The Devils re-signed Connor Carrick to a two-year extension worth $1.5 million ($750K AAV).

Carrick was acquired from Toronto in early-October before the Stars traded him to New Jersey in late-February. The 25-year-old ended up picking up seven points (1G / 6A) in 20 games with the Devils, giving him a total of 11 points (2G / 9A) in just 34 games. With the addition of P.K. Subban this summer, Carrick will likely battle with Mirco Mueller for the sixth D-spot in 2020.

Source: New Jersey Devils 07/16/19, 8:52 pm EST

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The Ducks have re-signed Justin Kloos to a one-year contract.

Kloos was in his second year in the Wild’s AHL farm system before being acquired for Pontus Aberg in January and spending 25 games with San Diego (AHL). Kloos has just two career NHL games under his belt and spent last year posting 18 goals and 27 assists (45 points) in 59 combined NHL games. Look for him to start 2020 with San Diego but could be one of the first call-ups for a thin Ducks team.

Source: Anaheim Ducks 07/16/19, 8:57 pm EST

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The Ducks have re-signed Chase De Leo to a one-year contract.

De Leo was originally a fourth-round pick of the Jets but 2018-19 was his first season with the Ducks organization. The 23-year-old was second on the Gulls with 55 points (20G / 35A) in 66 games and will likely be among their top players to start 2020.

Source: Anaheim Ducks 07/16/19, 8:59 pm EST

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The Ducks have signed Chris Wideman to a one-year contract.

Wideman went from a regular NHLer in 2016 and 2017 to a fringe/AHL player after a leg injury in 2018. The 29-year-old has posted solid offensive numbers at lower-levels, including 15 points (3G / 12A) in 19 AHL games last year and could push for the sixth defenseman spot with Anaheim in 2020.

Source: Anaheim Ducks 07/16/19, 9:02 pm EST

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The Capitals have re-signed Jakub Vrana to a two-year contract worth $6.7M ($3.35M AAV).

After showing flashes of his potential in 2018, Vrana took another step forward in 2019, setting a carer-high in goals (24), assists (23) and points (47) in 82 games. Vrana did that while barely averaging over 14 minutes per game but could easily play closer to 16 minutes in the Capitals top-6 in 2020. With increased playing time, Vrana could be a legit 60-plus point threat.

Source: Washington Capitals 07/16/19, 9:08 pm EST

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The Blackhawks have acquired Zack Smith from the Senators for Artem Anisimov.

Smith had a career-year in 2016, scoring 25 goals with 11 assists (36 points) but has just 14 goals and 33 assists (47 points) in the last two seasons combined. With RFA Brendan Perlini still in need of a contract, the Blackhawks clear $1.3M by swapping Anisimov for Smith. The 31-year-old probably doesn’t have the same offensive upside as Anisimov, but should settle in as a quality bottom-6 option for Chicago, who has completely re-tooled that part of their roster this offseason.

Source: Chicago Blackhawks 07/16/19, 9:17 pm EST

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The Senators have acquired Artem Anisimov from the Blackhawks for Zack Smith.

This trade was all about the Blackhawks clearing cap-space and Anisimov is a middle-6 upgrade over Smith. Anisimov is coming off of a 15-goal, 22-assist season in 2019 and had three straight 20-plus goal seasons but won’t have the same surrounding cast with the Senators.

Source: Ottawa Senators 07/16/19, 9:20 pm EST

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The Wild have re-signed Nico Sturm to a one-year contract.

After finishing his Junior season at Clarkson University, Sturm turned pro and appeared in two NHL games with the Wild at the end of 2019. The 24-year-old led Clarkson with 45 points (14G / 31A) in 39 games. Sturm has NHL-size (6-foot-3, 207 lbs.) but with Eric Staal, Mikko Koivu, Joel Eriksson Ek and Victor Rask ahead of him on the depth chart, he is likely headed for the AHL to start the year.

Source: Minnesota Wild 07/16/19, 9:26 pm EST

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The Wild have re-signed Ryan Donato to a two-year contract worth $3.8M ($1.9M AAV).

The Wild acquired Donato in the Charlie Coyle trade and the Harvard grad picked up 16 points (4G / 12A) in 22 games with Minnesota after the trade. The 24-year-old has gifted hands and middle-6 potential but his position to start 2020 is uncertain. He had a strong showing to end last season but the additions of Mats Zuccarello and Ryan Hartman will likely push him down the depth chart and maybe to the AHL to being the year.

Source: Minnesota Wild 07/16/19, 9:29 pm EST

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The Flames have re-signed Rinat Valiev to a one-year contract.

Valiev has moved around Canada over the last year, going from Toronto to Montreal and then Calgary. The 24-year-old blueliner is a former third-round pick and had four goals and 17 assists (21 points) in 57 AHL games a season ago. Valiev will almost certainly start the 2020 season with Stockton (AHL).

Source: Calgary Flames 07/16/19, 9:31 pm EST

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