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Avalanche bolster blue line by adding veteran Brad Hunt; Benn heading to Leafs

The team did not disclose financial terms for Hunt, the former Bemidji State defenseman, who is inked through the 2023-24 season.

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Vancouver Canucks defenseman Brad Hunt (77) battles with Ottawa Senators forward Parker Kelly (45) in the second period April 19, 2022 in Vancouver.
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Brad Hunt signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

The team did not disclose financial terms for Hunt, the former Bemidji State defenseman, who is inked through the 2023-24 season.

Hunt, 33, recorded 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in 50 games last season with the Vancouver Canucks.

He has totaled 76 points (22 goals, 54 assists) in 241 career games with the Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Vegas Golden Knights, Minnesota Wild and Canucks.

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Quick wristers

  • Defensemen Jordie Benn and Victor Mete agreed to one-year, $750,000 contracts with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. Benn spent last season with the Minnesota Wild, contributing one goal and seven assists in 39 games.
    The Washington Capitals announced the signings of 2022 third-round draft picks Alexander Suzdalev and Ludwig Persson on Friday. Both Swedish forwards agreed to three-year entry-level contracts that will pay them $775,000 in each of the first two seasons and $800,000 in the third at the NHL level, and $82,500 in the AHL.
  • The Seattle Kraken signed forward John Hayden to a one-year, two-way contract on Friday. The deal is worth $750,000 at the NHL level and $325,000 in the American Hockey League.
  • The St. Louis Blues signed forward Martin Frk to a one-year, two-way contract on Friday. The 28-year-old Czech scored two goals in six games with the Los Angeles Kings in 2021-22.
  • The New York Rangers announced the signing Friday of 2022 second-round pick Adam Sykora to a three-year, entry-level contract. Financial terms of the agreement with the 17-year-old Slovakian forward were not disclosed.
  • The New Jersey Devils hired former Florida Panthers interim coach Andrew Brunette as an associate coach on Friday. The former Wild player and assistant coach joins Lindy Ruff's staff after helping the Panthers win the Presidents' Trophy with a franchise-record 58 wins and 122 points in 2021-22.
  • The Washington Capitals signed center Dylan Strome to a one-year contract worth $3.5 million on Thursday.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Calle Jarnkrok to a four-year, $8.4 million deal on Friday. Jarnkrok, 30, split last season between the Seattle Kraken (49 games) and Calgary Flames (17) and had 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists).

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