Mike Halford

New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) can't glove a shot that goes wide of the net during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Isles keep crease crowded, re-sign Berube

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NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders have agreed to a one-year deal with goaltender Jean-Francois Berube.

Berube, 24, made his NHL debut with the Islanders last season, posting a 3-2-1 record with a 2.71 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in seven games.

The Islanders claimed Berube off waivers from the Kings on Oct. 6, 2015.

He led the American Hockey League with 37 wins in 2014-15 and backstopped the Manchester Monarchs to a Calder Cup championship.

The Kings selected Berube in the fourth round (95th overall) of the 2009 draft. He, along with Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss, will make for a crowded crease in Brooklyn next season. At the Isles’ locker clear out day in May, Halak said the three-goalie setup was “not ideal,” adding that management will “have to decide which way they want to go for next season.”

Related: Isles’ goalie situation takes another twist with Halak’s sports hernia surgery

After signing Raymond, Ducks add veterans Boll and Schultz

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 22:  Zac Rinaldo #36 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Jared Boll #40 of the Columbus Blue Jackets fight in the first period on November 22, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Anaheim had a quiet start to free agency, but picked things up as of late.

Just one day after adding ex-Flames winger Mason Raymond, GM Bob Murray brought aboard a pair of veterans on Tuesday — blueliner Jeff Schultz, who spent the last few seasons in the Kings organization, and rugged forward Jared Boll, who spent his entire nine-year career in Columbus before getting bought out last week.

Schultz was purely a depth defenseman in L.A., appearing in just 10 games over the last two seasons. It’s presumed he’ll be mostly the same with the Ducks, but could be pressed into some action depending on what Murray does with Kevin Bieksa (Murray was rumored to be working on changing Bieksa’s no-movement clause) and Cam Fowler (a popular trade target this offseason).

As for Boll, he’ll likely fill the fourth-line tough guy role of Nate Thompson, who could be out until next year’s trade deadline after rupturing his Achilles tendon. Boll has fought 21 times over the last two years.

Barrie, Schwartz, Kreider among 24 players to elect arbitration

Tyson Barrie

On Tuesday, the NHLPA announced that 24 players have elected salary arbitration, with their hearings to be held in Toronto from July 20 to August 4.

Among the notables?

Well, Colorado’s prized offensive d-man Tyson Barrie is one. Avs GM Joe Sakic recently shot down trade rumors regarding the 24-year-old, who has been one of the league’s better offensive blueliners over the last two years, racking up 53 points last season and 49 this season.

Barrie just wrapped a two-year, $5.2 million deal — one that paid $2.6M annually — and figures to be in line for a hefty raise.

Another situation to monitor is Jaden Schwartz in St. Louis. Having hit the 25-goal mark in two of his last three seasons, Schwartz has never been through arbitration before but, in 2014, sat out the early part of the Blues’ training camp while hammering out a new deal.

The two sides eventually agreed to a two-year, $4.7 million extension.

In New York, power forward Chris Kreider has filed for arbitration for the second time in his career. The last time, back in ’14, the two sides avoided going to a hearing by agreeing to a two-year deal with an AAV of $2.475M.

Kreider, 25, has notched back-to-back 21-goal campaigns, breaking the 40-point plateau in each.

Other cases worth watching include Alex Killorn in Tampa Bay, Mike Hoffman in Ottawa and Kyle Palmieri in New Jersey. Hoffman and Palmieri are two of the better young goalscorers going — Hoffman had 29 last season, Palmieri had 30 — and Killorn, a quality postseason performer, will need to fit under a pretty tight salary cap in Tampa Bay, given fellow forwards Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov also need new contracts.

Here’s the full list of arbitration filings:

Arizona Coyotes
Michael Stone

Colorado Avalanche
Tyson Barrie
Mikhail Grigorenko

Detroit Red Wings
Jared Coreau
Danny DeKeyser

Minnesota Wild
Jordan Schroeder

Nashville Predators
Calle Jarnkrok
Petter Granberg

New York Rangers
Kevin Hayes
Chris Kreider
Dylan McIlrath
Jonathan Miller

New Jersey Devils
Kyle Palmieri

Ottawa Senators
Mike Hoffman

Philadelphia Flyers
Brandon Manning
Brayden Schenn
Jordan Weal

St. Louis Blues
Jaden Schwartz

Tampa Bay Lightning
Alex Killorn
Vladislav Namestnikov

Toronto Maple Leafs
Frank Corrado
Peter Holland
Martin Marincin

Washington Capitals
Marcus Johansson

Avs re-sign goalie Pickard, who could push Varlamov for minutes

DENVER, CO - MARCH 10:  Goalie Calvin Pickard #31 of the Colorado Avalanche warms up prior to facing the Los Angeles Kings at Pepsi Center on March 10, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

After a few years of grooming, Calvin Pickard appears primed for a full season at the NHL level.

On Tuesday, Colorado announced it had signed Pickard to a two-year, $2 million extension (financials per Bleacher Report). The contract comes after Pickard, 24, played in 20 games for the Avs last year, going 7-6-1 with a 2.56 GAA and .922 save percentage.

Following the season, Pickard helped Canada win gold at the worlds, posting a 2-0 record with a 0.50 GAA and .971 save percentage.

Pickard’s promotion seemed imminent prior to the draft, when the Avs sent backup goalie Reto Berra to Florida. The only other netminder to play for Colorado last season, Roman Will, signed in the Czech League in May.

The real intrigue now is how much Pickard can push No. 1 netminder Semyon Varlamov. Some view Pickard as the club’s potential goalie of the future, and some are concerned Varlamov has struggled to rediscover his form of three years ago, when he finished second in Vezina and fourth in Hart Trophy voting.

This year, the 28-year-old Russian was called out on a few occasions by head coach Patrick Roy. Varlamov finished with a .914 save percentage and 2.81 GAA in 57 starts, and recording just 27 wins.

Trade target Kuemper re-ups with Wild — one year, $1.55 million

Darcy Kuemper

Last month, we passed along word that Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher was receiving trade calls on RFA goalie Darcy Kuemper, with Fletcher explaining he was a “little hesitant” to deal Kuemper away.

Guess he was more than a little hesitant.

On Tuesday, the Wild announced they signed Kuemper to a one-year, $1.55 million extension — avoiding the arbitration process and, for now, keeping the 26-year-old tender in a Wild uniform.

Kuemper has spent his entire professional career with the Wild organization and, at one time, was considered the club’s goalie of the future.

Things certainly looked that way in 2013-14, when he went 12-8-4 with a .915 save percentage and 2.43 GAA during the regular season, and 3-1-0 with a .913 save percentage and 2.03 GAA in the playoffs.

But Kuemper struggled to reclaim that form in ’14-15, which forced Fletcher to acquire Devan Dubnyk — and all Dubnyk’s done since the trade is revive his career, and become a major workhorse for the Wild.

Dubnyk started 66 games this season, the first of his six-year, $26 million deal. Because he’s the clear-cut No. 1 in Minnesota and projects to be for a while, it’s not surprising Kuemper was the subject of trade calls.

Fletcher could still trade Kuemper, but it wouldn’t be a huge shock if he’s retained.

Dubnyk turns 31 next season, and could probably stand a lighter workload moving forward. That could be a good fit for Kuemper, who had some really nice stretches this season — especially in December and January — and Fletcher has a little more breathing room under the cap, now that Thomas Vanek is off the books and the Wild didn’t spend like crazy in free agency.

That said, Kuemper’s made it clear he wants to try and land a starting opportunity, something that’s unlikely to happen in Minnesota.

Fletcher told the Pioneer Press as much in April, saying “if there’s a deal that makes sense for us and allows him to get a better opportunity, I think that would be good for both of us.”

So, stay tuned.