Predators extend John Hynes and other NHL signings

Nashville Predators head coach John Hynes signed a two-year contract extension on Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed for Hynes, who owns a 92-64-10 record since replacing Peter Laviolette in January 2020.

The Predators (45-30-7, 97 points) were swept by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of this season’s playoffs.

Hynes, 47, had been signed through the 2021-22 season with a team option for 2022-23.

He coached the New Jersey Devils from 2015-19 and posted a 150-159-45 record. His career record in the playoffs is just 4-15.

Earlier in the week, the Predators signed goaltending prospect Iaroslav Askarov to a three-year, entry-level contract. He was drafted in the first round of the 2020 draft 11th overall.

The 19 year-old played with Neva Saint Petersburg of the VHL and posted a 5-2-2 record with a 2.57 goals-against average in nine appearances. He also played six games with SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL.

Stars sign Frederik Olofsson

The Dallas Stars signed forward Fredrik Olofsson to a one-year, $750,000 contract on Wednesday.

Olofsson, who turns 26 years old later this month, spent the past two seasons in the Swedish Hockey League. He also played for Sweden in the Olympics this year.

In his past two seasons, Olofsson had 28 goals and 48 assists in 100 games with Oskarshamn IK.

The Chicago Blackhawks drafted Olofsson in the fourth round (No. 98 overall) in 2014. He returned to Sweden after failing to reach a contract agreement with the team.

Bruins sign Jakub Zboril

The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Jakub Zboril to a two-year, $2.275 million extension on Monday.

Zboril, 25, played in just 10 games in 2021-22 before tearing his right ACL in a Dec. 2 win at Nashville.

He tallied three assists last season and has no goals and 12 assists in 54 games over parts of three seasons.

Boston drafted the Czech Republic native in the first round (13th overall) in 2015.

–Field Level Media