Utica, N.Y. - The NHL free agency period began at noon, Monday, and as a result, the Utica Comets saw some players depart the organization to sign with other teams.
Center Brendan Gaunce signed a one-year, $700K deal with the Boston Bruins.
Gaunce spent five years between the Comets and Vancouver Canucks and had a career year this past year in Utica, tying his high with 38 points.
He played in 189 regular season games with the Comets where he had 111 points.
The 25-year-old appeared in 117 games with Vancouver where he had 15 total points.
Another big loss for Utica, center Tanner Kero signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Dallas Stars.
The 26-year-old lead the comets with 33 assists this past year and was second on the team with 57 points.
Further depleting the comets depth down the middle, centerman Cam Darcy signed an AHL deal with the San Antonio Rampage, AHL affiliate of the Stanley Cup champion, St. Louis Blues.
This past year, Darcy had a career-best 10 goals and finished with 23 points in 68 games.
He suited up for 160 games for Utica over the course of two seasons, playing his previous two professional seasons with the Syracuse Crunch.
Defenseman Luke Schenn signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning for one-year at $700K.
Schenn was traded to the Canucks last season from the Anaheim Ducks and appeared in seven games for Utica where he had five points.
He then played in 18 games following a call-up to Vancouver.
Overall, he has 734 NHL games over 12 seasons.
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