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Brian Gionta is very unlikely to re-sign with the Sabres, the Olean Times Herald reports.

Impact

The Sabres are transitioning into the next stage of their maturation process under new general manager Jason Botterill, so not bringing back their 38-year-old captain makes sense. Gionta was a very reliable middle-six winger for the Sabres who scored at least 30 points in each of his three seasons with the club. However, there just seems to be no place for him on the team, especially after the Sabres acquired right winger Jason Pominville from Minnesota. Gionta's camp is optimistic he'll land a contract for the 2017-18 season, but his options will certainly be limited.

Felix Girard signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Avalanche on Tuesday.

Impact

Girard appeared in 38 games with AHL San Antonio last season after being acquired by Colorado via trade in January, tallying 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) while registering 76 PIM over that span. The 23-year-old forward will likely spend the majority of the 2017-18 campaign in the minors, but he could get an opportunity to make his NHL debut if the big club is in need of reinforcements up front due to injury.

Gabriel Bourque agreed to terms with the Avalanche on a one-year contract extension Tuesday.

Impact

The veteran was sent to the AHL for 61 games last season, notching 10 goals and 23 assists in the process. While those are decent numbers – particularly the volume of helpers – any bit of fantasy value Bourque may have had was squashed by his toiling in the minors, rather than offering much help to an Avalanche team that experienced a franchise-worst minus-112 goal differential.

Alexandre Fortin, who is three weeks removed from sports-hernia surgery, hopes to be 100 percent healthy by training camp, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Impact

Fortin is only participating in the off-ice portion of this year's prospect camp to avoid sustaining any setbacks in his recovery, but the 20-year-old forward should be ready to return to the ice once the Blackhawks' training camp gets underway in September. The 6-foot winger will get an opportunity to compete for an Opening Night roster spot in training camp, but he'll likely start the season with AHL Rockford and remain in the minors for the majority of the 2017-18 campaign.

Duncan Siemens agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Colorado on Tuesday.

Impact

Selected 11th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft, Siemens has managed just four games with the Avs thus far. Given the two-way nature of the 23-year-old's deal, he could spend the bulk of the 2017-18 campaign in the minors. In four years in the AHL, the blueliner has never approached the offensive numbers he put up in juniors – 43 points during the 2010-11 season – and is close to being labeled a bust, if he isn't already.

Marcus Sorensen settled on a two-year contract extension with the Sharks on Tuesday.

Impact

The Swedish flanker was drafted in the fourth round (No. 106 overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He didn't take his talents to North America until this past season – when he fashioned four points in 19 games with the Sharks and 17 goals and assists apiece for their minor-league affiliate – but with a new deal in place, Sorensen will compete for a starting role in training camp; a glaring hole on the left wing has been exposed with the departure of long-time Shark Patrick Marleau.

Pontus Aberg signed a two-year, $1.3 million deal with Nashville on Tuesday.

Impact

After appearing in only 15 games for the Preds last season, Aberg is expected to take on an expanded role – especially considering that he racked up 52 points in 56 outings with AHL Milwaukee during the 2016-17 campaign. The winger has steadily improved throughout his three-year stint with the Admirals and is a near lock for a spot on Nashville's 23-man roster. Fantasy owners looking to bolster the depth scoring in their lineups should consider adding the Swede.

The Bruins signed Austin Czarnik to a one-year, two-way contract Tuesday, the team's official site reports.

Impact

Czarnik saw action in 49 games for the big club this past season, logging five goals and 13 points. The University of Miami (Ohio) product brings speed, energy and puck smarts to the table, but at 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, improved scoring results at the pro level hinge in on the 24-year-old's ability to withstand the physical rigors of the NHL game.

Martin Frk re-signed with the Red Wings for one year Tuesday. According to Ansar Khan of MLive.com, the winger prospect will command $650,000/$250,000 on the two-way deal.

Impact

The Czech prospect received a qualifying offer a little over a month ago, only to narrowly miss an arbitration hearing with those getting underway for unsigned restricted free agents Thursday. Last season, Frk posted 50 points (27 goals, 23 assists) in 65 games for an AHL Grand Rapids team that won the Calder Cup Trophy with his own game-winner over Syracuse. Tyler Bertuzzi – his minor-league teammate – is one of several players seemingly faced with better odds than Frk to hold down a stable NHL gig in the upcoming season, but rest assured that GM Ken Holland will tread carefully since he'd already lost Frk to waivers last year and was fortunate to have reeled him back through the same process.

Mike Zalewski signed a contract with Straubing of Germany's DEL on Monday, TSN reports.

Impact

The New York native defied the odds by cracking the Canucks' roster as an undrafted free agent back in 2013-14, but he ended up appearing in just six total NHL games sprinkled over the last three seasons. Even if he eventually jumps back to the North American stage, Zalewski can be ignored in fantasy.

Brandon Pirri plans to continue playing hockey in North America, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

Impact

This contradicts a report earlier in the day that Pirri would be signing with the ZSC Lions in Switzerland. Pirri has played in 20 or more NHL contests each season dating back to 2013-14, potting 57 goals during that span, which includes a 22-goal outburst in 2014-15 with the Panthers. He remains unsigned for now after managing eight tallies and 10 assists in 60 games last year with the Rangers.

Brandon Pirri will sign with the ZSC Lions in Switzerland, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports.

Impact

Pirri started last season as a fourth-liner and power-play guy for the Rangers, but ended up falling out of favor during the playoffs, which resulted in him not being extended a qualifying offer this summer. He'll now head to Switzerland for the upcoming campaign, with the hope of restoring any value he may have had previously. Pirri played in 60 games for the Rangers last season, recording eight goals, 10 assists, 41 hits and 20 blocked shots.

Frederick Gaudreau locked in a three-year, two-way deal with Nashville on Monday.

Impact

Gaudreau's contract will convert to a one-way for the final season (2019-20), but it seems unlikely he will still be switching between leagues at that point. Although he was limited to just nine appearances with the Predators during the 2016-17 campaign, the center has impressed with AHL Milwaukee, as he tallied 90 points over the past two years. Undrafted coming out of the QMJHL, the 24-year-old should earn a spot on the Preds' 23-man roster sooner rather than later.

J.C. Lipon agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg on Monday.

Impact

Much like last year, Lipon figures to spend the bulk of the 2017-18 season further developing his game in the minors with AHL Manitoba. While playing for the Moose, the 24-year-old tallied 12 goals and 18 helpers and could provide some scoring depth when the Jets inevitably sustain injuries during the upcoming campaign.

Cole Bardreau secured a two-year, two-way deal with Philadelphia on Saturday.

Impact

Bardeau logged 72 games with AHL Lehigh Valley last season in which he recorded nine goals and 15 helpers along with 85 PIM. While those might be decent enough numbers for a minor-league player, the winger will need to perform significantly better if he hopes to earn a call-up during the upcoming campaign. The Cornell University product figures to spend the bulk of the year with the Phantoms.

Alex Lyon inked a one-year, two-way contract with Philadelphia on Saturday.

Impact

Lyon – who went undrafted coming out of Yale University – spent last season between the pipes for AHL Lehigh Valley, where he logged a 27-14-0 record with a .912 save percentage. Unfortunately for the 24-year-old, he is probably fourth on the organization's depth chart as Anthony Stolarz appears to have the inside track on eventually replacing Michal Neuvirth as the starter.

David Shields penned a contract with Villacher SV of the Austrian League.

Impact

Since being selected in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Blues, Shields has toiled away in the minor leagues – primarily in the AHL. With his NHL debut nowhere in sight, the blueliner will look to regain the form he displayed back in his OHL days.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau settled on a three-year, $9.1 million contract with Ottawa on Monday – avoiding arbitration, Bruce Garrioch of Postmedia reports.

Impact

Pageau tallied seven goals during the first two rounds of the postseason but disappeared in the Eastern Conference finals, as he managed a mere one goal and two assists. His vanishing act aside, it was a solid playoffs for the center considering he tallied just 33 points in 82 regular-season outings. Given the depth down the middle of the Sens' lineup, the 24-year-old will likely be stuck in a bottom-six role behind Kyle Turris and Derick Brassard, but his ability to play on the wing could increase his minutes during the 2017-18 campaign.

Rasmus Asplund won the Craig Ramsay Award at the Sabres' development camp, which is awarded to the hardest-working player.

Impact

A second-round pick from 2016, Asplund set career highs with six goals and 19 points in 39 games with Farjestad BK of the Swedish League last season, his third with the big club. He's a two-way player lauded for his high hockey IQ, but at 19 years old, he still isn't strong or experienced enough to make the jump to North America. He'll spend the 2017-18 season in Sweden.

Tanner Richard inked a two-year contract with Geneve-Servette of the Swiss League.

Impact

Despite making his NHL debut last year, Richard will head to Switzerland for the 2017-18 season. In his three games with the Lightning, the center averaged 12:42 of ice time and picked up just one shot on goal. The 24-year-old logged just 47 outings with AHL Syracuse, but still managed to register a career-high 14 goals – although his point total was limited to 34. A return to North America following his two-year deal is certainly not outside the realm of possibility.