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Date Player
8/26/2016 Max Jones, Anh, LW
The Ducks have signed Jones, their first-round pick in the 2016 draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Analysis: Anaheim selected the 18-year-old forward with the 24th overall pick. At 6-foot-2 and over 200 pounds, Jones sports intriguing size and skill, having generated 28 points and 24 assists in 63 games with London of the OHL last season.
8/26/2016 Brandon Pirri, NYR, C
The Rangers agreed to terms with Pirri on a one-year contract Friday worth $1.1 million.

Analysis: Pirri, 25, split last season between Florida and Anaheim, registering 14 goals, 15 assists and 30 penalty minutes in 61 games. He established career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, assists and points (29). He recorded a goal on five of his six shootout attempts (83.3 percent) and registered two game-deciding goals during the season.
8/25/2016 Lawson Crouse, Ari, LW
The Coyotes have acquired Crouse along with center Dave Bolland from Florida in exchange for a pair of conditional draft choices, a third-rounder in 2017 and a 2018 second-rounder.

Analysis: Arizona took the remainder of Bolland's cumbersome contract in order to land the 19-year-old Crouse, the 11th overall pick of the 2015 draft. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound forward had 23 goals, 39 assists and 56 penalty minutes in 49 games with Kingston of the OHL last season and should have a reasonable shot at making the Coyotes' roster out of camp.
8/25/2016 Dave Bolland, Ari, C
The Coyotes have acquired Bolland along with prospect Lawson Crouse from Florida in exchange for two conditional draft choices, a third-rounder in 2017 and a 208 second-rounder.

Analysis: Bolland was a major disappointment after signing a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Panthers in July 2014, compiling seven goals and 21 assists while appearing in just 78 games due to injuries over two seasons. Arizona is expected to move the 30-year-old to long-term injured reserve and had to take on his onerous contract to obtain a promising young player in Crouse.
8/24/2016 Jiri Hudler, Dal, RW
Hudler signed a $2 million, one-year deal with the Stars on Wednesday.

Analysis: Hudler had 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) in 72 games combined for Calgary and Florida last season.
8/23/2016 Cody Ceci, Ott, D
Ceci and the Ottawa Senators agreed to a two-year deal worth $5.6 million on Tuesday.

Analysis: Ceci collected career highs in goals (10) and points (26) last season, with 10 points coming in the 28 games during which he was paired with veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf. The 15th overall pick of the 2012 draft by Ottawa, Ceci has scored 18 goals and set up 38 others in 205 career contests.
8/22/2016 Jhonas Enroth, Tor, G
Enroth has signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Maple Leafs.

Analysis: The 28-year-old Swede produced a career-best 2.17 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in 16 games (13 starts) with Los Angeles last season and has made 128 starts over seven NHL seasons. Enroth is expected to serve as the backup to offseason acquisition Frederick Andersen.
8/19/2016 Jimmy Vesey, Buf, LW
Vesey has agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers, one of several teams that were pursuing the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner.

Analysis: Vesey was a hot commodity on the free-agent market after declining to sign with Nashville, who had held the Harvard standout's rights before trading them to Buffalo in June. The 23-year-old forward also wasn't able to reach a deal with the Sabres prior to a deadline that ended Monday. Vesey, who had 24 goals and 22 assists in 33 games for the Crimson last season, is believed to be close to being NHL-ready.
8/19/2016 Sean Monahan, Cgy, C
The Flames have signed Monahan to a seven-year extension worth a reported $44.1 million. The huge deal will keep the team's top-line center under contract through the 2022-23 season.

Analysis: Monahan has certainly lived up to expectations as the sixth overall pick of the 2013 draft, scoring 80 goals and logging 79 assists through his first three NHL seasons. The 21-year-old had 31 goals during the 2014-15 campaign and 27 last season, in which he ended with a career-high 63 points.
8/17/2016 Matt Cullen, Pit, C
The Penguins re-signed Cullen to a one-year, $1 million contract Wednesday for his 20th NHL season.

Analysis: The 39-year-old Cullen, who helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup last season, had 16 goals and 16 assists in 82 games last season. He added four goals and two assists in 24 playoff games, including two game-winners.
8/16/2016 Radim Vrbata, Ari, RW
The Coyotes brought back Vrbata on a one-year contract Tuesday.

Analysis: Vrbata spent the past two seasons with the Canucks after playing six of the previous seven with the Coyotes. He had 13 goals and 14 assists last season after scoring 31 goals for Vancouver in 2014-15. In 934 games, Vrbata has 259 goals and 295 assists for the Avalanche, Hurricanes, Blackhawks, Coyotes, Lightning and Canucks.
8/15/2016 Christopher Gibson, NYI, G
The Islanders and Gibson have agreed on a one-year, two-way contract.

Analysis: Gibson appeared in four games and made two starts with the Islanders last season. The 23-year-old is expected to return to the team's AHL affiliate in Bridgeport for the 2016-17 campaign.
8/15/2016 J.C. Lipon, Wpg, RW
The Jets agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Lipon on Monday.

Analysis: The club noted that Lipon will receive an average annual value of $650,000 should the 23-year-old remain in the NHL. Lipon notched one assist and five penalty minutes in nine games with Winnipeg last season. He also scored 13 goals and set up 17 others in 45 contests with Manitoba of the American Hockey League in 2015-16.

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