DALLAS (AP) The Stars have signed free agent Adam Cracknell to a one-year contract, making Dallas the journeyman forward’s fifth team in four seasons.
The 30-year-old Cracknell split last season between Vancouver and Edmonton, appearing in 48 games combined. All of his career-high 10 points (five goals, five assists) came with the Canucks.
Cracknell, who plays right wing, has 134 career games in six seasons, the first four with St. Louis. He’s also played for Columbus. He has 27 career points (11 goals, 16 assists).
A ninth-round pick by Calgary in 2004, Cracknell also has 415 career games with four franchises in the American Hockey League.
The Stars lost veteran forward Vernon Fiddler to New Jersey in free agency. Fiddler played in all 82 games last season.
Signing James Reimer as an unrestricted free agent (five years, $17 million) seems prudent for the long-term future of the Florida Panthers. The move could also pay off in the short-term, as well.
It was revealed during Friday’s free agent frenzy that 37-year-old goalie Roberto Luongo underwent off-season hip surgery and, according to Panthers GM Tom Rowe, may not be able to start the 2016-17 season.
That means Reimer could begin the season as the starter in Florida, with recently acquired Reto Berra as the back-up — at least until Luongo gets back to full health.
“We’ll probably end up starting the season with Berra and obviously, Reimer,” said Rowe, as per the Sun Sentinel.
“We’ll see where Luongo is. Everything will be determined by how Lou gets through the offseason with his rehabilitation. Right now, it’s going really well. We’ll take it one day at a time. We don’t want to rush him back. We want him to come back on his schedule and just make sure we’re doing everything the right way.”
Luongo, who hit 37 years of age in April, appeared in 62 games in the regular season — he started 60 of them — and posted impressive numbers, including a 2.35 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage, which is three points higher than his career average.
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For the second time since the start of free agency on Friday, Kris Russell’s agent has taken to Twitter to rebut reports about his client.
You’ll recall Friday afternoon, when Allain Roy took to Twitter to say there were false reports circulating about Russell signing and that camp was still talking to “multiple teams.”
Roy was back on social media Sunday, his message this time pertaining to Russell and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
It was also reported that the Boston Bruins were “kicking the tires” on Russell, the 29-year-old defenseman who, as of Sunday, remains on the open market.
There had been reports Friday that the Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens were also bidding for Russell, although there was conflicting info on that.
Russell’s agent told News 1130 Sports in Vancouver that the Canucks were not in the mix to land Russell.
(h/t: The Score)
Brian Campbell really wanted to return to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Signed as an unrestricted free agent on Friday, Campbell’s deal is reported to be one year with a total value of $2.25 million for a 37-year-old puck-moving defenseman coming off a 31-point season with the upstart Florida Panthers.
Based on a report from the Sun Sentinel, Campbell turned down quite a bit of money from the Panthers in order to sign with Chicago, where he won a Stanley Cup six years ago. The Blackhawks are still close to the cap ceiling, with about $3.14 million in space.
“I had other opportunities,” said Campbell, as per the Chicago Tribune.
“I wanted to be at a number I was comfortable with. I told people I would take a discount to come here. But Stan (on Friday) was great at getting me to a number (we both) felt comfortable with. It was something I had to … be comfortable with coming to the rink every day and I’m truly ready to go and compete my hardest for the Blackhawks.”
After signing an entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks in May, prospect defenseman Gustav Forsling could still return to Sweden for next season, according to a report on Sunday.
From Scott Powers of The Athletic:
Forsling, a defenseman prospect, will likely return to Sweden to play next season if he doesn’t make the NHL team out of training camp, his agent Gerry Johannson said Saturday. Johannson said the Blackhawks have to offer Forsling back to his SHL team Linkoping if Forsling isn’t on the NHL team to begin the 2016-17 season.
On paper, it’s also unlikely the 20-year-old Forsling makes the Blackhawks to begin the upcoming season. They appear to be set with seven defensemen after recently signing Brian Campbell and Michal Rozsival to go along with Duncan Keith, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Brent Seabrook, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Michal Kempny.
Originally selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Draft, Forsling was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Adam Clendening.
Clendening was later traded to Pittsburgh, as part of a deal between the Canucks and Penguins involving Nick Bonino and Brandon Sutter.
Last season with Linkopings in Sweden, Forsling had six goals and 21 points in 48 games.