Ellis signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Washington Capitals.
Impact: The 35-year-old Ellis went 4-3-1 with a 2.35 goals-against average in eight games with the Florida Panthers last season.
The Nashville Predators have signed free-agent forward Cody Bass to a one-year, two-way contract. Bass' contract will be worth $575,000 when he's in the NHL and $125,000 when he's in the American Hockey League.
Impact: The 28-year-old Bass has played 49 career NHL games with the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets since the 2007-08 season. The 6-foot, 202-pound center has two goals and three assists. Bass had six goals and eight assists for the AHL's Rockford IceHogs this past season. He has spent the majority of the last eight seasons in the AHL with Binghamton, Springfield and Rockford.
McBain has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Los Angeles Kings.
Impact: The Kings announced the deal Friday. McBain scored nine points in 26 games for the Kings last season. He began the year on a tryout contract with the Kings' AHL affiliate, but worked his way into a semi-regular role in Los Angeles when the Kings' defense was shortened by injuries and Slava Voynov's suspension. McBain has scored 28 goals in 301 NHL games, starting his career with Carolina and Buffalo.
Horcoff has agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Anaheim Ducks.
Impact: The Ducks announced the deal Friday. Horcoff had 29 points and a plus-9 rating in 76 games for the Dallas Stars last season. The speedy Michigan State product spent the past two seasons in Dallas after beginning his NHL career with 12 seasons for the Edmonton Oilers, earning an All-Star game appearance and playing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Horcoff will turn 37 years old in September.
Saad signed a six-year, $36 million contract with his new team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, on Friday.
Impact: Saad, 22, was acquired from Chicago earlier this week. He will be with the Blue Jackets through the 2020-2021 season, and is expected to play on the team's top line alongside center Ryan Johansen. He set career highs with 23 goals and 29 assists in 82 games last season. He then had eight goals and three assists in the playoffs, helping Chicago to its third NHL title in six seasons.
The San Jose Sharks have signed veteran forward Joel Ward to a three-year contract. The Sharks announced the deal Friday.
Impact: Ward had 19 goals and 15 assists last season with Washington. He also had three goals and six assists in 14 playoff games.
Desjardins has agreed to a two-year contract with the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks.
Impact: Acquired from San Jose before the trade deadline, he became an important part of the fourth line and helped Chicago win its third Stanley Cup in six seasons. He had a career-high five goals in 69 regular-season games between the Sharks and Blackhawks and had a goal and three assists in the playoffs.
The Buffalo Sabres have made newly acquired forward Ryan O'Reilly their highest-paid player by signing him to a $52.5 million, seven-year contract extension on Friday.
Impact: O'Reilly is regarded a top-line talent and had one year left on his contract, during which he is scheduled to make $6.2 million next season. He was acquired from Colorado in a trade that involved five players during the first round of the NHL draft June 26.
The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with center Connor McDavid on a three-year, entry-level contract. The 18-year-old superstar spent the last three seasons with the OHL's Erie Otters. He was selected by the Oilers with the first overall pick in the NHL draft last month.
Impact: McDavid, from Newmarket, Ontario, had 120 points (44 goals, 76 assists) in 47 games with Erie last season. McDavid helped Canada win gold at the world junior hockey championship this year.
Bieksa has agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract extension through 2018 with the Anaheim Ducks.
Impact: The Ducks announced the deal with Bieksa on Thursday, two days after the club acquired him from Vancouver. Bieksa has one year and $4.6 million left on his contract from the Canucks. He scored 14 points in 60 games for Vancouver last season.
The San Jose Sharks signed former Harvard defenseman Patrick McNally to a two-year contract Thursday.
Impact: McNally was originally a fourth-round pick by Vancouver in 2010 but went to college instead of signing with the Canucks. The Sharks acquired his rights for a seventh-round pick at this year's draft. McNally had six goals and 15 assists in 21 games at Harvard this season.
Holzer has re-signed with Anaheim, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $750,000. The Ducks announced the deal Thursday.
Impact: Holzer never played for the Ducks after Anaheim acquired him from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the trade deadline March 2, but he will compete for a roster spot in training camp. The German defenseman has appeared in 58 NHL games with the Maple Leafs, collecting nine points and 55 penalty minutes. He has spent most of his North American career with the AHL's Toronto Marlies.
Sochi Olympics shootout star T.J. Oshie has been acquired by the Washington Capitals in a deal that sends Brouwer to the St. Louis Blues. As part of Thursday's swap of right wings, Washington also will trade AHL goalie Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in next year's NHL draft to St. Louis.
Impact: Brouwer totaled 21 goals and 22 assists for Washington last season while appearing in all 82 games. He has played in nine NHL seasons, the last four with the Capitals after five with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Oshie has been acquired by the Washington Capitals in a deal that sends Troy Brouwer to the St. Louis Blues. As part of Thursday's swap of right wings, Washington also will trade AHL goalie Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in next year's NHL draft to St. Louis.
Impact: Oshie had 19 goals and 36 in 72 games for the Blues last season, his seventh in the NHL, all with St. Louis. He is best known for scoring four times during a shootout to lead the United States to a victory against Russia at the 2014 Olympics.
The San Jose Sharks signed Haley to a one-year deal Thursday.
Impact: Haley had 18 goals and 13 assists at Worcester of the AHL last season.
The San Jose Sharks signed McCarthy to a one-year deal Thursday.
Impact: McCarthy has played 87 career games with San Jose with three goals and three assists.
The San Jose Sharks signed Lerg to a one-year deal Thursday.
Impact: Lerg had 13 goals and 28 assists for Worcester of the AHL last year and scored in his NHL debut on April 9 at Edmonton.
Condra has signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The signing Wednesday reunites the 6-foot, 190-pound forward with Lightning coach Jon Cooper. Condra played for the coach while both were with the NAHL's Texarkana Bandits during the 2003-04 season.
Impact: Condra appeared in 68 games with the Ottawa Senators last season, finishing with a career-high nine goals and 23 points. In 299 career games with the Senators, who selected him in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL draft, he has 33 goals and 87 points.
The New York Rangers have signed Halverson to an entry-level contract. General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signing Thursday as prospects skated at the team's Westchester facility.
Impact: The 19-year-old goaltender appeared in 50 games with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this past season, posting a 40-5-2 record, along with a 2.63 goals against average, a .913 save percentage and six shutouts. Halverson is the first Rangers' draft pick in franchise history to earn at least 40 wins in juniors in one season. He posted a 10-4 record in the playoffs. Halverson was a second-round pick in 2014.
Voynov has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor stemming from a domestic violence incident with his wife after a Halloween party. The Kings defenseman entered the plea Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Impact: Under terms of the plea deal, he was sentenced to a 90-day jail term and three years of probation. The plea averts a trial on a felony count. The Russian Olympian was charged with corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury after an argument at a party attended by other Kings players. Prosecutors say Voynov choked and hit his wife and pushed her into a TV in their Redondo Beach bedroom. A cut over her eye required eight stitches.
The New York Islanders signed Wright to a one-year, two-way contract Thursday.
Impact: Wright is returning from Russia, where he had 15 goals and four assists in 53 games with his Kontinental Hockey League club. He has 146 games of NHL experience with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets.
The New York Islanders signed Whitney to a one-year, two-way contract Thursday.
Impact: Whitney played with the Albany Devils of the AHL last season. He had 23 goals and 37 assists in 66 games. He also appeared in four NHL games with New Jersey and scored his first goal.
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with Liambas on a one-year deal for next season.
Impact: Liambas had five goals, three assists and 158 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL last season.
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with Schilling on a two-year contract.
Impact: Schilling played in six games with the Washington Capitals (2012-15), including four last season.
St. Louis is retiring after 16 NHL seasons, seven All-Star selections and one Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The forward made the announcement Thursday, roughly a month after helping the New York Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to the Lightning in seven games.
Impact: The 40-year-old St. Louis was uncertain whether he would return for another season after the Rangers were eliminated, but it was clear that New York was not going to bring him back. The 2003-04 league MVP had 391 goals and 642 assists in 1,134 regular season games with the Calgary Flames, the Lightning and the Rangers. He also won a Stanley Cup in 2004 and was the league's top scorer with 94 points.
Bourque has accepted his qualifying offer and has signed a one-year contract worth $866,250.
Impact: The 24-year-old Bourque has 30 goals and 44 assists in 220 career NHL games, all with Nashville. Bourque had three goals and 10 assists in 69 games this past season after collecting nine goals and 17 assists in 2013-14.
Williams has signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract with Washington.
Impact: The right winger won the Stanley Cup once with the Carolina Hurricanes and twice with the Los Angeles Kings and took the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs in 2014. The 33-year-old had 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) in 81 games with the Kings last season.
The Bruins signed left winger Beleskey, one of the more coveted available forwards, to a five-year contract with a charge against the NHL salary cap of $3.8 million per season.
Impact: Beleskey shined in the playoffs for Anaheim, helping it come within a victory of reaching the Stanley Cup Final.
Arizona brought back Antoine Vermette, the popular centerman who just won a Stanley Cup with Chicago.
Impact: Vermette, who was traded by the Coyotes to Chicago at the trade deadline, signed a two-year, $3.75 million deal.
Richards has signed a one-year deal with Detroit. He'll make $3 million in base salary with another $1 million possible through incentives.
Impact: Richards comes over from Chicago after winning his second career Stanley Cup. The 35-year-old had 12 goals and 25 assists in 76 games for the Blackhawks last season. He added three goals and 11 assists in the playoffs.
Green has signed a three-year, $18 million contract with Detroit.
Impact: Green has spent his entire career with Washington, recording 113 goals and 247 assists in 575 games. He is the second-highest scoring defenseman in the NHL over the past eight seasons and will be counted on to quarterback Detroit's power play. Green had 10 goals and 35 assists last season with the Capitals.
The Florida Panthers traded Hayes to Boston for forward Reilly Smith and the contract of forward Marc Savard.
Impact: Hayes had 19 goals and 16 assists for Florida this past season. In parts of four seasons with the Panthers and Chicago, Hayes has 36 goals and 30 assists in 168 games.
The Florida Panthers acquired Smith and the contract of forward Marc Savard on Wednesday from the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Jimmy Hayes.
Impact: Smith has appeared in 203 games with Boston and Dallas, scoring 36 goals and adding 64 assists for 100 points. He had 13 goals and 27 assists last season, plus had four goals and an assist in 12 playoff games.
The New Jersey Devils have signed Coleman to a two-year entry level contract.
Impact: Coleman spent the past four years at Miami University of Ohio, getting a career-high 20 goals and 17 assists in 37 games. He was taken in the third round of the 2011 draft by the Devils.
The New Jersey Devils have signed Moore to a three-year contract. In making the announcement Wednesday, general manager Ray Shero said the defenseman would earn an average salary of $1.66 million.
Impact: Moore will enter his fifth NHL season and sixth year as a professional. He split the 2014-15 season between the New York Rangers (38 games) and Arizona (19 games), finishing with two goals and nine assists. He also won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2015 world championships. The 24-year-old Moore has nine goals and 31 assists in 230 games with Columbus, New York and Arizona.
Hackett agreed to a one-year contract with Anaheim on Wednesday.
Impact: Hackett has played in 26 NHL games with Minnesota and Buffalo, winning four times. He played for Buffalo and its AHL affiliate in Rochester last season.
Piskula agreed to a one-year contract with Anaheim on Wednesday.
Impact: Piskula has appeared in 13 NHL games with Nashville, Calgary and Los Angeles. He spent most of last season with the Predators' AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.
Mueller agreed to a one-year contract with Anaheim on Wednesday.
Impact: Mueller has 10 points in 53 career NHL games with Nashville, Dallas and the New York Rangers. He spent most of last season with the Rangers' AHL affiliate in Hartford.
The New York Rangers signed Megna on Wednesday.
Impact: Megna, 25, split this past season between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL). He had one assist in 12 games with Pittsburgh. In 63 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this past season, he had 26 goals and 13 assists. Megna has skated in 48 NHL games over parts of two seasons, both with Pittsburgh, registering five goals and five assists.
The New York Rangers signed Gibbons on Wednesday.
Impact: Gibbons, 27, split this past season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Springfield Falcons (AHL). In 25 games with Columbus, Gibbons had five assists. He had three goals and eight assists with Springfield. Gibbons has played in 66 NHL games over parts of two seasons with Pittsburgh and Columbus, with five goals and 17 assists.
The New York Rangers signed Lindblad on Wednesday.
Impact: Lindblad, 25, played in three NHL games with the Boston Bruins and 47 games with Providence (AHL) this past season. The 5-11, 193-pounder has skated in 106 AHL games over parts of three seasons, registering 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points. Prior to joining the professional ranks, Lindblad played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Dartmouth University.
The New York Rangers acquired Hellberg from Nashville on Wednesday for a sixth-round pick in the 2017 draft.
Impact: Hellberg appeared in 38 games with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) this past season, posting a 15-10-6 record with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. The 24-year-old Swede was a second-round pick by the Predators in the 2011 draft. He has a 42-36-7 record in three minor league seasons.
The New York Rangers have signed Stalberg.
Impact: Stalberg, 29, has played in 338 NHL games over parts of six seasons with Toronto, Chicago, and Nashville, with 62 goals and 70 assists. He established career highs in games played (79), goals (22), assists (21), points (43), and game-winning goals (six) during the 2011-12 season with the Blackhawks. In addition, Stalberg has two goals and seven assists in 38 NHL playoff games, winning a Stanley Cup as a member of the Blackhawks in 2013.
The St. Louis Blues signed Butler to a one-year deal Wednesday.
Impact: The 28-year-old Butler had three goals and six assists in 33 games last season. He's played in seven seasons including stints with Calgary and Buffalo.
The St. Louis Blues have signed Lehtera to a three-year contract extension that will begin with the 2016-17 season.
Impact: The 27-year-old Lehtera had 14 goals and 30 assists in 75 games in his first NHL season, and ranked second on the team with a plus-21 rating. He had two assists in five playoff games. Lehtera was a third-round draft pick in 2008 and spent the first seven seasons of his pro career in Europe.
Winnipeg agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Halischuk on Wednesday.
Impact: Halischuk got a two-way deal that pays him $750,000 in the NHL.
Winnipeg agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Pardy on Wednesday.
Impact: Pardy, who dealt with a shoulder injury in the playoffs, will make $1 million next season.
Winnipeg agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Burmistrov on Wednesday.
Impact: The 23-year-old Burmistrov has spent the past two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League with Kazan Ak-Bars. He spent his first three professional seasons with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise, scoring 23 goals and adding 35 assists in 194 games. Burmistrov was selected eighth overall in the 2010 draft by Atlanta.
The New York Rangers are bringing back Diaz. General manager and president Glen Sather announced the move Wednesday as the NHL kicked off free agency. Contract terms were not immediately available.
Impact: Diaz, 29, is returning for a second stint with the Rangers. He played 56 games with the Calgary Flames this past season, finishing with two goals and two assists. Prior to joining the Flames, Diaz played part of the 2013-14 season with the Rangers after being acquired in a trade with Vancouver on March 5, 2014. He has played in 201 NHL games over four seasons with the Rangers, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary, with eight goals and 41 assists.
The Carolina Hurricanes have officially bought out Semin's contract. The team announced the buyout Wednesday, after the enigmatic forward cleared irrevocable waivers. Carolina waived him Tuesday with the intent of buying out his deal.
Impact: Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, Semin is owed $14 million - two-thirds of the amount remaining on his contract - over six years. He had three years left on a deal that paid him $7 million annually.
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Neuvirth to a multiyear contract. Terms of Wednesday's deal were not announced.
Impact: Neuvirth replaces Ray Emery as Philadelphia's No. 2 goalie behind Steve Mason after spending last season with the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Islanders. He went 7-20-4 with a 2.98 GAA and .914 save percentage. Neuvirth was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the second round of the 2006 draft. He played parts of six seasons for Washington, posting a record of 59-41-13 with a 2.67 GAA and .910 save percentage.
The Pittsburgh Penguins gave stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin some help, acquiring Kessel from Toronto on Wednesday. Pittsburgh sent forward Nick Spaling, defenseman Scott Harrington, former first-round pick Kasperi Kapanen and a draft pick to the Maple Leafs for Kessel, defenseman Tim Erixon, forward Tyler Biggs with other conditional picks involved.
Impact: The 27-year-old Kessel has 181 goals and 213 assists in nine seasons between Boston and Toronto. Kessel finished with 25 goals and 36 assists for the Maple Leafs in 2014-15. The Penguins were in search of a top-six forward to help take some of the scoring burden off Crosby and Malkin.
The San Jose Sharks have signed Martin to a four-year contract. The team finalized the deal for a reported $19.4 million shortly after the start of Wednesday's free agency period.
Impact: San Jose missed the postseason last season for the first time since 2003 after allowing their most goals per game in nine years. The 34-year-old Martin had spent the past five seasons in Pittsburgh. He is strong in the defensive zone and is a good puck mover. He had three goals and 17 assists in 74 games last season.
The Stars have signed Eaves to a one-year contract after a solid first season in Dallas.
Impact: Eaves had 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 47 games last season, leading the Stars with a plus-minus rating of plus-12. He had a career-high six power-play goals. The 31-year-old journeyman has 173 points (88 goals, 85 assists) in 491 games over 10 seasons, with other stops in Ottawa, Carolina, Detroit and Nashville. Eaves was a first-round pick by Ottawa in 2013. He signed with Dallas as a free agent last summer.
The Edmonton Oilers have continued their offseason makeover, signing Letestu and defenseman Andrej Sekera on Wednesday.
Impact: Letestu had seven goals and six assists in 54 games with the Blue Jackets last season. The forward has 58 goals and 69 assists in 318 games with Pittsburgh and Columbus.
The Edmonton Oilers have continued their offseason makeover, signing Sekera and center Mark Letestu on Wednesday.
Impact: Sekera's deal is worth $33 million over six years, and Letestu will reportedly earn $5.4 million over three years. Sekera had three goals and 20 assists over 73 games with Carolina and Los Angeles last season. The native of Bojnice, Slovakia, has 31 goals and 128 assists in 486 games with Buffalo, Carolina and Los Angeles.
The Florida Panthers have bought out the contract of right wing Brad Boyes.
Impact: Boyes was put on waivers earlier in the week and bought out Wednesday once he cleared. He had 21 goals for the Panthers two seasons ago, but dropped to just 14 goals in 78 games this past season.
Enroth has signed with the Los Angeles Kings, agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million deal to back up Jonathan Quick. The Kings confirmed the deal Wednesday with the unrestricted free agent. The Kings needed a veteran goalie after trading Martin Jones to Boston last week in a deal for Milan Lucic.
Impact: Enroth finished last season with the Dallas Stars after spending 6 1/2 years in the system of the Buffalo Sabres, who drafted him in 2006. He made the NHL's all-rookie team in 2012 and eventually became Ryan Miller's backup. Enroth played a career-high 50 games last season between Buffalo and Dallas, which acquired him in February. He also won a gold medal for Sweden at the 2013 world championships and a silver medal from the Sochi Olympics.
The New York Islanders announced their signing of Greiss on Wednesday, the opening day of free agency in the NHL.
Impact: Greiss posted a 9-6-3 record with a .908 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against average with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The German played 25 games the previous season with the Phoenix Coyotes. The San Jose Sharks selected Greiss in the third round (94th overall) of the 2004 National Hockey League Draft. In 89 career NHL games with San Jose, Phoenix and Pittsburgh, he recorded a 36-30-11 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.47 goals-against average.
The New York Islanders announced their signing of Petrov on Wednesday, the opening day of free agency in the NHL.
Impact: Petrov, 25, had five goals and 10 assists with Kazan Ak-Bars of the Kontinental Hockey League last season. Playing parts of nine seasons in Russia's top hockey division, Petrov has tallied 61 goals, 64 assists in 318 games with Ak-Bars and Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk.
The New York Islanders announced they re-signed Hickey to a three-year deal Wednesday, the opening day of free agency in the NHL.
Impact: Hickey has seven goals and 41 assists in 202 career NHL games, all with the Islanders. The Calgary native led all Islanders defensemen in games last season (81), set a career high in assists (20) and matched his career high in points (22). The Los Angeles Kings selected the 26-year-old defenseman in the first round of the 2007 NHL Draft. He was claimed off waivers by the Islanders in January 2013. He was an unrestricted free agent.
The Arizona Coyotes have signed Richardson to a three-year contract. The terms of the deal were not released.
Impact: The 30-year-old Richards had eight goals and 13 assists in 45 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season. He has 62 goals and 87 assists in 10 NHL seasons that include stops with the Canucks, Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche.
The Phoenix Coyotes have brought back Michalek for a third stint with the team in a two-year deal. Terms of the contract were not released.
Impact: A stay-at-home defenseman, Michalek played for the Coyotes from 2005-10 and 2012-2015. He was traded to St. Louis in a deadline deal last season, finishing with two goals and two assists in 15 games with the Blues.
The Colorado Avalanche fortified their blue line by signing Beauchemin to a three-year deal. Colorado general manager Joe Sakic said the signing of the defenseman on Wednesday brings "toughness, leadership and a veteran presence to our blue line."
Impact: The 35-year-old Beauchemin averaged a team-best 22 minutes, 44 seconds of ice time per game for Anaheim last season. He also ranked second among Ducks defensemen with a career-high 11 goals. Beauchemin also brings postseason experience, having played in all 16 playoff games for the Ducks in 2014-15 and averaging 25:24 of ice time. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Beauchemin was a third-round pick by Montreal in 1998. He's played in 673 NHL games with four teams.
The Minnesota Wild finished a drawn-out negotiation with Granlund by locking up the center with a two-year deal on Wednesday.
Impact: The 23-year-old Granlund had eight goals and 31 assists last season. He ranked third on the team in plus-minus rating with a plus-17 and the team hopes he continues his path to becoming one of the team's top playmakers. Granlund has played three seasons with the Wild since coming over from Finland. He has 88 career points and has scored six goals in 13 career playoff games.
The Minnesota Wild announced a two-year deal with Reilly on Wednesday.
Impact: Reilly had six goals and 36 assists in 39 games as a junior for the University of Minnesota last season. He grew up in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen.
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Anisimov one day after they acquired the center in a seven-player trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The team announced the deal on Wednesday. It begins with the 2016-17 season.
Impact: The Blackhawks got Anisimov, forwards Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp, and a fourth-round selection in the 2016 draft from the Blue Jackets for forwards Brandon Saad and Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta. The 27-year-old Anisimov had seven goals and 20 assists in 52 games for the Blue Jackets last season. The Russian forward has 192 points in 412 career NHL games with Columbus and the New York Rangers.
The Nashville Predators are keeping Ribeiro, who has signed a two-year, $7 million contract on the opening day of free agency. The forward said Wednesday he's "more than ecstatic."
Impact: The 35-year-old Ribeiro scored 15 goals and had a team-record 47 assists for the Predators this past season. He was sued in March by a woman who accuses him of sexual assault. Ribeiro's lawyer, Brian Lauten, has said his client denies the allegations. Predators general manager David Poile said Tuesday that Ribeiro mentioned before signing with the Predators last year the possibility a suit could be filed.
The Calgary Flames are bringing back Ramo, signing the goaltender to a one-year deal.
Impact: Ramo was 15-9-3 with a 2.60 goals against average and .912 save percentage in his second season in Calgary. He has a 2.92 goals against average and .905 save percentage in 122 NHL games. The 29-year-old replaced Jonas Hiller for the Flames in their second-round playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks.
Edmonton has acquired Korpikoski from Arizona for center Boyd Gordon.
Impact: Korpikoski had six goals and 15 assists in 69 games with the Coyotes last season.
The Arizona Coyotes have acquired center Boyd Gordon from the Edmonton Oilers for forward Lauri Korpikoski.
Impact: The 31-year-old Gordon had six goals and seven assists in 68 games with the Oilers last season. Gordon had 12 goals and 25 assists in 123 games with the Coyotes from 2011-2013. He was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the first round (17th overall) in the 2002 draft.
The Anaheim Ducks have acquired veteran defenseman Kevin Bieksa from the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round pick in the 2016 draft. The clubs announced the trade Tuesday.
Impact: Bieksa has spent his entire 10-year NHL career in Vancouver, compiling 56 goals and 185 assists in 597 games while developing a reputation as a tough-nosed, physical defenseman. The former fifth-round pick has one year left on his contract with a $4.8 million cap hit.
The New York Islanders have signed Lee to a four-year contract. Islanders general manager Garth Snow announced the signing Tuesday.
Impact: Lee scored 25 goals in 76 games as a rookie last season, finishing second on the Islanders in goals and fourth among NHL rookies. The Islanders selected the 24-year-old in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Draft. He has 57 points (35 goals, 22 assists) in 100 career NHL games and 46 points (25 goals, 21 assists) in 59 career AHL games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Chicago received Tropp, Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and a fourth-round pick in 2016 Tuesday in a seven-player deal that sent Brandon Saad to the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Tropp had seven assists and one goal in 61 games in 2014-15.
Chicago received Morin, Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Corey Tropp and a fourth-round selection in 2016 Tuesday in a seven-player deal that sent Brandon Saad to Columbus.
Impact: Morin totaled two goals and four assists in 43 games in 2014-15, playing 28 for Columbus and 15 for Chicago.
Chicago received Dano, Artem Anisimov, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a fourth-round pick from Columbus on Tuesday in a seven-player deal.
Impact: Dano had eight goals and 13 assists in 2014-15 for Columbus.
Chicago received Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a fourth-round pick in 2016 from Columbus on Tuesday.
Impact: The 27-year-old Anisimov had seven goals and 20 assists in 52 games for the Blue Jackets last season.
Chicago sent Paliotta, Brandon Saad and Alex Broadhurst to Columbus on Tuessday.
Impact: Paliotta had an assist in the lone game he played for the Blackhawks in 2014-15.
Broadhurst was sent to Columbus on Tuesday along with Brandon Saad and Michael Paliotta in a seven-player deal.
Impact: Broadhurst has not appeared in an NHL game.
Saad has been traded to Columbus in a seven-player deal.
Impact: The 22-year-old Saad set career highs with 23 goals and 29 assists in 82 games this past season. The rugged winger then helped the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup title in six seasons. Saad was eligible for restricted free agency, and Chicago is trying to manage its salary cap with twin extensions for captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane kicking in for next season.
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with Leighton on a one-year extension through next season.
Impact: The 34-year-old Leighton went 22-13-4 with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage with the Rockford AHL affiliate last season. Over 105 NHL regular-season games with four teams, he is 35-41-14 with a 2.97 GAA and a .901 save percentage. He is 8-4 in the postseason and holds the NHL record for most shutouts in a postseason series with three against Montreal in 2010.
Stafford is staying with the Winnipeg Jets, who have signed him to an $8.7-million, two-year contract.
Impact: The 29-year-old Stafford had nine goals and 17 assists in 26 games with the Jets last season. Stafford was part of the trade that sent Evander Kane to the Buffalo Sabres.
Flynn has agreed to a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens. The team announced the deal on Tuesday.
Impact: Flynn was acquired by Montreal from the Buffalo Sabres on March 2 for a fifth-round draft pick. He had 17 points in 54 games for Buffalo and no points in nine regular-season games for the Canadiens. He added a goal and two assists, all in Game 1 of the first round against Ottawa, in six playoff starts.
The Calgary Flames have signed Hamilton to a six-year contract. Hamilton's deal is reportedly worth $34.5 million. That means the 22-year-old defenseman will count $5.75 million per season against the salary cap through 2020-21.
Impact: The Flames acquired Hamilton from the Boston Bruins on Friday for the 15th, 42nd and 57th picks in the draft. Hamilton is coming off career highs in goals (10), assists (32) and points (42).
San Jose sent Kuraly and a 2016 first-round pick to Boston on Tuesday in exchange for goaltender Martin Jones.
Impact: Kuraly, a 22-year-old forward, scored 19 goals with 10 assists in 40 games for Miami (Ohio) this past season.
The San Jose Sharks have found their starting goaltender for next season, acquiring Jones in a trade with the Boston Bruins. The Sharks sent a 2016 first-round pick and unsigned forward prospect Sean Kuraly to the Bruins for Jones, who signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Sharks.
Impact: Jones had a short tenure in Boston, having been dealt from the Los Angeles Kings to the Bruins last Friday during the draft in a package for left wing Milan Lucic. Finding a No. 1 goalie had been one of the top priorities for the Sharks this offseason as they look to get to the postseason after having their 10-year playoff run snapped this past season.
Carolina placed Semin on unconditional waivers Tuesday with the intent to buy out his hefty contract. The move came the day before the start of the NHL's free agency period. Semin must clear waivers at noon Wednesday before his deal can be bought out. Under the league's collective bargaining agreement, he will be owed $14 million - two-thirds of the amount remaining on his deal - over six years.
Impact: Semin, 31, has three years remaining on a contract extension signed in March 2013 and worth $7 million per season - second on the team only to captain Eric Staal, who is set to make $9.5 million this year. Semin had a career-worst six goals and added 13 assists in 57 games during a largely disappointing 2014-15 season. During his three seasons with Carolina, he had 41 goals and 64 assists.
The Sharks have agreed to a five-year, $16.35 million contract with Dillon.
Impact: The Sharks acquired Dillon during last season from Dallas in exchange for Jason Demers and a draft pick. The 24-year-old Dillon had two goals and seven assists in 60 games for San Jose and is being counted on as a key part of the Sharks' defense in the future. Dillon has 11 goals and 24 assists in 209 career games with Dallas and San Jose.
The Devils gave Larsson a qualifying offer on Monday.
Impact: Larsson played in 64 games this past season, collecting three goals and 21 assists. The fourth pick overall in the 2011 NHL draft, the 22-year-old played his best hockey in the second half of the season.
Helgeson received a qualifying offer form New Jersey on Monday.
Impact: Helgeson spent time in Albany and New Jersey last season, collecting two assists in 22 NHL games.
The Devils made a qualifying offer to Gelinas on Monday.
Impact: Gelinas, 24, has six goals and 13 assists in 61 games.
The Devils extended a qualifying offer to Matteau on Monday.
Impact: Matteau, the Devils' first-round pick in 2012, had a goal in seven games after being called up from Albany (AHL) late in the season.
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with Rundblad on a two-year extension through the 2016-17 season.
Impact: The 24-year-old Rundblad had three goals and 11 assists in 49 games with the Blackhawks last season along with a career-best plus-17 rating. He saw time in five playoff games as the Blackhawks relied primarily on four defensemen to win the Stanley Cup championship.
Niemi has signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars. The deal Monday came two days after Dallas acquired Niemi's contract rights from San Jose for a seventh-round pick during the draft and two days before the goaltender would have become an unrestricted free agent.
Impact: Niemi won all 16 postseason games for Chicago in 2010 when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup title. He went to San Jose as a free agent after that season. The 31-year-old Niemi, who is from Finland, has a 190-100-40 regular-season record with a 2.39 goals against average in his NHL career with Chicago (2008-10) and San Jose (2010-15).
The Los Angeles Kings have terminated Richards' contract, claiming the forward committed a ''material breach'' of its terms. The Kings announced their newest tactic Monday in their attempt to get out from under Richards' enormous deal.
Impact: The Kings refused to say why they're terminating Richards' deal, which carries an annual salary cap hit of $5.75 million through 2020. Los Angeles placed Richards on waivers again over the weekend. The Kings were thought to be attempting a buyout of that deal that would lessen his cap hit by spreading it out through 2025. The club demoted Richards to the minors last season after the two-time Stanley Cup champion's play declined sharply.
The Nashville Predators have signed Watson to a two-year contract. Watson's contract includes a two-way deal for 2015-16 that pays him $575,000 when he's in the NHL and $100,000 when he's in the American Hockey League. Watson will have a one-way, $575,000 contract in 2016-17.
Impact: The 23-year-old Watson scored 26 goals this past season for the Predators' AHL affiliate in Milwaukee. He tied for second among all AHL skaters with eight game-winning goals and tied for 14th in the league in overall goals. Watson has scored one goal and played in six NHL games with Nashville. All his NHL appearances came in the 2012-13 season.
Beagle has re-signed with the Washington Capitals, getting a $5.25 million, three-year contract. The team announced the deal Monday.
Impact: The 29-year-old Beagle set career highs with 10 goals, 10 assists and 20 points last season. He has 23 goals and 24 assists in 254 career NHL games, all with Washington.
A person familiar with the decision has told the Associated Press that the Buffalo Sabres have placed Hodgson on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying out his contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced.
Impact: Hodgson has four years and $19 million remaining on his contract, one of the last significant deals under former general manager Darcy Regier. The contract carries a $4.25 million salary cap hit. Sabres general manager Tim Murray said the move was being considered as recently as two weeks ago.
The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms for a two-year deal with Nestrasil. The deal will pay the forward $875,000 this season and $950,000 in the 2016-17 season.
Impact: In a statement, general manager Ron Francis says the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Nestrasil has good size and is ''a good fit for our team and what we're trying to do.'' The 24-year-old made his NHL debut last season, scoring seven goals with 13 assists in 54 games with Detroit and Carolina. The Hurricanes acquired him on waivers in November.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Cole have agreed to a new contract. The three-year deal, announced on Monday, has an average value of $2.1 million per season and will keep Cole with the Penguins through the 2017-18 season.
Impact: Pittsburgh acquired the 26-year-old Cole from St. Louis in March in exchange for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo. Cole had one goal and seven assists in 20 games with the Penguins while averaging 18:28 of ice time. He posted career highs in goals (five), assists (12) and penalty minutes (51) in 74 combined games with Pittsburgh at St. Louis.
A person familiar with the decision has told The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Kings placed veteran forward Mike Richards on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out the remainder of his contract. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity on Sunday because the Kings have not announced the decision.
Impact: It's a pricey move for the Kings, because Richards has five years left on a $69 million, 12-year contract that carries a $5.75 million annual salary cap hit. Richards' future in Los Angeles was already in question after the Kings demoted the 10-year NHL veteran to Manchester, their American Hockey League affiliate, in January.
The Blackhawks received Haggerty from the Rangers in exchange for goaltender Antti Raanta.
Impact: Haggerty, 22, had 15 goals and 18 assists last season with Hartford in the American Hockey League.
The New York Rangers acquired Raanta from the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Ryan Haggerty.
Impact: The 26-year-old Raanta was 7-4-1 with a .936 save percentage and 1.89 goals-against average in 14 games for the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks this season. Raanta is 20-9-5 in 39 career games, all with Chicago. He made his NHL debut in 2013.
The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with Dubnyk on a six-year contract. The Wild announced the agreement on Saturday. Dubynk was acquired from Arizona in a trade in mid-January, and his arrival was the biggest reason for Minnesota's incredible turnaround.
Impact: The Wild were languishing at 18-19-5 before Dubnyk arrived. But he played in 39 of the final 40 games of the season, posted a 1.78 goals-against average and carried the Wild to the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They beat St. Louis in the opening round before getting swept by the Chicago Blackhawks in the semifinals.
Arizona received defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and the contract of Pronger on Saturday from Philadlephia in exchange for Sam Gagner and a draft pick. The draft pick will be a conditional fourth-round pick in 2016 or a third-rounder in 2017.
Impact: A former winner of the Hart and Norris trophies, Pronger has not played since 2011-12, when he appeared in 13 games with the Flyers.
Arizona traded Gagner and a draft pick to Philadelphia on Saturday for defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and the contract of Chris Pronger. The draft pick will be a conditional fourth-round pick in 2016 or a third-rounder in 2017.
Impact: Gagner had 15 goals and 26 assists in 81 games after being traded to Arizona from Tampa Bay before last season.
Philadelphia traded Grossmann and the contract of Chris Pronger to Arizona on Saturday for forward Sam Gagner and a draft pick. The draft pick will be a conditional fourth-round pick in 2016 or a third-rounder in 2017.
Impact: Grossmann had five goals and nine assists in 68 games with the Flyers last season. The Swedish player has 10 goals and 69 assists in 531 career NHL games with Philadelphia and Dallas.
The Dallas Stars have acquired the rights to former Stanley Cup champion goalie Antti Niemi from the San Jose Sharks. Dallas sent San Jose its seventh-round selection (193th overall) in Saturday's draft. Niemi is set to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday.
Impact: Niemi won all 16 postseason games for Chicago in 2010 when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup title. He went to San Jose as a free agent after that season. The 31-year-old Niemi, who is from Finland, has a 190-100-40 regular-season record with a 2.39 goals against average in his NHL career with Chicago (2008-10) and San Jose (2010-15). He was part of Finland's bronze medal-winning team at the 2014 Olympics.
The Anaheim Ducks acquired goalie Anton Khudobin from the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday in exchange for Wisniewski. The move came shortly after the Hurricanes added goalie Eddie Lack in a trade with Vancouver.
Impact: Carolina general manager Ron Francis says Wisniewski is "a veteran defenseman who has proven his ability to produce offensively" and says he'll be a big part of the team's power play and defensive units. Wisniewski, 31, was a healthy scratch during the playoffs. He had five assists in 13 games with Anaheim after coming over in March in a trade with Columbus.
The Edmonton Oilers got their goaltender, acquiring Cam Talbot from the New York Rangers. On a busy day of trades Saturday at the NHL draft, the Oilers sent the 57th, 79th and 184th picks to New York for Talbot and the 209th pick.
Impact: Talbot has just 57 games of NHL experience, but at age 27 he could still blossom into a starter. He has a year left on his contract and can be an unrestricted free agent next summer.
The Anaheim Ducks acquired Khudobin from the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday in exchange for defenseman James Wisniewski. The move came shortly after the Hurricanes added goalie Eddie Lack in a trade with Vancouver.
Impact: Khudobin split time with Cam Ward in each of the past two seasons. He went 27-31-7 with a 2.50 goals-against average with Carolina and went 8-17-6 last season.
The Vancouver Canucks have traded Lack to the Carolina Hurricanes for two draft picks. The Canucks acquired Carolina's third-round pick in this weekend's draft (No. 66 overall) as well as a seventh-round pick in next year's draft. In a statement, Carolina executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis called Lack "a big-bodied goalie who has proven himself on the NHL level in the past two seasons."
Impact: The 27-year-old Lack went 18-13-4 with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage last season, his second full NHL season with the Canucks. He took over the starting job in February due to Ryan Miller's knee injury, though Miller eventually reclaimed the job during the playoffs.
McDavid is now officially a No. 1 overall draft pick.
Impact: The long-expected move became reality Friday night when the Edmonton Oilers grabbed the center who will immediately face the burden of enormous expectation. Not only will he be playing in the place where Wayne Gretzky became a superstar, but he also already draws comparisons to Sidney Crosby and even LeBron James.
The New Jersey Devils have acquired Palmieri from the Anaheim Ducks for two draft picks.
Impact: New Jersey shipped the 41st overall pick in the draft and a third-round choice next year to Anaheim for Palmieri. The Devils acquired the 41st pick earlier this year in a deal that sent Jaromir Jagr to Florida. The 24-year-old Palmieri had 14 goals in 57 games with the Ducks last season.
The Colorado Avalanche traded center Ryan O'Reilly and left wing Jamie McGinn to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards Mikhail Grigorenko and Compher and a second-round pick in the NHL draft.
Impact: Compher, 20, was a second-round pick by Buffalo in 2013 and just completed his sophomore season at the University of Michigan, where he had 24 points in 34 games. He was the Big Ten rookie of the year as a freshman, when he had 31 points in 35 games.
The Colorado Avalanche traded center Ryan O'Reilly and left wing Jamie McGinn to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Nikita Zadorov, Grigorenko and JT Compher and a second-round pick in the NHL draft.
Impact: Grigorenko was Buffalo's first-round draft pick in 2012 and appeared in 25 games for the Sabres last season.
The Colorado Avalanche traded center Ryan O'Reilly and left wing Jamie McGinn to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Zadorov, forwards Mikhail Grigorenko and JT Compher and a second-round pick in the NHL draft.
Impact: Zadorov was Buffalo's first-round pick in 2013. He appeared in 60 games as a rookie for the Sabres last season, when he had three goals, 12 assists and 51 penalty minutes The 6-foot-5, 220-pound defenseman gives the Avs a big defensive presence they've been looking for.
The Colorado Avalanche traded McGinn and center Ryan O'Reilly to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards Mikhail Grigorenko and JT Compher and a second-round pick in the NHL draft.
Impact: McGinn had six points in 19 games for Colorado last season.
The Colorado Avalanche traded O'Reilly and left wing Jamie McGinn to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards Mikhail Grigorenko and JT Compher and a second-round pick in the NHL draft.
Impact: The move Friday for the trio of young players and the 31st overall selection Saturday comes just days after Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic insisted that re-signing O'Reilly to a long-term deal was his 'first priority.' O'Reilly, 24, had 17 goals and 38 assists last season and 28 goals and 36 assists the year before.
Datsyuk has had surgery on his right ankle and will be re-evaluated in three months. The Detroit Red Wings confirmed Datsyuk's operation Friday, saying it was to repair ruptured tendons in the ankle.
Impact: Datsyuk, who turns 37 next month, had 26 goals and 39 assists in 63 games last season. He hasn't played 80 games in a season since 2010. The Red Wings still depend on Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg for veteran leadership and offensive production, but the team has added younger talent like Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar in recent years. Detroit will have a new coach next season in Jeff Blashill, who took over after Mike Babcock left this offseason.
The Boston Bruins traded top-line left wing Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings on Friday for Jones, defenseman Colin Miller and the 13th pick in the NHL draft.
Impact: Jones played 15 games for the Kings last season, posting a 4-5-2 record and 2.25 goals against average.
The Boston Bruins traded top-line left wing Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings on Friday for Miller, goalie Martin Jones and the 13th pick in the NHL draft.
Impact: Miller had 19 goals and 33 assists in 70 games for Manchester in the American Hockey League last season.
The Boston Bruins traded Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings on Friday for defenseman Colin Miller, goalie Martin Jones and the 13th pick in the NHL draft.
Impact: The hard-hitting Lucic spent all eight of his seasons with Boston. He had 139 goals and 203 assists in 566 regular-season games. But he is coming off a disappointing season in which he had 18 goals and 26 assists in 81 games. Lucic can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season. He had been seeking a contract extension with the Bruins and is scheduled to make $6.5 million next season.
The Boston Bruins have traded Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for three draft picks, including the 15th in the first round. Boston also picked up the 45th and 52nd overall picks in the deal.
Impact: Hamilton was the No. 9 selection in the 2011 draft. He appeared in 178 games for the Bruins, scoring 22 goals with 61 assists. The 22-year-old Toronto native is a restricted free agent.
Toffoli has agreed to a $6.5 million, two-year contract to stay with Los Angeles. The Kings announced the deal Friday with Toffoli, who would have become a restricted free agent next month.
Impact: Toffoli established career highs with 23 goals, 26 assists, a plus-25 rating and five short-handed goals last season for the Kings. He was Los Angeles' third-leading scorer and led the NHL in short-handed points and goals. The former second-round pick has played three NHL seasons, scoring 37 goals. He won a Stanley Cup title with the Kings in 2014.
Fisher has signed a two-year, $8.8 million contract that will keep him in Nashville. In a release Friday announcing the signing, Predators general manager David Poile called Fisher "a player and person anyone would want in their organization." Fisher, the husband of country music star Carrie Underwood, has been a full-time alternate captain for the Predators the last three seasons.
Impact: The contract will pay Fisher $4.8 million in 2015-16 and $4 million in 2016-17. The 35-year-old Fisher had 19 goals and 20 assists in 59 games this past season after returning from a ruptured Achilles that kept him out for the Predators' first 21 games. He has 78 goals and 94 assists in 271 games with Nashville since the Predators acquired him from Ottawa in February 2011.
The Buffalo Sabres have traded their second of two first-round draft picks to Ottawa to acquire Legwand and goalie Robin Lehner. The trade was announced Friday morning, hours before the NHL draft opens in Sunrise, Florida.
Impact: Legwand is a 17-year NHL veteran, who had nine goals and 18 assists in 80 games last season.
The Buffalo Sabres have traded their second of two first-round draft picks to Ottawa to acquire Lehner and forward David Legwand. The trade was announced Friday morning, hours before the NHL draft opens in Sunrise, Florida.
Impact: Buffalo dealt the No. 21 pick to Ottawa to land Lehner, who immediately has an opportunity to take over the starting job. The 23-year-old has a 30-26-15 record in 86 career NHL games. Lehner was expendable in Ottawa, after Andrew Hammond was called up midseason and led the Senators' push to make the playoffs.