Three NHL veterans sign new deals in free agency today

Three NHL veterans sign new deals in free agency today

A pretty busy afternoon considering it's the middle of August!



It's official, Matt Dumba has signed a one year, $3.9 million deal with the Arizona Coyotes.

"We are very pleased to have Matt join our organization," said GM Bill Armstrong in a prepared statement. "He is a talented, reliable, physical defenseman who competes hard every night and will contribute offensively. He is also a great leader who will add a veteran presence to our blue line. We are very excited to have him on our team this season."

Last season, the 29-year-old Dumba recorded 4-10-14 and 81 penalty minutes (PIM) in 79 regular-season games with the Minnesota Wild and added two assists in six Stanley Cup Playoff games. He ranked second among Wild defensemen in goals and tied for fourth in points.

In other news, the Anaheim Ducks have signed free agent goaltender Alex Stalock to a one year contract worth $800,000.

The 36 year old netminder played last season with the Chicago Blackhawks, going 9-15-2 with two shutouts in 24 starts. He managed a 3.01 goals against average and .908 save percentage with a very poor Blackhawks team. In total the St. Paul, Minnesota native has played 179 career NHL games split between the Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild.

And finally, according to a report from HC Avangaard Omsk, the team has signed long-time NHL forward Ryan Spooner to a one year contract.

From the team's official website (translated from Russian):

We did admit the potential necessity to find a skilled center capable of complementing Tkachyov-Boucher duo, a worthy replacement for Corban Knight. We believe, Ryan Spooner is the right candidate - a well-trained player with high hockey IQ. This forward played almost 200 KHL games and has considerable NHL experience. High performance, face-off percentage and power play skills are Ryan’s undoubted strengths. Ryan is adjusted to the KHL and is able to reach the peak of his career with Avangard, being a good example of professionalism for our young players. Significantly, Spooner knows Reid Boucher well, they were teammates in Sarnia Sting (OHL). It will help him blend into the team quickly.

- Ryan Spooner

The 31 year old Spooner played last season with the KHL's Minsk Dynamo, putting up 19 goals and 47 points in 64 games. In fact, he has spent the past four seasons playing in the KHL, following a 325 game career in the NHL split between the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks.

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