- The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed restricted free agent Chris VandeVelde to a one year, two-way contract. VandeVelde had turned down the Oilers' qualifying offer, but he has impressed the Edmonton staff enough in training camps, AHL action, and call-ups to earn the new contract. The Edmonton Journal offered its take on the signing of the former Sioux centerman, and below is the updated status of this summer's former Sioux NHL free agents:
|PLAYER||2011-2012 TEAM||STATUS||NEW TEAM||SIGNING/CONTRACT DETAILS|
|Taylor Chorney||Edmonton||UFA||St. Louis||1 Year, 2-Way Contract|
|Mike Commodore||Tampa Bay||UFA|
|Matt Frattin||Toronto||RFA||Toronto||2 Years, $1.7 Million|
|Chay Genoway||Minnesota||RFA||Minnesota||2 Years, 2-Way Contract|
|Brian Lee||Tampa Bay||RFA||Tampa Bay||2 Years, $2.3 Million|
|T.J. Oshie||St Louis||RFA||St. Louis||5 Years, $20.9 Million|
|Zach Parise||New Jersey||UFA||Minnesota||13 Years, $98 Million|
|Chris Porter||St Louis||UFA||St. Louis||1 Year, 2-Way Contract|
|Chris VandeVelde||Edmonton||RFA||Edmonton||1 Year, 2-Way Contract|
|Matt Watkins||Phoenix||UFA||NY Islanders||1 Year, 2-Way Contract|
- The WCHA has released the 2012-13 men's composite schedule. The women's composite schedule was released earlier this month.
- The New York Islanders blog Lighthouse Hockey decided to revisit the Islander's decision to pass on Zach Parise in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. New York had the 15th pick in the draft, and Parise ended up going 17th to the New Jersey Devils. And for what it's worth, after sharing this article via Twitter earlier today, I followed it up with a Tweet stating that "Matt Greene has a pretty decent NHL career going for him as well." That, of course, was in reference to the portion of the article that states, "The only other player to have any sort of career in the NHL from that Dakota team was Brandon Bochenski, who played 152 games and is in Europe now." Brad Schlossman then added that David Hale had a solid NHL career (7 seasons, 327 games) and Matt Jones saw action in 106 NHL games.