Canadiens’ Radulov: ‘I have to lead by example because I have a kid’

The Montreal Canadiens took one of the biggest gambles as free agency opened Friday, signing Alexander Radulov to a one-year $5.75-million deal, and though the Russian forward's character has been questioned in the past, he insists he's matured since his last NHL stint in 2012.

"I have to lead by example because I have a kid," Radulov said, according to Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports.

The former Nashville Predators forward expressed his desire to win a Stanley Cup in Montreal, and surely caught Michel Therrien's ear by saying: "Whatever the coach tells me to do, I will do it," according to NHL.com's Arpon Basu.

Meanwhile, his new general manager Marc Bergevin also supported the notion that Radulov's past is behind him, and he's a new man coming to Montreal.

"When Radulov was playing in Nashville, the problem wasn't related to character. It was about maturity," Bergevin said.

Radulov infamously left the NHL after being suspended by the Predators in 2012 for missing a team curfew during the playoffs.

Since then, the 29-year-old has finished among the top-two in KHL scoring in three of the past four seasons, and Bergevin believes he may make one of the biggest impacts of any free agent signed Friday:

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Report: Coyotes sign Ryan White to 1-year, $1M deal

The Arizona Coyotes signed forward Ryan White to a one-year, $1-million contract Friday, reports TSN's Bob McKenzie.

The 28-year-old agitator had 11 goals and five assists in 73 games for the Philadelphia Flyers last season. His 16 points were a career high, a result of his logging regular duty for the first time in the NHL.

White averaged 12:34 in ice time.

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Yzerman: Stamkos, Hedman are franchise ‘cornerstones’

In a matter of days, the Tampa Bay Lightning managed to lock up captain Steven Stamkos and defenseman Victor Hedman to eight-year extensions that were well below market value, and general manager Steve Yzerman credits his stars' desire to win as the reason the deals got done.

"With Stamkos and Hedman (signing), these are our cornerstones," Yzerman said Friday. "Very important parts of our franchise and good guys to represent us."

"They both want to win and they both wanted to stay here," he continued. "They've had some success and they want to continue that."

Some rumors saw a potential Stamkos contract pegged at upwards of $12 million per year, but the 26-year-old opted to remain in Tampa on a deal averaging $8.5 million.

Meanwhile, some believe Hedman would have commanded more if he hit free agency next offseason, but the blue-liner will also stay to contend for a Cup, on a deal worth $7.85 million per season, starting in 2017.

"It's been a good couple of days for the organization," Yzerman added, according to Bryan Burns of TampaBayLightning.com.

With backup goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy receiving a three-year extension of his own Friday, the next step is signing restricted free agent Nikita Kucherov, and Yzerman said he's confident an agreement with the 30-goal scorer will be reached "at some point."

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Stars re-sign Eaves for 1 year

The Dallas Stars have announced the re-signing of Patrick Eaves to a one-year deal.

Eaves has spent the last two seasons with Stars, but saw a 10-point decline in 2015-16.

The forward put up 11 goals and 17 points in 54 games, but played a much more valuable role during the playoffs, tallying three goals and six points in nine games.

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Red Wings sign Vanek to 1-year deal worth reported $2.6M

The Detroit Red Wings are taking a chance on Thomas Vanek, signing the forward to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.

Vanek had his worst statistical season in 2015-16, failing to hit the 20-goal mark for the first time since he joined the league during the 2005-06 season.

The 32-year-old managed just 18 goals and 41 points, and subsequently saw the final year of his contract bought out by the Minnesota Wild. Still, Vanek has two 40-goal campaigns to his name.

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Report: Maple Leafs sign Matt Martin to 4-year, $10M contract

The Toronto Maple Leafs have added some grit.

The club has signed forward Matt Martin to a reported four-year, $10-million contract, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.

The 27-year-old winger scored a career-high 10 goals for the New York Islanders last season, albeit on an inflated 11.6 shooting percentage. He also added nine assists, tying a previous single-season high.

Martin, however, is not known for his scoring. He led the NHL in hits with 365 (4.6 per game) in 2015-16, and has been at the top of this category in each of the past five seasons.

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Canadiens re-sign Carr to 2-year deal

The Montreal Canadiens have signed restricted free agent Daniel Carr to a two-year contract.

The 24-year-old got his first taste of the NHL this season, suiting up in 23 games with the Canadiens.

Carr proved he could have value with the team going forward, posting six goals and nine points while being nearly a point-per-game player in the American Hockey League with 10 goals and 21 points in 24 games.

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