NHL: Sens sign Tyler Motte, Stars extend GM Jim Nill, and more PTO signings

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Hard working forward Tyler Motte has a new home after a long offseason without one. The Ottawa Senators signed the free agent to a one-year deal worth $1.35 million on Wednesday.

“Tyler is a tenacious checker who plays the game with pace,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a statement. “He’s a strong penalty killer and another competitive person who adds to the depth of our group.”

It’s been an amazing summer for the Senators, who have made some incredible trades and free agent signings. After deals that brought in Alex DeBrincat and Cam Talbot, the Sens went out and signed star free agent Claude Giroux.

Ottawa is serous about making the playoffs this season and Motte only makes that more possible as an excellent forechecker and penalty killer.

Tyler Motte signs with Senators

Motte, 27, tallied 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 58 games with the Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers in 2021-22. He was acquired by the Rangers at the trade deadline.

For his career, Motte has 62 points (35 goals, 27 assists) over 269 games played with four teams, including parts of five seasons with the Canucks. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Dallas Stars extend Jim Nill

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Dec 20, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; The Dallas Stars celebrate the win over the Minnesota Wild at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill signed a one-year contract extension on Tuesday that will keep him with the team through the 2023-24 season.

Contract terms were not announced.

“I want to thank (owner) Tom Gaglardi for his commitment to building a winning organization and for allowing (wife) Bekki and myself to call Texas home over the past 10 years,” Nill said. “While we have made some big strides toward our ultimate goal, I am eager to continue my work in developing a winning culture that ultimately brings this team and this city a championship.”


Nill, 64, has held the job since April 29, 2013. During his tenure, the Stars have appeared in the playoffs five times and reached the 2020 Stanley Cup Final, won by the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.

The Stars’ record under Nill is 356-259-84.

Dallas was 46-30-6 last season and lost to the Calgary Flames in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs in seven games.

In the offseason, the Stars added Peter DeBoer as head coach, replacing Rick Bowness, as well as free agent forward Mason Marchment and defenseman Colin Miller.

More PTO signings

Here’s the latest round of PTO (Professional Tryout) contracts:

  • Anaheim Ducks – Nathan Beaulieu (D)
  • Arizona Coyotes – Christopher Gibson (G)
  • Calgary Flames – Michael Stone (F)
  • Los Angeles Kings – Nate Thompson (F)
  • New Jersey Devils – Thomas Hickey (D)
  • Seattle Kraken – Daniel Sprong (F)

–Field Level Media contributed to this report