NHL notebook: Dallas Stars ink Brett Ritchie to two-year deal

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Brett Ritchie of the Dallas Stars gets knocked to the ice by the St. Louis Blues' Ryan Reaves. Photo by Robert Cornforth/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/d305735ba7381a8d4821ed7fb16d9fe7/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Brett Ritchie of the Dallas Stars gets knocked to the ice by the St. Louis Blues' Ryan Reaves. Photo by Robert Cornforth/UPI | License Photo

The Dallas Stars re-signed right winger Brett Ritchie to a two-year, $3.5-million contract on Thursday.

Ritchie, 24, scored 16 goals to go with eight assists in 78 games for Dallas during the 2016-17 regular season. His plus-11 rating was the best on the team and his 15 even-strength goals were tied for the team lead. He was also fourth on the team in both goals and home goals (10).


In his career, Ritchie has played 117 regular-season games over three seasons with Dallas, scoring 22 goals and 12 assists.

-- The Washington Capitals re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a one-year, $1.5 million contract, the team announced.

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Grubauer posted a 13-6-2 mark with three shutouts, a 2.04 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 24 games last season with the Capitals.

The 25-year-old German joined workhorse Braden Holtby in capturing the William M. Jennings Trophy, an award given to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it.

-- Florida Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk agreed to terms on a three-year contract, the team announce.


Financial terms were not disclosed by the club for Pysyk, who recorded career highs in goals (four), assists (13) and points (17) while playing in all 82 games last season with Florida.

Pysyk collected nine goals and 34 assists in 207 career contests with the Panthers and Buffalo Sabres, who selected him with the 23rd overall pick of the 2010 draft.

-- Los Angeles Kings forward Nick Shore signed a one-year contract extension worth $925,000, the team announced.

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Shore recorded career highs in goals (six), assists (11), points (17) and games played (70) this past season.

The 24-year-old once again will be a restricted free agent after this contract expires at the end of the 2017-18 season.

-- The Vegas Golden Knights signed forward Teemu Pulkkinen to a one-year contract through the 2017-18 season worth $700,000.

Pulkkinen, 25, was selected by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft on June 21 from the Arizona Coyotes.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder has 13 goals and nine assists in 83 career NHL games since being drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the fourth round in 2010.

-- Goaltender Charlie Lindgren agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens, the team announced.


Lindgren posted a 24-18-6 mark with a 2.56 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 48 games last season with St. John's of the American Hockey League. The 23-year-old began the 2016-17 campaign with the Canadiens as a backup to Al Montoya while former Hart and Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price nursed an injury.

Lindgren won both of his starts last season against the Florida Panthers and Detroit Red Wings, recording a 1.48 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage. He also emerged victorious in his NHL debut in April 2016.

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