NHL Recent Player News
|7/3/2015||Jamie McBain, LA, D|
|McBain has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Los Angeles Kings.
Analysis: The Kings announced the deal Friday. McBain scored nine points in 26 games for the Kings last season. He began the year on a tryout contract with the Kings' AHL affiliate, but worked his way into a semi-regular role in Los Angeles when the Kings' defense was shortened by injuries and Slava Voynov's suspension. McBain has scored 28 goals in 301 NHL games, starting his career with Carolina and Buffalo.
|7/3/2015||Shawn Horcoff, Anh, C|
|Horcoff has agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Anaheim Ducks.
Analysis: The Ducks announced the deal Friday. Horcoff had 29 points and a plus-9 rating in 76 games for the Dallas Stars last season. The speedy Michigan State product spent the past two seasons in Dallas after beginning his NHL career with 12 seasons for the Edmonton Oilers, earning an All-Star game appearance and playing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Horcoff will turn 37 years old in September.
|7/3/2015||Brandon Saad, Cls, LW|
|Saad signed a six-year, $36 million contract with his new team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, on Friday.
Analysis: Saad, 22, was acquired from Chicago earlier this week. He will be with the Blue Jackets through the 2020-2021 season, and is expected to play on the team's top line alongside center Ryan Johansen. He set career highs with 23 goals and 29 assists in 82 games last season. He then had eight goals and three assists in the playoffs, helping Chicago to its third NHL title in six seasons.
|7/3/2015||Joel Ward, Was, RW|
|The San Jose Sharks have signed veteran forward Joel Ward to a three-year contract. The Sharks announced the deal Friday.
Analysis: Ward had 19 goals and 15 assists last season with Washington. He also had three goals and six assists in 14 playoff games.
|7/3/2015||Andrew Desjardins, Chi, LW|
|Desjardins has agreed to a two-year contract with the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks.
Analysis: Acquired from San Jose before the trade deadline, he became an important part of the fourth line and helped Chicago win its third Stanley Cup in six seasons. He had a career-high five goals in 69 regular-season games between the Sharks and Blackhawks and had a goal and three assists in the playoffs.
|7/3/2015||Ryan O'Reilly, Buf, LW|
|The Buffalo Sabres have made newly acquired forward Ryan O'Reilly their highest-paid player by signing him to a $52.5 million, seven-year contract extension on Friday.
Analysis: O'Reilly is regarded a top-line talent and had one year left on his contract, during which he is scheduled to make $6.2 million next season. He was acquired from Colorado in a trade that involved five players during the first round of the NHL draft June 26.
|7/3/2015||Connor McDavid, Edm, C|
|The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with center Connor McDavid on a three-year, entry-level contract. The 18-year-old superstar spent the last three seasons with the OHL's Erie Otters. He was selected by the Oilers with the first overall pick in the NHL draft last month.
Analysis: McDavid, from Newmarket, Ontario, had 120 points (44 goals, 76 assists) in 47 games with Erie last season. McDavid helped Canada win gold at the world junior hockey championship this year.
|7/2/2015||Kevin Bieksa, Anh, D|
|Bieksa has agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract extension through 2018 with the Anaheim Ducks.
Analysis: The Ducks announced the deal with Bieksa on Thursday, two days after the club acquired him from Vancouver. Bieksa has one year and $4.6 million left on his contract from the Canucks. He scored 14 points in 60 games for Vancouver last season.
|7/2/2015||Patrick McNally, SJ, D|
|The San Jose Sharks signed former Harvard defenseman Patrick McNally to a two-year contract Thursday.
Analysis: McNally was originally a fourth-round pick by Vancouver in 2010 but went to college instead of signing with the Canucks. The Sharks acquired his rights for a seventh-round pick at this year's draft. McNally had six goals and 15 assists in 21 games at Harvard this season.
|7/2/2015||Korbinian Holzer, Anh, D|
|Holzer has re-signed with Anaheim, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $750,000. The Ducks announced the deal Thursday.
Analysis: Holzer never played for the Ducks after Anaheim acquired him from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the trade deadline March 2, but he will compete for a roster spot in training camp. The German defenseman has appeared in 58 NHL games with the Maple Leafs, collecting nine points and 55 penalty minutes. He has spent most of his North American career with the AHL's Toronto Marlies.
|7/2/2015||Troy Brouwer, StL, RW|
|Sochi Olympics shootout star T.J. Oshie has been acquired by the Washington Capitals in a deal that sends Brouwer to the St. Louis Blues. As part of Thursday's swap of right wings, Washington also will trade AHL goalie Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in next year's NHL draft to St. Louis.
Analysis: Brouwer totaled 21 goals and 22 assists for Washington last season while appearing in all 82 games. He has played in nine NHL seasons, the last four with the Capitals after five with the Chicago Blackhawks.
|7/2/2015||T.J. Oshie, Was, RW|
|Oshie has been acquired by the Washington Capitals in a deal that sends Troy Brouwer to the St. Louis Blues. As part of Thursday's swap of right wings, Washington also will trade AHL goalie Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in next year's NHL draft to St. Louis.
Analysis: Oshie had 19 goals and 36 in 72 games for the Blues last season, his seventh in the NHL, all with St. Louis. He is best known for scoring four times during a shootout to lead the United States to a victory against Russia at the 2014 Olympics.
|7/2/2015||Micheal Haley, SJ, C|
|The San Jose Sharks signed Haley to a one-year deal Thursday.
Analysis: Haley had 18 goals and 13 assists at Worcester of the AHL last season.
|7/2/2015||Bryan Lerg, SJ, LW|
|The San Jose Sharks signed Lerg to a one-year deal Thursday.
Analysis: Lerg had 13 goals and 28 assists for Worcester of the AHL last year and scored in his NHL debut on April 9 at Edmonton.
|7/2/2015||John McCarthy, SJ, LW|
|The San Jose Sharks signed McCarthy to a one-year deal Thursday.
Analysis: McCarthy has played 87 career games with San Jose with three goals and three assists.
|7/2/2015||Erik Condra, TB, RW|
|Condra has signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The signing Wednesday reunites the 6-foot, 190-pound forward with Lightning coach Jon Cooper. Condra played for the coach while both were with the NAHL's Texarkana Bandits during the 2003-04 season.
Analysis: Condra appeared in 68 games with the Ottawa Senators last season, finishing with a career-high nine goals and 23 points. In 299 career games with the Senators, who selected him in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL draft, he has 33 goals and 87 points.
|7/2/2015||Brandon Halverson, NYR, G|
|The New York Rangers have signed Halverson to an entry-level contract. General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signing Thursday as prospects skated at the team's Westchester facility.
Analysis: The 19-year-old goaltender appeared in 50 games with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this past season, posting a 40-5-2 record, along with a 2.63 goals against average, a .913 save percentage and six shutouts. Halverson is the first Rangers' draft pick in franchise history to earn at least 40 wins in juniors in one season. He posted a 10-4 record in the playoffs. Halverson was a second-round pick in 2014.
|7/2/2015||Slava Voynov, LA, D|
|Voynov has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor stemming from a domestic violence incident with his wife after a Halloween party. The Kings defenseman entered the plea Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Analysis: Under terms of the plea deal, he was sentenced to a 90-day jail term and three years of probation. The plea averts a trial on a felony count. The Russian Olympian was charged with corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury after an argument at a party attended by other Kings players. Prosecutors say Voynov choked and hit his wife and pushed her into a TV in their Redondo Beach bedroom. A cut over her eye required eight stitches.
|7/2/2015||James Wright, NYI, C|
|The New York Islanders signed Wright to a one-year, two-way contract Thursday.
Analysis: Wright is returning from Russia, where he had 15 goals and four assists in 53 games with his Kontinental Hockey League club. He has 146 games of NHL experience with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets.
|7/2/2015||Joe Whitney, NYI, LW|
|The New York Islanders signed Whitney to a one-year, two-way contract Thursday.
Analysis: Whitney played with the Albany Devils of the AHL last season. He had 23 goals and 37 assists in 66 games. He also appeared in four NHL games with New Jersey and scored his first goal.
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