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Date Player
6/26/2017 Nail Yakupov, StL, RW
The St. Louis Blues opted against extending a qualifying offer to Yakupov on Monday, making the top overall pick of the 2012 draft an unrestricted free agent.

Analysis: Yakupov collected just nine points (three goals, six assists) in 40 games last season after spending four years with the Edmonton Oilers.
6/26/2017 Zack Kassian, Edm, RW
Kassian and the Oilers have agreed to terms on a three-year contract worth $5.85 million.

Analysis: The rugged wing posted seven goals and 17 assists in 79 regular-season games in 2016-17 before contributing three more goals during Edmonton's run to the Western Conference semfinals. Kassian's best attribute is his physicality, as he racked up a career-high 201 hits last season and has eclipsed 100 penalty minutes in three of the past four campaigns.
6/26/2017 Taylor Fedun, Buf, D
Fedun has re-signed with the Sabres on a two-year, two-way contract.

Analysis: The 29-year-old had seven assists while playing in a career-high 27 games at the NHL level last season. Fedun has 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists) in 39 games with the Sabres, Edmonton, San Jose and Vancouver.
6/26/2017 Korbinian Holzer, Anh, D
The Ducks and Holzer have agreed to terms on a two-year contract.

Analysis: The restricted free agent served mainly as a depth defenseman during Anaheim's run to the Western Conference finals, appearing in 32 regular-season games and five playoff contests. He'll likely resume that role again in 2017-18.
6/26/2017 Esa Lindell, Dal, D
The Stars have re-signed Lindell to a two-year, $4.4 million contract.

Analysis: Lindell had six goals and 18 points in 73 games during his first full NHL season last year.
6/26/2017 Antti Niemi, Dal, G
The Stars have placed Niemi on waivers with the intention of buying out the final year of his contract.

Analysis: Niemi is due to make $4.5 million next season, and would be bought out at $3 million spread over two years. The ninth-year player, who won a Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010, is coming off a disappointing season in which he went 12-12-4 and had a 3.3 goals-against average in 37 games. He became the odd-man out in Dallas behind Kari Lehtonen and after Ben Bishop was acquired in a trade last month.
6/26/2017 Andrej Sustr, TB, D
The Lightning and Sustr have agreed on a $1.95 million salary for the upcoming season.

Analysis: A restricted free agent, Sustr has been a mainstay in the Lightning's defense corps for the last three seasons, averaging 76 games during that period. The 26-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.
6/26/2017 Derek Ryan, Car, C
The Hurricanes agreed to terms with Ryan on a one-year contract worth $1.425 million on Monday.

Analysis: Ryan, 30, established NHL career highs in goals (11), assists (18) and points (29) in 2016-17. He led the Hurricanes in shooting percentage (14.1) and was tied for fourth on the team in power-play goals (four) and eighth in power-play points (eight).
 

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