Author: Jason Brough

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Flyers sign Colin McDonald


The Philadelphia Flyers added a depth forward today, signing Colin McDonald to a one-year, two-way contract.

From the press release:

McDonald, 30 (9/30/1984), comes to the Flyers from the New York Islanders organization, where he played the last three seasons.  He split the 2014-15 season between the Islanders and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  He recorded two goals and six assists for eight points in 18 NHL games, and posted 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points in 40 AHL games. 

McDonald has appeared in 140 career NHL games with the Islanders, Pittsburgh and Edmonton, during which time he has scored 18 goals and added 26 assists for 44 points.

Related: Isles place McDonald on waivers

Blues re-sign Allen for two years

Jake Allen

Jake Allen has signed a two-year contract extension with the St. Louis Blues, the club announced today.

The deal is reportedly worth $4.7 million, with a salary of $2.2 million next season and $2.5 million in 2016-17.

Allen was a restricted free agent. The 24-year-old goalie went 22-7-4 during the regular season, with a .913 save percentage. He then had his struggles in the playoffs (.904 in six starts) as the Blues were eliminated in the first round.

Next season, Allen and Brian Elliott, also under contract for two more years, will once again compete for the starting role.

“We believe that we have two good goaltenders and training camp is going to decide who plays opening night,” GM Doug Armstrong said recently. “That’s how I see it from my perspective.”

Coach Ken Hitchcock believes that what Allen experienced in the playoffs will help him going forward.

“I get the fact there were three goals that went in that were ugly,” Hitchcock said in May. “That’s the growth of a young player.”

Allen will still be an RFA when his contract expires.

Oilers sign McDavid to entry-level contract

Connor McDavid

Not that anyone was worried it wouldn’t happen, but the Edmonton Oilers have signed Connor McDavid to a three-year entry-level contract.

McDavid, the first overall pick in the 2015 draft, skated yesterday at Rexall Place in the Oilers’ orientation camp.

“It’s very cool,” he said, per Sportsnet. “The history that comes with this organization, the great games that have been played here… It’s such a storied franchise, to walk into the locker room and see all that stuff. It’s very special.”

McDavid’s arrival has Edmonton hockey fans optimistic that the Oilers will soon return to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

Not that he alone makes them a Stanley Cup contender. The defense, even after the signing of Andrej Sekera, remains a question mark. Ditto for the goaltending, even after the acquisition of Cam Talbot.

But the 18-year-old phenom summed it up nicely.

“It’s an exciting time,” he said. “The last couple of years have not gone the way they wanted them to, they’ve brought in some great hockey minds, and they still have such a great young core. I’m just trying to do everything I can to make the team and be a part of that. It’s an exciting time to be a part of this organization.”

Blackhawks re-sign Desjardins — two years, $1.6 million

Andrew Desjardins

The Chicago Blackhawks have re-signed forward Andrew Desjardins. And they’ve kept him for a bargain.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Desjardins’ contract is for two years with a cap hit of $800,000. That’s only slightly more than the $750,000 cap hit he carried this season.

“Took far less to stay,” his agent, Todd Reynolds, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Loves it there.”

Desjardins was traded to the ‘Hawks in March, coming from San Jose for Ben Smith. The 28-year-old finished with one goal and three assists during Chicago’s Stanley Cup run.

GM Stan Bowman said after the final: “We would love to bring him back. It was a nice surprise the way Desjardins played a huge role for us. I think he played a bigger role than we probably expected.”

Related: ‘Hawks would like to re-sign Oduya, but still working through ‘financial hurdles’

‘Hawks would like to re-sign Oduya, but still working through ‘financial hurdles’

Johnny Oduya

Johnny Oduya is still waiting for the Blackhawks to clear enough cap space to re-sign him, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

But the ‘Hawks may have to clear it soon, because Oduya won’t wait forever.

ESPN’s Craig Custance reported on July 1 that the 33-year-old defenseman was “sitting on a very good offer.”

Presumably that “very good offer” wasn’t from Chicago; otherwise, he would’ve signed it.

“We would like to try to bring him back,” GM Stan Bowman said of Oduya, per CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers. “We have financial hurdles we’re working through.”

Even though the Blackhawks traded Brandon Saad, they added Artem Anisimov’s $3.3 million cap hit for next season, and they still haven’t dealt Patrick Sharp, Bryan Bickell, or any of the other players rumored to be out the door.

The ‘Hawks have five NHL defenseman under contract for 2015-16 — Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, David Rundblad, and Trevor van Riemsdyk.

If they can’t re-sign Oduya, they could either look elsewhere for a cheaper free agent, or commit to giving roster spots to youngsters like Stephen Johns and Ville Pokka.

Related: UFA of the Day: Johnny Oduya