NHL Player News

  • Red Wings' Joe Veleno: Inks two-year deal

    Veleno signed a two-year, $4.55 million contract with the Red Wings on Friday, per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

    Veleno was a restricted free agent coming off a one-year, $825,000 contract. He had 12 goals and 28 points in 80 contests last season. The 24-year-old is likely to start the 2024-25 campaign in a bottom-six role, but he does have some upside.

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    Hurricanes' Jack Drury: Inks two-year deal

    Drury signed a two-year, $3.45 million contract with the Hurricanes on Wednesday, per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

    Drury was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract. He had eight goals, 27 points and 33 PIM in 74 regular-season contests with Carolina in 2023-24. Drury is likely to open the upcoming season as a member of the third line.

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov: Getting contract terminated

    Kuznetsov was put on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract, the Hurricanes announced Wednesday.

    Kuznetsov had one season remaining on his eight-year, $62.4 million contract. When an NHL agreement is mutually terminated rather than bought out, the remaining cap hit and salary are erased from the books, which will save each of Carolina and Washington $3.9 million for the 2024-25 campaign. Kuznetsov struggled in 2023-24, finishing the regular season with eight goals and 24 points across 63 contests. He's likely to join the KHL's SKA St. Petersburg.

  • Bruins' Marc McLaughlin: Signs two-way deal

    McLaughlin signed a one-year, two-way contract with Boston on Tuesday.

    McLaughlin produced eight goals and 14 points in 68 regular-season games for AHL Providence in 2023-24. He scored one goal in his lone NHL regular-season appearance with Boston last campaign. McLaughlin will likely spend most, if not all, of 2024-25 in the minors.

  • Joe Pavelski C | DAL

    Joe Pavelski: Makes retirement official

    Pavelski made his retirement from playing hockey official during an interview with SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on Tuesday.

    As expected, Pavelski has decided to hang up his skates after accumulating 476 goals and 1,068 points in 1,332 career regular-season games for San Jose and Dallas. The 40-year-old forward also had 74 goals and 69 assists in 201 NHL playoff outings.

  • Kings' Quinton Byfield: Inks five-year extension

    Byfield signed a five-year, $31.25 million extension with the Kings on Monday.

    Byfield was the second-overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. After a slow start to his career, he finally broke out during the 2023-24 campaign; Byfield racked up 20 goals and 55 points with a plus-19 rating in 80 regular-season games last year. The 21-year-old center scored 14 of those points with the man advantage. Byfield also added four points, all assists, in five postseason contests. Expect him to take another step forward with his offensive production during the 2024-25 season.

  • Ducks' Nikita Nesterenko: Lands two-way deal

    Nesterenko signed a one-year, two-way contract with Anaheim on Monday.

    According to Eric Stephens of The Athletic, Nesterenko can earn $874,125 if he plays in the NHL during the upcoming campaign. The 22-year-old Nesterenko registered 16 goals and 37 points in 70 regular-season outings for AHL San Diego in 2023-24. He also had one goal, seven shots on net and seven hits in three NHL outings with Anaheim. Nesterenko will likely begin the 2024-25 campaign in the minors.

  • Senators' Xavier Bourgault: Acquired in trade

    Ottawa obtained Bourgault and Jake Chiasson from Edmonton on Monday in exchange for Roby Jarventie and a 2025 fourth-round pick.

    Bourgault produced eight goals and 20 points in 55 regular-season appearances for AHL Bakersfield in 2023-24. The 21-year-old forward hasn't seen any NHL action since being the No. 22 overall pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. He will compete for a bottom-six spot with the Senators during training camp.

  • Steven Fogarty: Done with playing career

    Fogarty announced Monday via his personal Instagram that he has concluded his playing career.

    Fogarty never really got established at the NHL level but played in parts of six seasons with four different organizations. The 31-year-old put up three points in 31 career games. He last suited up in the NHL in 2022-23, logging two appearances with the Wild.

  • Oskar Steen C | BOS

    Oskar Steen: Signs in Sweden

    Steen inked a five-year contract with Farjestad BK of the SHL on Saturday, Derek O'Brien of The Hockey News reports.

    Steen spent parts of four seasons with the Bruins, accumulating four goals and eight points in 60 career regular-season games. The 26-year-old forward played four campaigns with Farjestad before embarking across the pond to play in North America in 2019. He is likely to finish out his career in his native Sweden.

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