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  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Penguins hire Martin as senior advisor
    By The Sports Xchange

    Jacques Martin, who was an assistant with Pittsburgh last season, was named senior advisor of hockey operations for the Penguins, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Martin, 61, worked last season on the coaching staff of Dan Bylsma, who was fired after the season and replaced by Mike Johnston. The club said at the time of Bylsma's firing that Martin would continue to have a role with the Penguins.

      Martin's duties will include scouting games, emphasizing those in the Eastern Conference. Martin has 17 seasons of experience as an NHL head coach for four teams, most recently with the Montreal Canadiens in 2011-12.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Hurricanes sign defenseman Rissanen
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way deal with defenseman Rasmus Rissanen on Wednesday, paying him $575,000 at the NHL level, or $90,000 at the American Hockey League level.

    • Rissanen, 23, has spent the past three seasons with the Charlotte Checkers, the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate. He had a career-high 10 points last season -- three goals and seven assists -- in 62 games. He has played in 188 games for Charlotte, with six goals, 19 assists and 232 penalty minutes.

      Rissanen, a native of Kuopio, Finland, was a restricted free agent.

      The Hurricanes selected Rissanen in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Draft, picking him 178th overall.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Defenseman Sarich injured in cycling accident
    By The Sports Xchange

    Cory Sarich, a 15-year NHL defenseman who is an unrestricted free agent, was in stable condition Wednesday after being in a cycling accident Monday, the Colorado Avalanche confirmed Wednesday.

    • Sarich, 35, played in 54 games for Colorado last season, with one goal and nine assists.

      He was struck by a vehicle while training in Invermere, British Columbia, according to a release by the Avalanche. The injuries are not considered life-threatening, although a timetable for recovery was not immediately known. Sarich wrote on Twitter he "will most likely make a full recovery."

      In a statement, he said: "It's been a rough couple of days and I'm grateful for the support I've been receiving from the medical team here and from family and friends. My wife, Reagan, and I appreciate all of the kind words and encouragement."

      Sarich, 35, has played in 969 NHL games, mostly for the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning. Last season was his first in Colorado.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    NHL roundup: Rangers, Kreider agree on two-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Rangers and forward Chris Kreider avoided a salary arbitration hearing by agreeing to a two-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

    • The deal is reportedly worth $2.35 million for the 2014-15 season and $2.6 million in 2015-16.

      The sides had an arbitration hearing scheduled for later Wednesday.

      The 23-year-old had career highs of 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games last season, and five goals and 13 points in 15 Stanley Cup playoff games.

      ---The Colorado Avalanche and center Ryan O'Reilly agreed to a two-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing, the team announced Wednesday.

      Financial terms were not disclosed, but TSN reported the deal is for $12 million, with O'Reilly being paid $5.8 million 2014-15 and $6.2 million in 2015-16.

      O'Reilly, 23, had a team-best 28 goals last season and set career-highs in goals and points (64). He won the Lady Byng Trophy after being assessed only two penalty minutes while playing 80 games. He also had two goals and four assists in seven Stanley Cup playoff games.

      ---The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with defenseman Ben Chiarot on a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000, the team announced Wednesday.

      Chiarot, 23, played in 65 games with St. John's of the American Hockey League last season, recording 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) and 96 penalty minutes. He played in his first NHL game last season for Winnipeg against the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 2.

      ---The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

      Benoit played with the Colorado Avalanche in 2013-14, appearing in 79 regular-season games and recording a career-high 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists). He also played in seven playoff games with the Avalanche and had an assist.

      The 30-year-old Benoit played parts of two seasons with the Ottawa Senators. In 120 career NHL games, Benoit has registered 39 points (10 goals, 29 assists) and 40 penalty minutes.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Sabres sign D Benoit
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Benoit (5-foot-11, 191 pounds) played with the Colorado Avalanche in 2013-14, appearing in 79 regular-season games and recording a career-high 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists). He also played in seven playoff games with the Avalanche, recording an assist.

      Prior to being signed by Colorado in July 2013, the 30-year-old Benoit played parts of two seasons with the Ottawa Senators. In 120 career NHL games, Benoit has registered 39 points (10 goals, 29 assists) and 40 penalty minutes.

      A native of St. Albert, Ontario, Benoit was signed to an entry-level contract by the Montreal Canadiens in 2006 after playing five seasons with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Jets sign D Chiarot
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with defenseman Ben Chiarot on a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Chiarot, 23, played in 65 games with St. John's of the American Hockey League last season, recording 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) and 96 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 21 postseason games to help St. John's reach the Calder Cup Finals with five points (two goals, three assists) and 16 penalty minutes.

      The Hamilton, Ontario native played in his first NHL game last season for Winnipeg against the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 2.

      The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Chiarot was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round of the 2009 draft.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Rangers, Kreider agree to two-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Rangers and forward Chris Kreider avoided a salary arbitration hearing by agreeing to a two-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

    • The deal is reportedly worth $2.35 million for the 2014-15 season and $2.6 million in 2015-16.

      The sides had an arbitration hearing scheduled for later Wednesday.

      The 23-year-old had career highs of 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games last season, and five goals and 13 points in 15 Stanley Cup playoff games.

      Kreider was considered a rookie despite already several big moments in New York after the Rangers made him the 19th pick in the 2009 draft.

      He joined the team for the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs shortly after winning an NCAA championship at Boston College and had five goals and two assists in 18 games as the Rangers reached the Eastern Conference final.

      Kreider was up and down between the NHL and the American Hockey League the following season, playing in 23 regular-season games for the Rangers. He scored an overtime goal in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Bruins to help them stave off elimination.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Avs, O'Reilly agree to two-year contract
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Colorado Avalanche and center Ryan O'Reilly agreed to a two-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed, but TSN reported the deal is for $12 million, with O'Reilly being paid $5.8 million 2014-15 and $6.2 million in 2015-16.

      The sides had an arbitration hearing scheduled for later Wednesday.

      O'Reilly, 23, had a team-best 28 goals last season and set career-highs in goals and points (64). He won the Lady Byng Trophy after being assessed only two penalty minutes while playing 80 games. He also had two goals and four assists in seven Stanley Cup playoff games.

      "We are pleased to have Ryan under contract," Avalanche executive vice president Joe Sakic said in a statement. "We are looking at the upcoming training camp and season with a lot of excitement."

      Selected by the Avalanche in the second round (No. 33) of the 2009 draft, O'Reilly has 73 goals and 191 points in 345 NHL games in five seasons.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Rangers, Zuccarello comes to terms on 1-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Rangers and left winger Mats Zuccarello avoided an arbitration hearing, agreeing on a one-year, $3.5 million contract on Tuesday.

    • Zuccarello led the Rangers in points last season with 59, including 19 goals.

      In the postseason, the 26-year-old added five goals and eight assists.

      Unless they come to an agreement in the meantime, Rangers have arbitration hearings scheduled with forward Chris Kreider on Wednesday and Derick Brassard the following Monday.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    NHL roundup: Stars, Roussel agree on deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Dallas Stars reached agreement Tuesday on a four-year contract with forward Antoine Roussel, avoiding a scheduled salary arbitration hearing later in the day.

    • The team did not release financial terms of the deal, but the total package was worth $8 million, according to ESPN.com.

      In 81 regular-season games last season, Roussel had 29 points (14 goals and 15 assists) and 209 penalty minutes. He was the only player in the NHL last season with more than 25 points and 150 penalty minutes. His penalty minutes were the third highest in the NHL. Roussel added three assists and 27 penalty minutes in the Stars' six playoff games against the Anaheim Ducks.

      ---Kyle Dubas was named assistant general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who recognized the 28-year-old as a rising personnel man while clearing out assistant general manager Claude Loiselle and vice president of hockey operations Dave Poulin, general manager Dave Nonis' right-hand men in the organization.

      Dubas spent the past three seasons as general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and was a scout for the team while attending Brock University. He was hired as general manager while serving as a player agent, but left that career to be involved in team personnel.

      ---Rookie defenseman Sami Vatanen signed a two-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks.

      Vatanen was fifth among first-year defenders in goals and sixth in plus-minus last season. The 23-year-old had six assists and 15 goals with a plus-9 rating.

      --The deal last year that kept the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz., could face a challenge after the city's mayor called for an investigation of a meeting last June between City Council members and a team attorney.

      The meeting that took place several days before the council voted to approve a $225 million agreement with the NHL franchise could have violated the state's Open Meeting Law because key information was disclosed regarding the city's negotiating plans. On Monday, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers asked the state attorney general to investigate the previously undisclosed meeting. Weiers voted against the deal in June 2013 to keep the Coyotes in Glendale.

      If an investigation is opened and a violation of the state's Open Meeting Law is found, the team's deal with the city could be potentially voided. If that happens, the city council would have 30 days ot ratify the Coyotes' deal in an open meeting.

      ---The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward David Booth to a one-year deal reportedly worth $1.1 million. It is a team-friendly deal for Toronto, which adds a veteran forward known for his strong two-way play.

      Booth, 29, had nine goals and 10 assists in 66 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season, but was bought out of the final year of his six-year contract. Instead of earning $4.75 million next season, he will be paid $1.853 million over the next two seasons as part of the buyout.

      ---The Vancouver Canucks signed forwards Darren Archibald and Brandon DeFazio. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

      Archibald, 24, had three points in 16 regular-season games for the Canucks last season. He also played in 59 games for the Utica Comets, recording 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) and 102 penalty minutes. DeFazio, 25, recorded 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) and 106 penalty minutes in 76 games with Utica last season.

      ---Defenseman Nate Prosser signed a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

      The 28-year-old Prosser spent parts of the past five seasons with the Minnesota Wild. In 2013-14, he had eight points (two goals, six assists) in 58 regular-season games and 12 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. Prosser totaled 21 career points (three goals, 18 assists) and 127 penalty minutes in 126 regular-season games for the Wild.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Flames sign Colborne to 2-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    Center Joe Colborne avoided arbitration by signing a two-year contract with the Calgary Flames. Financial terms were not announced, but the deal is worth $2.55 million according to Sportsnet.

    • Acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in September, the 24-year-old Calgary-area native scored 10 goals and 28 points in 80 games in his first full NHL season in 2013-14. Before that, he had just one goal and six points in 16 games over parts of three seasons with Toronto.

      Colborne is 6-feet-5 and 220 pounds, and has an opportunity to continue to develop on the right wing for the Flames, who are thin at the spot.

      Colborne was originally the 16th overall pick in 2008 by the Boston Bruins, who traded him to Toronto in 2011 as part of a deal for defenseman Tomas Kaberle.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    D Prosser goes to Blues
    By The Sports Xchange

    Defenseman Nate Prosser signed a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

    • Financial terms of the deal were not made available by the team.

      The 28-year-old Prosser spent parts of the past five seasons with the Minnesota Wild. In 2013-14, he had eight points (two goals, six assists) in 58 regular-season games and 12 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games.

      Prosser totaled 21 career points (three goals, 18 assists) and 127 penalty minutes in 126 regular-season games for the Wild.

      In the American Hockey League, Prosser totaled 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) and 41 penalty minutes in 96 regular-season games and five points (three goals, two assists) in 26 postseason appearances for the Houston Aeros.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Canucks sign Fs Archibald, DeFazio
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Vancouver Canucks signed forwards Darren Archibald and Brandon DeFazio. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

    • Archibald, 24, had three points in 16 regular-season games for the Canucks last season. He also played in 59 games for the Utica Comets, recording 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) and 102 penalty minutes.

      DeFazio, 25, recorded 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) and 106 penalty minutes in 76 games with Utica last season.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Maple Leafs sign F Booth
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward David Booth to a one-year deal reportedly worth $1.1 million. It is a team-friendly deal for Toronto, which adds a veteran forward known for his strong two-way play.

    • Booth, 29, had nine goals and 10 assists in 66 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season, but was bought out of the final year of his six-year contract. Instead of earning $4.75 million next season, he will be paid $1.853 million over the next two seasons as part of the buyout.

      In 443 career games with the Canucks and Florida Panthers, Booth has 218 points. However, his career has been hampered by injuries, having played in a full 82-game season only once since suffering a severe concussion in the 2008-09 season.

      The Detroit native was originally a second-round pick by the Panthers in 2004.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Coyotes' agreement with city could be in jeopardy
    By The Sports Xchange

    The deal last year that kept the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz., could face a challenge after the city's mayor called for an investigation of a meeting last June between City Council members and a team attorney.

    • The meeting that took place several days before the council voted to approve a $225 million agreement with the NHL franchise could have violated the state's Open Meeting Law because key information was disclosed regarding the city's negotiating plans.

      On Monday, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers asked the state attorney general to investigate the previously undisclosed meeting. Weiers voted against the deal in June 2013 to keep the Coyotes in Glendale.

      If an investigation is opened and a violation of the state's Open Meeting Law is found, the team's deal with the city could be potentially voided. If that happens, the city council would have 30 days ot ratify the Coyotes' deal in an open meeting.

      "I think it's a clear violation," Weiers said, according to The Arizona Republic. "That meeting is wrong on so many levels. It's like playing poker and showing your opponents all your cards."

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Stars, Roussel agree on four-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Dallas Stars reached agreement Tuesday on a four-year contract with forward Antoine Roussel, avoiding a scheduled salary arbitration hearing later in the day.

    • The team did not release financial terms of the deal, but the total package was worth $8 million, according to ESPN.com.

      In 81 regular-season games last season, Roussel had 29 points (14 goals and 15 assists) and 209 penalty minutes. He was the only player in the NHL last season with more than 25 points and 150 penalty minutes. His penalty minutes were the third highest in the NHL.

      Roussel added three assists and 27 penalty minutes in the Stars' six playoff games against the Anaheim Ducks.

      "Since coming into the NHL, Antoine has been a very effective and hard player for opposing teams to compete against," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "His skill combined with his competitive grit create energy for our club that impacts our whole lineup."

      The 24-year-old originally signed with the Stars as an undrafted free agent. In 120 career NHL games, Roussel has 21 goals, 43 points and 294 penalty minutes.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Maple Leafs name Dubas assistant GM
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kyle Dubas was named assistant general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who recognized the 28-year-old as a rising personnel man while clearing out assistant general manager Claude Loiselle and vice president of hockey operations Dave Poulin, general manager Dave Nonis' right-hand men in the organization.

    • "Kyle is a young executive that has made a strong name for himself in hockey with a progressive style, work ethic and maturation beyond his years," said Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. "He has a fresh approach that we feel will benefit our club for years to come."

      Dubas spent the past three seasons as general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and was a scout for the team while attending Brock University. He was hired as general manager while serving as a player agent, but left that career to be involved in team personnel.

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
    NHL roundup: Maple Leafs sign Franson
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenseman Cody Franson to a one-year contract on Monday, just hours before he was scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing.

    • The deal is worth $3.3 million, according to multiple media reports.

      Franson had five goals and 28 assists in 78 games with Toronto last season. He has 28 goals and 133 points in 322 games NHL games with the Nashville Predators and Maple Leafs. He also has four goals and nine assists in 23 playoff games. The Predators drafted Franson in the third round in 2005.

      ---The St. Louis Blues received a one-year arbitration award for forward Vladimir Sobotka.

      Terms of the deal will be enforced when Sobotka returns to the NHL. The 27-year-old native of the Czech Republic will play for Avangard Omsk of the KHL this season.

      Last season, Sobotka had nine goals, 24 assists and 72 penalty minutes in 61 games with St. Louis.

      ---The Blues agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level contract with forward Ivan Barbashev, their second-round draft choice. Barbashev, 18, appeared in 48 games with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Moncton Wildcats last season and finished second on the team with 68 points, including a team-high 43 assists.

      ---The Blues signed forward Jeremy Welsh to a one-year, two-way contact. Welsh, 26, split last season between the Vancouver Canucks and Utica of the American Hockey League. The 6-foot-3, 191-pound forward posted one goal and six penalty minutes in 19 regular-season games with the Canucks, as well as 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) and 14 penalty minutes in 49 regular-season games with the Utica.

      ---The Montreal Canadiens signed first-round draft pick Nikita Scherbak to a three-year entry-level contract.

      Scherbak, a forward, had 28 goals and 50 assists in 65 regular-season games with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL last season. Montreal selected the 18-year-old Moscow native with the No. 26 overall pick in the draft.

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
    Blues sign F Welsh
    By The Sports Xchange

    The St. Louis Blues signed forward Jeremy Welsh to a one-year, two-way contact, the team announced Monday.

    • Welsh, 26, split last season between the Vancouver Canucks and Utica of the American Hockey League. The 6-foot-3, 191-pound forward posted one goal and six penalty minutes in 19 regular-season games with the Canucks, as well as 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) and 14 penalty minutes in 49 regular-season games with the Utica.

      The Bayfield, Ontario native has appeared in 25 career NHL regular-season games, including stints with Vancouver and Carolina, totaling two points (one goal, one assist) and 10 penalty minutes. He has accumulated 41 points (21 goals, 20 assists) and 30 penalty minutes in 118 career AHL regular-season games.

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
    Canadiens sign first-round pick Scherbak
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Montreal Canadiens signed first-round draft pick Nikita Scherbak to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced Monday.

    • Scherbak, a forward, had 28 goals and 50 assists in 65 regular-season games with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL last season. He led all WHL rookies in scoring and was the Eastern Conference finalist for the Rookie of the Year award. He led the Blades in goals, assists, points (78) and power-play goals (eight).

      Montreal selected the 18-year-old Moscow native with the No. 26 overall pick in the draft.

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
    Blues F Sobotka to spend season in KHL
    By The Sports Xchange

    The St. Louis Blues announced Monday that they received a one-year arbitration award for forward Vladimir Sobotka.

    • Terms of the deal will be enforced when Sobotka returns to the NHL.

      The 27-year-old native of the Czech Republic will play for Avangard Omsk of the KHL this season.

      Last season, Sobotka had nine goals, 24 assists and 72 penalty minutes in 61 games with St. Louis. He also led the NHL with a 61.9 percent success rate on faceoffs.

      "We are looking forward to having Vladimir in a Blues uniform when he returns to the NHL," said Doug Armstrong, the team's president of hockey operations and general manager, in a statement. "We wish him the best of luck in the upcoming season."

      In seven NHL seasons, including four with the Blues, Sobotka has 35 goals, 88 assists and 282 penalty minutes in 381 regular-season games. He also has three goals, nine assists and 34 penalty minutes in 40 playoff games.

      The Blues acquired Sobotka from the Boston Bruins in June 2010.

      The Blues also agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level contract with forward Ivan Barbashev, their second-round draft choice.

      Barbashev, 18, appeared in 48 games with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Moncton Wildcats last season and finished second on the team with 68 points, including a team-high 43 assists.

      The Moscow native has 43 goals, 130 points and 63 penalty minutes in 116 regular-season games in two seasons with Moncton. He also had five goals and eight assists in 11 playoff games. He represented Russia in winning a bronze medal in the 2014 World Junior Championship.

  • Monday, July 21, 2014
    Maple Leafs sign D Franson
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenseman Cody Franson to a one-year contract on Monday, just hours before he was scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing.

    • The deal is worth $3.3 million, according to multiple media reports.

      Franson had five goals and 28 assists in 78 games with Toronto last season.

      "It's nice we were able to settle beforehand," Franson told Sportsnet. "Any time you can avoid that process, it's beneficial to both sides.

      "It's something I'm very happy to have over with. I can focus on hockey again."

      Franson has 28 goals and 133 points in 322 games NHL games with the Nashville Predators and Maple Leafs. He also has four goals and nine assists in 23 playoff games.

      The Predators drafted Franson in the third round in 2005.

  • Sunday, July 20, 2014
    Report: Stars, Roussel set arbitration targets
    By The Sports Xchange

    Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel is asking for $2.35 million in arbitration with the team countering at $1.15 million, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

    • The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. If a deal is not reached before that time, Roussel and the team will meet in Toronto where a third party arbitrator will hear arguments before ruling on a salary amount.

      Roussel, 24, is coming off a two-year contract that paid him $1.225 million. He scored 14 goals with 29 points last season.

  • Sunday, July 20, 2014
    Penguins sign Despres to two-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Pittsburgh Penguins signed defenseman Simon Despres to a two-year, $1.8 million contract on Sunday, according to NHL.com.

    • Despres, 22, had five assists in 22 games with the Penguins last season. He also had six goals and 16 assists in 36 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. He led the team with a plus-19 rating.

      Despres will get a chance for regular playing time after the Penguins lost veteran defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen in free agency.

  • Sunday, July 20, 2014
    Jets agree to deals with Albert, Cormier, O'Dell
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Winnipeg Jets agreed to contract terms with forwards John Albert, Patrice Cormier, and Eric O'Dell on Saturday.

    • Albert, 25, agreed to a one year, two-way contract worth $585,000. He played nine games with Winnipeg last season and scored in his NHL debut against the New York Rangers on Dec. 2. He also had 28 goals and 17 assists in 63 games with the St. John's IceCaps of the AHL.

      Cormier, 24, agreed to a one year, two-way contract for $625,000. He had three assists in one game with the Jets. He also had nine goals, 17 assists and 98 penalty minutes in 61 games with St. John's last season. In 49 career NHL games, he has one goal and four assists.

      O'Dell, 24, agreed to a one year, two-way contract worth $650,000. He had three goals and four assists in 30 games with the Jets last season. He also had 17 goals and 25 assists in 42 games with St. John's.