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Patrick Bjorkstrand agreed to terms on a one-year deal with KooKoo of the Finnish Liiga on Thursday.

Impact

After just one season in the AHL, Bjorkstrand heads back overseas, where he's played the majority of his professional career. With AHL Ontario, the center notched just 12 points in 42 outings – not enough to earn another contract from the Kings. Considering that the 25-year-old was unable to garner any interest from NHL clubs, his days playing in North America are likely over unless he develops more offense in Finland.

Mike Fisher announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday, Adam Vingan of the Tennessean reports.

Impact

Fisher hangs up his skates after an illustrious career split between the Senators and Predators. In all, the skilled center tallied 276 goals and 309 helpers over 1,088 regular-season contests. There's no direct replacement for a veteran leader like Fisher, but Nashville hasn't missed a beat offensively since it acquired power pivot Ryan Johansen from the Blue Jackets in January of 2016.

Nate Prosser secured a two-year contract with St. Louis on Wednesday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

Impact

Prosser was used sparingly in Minnesota last season, logging a mere 39 contests. The 31-year-old won't find minutes any easier to come by with the Blues, as he will have to outwork Robert Bortuzzo and Jordan Schmaltz for a spot on the third pairing. Since tallying 12 points during the 2011-12 campaign, Prosser has failed to reach double digits for five straight seasons. His limited offensive production and uncertain minutes make him irrelevant in all but the deepest of deep fantasy leagues.

Calvin de Haan inked a one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Islanders on Wednesday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Impact

It appears the two sides agreed to split the difference after having previously been separated by about $3 million – de Haan was asking for $5 million, while the team was offering $2 million. The blueliner is coming off a 2016-17 season in which he registered career highs in goals (five), assists (20) and shots on goal (116). He's not likely to develop into a star on offense, but if he can increase his responsibilities – specifically an expanded role on the power play – he could approach the 30-point mark.

Owen Tippett (undisclosed) will go through morning skate but is unlikely to play in his next game for Team Canada in the World Junior Summer Showcase, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.

Impact

The Panthers' top prospect is battling an undisclosed injury, which has prompted Team Canada's coach, Dom Ducharme, to take a cautious route with him. Tippett will likely go through morning skate, but won't be exposed to game action until he's a full-go.

Max Jones (lower body) is expected to be out the next few days, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.

Impact

The young left winger is battling a lower body injury, and while the severity has yet to be disclosed, it'll keep him on the shelf for at least a couple more days. There's no word yet on whether Jones, who is one of Anaeheim's most promising young prospects, will have his start to training camp impacted by this injury.

Henri Jokiharju is dealing with a knee injury but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.

Impact

The rookie suffered the injury Sunday, according to Adam Kimelman of NHL.com, but it appears Jokiharju avoided anything significant after undergoing an MRI on Tuesday. Look for more updates on Jokiharju as training camp approaches, but at this time, it appears he'll be ready to go when the Blackhawks lace them up in September.

Mikael Granlund (hand) agreed to a three-year, $17.25 million contract extension with the Wild on Tuesday, the Star Tribune reports.

Impact

The industrious point-packing forward avoids arbitration by reaching this deal with Minnesota. Last season, Granlund established career highs across the board, with 26 tallies and 43 helpers giving him a 15-point jump compared to his 2015-16 campaign. He's also a mainstay on the man advantage, which gives fantasy owners yet another reason to consider drafting him as a No. 2 forward. The Finn could reach an even higher tier by increasing his shot totals – he accumulated those at a rate of 2.18 per game last regular season, and the pivot's been rehabbing from a broken hand this summer.

John Tavares stated Tuesday that he hopes to remain with the Islanders, Neil Best of Newsday reports.

Impact

Tavares is entering the last season of a six-year $33 million contract and will be due for a substantial raise. If the Isles feel they can't sign him to a long term contract then they may feel that it is in the best interest of the organization to trade him to a team that will sign him.

Andrej Nestrasil agreed to terms with Neftekhimik of the KHL on Tuesday reports Igor Eronko of Sports Express.

Impact

Nestrasil will continue his career in Europe after Carolina chose not to extend him a qualifying offer and he failed to receive an offer from another club. The 26-year-old center played his most recent NHL game on Jan. 3 and was limited to 19 outings at the top level last season.

Brett Pesce agreed to a six-year, $24.15 million contract extension with the Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Impact

Lauded for his two-way game, Pesce added 20 points last season, plus he and defensive partner Jaccob Slavin accounted for a franchise-best plus-23 rating. Still, even with the impressive display of a 200-foot-game among those top-pairing blueliners, Carolina finished with a minus-21 goal differential in 2016-17 – suggesting that there's still room for growth. As a result, Pesce makes for a rather sneaky selection in fantasy drafts ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

Zach Aston-Reese will be in training camp with the Penguins in pursuit of a roster spot this fall, NHL.com reports.

Impact

The center prospect turned heads as a senior with Northeastern University last season, as he notched 63 points (31 goals, 32 assists) in 38 games to lead the NCAA and earn AHCA East First-Team All-American honors. Soon to be 23 years old, Aston-Reese also sampled the AHL, with the power forward having muscled his way to three goals and five helpers over 10 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Presumably, he'll compete for a roster spot with the likes of Josh Archibald and Dominik Simon, albeit without much fantasy appeal this early in his career.

Josh Archibald will be aiming to improve after suiting up in 10 games last season.

Impact

In his limited regular-season action with Pittsburgh, Archibald tallied three goals and four PIM while averaging just 10:52 of ice time. With the departures of Chris Kunitz and Nick Bonino, there are spots open in the Pens depth chart – something Archibald will no doubt be hoping to capitalize on. The winger will face challenges for ice time from guys like Scott Wilson and Zach Aston-Reese, but if nothing else, his appearance in Game 4 against Nashville guarantees his name will be immortalized on Lord Stanley's Cup.

Steven Stamkos, who's been recovering from knee surgery since mid-November, should be available for the start of training camp and also the beginning of next season, according to GM Steve Yzerman, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

While Stamkos remains in recovery mode following his devastating injury – specifically, a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee – his agent, Mark Guy, said the stud pivot is "doing great," adding that there haven't been any issues. The Ontario native had gotten off to a blazing start to the 2016-17 campaign by notching nine goals and 11 helpers over 17 games – factoring into seven of those scoring plays on the man advantage. Once he's 100 percent healthy, Stamkos should once again thrive on the top line with Nikita Kucherov, who tied Boston's Brad Marchand for fifth place in points at 85 last season.

Nathan Beaulieu agreed to a two-year deal with the Sabres on Monday.

Impact

Initially, it appeared Beaulieu and the Sabres were heading toward arbitration, but the two sides came to terms on a deal that will pay Beaulieu $4.8 million over the next two seasons. The defenseman spent last season with the Canadiens, for whom he tallied four goals and 24 assists in 74 games, all career highs. Beaulieu is expected to play a top-four role for the Sabres this coming season, and if he can replicate last year's success it's a great value deal. He will be a restricted free agent at the end of the contract, which will give the Sabres some leverage in their next contract negotiation.

David Musil inked a one-year deal with HC Ocelari Trinec of the Czech league Monday, Patrick Willis of NHL.com reports.

Impact

Prior to heading to Canada to play in the WHL, Musil was a top prospect in the Czech Republic – suiting up for the U18 and U20 national teams. Since his four appearances with Edmonton during the 2014-15 season, the blueliner has been unable to earn a call-up, instead spending his time exclusively in the AHL. Unless he can put together a stellar 2016-17 campaign, it seems unlikely the 24-year-old will be back on this side of the Atlantic Ocean any time soon.

Calvin de Haan is asking for $5 million annually – over $3 million more than the Isles' offer, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.

Impact

De Haan may be asking for a little too much considering he managed just 25 points this past season – although Carolina did shell out $5.3 million AAV for Jaccob Slavin, who had similar production (34 points). Paying the blueliner that much would eat up nearly all of New York's remaining cap space, which isn't a concern this year, but could impact its ability to re-sign John Tavares – who will garner a significant raise. So far, no arbitration cases have resulted in a ruling, but with the sides separated by over $3 million, it will take some significant movement to reach a deal.

Justin Fontaine signed a one-year deal with Dynamo Minsk (KHL) on Monday, Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports.

Impact

Fontaine was unable to crack the lineup with either the Rangers or the Oilers last year – instead spending the entire campaign down in the minors. While in the AHL, the University of Minnesota-Duluth product tallied 41 points in 65 outings. The 29-year-old does have some NHL experience (197 games with the Wild) so a return to the league is not out of the question – if he can put together a solid season in Russia.

Jaedon Descheneau agreed to terms on a one-year contract with HC Thurgau on Sunday.

Impact

Descheneau – a fifth-round pick by St. Louis in the 2014 NHL Draft – split time between the AHL and ECHL last season. The winger's numbers in the minors – 34 points in 64 outings – weren't enough to earn him an NHL deal, so instead he will head overseas to try and jump-start his professional career.

Nino Niederreiter signed a five-year, $26.25 million contract extension Sunday with Minnesota.

Impact

The man they call "El Nino" officially has a new deal, keeping him in the State of Hockey for the next half-decade and preventing his arbitration hearing, which was set for Thursday. Niederreiter enjoyed career highs pretty much across the board last season, as his 25 goals, 32 assists, 57 points, plus-17 rating, 186 shots, 14 power-play goals and 2:00 of average power-play time were all new personal bests. He'll continue to man the second left-wing slot behind Zach Parise and hold down his role on the team's top power-play unit heading into 2017-18.