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Will Loui Eriksson replace Jarome Iginla? 07-24-2014
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Bruins coach Claude Julien suggested that Loui Eriksson will help fill the void left by Jarome Iginla.

NHL.com
That meshes with what Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said in June when Iginla walking as a free agent was still just a possibility. Eriksson had just 10 goals and 37 points in 61 games last season, but he also suffered two concussions. He'll have a prime opportunity to rebound if the Bruins give him a shot on their top line in 2014-15.
Eller, Habs worked on 4-year deal for a while 07-24-2014
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Lars Eller and the Montreal Canadiens had been talking about a four-year deal for "quite some time."

Canadiens.nhl.com
Eller and Montreal agreed to a four-year, $14 million contract on Thursday and avoided arbitration in the process. "Many times, your salary and your expectations go hand-in-hand. I've seen that here in Montreal," Eller said. "But, I put a lot of pressure on myself, too. I think it also speaks to how much the organization believes in me. It's nice to see that they've shown that faith in me. Now, it's up to me to go out and play the best hockey that I can." Eller will certainly have higher expectations on him now. He had 26 points in 77 games last season and will need to produce more to live up to his salary.
Winnipeg re-signs Keaton Ellerby 07-24-2014
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Keaton Ellerby has inked a one-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg.

Jets.nhl.com
Ellerby will come with a $700,000 annual cap hit if the plays in the NHL. He had two goals and six points in 51 games in 2013-14.
Boston adds Joe Sacco to coaching staff 07-24-2014
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Joe Sacco has joined the Boston Bruins as an assistant coach.

Bruins.nhl.com
Sacco spent the 2013-14 campaign serving in the same capacity with Buffalo. He previously spent four seasons as the Colorado Avalanche's bench boss and finished with a 130-134-30 record. "He's got some great experience, not only as a hockey player but also as an assistant coach, whether it's been in the American League or NHL," Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. "He's also been a head coach in both leagues as well, so I think just the fact that we've been able to have a guy who has that much experience coming into our group [is important]. Also the fact that he.s been a player for such a long time - we all know that he.ll have instant respect from our players." Sacco had 94 goals and 213 points in 738 career NHL games.
Flames re-sign Joni Ortio to two-year deal 07-24-2014
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The Calgary Flames have signed Joni Ortio to a two-year contract.

Flames.nhl.com
Ortio had a 2.51 GAA and .891 save percentage in nine games last season. He's expected to start the season in the minors after the Flames inked Jonas Hiller to a two-year deal.
Montreal signs Lars Eller to four-year deal 07-24-2014
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The Montreal Canadiens have signed Lars Eller to a four-year, $14 million contract.

Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
Eller had placed a one-year, $3.1 million contract request to an arbitrator and Montreal had countered with $1.65 million. In the end, the Canadiens were willing to give him a substantially higher cap hit than they had offered in order to lock him up. He had 26 points and 68 penalty minutes in 77 games last season, but he's capable of more than that and Montreal is likely betting on him taking a significant step forward next season.
Jared McCann agrees to entry-level contract 07-24-2014
Jared McCann has inked a three-year, entry-level contract.

Canucks.nhl.com
McCann was taken with the 24th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He had 27 goals, 62 points, and 51 penalty minutes in 64 OHL games in 2013-14.
Bruins re-sign David Warsofsky 07-24-2014
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The Boston Bruins have signed David Warsofsky to a one-year, two-way contract.

Bruins.nhl.com
Warsofsky comes with a $600,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He had a goal and two points in six games with Boston last season.
Jets agree to terms with Ben Chiarot 07-24-2014
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Ben Chiarot has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg.

Jets.nhl.com
Chiarot had 20 points and 96 penalty minutes in 65 AHL games in 2013-14. He's not likely to make the team's opening game roster.
Kevin Poulin inks extension with Islanders 07-24-2014
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Kevin Poulin has agreed to a two-year, two-way contract with the New York Islanders.

Tim Wharnsby on Twitter
Poulin comes with a $650,000 annual cap hit, but he'll technically only make $175,000 per season at the AHL level. We say technically because his contract comes with a guarantee that he'll earn no less than $275,000 annually, so he'll end up getting at least that amount even if he never gets called up to the Islanders.
Nill sees Roussel as big part of the team 07-24-2014
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Stars GM Jim Nill said Antoine Roussel is a big part of the Stars' plans going forward.

Dallas Morning News
Roussel inked a four-year, $8 million extension with Dallas. "He's a character guy who has worked hard to become an NHL player," Nill said of Roussel. "It was important for us to get this done with him." Roussel had 29 points and 209 penalty minutes in 81 games in 2013-14.
H. Fleury tempers training camp expectations 07-24-2014
Haydn Fleury is trying to be reasonable about his expectations going into the 2014-15 campaign.

Raleigh News & Observer
Carolina took Fleury with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. "When you get drafted so high and you see top 10 picks make it the next year, that's kind of one of your goals in the summer," Fleury said. "I think at the same time I need to keep a level mind and realize not many 18-year-olds play in the NHL and it's a big step, especially on defense." Carolina has six defensemen signed to one-way contracts, not including Ryan Murphy, so it will definitely be challenging for Fleury to make the team's opening game roster.