A settlement has been reached in Steve Moore's lawsuit against former Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi for his career-ending hit during an NHL game 10 years ago. Bertuzzi lawyer Geoff Adair confirmed the settlement but says the terms are confidential. The multimillion-dollar lawsuit had been scheduled to go to trial Sept. 8.
Analysis: Bertuzzi struck Moore from behind, sending the Colorado Avalanche player crashing face first to the ice and leaving him with a concussion and fractured vertebrae. Moore alleges the Canucks had put a bounty on him following his check that injured captain Markus Naslund. Bertuzzi pleaded guilty to criminal assault causing bodily harm. He was sentenced in 2006 to one year of probation and 80 hours of community service.
The Chicago Blackhawks have signed goaltender Michael Leighton to a one-year contract. The 33-year-old Leighton provides some organizational depth behind starter Corey Crawford and backup Antti Raanta. Barring injury, he could spend much of the year with Chicago's AHL affiliate in Rockford.
Analysis: Leighton was drafted by Chicago in the sixth round of the 1999 draft and made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks in January 2003. He has a 35-41-14 record with a 2.97 goals-against average in parts of eight seasons with Chicago, Nashville, Philadelphia and Carolina.
Crosby says his aching wrist is doing well and he's ready for training camp.
Analysis: The reigning NHL MVP has been undergoing treatment on his right wrist after injuring it sometime last season. Crosby told reporters Friday while working out in southwest Florida that the wrist is "good" and he's "happy with the way it's gone."
The Edmonton Oilers have signed Draisaitl, the third overall pick in the 2014 draft, to a three-year entry level contract.
Analysis: Draisaitl had 105 points (38 goals, 67 assists) in 64 regular-season games for the Western Hockey League's Prince Albert Raiders last season. He also had a goal and two assists on four playoff games.
The Winnipeg Jets have signed Brouillette to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 at the NHL level. Brouillette made his NHL debut this past season for the Washington Capitals, getting a goal and an assist in 10 games.
Analysis: He has spent the vast majority of his professional career in the minors, most recently with the AHL's Hershey Bears. He is likely to see time with the Jets' top affiliate, the St. John Ice Caps.
Ekblad suffered a concussion in Canada's world junior exhibition game against the Czech Republic and will miss the rest of summer development camp. The 18-year-old defenseman was hit hard during Monday night's 6-2 win and left the game.
Analysis: Hockey Canada says Ekblad is expected to be ready for Florida Panthers training camp in September. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon echoed those sentiments, saying ''We will closely monitor Aaron's health for the remainder of the offseason and expect him to be ready for our rookie camp in mid-September.''