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Date Player
7/2/2015 James Wright, NYI, C
The New York Islanders signed Wright to a one-year, two-way contract Thursday.

Analysis: Wright is returning from Russia, where he had 15 goals and four assists in 53 games with his Kontinental Hockey League club. He has 146 games of NHL experience with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets.
7/2/2015 Joe Whitney, NYI, LW
The New York Islanders signed Whitney to a one-year, two-way contract Thursday.

Analysis: Whitney played with the Albany Devils of the AHL last season. He had 23 goals and 37 assists in 66 games. He also appeared in four NHL games with New Jersey and scored his first goal.
7/2/2015 Mike Liambas, Chi, LW
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with Liambas on a one-year deal for next season.

Analysis: Liambas had five goals, three assists and 158 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL last season.
7/2/2015 Cameron Schilling, Chi, D
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with Schilling on a two-year contract.

Analysis: Schilling played in six games with the Washington Capitals (2012-15), including four last season.
7/2/2015 Martin St. Louis, NYR, RW
St. Louis is retiring after 16 NHL seasons, seven All-Star selections and one Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The forward made the announcement Thursday, roughly a month after helping the New York Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to the Lightning in seven games.

Analysis: The 40-year-old St. Louis was uncertain whether he would return for another season after the Rangers were eliminated, but it was clear that New York was not going to bring him back. The 2003-04 league MVP had 391 goals and 642 assists in 1,134 regular season games with the Calgary Flames, the Lightning and the Rangers. He also won a Stanley Cup in 2004 and was the league's top scorer with 94 points.
7/2/2015 Gabriel Bourque, Nsh, LW
Bourque has accepted his qualifying offer and has signed a one-year contract worth $866,250.

Analysis: The 24-year-old Bourque has 30 goals and 44 assists in 220 career NHL games, all with Nashville. Bourque had three goals and 10 assists in 69 games this past season after collecting nine goals and 17 assists in 2013-14.
7/1/2015 Justin Williams, Was, RW
Williams has signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract with Washington.

Analysis: The right winger won the Stanley Cup once with the Carolina Hurricanes and twice with the Los Angeles Kings and took the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs in 2014. The 33-year-old had 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) in 81 games with the Kings last season.
7/1/2015 Matt Beleskey, Bos, LW
The Bruins signed left winger Beleskey, one of the more coveted available forwards, to a five-year contract with a charge against the NHL salary cap of $3.8 million per season.

Analysis: Beleskey shined in the playoffs for Anaheim, helping it come within a victory of reaching the Stanley Cup Final.
7/1/2015 Antoine Vermette, Chi, C
Arizona brought back Antoine Vermette, the popular centerman who just won a Stanley Cup with Chicago.

Analysis: Vermette, who was traded by the Coyotes to Chicago at the trade deadline, signed a two-year, $3.75 million deal.
7/1/2015 Brad Richards, Det, C
Richards has signed a one-year deal with Detroit. He'll make $3 million in base salary with another $1 million possible through incentives.

Analysis: Richards comes over from Chicago after winning his second career Stanley Cup. The 35-year-old had 12 goals and 25 assists in 76 games for the Blackhawks last season. He added three goals and 11 assists in the playoffs.
7/1/2015 Mike Green, Det, D
Green has signed a three-year, $18 million contract with Detroit.

Analysis: Green has spent his entire career with Washington, recording 113 goals and 247 assists in 575 games. He is the second-highest scoring defenseman in the NHL over the past eight seasons and will be counted on to quarterback Detroit's power play. Green had 10 goals and 35 assists last season with the Capitals.
7/1/2015 Jimmy Hayes, Bos, RW
The Florida Panthers traded Hayes to Boston for forward Reilly Smith and the contract of forward Marc Savard.

Analysis: Hayes had 19 goals and 16 assists for Florida this past season. In parts of four seasons with the Panthers and Chicago, Hayes has 36 goals and 30 assists in 168 games.
7/1/2015 Reilly Smith, Fla, RW
The Florida Panthers acquired Smith and the contract of forward Marc Savard on Wednesday from the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Jimmy Hayes.

Analysis: Smith has appeared in 203 games with Boston and Dallas, scoring 36 goals and adding 64 assists for 100 points. He had 13 goals and 27 assists last season, plus had four goals and an assist in 12 playoff games.
7/1/2015 Blake Coleman, NJ, C
The New Jersey Devils have signed Coleman to a two-year entry level contract.

Analysis: Coleman spent the past four years at Miami University of Ohio, getting a career-high 20 goals and 17 assists in 37 games. He was taken in the third round of the 2011 draft by the Devils.
7/1/2015 John Moore, NJ, D
The New Jersey Devils have signed Moore to a three-year contract. In making the announcement Wednesday, general manager Ray Shero said the defenseman would earn an average salary of $1.66 million.

Analysis: Moore will enter his fifth NHL season and sixth year as a professional. He split the 2014-15 season between the New York Rangers (38 games) and Arizona (19 games), finishing with two goals and nine assists. He also won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2015 world championships. The 24-year-old Moore has nine goals and 31 assists in 230 games with Columbus, New York and Arizona.
7/1/2015 Joe Piskula, Anh, D
Piskula agreed to a one-year contract with Anaheim on Wednesday.

Analysis: Piskula has appeared in 13 NHL games with Nashville, Calgary and Los Angeles. He spent most of last season with the Predators' AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.
7/1/2015 Chris Mueller, Anh, C
Mueller agreed to a one-year contract with Anaheim on Wednesday.

Analysis: Mueller has 10 points in 53 career NHL games with Nashville, Dallas and the New York Rangers. He spent most of last season with the Rangers' AHL affiliate in Hartford.
7/1/2015 Matt Hackett, Anh, G
Hackett agreed to a one-year contract with Anaheim on Wednesday.

Analysis: Hackett has played in 26 NHL games with Minnesota and Buffalo, winning four times. He played for Buffalo and its AHL affiliate in Rochester last season.
7/1/2015 Jayson Megna, NYR, RW
The New York Rangers signed Megna on Wednesday.

Analysis: Megna, 25, split this past season between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL). He had one assist in 12 games with Pittsburgh. In 63 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this past season, he had 26 goals and 13 assists. Megna has skated in 48 NHL games over parts of two seasons, both with Pittsburgh, registering five goals and five assists.
7/1/2015 Matt Lindblad, NYR, LW
The New York Rangers signed Lindblad on Wednesday.

Analysis: Lindblad, 25, played in three NHL games with the Boston Bruins and 47 games with Providence (AHL) this past season. The 5-11, 193-pounder has skated in 106 AHL games over parts of three seasons, registering 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points. Prior to joining the professional ranks, Lindblad played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Dartmouth University.
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