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They dont earn major headlines, but the summer hockey landscape is littered with veterans who have signed a one-year contract with the goal of impressing a team enough to earn just one more multiyear deal. And if it doesnt work out? Ask Alexander Semin, who last summer signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens after being bought out by the Carolina Hurricanes. He played 15 games, was placed on waivers by December and was last seen winning a KHL title.Players used to get paid for what they had done in the league. Now theyre paid for what we predict theyre going to do in the league. The cap has changed the mentality of how we look at players, said former?New York Rangers?and?Islanders GM Neil Smith. If you dont fit into one of two groups -- young, up-and-coming star or veteran superstar -- then youre going to have to sign a short-term deal because no one wants to use up their cap on a guy theyre scared of.Here are the players who have signed deals and are looking at a similar make-or-break season in 2016-17.Thomas Vanek, LW, Detroit Red Wings: Vanek appeared to be a crucial piece when the Minnesota Wild signed the high-scoring winger to a three-year, $19.5 million contract in 2014. At the time, he was fresh off a productive 68-point season and a trip to the Eastern Conference finals with the Canadiens. But Vanek never made it to the third year of that contract, being bought out by Minnesota last month before signing a one-year deal with the Wings. The two-time 40-goal scorer struggled mightily last season, scoring 18 goals and posting a minus-10 before going goalless in 10 Wild playoff games. Vanek, 32, isnt being signed to be a bottom-six forward, meaning he must recapture his scoring touch to stick around. Hell have every opportunity to do that with the Red Wings, who boast talented centers in Darren Helm, Dylan Larkin and fellow free-agent signee Frans Nielsen, not to mention scoring wingers in Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist.P.A. Parenteau, RW, New York Islanders: The one-year deal Parenteau signed to return to the Islanders makes it four teams in four seasons for the veteran. But Parenteau might have found the perfect landing spot after navigating between the Colorado Avalanche, Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. A ninth-round pick in 2001, Parenteau enjoyed his greatest success with the Islanders, including a watershed 2011-12 season in which he collected 67 points riding shotgun alongside an emerging John Tavares. That breakout season came at the perfect time because Parenteau signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Avalanche the following summer. But he never regained his scoring touch and has struggled to maintain consistency since then. He did manage to score 20 goals on the rebuilding Maple Leafs last season, his first time reaching the mark since his first season with the Islanders. The opportunity to rekindle his old chemistry with Tavares could be the 33-year-olds best chance to earn one last multiyear contract.Chris Kelly, C, Ottawa Senators: Despite being an important depth forward on the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup-winning team, Chris Kelly seemed destined to end up elsewhere. Despite being beloved by teammates and fans alike, Kelly was the subject of trade rumors for years. His production dipped and he missed almost all of last season with a broken leg, leaving Kelly with little leverage negotiating with a front office at a cap crossroads. Like Parenteau, however, Kelly might have found the perfect landing spot. The center was drafted by the Senators in 1999 and spent parts of seven seasons there before being traded to Boston in 2011. At 35, hell be looked to for leadership and depth, but saddled with a one-year deal, there isnt much room for Kelly to slip in his return to Canadas capital.Mason Raymond, LW, Anaheim Ducks: If the 2011 Stanley Cup finals were a career-defining triumph for Kelly, it was very much the opposite for Raymond. Playing for the runner-up Vancouver Canucks in that closely contested seven-game series, Raymond sustained a severe back injury on a Johnny Boychuk hit in Game 6. The injury sidelined him for several months and Raymond still hasnt fully recovered. He signed with Toronto in 2013 and enjoyed a 19-goal season with the struggling Maple Leafs. That performance earned him a three-year contract with the Calgary Flames. But Raymond failed to fulfill expectations in Calgary, finishing the season in the American Hockey League before the Flames bought him out in June. At 30, hell have an excellent opportunity to recapture his scoring touch with the Ducks playing alongside world-class players Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler. Hell also be playing for new Ducks coach Randy Carlyle, who is back for his second stint in Anaheim and coached Raymond during his comeback 2013-14 season with the Leafs.Cory Conacher, C, Tampa Bay Lightning: This might actually be the third or fourth chance for the diminutive Conacher, who played last season in Switzerland after spending much of 2014-15 in the AHL. If Conacher is looking for one last shot at the NHL, hell do no better than Tampa. An undrafted free agent out of unheralded Canisius College, Conacher was the 2011-12 AHL MVP before bursting into the NHL with the Lightning. Seeing considerable ice time with both Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier, Conacher collected 12 points in his first seven NHL games. Then he was traded to the Senators for goalie?Ben Bishop in what remains one of the more lopsided deals in recent NHL history. Conacher has bounced around but is still only 26 and cant expect many more chances to prove himself. With all the talent surrounding him in Tampa, there might not be a better opportunity for him to get one last crack in the NHL. JaVale McGee Lakers Jersey .Y. -- Jayna Hefford scored the winning goal Friday as Canada survived a scare with a 4-3 win over Sweden at the Four Nations womens hockey tournament. Lance Stephenson Jersey . Brandon Morrow allowed five runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. Edwin Encarnacion had a two-out, bases loaded two-RBI double in the third inning. http://www.lakersteamofficial.com/Michael-Cooper-Lakers-Jersey/ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Jersey . -- Its been a long road back for Sean Bergenheim. JaVale McGee Jersey . LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. After two days of meetings with seven teams, NHL prospect Jimmy Vesey and his agents are scheduled to sit and discuss the players options, beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday.A decision will not be made Thursday, but one is expected by Saturday, and perhaps as early as Friday.Vesey, 23, is the reigning winner of the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top mens college hockey player. He became a free agent at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.In addition to the Buffalo Sabres, who owned exclusive negotiating rights from June 20 to this past Monday, Vesey met with the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks during separate meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday in Boston.Impressive meetings with a lot of different perspectives has certainly given the camp a lot to think about, said Peter Donatelli, one of Veseys agents.Despite reports, no team has been told it is out of the running, according to Donatelli.No, thats not true at all, Donatelli said. None of the teams we met with have been told that. Everyone is still in the mix. Were going to try and drill down right now to a few [teams] and then either call ssome teams with some questions or not.dddddddddddd Well probably reach out to a few teams with some questions that we think were either unanswered or we want clarification on, but thats the intent today.The Blackhawks Patrick Kane was in Boston for Chicagos meeting with Vesey. The Devils Cory Schneider and Kyle Palmieri spoke with Vesey, too. The Rangers Kevin Hayes, a Boston native, has talked with Vesey numerous times this summer while both work out together. The Islanders John Tavares was also in Boston on Tuesday to make his pitch on behalf of the organization. When the Bruins hosted Vesey at the teams new practice facility, numerous Bruins players were in attendance to greet him. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby also reached out to Vesey.Veseys decision will probably come down to which organization gives him the best opportunity to succeed in a top-six role, including special teams. The winner of the Vesey sweepstakes will sign him to an entry-level deal with a base salary of $925,000, plus as much as $1.925 million in performance bonuses. ' ' '

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