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The New York Rangers signed free agent Carl Hagelin to a two-year, $4.5 million contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Hagelin, 24, had 10 goals and 24 points in 48 regular-season games and averaged more than 17 minutes of ice team for the Rangers in 2013. In the playoffs, the former University of Michigan standout contributed three goals and three assists in 12 games.

The new deal will keep the Swede in New York through 2015. The average annual salary cap hit for the Rangers will be $2.25 million.

---The Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks will play an outdoor game in the Heritage Classic on March 2 in Vancouver's BC Place, the NHL announced.

The Heritage Classic between the Canadian teams returns after a break and joins a list of outdoor games scheduled for next season in the NHL.

Inclement weather should be less of a concern because BC Place, which hosted the 2010 Olympics, has a retractable roof.

The NHL earlier announced outdoor games next season between Toronto and Detroit in Ann Arbor, Mich., Anaheim and Los Angeles in Dodger Stadium, the Islanders and Rangers in New York's Yankee Stadium and Chicago and Pittsburgh in Chicago's Soldier Field.

---The Nashville Predators signed first-round draft pick Seth Jones to an entry-level deal for three years and $9,675,000, the team announced Wednesday.

Jones' base salary will be $925,000 but with bonuses he will have an annual cap average of $3,225,000.

Jones, the son of former NBA player Popeye Jones, likely will contend for a spot with the Predators next season. He was the No. 1 ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting going into the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Last season for Portland in the Western Hockey League, Jones had 14 goals and 42 assists.

---The New Jersey Devils signed free-agent defenseman Marek Zidlicky to a one-year contract. Zidlicky led New Jersey blue liners in scoring last season with 19 points while playing in all 48 games.

He became a free agent on July 5 at the end of a three-year, $12 million deal he signed with the Minnesota Wild in 2010. The 36-year-old Zidlicky joined the Devils at the trade deadline in 2012 and contributed nine points in the 24-game playoff run to the Stanley Cup finals.
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