Flames and Bennett agree on a bridge deal
Ryan Pike: The Flames now have about $11.31 million in salary cap space for six more roster spots – four forwards including RFAs Matthew Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane, one defenseman and RFA goaltender David Rittich.
Wes Gilbertson: Bennett is planning on earning a spot in their top-six: “I think that at a young age, everybody wants to be the next superstar. But sometimes it takes some time and I still think that I have tons to prove.”
Rangers sign an RFA
Blues hire Savard
Jeremy Rutherford: Blues coach Craig Berube on Savard: “I was fortunate to play with Marc during my career and I’m very familiar with his passion and acumen for the game. He was a tremendous player and possesses an elite offensive mind. His addition will be a great benefit to our players and organization.”
Maple Leafs sign seven
Cap Friendly: The Toronto Maple Leafs signed seven free agents yesterday.
Justin Bourne: “All 1 or 2 year deals, every player a “quad-A” type between the ages of 25-28, all w/ NHL experience. Great way to fill out roster fringes and AHL squad and shore up depth.”
Engelland didn’t want to move on
Justin Emerson: After receiving some calls around July 1st, Engelland called George McPhee to make sure that they were still on the same page with regards to a new deal. There wasn’t a big concern on his end that he wouldn’t be back.
Justin Emerson: None of Engelland’s offers were for more than one season. He hopes to play for a few more years.