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MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 26: Phillip Danault #24 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his second period goal during the NHL game against the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre on March 26, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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Habs sign Danault, acquired in deadline deal with ‘Hawks — two years, $1.82M

Phillip Danault, the former first-round pick Montreal got from Chicago in exchange for Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann, has agreed to a two-year deal with an average annual cap hit of $912,000, per TVA.

Danault, 23, was taken 26th overall by Chicago at the 2011 draft, and appeared in 32 games for the ‘Hawks prior to getting traded at last season’s deadline.

A Quebec native, Danault acquitted himself reasonably well upon joining Montreal. He had five points in 21 games, averaging 12:38 TOI per night, and did very well in the faceoff circle by winning 56 percent of his draws.

It’s believed Danault should be on the Habs’ opening night roster next season. The Lars Eller trade to Washington will open up some minutes, and Danault is regarded for his defensive work down the middle — meaning he should be in line for a steady bottom-six role.

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    Isles keep crease crowded, re-sign Berube

    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)
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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)
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    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

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    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)
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    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.