Devils avoid arbitration with Jesper Bratt, plus other NHL signings

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The New Jersey Devils avoided an arbitration hearing with restricted free agent forward Jesper Bratt on Wednesday. The two sides came to terms on a one-year deal worth $5.45 million.

Bratt, 24, exploded for 73 points in 76 games last season and is entering his sixth NHL season in 2022-23.

According to multiple reports, Bratt was seeking $6.5M while the Devils had offered $4.15M. As expected, they met in the middle and did not need to go in front of the arbitrator later that day.

Bratt has recorded 203 points in 307 career games all with the Devils, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Kailer Yamamoto re-signs with Oilers and other news

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May 18, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers right wing Kailer Yamamoto (56) celebrates his goal with center Leon Draisaitl (29) during the third period against the Calgary Flames in game one of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Oilers sign Kailer Yamamoto

On Wednesday, Kailer Yamamoto re-signed with the Edmonton Oilers for two-years with an AAV of $3.1 million.

Yamamoto, 23, registered 41 points in 81 games last season and added 7 points in 14 playoff contests. Edmonton selected him in the first-round of 2017 Draft. He has 93 points in 186 career games.

Avalanche sign Anton Blidh

The Colorado Avalanche have inked forward Anton Blidh to a one-year, two-way contract for $750,000.

Blidh, 27, notched 2 goals and 9 points in 32 games last season with the Boston Bruins. For his career, he’s registered 12 points in 70 contests.

Blue Jackets sign Emil Bemstrom

Emil Bemstrom earned himself a two-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. He will earn $1.8 million ($900K AAV) after registering 6 goals and 11 points in 41 games in 2021-22.

Bemstrom, 23, was taken by Columbus in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

“Emil is a skilled and offensive forward who has the ability to find the back of the net with an accurate shot,” said Kekalainen. “He is young and still developing but we believe he has a lot of potential to become an important part of our organization over the next few seasons.”

GM Jarmo Kekalainen
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