Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today a two-year contract extension for goaltender Dustin Tokarski (2014-15 to 2015-16).
In three games with the Canadiens in 2013-14, Tokarski registered a 2-0-0 record, including his first career win with the Canadiens, on March 5 at Anaheim. The 5’11’’and 195 lbs goaltender earned his first career shutout in the NHL, a 2-0 win on March 16 at Buffalo.
A native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Tokarski was the Lightning’s third pick (fifth round, 122nd overall) at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired from Tampa Bay for Cédrick Desjardins on February 14, 2013.
Moved Linus Omark (Jokerit), Tomas Vincour (Kazan), Jon Rheault (Mannheim), Daniel Bang (Lausanne), Maxim Noreau (Ambri-Piotta), Evgeny Grachev (Vladivostok), Anton Rodin (Brynas) and Alex Burmistrov (Kazan) to the European Signings list as Elite Prospects has all under contract for next season (Now some of them may have out clauses, if they exercise them and sign with NHL teams, I'll move them back).
Oh yeah, I also updated every player's current team (I had a few guys listed as being with, say, Buffalo, but their 2013-14 team was Minnesota). All of that should be fixed now. As per usual, let me know if you spot any errors.
Also added in RFAs who played in North America in 2012-13 and are still property of NHL teams. Some of them may have contracts for next season, others may have exit clauses, it's early, that stuff will work itself out in the wash, as they say.
Here are all of the players that were restricted free agents from 2013 or earlier that will remain restricted free agents until they turn 27, signed, released outright, retire, etc. The year is when they became restricted free agents.
Caley has added to the ones that played in North America to his list.
Restricted Free Agent Skaters
ANA Caputi, Gianluca/Luca LW (2012)
ANA Carle, Mathieu D (2012)
ARI Ahnelov, Jonas D (2011)
ARI Goncharov, Maxim D (2013)
ARI MacLean, Brett LW (2012) - Retired
ARI Tikhonov, Viktor RW (2012)
BUF Gogulla, Philippe RW (2010)
BUF Persson, Dennis D (2012)
CAR Dadonov, Evgeni/y RW (2012)
CAR Osala, Oskar LW (2011)
CBJ Mayorov, Maxim/Maksim LW (2012)
CGY Bancks, Carter LW (2013)
CHI Lalonde, Shawn D (2013)
CHI Vishnevskiy, Ivan D (2011)
COL Holos, Jonas D (2012)
COL Vincour, Tomas C (2013)
COL Walker, Luke RW (2013)
DAL Lindgren, Perttu C (2010)
EDM Tyrvainen, Antti F (2013)
FLA Repik, Michal RW (2012)
LAK Azevedo, Justin C (2012)
LAK Holloway, Bud/George C/RW (2011)
LAK Moller, Oscar C (2011)
MIN Almond, Cody C (2012)
MTL Engqvist, Andreas C (2012)
NAS Laakso, Teemu D (2012)
NAS Puustinen, Juuso RW (2013)
NJD Kelly, Daniel D (2013)
NJD Zharkov, Vladimir RW (2012)
NYI DiBenedetto, Justin C (2012)
NYI Katic, Mark D (2012)
NYI Marcinko, Tomas C (2012)
NYI Rakhshani, Rhett RW (2012)
NYI Ullstrom, David W (2013)
NYR Valentenko, Pavel D (2012)
OTT Filatov, Nikita LW (2012)
PHI Wellwood, Eric LW (2013)
PIT Holzapfel, Riley C (2013)
STL Grachev, Evgeny/Yevgeny C (2013)
STL Junland, Jonas D (2010)
STL Lehtera, Jori C (2012)
STL McRae, Philip C (2013)
TOR Hartikainen, Teemu W (2013)
TOR Mikus, Juraj D (2012)
TOR Mueller, Marcel LW (2012)
VAN Rodin, Anton W (2013)
VAN Sweatt, Bill LW (2013)
WPG Burmistrov, Alexander C (2013)
WPG Kubalik, Tomas RW (2013)
WPG Kulda, Arturs D (2013)
Restricted Free Agent Goalies
DET McCollum, Thomas G (2013)
EDM Hovinen, Niko G (2013)
NAS Engren, Atte G (2012)
TBL Janus, Jaroslav G (2012)
NYI Koskinen, Mikko G (2012)
Two RFAs, by virtue of advancing to the second round in 6 games meaning there aren't enough games left for them to reach GP threshold, will now become UFAs: Spencer Machacek and Brian Gibbons of Pittsburgh. Another RFA, by virtue of his team being eliminated in the first round meaning he can't reach the GP theshold, will also be an UFA: Jeremy Smith. All per Capgeek.
D Alexander Sulzer, who played 25 games with Buffalo this year, as well as 10 with Rochester of the AHL, has signed a contract with Kolner Haie of the DEL through 2019. Sulzer, 29, was a 3rd round pick, 92nd overall, of Nashville in the 2003 draft and was acquired by Buffalo in the Cody Hodgson trade.
Per Capgeek, C Brian O'Neill, who played this past season for Manchester of the AHL while under contract to the LA Kings, has signed a two-year extension with LA. O'Neill, 25, signed a 2-way deal with an annual cap hit of $562,500 at the NHL level. O'Neill was never drafted, signing as an UFA with LA after playing 4 seasons with Yale of the NCAA.
Seeing as he hasn't been on an NHL deal for a few years, I won't include him on the charts, but veteran defenceman Dean Arsene has retired. Arsene, 33, played this past season for Abbotsford on an AHL deal. He played 13 games in the NHL for Edmonton in 2009-10. He was never drafted.
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday a two-year contract extension for defenseman Greg Pateryn (2014-15 to 2015-16).
Pateryn, 23, recorded 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists) in 68 games with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs in 2013-14. He led the Bulldogs defensemen in points and ranked second among the team rearguards in assists. The 6’02’’, 222 lbs defenseman led the Bulldogs with seven powerplay goals and finished second among AHL defensemen in goals.
A native of Sterling Heights, Michigan, Pateryn was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fifth round, 128th overall at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired from the Maple Leafs on July 3, 2008 along with a second round draft pick in 2010, in return for forward Mikhail Grabovski.
RFA Roman Horak, who played this past season for Edmonton and Calgary of the NHL, as well as Abbotsford and Oklahoma of the AHL, has signed with Vityaz of the KHL for next season. Horak, 22, was acquired by Edmonton from Calgary in the Ladislav Smid deal and was originally a draft pick of the NY Rangers in the 5th round, 127th overall, in 2009.
UFA Gilbert Brule, who played this past season for Phoenix of the NHL and Portland of the AHL before having his contract terminated for refusing to report to the AHL, has signed with Yekaterinburg of the KHL. Brule, 27, was originally a 1st round pick, 6th overall, of Columbus in the 2005 NHL draft.
Also, per Swedish media, LA will be offering Oscar Moller a new contract but do not know if Moller will sign.
The Edmonton Oilers announced they have agreed to terms with centre Anton Lander on a one-year contract extension.
Lander, 23, split the season between the Oilers and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons. He appeared in 27 games with the Oilers, posting one assist and four penalty minutes.
In 2013-14, the 6’0”, 185-pound centre captained the Oklahoma City Barons, recording 52 points (18G, 34A), 30 penalty minutes and a plus seven rating in 53 games. His 52 points ranked second on the team, as well as ranking second in assists and power play goals. He also tallied two points (1G, 1A) for the Barons in three playoff games.
There were a lot of rumors that Lander wasn't going to re-sign in Edmonton and would head back to Sweden or play in the KHL.
UFA Denis Grebeshkov, who played this past season for Edmonton in the NHL and Oklahoma of the AHL, has signed with Vityaz of the KHL. Grebeshkov, 30, was originally a 1st round pick, 18th overall, of LA in the 2002 Draft.
RFA Sebastian Stalberg, who played this past season for Worcester and Portland of the AHL, as well as San Francisco and Ontario of the ECHL while under contract to San Jose, has signed with Frolunda of the SHL. Stalberg, 24, was never drafted and is the brother of Nashville Predator Viktor Stalberg.
Doing a bit of housecleaning on the UFA/RFA lists and the following players are listed as having contracts overseas for 2014-15 and, thus, have been moved to the 'European Signings' list: Maxim Goncharov, Antti Tyrvainen, Roman Derlyuk, Dick Axelsson, Bjorn Krupp, Juuso Puustinen, Alex Radulov, Teemu Hartikainen and Arturs Kulda. Some of them may have NHL out clauses, at which point I will add them back to the NHL list if they end up exercising them.
Also, per capgeek, by virtue of their eliminations last night, Steven Kampfer of Minnesota and Harry Zolnierczyk of Pittsburgh will be UFAs this summer, rather than RFAs, this has been corrected, too.
f a report out of Russia is true, then defenseman Erik Gustafsson proved that he’s also a pretty good pitcher.
Because he will have thrown the Flyers a curveball.
The report comes as a bit of a surprise to the Flyers, who, according to general manager Ron Hextall, are aware of the report but had not heard one way or another from Gustafsson or his agent as of Friday.
Flyers will retain his rights regardless
I have been told that the Flyers were planning on extending Gustafsson a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent – and will still do so – meaning they will retain his NHL rights if and when he were to return from the KHL – assuming the report is accurate.