NHL Recent Player News
|7/22/2016||Connor Carrick, Tor, D|
|The Maple Leafs signed Carrick to a two-year contract Friday.
Analysis: Carrick had two goals and two assists in 16 games for Toronto last season after being acquired from the Capitals in late February.
|7/22/2016||Stefan Fournier, Ari, RW|
|The Coyotes signed Fournier to a one-year, two-way contract Friday.
Analysis: Fournier, acquired from Montreal during the 2015-16 season, had 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in 56 games between AHL teams St. John's and Springfield last season.
|7/22/2016||Kevin Hayes, NYR, RW|
|The Rangers and Hayes avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a two-year, $5.2 million contract.
Analysis: The two sides were scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday. Hayes, 24, has compiled 31 goals and 50 assists in 158 games over his first two NHL seasons.
|7/22/2016||Evander Kane, Buf, LW|
|Kane was arrested Friday and faces numerous charges for allegedly grabbing three women by the neck, hair and arms during an altercation at a downtown Buffalo bar on June 25.
Analysis: Kane is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Aug. 1. The NHL said it will monitor the legal proceedings before determining whether Kane will face disciplinary action. In March, prosecutors said after a three-month investigation that Kane would not face a sexual assault charge stemming from a December incident due to insufficient evidence.
|7/22/2016||Bobby Farnham, Mon, RW|
|Farnham has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canadiens.
Analysis: The 27-year-old appeared in 50 games with New Jersey last season, recording eight goals, two assists and 92 penalty minutes. He'll have a shot at making the roster as a fourth-line forward.
|7/22/2016||Chris Kreider, NYR, LW|
|Kreider and the Rangers agreed to a four-year, $18.5 million contract Friday, the day the two sides were to go to arbitration.
Analysis: A first-round pick of New York in 2009, Kreider was one of six players to record 20 goals, 40 points, a plus-10 rating and 50 penalty minutes this past season. The 25-year-old has tallied 21 goals in each of the last two seasons and has 20 in 65 career postseason games.
|7/21/2016||Auston Matthews, Tor, C|
|The Maple Leafs have agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Matthews, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2016 NHL draft.
Analysis: Matthews, the first U.S.-born player to go first overall since reigning Hart Trophy winner Patrick Kane in 2007, is expected to play immediately in the NHL. The 18-year-old spent last season in Switzerland's top professional league and was runner-up for the MVP award after recording 24 goals and 22 assists in 36 games for Zurich SC.
|7/20/2016||Mikhail Grigorenko, Col, C|
|The Avalanche agreed to a one-year deal with Grigorenko on Wednesday.
Analysis: Grigorenko had six goals and 21 assists in 74 games for Colorado last season. He was selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2012 draft and traded to Colorado on June 26, 2015, as part of the deal that sent Ryan O'Reilly to the Sabres.
|7/20/2016||Brad Richards, Det, C|
|Richards is retiring after 15 NHL seasons.
Analysis: From Prince Edward Island, Richards was a 10-time 20-goal scorer and finished with 298 goals and 634 assists for 932 points in 1,126 games in a career that included stops in Dallas and the New York Rangers. Richards led the Tampa Bay Lightning in scoring during their 2004 Stanley Cup-winning run and was voted playoff MVP. He also won a title in 2015 with Chicago. Richards was the NHL's rookie of the year runner-up in 2001.
|7/20/2016||Kyle Palmieri, NJ, RW|
|Palmieri has been named to Team USA's roster for the World Cup of Hockey as an injury replacement for Tampa Bay's Ryan Callahan.
Analysis: Palmieri is coming off a breakthrough first season with the Devils in which he set career highs with 30 goals and 27 assists. The 25-year-old, acquired by New Jersey from Anaheim in June 2015, signed a five-year extension with the Devils earlier this month.
|7/20/2016||Marcus Johansson, Was, LW|
|The Capitals and Johansson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year, $13.75 million contract. The two sides were scheduled for a hearing Wednesday.
Analysis: Johansson has put together back-to-back solid seasons for the Caps. The 25-year-old established career highs with 20 goals and 47 points in 2014-15, then tallied 17 goals and 29 assists in 74 games this past season. He's also scored 15 power-play goals over the last three campaigns.
|7/18/2016||Matt Nieto, SJ, LW|
|The Sharks signed Nieto to a one-year contract Monday. The 23-year-old Nieto was a restricted free agent, whose rights were retained by San Jose last month.
Analysis: Nieto had eight goals and nine assists in 67 games while also playing a penalty-killing role last season. He also had a goal and two assists in 16 playoff games, while missing eight with an upper body injury.
|7/18/2016||Nikita Nesterov, TB, D|
|Nesterov was added to Russia's World Cup of Hockey roster Monday in place of Slava Voynov, who is ineligible to compete because he is suspended indefinitely by the NHL.
Analysis: Nesterov had three goals and six assists in 57 games for the Lightning last season.
|7/18/2016||Reece Scarlett, NJ, D|
|The Devils have re-signed Scarlett to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 at the NHL level.
Analysis: Scarlett played last season with Albany (AHL), getting four goals and 22 assists in 60 games. He also played in 10 playoff games. The 23-year-old has played with the organization for the past three seasons, appearing in 165 AHL games with 12 goals and 59 assists.
|7/18/2016||Mika Zibanejad, NYR, C|
|The Senators have traded Zibanejad to the Rangers for center Derick Brassard in a deal involving players coming off career seasons.
Analysis: Zibanejad, 23, skated in 81 games with Ottawa with 21 goals and 30 assists. He established career highs in games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (seven), and faceoff win rate (50.5 percent). He has scored at least 20 goals in each of the past two seasons. Zibanejad gives New York a player who has had success in the shootout. He has tallied a goal on 13 of his 28 career NHL shootout attempts, and he has five game-deciding goals in the shootout.
|7/18/2016||Derick Brassard, Ott, C|
|The Rangers have traded Brassard to the Senators for forward Mika Zibanejad in a deal involving players coming off career seasons.
Analysis: The 28-year-old Brassard had a career-high 27 goals and finished second on the team with 58 points in 80 games last season. His 31 assists were 10 fewer than the previous season. Brassard skated in 254 games with the Rangers over parts of four seasons, getting 69 goals and 105 assists. He was acquired by New York from Columbus in April 2013 in a multiplayer trade that sent forward Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets.
|7/18/2016||Jack Roslovic, Wpg, C|
|The Jets agreed to terms with Roslovic on a three-year, two-way NHL entry-level contract Monday worth an average annual value of $1,137,500.
Analysis: Roslovic, 19, just completed his freshman season at Miami University (Ohio) where the center tied for the team lead in scoring with 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 36 games.
|7/18/2016||Matej Stransky, Dal, RW|
|The Stars signed Stransky to a one-year, two-way contract Monday.
Analysis: Stransky, 23, registered 39 points (23 goals, 16 assists) in 74 games for the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League in 2015-16. His 23 goals and eight power play goals both ranked second on Texas for the regular season. During the 2016 Calder Cup playoffs, he recorded one assist in four games.
|7/18/2016||Robin Kovacs, NYR, RW|
|The Rangers have signed Kovacs to an entry-level contract.
Analysis: Kovacs was the Rangers third-round draft pick in 2015. The 19-year-old played in 44 games with AIK IF of Allsvenskan in Sweden this past season and had 21 goals and 13 assists. He skated in 92 career games in Allsvenskan over the last two seasons, registering 38 goals and 24 assists.
|7/17/2016||Alex Killorn, TB, C|
|The Lightning avoided arbitration with Killorn, agreeing to terms on a $31.15 million, seven-year contract.
Analysis: Killorn, who turns 27 in September, has 53 goals and 85 assists for 138 points in 272 regular-season NHL games. In 47 Stanley Cup playoff games, he has 15 goals and 18 assists.
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