NHL News of the Day: Offseason signings and acquisitions throughout the league
Ricky Gray | August 4, 2022
Both the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames made significant moves this week.
Although the start of the NHL season may be some time away, teams continue to bolster their rosters during the offseason. One of the most notable is a deal from the New Jersey Devils.
Jesper Bratt and the Devils reached an agreement on the last day to avoid NHL arbitration. The Swedish forward was signed to a one-year, $5.45m contract.
Bratt will become an unrestricted free agent again when the 2022-23 NHL season comes to a close. So, we’ll have to see if the Devils extend another offer to him.
Last season, Bratt set career-highs with goals (26), assists (47), shots (197), power-play points (18), time on ice (17:26), and points (73). The number of goals he scored tied him with Jack Hughes for the team lead. However, his assist total, shots, power-play points and points totals all ranked first for New Jersey.
In 307 career contests, Bratt has 70 goals and 133 assists. The sixth-round pick is the first Devils player since Taylor Hall to score more than 70 points in a single season.
The Calgary Flames also avoided arbitration by signing Andrew Mangiapane to a three-year contract. The value of the deal is set at $17.4m and the Flames went on to sign defenseman Oliver Kylington to a two-year, $5m contract.
After playing all 82 games last season, Mangiapane set a career-high in goals (35) and assists (20) in 2021-22. During the postseason, Mangiapane put up three goals and three assists before the Flames were eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers.
Originally drafted by the Flames in 2015, Mangiapane has 78 goals and 54 assists in 260 career NHL games.