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Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 7:33 p.m.

• An Ottawa police officer said Wednesday he does not expect Flyers captain Claude Giroux to face charges after a bizarre incident Tuesday night. Giroux spent the night in an Ottawa jail cell, according to the Ottawa Sun. The Sun reported Giroux was arrested for repeatedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer at an Ottawa bar, and it said alcohol was believed to be involved. The newspaper said the police officer warned Giroux to stop, and the star ignored him. He was released Wednesday morning.

• The Islanders got a bit of a two-for-one package in free agency, signing Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin to four-year deals. Kulemin gets $16.75 million over the course of his deal, and Grabovski's deal is worth $20 million. Kulemin was rumored to be a top target of the Penguins' entering free agency.

• The Predators signed veteran center Olli Jokinen in their latest attempt to boost an offense that has lacked punch in recent seasons. Jokinen, 35, had 18 goals and 25 assists in 82 games last season for the Jets. He signed a one-year deal worth $2.5 million.

• The Rangers agreed to a contract with forward Chris Bourque, son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque. The 28-year-old last played in the NHL in the 2012-13 season.

• The Devils re-signed two of their own free agents, fourth-line linemates Steve Bernier and Stephen Gionta. Bernier had three goals and nine assists in 78 games last season. In four seasons, Gionta has nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 127 career games.

• The Sharks signed free-agent forward John Scott to a one-year, $700,000 contract. He had 125 penalty minutes last year for the Sabres despite getting a total of 378 minutes, 16 seconds of ice time.

— Wire reports

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