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  • 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.

  • Red Wings' Joe Veleno: Inks two-year deal

    Veleno signed a two-year, $4.55 million contract with the Red Wings on Friday, per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

    Veleno was a restricted free agent coming off a one-year, $825,000 contract. He had 12 goals and 28 points in 80 contests last season. The 24-year-old is likely to start the 2024-25 campaign in a bottom-six role, but he does have some upside.

  • Max Comtois LW | CAR

    Max Comtois: Signs KHL deal

    Comtois signed a contract with Dynamo Moscow of the KHL on Thursday.

    No terms were announced. The 25-year-old forward spent his first five seasons with the Ducks before playing one game at the NHL level in 2023-24 with Carolina. Comtois spent most of 2023-24 in the AHL, picking up 19 goals and 25 assists in 65 regular-season appearances with Chicago. Comtois played 211 regular-season NHL games, scoring 38 goals and adding 49 assists. The feisty winger is young enough that he could eventually return to the NHL after his stint overseas.

  • Jack Drury C | CAR

    Hurricanes' Jack Drury: Inks two-year deal

    Drury signed a two-year, $3.45 million contract with the Hurricanes on Wednesday, per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

    Drury was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract. He had eight goals, 27 points and 33 PIM in 74 regular-season contests with Carolina in 2023-24. Drury is likely to open the upcoming season as a member of the third line.

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov: Getting contract terminated

    Kuznetsov was put on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract, the Hurricanes announced Wednesday.

    Kuznetsov had one season remaining on his eight-year, $62.4 million contract. When an NHL agreement is mutually terminated rather than bought out, the remaining cap hit and salary are erased from the books, which will save each of Carolina and Washington $3.9 million for the 2024-25 campaign. Kuznetsov struggled in 2023-24, finishing the regular season with eight goals and 24 points across 63 contests. He's likely to join the KHL's SKA St. Petersburg.

  • Avalanche's Kevin Mandolese: Signs with new team

    Mandolese signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Avalanche on Tuesday.

    Mandolese's rights were acquired from Ottawa on Monday, and it didn't take Colorado long to get the 23-year-old goalie under contract. Mandolese is likely to spend most of 2024-25 with AHL Colorado, though he has three games of NHL experience and could see some time with the big club if Alexandar Georgiev or Justus Annunen are sidelined at any point.

  • Islanders' Simon Holmstrom: Signs one-year deal

    Holmstrom signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Islanders on Tuesday, per PuckPedia.

    Holmstrom and the Islanders were able to work out a deal outside of his qualifying offer, which would have paid him marginally more. That would have been a two-way agreement, but the contract Holmstrom penned instead is a one-way deal, which suggests the team has faith in the winger spending most of the year in the NHL. He produced 25 points over 75 regular-season outings in 2023-24, playing mainly in a middle-six role, though he also shot 20.8 percent, which makes him a candidate for regression.

  • Torey Krug D | STL

    Blues' Torey Krug: Dealing with ankle injury

    Krug was diagnosed with pre-arthritic changes in his left ankle and will be evaluated in 6-8 weeks.

    That timeline puts Krug's next check-up at just before training camp. If his ankle gets worse, surgery is on the table, which would cost him the entire 2024-25 campaign. As is, it's likely the defenseman misses at least some time early in the season since his offseason ramp-up will be disrupted. If Krug misses the year, it could lead to a full-time role for Pierre-Olivier Joseph on the third pairing, while Scott Perunovich and Justin Faulk would figure to get the most additional power-play time.

  • Bruins' Marc McLaughlin: Signs two-way deal

    McLaughlin signed a one-year, two-way contract with Boston on Tuesday.

    McLaughlin produced eight goals and 14 points in 68 regular-season games for AHL Providence in 2023-24. He scored one goal in his lone NHL regular-season appearance with Boston last campaign. McLaughlin will likely spend most, if not all, of 2024-25 in the minors.

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