List of player arbitration filings, latest free-agent signings & more in this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines.
NHLPA: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie, New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider, New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri, Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman, Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn, St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn and Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson are among 24 players who filed for salary arbitration. The hearings are slated for between July 20 to August 6.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The deadline for club-elected arbitration is 5 PM ET today. It’s rare for players to have their contract negotiations settled via arbiter. In most cases, the player re-signs with his team before his case is held.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild re-signed goaltender Darcy Kuemper to a one-year, $1.55 million contract.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks signed veteran winger Jordin Tootoo to a one-year, $750K contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks had to affordably replace the veteran grit of now-departed forward Andrew Shaw.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wing forward Teemu Pulkkinen underwent shoulder surgery last month and is sidelined four-to-six months. The earliest he could return to action in mid-October. Blueline Alexey Marchenko underwent offseason wrist surgery but is expected to be ready in time for the World Cup of Hockey in September.
NBC SPORTS: The St. Louis Blues re-signed center Magnus Paajarvi to a one-year, $700K contract.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks signed forward Jared Boll to a two-year, one-way deal worth $900K per season and defenseman Jeff Schultz to a one-year, two-way contract worth $575K at the NHL level.
TSN: The Philadelphia Flyers signed defenseman T.J. Brennan to a two-year, two-way deal worth $625K at the NHL level.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators signed forward Ryan Dzingel to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750K at the NHL level.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens inked center Phillip Danault to a two-year, one-way contract worth $912K.
NBC SPORTS: The New York Islanders signed goaltender Jean-Francois Berube to a one-year, one way contract worth $625K.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau adopted the black cat that scampered across the ice prior to the start of a Sharks playoff game against the Nashville Predators this spring.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Stan Fischler recalls the life and career of former New York Ranger defenseman Lou Fontinato, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 84. In nine NHL seasons between 1954-55 and 1962-63 with the Rangers and Montreal Canadiens, Fontinato scored 26 goals and 104 points in 536 games, along with 1, 247 PIMs.