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Colorado Avalanche Re-Sign RFA Matt Nieto

Matt Nieto skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on February 12, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Avalanche 5-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Sport) The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed restricted free agent Matt Nieto to a two-year contract worth $3.95 million, or $1.975 million per season AAV. This contract expires at the end of the 2019-20 season. Nieto is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the contract. Matt Nieto at $1.975 AAV. Two-year deal for RFA forward. #Avs — Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers)...

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Florida Panthers Re-Sign Alexander Petrovic

View the original article on Last Word On Hockey: Florida Panthers Re-Sign Alexander Petrovic SUNRISE, FL – MARCH 4: Alex Petrovic #6 of the Florida Panthers circles the net with the puck during second period action against the Dallas Stars at the BB&T Center on March 4, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida. The Stars defeated the Panthers 2-1. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) The Florida Panthers re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Alexander Petrovic to a one-year contract. According to CapFriendly, the deal is worth $1.95 million. He will be an unrestricted free agent when the deal expires. He’s back! We’ve agreed to...

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Trevor van Riemsdyk Staying With Carolina Hurricanes

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 18: Trevor van Riemsdyk #57 of the Carolina Hurricanes (c) celebrates his go ahead goal at 13:11 of the third period against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on March 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed restricted free agent Trevor van Riemsdyk to a two-year contract worth $4.6 million, or $2.3 million per season AAV. This contract expires at the end of the 2019-20 season. Canes, van Riemsdyk agree on two-year $4.6 million contract. — Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) July 5,...

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Nail Yakupov Signs with SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL

PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 04: Nail Yakupov #64 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates his goal at 5:37 of the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 4, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Avalanche defeated the Flyers 5-4 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) KHL team SKA St. Petersburg have signed free agent forward Nail Yakupov to a two-year contract. This contract expires at the end of the 2019-20 season. Yakupov became an unrestricted free agent when he was not qualified by the Colorado Avalanche in June. 1st overall pick in 2012 #NHLDraft @Nail10_1993...

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Goaltender Andrew Hammond Signs with the Minnesota Wild

DENVER, CO – APRIL 18: during a first round playoff game between the Colorado Avalanche and the visiting Nashville Predators on April 18, 2018 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire) The Minnesota Wild have signed unrestricted free agent Andrew Hammond. Financial terms of the deal have not yet been released. Hearing #mnwild will sign goalie Andrew Hammond to compete with Alex Stalock for the Wild backup/Iowa No. 1 spot And, as I’ve previously reported, Greg Pateryn and Eric Fehr will be signing with the Wild — Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) July 1, 2018 After four...

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Goaltender Anton Khudobin Signs with the Dallas Stars

PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 1: Anton Khudobin #35 of the Boston Bruins blocks a shot in the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on April 1, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) The Dallas Stars have signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Anton Khudobin to a two-year contract worth $5 million, or $2.5 million per season AAV. This contract expires at the end of the 2019-20 season. 2 years and around $2.5 million per. https://t.co/ME7P5USGUz — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2018 Drafted in the seventh round of the 2004 NHL entry draft...

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Report: UFA Goaltender Jonathan Bernier to Signs with the Detroit Red Wings

DENVER, CO – APRIL 16: during a first round playoff game between the Colorado Avalanche and the visiting Nashville Predators on April 16, 2018 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire) According to Darren Dreger and Craig Custance, the Detroit Red Wings will sign unrestricted free agent Jonathan Bernier to a three-year contract worth about $9 million, or $3 million per season AAV. This contract expires at the end of the 2020-21 season. Expect 3-years around $3 million AAV on Bernier; 2-years in the $5.25-5.5 million AAV range on Green; Vanek talks continue. https://t.co/vvTSXRl6iF — Craig...

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Frank Vatrano Re-Signs with Florida Panthers

View the original article on Last Word On Hockey: Frank Vatrano Re-Signs with Florida Panthers OTTAWA, ON – MARCH 29: Florida Panthers Right Wing Frank Vatrano (72) skates during warm-up before National Hockey League action between the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators on March 29, 2018, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Restricted free agent winger Frank Vatrano received a one-year, one-way contract today from the Florida Panthers. This contract ends after the 2018-19 season when he will again be a restricted free agent. The deal is worth...

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NHL Rumours – John Tavares, Tomas Plekanec, Cam Ward, Ryan O’Reilly and More

MONTREAL, QC – JANUARY 25: Look on Carolina Hurricanes Goalie Cam Ward (30) during the Carolina Hurricanes versus the Montreal Canadiens game on January 25, 2018, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) For many people, the summer months are delightful. Warmth replaces the cold as daylight lasts much longer. Children relish in their extended break from schoolwork, and many enjoy family vacations to resorts, parks, beaches, and so on. Wedding season gets underway too, and people are simply all-around happier. Then, there are hockey fans. Until training camps and preseason all...

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Devante Smith-Pelly Signs With Washington Capitals

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Washington Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (25) in action on January 21, 2018, at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Washington Capitals, 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Washington Capitals have signed unrestricted free agent Devante Smith-Pelly to a one-year contract worth $1M. This contract carries him through the end of next season. Smith-Pelly became an unrestricted free agent when he was not tendered a qualifying offer by the  Capitals in June. However, the team decided to bring him back. Smith-Pelly reportedly took...

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Dominik Simon and Daniel Sprong Re-Sign with Pittsburgh Penguins

RALEIGH, NC – FEBRUARY 23: Pittsburgh Penguins Winger Dominik Simon (12) brings the puck up the ice during a game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on February 23, 2018. Pittsburgh defeated Carolina 6-1. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed restricted free agents Dominik Simon and Daniel Sprong to two-year contracts. Each contract is worth $1.5 million or $750,000 per year AAV. Daniel Sprong and Dominik Simon have both signed two-year extensions with the #Pens for AAV of $750,000 each. — Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 25,...

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Colorado Avalanche Off-Season Plan And Breakdown

NASHVILLE, TN – APRIL 20: Head coach Jared Bednar speaks to his team during a timeout in the third period of a 2-1 Avalanche victory over the Nashville Predators in Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 20, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) After surprising the hockey world in 2017-18 with one of the best turnarounds in NHL history, the Colorado Avalanche went from being the worst team in the league to returning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Now, the plans for...

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Final Salary Cap Limit Set for 2018-19 NHL Season

After much deliberation and different estimations, the final salary cap limit for the 2018-19 NHL season has been set. Teams this season will have $79.5 million in cap space to use as they wish on players. This figure is $4.5 million higher than the 2017-18 salary cap of $75 million, and is the highest it has been in history. (Of course, the cap has increased annually since its inception in 2004-05 with only one exception in the 2012-13 lockout-shortened season). The @NHLPA and the @NHL announced that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2018-19 League Year, pursuant to the Collective...

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Florida Panthers Off-Season To-Do List

View the original article on Last Word On Hockey: Florida Panthers Off-Season To-Do List PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 28: Dale Tallon, General Manager of the Florida Panthers, speaks on the phone on Day Two of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) The Florida Panthers wrapped up quite the up-and-down season back in April. For the year’s first half, they occupied a spot in the bottom five of the league. Then, they finished just one point shy of a playoff spot. Because of the drastic improvement they made, yet still failing to...

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