Oilers re-sign Ryan Jones to 1-year deal: NHL free agency

The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed gritty forward Ryan Jones to a one-year contract. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2004 draft by Minnesota, Jones' best season came in 2011-12 with Edmonton, when he had 17 goals and 16 assists in 79 games.

Jets sign defenceman Adam Pardy

The Oilers are bringing gritty forward Ryan Jones back for another year. Jones has spent three-plus years in Edmonton after being brought over from Nashville. (Perry Nelson/Getty Images)

The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed gritty forward Ryan Jones to a one-year contract.

The 29-year-old Jones has 52 goals, 42 assists and 141 penalty minutes in 282 regular-season games with Edmonton and the Nashville Predators.

Drafted in the fourth round of the 2004 draft by Minnesota, Jones' best season came in 2011-12 with Edmonton, when he had 17 goals and 16 assists in 79 games.

The Chatham, Ont., native was slowed by an eye injury during the lockout-shortened season and played in just 27 games, recording two goals and five assists.

Jones posted this message on Twitter shortly after the deal was announced Saturday: "Excited to get to wear the Oil drop for another year. Hoping to prove the doubters wrong and help this team return to the `glory days!"'

Edmonton also agreed to a one-year deal with goalie Richard Bachman.

Bachman, 25, played in 13 games for the Dallas Stars in 2012-13 season. He posted a 6-5-0 record with a 3.25 goals-against average and .885 save percentage.

In 32 NHL appearances, Bachman is 14-10-1 with a 2.94 goals-against average and .901 save percentage.

He was drafted 120th overall in the fourth round by Dallas in 2006.

Jets sign defenceman Adam Pardy

The Winnipeg Jets signed free-agent defenceman Adam Pardy on Saturday.

The 29-year-old played in 17 games last season with the Buffalo Sabres, collecting four assists and 14 penalty minutes.

Pardy also appeared in 21 games with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League where he recorded nine points (two goals, seven assists) and 22 penalty minutes.

In 200 career NHL games with Buffalo, the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars, the Bonavista, N.L., native has four goals and 29 assists to go along with 171 penalty minutes.

Selected in the sixth round of the 2004 NHL draft by Calgary, the six-foot-four, 220-pound Pardy also has a pair of assists in six playoff games with the Flames.

The Jets also agreed to terms with forwards Jerome Samson, Andrew Gordon and John Albert on new contracts.

Samson, 25, played in 37 games last season with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.

Gordon, 27, played in 54 games with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL last season.

Albert, 24, played in 24 games last season with the St. John’s IceCaps where he registered five points and collected 10 penalty minutes.

Sabres sign D Alexander Sulzer

The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenceman Alexander Sulzer to a one-year contract.

The 29-year-old German had three goals and one assist in 17 games with Buffalo before suffering a knee injury Feb. 23. He has seven goals and 20 points in 106 career NHL games for Buffalo, Vancouver, Florida and Nashville.

Buffalo acquired the 6-foot-1 Sulzer at the 2012 trade deadline, when they shipped right wing Zack Kassian and defenceman Marc-Andre Gragnani to the Canucks for centre Cody Hodgson and Sulzer.

The Sabres also signed defenceman Drew Bagnall to a two-way contract. He appeared in two games for Minnesota during the 2010-11 season.

Canucks sign Mike Santorelli

The Vancouver Canucks have signed centre Mike Santorelli.

Santorelli, 27, split time last season with the Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers. He registered one assist in 10 games with the Jets and three points in 24 games with the Panthers.

The Vancouver native has 59 points in 208 career NHL games.

Canadiens sign Fournier, St-Pierre

The Montreal Canadiens have signed free agent forward Stefan Fournier to a three-year contract.

Fournier had 35 goals and 72 points for the Memorial Cup-champion Halifax Mooseheads in the 2012-13 regular season.

He added 16 goals and 13 assists in 17 playoff contests, including three points in the tournament final last May in Saskatoon.

The six-foot-three, 212-pounder from Dorval, Que., also led his team with 100 penalty minutes in the regular season and maintained a +17 plus/minus differential.

He is currently taking part in his first Canadiens' development camp.

According to CBCSports.ca senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby, the Habs also signed former OHL playoff MVP and Guelph Storm centre Martin St-Pierre to a one-year, two-way deal worth $550,000.

Stars sign 1st round pick Nichushkin

The Dallas Stars have signed right winger Valeri Nichushkin to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

The 6-foot-3, 196-pound native of Chelyabinsk, Russia was selected by Dallas in the first round (10th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.    

"Valeri is a skilled and competitive forward who we feel was at the top of the talent pool in this season's NHL Draft," said Stars GM Jim Nill. "He spent the last season playing against men in a very strong league and we feel that he can come in and immediately compete for a job at the NHL level."

Blue Jackets sign Jack Skille, Patrick McNeill

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenceman Patrick McNeill to a one-year, two-way contract.

No terms were disclosed.

McNeill, 26, was selected in the fourth round, 118th overall, by the Washington Capitals in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and has spent his entire six-year career in the Capitals organization.

The Jackets have also reportedly signed free agent forward Jack Skille.

Skille spent the past three season with the Florida Panthers. He recorded 12 points in 40 games last season.

On Saturday night, Columbus defenceman Jack Johnson posted to Twitter:

"Congrats to @JackSkille on his new contract. #reunited Give him a follow, welcome him to Columbus, and get ready to join the battle! #CBJ"

With files from CBCSports.ca