Catching up with a few late NHL UFA signings, Glen Sather steps down as Rangers GM and more in your morning coffee headlines. 

Overnight NHL free-agent signings.

Capitals sign Justin Williams to a two-year deal.

Capitals sign Justin Williams to a two-year deal.

Washington Capitals sign right wing Justin Williams to a two-year, $6.25 million contract.

Arizona Coyotes sign center Antoine Vermette to a two-year, $7.5 million contract and defenseman Zbynek Michalek to a two-year deal.

Columbus Blue Jackets sign forward Gregory Campbell to a two-year, $3 million contract.

Anaheim Ducks sign center Shawn Horcoff to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

Boston Bruins re-sign Ryan Spooner to a two-year, $1.9 million contract.

Minnesota Wild re-sign defenseman Nate Prosser (two years, $1.25 million) and forward Ryan Carter (one year, $625K).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Follow this link for a list of yesterday’s notable NHL free-agent signings. Of these, I like the Capitals signing Williams, as he’ll provide scoring depth at right wing for a reasonable price and term. He also brings considerable championship experience to a team in need of something to push them over the playoff hump.

Vermette and Michalek enjoyed living and playing in Arizona so we probably shouldn’t be surprised they returned after being dealt away near last season’s trade deadline. Their experience should prove invaluable for the younger players coming into the Coyotes lineup. 

Notable NHL headlines.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Glen Sather has stepped down as general manager of the New York Rangers, handing the reins over to Jeff Gorton. Sather will remain as team president.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sather did a fine job turning a perennially losing Rangers club into one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, reaching the Conference Finals three times in the last four years and the Stanley Cup Final in 2014. The franchise will be in good hands with Gorton, who has considerable front-office experience and was often pursued by several teams hoping to make him their general manager. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Rangers center Derick Brassard underwent wrist surgery last week. Recovery time is four-to-six weeks.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres officially introduced center Jack Eichel to the media yesterday. Eichel signed his three-year entry-level deal with the club. The Sabres selected the young center with the second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. reiterates he has no intention of relocating the franchise. Karmanos reportedly has the Hurricanes up for sale.