Check out the latest collection of notable free-agent signings in your NHL headlines
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Any notable NHL free-agent signings will be posted here throughout the day.
MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers made the biggest of Saturday’s (July 2) signings, inking defenseman Jason Demers to a five-year, $22.5 million contract. They also re-signed center Vincent Trocheck to a six-year deal worth $4.75 million AAV.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Both are reasonable deals for the Panthers. Demers will replace the departed Dimitry Kulikov and his annual salary-cap hit ($4.5 million) is only slightly more than the $4.33 million they would’ve owed Kulikov this season.
Trocheck, 22, enjoyed a breakout performance in 2015-16 with 25 goals and 53 points to move into the second-line center spot. If he continues to average those numbers over the course of his new contract, it’ll be a worthwhile signing for the Panthers.
NEWSDAY: Winger P-A Parenteau is returning to the New York Islanders, signing a one-year, $1.25 million contract. He played two seasons with the Isles from 2010 to 2012, which were also his best statistically, netting 53 and 67 points respectively.
TORONTO SUN: Defenseman Roman Polak is coming back to Toronto, inking a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens signed left winger Chris Terry and defenceman Philip Samuelsson to one-year, two-way contracts.
THE WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals signed center Brad Malone to a one-year, two-way deal.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres acquired goaltender Anders Nilsson from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Right wing Shane Doan remains confident of re-signing with the Coyotes.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Dave Cameron, Doug Jarvis, Keith Acton, Nolan Baumgartner and Dave Lowry are the top-five candidates for the Canucks’ vacant assistant-coaching job.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes signing bonuses and second contracts could be among the hot-button issues that point to another NHL lockout, perhaps as early as 2020.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL can trigger the early termination of the current CBA (due to expire in September 2022) on Sept. 1, 2019, meaning a lockout could take place following the end of the 2019-20 season. While I’m hoping that doesn’t happen, I’ve already started saving up for my lockout fund.