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Ryan Spooner Headshot

Spooner has agreed to a one-year, $2.825 million deal with the Bruins, CSN New England reports.

In doing so, the 25-year-old forward avoided arbitration. The 2010 second-rounder brings speed and solid puck skills to the table, traits that make him an asset in man-advantage situations. Still, his overall numbers in 2016-17 (11 goals and 28 assists over 78 games) were somewhat disappointing, and given that he's not known for stellar work on the defensive end, there had been speculation that the Bruins might look to deal Spooner in order to pave the way for Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson to move into the team's third-line center job. While it's possible that Spooner could be moved down the road, he'll look to retain a key role up front for Boston, and if power-play time is in his 2017-18 job description, he'll posses a degree of fantasy utility this coming season.
Yesterday 12:52 pm (EST)
Ben Thomson Headshot

Thomson agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way deal with the Devils on Wednesday.

Thomson spent the last three seasons in the AHL until finally seeing NHL action in the Devils' final three regular-season games last year. The 24-year-old only managed 10 points for the Albany Devils last season, but he racked up 90 PIM. Thomson will have a difficult time standing out among the Devils' young prospects in his quest to make the final 23-man roster.
Yesterday 12:23 pm (EST)
Blake Pietila Headshot

Pietila signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Devils on Wednesday.

Devils GM Ray Shero has been extremely busy, reaching deals with eight restricted free agents in the last two days. Pietila is said to have a strong handle on the game and projects to be a solid penalty killer in the NHL someday. He produced 33 points (17 goals, 16 assists) in 49 games with AHL Albany last season, but struggled to the tune of one point and a minus-5 rating over 10 NHL contests.
Yesterday 11:58 am (EST)
Kevin Rooney Headshot

Rooney put pen to paper on a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Wednesday.

Rooney, who went undrafted out of Providence College, made his NHL debut for the Devils last season, appearing in four pointless contests. A solid 2016-17 campaign with AHL Albany -- 13 goals and eight assists -- earned the 24-year-old at least one more season with the organization. Given the depth of talent New Jersey has accrued recently, the Massachusetts native figures to spend the bulk of next year in the minors further developing his scoring touch.
Yesterday 11:53 am (EST)
Blake Coleman Headshot

Coleman signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Devils on Wednesday.

Coleman is likely facing an uphill battle to secure a spot on the 23-man roster, given the number of prospects that will be given a look during training camp, including Brandon Gignac and first overall pick Nico Hischier. The 25-year-old Coleman saw action in 23 games last season, tallying just two points and a minus-7 rating. The center's numbers were significantly better in the minors -- 19 goals and 20 assists in 52 contests -- but he will need to stand out among a crowded field of young talent.
Yesterday 11:43 am (EST)
Stefan Noesen Headshot

Noesen inked a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Wednesday.

After being claimed off of waivers by the Devils in January, it appears Noesen is apparently happy with his switch to the East Coast. While in the Ducks' organization, the winger was forced to split time between leagues, but after joining New Jersey, he was used exclusively in the NHL, where he logged 32 contests. In those appearances, the 24-year-old averaged 12:50 of ice time and recorded six goals and a pair of helpers. Although his contract is of the two-way variety, fantasy owners can likely expect Noesen to see the bulk of his minutes in the NHL this season.
Yesterday 11:33 am (EST)
Rocco Grimaldi Headshot

Grimaldi agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Colorado on Wednesday.

Grimaldi played in only four games with the Avs last season, as he spent the bulk of the year with AHL San Antonio. With the Rampage, the center racked up an impressive 31 goals and 24 helpers in 72 outings, but he also registered a concerning minus-24 rating. If the 24-year-old can tighten up his defensive game, he should be a regular for Colorado sooner rather than later, given his offensive productivity.
Yesterday 11:16 am (EST)
Kyle Okposo Headshot

Okposo (illness) penned an open letter Tuesday, thanking everyone for their support and expects to be ready for the start of the season.

"I know I can play again," Okposo writes, opening up about his battle with weight loss, inability to sleep and an adverse reaction to medication that sent him to the intensive care unit at Buffalo General. He missed the final stretch of the season due to his condition, and finished with 19 goals and 45 points in 65 games. Okposo says he's been in touch with new head coach Phil Housley and new general manager Jason Botterill, and reiterated his optimism for the Sabres to win the Stanley Cup. Okposo will certainly play a big role, and will also return to his usual spot on the top line next to Ryan O'Reilly once the season begins. If Okposo plays a full season, he should be able to easily score 20 goals and 50 points.
25 Jul 6:27 pm (EST)
Jesse Graham Headshot

Graham signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Avalanche on Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

Graham split time between the ECHL and AHL last season, notching 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) in 24 games with the Missouri Mavericks and nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 19 games with AHL Bridgeport. The 23-year-old blueliner will likely spend the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign in the minors, so this is just an organizational depth signing for Colorado.
25 Jul 5:57 pm (EST)
Mark Streit Headshot

Streit secured a one-year contract with Montreal on Tuesday.

In 68 games split between the Penguins and Flyers last year, Streit tallied six goals and 21 helpers. After being acquired at the trade deadline, the blueliner appeared in 19 regular-season contests for Pittsburgh, but he saw action in a mere three playoff games on the way to a Stanley Cup championship. We hope the 39-year-old has adjusted to watching from the press box, as he may find himself a healthy scratch more often than not this upcoming season.
25 Jul 11:54 am (EST)
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