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  • Blue Jackets' Zach Sawchenko: Agrees to two-way deal

    Sawchenko signed a one-year, two-way contract with Columbus on Sunday.

    Sawchenko posted a 4-1-0 record with a 2.12 GAA and a .924 save percentage in six regular-season appearances for AHL Abbotsford in 2023-24. He also went 2-4-0 with a 2.96 GAA and an .898 save percentage in six outings during the playoffs with Vancouver's top minor-league affiliate. The 26-year-old netminder will probably spend most, if not all, of 2024-25 in the AHL.

  • Hockey Club's Jaxson Stauber: Inks one-year deal

    Stauber secured a one-year, two-way contract with Utah HC on Friday.

    Stauber played six NHL games back in 2022-23 with the Blackhawks but spent all of last season in the minors. With AHL Rockford, the 25-year-old backstop went 18-8-3 with a .902 save percentage and 2.85 GAA in 31 AHL regular-season contests. Looking ahead to the upcoming season, Stauber figures to be the third netminder on the depth chart, at best, meaning he figures to spend most of the year in the minors.

  • Golden Knights' Akira Schmid: Lands two-year deal

    Schmid signed a two-year, $1.75 million contract with the Golden Knights on Wednesday, per CapFriendly.

    Schmid was traded from the Devils to the Golden Knights at the draft, but he did not receive a qualifying offer. This allowed the 24-year-old goalie to test free agency, but Vegas was able to get a deal done with him anyway. The Golden Knights also signed Ilya Samsonov on Monday to a one-year, $1.8 million deal, so it's likely Schmid will spend the bulk of 2024-25 at AHL Henderson.

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    Sabres' James Reimer: Signs one-year deal

    Reimer inked a one-year, $1 million contract with Buffalo on Tuesday.

    The 36-year-old Reimer will join an extremely young goalie group that includes Devon Levi (22), Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (25) and recently signed Felix Sandstrom (27). Barring some standout performances in training camp, Reimer figures to enter the year as the No. 2 option behind Luukkonen, though he could be shipped down to the minors to serve as an emergency depth option as well.

  • Golden Knights' Ilya Samsonov: Heading to Vegas

    Samsonov signed a one-year, $1.8 million deal with Vegas on Monday.

    Samsonov went 23-7-8 during the regular season with Toronto last year despite producing a lackluster .890 save percentage. The 27-year-old appears to be the favorite to serve as the backup behind Adin Hill during the 2024-25 campaign. Samsonov has registered. 2.76 GAA and a .904 save percentage in 171 career NHL games.

  • Panthers' Chris Driedger: Earns one-year deal

    Driedger signed a one-year contract with Florida on Monday.

    Driedger will likely compete with Spencer Knight for the backup job behind Sergei Bobrovsky. Driedger spent two seasons with Florida before being taken by the Kraken during their expansion draft. Last season, he posted a strong 2.26 GAA and .917 save percentage in 39 regular-season appearances with AHL Coachella Valley. He then registered a .906 save percentage in 18 AHL postseason appearances. Driedger saw action in only two NHL games during the 2023-24 campaign.

  • Predators' Matt Murray: Signs with Nashville

    Murray signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Predators on Monday.

    Murray is buried on the goalie depth chart in Nashville and should spend the 2024-25 campaign with AHL Milwaukee, barring any injuries. He posted a lackluster 3.02 GAA and .896 save percentage in 31 games with AHL Texas last season. The 26-year-old has made four career NHL appearances.

  • Sharks' Vitek Vanecek: Should be fine for training camp

    Vanecek (lower body) should be ready for the start of training camp, per Max Miller of The Hockey News on Monday.

    Vanecek had a 17-9-3 record, 3.18 GAA and .890 save percentage in 32 contests with New Jersey last season. The Sharks acquired him in March, but he hasn't made his debut with San Jose due to a lower-body injury. Vanecek is set to compete with Mackenzie Blackwood for the starting job in 2024-25.

  • Kings' Pheonix Copley: Re-signs Monday

    Copley (knee) signed a one-year, $825,000 contract with the Kings on Monday.

    Copley had a 4-1-2 record, 3.17 GAA and .870 save percentage in eight appearances with LA in 2023-24. He underwent ACL surgery in January and missed the remainder of the season and the playoffs as a result. Copley is likely to be ready for the start of training camp and will probably begin 2024-25 in the minors while Darcy Kuemper and David Rittich handle the NHL goaltending duties.

  • Sabres' Felix Sandstrom: Signs two-way pact

    Sandstrom agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with the Sabres on Monday.

    Sandstrom has struggled at the NHL level, going 4-18-4 with a 3.66 GAA and .880 save percentage in 30 games while with the Flyers over the last three years. With Philadelphia moving in a different direction after signing Ivan Fedotov to compete with Samuel Ersson, the 27-year-old Sandstrom joins a Sabres organization that is significantly less certain when it comes to the goaltending position. Sandstrom will almost certainly start the year in the minors but could get called up if he can prove himself with AHL Rochester.

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