The Montreal Canadiens have signed 39-year-old defenseman Mark Streit to a one-year contract worth a reported $700,000. Streit split last season between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In the playoffs, he only appeared in three games for the Penguins, all of them in the Eastern Conference Final against Ottawa when Justin Schultz was hurt. This will actually be Streit’s second stint with the Habs. He started his NHL career in Montreal, all the way back in 2005. What the Streit signing means for Andrei Markov remains to be seen. Streit, like Markov, can run a power play, so it’s tempting to conclude that Streit is Markov’s replacement. That being said, almost all of Streit’s contract could be buried
Willie Desjardins, who was recently fired by the Vancouver Canucks, will be the head coach of Team Canada at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday. The organization also announced that Sean Burke will be the general manager, and Martin Brodeur will be a member of the management group for the team. -- The New York Rangers signed center Mika Zibanejad to a five-year, $26.75 million contract, the team announced.
Michael Cammalleri is back in the city where he started his NHL career, after signing a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings on July 1. Ten years ago, though — almost to the day — Cammalleri and the Los Angeles Kings sat on opposite sides in a five-hour arbitration hearing. Just one year into his tenure, Dean Lombardi successfully argued against the enormous raise Cammalleri was demanding, landing the Kings’ top scorer at $6.7 million overall on a two-year deal. And for a while, it was business as usual. The Kings were still pretty bad, but a (presumably) very motivated Cammalleri was still pretty dang good, potted ten goals in his first ten games of the new season. Cammalleri skated alongside