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Isles re-sign Quine — two years, $1.225 million

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The New York Islanders have agreed to terms with forward Alan Quine — a two-year, $1.225 million deal with a $612,500 average annual cap hit.

The deal was first announced by the Isles, with Newsday providing the financial details.

Quine, 23, was a fifth-round pick in 2013 that’s spent the majority of his career in the minors. He made his NHL debut this past regular season, appearing in just two games, but was a notable contributor during the playoffs, scoring a goal and five points in 10 games.

The former OHL standout notched the biggest goal of his career in the Isles’ opening-round playoff victory over Florida, scoring the double-OT winner in Game 5.

Looking ahead, Quine should be in line for some extended minutes next year in Brooklyn. Up front, the Isles lost the likes of Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin in free agency, though they did land one of the market’s biggest prizes in Andrew Ladd.

Report: B’s re-sign Colin Miller, Joe Morrow


Colin Miller will be sticking around Boston for the foreseeable future — on Wednesday, the B’s signed him to a two-year, $2 million extension with a $1M average annual cap hit, per TVA.

Miller, 23, made his NHL debut last season, appearing in 42 games all told. He showed some decent offensive upside, with 16 points, while averaging just under 16 minutes per night.

A former fifth-round pick of Los Angeles, Miller was part of the deal that saw he and Martin Jones go to Boston in exchange for Milan Lucic. While he’s always been a talented offensive defenseman, there are concerns about Miller’s defensive awareness.

In related news, it sounds like Boston has also agreed with another young defenseman, Joe Morrow.

Per General Fanager, Morrow is back on a one-year deal worth $800,000. A former first-round pick, Morrow had his most extensive NHL experience last year, scoring seven points in 33 games for the B’s. Like Miller, Morrow is also 23 and like Miller, he’s yet to really establish himself at the big league level.

With these two inked, Boston now has seven d-men under contract for next season: Miller, Morrow, Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller and John Michael-Liles.

GM Don Sweeney bought out Dennis Seidenberg last month, which should free up some minutes for Miller and Morrow to battle over, though that can’t be considered a successful offseason. Sweeney has been outspoken about trying to upgrade the blueline but, as of now, he’s got a near identical group to the one that finished last season.

Related: The Bruins still haven’t added that ‘transitional’ defenseman they wanted

Canucks re-sign Bachman, a goalie to expose in expansion draft

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Vancouver inked journeyman third-stringer Richard Bachman to a one-year extension on Wednesday, locking up the veteran through 2018.

On its own, the signing isn’t huge news.

Bachman, 28, has bounced around over the last few years, appearing in 32 games with the Stars, Oilers and Canucks. He’s spent most of his time in the AHL, and that looks to continue next season with Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom manning Vancouver’s net.

That said, the Bachman signing does have significance for the Canucks.

From The Province:

Under the NHL’s expansion draft rules, every team is required to have two forwards, one defenceman and one goalie available for selection.

Last week, the team signed Jacob Markstrom to a three-year extension, leaving him and the draft-exempt Thatcher Demko as the only goalies under contract heading into 2017-18.

As things stood, Markstrom would have had to be exposed for the draft which will stock the new Las Vegas squad.

So Bachman, who had one year left on his current contract, will fill the “you’re getting exposed” role, though that won’t be only thing he does. He played quite a bit for AHL Utica last season — 35 games — and will probably do the same this year while mentoring Demko.

The real question now is, who backs up Markstrom after next season? Miller is a pending UFA, Bachman has never proven to be a reliable No. 2 and it would be asking a lot of Demko to make the leap after just one year of pro hockey.

Blues re-sign AHL sniper Rattie — one year, $650,000


Ty Rattie showed well in the most extensive NHL action of his career last season, and the Blues have rewarded him accordingly.

On Wednesday, Rattie signed a one-year deal worth $650,000 — down from the $894,166 AAV he had on his last deal, but fully guaranteed because St. Louis signed him to a one-way contract.

Rattie, 23, had four goals and six points in just 13 games last year, spending most of his time in AHL Chicago. And it’s with Chicago where Rattie’s really made a name for himself, scoring 31, 21 and 17 goals over the last three campaigns.

The 32nd overall pick at the 2011 draft, Rattie looks as though he’s in line for a much more significant role with the Blues next season. Gone are the likes of veterans David Backes, Troy Brouwer and Steve Ott, which should open up more opportunities at forward.

St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong was also quiet in free agency, though he did bring back winger David Perron.

Welcome back: Bolts sign Cory Conacher

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What’s old is new again in Tampa Bay.

Cory Conacher, who burst onto the scene with the Bolts four years ago as a rookie, has signed back on with the club on a one-year, one-way deal worth $575,000.

Back in 2013, Conacher parlayed a strong AHL showing — including winning the ’11-12 MVP — into a banner first year with the Lightning, scoring 24 points in 35 games to finish sixth in Calder voting.

That led to one of Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman’s savviest trades — sending Conacher to Ottawa for Ben Bishop — but marked the beginning of a wild and often disappointing ride for Conacher.

He appeared in just 72 games for Ottawa over two years, only to get waived. Buffalo claimed him, but wasn’t impressed enough to offer Conacher a qualifying offer at season’s end.

That made the diminutive forward a UFA. Conacher then proceeded to sign with the Isles, who only played him 15 times before putting him on waivers.

Nobody claimed Conacher that time around, so he was dispatched to AHL Bridgeport, then traded to the Canucks and immediately dispatched to AHL Utica.

Last year, the 26-year-old signed overseas with Bern of the Swiss League, and starred. He had 52 points in 48 games, and helped Team Canada win the 2015 Spengler Cup.

It’s unclear how much playing time Conacher will get with Tampa Bay next season. He does have a significant history with Jon Cooper — Cooper was Conacher’s coach during the aforementioned AHL MVP year, and the two won the Calder Cup together — and the one-way deal will ensure Conacher makes $575,000 regardless if he’s with the Bolts, or the Syracuse Crunch.