(The Sports Xchange) – The Calgary Flames signed future Hall of Fame forward Jaromir Jagr to a one-year, $1 million contract, the team officially announced prior to Wednesday’s season-opening game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Jagr, who will not suit up for Wednesday’s game, can earn an additional $1 million in bonuses with Calgary, multiple outlets reported. The 45-year-old reportedly had been linked to the Flames earlier this week.
“We watched a lot of his shifts from last year,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said of Jagr.
“Correction, we watched all of his shifts from last year. He still has that ability inside the blueline to hold onto pucks. His mind is at an elite level. He still makes plays.
“Is pace his strongest asset? No, but then you figure how you support speed around him and ultimately allow him to bring his assets into play. He’s different than other guys at 45 who depend primarily on pace.”
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The Chicago Blackhawks signed forward Bryan Bickell to a one-day contract so he can officially retire from the NHL as a member of the team.
Bickell, 31, was a member of three Stanley Cup championship teams (2010, 2013, 2015) with the Blackhawks and played 384 of his 395 career NHL games in Chicago.
Bickell played his last NHL game with the Carolina Hurricanes in April after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last November.
“As any professional athlete will tell you, stepping away from the game is extremely difficult, especially given my circumstances,” Bickell said in a statement released by the Blackhawks.
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The Blackhawks officially placed forward Marian Hossa on long-term injured reserve to free up salary-cap space.
The move allowed Chicago to replace Hossa on the roster. Hossa, 38, said in June he would not play this season and potentially beyond because of a skin condition.
The Blackhawks used the roster spot by agreeing to terms with defenseman Cody Franson on a one-year contract worth a reported $1 million.
A native of Sicamous, British Columbia, Franson recorded three goals and 16 assists in 68 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season.
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The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with forward Nikolaj Ehlers on a seven-year, $42 million contract extension.
The deal is worth an average annual value of $6 million starting in the 2018-19 season.
Ehlers, 21, was selected by the Jets in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2014 NHL draft and is entering his third season with the team.
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The Buffalo Sabres acquired defenseman Zach Redmond from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Nicolas Deslauriers.
Redmond, 29, will report to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.
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The Washington Capitals signed forward Alex Chiasson to a one-year, $660,000 one-way contract.
Chiasson, 27, recorded 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 81 games with the Calgary Flames during the 2016-17 season. He ranked fifth among Flames forwards in even-strength goals (11).
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The Nashville Predators signed forward Harry Zolnierczyk to a one-year, two-way contract.
Zolnierczyk played in 24 games for the Predators last season, recording two goals and two assists. The Toronto native added a goal and two assists in 11 playoff games during Nashville’s run to the Stanley Cup Final.
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The Minnesota Wild signed forward Daniel Winnik to a one-year, $660,000 contract, the team announced.