Mark Spector reports the Oilers have signed Vladimir Tkachev.
The 18 year old Tkachev was passed over in the 2014 draft. The reason isn’t hard to discern: Tkachev is listed as 5’8″ and 141lbs. In 20 games with Moncton of the QMJHL last season, Tkachev had 10 goals and 20 assists.
The Devils have released two of their many training camp try-outs: Ruslan Fedotenko and Tomas Kaberle.
The Devils still have Scott Gomez in camp, however. Gomez scored two goals for the Devils in a Sunday preseason game.
The Boston Bruins have signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith to identical one-year, $1.4 million deals.
Both young players were restricted free agents and are coming off impressive seasons where Krug led all rookie defenseman with 14 goals and Smith reached the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his career.
The contracts are very team friendly, but the Bruins remain $3.6 million over the cap which will lead to more trade speculation involving defenseman Johnny Boychuk who is set to earn $3.36 million and becomes a UFA at the end of the season.
The Colorado Avalanche have signed defenseman Brad Sutart to a two-year contract extension worth $7.2 million.
Stuart, 34, was acquired during the off-season from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for two draft picks.
Besides being a physical presence along the blueline, Stuart provides experience and stability to the team’s young defensive corps.
Bob McKenzie reports that the Blues are close to settling on a new contract with RFA Jaden Schwartz.
McKenzie reported Tuesday that the Schwartz was looking for $2.6 million per season, with the Blues offering about half a million less.
The Vancouver Canucks have placed goaltender Jacob Markstrom on waivers.
Markstrom, 24, played in four games for the Canucks last season after being acquired from the Florida Panthers in the Roberto Luongo deal.
If no team claims Markstrom by 9 am Saturday, he will likely be sent to Vancouver’s AHL affiliate.
According to Aaron Portzline, Ryan Johansen has lowered his contract demands. The new deal is valued at $4.7 million per season. Previously, he had been asking for $6.8 million per season. However, the Columbus Blue Jackets are not interested in caving in, in fact, they believe they are fighting a battle for the entire league against Kurt Overhardt who is trying to set a precedent for bridge contracts.
“The Blue Jackets truly believe they have the moral high ground in this fight, as if such a position exists between millionaire owners and millionaire athletes. The Blue Jackets are fighting for their own budget, of course, but they are also fighting on behalf of all other NHL clubs,” said Portzline.
RFA Ryan Ellis has signed a $12.5 million / 5 year deal [$2.5M per] with the Predators.
Bob McKenzie suggested Tuesday night that the two sides may explore a long-term deal, after negotiations on a two-year term produced little.