The Calgary Flames have signed centre Mikael Backlund to a two-year, $3-million contract US.
Backlund played 32 games with the Flames last season, putting up eight goals and eight assists for 16 points along with 29 penalty minutes. He also struggled with injuries, missing four weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament and suffering a foot fracture near the end of the season.
He was the Flames first round draft pick, 24th overall, in the 2007 NHL draft.
He has 23 goals and 39 assists in 170 career games with Calgary.
"Mikael really stepped-up last season and took advantage of the change in direction under a new coaching staff," Flames general manager Jay Feaster said in a statement. "He came into camp in very good shape and also had regained his confidence. He parlayed that into a strong season, and if it wasn't for his injury we believe he would have progressed even further in his development."
Leafs sign Joe Colborne, Troy Bodie
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forwards Joe Colborne and Troy Bodie to one-year contracts.
Colborne, 23, played five regular season games for the Leafs this past season collecting two penalty minutes.
The 6-5, 213-pound centre also skated in his first two NHL playoff games for the Leafs this year. In the AHL, he played 65 games for the Toronto Marlies where he registered 42 points (14 goals, 28 assists) along with 53 penalty minutes.
Bodie, 28, split the 2012-13 season playing for the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals and Portland Pirates.
In 52 AHL games last season, the native of Portage la Prairie, Man. earned seven goals, nine assists and 16 points while compiling 118 minutes in penalties.
The 6-4, 219-pound forward also played 16 games for the Marlies in the 2009-10 season during which he tallied 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) and 13 penalty minutes.
Over his career he has played 107 NHL games with Anaheim and Carolina, and has collected six goals and five assists along with 141 penalty minutes.
Devils re-sign defenceman Marek Zidlicky
The New Jersey Devils have re-signed defenceman Marek Zidlicky.
The Devils confirmed the signing of Zidlicky on Wednesday without releasing details of his new contract.
The signing will allow the Devils to keep their top defensive pair together. Zidlicky usually plays with captain Bryce Salvador.
Acquired from Minnesota in February 2012, Zidlicky helped the Devils reach the Stanley Cup finals that season. The native of the Czech Republic had four goals and 15 assists last season when New Jersey failed to make the post-season.
Capitals sign Karl Alzner to 4-year, $11.2M deal
The Washington Capitals have signed defenceman Karl Alzner to a four-year deal worth $11.2 million US.
The 24-year-old Alzner, who was a restricted free agent, will count $2.8 million against the salary cap through 2016-17.
Alzner played all 48 games as a top-pair defenceman last season, recording a goal and adding four assists. He was counted on as a shutdown defender and penalty-killer.
"Karl is just entering his prime and has been a model of consistency for our organization since he entered the league," general manager George McPhee said. "He plays tough and valuable minutes against some of the NHL's top players every game."
Predators sign 4th overall pick Seth Jones
The Nashville Predators have signed defenceman Seth Jones, the fourth overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.
The base salary of the contract is $925,000, with maximum rookie contract signing bonuses giving him a salary cap number of $3.225 million. "Seth is a special prospect and we were fortunate to be in position to select him," said Nashville President of Hockey Operations and General Manager David Poile. "As a player, he brings so much to our organization, from size you can’t teach to a skill set that every team hopes to add and a personality and maturity that will allow him to grow and develop with our veteran core and other young players. He has excelled at the junior and international levels and we anticipate him enjoying great success at the NHL level."
Penguins sign Matt D'Agostini
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Matt D'Agostini to a one-year, $550,000 contract.
The 26-year-old D'Agostini has 47 goals and 48 assists in 267 career games with Montreal, St. Louis and New Jersey. He split time with the Blues and Devils in 2013, collecting three goals and three assists in 29 games. D'Agostini scored a career-high 21 goals for St. Louis in 2010-11.
The Penguins are looking for depth at forward after trading Tyler Kennedy to San Jose and losing veterans Matt Cooke and Jarome Iginla in free agency.
D'Agostini says he'll "fit into any role that Pittsburgh wants from me." He has spent time on both scoring lines and checking lines during his career.
Habs re-sign Gabriel Dumont to 2-year deal
Forward Gabriel Dumont has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
Dumont, who spent most of the season with AHL Hamilton, had a goal and two assists in 10 games with Montreal last season. He averaged 9:40 of ice time per game.
The five-foot-10 185-pound Dumont had 16 goals and 15 assists in 55 AHL games.
The Ville Degelis, Que., native was drafted in the fifth round in 2009. He has played 13 career NHL games.
Sens re-sign David Dziurzynski
The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club has re-signed forward David Dziurzynski to a one-year, two-way contract.
Dziurzynski, 23, played in 12 NHL games with the Senators in 2012-13, recording two goals and 13 penalty minutes.
The Lloydminster, Alta., native also recorded 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) and a professional career high 110 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games with Ottawa's AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators last season.
Rangers agree to terms with Carl Hagelin
The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Carl Hagelin on a new contract.
Hagelin, 24, registered 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points, along with 18 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating in 48 games last season.
He ranked sixth on the team in points and goals, third in shots (132), and tied for fifth in plus/minus rating, while being one of four Rangers to skate in all 48 games.
Hurricanes sign Mark Flood, Matt Corrente
The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with defencemen Mark Flood and Matt Corrente on one-year, two-way contracts.
Flood’s deal will pay him $550,000 with a guarantee of at least $225,000. Corrente’s deal will pay him $550,000 with a guarantee of at least $105,000.
"Mark is a veteran defenseman with some NHL experience, who we are familiar with from being a part of our organization in the past," said Canes Executive Vice President and Assistant General Manager Jason Karmanos,. "Matt is a physical and versatile player capable of contributing at defense or forward. He has had some injuries the past few seasons but is 100 percent healthy now." Flood, 28, played for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in 2012-13, earning six points and 25 penalty minutes in 52 regular-season games.
Corrente, 25, appeared in 11 games with Albany of the AHL last season, earning two assists and totaling 32 penalty minutes, but missed the majority of the season due to a shoulder injury.
Ducks sign D Alex Grant
The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenceman Alex Grant to a one-year contract through the 2013-14 season.
He played in 46 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL last season, with four goals, 16 assists and 73 penalty minutes.
Grant was acquired by Anaheim from Pittsburgh in exchange for left wing Harry Zolnierczyk on June 24.