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Habs lock down Tinordi with one-year, two-way contract

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The Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Jarred Tinordi to a one-year, two-way contract on Wednesday. The financial terms have not been disclosed.

At this point, the Habs only have one pressing concern remaining: re-signing RFA Alex Galchenyuk. Naturally, much like the New York Rangers with Derek Stepan, getting Galchenyuk under contract will be more challenging than signing the likes of Tinordi and Michael Bournival.

Tinordi, 23, managed to play in 13 regular season games last season, generating two assists. He didn’t receive any reps in the playoffs, but he does have some postseason experience, as he played in five playoff games in 2013.

It’s likely that the young blueliner – drafted 22nd overall in 2010 – will need to battle for playing time. It won’t be easy, yet he has at least one ace up his sleeve:

Kings ink Andy Andreoff for two years, $1.175M

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The Los Angeles Kings signed funny-named forward Andy Andreoff to a two-year contract on Wednesday.

LA Kings Insider’s Jon Rosen reports that it’s worth $1.175 million overall, or $587,500 per season. There isn’t any word from Rosen or the Kings regarding whether the deal is one-way or two-way.

Andreoff appeared in 18 regular season games with Los Angeles in 2014-15, collecting two goals and one assist for three points while receiving 8:34 minutes of ice time per contest.

The 24-year-old also generating 10 points in 11 games at the AHL level with the Manchester Monarchs. He may provide a little extra grit for the Kings here and there, as he produced 133 PIM in 2013-14 and 111 in 2012-13 with Manchester.

Andreoff was a third-round pick (80th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Bruins sign Zboril, first of their three 2015 first-rounders

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A few weeks ago, the Boston Bruins became the first team in 47 years to make three straight picks in the first round of a draft. They began signing those picks on Wednesday, handing Jakub Zboril an entry-level contract.

Zboril, 18, was also the first of those three picks, as he went 13th while the Bruins took Jake DeBrusk with pick 14 and Zachary Senyshyn with selection 15.

The Czech-born blueliner seems all-around solid according to what Central Scouting’s Dan Marr told NHL.com a month ago.

“We think he’s a solid two-way player,” Marr said. “His game with the puck, without the puck, I don’t know there’s too many holes in his game. … He’s a solid two-way guy that these are the type of guys you see playing in the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs.”

Considering that description, it sounds like Zboril is a player who could eventually fit in quite well with the Bruins.

Pens sign Simon for three years, Bennett for one

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The Pittsburgh Penguins took care of some business on Wednesday, signing Beau Bennett to a one-year deal and Dominik Simon to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Financial terms for Simon’s pact weren’t revealed, but the team shared the fact that Bennett’s contract is worth $800K in 2015-16.

Bennett (pictured) has dealt with a slew of injuries so far in his career. The 23-year-old set a career-high for games played with just 49 regular season contests in 2014-15, yet he was limited to 12 points. The Penguins are likely banking on better future results for the 20th pick of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Simon, 20, was selected 137th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft. The Penguins singled out his work at the 2015 World Championships:

Simon, the youngest player on the Czech team at the 2015 World Championships, was paired on a line with the team’s most senior member, former Penguin Jaromir Jagr. Simon finished that tournament with six points (1G-5A) in 10 games.

That’s not the only blast from the Penguins’ past, as he played for HC Plzen last season, a team owned by former Pen Martin Straka.

RFAs out of the way: Rangers sign Fast, Miller

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The New York Rangers crossed two more items off their to-do list on Wednesday, signing RFAs J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast.

The team only officially acknowledged that the two deals are done, but the New York Post’s Larry Brooks reports that Fast’s contract is for two years, $1.9 million (a cap hit of $950K per season) while Miller accepted a qualifying offer of about $874K.

It sounds like Miller might be eyeing the future in compromising his 2015-16 payday:

Of course, there’s still the elephant in the room in Derek Stepan’s negotiations, but the Rangers’ other worries are largely taken care of. Taking those two contracts into consideration, that leaves New York with about $6 million in cap space for Stepan; Brooks reported that $6.5 million would just be a starting point, so there could still be some work to do there.

The Rangers have developed a pattern of saving with RFAs, for the most part, and these two deals stick with that trend.

Fast, 23, generated modest point totals (14 in 58 regular season games, six points in 19 postseason contests), yet he showed flashes of brilliance here and there. Miller, 22, managed slightly better totals and could very well blossom in the near future.

It’s been a busy day with the signing of Dylan McIlrath also in mind, but the team’s executives can’t quite take a vacation just yet.