Rangers Re-Sign Brendan Lemieux

The Rangers have announced that they have re-signed winger Brendan Lemieux to a 1-year deal.

The Rangers’ training camp opens tomorrow. Lemieux and Tony DeAngelo were their two RFAs that were unsigned. DeAngelo is now the only one without a contract.

The Rangers acquired Lemieux along with Winnipeg’s first round pick at last season’s trade deadline in exchange for Kevin Hayes.

Devils Re-Sign Pavel Zacha

The Devils announced that they have re-signed Pavel Zacha to a 3 year contract.

There was a report yesterday that Zacha had agreed to terms with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.

Zacha, 22, will be two seasons away from unrestricted free agency after this contract.

Zach Werenski Signs 3-Year Deal

The Blue Jackets have signed D Zach Werenski to a 3 year deal worth $5 million per season.

Werenski, 22, will have one RFA season remaining at the conclusion of this contract.

Hurricanes Sign Jake Gardiner

The Hurricanes have signed UFA defenseman Jake Gardiner to a four year deal.

The market was a bit softer for Gardiner than most anticipated. Concerns about the blueliner’s history with back injuries could have limited the interest.

Joe Thornton Re-Signs With Sharks

Joe Thornton has re-signed with the Sharks for the 2019-20 season.

Thornton, 40, had 16 goals and 35 assists in 73 games with the Sharks last season.

Marleau to Explore Options Outside of Sharks

Elliotte Friedman reports that Patrick Marleau will pursue NHL options outside of the Sharks, as there currently is not a fit with his former team.

It is believed Marleau would prefer a team in the area of the Sharks for family reasons. The Kings were a rumored destination in June, perhaps that will pick up again.

Justin Williams to “Step Away”

The Hurricanes have announced that Justin Williams will not be joining them to start the upcoming NHL season.

Bob McKenzie reported yesterday that the belief was Williams was more likely to retire than not. Although, neither the Hurricanes nor Williams have used the word retire, today’s announcement seems a soft move towards that.

Williams, who turns 38 in October, had 23 goals and 30 assists with the Hurricanes last season.

Avs Sign Soderberg

Less than 24 hours after acquiring his negotiating rights from the Boston Bruins, the Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Carl Soderberg to a five-year, $23.75 million contract.

Soderberg, 29, was set to become a UFA on July 1st until Colorado dealt a 2016 sixth round draft pick for the exclusivity of negotiating with the Swedish forward, who posted 13 goals and 31 assists with the Bruins last season.

The deal could have further implications as this may lead to Ryan O’Reilly finally being traded.

  

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