The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Nick Foligno to a three-year, $9.15 million US contract.
General manager Scott Howson announced the signing Friday, five days after Foligno was picked up in a trade with Ottawa for defenceman Marc Methot. Foligno, who was a restricted free agent, will receive $2.5 million in 2012-13, $3 million in 2013-14 and $3.75 in 2014-15.
The 24-year-old Foligno, who had 15 goals and 32 assists a year ago, is expected to add some much needed punch to the Blue Jackets' offence. He has 61 goals and 87 assists with 299 penalty minutes in 351 career NHL games with the Senators.
Coyotes ink Kyle Chipchura
The Phoenix Coyotes have signed restricted free agent forward Kyle Chipchura to a one-year contract.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Chipchura played 53 games for the Coyotes last season, scoring three goals with 13 assists. He also played 15 playoff games as Phoenix made an improbable run to the Western Conference finals, scoring a goal with three assists.
The 26-year-old Chipchura has played five seasons in the NHL with Montreal, Anaheim and Phoenix, with 13 goals and 31 assists.
Wild give Connelly contract
The Minnesota Wild have signed defenceman Brian Connelly to a two-year contract.
The Wild announced the news Friday. Connelly led all AHL defencemen in scoring last season with 52 points on six goals and 46 assists while playing for Rockford and Abbotsford.
It's a two-way deal, meaning Connelly will be paid more if he is playing with the Wild and less if he is with the club's AHL affiliate in Houston. From nearby Bloomington, he played three seasons at Colorado College.
It's been a busy week for the Wild, who surprised the NHL by signing forward Zach Parise and defenceman Ryan Suter to matching $98 million contracts Wednesday.
The Wild also signed defenceman Justin Falk this week.
Parise and Suter are scheduled to hold an introductory news conference Monday.
Sabres sign 2 forwards
The Buffalo Sabres have signed two free-agent forwards, Mark Mancari and Kevin Porter, and re-signed minor league goalie David Leggio each to one-year contracts.
Mancari re-joins the Sabres after spending last year in the Vancouver Canucks' organization. He had no points in six games with Vancouver and spent the rest of the season in the minors. Selected by Buffalo in the seventh-round of the 2004 draft, Mancari had three goals and 10 assists in 36 games with the Sabres.
Porter has 25 goals and 20 assists in 163 career NHL games over five seasons split between Phoenix and Colorado. He played at Michigan and was college hockey's 2008 Hobey Baker award winner.
Leggio had a 28-24-2 record and led the AHL with 1,721 saves with Rochester, the Sabres farm team.