AHL Free Agency Day 3

Sunday, July 3, 2016
Michael Leighton is still a free agent. Photo: Amanda Statland
I missed a few AHL-related signings last night, so a quick recap of what I missed below. You can check my Day 2 blog to see all the other signings from Saturday.
The Montreal Canadiens signed forward Chris Terry to a one-year, two-way deal for 2016-17. Possible he ends up in AHL with St. John's.
The Anaheim Ducks added veteran defenseman Nate Guenin to a one-year contract. If Guenin doesn't make the NHL roster, the San Diego Gulls blue-line gets a big boost.
The Rochester Americans signed defenseman Mac Bennett and forward Baniel Muzito-Bagenda to one-year AHL contracts for the 2016-17 season. Bennett was a depth defender in St. John's last season, while Muzito-Bagenda, 20, competed in the OHL with Mississauga last year.
My 2016 AHL Free Agent Tracker is updated to reflect all of Day 2's signings, and will be updated throughout the day today to reflect signings made Sunday.

I'll be updating these Off-Season Guides (Part 1 - Eastern Conference and Part 2 - Western Conference) over the 4th of July holiday to serve as a running tally of who is where and where each teams' free agents have signed.

Day 3 AHL-Level Free Agent Signings

The Toronto Marlies did well by signing free agent forward Colin Smith to a one-year AHL contract for the 2016-17 season. Smith arrived to Toronto in a trade from San Antonio and really flourished with the Marlies in 2015-16, tallying 22 points (7G-15A) in 23 games down the stretch.

The St. John's IceCaps re-signed defenseman Josiah Didier to a one-year AHL contract for the 2016-17. Didier, 24, tallied five assists and added 58 penalty minutes in 53 AHL games with the IceCaps last season.

The Carolina Hurricanes added some depth on defense, signing Matt Tennyson to a two-way contract for 2016-17. Tennyson spent most of last season in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks, tallying five points (1G-4A) while also appearing in 5 AHL games with the San Jose Barracuda. If Tennyson isn't a 6th/7th defenseman in the NHL with Carolina this season, he could see some time in the AHL with the Charlotte Checkers.

The Texas Stars might have gained a veteran leader on offense as their NHL club, Dallas, signed forward Adam Cracknell to a one-year, two-way contract for 2016-17. Cracknell spent all of last season in the NHL with Vancouver (44GP, 5G-5A) and Edmonton (8GP, 0G-0A).

Veteran forward T.J. Hensick announced on Twitter that he has signed an AHL deal with the Ontario Reign, giving the Los Angeles Kings' AHL affiliate another reliable player up front with experience. Hensick will be entering his 10th season at the pro level this fall.

The Edmonton Oilers added forward Taylor Beck to a one-year contract for the 2016-17 season. Beck has 87 career NHL games under his belt, but can be a solid depth forward and play some big minutes in the AHL with Bakersfield if he doesn't make the Oilers' opening night roster.


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