NHL: Senators extend Josh Norris, Capitals ink Dylan Strome, and more signings

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Apr 14, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Ottawa Senators center Josh Norris (9) celebrates his goal with left wing Tim Stutzle (18) during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators forward Josh Norris signed an eight-year, $63.6 million contract extension on Thursday.

Per the team, Norris will receive $5 million in 2022-23, $6.5 million the following season and $9.5 million over the next three campaigns. He then will earn $8.75 million in 2027-28, $7.85 million the following season and $7 million in 2029-30.

Norris, 23, recorded a team-leading 35 goals to go along with 20 assists in 66 games last season. He is coming off a three-year, $4.9 million contract with Ottawa.

“We’re very pleased to come to a long-term agreement with Josh,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a news release. “He’s a versatile forward who continues to mature into an exceptional NHL player. His scoring prowess has already shown to be a considerable asset for us and one that will help us reach the next level. His dedication and the pride he takes in his physical conditioning will serve as a great example for our next wave of young players.”

Norris has 90 points (52 goals, 38 assists) in 125 career games since being selected by San Jose with the 19th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. He was part of the blockbuster trade that sent star defenseman Erik Karlsson to the Sharks on Sept. 13, 2018.

Capitals sign Dylan Strome

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Oct 2, 2021; Independence, Missouri, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Dylan Strome (17) controls the puck as St. Louis Blues left wing Erik Foley (52) defends during the game at Cable Dahmer Arena. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Capitals signed center Dylan Strome to a one-year contract worth $3.5 million on Thursday.

Strome was an unrestricted free agent after the Chicago Blackhawks elected not to make him a qualifying offer before the start of free agency Wednesday.

Washington added a center in the midst of some uncertainty at the position. Nicklas Backstrom, 34, has said he will attempt a comeback from hip surgery.

Strome, 25, tallied 48 points (22 goals, 26 assists) in 69 games last season for the Blackhawks. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 draft has tallied 170 career points (67 goals, 103 assists) in 273 games with the Arizona Coyotes (2016-18) and Blackhawks (2018-22).

Strome also has appeared in nine career playoff games. He has two goals and one assist in those contests.

He was not the only member of the Strome family on the move this week. His older brother, Ryan Strome, left the New York Rangers in free agency to sign a five-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks.

Maple Leafs sign two defensemen

Defensemen Jordie Benn and Victor Mete agreed to one-year, $750,000 contracts with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.

Benn, who turns 35 this month, will skate with his sixth NHL team. He spent last season with the Minnesota Wild, contributing one goal and seven assists in 39 games.

Benn has also played for the Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets.

Mete, 24, joins his third different Canadian team. A fourth-round draft pick by Montreal in 2016, Mete has split his five-year career between the Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators.

In 37 appearances for the Senators last season, Mete had seven assists.

Rangers sign Ryan Carpenter and more NHL Signings

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Apr 2, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames center Ryan Carpenter (18) during the face off against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers and forward Ryan Carpenter agreed on a one-year contract on Thursday.

Financial terms were not announced but Cap Friendly reported the deal was for $750,000.

Carpenter played 59 games last season for the Chicago Blackhawks before a March 21 trade to the Calgary Flames, where he played eight games. On the season, the 31-year-old Carpenter tallied 12 points (three goals, nine assists) and 36 penalty minutes.

A free agent signee by San Jose in 2014, Carpenter also has played for the Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights. He has 69 points (26 goals, 43 assists) in 308 career games. He also has 106 penalty minutes and four game-winning goals.

The Rangers were active Wednesday on the opening day of NHL free agency. Their moves included agreeing to a seven-year deal with forward Vincent Trocheck and signing goaltenders Louis Domingue to a two-year contract and Jaroslav Halak to a one-year deal.

Goaltender Kevin Lankinen signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Lankinen, 27, posted an 8-15-6 record with a 3.50 goals-against average and .891 save percentage in 32 games (29 starts) last season with the Chicago Blackhawks.

He owns a 25-29-11 mark with two shutouts, a 3.23 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage in 69 career games (66 starts) with the Blackhawks.

The San Jose Sharks signed goaltender Aaron Dell and forwards Andrew Agozzino and C.J. Suess on Thursday.

Dell and Suess agreed to one-year contracts and Agozzino’s is a two-year deal. Terms were not disclosed.

Dell, 33, played his first four NHL seasons with San Jose from 2016-20, going 48-34-12 with five shutouts, a 2.76 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.

He appeared in 12 games (nine starts) last season with the Buffalo Sabres, finishing 1-8-1 with a 4.03 GAA and .893 save percentage.

Agozzino, 31, has two goals and seven assists in 47 career games for the Colorado Avalanche, Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators.

Suess, 28, appeared in four games over the past two seasons with the Winnipeg Jets and did not score.

–Field Level Media