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Date Player
7/25/2017 Robin Lehner, Buf, G
Lehner and the Sabres have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $4 million contract for the upcoming season.

Analysis: The 26-year-old put together a solid and injury-free season as Buffalo's No. 1 netminder in 2016-17, starting a career-high 58 games and posting a 2.68 goals-against average and a strong .920 save percentage. Lehner had never played in more than 36 games in any of his first six NHL seasons, mostly because of medical issues.
7/24/2017 Kyle Okposo, Buf, RW
Okposo says he is fully recovered from a concussion that placed him in an intensive care unit late last season.

Analysis: Okposo did not play after March 27 after taking a hit in practice that caused sleeping trouble, weight loss and a hospital stay after a negative reaction to medication. Signed to a seven-year deal by Buffalo last summer, the 29-year-old had 19 goals and 26 assists in 65 games prior to being shut down.
7/24/2017 Johnny Oduya, Ott, D
Oduya has signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Senators that includes an additional $1.25 million in incentive clauses.

Analysis: The Senators were seeking some veteran help on the back end after losing Marc Methot in the expansion draft. The 36-year-old sports plenty of experience, having logged 798 regular-season games over an 11-year career and 106 more in postseason play. Oduya won two Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015.
7/24/2017 Adam Pelech, NYI, D
The Islanders and Pelech have agreed to a four-year contract with an average annual value of $1.6 million.

Analysis: Pelech was eligible for salary arbitration after playing in 44 games for the Islanders last season. The 22-year-old recorded three goals, seven assists and a minus-5 rating. "Adam has proven at a very young age that he's capable of playing an important defensive role on our team," Islanders GM Garth Snow said in a statement. "He will be an important piece of our defensive core moving forward and I'm excited to watch him continue to develop at the NHL level."
7/24/2017 Austin Watson, Nsh, LW
Watson and the Predators have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year, $3.3 million contract.

Analysis: The 25-year-old earned the new deal by recording five goals and 12 assists along with a team-high 99 penalty minutes in 77 games during the 2016-17 regular season, then contributing four goals and five assists over 22 games during Nashville's run to the Stanley Cup Finals.
7/24/2017 Brian Dumoulin, Pit, D
Dumoulin and the Penguins have agreed to a six-year contract with an average annual value of $4.1 million.

Analysis: The two sides were able to work out a deal hours before heading to an arbitration hearing. Acquired from Carolina in a 2012 offseason deal that sent Jordan Staal to the Hurricanes, Dumoulin has developed into an integral part of Pittsburgh's back-to-back Stanley Cup runs and led the team in ice time during this year's playoffs. The 25-year-old isn't as valuable in fantasy, though, having recorded only two goals in 163 career regular-season games.
7/22/2017 Viktor Arvidsson, Nsh, LW
Arvidsson signed a seven-year, $29.75 million contract, the team announced Saturday.

Analysis: The deal pays Arvidsson an annual average value of $4.25 million per season through the 2023-24 campaign. The two sides were scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Saturday. Arvidsson compiled a team high in goals (31) and points (61) in 80 games last season while playing in final year of his entry-level deal. The 24-year-old Swede enjoyed a 45-point increase from his 2015-16 season, marking the second highest leap in the NHL in 2016-17.
7/21/2017 Tomas Tatar, Det, LW
The Red Wings have agreed to terms with Tatar on a $21.2 million, four-year contract.

Analysis: The 26-year-old Czech native led Detroit with 25 goals last season and also had 21 assist for 46 points. He has 20-plus goals in each of the past three seasons, and in 345 NHL games, he has 99 goals and 95 assists. The team announced the deal Friday, a day after Tatar's arbitration hearing and before the ruling was to be handed down. Tatar will count $5.3 million against the salary cap through 2020-21.
7/21/2017 Ryan Dzingel, Ott, LW
Dzingel and the Senators have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $3.6 million contract.

Analysis: The restricted free agent will earn $1.5 million next season and $2.1 million in 2018-19. Dzingel put together a solid first full NHL campaign in 2016-17, producing 14 goals and 18 assists along with a plus-7 rating in 81 games.
7/21/2017 Tommy Wingels, Chi, C
Wingels will be sidelined from 6 to 8 weeks after fracturing his left foot during offseason training.

Analysis: "We anticipate a full recovery in six to eight weeks and in time for training camp. We do not anticipate any long-term issues," Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement. Signed by Chicago earlier this month, Wingels had seven goals and five assists in 73 games with San Jose and Ottawa in 2016-17.
7/20/2017 Colton Parayko, StL, D
Parayko and the Blues have agreed to a five-year contract worth $27.5 million.

Analysis: The agreement comes just before the two sides were headed to an arbitration hearing. Parayko has developed into a key player for the Blues during his first two NHL seasons, generating 68 points and 13 goals - including seven on the power play - during that span.
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.
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