National Hockey League roundup
July 14 (The Sports Xchange) - The Tampa Bay Lightning secured the last of "The Triplets" by re-signing forward Ondrej Palat to a five-year, $26.5 million contract on Friday.
Palat's deal is on par annually with that of fellow Triplets Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov. Johnson recently signed a seven-year pact with $35 million while Kucherov's contract goes for an average $4.77 million -- although that pact ends after the 2018-19 season.
The Calgary Flames signed restricted free-agent forward Curtis Lazar to a two-year, $1.9 million contract.
Lazar collected one goal, three assists and four penalty minutes over 37 games split between the Ottawa Senators and Flames last season.
Los Angeles Kings forward Jonny Brodzinski signed a two-year contract extension.
For Brodzinski, the first year is a two-way deal while the second is strictly one way. The contract carries an average annual value of $650,000 at the NHL level.
The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with defenseman Erik Gustafsson on a one-year contract that runs through the 2017-18 season.
Gustafsson, 25, registered a team-high 25 assists to go with five goals in 68 games with the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs last season.
The New York Islanders signed goaltender Christopher Gibson to a one-year, two-way deal.
Gibson, 24, made his NHL debut with the Islanders in 2015-16, appearing in four games during his first year with the organization.
The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms with 2017 first-round selection Martin Necas on a three-year, entry-level contract.
The deal will pay Necas $832,500 on the NHL level or $70,000 on the AHL level per season. He receives a signing bonus of $277,500.
The Washington Capitals re-signed left winger Liam O'Brien to a one-year, two-way contract.
The deal is worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $85,000 at the AHL level.
O'Brien, 22, appeared in one game with the Capitals during the 2016-17 season and has a goal and an assist in 14 career NHL games with Washington.
The New York Rangers agreed to terms with forward Filip Chytil on a three-year, entry-level contract.
Chytil, 17, skated in 38 games with PSG Zlin in the Czech Extraliga this past season, registering four goals and four assists for eight points, along with 16 penalty minutes.
The San Jose Sharks signed goaltender Josef Korenar to a standard, entry-level contract. Per club policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Korenar, 19, appeared in 32 games with Lincoln of the USHL last season, posting a 14-11-4 record along with a 2.22 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage with two shutouts.