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  • Calgary signed forward James Neal to a five-year Brandon Manning Jersey , $28.75 million contract on Monday, giving Johnny Gaudreau and the rest of the Flames a much-needed scoring boost.

    Neal has topped 20 goals in each of his 10 NHL seasons, and was considered the top player left on the free-agent market a day after the NHL’s signing period opened.

    The signing also comes a day after general manager Brad Treliving talked of a need to upgrade his forward positions to take the pressure off of Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk.

    ”One of the things we looked to address this offseason was adding depth and versatility to our forward unit,” Treliving said. ”At the end of the year, I talked a little bit about us as a team relying on too few guys to do too many things.”

    Calgary becomes Neal’s third team in as many seasons. He was selected by Vegas in the NHL expansion draft a year ago Ondrej Palat Jersey , and scored 25 goals and 44 points in 71 games for the Golden Knights.

    The 30-year-old Neal also played for Pittsburgh and Nashville, and has 263 goals and 495 points in 703 career games.

    The Flames also signed forward Derek Ryan to a three-year, $9.375 million contract. Ryan scored 15 goals and 38 points in his second full season with Carolina last year. Calgary also added center Austin Czarnik, who spent the previous two seasons with Boston.

    The additions come on the heels of the Flames acquiring center Elias Lindholm and defenseman Noah Hanifin in a trade that sent defenseman Dougie Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland and college prospect Adam Fox to Carolina.

    The Flames missed the playoffs for the seventh time in nine years, falling out of contention by going 5-13-1 over the final month of the season. It was a stretch during which Calgary scored three or more goals just five times and was shut out four times.

    The Dallas Stars hired veteran assistant Rick Bowness to serve on rookie coach Jim Montgomery’s staff.

    General manager Jim Nill announced the hire Friday before the NHL draft Milan Lucic Jersey Kids , after the Tampa Bay Lightning replaced Bowness on Jon Cooper’s staff with former NHL forward and minor league assistant Jeff Halpern. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announced the promotion of Halpern from the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch.

    Bowness, 63, spent the past five seasons as a Tampa Bay assistant and has also worked for the Jets, Bruins, Senators, Islanders Mark Stone Jersey , Coyotes and Canucks. The Lightning parted ways with him after losing in the Eastern Conference final.

    Nill says Bowness’ ”experience behind the bench is unmatched in the league, while he brings with him a knowledge of the game that is second to none.”

    Dallas hired Montgomery from Denver University.

    The 42-year-old Halpern gets his first NHL coaching gig after working in player development and under Benoit Groulx in Syracuse. He played 976 NHL games for the Lightning, Capitals, Stars, Kings, Canadiens Nazem Kadri Jersey , Rangers and Coyotes.

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