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Enforcer Depth: Predators sign Bass; Ducks ink Zolnierczyk


Cody Bass has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Nashville Predators, per the team’s website.

He can earn $575,000 at the NHL level or $125,000 annually in the minors.

Bass, 28, spent the 2014-15 campaign with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs where he recorded six goals, eight assists, and 165 penalty minutes in 61 games. He’s also the veteran of 49 NHL contests between his stints with the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Meanwhile the Anaheim Ducks announced that they have inked Harry Zolnierczyk to a one-year, two-way contract.

Zolnierczyk had 18 goals, 44 points, and 78 penalty minutes in 60 contests. The 27-year-old forward also has nine points and 83 penalty minutes in 59 career games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and New York Islanders.

Philadelphia signs ’15 first rounder Provorov


The Philadelphia Flyers announced that Ivan Provorov has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The financial terms were not released, but Provorov reportedly can earn up to the league’s maximum base salary for an entry-level contract — $925,000 annually — and is eligible for bonuses on top of that, per CSN Philly.

The 18-year-old defenseman was taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The fact that the Flyers already locked him up doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s likely to make the team’s opening game roster, but CSN Philly did note that it’s unusual for them to sign their top pick this early.

Provorov already plays a complete game and won’t need time to adjust to North American hockey as he made the move from Russia four years ago. He had 15 goals and 61 points in 60 contests with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings last season.

He’ll be competing for a spot on a crowded blueline as the Flyers already have seven defensemen signed to one-way contracts and that doesn’t include restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto.

Related: Get to know a draft pick — Ivan Provorov

Caps agree to terms with veteran goalie Dan Ellis


The Washington Capitals have agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Dan Ellis, per the team’s website.

Ellis is a veteran of 212 career NHL games. The 35-year-old netminder posted a 2.35 GAA and .914 save percentage in eight contests with the Florida Panthers in 2014-15. He also had a 2.71 GAA and .904 save percentage in 37 AHL contests.

He’ll probably start the campaign competing for playing time in the minors with another veteran goaltender in Justin Peters. Meanwhile 25-year-old Braden Holtby and 23-year-old Philipp Grubauer are projected to begin the 2015-16 season as the Capitals’ starting and backup netminders respectively.

Due in part to the youth of the Capitals’ top two goalies, the projected AHL tandem has logged more NHL games than their Washington counterparts.

Washington has already had a busy summer with the signing of Justin Williams and acquisition of T.J. Oshie, but the team isn’t finished yet. It still needs to come to terms with restricted free agents Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Holtby.

Canucks ink journeyman Blair Jones


The Vancouver Canucks announced that Blair Jones has agreed to a one-year contract.

The financial details were not announced, but Jones is coming off of a one-year, two-way deal that had a $600,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level.

The 28-year-old forward recorded nine goals and 21 points in 33 games with the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms last season. He also logged four games with the Philadelphia Flyers and averaged 6:55 minutes per contest.

Jones is a veteran of 132 NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Calgary Flames, and Flyers. Although he’s been unable to secure a regular spot with an NHL squad, he has appeared in at least four contests at the top level in eight of the last nine seasons.

Hoffman files for arbitration after breakout season

Mike Hoffman came with a $750,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level last season, but he’s due for a big raise after scoring 27 goals and 48 points in 79 games with the Senators. He’s reportedly not close to finding common ground with Ottawa though and the 25-year-old forward has filed for salary arbitration, per TSN’s Frank Seravalli.

Ottawa was able to claw its way into the playoffs last season on the strength of its young core with several of those players enjoying career seasons. That’s led to a summer of key negotiations for the Senators as they weigh each player’s 2014-15 performance against their sometimes short or otherwise less impressive resumes.

The Senators were able to ink goaltender Andrew Hammond to a three-year contract worth roughly $4 million and they recently signed Mark Stone to a three-year, $10.5 million deal.

In addition to Hoffman though, there’s also the possibility that an arbitrator will have to settle the negotiations with fellow restricted free agent Alex Chiasson.

“We’re far apart at this point and we don’t really see the arbitration case through the same lens,” Chiasson’s agent, Kent Hughes said, per PHT’s Dhiren Mahiban.

The silver lining is that Ottawa doesn’t have much left to take care of beyond Hoffman and Chiasson’s contracts. Shane Prince is the team’s only other remaining restricted free agent.