NHL Player News

  • Islanders' Dennis Cholowski: Signs one-year deal

    Cholowski signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders on Wednesday, per PuckPedia.

    Cholowski picked up 31 points in 68 games with AHL Bridgeport last season and didn't see any NHL playing time. The defenseman is likely to receive similar usage in 2024-25, with only third-pairing minutes if he draws into an NHL game.

  • Henry Thrun D | SJ

    Sharks' Henry Thrun: Re-ups for two years

    Thrun signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Sharks on Wednesday.

    Thrun just finished his entry-level contract and posted 11 points over 51 contests last year. He earned four of those points on the power play and added 71 blocked shots and a minus-22 rating. With the Sharks expected to grow a bit in 2024-25, Thrun should be able to contribute a bit more as a bottom-four defenseman with a power-play role, though his fantasy usefulness is still likely to be limited to deep formats.

  • Sabres' Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen: Receives five-year contract

    Luukkonen signed a five-year, $23.75 million contract with the Sabres on Wednesday.

    Luukkonen was slated for an arbitration hearing, but the two sides were able to reach an agreement on their own. The 25-year-old netminder had a breakout 2023-24, going 27-22-4 with a 2.57 GAA and a .910 save percentage in 54 contests. While the Sabres also have Devon Levi around, Luukkonen appears set to be the team's No. 1 goalie for a majority of the remainder of this decade.

  • Predators' Spencer Stastney: Awarded two-year deal

    Stastney's arbitration hearing will see him sign a two-year, $1.675 million contract with Nashville on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    Stastney's deal will be a two-way contract in year one before converting to a one-way deal for the 2025-26 campaign. The 24-year-old blueliner has just 28 games of NHL experience in which he recorded two goals on 20 shots, four assists and 38 blocks. Given his two-way status for the upcoming campaign, Stastney figures to split his time between the AHL and NHL.

  • Wild's Graeme Clarke: Pens two-way deal

    Clarke signed a one-year, two-way contract with Minnesota on Tuesday.

    Clarke made his NHL debut with the Devils last season, logging three NHL games in which he notched six hits, two shots and zero points. While the 23-year-old winger didn't contribute much offensively at the NHL level, he did produce in the minors with 49 points in 67 outings with AHL Utica. Given his two-way deal, Clarke figures to split his time between levels next year, which will limit his overall fantasy value.

  • Connor Dewar C | TOR

    Maple Leafs' Connor Dewar: Grabs one-year deal

    Dewar (shoulder) inked a one-year, $1.18 million contract with Toronto on Tuesday.

    Dewar suited up in 17 regular-season contests for the Leafs in 2023-24 after he was acquired via trade. In those outings, the 25-year-old center notched one goal, four assists and 20 shots while averaging 12:54 of ice time. Although the Manitoba native is expected to recover in time for training camp from his shoulder injury, he probably won't offer more than mid-range fantasy value, at best, given his lack of power-play minutes and bottom-six role.

  • Beck Malenstyn LW | BUF

    Sabres' Beck Malenstyn: Secures two-year pact

    Malenstyn and the Sabres agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.7 million contract Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    Malenstyn was brought in via trade by Buffalo from Washington before the 2024 NHL Draft but needed to agree to new terms as a restricted free agent. Last season, the 26-year-old natural center saw action in 81 games for the Caps in which he generated six goals and 15 assists, all career bests. He figures to slot into a bottom-six role for the Sabres this year and likely has a ceiling in the 25-30-point range.

  • Devils' Santeri Hatakka: Agrees to one-year contract

    Hatakka signed a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Monday.

    Hatakka notched five goals and 20 points in 48 regular-season appearances with AHL Utica in 2023-24. He also contributed two assists, 12 shots on goal, 12 blocked shots and 14 hits in 12 NHL outings with the Devils last campaign. The 23-year-old defender will battle for a depth spot during New Jersey's training camp but may spend most of 2024-25 in the minors.

  • Daniel Sprong RW | DET

    Canucks' Daniel Sprong: Inks one-year deal

    Sprong signed a one-year, $975,000 contract with Vancouver on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    Sprong generated 18 goals and 43 points in 76 regular-season outings for Detroit in 2023-24. As a member of the Canucks in a bottom-six role, he should register similar numbers in the upcoming campaign. Sprong also could see playing time on the second power-play unit.

  • Austin Czarnik: Signs with Swiss team

    Czarnik signed a one-year contract with SC Bern of Switzerland's National League on Saturday.

    Czarnik produced 10 goals and 28 points in 38 regular-season contests for AHL Grand Rapids in 2023-24. He added four tallies and four helpers in nine playoff outings. The 31-year-old forward also had one assist and 24 shots on goal in 34 regular-season appearances with the Red Wings during the 2023-24 campaign.

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