In the midst of a summer of business-side change and some fairly significant player movement in the organization, here’s an update on what’s new with the players who spent time with the Whale last year whose statuses with the organization were uncertain, due to expiring contracts or other circumstances. My sources for the salary and most of the transaction information are capgeek.com and eliteprospects.com:
Jon Audy-Marchessault– signed three-year Entry Level contract with Columbus for Entry Level maximum of $925,000 per
Lee Baldwin – did not receive qualifying offer, unrestricted free agent
Brendan Bell – unrestricted free agent, still unsigned
Stu Bickel – re-signed, to two-year, one-way contract
Francois Bouchard – did not receive qualifying offer, unrestricted free agent
Andre Deveaux – signed one-year, two-way contract with Florida
Tim Erixon – traded to Columbus in Rick Nash deal
Marek Hrivik – signed three-year Entry Level contract with Rangers
Chad Johnson – signed one-year, two-way contract with Phoenix
Sam Klassen – did not receive qualifying offer, unrestricted free agent
Randy McNaught – unrestricted free agent, still unsigned
John Mitchell – signed two-year, one-way contract with Colorado for $1.1 million per
Steve Moses – signed with Jokerit of Finland’s SM-Liiga
Kris Newbury – re-signed, to two-year, two-way conract
Jared Nightingale – signed AHL contract with Syracuse
Jordan Owens – signed with SoenderjyskE club of Denmark
Jeff Prough – unrestricted free agent, still unsigned
Cam Talbot– re-signed, to one-year, two-way contract
Scott Tanski – unrestricted free agent, still unsigned
Kelsey Tessier – unrestricted free agent, still unsigned
Andreas Thuresson – signed with Brynas of Swedish Elite League
Pavel Valentenko – signed with Avangard Omsk of Russia’s KHL
Mike Vernace – re-signed, to one-year, two-way contract
Casey Wellman – traded to Florida for a 2014 fifth-round draft pick
Mats Zuccarello – received qualifying offer from Rangers, who retain his NHL rights, but signed with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of Russia’s KHL.
And here are some significant organizational additions who may see some, or a lot, of time with the Whale this coming season:
Sean Collins (D) – free agent signed to one-year, two-way contract…sixth-year pro was a Calder Cup champ with Hershey in 2010 and led the AHL in +/- in 2010-11, with a +29.
Steven Delisle (D) – 6-6, 209-pounder was acquired from Columbus in Rick Nash deal…spent most of rookie year in ECHL last season.
Jesper Fast (F) – sixth-round 2010 Ranger pick, signed to three-year Entry Level contract after two years in Swedish Elite League.
Micheal Haley (F) – free agent signed to a two-year contract, which is a two-way in the first year and a one-way in the second…pound-for-pound, for my money, one of the tougher guys in the league, and made himself into a pretty effective offensive player in four years with Bridgeport, earning 43 total games with the Islanders.
Kyle Jean (F) – 6-4, 203 pounds, signed to a two-year Entry Level deal out of Lake Superior State, where he played two seasons.
Oscar Lindberg (F) – 20-year-old Swede, a second-round pick by Phoenix in 2010, was acquired from the Coyotes for Ethan Werek in May 2011…signed a three-year Entry Level contract in June.
Logan Pyett (D) – free agent signed to one-year, two-way contract…led Grand Rapids D-men in assists last year with 25.
Brandon Segal (F) – free agent signed to one-year, two-way contract…tenth-year pro, just won his second career Calder Cup with Norfolk.
Scott Stajcer (G) – 2009 Ranger fifth-rounder is out of Junior eligibility after an overage year with Owen Sound of the OHL…signed to a two-year Entry Level contract