NHL News: Training camps open, Isles sign Cory Schneider, Flames continue to add, and more
NHL Training camps are opening all across the league this week with many opening on Wednesday.
This signals the official start of the 2022-23 season which has already had an explosive week of news that began with the retirements of three defensemen.
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Islanders sign Cory Schneider and two others
The New York Islanders signed goaltender Cory Schneider, forward Nikita Soshnikov and defenseman Parker Wotherspoon to one-year contracts on Wednesday.
Financial terms were not announced.
Schneider, 36, played one game with the Islanders last season, making 27 saves and earning the win. The 14-year veteran played in 30 games with the Bridgeport Islanders of the American Hockey League, and had a 14-11-4 record to go with a .921 save percentage and 2.71 goals against average.
He was a first-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2004 NHL Draft and has played in 410 career games (389 starts) in the league with the Canucks, New Jersey Devils and Islanders. He has a career record of 171-159-58 with a 2.43 GAA and .918 save percentage. He was a 2016 All-Star selection.
Soshnikov, 28, is returning to the NHL after three seasons in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League. He has appeared in 87 career NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2015-18) and St. Louis Blues (2018-19), tallying 16 points (eight goals, eight assists).
The Islanders selected Wotherspoon, 25, in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Draft. He has spent his career with the Bridgeport Islanders of the AHL and registered 24 points (three goals, 21 assists) in 57 games last season.
Flames sign Ruzicka and Ritchie
Restricted free agent forward Adam Ruzicka signed a two-year contract with an average annual value of $762,500 to remain with the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.
It will be a two-way contract in the first season of the deal, and a one-way contract in the second.
Ruzicka, 23, recorded 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 28 games last season with the Flames. He also had 20 points(11 goals, nine assists) in 16 games in 2021-22 with the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League.
Ruzicka has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 31 career games since being selected by the Flames in the fourth round in the 2017 NHL Draft.
The Flames also announced the signing of forward Brett Ritchie to a one-year deal worth $750,000.
Ritchie, 29, scored 4 points in 41 games last season. A second round pick of the Dallas Stars in 2011, he’s registered 72 points in 341 career regular-season games.
–Field Level Media contributed to this article