NHL Roundup: Brian Campbell announces his retirement after 17 NHL seasons

CHICAGO (AP) — Defenseman Brian Campbell is retiring at age 38 after playing 17 NHL seasons and winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.

Campbell announced his retirement Monday. The Blackhawks say he’ll join their front office, assisting with community and youth hockey initiatives and marketing.

Campbell had 87 goals and 417 assists for 504 points in 1,082 regular-season games with the Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks, Blackhawks and Florida Panthers. Buffalo drafted him in the sixth round in 1997.

The Blackhawks signed Campbell to a $57.14 million, eight-year contract in 2008, and he played almost 20 minutes a game during their Cup run before a salary-cap crunch led to a trade to the Florida Panthers in 2011. He finished his career in Chicago.


LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights have signed their three first-round draft picks along with defenseman Griffin Reinhart and forward Brendan Leipsic.

The NHL expansion club announced the moves Saturday.

Reinhart has 37 games of NHL experience with Edmonton and the New York Islanders, who drafted him with the fourth overall pick in 2012. Vegas signed him to a two-year, $1.6 million deal.

Leipsic appeared in his first six NHL games during the 2015-16 season with Toronto. He got a two-year, $1.3 million contract with the Golden Knights.

Vegas also signed forward Cody Glass, forward Nick Suzuki and defenseman Erik Brannstrom to three-year, entry-level contracts. Glass was the sixth overall pick last month, while Suzuki was 13th and Brannstrom went 15th.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have signed No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier to the maximum three-year, entry-level contract for salary and performance bonuses.

The Devils said Saturday that Hischier will have an average salary of $925,000.

The 18-year-old Swiss forward had 38 goals and 48 assists last season for the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He’s participating in the Devils’ development camp this weekend.


A team-by-team look at the bigger moves in NHL free agency, including a quick analysis on the signings. (From June 1 until the present. * denotes players who re-signed)


Carolina Hurricanes
Justin Williams (two years, $9M): A consistent, 20-goal scorer who is among the best possession players in hockey. Great veteran presence.

Columbus Blue Jackets

New Jersey Devils
► *Keith Kinkaid (two years, $2.5M): Has shown improvement as a backup, posting a .916 SV% last season.
► Brian Boyle (two years, $5.1M): Provides experience and valuable checking presence.

New York Islanders

New York Rangers
► *Brendan Smith (four years, $17.4M): Mobile, shutdown defenseman who impressed in the playoffs.
► Ondrej Pavelec (one year, $1.3 million): Will start a handful of games as the backup to Henrik Lundqvist.
► Kevin Shattenkirk (four years, $26.6 million): Solves the Rangers’ No. 1 problem over the past several seasons as a right-handed, first-pair defenseman. And at a decent price.

Philadelphia Flyers
► Shayne Gostisbehere (six years, $27M): Dipped last year, but the future is bright.
► Brian Elliott (two years, $5.5M): A solid tandem goalie who will split time with Michal Neuvirth.

Pittsburgh Penguins
► *
Justin Schultz (three years, $16.5 million): Good puck-moving defenseman helped Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cups.
Matt Hunwick (three years, $6.75M): A steady third-pairing blueliner.
► Antti Niemi (one year, $700K): GM Jim Rutherford said he expects Niemi to play between 30-40 games.

Washington Capitals
► *T.J. Oshie (eight years, $46M): Found a niche on top line; tied for lead with 33 goals last season.
► *Dmitry Orlov (six years, $30.6M): Sound second-pair blueliner with room for growth.
► *Brett Connolly (two years, $3M): Former top-10 pick scored career-high 15 goals last season.
► *Evgeny Kuznetsov (eight years, $62.4 million): Young playmaking center has been major offensive cog for Washington’s back-to-back Presidents’ Trophy winners.

Boston Bruins
Paul Postma (one year, $725K): Bottom-pair/depth blueliner.

Buffalo Sabres
► Benoit Pouliot (one year, $1.15M): Not a big scorer but a contributor who can help possession.
► Chad Johnson (one year, $2.5M): One of the better backup goalies in the NHL.

Detroit Red Wings
Trevor Daley (three years, $9.5M): Red Wings still want to contend, and they’ll look to the 33-year-old to help with offense on the back end.

Florida Panthers
► Radim Vrbata (one year, $2.5M): A consistent scorer with power play aptitude.

Montreal Canadiens
 Karl Alzner (five years, $23.125M): Remade defensive corps now includes the defensive-minded 28-year-old.
► Peter Holland (one year, $1.3M): Teams are still dreaming on Holland, who was the 15th overall pick in 2009.
► Alex Hemsky (one year, $1M): Prove-it deals like this rarely go wrong.

Ottawa Senators
► *Mike Condon (three years, $7.2M): Backup netminder posted a 2.50 GAA and .914 SV% last season.
► Nate Thompson (two years, $3.3M): Senators get gritty veteran forward.

Tampa Bay Lightning
Dan Girardi (two years, $6M): A useful piece in a limited role who can block shots and kill penalties.
► Chris Kunitz (one year, $2M): A veteran third-liner with some offensive punch.

Toronto Maple Leafs
► Ron Hainsey (two years, $6M): Better suited for a third-line role but 36-year-old can be adequate with more responsibility.
► Dominic Moore (one year, $1M): The perfect fourth-line center and penalty killer.
► *Curtis McElhinney (two year, $1.7M): Goalie started 10 games in 2017 as Frederik Andersen’s backup.
► Patrick Marleau (three years, $18.75M): The 37-year-old is a reliable 20-30 goal scorer, but how much does he have left?


Chicago Blackhawks
► Patrick Sharp (one year, $800K): Not as potent offensively as he was in his first go-around with the Blackhawks, but will be a solid complementary player.
► Tommy Wingels (one year): The 29-year-old will be a nice forward depth piece for Chicago’s bottom six.

Colorado Avalanche
Jonathan Bernier (one year, $2.75M): Backup netminder with the ability to be much more, especially with inconsistent Semyon Varlamov around.
► Nail Yakupov (one year, $850K): Chances for a full-time job are running low.

Dallas Stars
Martin Hanzal (three years, $14.25M): 6-foot-6 Hanzal gives Stars a center trio that also includes Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza.
► Alexander Radulov (five years, $31.5M): Has proven he can be a game-breaking presence as long as he’s engaged.

Minnesota Wild
► Kyle Quincey (one year, $1.25M): Veteran defenseman should help fill in for departures of Marco Scandella and Christian Folin.

Nashville Predators
Nick Bonino (four years, $16.4M): Seems like a perfect fit; a center who can score, check and move around the lineup.
► Scott Hartnell (one year, $1M): Almost no risk with this signing. Hartnell can still chip in offensively, and he will play with a mean streak.

St. Louis Blues
►Chris Thorburn (two years, $1.8M): Longtime Jets tough guy should fill hole left by trade of Ryan Reeves.

Winnipeg Jets
► Steve Mason (two years, $8.2M): Shows that the Jets are not quite ready to tap Connor Hellebuyck as the full-tiem goalie.
► Dmitry Kulikov (three years, $12.99M): The 2009 14th overall pick hasn’t lived up to expectations, and this seems like a steep price. But he’s still only 26.

Anaheim Ducks
► *Patrick Eaves (three years, $9.45M): Career-high 32 goals; can play up and down a lineup.
► Ryan Miller (two years, $4M): Veteran goalie will be No. 2 behind John Gibson.

Arizona Coyotes
► Adam Clendening (one year, $650K): A possession-driving defenseman who will likely be given a long look.

Calgary Flames
► *Michael Stone (three years, $10.5M): A No. 5 on one of the top defensive units in the NHL.

Edmonton Oilers
► *Kris Russell (four years, $16M): Shot-blocker with a no-risk style.
► *Zack Kassian (three years, $5.85M): A tough guy who has some offensive skills.

Los Angeles Kings
► *Tyler Toffoli (three years, $13.8M): Might have some more offense to his game.
► Michael Cammalleri (one year, $1 million): The Kings desperately need scoring help.

San Jose Sharks
► *Joe Thornton (one year, $8 million): Still one of the premier set-up centers in the NHL.

Vancouver Canucks
Michael Del Zotto (two years, $3 million): A 27-year-old with some offensive abilities.
► Sam Gagner (three years, $9.45 million): An underrated player who set career highs with 18 goals and 50 points last season.

Vegas Golden Knights
► Erik Haula (three years, $8.25M): Support player who could pop 15 goals.

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