Latest NHL Eastern Conference News

Penguins sign F Zach Aston-Reese to 2-year deal

Jul. 22, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and forward Zach Aston-Reese avoided arbitration on Monday, agreeing to a two-year deal that runs through the 2020-21 season. The deal is worth $1 million annually. The two sides came together minutes before heading to arbitration. "We were actually setting up for...

Hurricanes, Brock McGinn agree on 2-year, $4.2 million deal

Jul. 20, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million contract with Brock McGinn and avoided arbitration. In the deal announced Saturday, the 25-year-old forward will earn $1.9 million next year and $2.3 million for the 2020-21 season. Team president and general manager Don...

Rangers agree to contract terms with new defenseman Trouba

Jul. 19, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba, who they acquired from Winnipeg in a major offseason trade. The deal reached Friday with Trouba, 25, is for seven years and $56 million, with an $8 million salary cap hit for the upcoming season....

Ron Francis has big hopes as GM of Seattle's new NHL club

Jul. 18, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Ron Francis has all kinds of eye-popping statistics attached to his Hall of Fame career. He averaged more than point a game, is second in NHL history in assists behind Wayne Gretzky and fifth in career points. When CEO Tod Leiweke and the ownership group of the Seattle NHL expansion team...

Red Wings re-sign D Joe Hicketts to 2-year deal

Jul. 17, 2019 11:26 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed defenseman Joe Hicketts to a two-year contract. The team announced the move Wednesday. Hicketts played in 11 games with the Red Wings in 2018-19. He also had 27 points in 64 games with Grand Rapids of the AHL. The 23-year-old Hicketts has no goals and...

Wild re-sign Ryan Donato among 3 restricted free agents

Jul. 16, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have re-signed three restricted free agents: forwards Ryan Donato and Nico Sturm and defenseman Carson Soucy. Donato, a natural center who mostly played left wing after arriving from Boston, received a two-year, $3.8 million contract. He had four goals and 12...

Capitals re-sign winger Jakub Vrana in 2-year deal

Jul. 16, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals took care of their biggest remaining offseason priority Tuesday by re-signing winger Jakub Vrana to a $6.7 million, two-year contract. Vrana had been a restricted free agent and will count $3.35 million against the salary cap in each of the next two seasons....

Carolina Hurricanes re-sign D Haydn Fleury to 1-year deal

Jul. 16, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed defenseman Haydn Fleury to a one-year contract worth $850,000. The team announced the deal Tuesday. The 23-year-old skated in 20 regular-season games with the Hurricanes along with nine playoff games last season. He also saw significant action...

Convincing Hall to stay is a Devil of a task for New Jersey

Jul. 15, 2019 2:24 AM EDT

After the New Jersey Devils acquired P.K. Subban, Taylor Hall texted Ray Shero a green checkmark. "Like, 'Check that box off,'" Shero said. "I guess that's good." The Devils have a much longer checklist to complete to convince Hall to re-sign and not leave as a free agent next summer. There is no rush from either...

Maple Leafs trade Joshua to Blues for future considerations

Jul. 12, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues acquired forward Dakota Joshua from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday for future considerations. The Blues signed the 23-year-old former Ohio State player to a two-year entry-level contract. From Dearborn, Michigan, Joshua had nine goals and 13 assists in 32 games last...