders in 2014, the Arlington, Mass., native spent three seasons behind the bench as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Cronin served as head coach at Northeastern University from 2005-2011.

  • NHL notebook: Predators ink Aberg to 2-year pact
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    The Nashville Predators signed forward Pontus Aberg to a two-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

    • The deal is worth $1.3 million for Aberg, who will make $650,000 in each of the next two seasons.

      The 23-year-old Aberg appeared in 15 regular-season games in 2016-17 for Nashville, registering one goal and one assist. He added two goals and three assists in the postseason as the Predators advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.

      A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Aberg was a second-round pick of Nashville in the 2012 draft. He had 31 goals last season with Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

      --The San Jose Sharks re-signed forward Marcus Sorensen to a two-year contract.

      Sorensen, 25, recorded 17 goals and 17 assists in 43 games with the Sharks' AHL affiliate, also in San Jose. In 19 regular season games with the Sharks, Sorensen had a goal and three assists.

      Prior to playing in North America, Sorensen recorded 32 goals and 34 assists in 97 career Swedish Hockey League games with Djurgardens IF. He represented Sweden in the 2015 Euro Hockey Tour, posting three goals and a plus-4 rating in a first-place finish.

      The 5-foot-10, 175-pound forward is a native of Sodertalje, Sweden. He was originally drafted in the fourth round by the Ottawa Senators in 2010, and was signed by San Jose as a free agent in May 2016.

      --Tampa Bay Lightning forward Michael Bournival signed a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced.

      Bournival collected two goals, an assist and two penalty minutes in 19 games last season with the Lightning. The 25-year-old also recorded nine goals, 10 assists and 18 penalty minutes in 38 contests in 2016-17 with Syracuse of the American Hockey League.

      Bournival has scored 12 goals and set up 10 others in 108 career NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens and Lightning. He was originally selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round of the 2010 draft and was acquired by the Canadiens for defenseman Ryan O'Byrne on Nov. 11, 2010.

      --The Detroit Red Wings re-signed right wing Martin Frk to a one-year contract, the team announced.

      Frk scored 27 goals with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League for the second straight season in 2016-17. The 23-year-old Czech also had 23 assists in 65 games and led the team in power-play goals (12) and shots on goal (232).

      Frk failed to record a point in two games last season with the Carolina Hurricanes before being reclaimed off waivers by Detroit on Nov. 1.

      Frk, who was a second-round pick by Detroit in the 2012 NHL draft, represented the Czech Republic at the 2011 and 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships.

      --The Colorado Avalanche signed forwards Gabriel Bourque and Felix Girard and defenseman Duncan Siemens to one-year contracts for the 2017-18 campaign.

      Bourque, 26, joined the Avalanche on a professional tryout contract last season before signing a one-year deal on Oct. 10. He played in six contests for Colorado and 61 for its AHL affiliate in San Antonio, scoring 10 goals and 23 assists.

      Girard, 23, scored 10 goals and 18 assists in 73 games in the AHL last season, all career highs.

      Siemens, 23, spent most of last season in the AHL, scoring two goals and five assists in 73 games.

  • Avalanche sign Bourque, two others
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    The Colorado Avalanche signed forwards Gabriel Bourque and Felix Girard and defenseman Duncan Siemens to one-year contracts for the 2017-18 campaign on Tuesday.

    • Bourque, 26, joined the Avalanche on a professional tryout contract last season before signing a one-year deal on Oct. 10. He played in six contests for Colorado and 61 for its AHL affiliate in San Antonio, scoring 10 goals and 23 assists.

      Girard, 23, scored 10 goals and 18 assists in 73 games in the AHL last season, all career highs.

      Siemens, 23, spent most of last season in the AHL, scoring two goals and five assists in 73 games.

  • Sharks sign F Sorensen to 2-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    The San Jose Sharks re-signed forward Marcus Sorensen to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

    • "In Marcus' first year in North America, he quickly showed that he is a skilled player with the ability to contribute to the team's success," said Sharks assistant general manager Joe Will. "The time he spent with the Sharks this season, and the positive impact he had, proved that he can be an effective player at the highest level. We're excited to see him compete for a spot with the Sharks at training camp in the fall."

      Sorensen, 25, recorded 17 goals and 17 assists in 43 games with the Sharks' AHL affiliate, also in San Jose. In 19 regular season games with the Sharks, Sorensen had a goal and three assists.

      Prior to playing in North America, Sorensen recorded 32 goals and 34 assists in 97 career Swedish Hockey League games with Djurgardens IF. He represented Sweden in the 2015 Euro Hockey Tour, posting three goals and a plus-4 rating in a first-place finish.

      The 5-foot-10, 175-pound forward is a native of Sodertalje, Sweden. He was originally drafted in the fourth round by the Ottawa Senators in 2010, and was signed by San Jose as a free agent in May 2016.

  • Predators sign F Aberg to two-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    The Nashville Predators signed forward Pontus Aberg to a two-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

    • The deal is worth $1.3 million for Aberg, who will make $650,000 in each of the next two seasons.

      The 23-year-old Aberg appeared in 15 regular-season games in 2016-17 for Nashville, registering one goal and one assist. He added two goals and three assists in the postseason as the Predators advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.

      A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Aberg was a second-round pick of Nashville in the 2012 draft. He had 31 goals last season with Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

  • Red Wings ink RW Frk to one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    The Detroit Red Wings re-signed right wing Martin Frk to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Frk scored 27 goals with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League for the second straight season in 2016-17. The 23-year-old Czech also had 23 assists in 65 games and led the team in power-play goals (12) and shots on goal (232).

      Frk failed to record a point in two games last season with the Carolina Hurricanes before being reclaimed off waivers by Detroit on Nov. 1.

      Frk, who was a second-round pick by Detroit in the 2012 NHL draft, represented the Czech Republic at the 2011 and 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships.

  • Lightning F Bournival inks one-year, two-way pact
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Michael Bournival signed a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced on Tuesday.

    • Bournival collected two goals, an assist and two penalty minutes in 19 games last season with the Lightning. The 25-year-old also recorded nine goals, 10 assists and 18 penalty minutes in 38 contests in 2016-17 with Syracuse of the American Hockey League.

      Bournival has scored 12 goals and set up 10 others in 108 career NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens and Lightning. He was originally selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round of the 2010 draft and was acquired by the Canadiens for defenseman Ryan O'Byrne on Nov. 11, 2010.

  • NHL notebook: Senators' Pageau agrees to 3-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 17, 2017

    Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year, $9.3 million contract, the team announced Monday.

    • Pageau will make $2.6 million in the first year, $3.3 million in the second and $3.4 in the third. His arbitration hearing had been set for July 28.

      "I wasn't totally sure how the talks were going, but I knew that they were going well," Pageau told the team's website. "We've always had a good relationship with (general manager) Pierre Dorion, Bryan Murray before and with the organization. I wanted to stay with this team and I take a lot of pride to play for the Ottawa Senators, so I think that helped to get this deal done. I'm very happy."

      Pageau collected 12 goals and 21 assists while playing in all 82 games last season. The 24-year-old's best performance came in Game 2 of the second-round series against the New York Rangers, capping a four-goal outburst by scoring in overtime of a 6-5 victory.

      --The Philadelphia Flyers signed center Nolan Patrick, the No. 2 overall pick in last month's NHL draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

      The deal is worth a reported $2.775 million with an annual salary-cap hit of $925,000.

      The 18-year-old Patrick had 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) in 33 games with Brandon of the Western Hockey League last season but missed 39 games, including the WHL playoffs, because of a sports hernia.

      In 2015-16, the 6-foot-2, 198-pound Patrick finished fifth among all WHL players with 102 points (41 goals, 61 assists) in 72 games.

      --Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell announced his retirement after 17 seasons in the NHL.

      Campbell will join the Blackhawks' front office in the business operations department, assisting with various marketing, community relations and youth hockey initiatives, the team announced.

      "We are excited that Brian will continue to be a part of the organization," Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough said in a statement. "After a brilliant career on the ice, Brian will remain an important part of our franchise."

      Campbell, 38, finished his NHL career with 504 career points (87 goals, 417 assists) in 1,082 games. He played in 295 games in four seasons with the Blackhawks (2008-2011 and 2016-17), logging 24 goals and 110 assists.

      --Nashville Predators forward Frederick Gaudreau signed a three-year contract, the team announced.

      The contract is a two-way deal in 2017-18 and 2018-19, worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the American Hockey League level. The contract then becomes a one-way deal in 2019-20 worth $700,000.

      Gaudreau notched one assist in nine regular-season games last season before making his presence felt in the postseason. The 24-year-old Quebec native collected three goals in the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      Gaudreau had 25 goals and 23 assists in 66 games last season with Norfolk of the AHL.

      --New Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley hired Chris Hajt to serve as one of his assistants, the team announced.

      Hajt, 39, spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings' American Hockey League affiliate. When the Kings' AHL affiliate was the Manchester Monarchs, he helped guide them to a Calder Cup championship after the 2014-15 season. The team also made the playoffs in each of the last two seasons as the Ontario Reign, including a division title in 2015-16.

      The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native is the son of former NHL defenseman Bill Hajt, who was Housley's teammate in Buffalo in the 1980s. Housley was named the 18th head coach in Sabres history on June 15.

      "It's been a process with that because we're trying to do a thorough search for really good candidates and there's a lot of really good coaches out there," Housley told The Buffalo News last week of his coaching search. "But you wanna just make sure you do the right thing and look at everybody. We still have the coach that we're looking at and trying to fill that position."

  • Predators sign F Gaudreau to 3-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 17, 2017

    Nashville Predators forward Frederick Gaudreau signed a three-year contract, the team announced on Monday.

    • The contract is a two-way deal in 2017-18 and 2018-19, worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the American Hockey League level. The contract then becomes a one-way deal in 2019-20 worth $700,000.

      Gaudreau notched one assist in nine regular-season contests last season before making his presence felt in the postseason. The 24-year-old Quebec native collected three goals in the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      Gaudreau recorded 25 goals and 23 assists in 66 games last season with Norfolk of the AHL.

  • Senators, C Pageau agree to 3-year pact
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 17, 2017

    Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year, $9.3 million contract, the team announced on Monday.

    • Pageau will make $2.6 million in the first year, $3.3 million in the second and $3.4 in the third. His arbitration hearing had been set for July 28.

      "I wasn't totally sure how the talks were going but I knew that they were going well," Pageau told the team's website. "We've always had a good relationship with (general manager) Pierre Dorion, Bryan Murray before and with the organization. I wanted to stay with this team and I take a lot of pride to play for the Ottawa Senators, so I think that helped to get this deal done. I'm very happy."

      Pageau collected 12 goals and 21 assists while playing in all 82 games last season. The 24-year-old's best performance came in Game 2 of the second-round series versus the New York Rangers, capping a four-goal outburst by scoring in overtime of a 6-5 victory.

      "As an organization we're thrilled to get this contract done," Dorion said. "Arbitration is definitely a path that we did not want to go down with Jean-Gabriel, especially with the way he's performed over the course of the past two seasons.

      "He showed that he's definitely deserving of this contract and any player that has a history of raising his game, whether it was in junior playoffs or (the American Hockey League) playoffs or NHL playoffs, I think you have to give credit for what he's accomplished. We're really happy to have him on board for the next three years."

      Pageau's new contract is a significant upgrade from the two-year, $1.8 million that he signed in 2015.

      Pageau has recorded 45 goals and 56 assists in 251 career contests since being selected by Ottawa in the fourth round of the 2011 draft.

  • Sabres tab Hajt as assistant
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, July 17, 2017

    New Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley hired Chris Hajt to serve as one of his assistants, the team announced Monday.

    • Hajt, 39, spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings' American Hockey League affiliate. When the Kings' AHL affiliate was the Manchester Monarchs, he helped guide them to a Calder Cup championship after the 2014-15 season. The team also made the playoffs in each of the last two seasons as the Ontario Reign, including a division title in 2015-16.

      The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native is the son of former NHL defenseman Bill Hajt, who was Housley's teammate in Buffalo in the 1980s. Housley was named the 18th head coach in Sabres history on June 15.

      "It's been a process with that because we're trying to do a thorough search for really good candidates and there's a lot of really good coaches out there," Housley told the Buffalo News last week of his coaching search. "But you wanna just make sure you do the right thing and look at everybody. We still have the coach that we're looking at and trying to fill that position."

      Chris Hajt also served as an assistant coach for the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League from 2008 to 2014.

      A former defenseman, Hajt played six NHL games for the Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals, adding 91 points (20 goals, 71 assists) in 477 career AHL contests.

      The Sabres also announced that assistant coach Tom Ward will return for the 2017-18 season. Ward spent the past two seasons as an assistant under Dan Bylsma, who was fired in April after the Sabres missed the playoffs for the sixth straight season.

      On July 5, the Sabres hired another assistant coach from the Kings organization, Davis Payne, as their associate coach. He spent parts of three seasons as head coach of the St. Louis Blues from 2010 to 2011 and has been an assistant with the Kings for the past five seasons.