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Date Player
7/27/2016 Vladislav Namestnikov, TB, C
The Lightning avoided arbitration and re-signed Namestnikov to a two-year contract Wednesday worth $1.9375 million per season.

Analysis: Namestnikov set career highs last season for games played (80), goals (14), assists (21), points (35) and plus-minus rating (plus-17).
7/26/2016 Brandon Manning, Phi, D
The Flyers and Manning have agreed to terms on a two-year, $1.95 million contract.

Analysis: Manning appeared in a career-high 56 games with the Flyers last season, recording one goal, six assists and 66 penalty minutes. The 26-year-old was a restricted free agent and had an arbitration hearing scheduled for next week.
7/26/2016 Danny DeKeyser, Det, D
The Red Wings avoided arbitration and signed DeKeyser to a $30 million, six-year contract Tuesday.

Analysis: He has 14 goals and 61 assists in 234 regular-season NHL games and has averaged over 21 minutes of ice time.
7/25/2016 Kris Versteeg, LA, RW
Versteeg opted to continue his hockey career overseas Monday by agreeing to a one-year deal with SC Bern of the Swiss National League A.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Versteeg was an unrestricted free agent after collecting 15 goals and 23 assists in 77 games between the Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings last season. A two-time Stanley Cup winner with Chicago, Versteeg has played for six teams in the last six seasons. He has scored 131 goals and set up 182 others in 550 career NHL games.
7/25/2016 Brayden Schenn, Phi, C
Schenn avoided arbitration by agreeing to a four-year contract with the Flyers on Monday.

Analysis: Schenn set career highs with 26 goals, 33 assists and 59 points in 80 games last season. He also had five game-winning goals.
7/25/2016 Jordan Schroeder, Min, C
The Wild agreed to terms with Schroeder on a one-year, two-way contract Monday.

Analysis: Schroeder recorded two goals and two assists in 26 games with Minnesota in 2015-16, and 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in 40 games with AHL's Iowa. He added a goal with Minnesota while skating in two games in the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.
7/25/2016 Frank Corrado, Tor, D
The Maple Leafs signed Corrado to a one-year contract Monday to avoid arbitration.

Analysis: Corrado scored one goal to go with five assists in 39 games during his first season with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16 after being claimed off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks.
7/25/2016 Peter Holland, Tor, C
The Maple Leafs signed Holland to a one-year contract Monday to avoid arbitration.

Analysis: Holland collected 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16. His five power-play goals were tied for the second-most on the team.
7/25/2016 Yanni Gourde, TB, LW
The Lightning re-signed Gourde to a one-year, two-way contract Monday.

Analysis: Gourde, 24, appeared in two games with the Lightning during the 2015-16 regular season, posting an assist and two penalty minutes. Gourde made his NHL debut with the Lightning on Dec. 15 against the Maple Leafs and posted an assist, his first career NHL point. The 5-foot-9, 167-pound Gourde played in 65 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League last season, recording 44 points (14 goals, 30 assists) and 42 penalty minutes.
7/23/2016 Luke Schenn, Ari, D
The Coyotes signed free agent defenseman Luke Schenn to a two-year contract Saturday. Terms were not disclosed but the deal is worth a reported $2.5 million.

Analysis: The 26-year-old Schenn registered four goals, 12 assists and 82 penalty minutes in 72 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings last season. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native has recorded 128 points (28 goals, 100 assists) and 409 penalty minutes in 566 career games with the Kings, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs.
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.
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