NHL News: Jimmy Vesey signs 1-year deal with Rangers, Oilers make trade, and more

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Forward Jimmy Vesey agreed to a terms on a one-year contract with the New York Rangers on Sunday.

The team did not announce the contract value. Per PuckPedia it’s for $750,000.

Vesey, 29, went to training camp with the Rangers on a professional tryout. He scored one goal and had two assists in five preseason games.

Jimmy Vesey signs with Rangers

This will be his second stint in New York, where he played from 2016-19. In 240 games with the Rangers, he scored 90 points (50 goals, 40 assists).

Vesey, a native of Boston, played short stints with the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancover Canucks and New Jersey Devils following his time in New York. In 422 career games, he has 135 points (72 goals, 63 assists) and 19 game-winning goals.

He spent the 2021-22 season with the Devils and registered 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 68 games.

Vesey played four seasons at Harvard, winning the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA’s top men’s ice hockey player in 2015-16.

The Nashville Predators selected Vesey in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft, but he went to college instead. He signed with the Rangers as a free agent in August 2016.

New York waived forward Julien Gauthier and defenseman Jarred Tinordi earlier in the day.

The Rangers open the season Tuesday night at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Maple Leafs sign Zach Aston-Reese

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Zach Aston-Reese to a one-year contract Sunday for $840,630.

Aston-Reese, 28, had 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 69 games with the Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins last season.

He has 66 points (32 goals, 34 assists) in 230 career games since making his NHL debut with the Penguins on Feb. 3, 2018.

The Maple Leafs open the regular season on Wednesday against the host Montreal Canadiens.

Edmonton Oilers acquire Klim Kostin

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Oct 4, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Blues center Klim Kostin (37) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Minnesota Wild during the third period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Edmonton Oilers acquired forward Klim Kostin from the St. Louis Blues on Sunday in exchange for defenseman Dmitri Samorukov.

Kostin, 23, was a first-round draft pick (31st overall) by the Blues in 2017 and has notched 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 46 games over the past three seasons.

Samorukov, 23, was a third-round selection by the Oilers in 2017. He played in just one game for Edmonton, which happened to be 4-2 loss at St. Louis on Dec. 29, 2021.

The Oilers will open the regular season at home Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks. The Blues begin their season at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

NHL fines Alexandar Romanov

New York Islanders defenseman Alexander Romanov has been fined $5,000 for charging New York Rangers forward Vincent Trocheck during Saturday’s preseason game.

The fine, announced Sunday by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, is the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement.

Romanov was assessed a minor penalty for charging after he drilled Trocheck up high at 1:13 of the third period.

Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey received a two-minute roughing penalty after he challenged Romanov following the hit.

–Field Level Media