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Date Player
6/19/2016 Nick Schmaltz, Chi, C
The Blackhawks and Schmaltz have agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract.

Analysis: Schmaltz, Chicago's first-round pick in the 2014 draft, had 11 goals and 35 assists in 37 games for NCAA champion North Dakota this past season.
6/18/2016 Sami Vatanen, Anh, D
Vatanen re-signed with the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, agreeing to a four-year, $19.5 million deal through the 2019-20 season.

Analysis: Vatanen was a restricted free agent after recording nine goals and a career-high 29 assists last season. The aggressive, puck-moving Finn also led the Ducks' defensemen with 19 points on Anaheim's NHL-best power play.
6/17/2016 Pavel Datsyuk, Det, C
Datsyuk is leaving the Detroit Red Wings with a year left on his contract, saying it's time to return home and play in the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League.

Analysis: The 37-year-old Datsyuk announced his plans Saturday at a news conference at his youth hockey camp in the Detroit area. The move was not a huge surprise. Toward the end of the season, he was quoted in a Detroit Free Press story saying he would retire from the NHL, but Datsyuk later told reporters there was a chance he could change his mind.
6/17/2016 Tyler Pitlick, Edm, RW
The Oilers signed Pitlick to a one-year contract Friday.

Analysis: Pitlick has accumulated 85 points (25 goals, 57 assists) in 196 career AHL games. He has appeared in 27 NHL games, recording three goals.
6/17/2016 Craig Cunningham, Ari, LW
The Coyotes signed Cunningham to a one-year, two-way contract Friday.

Analysis: Cunningham registered one assist in 10 games with the Coyotes last season. He also collected 46 points (22 goals, 24 assists) in 61 games with Springfield of the American Hockey League.
6/16/2016 Alex Goligoski, Ari, D
The Coyotes acquired negotiating rights to pending free-agent Goligoski from the Stars on Thursday for a fifth-round draft choice.

Analysis: The Coyotes can negotiate with Goligoski until July 1. If a contract isn't reached, the 30-year-old defenseman would become an unrestricted free agent. Goligoski had five goals and 32 assists in 82 games last season with a plus-21 rating. He also had four goals and three assists in 13 playoff games. In 562 NHL games with Pittsburgh and Dallas, the former University of Minnesota star has 55 goals and 222 assists.
6/16/2016 Dmitrij Jaskin, StL, RW
The Blues re-signed Jaskin to a two-year contract Thursday.

Analysis: Jaskin had four goals and nine assists in 65 regular-season games in 2015-16 and registered a goal and an assist in six playoff contests.
6/16/2016 Brian Lashoff, Det, D
The Red Wings signed Lashoff to a one-year extension Thursday.

Analysis: Lashoff had 16 points (one goal, 15 assists) for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League last season. He has played in 117 NHL games and tallied 13 points (two goals, 11 assists).
6/16/2016 Riley Sheahan, Det, C
The Red Wings signed Sheahan to a two-year contract extension Thursday.

Analysis: Sheahan had a career-high 14 goals and 11 assists in 81 games last season.
6/15/2016 Richard Panik, Chi, LW
The Blackhawks signed Panik to a one-year contract Wednesday.

Analysis: Panik recorded three assists in six playoff games and six goals in 30 regular-season contests with Chicago last season after being acquired from the Maple Leafs on Jan. 3.
6/15/2016 Karl Alzner, Was, D
Alzner had sports hernia surgery Wednesday, and the Capitals said he is expected to be ''completely healthy'' before the start of next season.

Analysis: Alzner had four goals and 17 assists during the 2015-16 regular season, helping the Capitals win the Presidents' Trophy. He appeared in every one of the team's 94 games, including the postseason.
6/15/2016 Chris Summers, NYR, D
The Rangers agreed to terms Wednesday with Summers on a new contract.

Analysis: Summers skated in three games with the Rangers during the 2015-16 season, recording five shots on goal and four penalty minutes. He played in 74 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League this past season, registering three goals, eight assists and 51 penalty minutes.
6/15/2016 Bryan Bickell, Car, LW
The Blackhawks have traded Bickell along with fellow forward Teuvo Teravainen to the Hurricanes in exchange for two draft picks.

Analysis: Bickell, who split time between Chicago and the AHL last season, had been considered a buyout candidate prior to getting dealt. He has one year left on his contract with a cap hit of $4 million after having no goals and two assists in 25 games for the Blackhawks last season.
6/15/2016 Teuvo Teravainen, Car, LW
The Blackhawks traded Teravainen to the Hurricanes along with Bryan Bickell in exchange for two draft picks.

Analysis: The 21-year-old Teravainen, one of the NHL's top prospects, had 13 goals and 22 assists in his first full season in 2015-16 after totaling 10 points during Chicago's Stanley Cup run a year ago.
6/14/2016 Nate Thompson, Anh, C
Thompson will be sidelined for several months after tearing his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout.

Analysis: Ducks general manager Bob Murray announced Tuesday that Thompson, who had three goals and three assists in 49 games last season after missing the first 26 games recovering from surgery on a torn labrum in his shoulder, isn't expected back in uniform before ''the trade deadline,'' which typically falls around March 1.
6/14/2016 Mac Carruth, Chi, G
Carruth agreed to a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on Tuesday.

Analysis: Carruth recorded a 6-5-2 record with two shutouts and a 2.30 goals-against average in 17 games last season with Rockford of the American Hockey League.
6/13/2016 Aleksi Saarela, Car, C
The Hurricanes have agreed to a three-year entry-level contract with Saarela.

Analysis: Saarela's deal will pay $625,000 next season, $675,000 in 2017-18 and $750,000 in 2018-19 at the NHL level or $70,000 in the American Hockey League. He also received a signing bonus of $277,500. Carolina acquired the 19-year-old from the Rangers in February in the deal that included parting with longtime Hurricanes star Eric Staal.
6/13/2016 Sebastian Aho, Car, RW
The Hurricanes have agreed to a three-year entry-level contract with Aho.

Analysis: Aho's deal will pay the 18-year-old $832,500 at the NHL level or $70,000 in the American Hockey League for each season. Aho, selected Aho in the second round of the 2015 draft, also receives a signing bonus of $277,500.
6/13/2016 David Rittich, Cgy, G
The Flames signed Rittich to a one-year, two-way contract Monday.

Analysis: Rittich played the past two seasons with BK Mlada Boleslav of the Czech Extraliga. He played 48 games in 2015-16, posting a record of 26-22-0 with a 2.53 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.
6/13/2016 Mark Barberio, Mon, D
The Canadiens and Barberio agreed to a two-year, one-way contract Monday.

Analysis: Barberio played his first season with Montreal in 2015-16, recording 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 30 games.
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