• The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney and defenseman Ilari Melart to one-year contracts. McElhinney, who turned 30 on Thursday, has appeared in 69 career NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators. He has a 19-26-4 record, with a 3.09 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage. In 2012-13, he went 29-6-3 with nine shutouts in 49 games with Springfield of the American Hockey League. The 24-year-old Melart, signed to an entry-level contract, spent the past several seasons playing in Europe. Last year, he was with HIFK of the Finnish Elite League.
  • The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Mikko Vainonen to a three-year, entry-level contract.

    The Predators announced the deal Friday.

    Vainonen, 19, spent his first season with the Kingston Frontenacs in the CHL, and the native of Finland was fourth among defensemen with 22 points. He also was the captain of Finland’s team at the 2012 U-18 World Championships.

    He was the Predators’ sixth selection in the 2012 draft at No. 118 overall in the fourth round.


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