With NHL free agency now underway, dozens of lower-level players are also trying to find work. Many of them will end up overseas or signing minor league deals. This is where we will keep track of notable signing around the world.
- Ryan Stanton has inked a deal with Kolner Haie of the DEL for the upcoming season, after spending this season with the Rockford IceHogs. The 32-year-old defenseman has been playing professional hockey in North America for more than a decade, including two full seasons with the Vancouver Canucks.
- John Quenneville, a first-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2014, is staying overseas to play for Leksands IF of the SHL after appearing in 46 games for Zurich this year. The 26-year-old forward played just 42 games in the NHL over the years, last appearing with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2019-20.
- Anthony Louis, who put up 55 points in 64 games for the Texas Stars this season, has signed a deal with Barys Nur-Sultan for the upcoming season. The sixth-round pick has never played in the NHL.
- Gage Quinney and Jake Bischoff have settled for minor league contracts with the Henderson Silver Knights, returning to the club they most recently played with. Bischoff, 27, actually missed the entire 2021-22 season with a lower-body injury and has played just seven games since the end of the 2019-20 season.
- Michael Houser is back with the Rochester Americans on an AHL deal but if history is anything to go by, he’ll be signing an NHL contract at some point this season. Houser has signed mid-season contracts with the Buffalo Sabres in each of the last two years, when the team ran into goaltending injuries.
- Mitch Reinke is heading back to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, signing a one-year AHL contract for the upcoming season. The 2-year-old had 27 points in 63 games for the team last season, his first in the Penguins organization.
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