NHL: Maple Leaf sign Calle Jarnkrok and more signing news

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The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Calle Jarnkrok to a four-year, $8.4 million deal on Friday.

Jarnkrok, 30, split last season between the Seattle Kraken (49 games) and Calgary Flames (17) and had 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists).

Jarnkrok spent his first eight NHL seasons with the Nashville Predators before being selected by Seattle in the expansion draft in July 2021.

Overall, he has 106 goals and 135 assists (241 points) in 574 NHL games.

The Swede has reached double digits in goals in each of the past seven seasons.

Avalanche sign Brad Hunt

Defenseman Brad Hunt signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

The team did not disclose financial terms for Hunt, who is inked through the 2023-24 season.

Hunt, 33, recorded 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in 50 games last season with the Vancouver Canucks.

He has totaled 76 points (22 goals, 54 assists) in 241 career games with the Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Vegas Golden Knights, Minnesota Wild and Canucks.

Kraken sign John Hayden, Blues sign Martin Frk

The Seattle Kraken signed forward John Hayden to a one-year, two-way contract on Friday.

The deal is worth $750,000 at the NHL level and $325,000 in the American Hockey League.

Hayden, 27, had two goals and two assists in a career-high 55 games with the Buffalo Sabres in 2021-22.

A third-round pick by Chicago in 2013, Hayden has 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) and 283 penalty minutes in 240 career games with the Blackhawks (2016-19), New Jersey Devils (2019-20), Arizona Coyotes (2020-21) and Sabres.

The St. Louis Blues signed forward Martin Frk to a one-year, two-way contract on Friday.

The 28-year-old Czech scored two goals in six games with the Los Angeles Kings in 2021-22.

He also racked up 73 points (40 goals, 33 assists) in 58 games for the American Hockey League’s Ontario Reign.

A second-round pick by Detroit in 2012, Frk has 41 points (20 goals, 21 assists) in 124 games with the Carolina Hurricanes, Red Wings and Kings.

Prospect signings

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Rangers Adam Sykora, a 17-year old forward from Finland, works out during the Rangers Prospect Development Camp at the Rangers Training facility in Greenburgh July 12, 2022. Rangers Development Camp


The New York Rangers announced the signing Friday of 2022 second-round pick Adam Sykora to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Financial terms of the agreement with the 17-year-old Slovakian forward were not disclosed.

Sykora was the 63rd overall pick in the NHL draft earlier this month.

He recorded 10 goals and seven assists in 46 games with HK Nitra in the Slovak Extraliga in 2021-22.


The Washington Capitals announced the signings of 2022 third-round draft picks Alexander Suzdalev and Ludwig Persson on Friday.

Both Swedish forwards agreed to three-year entry-level contracts that will pay them $775,000 in each of the first two seasons and $800,000 in the third at the NHL level, and $82,500 in the AHL.

Suzdalev, 18, was the 70th overall selection in this month’s draft. He totaled 51 points (15 goals, 36 assists) in 45 games for HV71 in Sweden’s top junior league last season.

Persson, 18, was the 85th overall pick in the draft. He registered 61 points (25 goals, 36 assists) in 41 games with Frolunda in Sweden’s top junior league last season.

–Field Level Media