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Ryan Spooner has agreed to a one-year, $2.825 million deal with the Bruins, CSN New England reports.

Impact

In doing so, the 25-year-old forward avoided arbitration. The 2010 second-rounder brings speed and solid puck skills to the table, traits that make him an asset in man-advantage situations. Still, his overall numbers in 2016-17 (11 goals and 28 assists over 78 games) were somewhat disappointing, and given that he's not known for stellar work on the defensive end, there had been speculation that the Bruins might look to deal Spooner in order to pave the way for Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson to move into the team's third-line center job. While it's possible that Spooner could be moved down the road, he'll look to retain a key role up front for Boston, and if power-play time is in his 2017-18 job description, he'll posses a degree of fantasy utility this coming season.

Ben Thomson agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way deal with the Devils on Wednesday.

Impact

Thomson spent the last three seasons in the AHL until finally seeing NHL action in the Devils' final three regular-season games last year. The 24-year-old only managed 10 points for the Albany Devils last season, but he racked up 90 PIM. Thomson will have a difficult time standing out among the Devils' young prospects in his quest to make the final 23-man roster.

Blake Pietila signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Devils on Wednesday.

Impact

Devils GM Ray Shero has been extremely busy, reaching deals with eight restricted free agents in the last two days. Pietila is said to have a strong handle on the game and projects to be a solid penalty killer in the NHL someday. He produced 33 points (17 goals, 16 assists) in 49 games with AHL Albany last season, but struggled to the tune of one point and a minus-5 rating over 10 NHL contests.

Kevin Rooney put pen to paper on a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Wednesday.

Impact

Rooney, who went undrafted out of Providence College, made his NHL debut for the Devils last season, appearing in four pointless contests. A solid 2016-17 campaign with AHL Albany – 13 goals and eight assists – earned the 24-year-old at least one more season with the organization. Given the depth of talent New Jersey has accrued recently, the Massachusetts native figures to spend the bulk of next year in the minors further developing his scoring touch.

Blake Coleman signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Devils on Wednesday.

Impact

Coleman is likely facing an uphill battle to secure a spot on the 23-man roster, given the number of prospects that will be given a look during training camp, including Brandon Gignac and first overall pick Nico Hischier. The 25-year-old Coleman saw action in 23 games last season, tallying just two points and a minus-7 rating. The center's numbers were significantly better in the minors – 19 goals and 20 assists in 52 contests – but he will need to stand out among a crowded field of young talent.

Stefan Noesen inked a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Wednesday.

Impact

After being claimed off of waivers by the Devils in January, it appears Noesen is apparently happy with his switch to the East Coast. While in the Ducks' organization, the winger was forced to split time between leagues, but after joining New Jersey, he was used exclusively in the NHL, where he logged 32 contests. In those appearances, the 24-year-old averaged 12:50 of ice time and recorded six goals and a pair of helpers. Although his contract is of the two-way variety, fantasy owners can likely expect Noesen to see the bulk of his minutes in the NHL this season.

Rocco Grimaldi agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Colorado on Wednesday.

Impact

Grimaldi played in only four games with the Avs last season, as he spent the bulk of the year with AHL San Antonio. With the Rampage, the center racked up an impressive 31 goals and 24 helpers in 72 outings, but he also registered a concerning minus-24 rating. If the 24-year-old can tighten up his defensive game, he should be a regular for Colorado sooner rather than later, given his offensive productivity.

Kyle Okposo (illness) penned an open letter Tuesday, thanking everyone for their support and expects to be ready for the start of the season.

Impact

"I know I can play again," Okposo writes, opening up about his battle with weight loss, inability to sleep and an adverse reaction to medication that sent him to the intensive care unit at Buffalo General. He missed the final stretch of the season due to his condition, and finished with 19 goals and 45 points in 65 games. Okposo says he's been in touch with new head coach Phil Housley and new general manager Jason Botterill, and reiterated his optimism for the Sabres to win the Stanley Cup. Okposo will certainly play a big role, and will also return to his usual spot on the top line next to Ryan O'Reilly once the season begins. If Okposo plays a full season, he should be able to easily score 20 goals and 50 points.

Jesse Graham signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Avalanche on Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

Impact

Graham split time between the ECHL and AHL last season, notching 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) in 24 games with the Missouri Mavericks and nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 19 games with AHL Bridgeport. The 23-year-old blueliner will likely spend the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign in the minors, so this is just an organizational depth signing for Colorado.

Mark Streit secured a one-year contract with Montreal on Tuesday.

Impact

In 68 games split between the Penguins and Flyers last year, Streit tallied six goals and 21 helpers. After being acquired at the trade deadline, the blueliner appeared in 19 regular-season contests for Pittsburgh, but he saw action in a mere three playoff games on the way to a Stanley Cup championship. We hope the 39-year-old has adjusted to watching from the press box, as he may find himself a healthy scratch more often than not this upcoming season.

Joe Blandisi signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Devils on Tuesday.

Impact

Blandisi was decent in limited action with the Devils last season, tallying nine points (three goals, six assists) and 26 PIM in 27 games. The 23-year-old pivot will likely split time between the AHL and NHL in 2017-18, a role that will prevent him from being a desirable option in season-long fantasy formats.

Mirco Mueller agreed to terms on a two-year, one-way deal with the Devils on Tuesday.

Impact

Mueller was acquired by New Jersey as part of an exchange of picks ahead of the 2017 NHL Draft. The blueliner spent much of the 2016-17 season in the minors with AHL San Jose, where he compiled 20 points and 22 PIM in 62 outings. The 2013 first-round pick will get a chance at regular minutes with the Devils if he can beat out Dalton Prout and Steve Santini for a third-pairing slot.

Scott Wedgewood secured a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Tuesday.

Impact

Wedgewood was unable to get into the crease for the Devils this past year, and it figures to be more of the same heading into the 2017-18 campaign. The netminder is stuck behind Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid on the organization's depth chart. If the 24-year-old wants to get a crack at an NHL gig, he may need to leave New Jersey – a decision that he will put off until next summer.

Mika Zibanejad put pen to paper Tuesday on a five-year deal with the Rangers worth $26.75 million.

Impact

Zibanejad will earn an average annual value of $5.35 million – on par with the deals given to Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat and Detroit's Tomas Tatar. In his first year with New York, Zibanejad was limited to 56 appearances after suffering a broken fibula in mid-November. When he was healthy, the center racked up 14 goals and 23 assists. If he can suit up for a full 82 games – or at least 70-plus – the 24-year-old should get back to being the 20-goal scorer he was with the Senators.

Matthew Nieto inked a one-year, $1 million contract with the Avalanche on Tuesday, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports.

Impact

Nieto filed for salary arbitration July 6, but a hearing will no longer be necessary now that he's signed a fresh deal with Colorado. The 24-year-old American is a solid bottom-six forward and an important part of the Avalanche's penalty-killing unit, but his limited offensive upside – 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 59 games last season – keeps him off the radar in most fantasy formats.

The Red Wings are content using Jared Coreau as the third option on the depth chart, but goalie coach Jeff Salajko told the Detroit Free Press earlier this month, "I have no problem with him being the backup goalie, either," TSN reports.

Impact

Veteran backstop Jimmy Howard is expected to reprise his role as the starter for the upcoming season, while Petr Mrazek – who struggled to the tune of a 3.04 GAA and .901 save percentage last season – tentatively steps in as the No. 2 option. Still, Coreau made 14 NHL appearances last season, and he's fresh off a Calder Cup win with AHL Grand Rapids – this should be enough to give Mrazek a run for his money in training camp; it's a developing situation that's certainly worth monitoring with another fantasy season looming.

Petr Mrazek will remain in a backup role behind Jimmy Howard in the upcoming season, TSN reports.

Impact

The Czech backstop was exposed to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft, but the nascent franchise pried away forward prospect Tomas Nosek instead. Mrazek must be excited for a clean slate after posting an 18-21-9 record, 3.04 GAA and .901 save percentage while watching Howard – who's eight years his elder – turn in a career year. Of course, another threat to Mrazek's playing time is Jared Coreau, who is fresh off a Calder Cup win with AHL Grand Rapids. According to this latest report, Red Wings goalie coach Jeff Salajko suggested the team could give Howard up to 50-55 games in the upcoming season – provided he stays healthy – adding that he has "no problem with (Coreau) being the backup goalie." It appears that the onus is on Mrazek to have a stellar training camp, making this a situation worth monitoring ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

Jimmy Howard will enter next season as Detroit's starting goaltender, TSN reports.

Impact

Two key factors heavily influenced Howard's return to the starter's role after the wheels fell off during the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. For one, he turned back the clock last season with career bests in GAA (2.10) and save percentage (.927), despite being limited to 26 games because of groin and knee injuries. Meanwhile, Petr Mrazek – an aggressive backstop who's eight years younger than Howard – went the completely opposite direction with a 3.04 GAA and .901 save mark over 50 contests, ending up exposed to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft (though Vegas took forward prospect Tomas Nosek instead). A true professional, it appears that Howard never complained about his role even when demoted, which is a stark contrast to alleged character concerns involving Mrazek. Consider drafting the veteran as a mid-tier backstop who reportedly could log 50-plus games if he stays healthy.

Robin Lehner and the Sabres agreed to a one-year deal worth $4 million for the 2017-18 season Tuesday.

Impact

In 59 games with the Sabres last year, Lehner posted a 23-26-8 record with two shutouts and a .920 save percentage, which ranked eighth in the league among goalies with at least 40 appearances. The 26-year-old Swede is the incumbent starter, and with an improved defense and another year of experience under his belt, his numbers should improve. Chad Johnson is a capable backup but not a real threat to steal the No. 1 job unless Lehner falters or gets hurt. The Sabres have a fairly deep pipeline of prospects in the crease, so this one-year deal can be seen as a test of whether Lehner is indeed the franchise's long-term option. He will be a restricted free agent when the contract expires.

Reid Boucher signed a one-year, $687,500 contract with Vancouver on Monday, Sportsnet reports.

Impact

Thanks to the new contract, the restricted free agent will avoid his scheduled arbitration hearing on Aug. 1. Boucher's best showing in the NHL came in 2015-16 with the Devils when he managed 19 points in 39 games, but he hasn't done much since with just 10 points in 39 games split between New Jersey, Nashville and Vancouver last year. As such, it's not surprising his new deal isn't significantly higher than the league minimum.