10th year center Ben Maxwell(49) takes a down, 2nd year with HK Sochi to a new KHL club Spartak Moskva for 2017/2018.
He scored a career low 15 points in 42 games but didn’t seem to faze his new team to sign him up for a 1-year contract and he’s off to a hot start grabbing a goal and two assists in 5 games to start the new campaign.
This will be his third season in Russia hockey, as he played 46 contests for Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk in 2014/2015 before returning to Finland.
In that country he would end up winning back-to-back Liiga Championships (2014/2015) with Karpat.
The decently-sized, 2nd round draft pick has been a 20+ assists’ guy 5 times and once had 36, so it’s a good bet the 29-year old will once again start connecting.
7th year center Marek Viedensky(25) signs on for a third season with home country squad HC Slovan Bratislava of the KHL, where he was limited to just 20 games in 2016/2017, but connected for a goal and 7 assists with a +4 rating.
The Slovak was a scoring wizard in his last pair of years in the WHL with Saskatoon Blades and Prince George Cougars.
He played a new career high 57 games in the previous campaign, finishing with 10 goals, 13 assists and a +6.
Left unqualified by draft team San Jose Sharks heading into 2014/2015 after posting a best 6 goals and 23 assists through 54 AHL games with affiliate Worcester Sharks, he quickly agreed to a deal with HPK of Liiga.
He would perform well enough in Finland but decided to move closer to home for his next hockey endeavor.
As a healthy 27-year old he should be able to increase his scoring totals for the upcoming year.
8th year defenseman Mathieu Brodeur(6) re-signs for a 3rd year with Adirondack Thunder.
He played 15 ECHL games getting off to his best start ever with the team scoring 4 goals and 15 assists last season before being loaned up to Syracuse Crunch for the remainder of the calendar playing 56 AHL contests.
The big blue liner had a good run in the upper league as well grabbing 3 goals and 10 assists with a +14 rating, then appeared in a career high 22 Calder Cup Playoff match-ups gaining another goal and 3 assists.
It’s a bit of a wonder that the 27-year old wasn’t able to grab another deal with a direct farm club but if it materializes for him on the score sheet the way it did last year, he won’t be there for long again.
New Hampshire Avalanche forward Ben Thompson(21) is energized after a short-handed tally for his 2nd goal of the EHL season.
After 11 years in the minors, soon-to-be 35 year old defenseman Jared Nightingale(18) has decided to put a lid on his pro career.
A veteran of 472 AHL games and 201 in the ECHL, he’s played with 12 different teams and been loaned up more times than pens at the horse race track.
The big blue liner also has a combined 146 fighting majors to his credit.
He very likely got a degree after four years at Michigan State University, so probably has something decent to fall back upon, but if he continued with hockey in coaching he’d make a very good fit anywhere.
Boston Bruins‘ newest $6 million dollar man (it’s actually $6,666,666 AAV), right wing David Pastrnak(88) takes lots of time after training camp practice to sign items for fans, who were absolutely thrilled to meet the 21-year old rising star.
8th year left wing John Kurtz(21) decides it’s time to try his game elsewhere, signing a one-year deal with Belfast Giants for 2017/2018.
The tough to play against forward split last season with Norfolk Admirals and Syracuse Crunch, two clubs he’s spent significant time with.
He had a pair of years under contract with Anaheim Ducks but failed to score a recall in a fourth line grinder role and was released.
Looking for a new deal, his next move was signing a pto with Utica Comets but after 25 AHL games was released, then picked up immediately by Toronto Marlies, where he was at the beginning of the season in training camp and played out 2015/2016.
He was able to connect better with his new team but still left him with few suitors moving forward.
As the next season got started, he was without a team until a month in agreed to terms with his former Virginia team but now in a new league.
It would be his first ECHL games in 5 years but he wouldn’t stay there through the entire year, instead he was loaned to Syracuse and played out the campaign there.
His style game should go over well in the United Kingdom league and he may even see some new career scoring highs.
Undrafted 9th year center Cory Quirk(11) had a good first season with Fischtown Pinguins of DEL that he has decided to stick around for shot at another title.
He won a pair of Metal Ligaen Championships in 2013 and 2014, while playing for SønderjyskE.
The mini 5’9″ 181 lbs. forward spent three big years scoring 56, 58 and 59 points with the club before leaving for Germany.
After leaving his first contracted team, Worcester Sharks, where he spent his first two seasons, he had best success with Starbulls Rosenheim scoring 18 goals with a career high 42 assists and 60 points in only 42 DEL2 games.
In 2012/2013, he split time with three different clubs/leagues skating for JYP of Liiga, while also dropping down to Finland’s tier 2 Mestis and finally finishing up in his first German appearance with Hannover Scorpions.
The 31-year old has played himself into some nice staying power and could simply continue.
7th year defenseman Simon Despres(7) was bought out of the final four years of a five year contract by Anaheim Ducks after concussions sidelined him for all but one appearance in the 2016/2017 season.
The big blue liner played only 49 games for the team after being dealt from draft club Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2015 trade deadline.
Never one to connect on the scoresheet with high frequency, he’s thought of as being tough to play against in his own zone and had a +31 total rating through 193 NHL games and a +5 in the AHL.
The recently turned 26-year old is set to make very decent money from his deal gone south but isn’t waiting around to sign another term in North America, instead splitting for the KHL agreeing to one year with HC Slovan Bratislava.
If he can stay healthy, he should fit in nicely over in Russia.
Undrafted 3rd year defenseman Chris Carlisle(6) takes a career high 2nd season performance with Binghamton Senators to Erste Bank Eishockey Liga signing a one year deal with HC Bolzano Foxes.
The somewhat small-sized 5’11” 178 lbs. blue liner had 3 goals, which was down one from his rookie campaign but 13 assists and 16 points were new bests in 74 AHL games.
He also had a dismal -29 on a team that mostly dwelled in the league cellar.
Before he turned pro he was part of an Oshawa Generals team that won the 2015 OHL Championship, then went on to win the Memorial Cup.