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Date Player
7/17/2017 Frederick Gaudreau, Nsh, C
The Nashville Predators signed Gaudreau to a three-year contract Monday. For the first two years of the deal, Gaudreau's contract will be worth $650,000 when he's in the NHL or $70,000 when he's in the American Hockey League. His contract will earn him $700,000 in the 2019-20 season.

Analysis: Gaudreau's deal comes after a breakthrough playoff performance, as he scored his first three career NHL goals during the Stanley Cup Final. Gaudreau, 24, played a total of eight playoff games. He also appeared in nine regular-season games and had one assist.
7/17/2017 Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Ott, C
Pageau avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year, $9.3 million contract, the Senators announced on Monday.

Analysis: Pageau collected 12 goals and 21 assists while playing in all 82 games last season. The 24-year-old's best performance came in Game 2 of the second-round series against the New York Rangers, capping a four-goal outburst by scoring in overtime of a 6-5 victory. He led Ottawa with eight goals in 19 playoff games.
7/17/2017 Brian Campbell, Chi, D
Campbell is retiring at age 38 after playing 17 NHL seasons and winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.

Analysis: Campbell had 87 goals and 417 assists for 504 points in 1,082 regular-season games with the Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks, Blackhawks and Florida Panthers. Buffalo drafted him in the sixth round in 1997. He returned to the Blackhawks last season and had five goals and 12 assists in 80 games.
7/15/2017 Brendan Leipsic, VGK, LW
The Vegas Golden Knights signed Leipsic to a two-year, $1.3 million contract Saturday. The restricted free agent was selected in last month's expansion draft.

Analysis: Leipsic recorded 18 goals and 33 assists in 49 games last season with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. The 23-year-old scored one goal and set up two others in six games last season with the Maple Leafs.
7/15/2017 Griffin Reinhart, VGK, D
The Vegas Golden Knights signed Reinhart to a two-year, $1.6 million contract Saturday. The restricted free agent was selected in last month's expansion draft.

Analysis: Reinhart collected seven goals, 14 assists and a plus-8 rating in 54 games last season with Bakersfield of the American Hockey League. The 23-year-old, who was the fourth overall pick of the New York Islanders in the 2012 draft, also notched an assist in one playoff game last season with the Edmonton Oilers after not appearing in a regular-season game.
7/13/2017 Micheal Ferland, Cgy, LW
The Calgary Flames signed Ferland to a two-year contract on Thursday.

Analysis: Ferland played 76 games with Calgary last season, recording career highs in goals (15) and points (25). In 173 career NHL games, all with the Flames, the 25-year-old has 21 goals, 27 assists and 111 penalty minutes.
7/13/2017 Chris Tierney, SJ, C
The Sharks re-signed Tierney to a 1-year deal.

Analysis: Tierney, 23, scored 11 goals while adding 12 assists in 80 games with the Sharks last season. In 202 career NHL games, all with the Sharks, Tierney has registered 24 goals, 40 assists, two shorthanded goals, and five game-winning goals.
7/12/2017 Andrew Copp, Wpg, C
The Winnipeg Jets signed Copp to a two-year, $2 million deal, according to tsn.ca.

Analysis: In 64 games for the Jets last season, the 24-year-old scored nine goals and added eight assists. In 142 NHL games over the past three seasons, all in Winnipeg, the 6-foot-1, 206-pounder has 16 goals, 15 assists and a plus-18 rating.
7/12/2017 Derrick Pouliot, Pit, D
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed two restricted free agents, forward Josh Archibald and Pouliot, to one-way contracts on Wednesday.

Analysis: The 23-year-old Pouliot was the eighth overall pick in 2012, acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes as part of the Jordan Staal trade. He has yet to live up to his lofty draft status, although the organization was happy with how he finished this past season in the AHL. Pouliot has two goals and 12 assists in 67 NHL games. In three seasons for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he has 20 goals and 50 assists in 114 games.
7/12/2017 Josh Archibald, Pit, RW
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed two restricted free agents Archibald and defenseman Derrick Pouliot, to one-way contracts on Wednesday.

Analysis: Archibald figures to fill a bottom-six role on the Penguins, while it could be a make or break season for Pouliot in Pittsburgh. He played 10 games at the NHL level this past season, registering three goals and a plus-4, after playing in one game in the 2015-16 season.
7/10/2017 Tyler Johnson, TB, C
The Lightning re-signed Johnson to a seven-year, $35 million contract.

Analysis: Johnson collected 19 goals, 26 assists and 28 penalty minutes in 66 games last season while playing in the final campaign of a three-year, $10 million contract. Johnson played on Tampa Bay's top line during his initial NHL season in 2013-14, notching 24 goals and 50 points en route to being named to the NHL All-Rookie team. He was selected to the All-Star Game the following year and finished with a career-high 72 points.
7/10/2017 Radek Faksa, Dal, C
The Stars and Faksa have agreed to a three-year, $6.6 million contract.

Analysis: The 23-year-old put together a solid first full NHL season in 2016-17, totaling 12 goals and 21 assists over 80 games and also playing a key role as a penalty-killer. Faksa was a restricted free agent this offseason. "We're thrilled to have Radek locked in for the next three seasons as he is an important part of what we're building here," Stars GM Jim Nill said. "He has proven to be a trustworthy, 200-foot player and we fully expect him to continue growing."
7/8/2017 Johan Larsson, Buf, C
The Sabres have re-signed Larsson with a two-year contract.

Analysis: Larsson appeared in 36 games last season with the Sabres, scoring six goals and adding five assists. He suffered a wrist injury that forced him to miss the final 46 games. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Larsson has registered 22 goals and 48 points in five seasons, the last four with the Sabres.
7/7/2017 Dennis Rasmussen, Anh, C
The Anaheim Ducks signed Rasmussen to a one-year contract Friday.

Analysis: The 27-year-old center had eight goals, nine assists, a plus-5 rating and 16 penalty minutes in 112 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks. He played the entire 2016-17 season with the Blackhawks, scoring four goals while adding four assists in 68 games.
7/7/2017 Jussi Jokinen, Edm, LW
The Edmonton Oilers signed Jokinen to a one-year contract Friday.

Analysis: Jokinen, who was bought out by the Florida Panthers last month, collected 11 goals, 17 assists and 39 penalty minutes while serving as the alternate captain in 69 games last season with the Panthers.
7/7/2017 Kevin Klein, NYR, D
Klein has retired after playing parts of 12 seasons in the NHL. The Rangers announced the retirement of the 32-year-old on Friday.

Analysis: Klein played in 627 career NHL games with the Rangers and Nashville Predators, totaling 38 goals and 116 assists. He made his NHL debut with the Predators on Dec. 3, 2005, 10 days shy of his 21st birthday.
7/6/2017 Brett Ritchie, Dal, RW
The Dallas Stars re-signed Ritchie to a two-year, $3.5 million contract on Thursday.

Analysis: Ritchie scored 16 goals to go with eight assists in 78 games during the 2016-17 regular season. His plus-11 rating was the best on the team and his 15 even-strength goals were tied for the team lead.
7/6/2017 Mark Pysyk, Fla, D
Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk agreed to terms on a three-year contract, the team announced Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed by the club for Pysyk, who recorded career highs in goals (four), assists (13) and points (17) while playing in all 82 games last season with Florida.

Analysis: Pysyk collected nine goals and 34 assists in 207 career contests with the Panthers and Buffalo Sabres, who selected him with the 23rd overall pick of the 2010 draft. "Mark is a young, intelligent defenseman who has become an important part of our future," general manager Dale Tallon said. "He was one of our most consistent players last season and was a solid presence on our penalty kill. We look forward to Mark being a steadying force on our blue line for years to come."
7/6/2017 Nick Shore, LA, C
Kings forward Nick Shore signed a one-year contract extension worth $925,000, the team announced Thursday.

Analysis: Shore recorded career highs in goals (six), assists (11), points (17) and games played (70) this past season. The 24-year-old once again will be a restricted free agent after this contract expires at the end of the 2017-18 season.
7/6/2017 Philipp Grubauer, Was, G
The Capitals re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Analysis: Grubauer posted a 13-6-2 mark with three shutouts, a 2.04 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 24 games last season with the Capitals. The 25-year-old German joined workhorse Braden Holtby in capturing the William M. Jennings Trophy, an award given to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it.
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