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  • Sunday, July 27, 2014
    Sabres sign F Adam
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Buffalo Sabres signed forward Luke Adam to a one-year, two-way contract on Sunday.

    • Adam has spent parts of four seasons with the Sabres since the team drafted him in the second round in 2008. Last season, he led the Rochester Americans of the AHL with 29 goals and ranked second with 49 points in 59 games.

      In 87 NHL games, Adam has 15 goals and 11 assists.

  • Sunday, July 27, 2014
    Blue Jackets sign D Tyrell
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Dana Tyrell to a one-year, two-way contract Sunday.

    • The deal is worth $650,000 at the NHL level and he is guaranteed a minimum of $150,000, according to TVA Sports.

      Tyrell has 32 points in 132 NHL games. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2007. He had six goals and nine assists in 78 games in 2010-11. Since then, he has not played in more than 26 games in a single season.

      Columbus acquired Tyrell from the Tampa Bay Lightning in March. He played seven games with the Lightning last season. Also, he had 15 goals and 33 points in 63 games combined with the Syracuse Crunch and Springfield Falcons of the AHL.

  • Saturday, July 26, 2014
    Flames sign D Cundari
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Calgary Flames signed defenseman Mark Cundari to a one-year, two-way contract on Saturday.

    • Cundari, who was not drafted, had six shots on goal, 10 hits, four blocks and averaged 10:46 of ice time in four regular-season games last season with Calgary.

      Cundari also had nine goals and 14 assists in 56 games with the Abbotsford Heat and Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

      The Flames acquired Cundari in a trade with the St. Louis Blues in April 2013. He has one goal and two assists in eight career NHL games.

  • Friday, July 25, 2014
    Canucks sign No. 6 overall pick
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Vancouver Canucks signed their first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft to undisclosed contract terms on Friday.

    • Right winger Jake Virtanen was the No. 6 overall selection last month.

      "Such an honour to sign with the Vancouver Canucks!" Virtanen posted on Twitter. "I'd like to thank everybody who's helped me get to this point especially my family!!"

      The 17-year-old had 45 goals and 71 points in 71 games last season with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. He added three goals and three assists in seven games for Canada's bronze medalists in the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

      Virtanen played most of last season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder before undergoing surgery in May.

      The Canucks earlier signed their other 2014 first-round pick, center Jared McCann, the 24th overall selection.

  • Friday, July 25, 2014
    NHL roundup: Maple Leafs re-sign G Reimer
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Toronto Maple Leafs and goaltender James Reimer agreed to a two-year contract, the team announced Friday.

    • No financial terms were disclosed, but Hockey Night in Canada reported the contract has an average annual value of $2.3 million.

      Reimer, a restricted free agent, and the Maple Leafs had a salary arbitration hearing scheduled on Monday.

      Reimer, 26, went 12-16-1 with a 3.29 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 36 games with the Maple Leafs in 2013-14, but finished the season by losing eight of his final nine decisions.

      ---The Detroit Red Wings re-signed forward Landon Ferraro to one-year contract. According to reports, it is a two-way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level.

      Ferraro, a 2009 second-round pick (No. 32) of the Red Wings, made his NHL debut last season. He had two shots on goal and two penalty minutes while averaging 8:58 of ice time in four regular-season games.

      Ferraro is the son of former NHL player and current TSN broadcaster Ray Ferraro.

      ---The Washington Capitals signed forward Nathan Walker to a three-year, entry-level contract.

      Walker, 20, was the first Australian ever drafted in the NHL on June 28 after Washington selected him in the third round with the No. 89 overall pick.

      Walker had five goals, six assists and 40 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Hershey Bears of the AHL last season.

  • Friday, July 25, 2014
    Maple Leafs sign G Reimer to 2-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Toronto Maple Leafs and goaltender James Reimer agreed to a two-year contract, the team announced Friday.

    • No financial terms were disclosed, but Hockey Night in Canada reported the contract has an average annual value of $2.3 million.

      Reimer, a restricted free agent, and the Maple Leafs had a salary arbitration hearing scheduled on Monday.

      Reimer, 26, went 12-16-1 with a 3.29 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 36 games with the Maple Leafs in 2013-14, but finished the season by losing eight of his final nine decisions.

      Reimer was taken by Toronto in the fourth round (No. 99) of the 2006 draft and has a career record of 65-48-15, with a 2.85 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and 11 shutouts in 140 games.

      Reimer's best season came in 2012-13, when he was 19-8-5 with a 2.46 goals-against average and .924 save percentage, leading the Maple Leafs to their first appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2004.

  • Friday, July 25, 2014
    Red Wings re-sign F Ferraro
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Detroit Red Wings re-signed forward Landon Ferraro to one-year contract, the team announced Friday.

    • According to reports, it is a two-way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level.

      Ferraro, a 2009 second-round pick (No. 32) of the Red Wings, made his NHL debut last season. He had two shots on goal and two penalty minutes while averaging 8:58 of ice time in four regular-season games.

      Ferraro scored 15 goals and had 31 points in 70 games with the Grand Rapid Griffins of the American Hockey League. Last season was his third in the AHL. In 200 games, he has 48 goals and 98 points.

      Ferraro is the son of former NHL player and current TSN broadcaster Ray Ferraro.

  • Friday, July 25, 2014
    Capitals sign Australian F Walker
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Washington Capitals signed forward Nathan Walker to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Friday.

    • Walker, 20, was the first Australian ever drafted in the NHL on June 28 after Washington selected him in the third round with the No. 89 overall pick.

      Walker had five goals, six assists and 40 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Hershey Bears of the AHL last season.

      In the 2012-13 season, Walker had seven goals, 20 assists and 63 penalty minutes in 29 games with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL.

      The left wing represented Australia at the 2011 IIHF World Championship Division II tournament and at the 2012 World Championship Division 1 Group B tournament. He had four goals, two assists and four penalty minutes in four games at the 2011 tournament and was named Australia's best player by the tournament's coaches.

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014
    NHL roundup: Canadiens, Eller reach agreement
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Montreal Canadiens and forward Lars Eller agreed to terms on a four-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

    • No financial details were released, but the Montreal Gazette reported the total value to be $14 million. The signing avoids a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday.

      Eller, 25, had 12 goals and 26 points in 77 regular-season games in 2013-14, but he was even better in the Stanley Cup playoffs -- his five goals were second on the team to Rene Bourque's eight, and his 13 points trailed only defenseman P.K. Subban's 14.

      ---The Boston Bruins signed defenseman David Warsofsky to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Thursday.

      Warsofsky's salary is worth $600,000 at the NHL level.

      Warsofsky appeared in six games for Boston during the 2013-14 season, scoring his first NHL goal against the Senators in Ottawa on Dec. 28 and his first NHL assist on Feb. 8 also against the Senators.

      ---The Bruins hired former Colorado Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco as an assistant coach, the team announced Thursday.

      Sacco, 45, spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres. The former NHL forward served as the head coach of the Avalanche from 2009 to 2013, compiling a 130-134-40 record.

      During his playing career, Sacco skated in 738 NHL games in 13 seasons with five teams (Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers). He registered 94 goals and 119 assists for 213 points.

      ---The New York Islanders and goaltender Kevin Poulin agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Thursday.

      The signing avoids a salary arbitration hearing. Financial terms were not released, but Tim Wharnsby of the CBC reported the contract will pay Poulin $650,000 in the NHL and $175,000 in the minors.

      Poulin, 24, went 11-16-1 with an .891 save percentage and a 3.29 goals-average against in 28 games for the Islanders last season.

      ---The Calgary Flames signed goaltender Joni Ortio to a two-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

      Ortio, a native of Turku, Finland, played 10 games with the Flames during the 2013-14 season. He played in his first NHL game on Feb. 27, stopping 20 of 22 shots, and posted his first NHL win on March 5, stopping 30 of 31 shots in a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. He had a 4-5-0 record.

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014
    Flames sign G Ortio
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Calgary Flames signed goaltender Joni Ortio to a two-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

    • Ortio, a native of Turku, Finland, played 10 games with the Flames during the 2013-14 season. He played in his first NHL game on Feb. 27, stopping 20 of 22 shots, and earned his first NHL win on March 5, stopping 30 of 31 shots in a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. He posted a 4-5-0 record.

      Originally drafted by the Flames in the sixth round of the 2009 draft, Ortio posted a 27-8-0 record in another 37 games with the Flames' American Hockey League affiliate. He finished near the top of final AHL rankings in save percentage (.926 -- second), wins (27 -- fourth) and goals-against average (2.33 -- sixth).

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014
    Canadiens sign Eller to 4-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Montreal Canadiens and forward Lars Eller agreed to terms on a four-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

    • No financial details were released but the Montreal Gazette reported the total value to be $14 million.

      The signing avoids a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday.

      "We are very pleased to have agreed upon a long-term agreement with Lars Eller," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. "He is an important part of our group of young veterans. He has a tremendous work ethic and a great attitude. He is the type of player you can rely on for his play at both ends of the rink.

      "Lars can play big minutes against the opponents' top players and still be an offensive threat. We are confident he will reach his full potential and become an impact player who will compete at a high level for many years to come."

      Eller, 25, had 12 goals and 26 points in 77 regular-season games in 2013-14, but he was even better in the Stanley Cup playoffs -- his five goals were second on the team to Rene Bourque's eight, and his 13 points trailed only defenseman P.K. Subban's 14.

      A 2007 first-round pick (No. 13) of the St. Louis Blues, Eller was acquired by the Canadiens on June 17, 2010 as part of the trade that sent goaltender Jaroslav Halak to St. Louis.

      In five seasons with the Blues and Canadiens, Eller has 45 goals and 103 points in 286 regular-season games.

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014
    Bruins name Sacco assistant coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Boston Bruins hired former Colorado Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco as an assistant coach, the team announced Thursday.

    • Sacco, 45, spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres. The former NHL forward served as the head coach of the Avalanche from 2009 to 2013 where he compiled a 130-134-40 record.

      Sacco served two years as an assistant coach in the American Hockey League for the Lowell Lock Monsters (2004-05) and the Albany River Rats (2006-07) before becoming a head coach for the Lake Erie Monsters (2007-09).

      In his playing career, Sacco skated in 738 NHL games in 13 seasons with five teams (Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers). He registered 94 goals and 119 assists for 213 points.

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014
    Bruins sign D Warsofsky
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Boston Bruins signed defenseman David Warsofsky to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Thursday.

    • Warsofsky's salary is worth $600,000 at the NHL level.

      Warsofsky appeared in six games for Boston during the 2013-14 season, scoring his first NHL goal against the Senators in Ottawa on Dec. 28 and his first NHL assist on Feb. 8 also against the Senators.

      Warsofsky skated in 56 regular-season games for Providence last year, registering six goals and 26 assists (fourth on the team) for 32 points with a plus-8 rating. He skated in 12 games during the Providence Bruins playoff campaign, registering two goals and seven assists.

      The blueliner has played in a total of 190 games with Providence from 2010-14, accumulating 14 goals and 66 assists for 80 points.

      Prior to joining Providence, Warsofsky skated three seasons (2008-11) with Boston University, where he appeared in 113 games, notching 22 goals and 46 assists.

      The 5-foot-9, 170-pound native of Marshfield, Mass., was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 draft by the St. Louis Blues. The Bruins acquired Warsofsky in exchange for Vladimir Sobotka on June 26, 2010.

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014
    Islanders, G Poulin agree to one-year contract
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Islanders and goaltender Kevin Poulin agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Thursday.

    • The signing avoids a salary arbitration hearing.

      Financial terms were not released, but Tim Wharnsby of the CBC reported the contract will pay Poulin $650,000 in the NHL and $175,000 in the minors.

      Poulin, 24, went 11-16-1 with an .891 save percentage and a 3.29 goals-average against in 28 games for the Islanders last season.

      A fifth-round pick by the Islanders in the 2008 draft, Poulin has a .900 save percentage and 3.08 goals-against average in 49 career NHL games.

  • 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.