NHL Notes: Ex-Flyer Downie signs with Penguins

NHL Notes: Ex-Flyer Downie signs with Penguins
July 2, 2014, 6:45 pm
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In 51 games with the Flyers last season, Steve Downie had three goals and 14 assists with a minus-3 rating. (AP)

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins signed free-agent forward Steve Downie to a one-year, $1 million deal Wednesday, a day after signing four players.

The 27-year-old Downie had four goals, 20 assists and 106 penalty minutes last season in 62 games for Colorado and Philadelphia. Downie has 59 goals, 103 assists and 766 penalty minutes in 336 regular-season games in seven seasons with Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Colorado.

On Tuesday, the Penguins signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, forward Blake Comeau and goalie Thomas Greiss, and re-signed forward Marcel Goc (see full story).

Islanders: Gravovski, Kulemin sign 4-year deals
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders signed free-agent forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin to four-year contracts Wednesday, and agreed to a one-year contract with forward Cory Conacher.

The 30-year-old Grabovski, from Belarus, had 13 goals and 22 assists in 58 games last season for Washington. He has 107 goals and 145 assists in eight seasons with Montreal, Toronto and Washington.

The 27-year-old Kulemin, from Russia, had nine goals and 11 assists in 70 games last season for Toronto. He has 84 goals and 111 assists in 421 games in six seasons, all with the Maple Leafs.

The 24-year-old Conacher, a former Canisius College player, had seven goals and 19 assists in 79 games last season for Ottawa and Buffalo. He has 18 goals and 37 assists in 126 career games with Buffalo, Ottawa and the Tampa Bay (see full story).

Predators: Jokinen signs 1-year contract
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators have signed veteran center Olli Jokinen in their latest attempt to boost an offense that has lacked punch in recent seasons.

Jokinen, 35, had 18 goals and 25 assists in 82 games this season for the Winnipeg Jets. He signed a one-year deal worth $2.5 million.

"Olli Jokinen is a proven veteran center who will provide us with size, leadership and offensive ability in the tough Central Division and Western Conference," Predators general manager David Poile said Wednesday in a team release announcing the move.

The Predators ranked 19th in the league with 2.61 goals per game last season and missed the playoffs for a second straight year. After the season, the Predators fired Barry Trotz -- the only coach in franchise history - and replaced him with Peter Laviolette (see full story).

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