NHL Recent Player News
|7/22/2014||David Booth, LW||Booth has signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs after spending last season with Vancouver.
Analysis: The 29-year-old winger had nine goals and 10 assists in 66 games with the Canucks. He has 218 career points in 443 games with Vancouver and Florida. In 2008-09 with the Panthers, Booth set career highs in goals (31), assists (29) and points (60) in 72 games.
|7/22/2014||Sami Vatanen, D||The Ducks have signed defenseman Sami Vatanen to a two-year contract coming off his rookie season.
Analysis: He had six goals, 15 assists and 22 penalty minutes in 48 games last season, when he won a bronze medal playing for Finland in the Sochi Olympics. The 23-year-old Vatanen had one assist in five playoff games with the Ducks. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2009 by Anaheim.
|7/22/2014||Antoine Roussel, LW||Roussel and the Dallas Stars have agreed to terms on a four-year contract.
Analysis: Roussel played in 81 games last season, when he had 29 points (14 goals and 15 assists) and 209 penalty minutes, making him the only player in the NHL with more than 25 points and 150 penalty minutes. Roussel had three assists and 27 penalty minutes in the Stars' six-game playoff series against Anaheim.
|7/21/2014||Alex Ovechkin, RW||Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. The two had been together since 2011 and became engaged in December 2012.
Analysis: The three-time NHL MVP had faced questions from Russian media about the relationship when he did not accompany Kirilenko to Wimbledon last month. Kirilenko says in comments distributed by the Russian Tennis Federation that there were "a lot of reasons" behind her decision. She says "our relationship is over, but I respect Sasha (Ovechkin) as a person and as an athlete and I respectfully wish him further sporting success."
|7/21/2014||Cody Franson, D||The Toronto Maple Leafs and Franson have avoided arbitration, with the defenseman signing a $3.3 million, one-year contract. This is the third straight one-year deal for Franson, who missed most of training camp last season after a contract dispute.
Analysis: The 26-year-old player is getting a raise from his $2 million contract in 2013-14, when he led all Toronto defensemen with 33 points. Franson has 28 goals and 105 assists in 333 career NHL games. He was a third-round pick of the Nashville Predators in 2005.
|7/19/2014||Lee Stempniak, RW||The Rangers and veteran forward Lee Stempniak have agreed to terms on a one-year, $900,000 contract.
Analysis: The deal with the 31-year-old Stempniak was announced on Saturday. In 73 regular-season games last season with Calgary and Pittsburgh, Stempniak had 12 goals and 22 assists.
|7/18/2014||Simon Despres, D||The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Despres to a two-year contract worth $900,000 per season.
Analysis: The 22-year-old Despres appeared in a career-high 22 games for the Penguins last season, finishing with five assists. He scored six goals and added 16 assists in 36 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. His plus/minus ratio of plus-19 led the team.
|7/18/2014||Dmitry Kulikov, D||The Florida Panthers are keeping defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, signing him to a three-year deal on Friday.
Analysis: Kulikov has spent each of his first five NHL seasons with the Panthers, with 24 goals and 75 assists in 313 games. He logged the second-most minutes for the Panthers this past season and was a regular on Florida's power-play and penalty-kill units. Kulikov set career-bests this past season with 81 games played, eight goals and 66 penalty minutes.
|7/17/2014||John Curry, G||The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with goaltender John Curry on a one-year, two-way contract. Under the deal announced Thursday, Curry will be paid his NHL salary only if he is on the NHL roster. If he is sent to the AHL, he will get a minor-league salary.
Analysis: Curry was one of five goalies who played last season for the Wild. He had a 43-save win in April against St. Louis. He played in four games with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2008-10.
|7/17/2014||Tyler Ennis, C||The Sabres re-signed center Tyler Ennis on Thursday to a five-year contract worth about $23 million, addressing one of the final pieces of their offseason rebuilding plan.
Analysis: Ennis was a restricted free agent after the Sabres retained his rights by tendering him an offer last month. Ennis is a speedy, playmaking forward who led the Sabres with a career-best 21 goals and added 22 assists in 80 games last season.
|7/16/2014||Matthew Lombardi, C||The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with free agent forward Matthew Lombardi, a veteran NHL player who spent last season in Switzerland. He had four goals and four assists in 28 games with Phoenix and Anaheim during the 2012-13 season.
Analysis: The 32-year-old Lombardi, who joined New York on Wednesday, had 20 goals and 30 assists in 46 games with Geneve-Servette in Switzerland. He led the team in goals and assists, and tied for sixth in the league in goals.
|7/16/2014||Taylor Doherty, D||The San Jose Sharks have re-signed defensemen Jason Demers and Doherty. The Sharks announced the agreements with both restricted free agents Wednesday. Doherty's deal is for one year.
Analysis: Doherty had four goals and 11 assists with the AHL's Worcester Sharks last season. The 23-year-old is expected to push for a spot on San Jose's roster this fall.
|7/16/2014||Jason Demers, D||The San Jose Sharks have re-signed Demers and fellow defenseman Taylor Doherty. The team announced the agreements with both restricted free agents Wednesday and said Demers' deal is for two years.
Analysis: Demers set career highs with five goals, 29 assists and 34 points last season. He had one assist while playing in all seven games of San Jose's first-round loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
|7/16/2014||Chad Ruhwedel, D||The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed Ruhwedel to a two-year contract. The defenseman was a restricted free agent after the Sabres retained his rights by making him a qualifying offer last month. The team announced the signing on Wednesday.
Analysis: Ruhwedel split last season playing for the Sabres and their American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester. Overall, he has one assist in 28 NHL games, and four goals and 24 assists in 47 AHL games. The Sabres signed the University of Massachusetts Lowell product in April 2013 after Ruhwedel completed his college career. He's shown signs of being a dependable two-way defenseman and has an opportunity to make the Sabres' lineup this season.
|7/15/2014||Calvin de Haan, D||The New York Islanders agreed to terms with de Haan on Tuesday.
Analysis: The 23-year-old de Haan received a three-year deal. He scored three goals and had 13 assists in 51 games as a rookie, and showed solid improvement throughout the season.
|7/15/2014||Casey Cizikas, C||The New York Islanders agreed to terms with Cizikas and defenseman Calvin de Haan on Tuesday.
Analysis: Cizikas, 23, got a two-year contract. He scored six goals and 10 assists last season, his second full year with the club. In 2013, he had a game-winning goal in a playoff series against Pittsburgh.
|7/15/2014||Brandon McMillan, C||The Arizona Coyotes have signed McMillan and Jordan Swarz.
Analysis: McMillan had two goals and four assists in 22 games for the Coyotes last season. He had 11 goals and 15 assists in 46 games for Portland, the Coyotes' AHL affiliate.
|7/15/2014||Jason Zucker, LW||The Minnesota Wild have re-signed left wing Jason Zucker to a two-year contract. The deal was announced on Tuesday. Zucker will have a two-way contract for this season and a one-way contract for next season. Players on one-way deals are paid the same, whether they are in the NHL or the AHL.
Analysis: Zucker was one of the Wild's top prospects, but the 22-year-old fell behind last season due to inconsistency, injury and increased competition. Zucker had four goals and one assist in 21 games for the Wild and eight goals and five assists in 22 games for their AHL affiliate Iowa. Zucker had surgery in March to repair a tendon in his left quadriceps.
|7/15/2014||Sidney Crosby, C||The Pittsburgh Penguins say Crosby doesn't need surgery on his injured wrist.
Analysis: Crosby dealt with a wrist injury during the playoffs. The Penguins announced Tuesday on Twitter that "after seeking additional medical advice, doctors have decided not to perform surgery on Sidney Crosby's wrist." The team says he'll keep receiving treatment and be evaluated ahead of training camp in September. Crosby had just one goal and eight assists in 13 playoff games. The Penguins were eliminated in the second round by the New York Rangers.
|7/15/2014||Derek Roy, C||The Nashville Predators have signed veteran forwards Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy to one-year contracts. Both signings were announced Tuesday. Ribeiro's contract is worth $1.05 million. Roy's is worth $1 million.
Analysis: Roy had nine goals and 28 assists in 75 games for the St. Louis Blues last season. He has 177 goals and 315 assists in 666 career regular-season games.
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