NHL: Recent Signings (Late July)


Son of Liberty
Montreal signs Yanick Lehoux

The Montreal Canadiens have announced the signing of centreman Yanick Lehoux to a one-year contract.

A native of Montreal, Lehoux split the 2006-07 season between the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL and Khimik/Mytischi of the Russian Superleague.

The 6-foot, 200-pound forward was selected 86th overall in the 2000 NHL entry draft by the Los Angeles Kings.


Predators sign Rich Peverly and Pekka Rinne

Nashville, Tenn. (July 25, 2008) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with restricted free agent Rich Peverley and has signed goaltender Pekka Rinne to a one-year contract extension that begins in 2009-10.



Colorado re-signs Marek Svatos to 2 year deal

The Colorado Avalanche announced the signing of forward Marek Svatos to a two-year contract, thereby avoiding arbitration.

"Marek Svatos has been a key ingredient to our success the last few years," said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere in a statement. "He's scored many big goals for this club and we expect him to be a strong force for us again this season."

Svatos, 26, finished the 2007-08 season on the team in goals, with 26, despite missing the last 16 games of the season with a torn ACL. His six game-winning goals tied him with teammate Wojtek Wolski for the club lead.

A seventh-round selection by the Avalanche (227th overall) in the 2001 Entry Draft, Svatos finished his rookie season in 2005-06 ranked third in goals among first-year players (32) behind Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.


Blue Jackets Sign Mike York to One-Year Contract

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Mike York to a one-year contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

York, 30, tallied six goals and eight assists for 14 points with four penalty minutes in 63 games last season with Phoenix. In eight NHL seasons, he has collected 127-195-322 and 135 penalty minutes in 578 career games with the New York Rangers, Edmonton, New York Islanders, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

The Rangers’ seventh pick, 136th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, York registered 26-24-50 and 18 penalty minutes, while being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1999-2000. Two years later, he combined to score a career-high 20-41-61 with 16 penalty minutes in 81 games for the Rangers and Oilers, as well as being selected to play for North America in the 2002 All-Star Game.

He spent the next two seasons with Edmonton and totaled 40-57-97, 25 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +9 in 144 games. York was then traded along with Edmonton’s fourth round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft to the Islanders in exchange for Michael Peca on August 3, 2005. He notched 13-39-52 and 30 penalty minutes to lead the Islanders in assists during the 2005-06 season.

He began the 2006-07 campaign with the Islanders and had 6-7-13 and 14 penalty minutes in 32 games prior to being traded to Philadelphia. In 34 games with the Flyers, he notched 4-4-8 and eight penalty minutes. He played his 500th career game against Boston on February 19.

The Waterford, Michigan native played four seasons at Michigan State and tallied 79-122-201 and 141 penalty minutes in 158 career games. He had 22-32-54 and 41 penalty minutes in 42 games in 1998-99 en route to being named the CCHA Player of the Year. He also earned NCAA West First All-American Team honors in 1998 and 1999, CCHA First All-Star Team honors in 1999 and CCHA Second All-Star Team honors in 1998.

York has represented his country on numerous occasions, helping Team USA win the silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. He also played in the 2005 World Championships and in three World Junior Championships. He won a silver medal and led the tournament in scoring with 5-5-10 in six games at the 1997 World Junior Championships.


Islanders re-sign Bruno Gervais

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. - The New York Islanders have added to their defence corp by signing defenceman Bruno Gervais to a three-year, US$2.2225-million contract on Friday.

The deal keeps Gervais under contract through the 2010-11 season and means the Islanders have now locked up all of their potential restricted free agents for the upcoming season.

Gervais recorded 13 assists while averaging 20:00 minutes of ice time last season. The 23-year-old Acadie, Que., native Gervais has played in 138 career NHL games over the course of three seasons with the Islanders and has scored three goals with 23 assists for 26 points.

"Bruno is a homegrown talent and has been developing in our system for a few years," said Islanders GM Garth Snow in a statement. "He's a high character player and person and is someone who is great in the Long Island community. We're very excited to have him on board for the next three years."

Gervais was originally drafted by the Islanders in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.


Red Wings Sign Darren Haydar

From one championship team to another.

Still reveling in last month's Calder Cup title win with the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves (affiliate of Atlanta Thrashers), Darren Haydar has signed with the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

Expected to be made public today, the one-year, two-way deal will see the 28-year-old Milton right winger make $525,000 if he sticks with the big club.

"I'm excited. Who wouldn't want to be part of a Stanley Cup champion organization? That's my mindset right now," Haydar told the Champion Monday afternoon, having just inked the contract and FedEx-ed it back to his new club following a weekend fishing trip with his girlfriend's family in northern Wisconsin. "They're a first class team that plays its skilled players, so hopefully this will give me more of an opportunity (to play in NHL)."

Not in the future plans of Atlanta -- where last fall he saw his first and only real stint in the show, a 10-week tenure during which he had a goal and seven assists in 16 games -- the AHL veteran seriously considered what he described as attractive offers from teams in Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.

But in the end the desire to continue his quest for permanent residency in the NHL remains just too strong.

"I don't know if this season is my last chance, but I should know after this year if it's (prolonged stay in NHL) going to come about or not. I'm not getting any younger."

The 2006/07 AHL MVP (with a league-leading 41 goals and 81 assists) now finds himself on an organization loaded with depth, but one that also has stable management and plays a skills game -- two things that could work in his favour.

Serving as captain this past season, Haydar helped lead the Wolves to the Calder Cup -- his second in four years -- with 12 goals and 15 assists.

During this latest run he became the AHL's all-time leader in both post-season goals and total points, breaking the old marks of 51 and 119 respectively.

Haydar's signing with Detroit comes on the heels of fellow Wolves' sniper Jason Krog -- also his teammate at the University of New Hampshire -- hooking up with Vancouver.

While the five-foot-nine-inch, 170-pound forward bids farewell to one UNH cohort, he'll reunite with another -- as former roommate Ty Conklin recently signed with the Red Wings.

"This will be my first season in the Northern Conference (with Grand Rapids), where most of the teams are fairly close to home."


Devils sign Fedor Fedorov

NEWARK, N.J. - Russian centre Fedor Fedorov was signed by the New Jersey Devils on Monday after he spent the last two seasons playing in Europe.

Fedorov, 27, had 12 goals and 14 assists in 49 games last season with Dynamo in Russia. His previous stint in the NHL came during the 2005-06 season when he played three games with the New York Rangers.

Fedorov also played in 15 games with the Vancouver Canucks during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. He spent three seasons in the Canucks' organization, playing in 116 contests for Manitoba of the AHL.

Internationally, Fedorov - the younger brother of Washington Capitals star Sergei Fedorov - represented Russia at the 2005 World Championships.


more to come.


Sultan of Swat
Staff member
I dont expect much from Leroux to be honest with you, I dont think he'll be playing much with the big club this year.

I'm surprise to see Fedor Federov back in the NHL. For some reason I've always had high expectations for him. Should be interesting to see what he does for the Devils.


Registered Member
York is overpaid.
Rinne is a goalie of the future.
So a good Re-sign by Nashville:)
Svatos isn't so special player in my book, as he should to show more about grity for example.
F.Fedorov signing was a surprise as he hasn't ever been so special for his potential/talent.
More a lazy player, too soft for me.
But okay signing either from Devils-TEam.


Son of Liberty
Rangers sign Fredrik Sjostrom

New York Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Fredrik Sjostrom.

The 25-year-old played in 69 games with the Phoenix Coyotes and Rangers in 2007-08, recording 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points, along with 22 penalty minutes.

The 6-1, 217-pound forward has appeared in 279 career NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes and Rangers, recording 34 goals and 41 assists for 75 points, along with 134 penalty minutes.

The Fargelanda, Sweden native was originally drafted by Phoenix 11th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. On February 26, he was acquired by the Rangers, along with David LeNeveu, Josh Gratton and a fifth round choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for Al Montoya and Marcel Hossa.


Panthers and Bouwmeester Agree to One-Year Deal

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin announced today that club has agreed to terms on a one year deal with defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

Bouwmeester, 24, played in all 82 games with the Panthers last season recording a career high 15 goals, while ranking first in the National Hockey League with 27:28 of ice time per game. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound blueliner has played in all 82 games for the Cats in each of his last three seasons. For his NHL career, he has played in 389 games, all with Florida, scoring 38 goals with 123 assists and 261 PIM.

The Edmonton, Alberta native represented the Panthers in the 2006-07 NHL All-Star Game and played for Team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino. He has also represented Team Canada three times in the World Championships (2003, 2004 & 2008), while also playing on Team Canada’s gold medal winning World Cup of hockey squad in 2004.

Bouwmeester was drafted by the Panthers with the club’s first choice (3rd overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.


Pens re-sign Gove, sign Danny Richmond

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed center Dave Gove, it was announced on Tuesday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. Additionally, the Penguins have signed defenseman Danny Richmond to a one-year contract.

Gove, 30, was acquired by Pittsburgh from the Carolina Hurricanes for Joe Jensen on January 31, 2008. He appeared in 36 regular season games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season, recording 22 points (15 goals, seven assists) and 10 penalty minutes. He led the team with three short-handed goals.

The native of Centerville, Massachusetts began the season with the Albany River Rats, recording 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 45 games. He combined for nine game-winning goals with the Penguins and River Rats, one off the AHL lead.

The 5-9, 190 pound forward has appeared in 429 career AHL games with the Penguins River Rats, Lowell Lock Monsters, Providence Bruins, San Antonio Rampage and Grand Rapids Griffins, recording 184 points (95+89).

Gove has also appeared in two games with the Carolina Hurricanes in his career, posting one assist. Additionally, he has suited up for the Orland Solar Bears (International Hockey League), the Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL) and the Laredo Bucks (Central Hockey League).

Richmond, 23, appeared in seven games with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2007-08 season. He scored 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) along with 156 penalty minutes in 40 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League (AHL), ranking third on the club in penalty minutes.

The 6-0, 194-pound defenseman has played in 49 career games in the NHL, tallying three points (three assists) and 75 penalty minutes. He has played in 223 total games in the AHL, posting 88 points (24 goals, 64 assists) along with 541 penalty minutes.

The Chicago native was acquired by the Penguins in exchange for Tim Brent on July 17, 2008. He was originally drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round (31st overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft.

Season ticket packages for the 2008-09 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey are on sale now, and available by contacting the Penguins' ticketing office at 570-208-7367.


Boston signs Martin St. Pierre and Nate Thompson

Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed forwards Martin St. Pierre and Nate Thompson. Per club policy, the terms of the contracts will not be disclosed.

The Bruins acquired St. Pierre's rights from Chicago via a July 24, 2008 trade, which saw Boston send Pascal Pelletier to the Blackhawks. St. Pierre, a 5-9, 185 pound center who played five NHL games last season, spent the majority of the 2007-2008 campaign playing for the Chicago's AHL affiliate in Rockford where he earned a 21-67-88 line in 69 games. He also played in 12 Calder Cup playoff games and scored two goals and added 12 assists for 14 points. Signed as a free agent by Chicago on November 3, 2005, the 24-year-old has played in 211 AHL games with career 71-189-260 totals.

Thompson, a 6-0, 200 pound center, was the Bruins' sixth round pick, 183rd overall, in the 2003 NHL entry draft and has spent the past three seasons with the Bruins' AHL affiliate in Providence. In 2007-2008, the forward played in 75 regular season games for the P-Bruins and earned a 19-20-39 line - all career bests for the 23-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska. Thompson also appeared in 10 playoff games for Providence and produced 2-3-5 totals.

Over his three-year professional career, Thompson has appeared in 216 AHL contests, recording 35 goals and 45 assists for 80 points. In 2006-2007, he skated in four NHL games with the Bruins.

Prior to signing with Boston, both St. Pierre and Thompson were restricted free agents.


more to come.


Sultan of Swat
Staff member
The Panthers did a wise choice in re-signing Bouwmeester, he's one of the best young defenseman in the league, and with re-signing him they avoided arbitration.

I don't have much to say about the other signings.


Son of Liberty
Blue Jackets Re-Sign Pascal Leclaire

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed goaltender Pascal Leclaire to a three-year contract through the 2010-11 season, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

Leclaire, 25, is coming off his best NHL season in 2007-08 as he compiled a 24-17-6 record with a 2.25 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and nine shutouts in 54 games with the Blue Jackets. He ranked second in the NHL in shutouts, seventh in goals-against average and 11th in save percentage, while his record was the best in franchise history and his shutout total nearly doubled the previous club mark of five set by Marc Denis in 2002-03 and 2003-04. Following the season, he helped Canada win a silver medal at the 2008 World Championships, posting a 4-0-0 record with a 2.00 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and one shutout in four games.

“We’re very happy to have signed Pascal to a new contract that will keep him with the Blue Jackets for the next three seasons,” said Howson. “He is an important part of our team and we think he will continue to improve and play a significant role in helping us reach our goals.”

Leclaire was the Blue Jackets’ first pick, eighth overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He owns a 41-49-11 record with a 2.71 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 113 career NHL games. He spent most of his first three seasons with the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’s AHL affiliate, before joining the Blue Jackets early in the 2005-06 season. As a rookie that year, he was 11-15-3 with a 3.23 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 33 games. He made 40 or more saves six times, which was tied for the most by a rookie goaltender since Mike Richter did the same with the New York Rangers in 1990-91. A knee injury limited Leclaire to 24 games in 2006-07 when he was 6-15-2, but he lowered his goals-against average to 2.97 and posted his first career shutout with a 38-save effort vs. the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 27, 2006.

The Repentigny, Quebec native played four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 1998-02. He was 64-58-14 with a 3.40 goals-against average in 144 career QMJHL games with Halifax and Montreal. Leclaire also backstopped Canada to a silver medal at the 2002 World Junior Championships, earning Top Goaltender honors after going 4-1-0 with a 1.80 goals-against average.


Senators Re-Sign Vermette to Two-Year Deal

OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has re-signed forward Antoine Vermette to a two-year contract.

In his fourth National Hockey League season, Vermette recorded career highs in both goals (24) and assists (29) while recording 51 penalty minutes in 81 games with the club. Vermette was one of six 20-goal scorers on the Senators, while his three shorthanded goals were tied for second on the club behind Daniel Alfredsson’s seven.

Vermette was sixth in the NHL with a 56.7 per cent success rate in the faceoff circle and recorded his first career NHL hat trick on April 3, scoring three times in an 8-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 25-year-old has recorded 71 goals, 68 assists and 163 penalty minutes in 297 career regular-season games. He has also contributed eight points (4-4) and 18 penalty minutes in 38 career playoff games.

The native of St-Agapit, Que., spent parts of three seasons with Ottawa’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, recording 62 goals and 73 assists for 135 points in 161 AHL games.

Vermette was Ottawa’s second second-round pick (55th overall) in the 2000 NHL entry draft.


Red Wings Re-Sign Filppula to Five-Year Deal

The Detroit Red Wings have locked up another piece of their Stanley Cup Championship team.

The club signed restricted free agent forward Valtteri Filppula to a five-year, $15 million contract on Wednesday



Arbitrator Awards Koistinen 1-Year Deal

Predators defenseman Ville Koistinen was awarded a one-year contract at $700,000 as part of the NHL’s arbitration process. Koistinen’s arbitration case was heard by an independent arbitrator on Monday (July 28) in Toronto. Koistinen was a restricted free agent this summer and filed for arbitration prior to the July 5 player deadline.

With the award announced, the contract is in the process of being signed by both Koistinen and the Predators and should be finalized by NHL's Central Registry in the coming days. With the deal, Nashville now returns seven of its eight defensemen from last season, having signed Kevin Klein, Ryan Suter, and Shea Weber earlier this off-season to go along with Greg de Vries, Dan Hamhuis, and Greg Zanon each of whom had time remaining on his contract.

Koistinen, 26 (6/17/82), played his first National Hockey League season in 2007-08, registering 17 points (4g-13a) in 48 games. The Tampere, Finland native ranked second on the club and tied for third among rookies in plus/minus rating (+13) in addition to tying for second among Nashville blueliners in power-play points (2g-9a-11pts). The 5-11, 190-pound d-man also earned a bronze medal while representing Finland at the 2008 World Championships in May 2008.

Signed as a free agent on May 18, 2006, Koistinen played his first season in North America with Milwaukee in 2006-07 and was named to the PlanetUSA squad at the 2007 AHL All-Star Classic. Prior to joining the Predators organization, Koistinen played eight seasons in the Ilves Tampere system in his homeland.


Registered Member
A good signings here.
Bouwmeester hasn't shows his all potential yet.
A smart Re-signing by Panthers.
The same thing on P.Leclaire who is the goalie of future, surely.
V.Koistinen is young but not so very young defenseman but he has a time surely to improves of his few weakness in his game.
He's a quite strong guy for his size but isn't so tough one.
He is a good pointman but can to defends as well.
V.Filppula is Wings-looking player so his Re-Sign for 5 year was very smart move by a team.