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The Colorado Avalanche signed restricted free-agent forward Andre Burakovsky to a one-year contract on Monday, the team announced.

It’s reportedly worth $3.25 million, a source told The Athletic’s Ryan Clark.

The Avalanche acquired Burakovsky in a trade with the Capitals on June 28. The 24-year-old recorded 12 goals and 25 points in 76 regular-season games with Washington last season and added two points across seven playoff contests.

Washington selected Burakovsky with the 23rd overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. He’s recorded 62 goals and 145 points in 328 career games and helped the Capitals capture their first Stanley Cup in 2017-18.

The St. Louis Blues have signed netminder Jordan Binnington to a two-year contract worth $8.8 million, the team announced on Saturday.

The 26-year-old was a restricted free agent and scheduled for an arbitration hearing on July 20. With an average annual value of $4.4 million, his new contract makes him the team’s highest-paid netminder.

Binnington enjoyed one of the best rookie campaigns from a goalie in NHL history during the 2018-19 season. The Ontario native joined the struggling Blues on Dec. 16 and posted a 24-5-1 regular-season record with a 1.89 goals against average and a .927 save percentage, lifting the club from last place in the NHL to the third seed in the Central Division.

In the playoffs, Binnington went 16-10 with a 2.46 goals against average and a .914 save percentage, guiding the Blues to the first championship in franchise history. He also became the first rookie goalie to register 16 wins in a single postseason. 

“I’m happy to get this deal done with the St. Louis Blues,” Binnington said. “To the city of St. Louis, thank you for welcoming me in and trusting me to do me. I’m excited and motivated to keep doing my job and keep bringing success to the St. Louis Blues organization.”

Binnington was nominated for the 2019 Calder Memorial Trophy and named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

The Blues hold $7.12 million in projected cap space, with restricted free-agent forwards Ivan Barbashev and Oskar Sundqvist and defenseman Joel Edmundson in need of new deals, according to CapFriendly.

St. Louis selected Binnington with the 88th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Jack Hughes is officially a member of the New Jersey Devils.

The club signed the first overall pick of this June’s draft to a three-year, entry-level contract Friday. The deal carries a maximum average annual value of $925,000 plus performance bonuses.

Hughes, 18, led the U.S. National Development Team with 112 points in 50 games this past season. The shifty center set the program record for points with 190 over two campaigns.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are among a list of several teams that have spoken to Mitch Marner‘s agent Darren Ferris about a possible offer sheet, according to The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline.

However, the meeting doesn’t necessarily mean an offer will come to fruition. Portzline sees no indication that Marner wants to leave Toronto, and the Jackets are convinced the Maple Leafs would match any offer sheet, perhaps by trading fellow young forward William Nylander, he added.

Nylander inked a six-year, $45-million contract on Dec. 1, 2018 with the Leafs after a well-documented holdout. He struggled after rejoining the team, tallying 27 points in 54 games.

Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said previously it’s not a foregone conclusion he’d match any offer sheet for Marner.

The Maple Leafs have $3.8 million in projected cap space, according to CapFriendly, but that’ll increase by $5.3 million when Nathan Horton is placed on long-term injured reserve. They could add slightly more cap space by optioning players to the minors, as they currently have 23 on their roster.

Regardless, the Maple Leafs would be hard-pressed to match an offer sheet exceeding $10.6 million. The Blue Jackets have the required draft pick capital to submit an offer sheet with a cap hit either below $1,395,053 or above $10,568,589. An offer sheet with a cap hit exceeding the latter would cause the club to forfeit four of its next five first-round picks.

The Blue Jackets have a projected $15.8 million in cap space but have some internal housekeeping to take care of; fellow RFA Zach Werenski remains without a contract, while Pierre-Luc Dubois and Josh Anderson are also due for raises next summer.

Marner would undoubtedly reinvigorate a fan base that just watched Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene, and Sergei Bobrovsky walk as free agents on July 1. The 22-year-old winger tallied a career-high 94 points for the Leafs in 2018-19.

The Carolina Hurricanes have plucked of one of the last significant unrestricted free agents available.

The Canes have agreed to terms with forward Ryan Dzingel on a two-year contract with an average annual value of $3.375 million, the team announced Friday.

Dzingel is fresh off a career year. The 27-year-old tallied 26 goals and 56 points over 78 games in 2018-19, splitting time between the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets.

He was thriving in a top-line role with the Sens, scoring 22 goals in 57 games with Ottawa. His production cratered upon joining the Jackets at the trade deadline, however, as he found twine just four times in 21 tilts while his ice time dipped by over three minutes per game.

Dzingel’s cap hit compares favorably to other UFA wingers who have inked deals since July 1, coming in below Micheal Ferland ($3.5M), Marcus Johansson ($4.5M), Brett Connolly ($3.5M), Brandon Tanev ($3.5M), Joonas Donskoi ($3.9M), and Wayne Simmonds ($5M). Dzingel had more goals and points than all those players.

The Hurricanes still have $10.4 million in projected cap space with 18 players signed, according to CapFriendly, giving the club plenty of room to bring back Justin Williams if the 37-year-old captain decides he wants to play another season.

Restricted free-agent forward Brock Boeser isn’t worried about securing a new contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

“I feel confident we’re going to get the deal done and everything’s going to work out,” Boeser said, according to Jessi Pierce of “I love Vancouver. The organization, the city, the fans, everything’s great there, and I want to be there for a long time.”

Boeser finished as runner-up for the 2017-18 Calder Trophy after breaking onto the scene with 29 goals in 62 games during his rookie campaign. The 22-year-old marksman followed that up with 26 goals and a career-high 56 points last season.

Vancouver has just over $5 million in projected cap space, according to CapFriendly, and may need to get creative in order to accommodate Boeser. 

On the plus side, the Canucks won’t have to worry about any outside pressure from opposing teams. The 6-foot-1 winger is not eligible to receive an offer sheet from another club because he played fewer than 10 games in 2016-17.

“He’s a core player and a building block for our group,” general manager Jim Benning said. “We have a plan in place and we’re going to continue to talk with Brock and his agent and get that figured out.

“If we can move players, it makes it easier, but if we can’t move players we still have a plan in place to be (cap) compliant. One option is to go into (long-term injury reserve) with (Antoine) Roussel because with his injury he is probably not going to be back until November, December.”

The Canucks selected Boeser 23rd overall at the 2015 draft.

The Montreal Canadiens and forward Artturi Lehkonen have agreed to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $2.4 million, the team announced Thursday.

Lehkonen was a restricted free agent and had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Aug. 3.

The 24-year-old set career highs with 20 assists and 31 points in 82 games with the Canadiens last season. Selected by Montreal with the 55th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Lehkonen has tallied 41 goals and 80 points in 221 career contests.

The Habs also inked forward Joel Armia to a two-year deal Thursday and now have $4.84 million in projected cap space, according to CapFriendly.