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Brendan Gaunce (shoulder) signed a two-year contract extension with the Canucks on Wednesday.

Impact

It's a bit peculiar to see Gaunce – who was exposed to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft – not only re-signing with his draft team, but reaching a two-year pact to stay in Rain City. The 2012 first-rounder, who underwent offseason shoulder surgery, has appeared in just 77 career NHL games, posting six points (one goal, five assists), but the versatile forward has ideal size at 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds, and gaining more experience appears to be his primary focus on the path to a significant role at the highest level.

Andreas Athanasiou, a restricted free agent, has yet to sign a new contract with the Red Wings, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

Impact

The Red Wings are up against the cap at the moment, but signing Athanasiou has to be their top priority heading into the 2017-18 campaign. Discussions with general manager Ken Holland and the speedy winger's agent are reportedly ongoing, but the club's cap constraints complicate things, as a long-term deal simply may not be something Detroit can afford at this juncture. However, there's speculation that the 23-year-old forward may be open to signing a two-year "bridge" deal, which may ultimately be the best outcome for both sides. Athanasiou notched 29 points (18 goals, 11 assists) and 120 shots on goal while averaging 13:28 of ice time over 64 games last season, and he has the potential to break through the 40-point threshold in 2017-18.

Stephen Gionta signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders on Tuesday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. The deal is worth $650,000 in the NHL or $225,000 if he's sent to the minors.

Impact

Gionta inked a one-year AHL deal with Bridgeport, a minor-league affiliate of the Islanders, last October, and apparently he made a good enough impression on team brass to stick around a bit longer. Still, the 33-year-old has only chipped in 56 points (16 goals, 40 assists) over 296 career NHL games, and his small stature – he's 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds – has been a limiting factor.

Chris Desousa agreed to terms on a one-year deal with HC Bolzano of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga on Monday.

Impact

DeSousa played collegiate hockey in Canada at the University of Prince Edward Island, where he racked up 113 points in 104 outings. The center went undrafted despite averaging more than a point per game and has spent the past two seasons splitting time between the AHL and ECHL. With no clear path to the NHL, the 26-year-old will head overseas to extend his professional career.

Barclay Goodrow re-signed with the Sharks to a two-year contract Monday.

Impact

Goodrow saw action in just three games with the Sharks last season, as he spent the majority of his time with AHL San Jose. Over 61 games in the AHL, Goodrow posted 25 goals and 20 assists. He'll likely play just a minor role yet again for the Sharks and could have trouble carving out ice time, which will heavily limit his impact in fantasy leagues.

Nick Ebert will join KHL Slovan Bratislava after an average minor-league season in which he tallied 25 points in 68 outings.

Impact

Ebert was drafted in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Kings, but was never able to crack their game-day lineup. Over the past three seasons, the 23-year-old notched 19 goals and 32 helpers – not exactly the type of standout performance NHL clubs are looking for. If the blueliner can step up his game in Russia, he stands an outside chance of reviving his career.

Mat Clark inked a one-year contract with HC Bolzano of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga on Friday.

Impact

Clark joins the Foxes after a 2016-17 campaign in which he spent the year in the minors – appearing in 38 contests and tallying eight points. The blueliner played nine career games for Anaheim – with one assist and six PIM to show for it. Selected in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft, the 26-year-old is probably a long shot to work his way back into the NHL.

Michael Rasmussen signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Red Wings on Saturday.

Impact

The Red Wings selected Rasmussen with the ninth overall pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-6 power forward's scoring prowess was on full display last season, as he was able to rack up 55 points (32 goals, 23 assists) in just 50 games with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. The big-bodied pivot needs to improve his skating ability in order to succeed in the NHL, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him with the big club sooner rather than later due to his size alone.

An arbiter awarded Nate Schmidt a two-year, $4.45 million contract with the Golden Knights on Saturday, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Impact

Schmidt was hoping to sign a one-year, $2.75 million deal and Las Vegas countered with a two-year, $1.9 million offer, so the arbiter evidently determined the player's ask was more reasonable than the team's proposal in this instance. Schmidt, who tallied 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in 60 games with the Capitals last season, is expected to occupy a top-pairing role with his new club in 2017-18.

Timothy Liljegren has impressed Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello at the World Junior Summer Showcase currently being held in Plymouth, Michigan, theScore reports.

Impact

The Swedish defenseman was Toronto's first-round (17th overall) selection in this year's draft. He's making up for lost time after dealing with mononucleosis last season, but Lamoriello said, "Where he is today (Friday), and what we've seen of him, we're happy." Liljegren signed an entry-level contract with the Buds in mid-July, but the smooth 6-foot skater is still expected to play in his native land for one more year.

Jamie Oleksiak agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Dallas on Friday.

Impact

Oleksiak saw action in just 41 games last season as a handful of injuries kept him sidelined throughout the year. When he was in the lineup, the 24-year-old averaged a mere 16:13 of ice time in which he garnered five goals and a pair of helpers. Even if healthy, the Toronto native could struggle to secure regular minutes as Julius Honka pushes for an expanded role to go along with the team's acquisition of Marc Methot in the offseason.

Jakob Chychrun's knee surgery Thursday has been deemed a success, though the Coyotes will not have another update on his condition until training camp begins Sep. 14.

Impact

The Florida native defied the odds by cracking the Opening Night roster for the 'Yotes in 2016, his draft year. As the 16th overall selection, Chychrun acquainted himself with the parent club rather quickly, having recorded a point in the first three games. He's a mobile puck pusher from the blue line and has adequate size at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, so there's reason to believe that Chychrun could improve upon his 20 points and minus-14 rating over 68 games as a rookie. Still, we'll have to wait to see what kind of return timeline he's looking at in order to fairly gauge where he may be taken in fantasy drafts.

Brandon Prust will join Los Angeles on a professional tryout agreement, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.

Impact

After failing to secure an NHL deal heading into the 2016-17 campaign, Prust spent the year with DEL Nuremberg , where he tallied three goals and five helpers in 29 outings. If the winger can land a permanent gig with the Kings, he's unlikely to be anything more than a depth option watching from the press box more often than not.

Lias Andersson, who the Rangers took seventh overall in this year's draft, will be in training camp as a roster hopeful for the upcoming season, NHL.com reports.

Impact

It's rare for a same-year draft selection to seize an NHL role right off the bat, but Andersson could be an exception. After all, the Rangers have parted ways with two impact centers – Derek Stepan (traded to Arizona) and Oscar Lindberg (acquired by Vegas in the expansion draft) – plus, the team's executives are well aware that Andersson already has professional experience; he played in 64 games for HV71 Jonkoping of the Swedish Hockey League between 2015-17. There's plenty of flexibility in Andersson's contract, so he could be sent back to Sweden for another year if the Rangers ultimately decide he's not quite ready for the North American stage.

Aaron Ekblad said he's 100 percent healthy following a concussion injury that ended his 2016-17 campaign prematurely, NHL.com reports.

Impact

Last season was a perpetual nightmare for Ekblad, as he sustained a concussion at the World Cup of hockey, only for that same ailment to mercifully end his campaign – he finished with career-worst marks in goals (10) and assists (11) over 68 games. The burly defenseman also posted a hideous minus-23 rating, which has undoubtedly left a good amount of fantasy owners thinking twice about paying top dollar for him in upcoming drafts. However, the Ontario native is about to kick-start the first year of an eight-year, $60 million contract, and that means the Panthers will do everything they can do get him back on track in the upcoming season. Ekblad – who's gathered 96 points in 227 career regular-season contests – technically qualifies as a veteran at the age of 21 years old.

Nate Schmidt's arbitration ruling will be made Saturday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Impact

The former Capitals defenseman reportedly set his asking price at $2.75 million on a one-year deal. It's a bit strange to see a player who's recorded only 200 NHL games at the NHL level playing hardball with a brand new franchise, but Vegas is fittingly flush with cash – it has $7.849 million in current space space, according to CapFriendly – so an arbitrator will make an official ruling with the two sides $850,000 apart.

Jakob Chychrun is out indefinitely after having knee surgery Thursday.

Impact

The team did not release details regarding the nature of the injury, stating only that Chychrun is expected to make a full recovery. It is unclear whether the blueliner will be available for the start of the 2017-18 season – Arizona will provide an update once training camp kicks off Sept. 14.

Isaac Ratcliffe signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers on Thursday.

Impact

The 6-foot-6 winger fashioned 67 points (33 goals, 34 assists) over 113 games between the last two seasons with the OHL's Guelph Storm. Philadelphia realized his potential and selected him in the second round (35th overall) of this year's draft. He is just 18 years old, though, so fantasy owners should view him only as a keeper/dynasty option this early in his career.

Morgan Frost secured an entry-level contract with Philadelphia on Thursday.

Impact

Frost garnered 62 points in 67 outings with OHL Sault Ste. Marie last season, then got taken by the Flyers with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. The 18-year-old remains eligible for juniors, so the club will likely keep him there for the 2017-18 campaign in order to avoid burning the first year of his ELC.

MacKenzie Weegar inked a one-year, two-way contract with Florida on Thursday.

Impact

Weegar saw action in three outings with the Panthers last season, averaging just 17:27 of ice time and failing to secure a point. The defenseman was able to put together a solid minor-league campaign, though, registering 14 goals and 22 helpers in 60 outings. Florida is not particularly deep on the blue line, which could open the door for Weegar to earn his way onto the 23-man roster during training camp.