VGK Trade Ryan Reaves To The NYR
I go out for the first night in six months to ave a burger and a few pops. Of course a trade is made. NEW YORK, July 29, 2021 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has acquired forward Ryan Reaves from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. Reaves, 34, skated in 37 games with Vegas this past season, registering one goal and four assists for five points, along with 27 penalty minutes. He led the NHL (min. 20 games played) in hits per 60 minutes of ice time in 2020-21 (23.02), and he also led the Golden Knights in hits (141) this past season. Reaves skated in 12 games during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs while helping the Golden Knights advance to the Semifinals. The 6-2, 225-pounder has skated in 686 career NHL games over parts of 11 seasons (2010-11 – 2020-21) with St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Vegas, registering 49 goals and 52 assists for 101 points, along with 937 penalty minutes. Since the start of his first NHL season in 2010-11, Reaves ranks third in the NHL in hits (2,322), ranks seventh in the NHL in major penalties (75), and ranks eighth in the league in penalty minutes. He has averaged at least 20 hits per 60 minutes of ice time in each of his 11 NHL seasons, and he led the NHL in hits in back-to-back seasons in 2018-19 (305) and 2019-20 (316). Reaves has helped his team advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the last 10 seasons, and he has skated in 84 postseason games in his NHL career. He helped Vegas advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017-18, and he also helped the Golden Knights advance to at least the third round of the playoffs in three of his four seasons with the team. Reaves was coached by current Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant for parts of three seasons with Vegas (2017-18 – 2019-20). The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was originally selected by St. Louis in the fifth round, 156th overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
A Six-Year Extension For Zach Werenski
from the Columbus Blue Jackets, The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Zach Werenski to a six-year, $57.5 million contract extension through the 2027-28 National Hockey League season, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced tonight. Werenski, 24, has registered 65 goals and 124 assists for 189 points with 71 penalty minutes and a +13 plus/minus rating, while averaging 22:43 in time on ice in 335 career NHL games. Since making his debut with Columbus in 2016, he ranks tied for third among NHL blueliners in goals and 19th in points. He is the club's all-time leader in goals by a defenseman, while ranking second in points and fourth in assists. "Zach Werenski has been one of the top defensemen in the National Hockey League over the past five years and we are thrilled that he will continue to be a Blue Jacket and the leader of our blueline for at least the next seven years," said Kekalainen. "As talented as Zach is and as much as he has achieved so early in his career, he is an even better person and will be a foundational player for our club as we move forward." continued
Afternoon Line- Kevyn Adams
Sabres GM Kevyn Adams on Jack Eichel trade talks: "What's critically important to make sure is clear is that we're in control of this process. We have a player under contract. We don't feel any pressure. If there's a deal out there that we feel is the right thing for ... — John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl) July 29, 2021
Live Stream- Steve Yzerman Today
Scheduled to start at 3:55pm,. Yzerman will be discussing the free agent signings. Watch below.
A Small Blurb On The UFA Signings
from Justin Bourne of Sportsnet, When I agreed to write two sentences on every signing from UFA day in the NHL – something I’ve done numerous times in the past – I hadn’t banked on there being 63,000 signings. We got our work cut out for us here folks, so let’s dive in. We’ll start with the first registered deal, and work our way up to most recent. Brandon Montour, D, Florida Contract: Three years, $3.5 million AAV Florida made a similar bet to the one they made with Sam Bennett here. That’s that the player who excelled for them over a small post-deadline sample is indeed that player, and not the guy he had more commonly been in the years prior. Blake Coleman, RW, Calgary Contract: Six years, $4.9 million AAV When you hire Darryl Sutter to coach your team, you’re not putting him in a position to succeed if you don’t get him some players who play the brand of hockey he wants to play. This is too much money, but Coleman’s exactly what they’re looking for, so in a way it’s like smart clothes shopping – you’re better off spending more for something you’ll actually use than less for something you won’t wanna put out there. Frederik Andersen, G, Carolina Contract: Two years, $4.5 million AAV Andersen became polarizing to Leafs fans, but I’ve long been Team Freddy. He’s a big, solid, quiet, bonafide NHL starter, and while there are real signs of decline there, he’s as good a bet as any UFA goalie out there to have a good season in 2021-22. continued
Darren Helm To Denver
Darren Helm signs 1 year, $1 million in Colorado. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 29, 2021
A Five-Year Deal For Brandon Saad In St. Louis
St. Louis Blues press release... The St. Louis Blues have reached an agreement with free agent forward Brandon Saad on a five-year contract worth $22.5 million. Saad, 28, a veteran of 10 NHL seasons, is a former NHL All-Star and a two-time Stanley Cup Champion (2013, 2015 - Chicago). Saad was originally drafted by Chicago in the second round, No. 43 overall, of the 2011 NHL Draft. Last season, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native appeared in 44 regular-season games with the Colorado Avalanche, posting 24 points (15 goals, nine assists) and 12 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 206-pound forward is a five-time 20-goal scorer, including 2015-16, when he logged 31 and earned a selection to the NHL All-Star Game.
Corey Perry On The Move
via TSN, The old adage is if you can't beat, join 'em and is doing just that. Kevin Weekes reports the veteran winger has signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that beat his Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final. Perry was also a member of the Dallas Stars team that reached the 2020 Stanley Cup Final where they, too, fell to the Lightning. Perry, 36, signed a one-year $750,000 contract with the Habs last season and tallied nine goals and 12 assists in 49 regular season games. Note, Kevin Weekes has blocked me for over a year, no idea why, so I was delayed a bit with this news.
The Goaltending For The Buffalo Sabres
from the Buffalo News, When most of the top free agents were signed by playoff contenders, and the game of goalie musical chairs appeared to be over, Buffalo Sabres Kevyn Adams was left standing on the sidelines with an empty net. A difficult day for the rebuilding franchise was made worse late Wednesday afternoon when Adams learned that the goalie he hoped to retain, Linus Ullmark, rejected the Sabres’ contract offer in favor of joining the Atlantic Division’s Boston Bruins. The Sabres' next steps were unclear until they found two replacements: veteran goalies Craig Anderson and Aaron Dell. Anderson, a 40-year-old with 18 years of NHL experience, and Dell, a 32-year-old who started 32 games for San Jose in 2019-20, are joining Buffalo on 1-year contracts worth $750,000. Two goalies were needed because the Sabres plan to have Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and Dustin Tokarski in Rochester. There was plenty of money to spend – CapFriendly.com projects Buffalo with a league-high $31.766 million in cap space – but Adams was unable to sell top free agents on the idea of being part of a rebuild. Even Ullmark wasn’t willing to stick around unless the Sabres met his asking price. continued
A Good Day For The Edmonton Oilers
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, So, did Ken Holland succeed? Finally having some salary cap space to work with, on one of the most important days in Edmonton Oilers history, was he able to make his hockey club significantly better? Was he able to transform his team into a Stanley Cup contender going forward with the Connor McDavid-Leon Draisaitl window officially now wide open? Are the Oilers now better? Yes. Absolutely. Definitely. Good enough to go for it? Maybe. Possibly. Maybe even probably. But not absolutely. And definitely not definitely. It’ll take 82 games and at least a month into the playoffs to prove it. But you have to give Holland credit. While he managed to make many Edmonton fans furious with the decision to trade an exceptionally popular player and First Nations role model, Ethan Bear, he had a pretty good day. continued
from TSN, Day 1 of Free Agent Frenzy saw the NHL’s 32 teams spend a collective $783,600,000 in total contract dollars over 161 signings. But despite the flurry of signings on Wednesday, there are still a number of notable players available on the market. Brandon Saad had 15 goals and 24 points in 44 games with the Colorado Avalanche last season, including seven goals in the playoffs. A two-time Stanley Cup champion, the 28-year-old left winger has 184 goals and 371 points in 632 career NHL games split between the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Avalanche. David Krejci, who has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the Boston Bruins, also remains without a contract. In 51 games last season, the veteran centre recorded eight goals and 44 points, averaging 17:08 of ice time. In 962 career NHL games, Krejci has 215 goals and 730 points. He won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011. Kyle Palmieri recorded 10 goals and 21 points in 51 games last season split between the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders. A first-round pick (26th overall) by the Anaheim Ducks at the 2009 NHL Draft, the 30-year-old right wing scored at least 24 goals in five straight seasons prior to 2020-21. continued
Meet The “Bunch Of Jerks”
from Luke De Cock of the News & Observer, These are your Carolina Hurricanes. Get used to it. Six days after popular and affable goalie Alex Nedeljkovic was shipped out to the Detroit Red Wings, the Hurricanes on Wednesday (partially) replaced Dougie Hamilton with perhaps the least likeable player in the entire league. Even as the Hurricanes underwent what appears to be a complete makeover in goal, adding Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta, among other unconfirmed moves, it was hard to get past the free-agent signing of recidivist power-play specialist Tony DeAngelo, who at 25 will be joining his fourth NHL franchise, having burned many bridges behind him. By a rough count, this is at least his fifth chance, the kind of repeated indulgence only raw talent can buy you. He’s signing a one-year deal for $1 million, the kind of contract you sign when you have nowhere else to go. The Hurricanes deliberately chose to bring into their fold a player who was suspended in junior hockey for violating the Ontario Hockey League’s harassment, abuse and diversity policy against his own teammate. A player with a history of abusing officials. A player who the New York Rangers told to go pound sand in the middle of last season after reportedly instigating a fight with a teammate. A player whose behavior has remained consistent for more than seven years. continued
The New York Rangers Still Have Interest In Jack Eichel
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Until the issue is resolved, until Drury essentially chooses between extending Zibanejad and trading for Eichel, the 2021-22 Rangers are just a fuzzy picture. It all flows from there. Yes, Pavel Buchnevich was dealt away. Yes, management is addressing the grind deficiency and size-and-strength shortage by signing Barclay Goodrow, Patrik Nemeth, Sammy Blais and Jarred Tinordi. Beyond that, we’re told that Drury was investigating signing Boston smashmouth purveyor Nick Ritchie as the day evolved. But with all that, Drury’s first summer in charge can be distilled to his call on Eichel. Supposed suitors are dropping out, just like the Sabres annually do in the playoff chase. Vegas might be in the mix after clearing out $7 million of space by unceremoniously shipping Marc-Andre Fleury to Chicago but the longer this plays out, the more it seems that Drury is negotiating against himself.' more
Is The Goaltending In Toronto Good Enough To Win The Cup?
from Michael Traikos of the National Post, While the Tampa Bay Lightning won back-to-back championships with four-time Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy as their unquestioned starter, the line between elite No. 1 goalie and flavour-of-the-month has never been so blurred — or so confusing. Maybe that is why so many teams are now treating the position as though it is the NHL’s version of a bullpen. It’s all about quantity — not quality — these days, with teams preferring tandems and riding the hot hand for all it’s worth, before discarding it once it goes cold. And so, Mrazek replaces Frederik Andersen as the Leafs’ 1B on a three-year deal where he and Campbell will presumably share the net. In a division that includes Vasilevskiy, Montreal’s Carey Price and Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky, you’d be hard-pressed to say that the Leafs have improved their chances of getting out of the first round. “It never felt for us like we had a tandem,” Leafs GM Kyle Dubas said of Campbell and Andersen, who evenly split the net last season. “It was just whoever was healthy was playing. Mrazek has done (a tandem) in Carolina, but also carried the ball as a starter. We think they will push each other.” At the same time, Dubas admitted that it’s not like the Leafs had the cap space to go “big-game hunting” for a big-name goalie. Even they did, why would they waste the money on a position where you don’t necessarily get what you pay for. read on
The Colorado Avalanche Paid Too Much For Darcy Kuemper
from Sean Keeler of the Denver Post, Say it ain’t so, Super Joe. Hey, a healthy Darcy Kuemper in the crease is worth taking a flier on. But is he worth taking a flying leap? Trading a first-round pick, a conditional third-round pick and 22-year-old defenseman Conor Timmins for a 31-year-old goaltender who’s made more than 29 regular-season starts just once since 2014? That’s not a win-now move. That’s a win-or-else move. As in, “Or else the fans start lighting torches.” Weren’t the Rockies the ones who were supposed to get weird this week? Did the Avalanche hire Jeff Bridich as a consultant? Did Colorado general manager Joe Sakic, the most respected team-builder in town, just get … Sakic-ed? Say it ain’t so, Super Joe. There’s a fine line between aggressive and desperate. The Kuemper deal, at first blush, somehow managed to combine both in one fell swoop. Necessary, yes. But did it have to be so painful? “Listen, I have all the faith in the world in Joe and C-Mac (assistant general manager Chris MacFarland),” Avalanche captain and winger Gabe Landeskog said early Wednesday, the morning after returning on an eight-year, $56 million deal, “and the team that they’ve obviously built and continue to build.” For Avs fans, though, that faith is about to be tested. continued
Pieces Are Falling Into Place For The Wings
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit Red Wings added a trusted veteran and a promising late bloomer to their lineup on the opening day of free agency. Forward Sam Gagner’s one-year extension clocked in before the NHL's so-called "silly season" began, continuing a relationship that began at the 2019-20 trade deadline. After his acquisition from Edmonton, he became a leader in the locker room and a calming, versatile presence on the ice. Later, in the afternoon, forward Pius Suter was signed for two years and a total of $6.5 million. A former juniors teammate of Tyler Bertuzzi and Robby Fabbri, Suter didn’t reach the NHL full-time until he was 24, posting 27 points in 55 games last season. The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t tend the 5-feet-11, 176-pound Swiss native a qualifying offer, but there was a fit for him with the Wings, who are desperate to improve their offense. Suter, a former Swiss League MVP who turned 25 in May, is expected to battle for a spot in the Wings' top six. Suter scored 14 goals last season, with five coming against the Wings. His first three of the season one game, Jan. 24 in a 6-2 Blackhawks win over the Wings in Chicago. After scoring 11 goals in Chicago's first 35 games, he only had three in their final 21. Suter wasn’t immediately available to media Wednesday. Gagner, who turns 32 in August, has shown how he can impact a rebuilding team. “I think when you’re going through something like that as an organization, you need veteran players that can help lead the way, but you need to be able to play,” Gagner said. “I think I still have a lot of game left. I kind of found myself in a new role last year that I really enjoyed — being able to play on the penalty kill and the power play, kind of anywhere in the lineup, in different positions, is something that I would consider an asset. “I’m looking forward to getting back there and helping the team grow in any way I can. We have a really good group, a great group of guys. I think we’re closer than people would expect. We’re a better team than people would expect.” continued ($$$)
Recap Of Day 1 UFA Period
via TSN, There was no shortage of content to talk about on the opening day of free agency as general managers across the NHL went wild with spending to lure UFAs to their team. The TSN Hockey panel breaks down the biggest moves of the day, which was headlined by Dougie Hamilton's massive deal in New Jersey. Watch at TSN.
The Colorado Avalanche About To Pay A High Price For A Goalie
Hearing the Coyotes are trading Darcy Kuemper to Colorado for a first-rounder pick and defenseman Conor Timmins. — Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) July 28, 2021
Vitek Vanece Back With The Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired goaltender Vitek Vanecek from the Seattle Kraken for a second round draft pick (originally acquired from the Winnipeg Jets) in the 2023 NHL Draft, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. The Kraken selected Vanecek from the Capitals in the NHL Expansion Draft on July 21. Vanecek, 25, made his NHL debut last season with the Capitals on Jan. 15 against the Buffalo Sabres. The 6’2”, 187-pound goaltender finished his rookie season with a 21-10-4 record, two shutouts, a 2.69 goals against average and a .908 save percentage, leading all rookie goaltenders in wins. The Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic, native became the second goaltender in franchise history to record 21 wins in his rookie season (Michal Neuvirth: 27 wins in 2010-11). Vanecek was named Rookie of the Month in January, becoming the fourth goaltender in franchise history to receive the honor (Neuvirth, Jim Carey and Bob Mason).
Give The GM Credit
Im not sure if Steve Yzerman looked into the future when he traded for goalie Alex Nedeljkovic, but can you imagine the asking price for him today if the Canes would have held onto him? Buffalo and Colorado need goalies, the prie for Nedeljkovic would have gone way up. Smart move, believe in the GM.
Linus Ullmark To Boston
BOS signed Ullmark because Rask, currently UFA, recently underwent hip surgery and recovery time is five to six months. When healthy, Rask may be interested in returning to BOS, and door may still be open for that, but what if Rask can’t or didn’t want to return? Hence Ullmark. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 28, 2021
Montreal Signs Mike Hoffman
The Canadiens have agreed to terms on a three-year contract (2021-22 to 2023-24) with forward Mike Hoffman. #GoHabsGo — Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 28, 2021
Pius Suter Signs With The Wings
UPDATE: The Detroit #RedWings today agreed to terms with center Pius Suter on a two-year contract. pic.twitter.com/2LLsXycHFj — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 28, 2021
A Two-Year Deal In Carolina For Antti Raanta
RALEIGH, N.C. – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Antti Raanta on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Raanta an average-annual value (AAV) of $2 million per season through 2022-23. “Antti is an established goaltender who has put up strong numbers in his career,” said Waddell. “We’re excited to add a veteran presence to our group.” Raanta, 32, earned a 5-5-2 record, 3.36 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 12 appearances for the Arizona Coyotes last season. In four seasons with Arizona from 2017-21, he posted a 46-42-11 record, 2.57 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and five shutouts. Raanta owns a career record of 93-65-20 with a 2.46 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and 13 shutouts in 198 career NHL games with the Coyotes, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks. The 6’0”, 198-pound netminder ranks sixth in save percentage and ninth in goals-against average among active NHL goalies with at least 150 career starts. Raanta is a former teammate of Teuvo Teravainen (Chicago, 2013-15), Jesper Fast and Brady Skjei (New York, 2015-17) and Jordan Martinook (Arizona, 2017-18). The Rauma, Finland, native represented his home country at the 2013 IIHF World Championship, registering a 4-3-0 record, 2.09 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in seven games at the tournament.
Video- It’s 4pm, What Has Happened So Far Today
Free agent frenzy lived up to all the hype and we wrap up the biggest deals on day 1 of free agency, pic.twitter.com/pUyAtQdXzf — TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 28, 2021
Zach Hyman Signing Is Official In Edmonton
(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent forward Zach Hyman to a seven-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $5.5 million. Hyman, 29, joins the Oilers after spending six seasons as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs where he appeared in 345 games recording 185 points (86G, 99A) along with 201 PIM and a plus/minus rating of +72. The 6’1”, 210-pound Toronto native saw action in 43 games last season and ranked fifth among Leaf forwards in goals (15) as well as points (33) with the third-highest plus/minus rating of +19. Seeing an average ice time of 19:32 per game, Hyman recorded eight multi-point games and notched at least one point in 24 of his 43 appearances.
Signing of Jaroslav Halak In Vancouver Is Official
Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed goaltender Jaroslav Halak to a one-year contract that includes $1.5 million in salary and $1.5 million in performance bonus eligibility. Halak, 36, appeared in 19 games for the Bruins last season including 17 starts, posting a 9-6-4 record to go along with a 2.53 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. The 5'11", 185-pound netminder is a two-time winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy (2012, 2020). He has played 539 career games over 15 NHL seasons split between Montreal, St. Louis, Washington, N.Y. Islanders, and Boston, registering a 281-173-62 record and a career 2.48 goals-against average. Since making his NHL debut in 2006.07, Halak ranks tied for fifth among all goaltenders with 52 shutouts. Halak has also made 39 NHL postseason appearances, posting a 17-20 record alongside a 2.48 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. His playoff highlights include backstopping the Montreal Canadiens to 2010 Eastern Conference Final and helping the Bruins reach game seven of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.
Brayden Point Signs A Long-Term Deal With The Tampa Bay Lightning
Brayden Point is now under contract with Tampa Bay for the next 9 seasons. Lightning lock up franchise cornerstone center long term one year before becoming a RFA. $9.5 million AAV matches Kucherov and Vasilevskiy for highest on #Bolts. — Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) July 28, 2021
Someone Fooled Me
Last post regarding Evgeny Svechnikov was fake, deleted.
Carolina Hurricanes Sign Tony DeAngelo
RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Tony DeAngelo on a one-year, $1 million contract. “Tony is a smooth-skating, puck-moving defenseman,” said Waddell. “We’ve done a lot of background work on this player and we are confident that he can be a positive addition to our group.” DeAngelo, 25, has posted 106 points (24g, 82a) in 206 career NHL games with the Rangers and Coyotes. The 5’11”, 180-pound blueliner registered career-highs in goals (15), assists (38), points (53), plus/minus (+12) and games played (68) during the shortened 2019-20 regular season. Among all NHL defensemen in 2019-20, DeAngelo ranked tied for fourth in goals and points. He represented the United States internationally at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. The Sewell, N.J., native was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round, 19th overall, of the 2014 NHL Draft.
Evgeny Svechnikov Is Back
Red Wings re-sign Evgeny Svechnikov to two-way deal — Bob McKenzie ?? (@RC_Tendy) July 28, 2021
Defenseman Jordan Oesterle Close To Signing With The Wings
Hearing the Detroit Red Wings are close to signing Coyotes UFA D-man Jordan Oesterle to a two-year deal. — Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) July 28, 2021
Philipp Grubauer Signs With Seattle
Numerous confirmations, 6 years, $5.9M AAV.
Phillip Danault Signs With The LA Kings
LOS ANGELES (July 28, 2021) – The LA Kings have signed unrestricted free agent forward Phillip Danault to a six-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $5,500,000 according to Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake. Danault, 28, helped lead the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Final last season with 24 points (5-19=24) and a plus-9 rating during 53 regular season games and four points (1-3=4) in 22 games during the postseason. He led all Montreal forwards during the regular-season in shorthanded time on ice and shorthanded time on ice per game. In addition, he led all NHL forwards in shorthanded time on ice and faceoff wins during the playoffs. The 6-1, 200-pound center has appeared in 392 career regular-season NHL games with the Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks, totaling 199 points (55-144=199) and a plus-44 rating while also adding nine points (2-7=9) in 28 postseason appearances. Since being acquired by Montreal from Chicago during the 2015-16 season, Danault led all Montreal players in plus/minus (+47), faceoff wins (3,083) and faceoff win percentage (53.8%). He also ranked third in shorthanded time on ice (first among forwards, 711:25) and 12th in shorthanded time on ice per game (second among forwards).
Dallas Stars Sign Braden Holtby
FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed goaltender Braden Holtby to a one-year, $2,000,000 contract. Holtby, 31, recorded a 7-11-3 record in 21 regular-season games played, all starts, with Vancouver in 2020-21. He finished the season with a 3.67 goals against average and a .889 save percentage. The veteran of 11 NHL seasons, and a Stanley Cup champion in 2018, has appeared in 489 career regular-season games for Washington and Vancouver, posting a 289-133-49 record with a .915 SV% and 2.58 GAA. His 35 shutouts since he entered the League in 2010-11 are ninth-most among all goalies, and since taking over as started in 2012-13, his 32 shutouts are tied for sixth-most along with Ben Bishop. In 97 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests, he has a 50-46-1 record with a 2.13 GAA, a .926 SV% and seven shutouts.
Two-Year Deal For Jonathan Bernier In New Jersey
Jonathan Bernier's two-year deal with the Devils worth $4.125M AAV — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 28, 2021
A Letter From Geoff Molson
MONTREAL - Canadiens Owner, President and CEO, Geoff Molson, has issued the following letter on the team's decision to draft Logan Mailloux. Message to everyone impacted by our decision:
Calgary Flames Add Nikita Zadorov And Blake Coleman
from TSN, The Calgary Flames have added offence and defence via different routes on Wednesday. The Flames acquired defenceman Nikita Zadorov from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a third-round pick and signed former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Blake Coleman to a six-year, $29.4 deal in free agency. Coleman will carry a cap hit of $4.9 million under the new deal. continued
Cedric Paquett Signs With Montreal
Cedric Paquette to Montreal, one year deal, $950k https://t.co/XjFKQU39Ui — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 28, 2021
James Reimer Signs With The San Jose Sharks
Reimer in San Jose, two years, $2.25M AAV https://t.co/UKBjmKzJ7H — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 28, 2021
Ryan Suter Deal In Dallas
Ryan Suter's deal with Dallas will be 4 times at $3.65M AAV. Dallas is where he sustained that serious leg/ankle injury in 2018 Zach Parise's reported deal with #isles, he had choices of 1 (with potential bonises), 2 and 3 years. We'll see what he chose. — Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) July 28, 2021
Carolina Gets Ethan Bear From Edmonton
RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired defenseman Ethan Bear from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Warren Foegele. “Ethan is a young, right-shot defenseman with offensive upside,” said Waddell. “We’re excited to add him to our team as he continues to grow as an NHL player.” Bear, 24, registered eight points (2g, 6a) in 43 games with the Oilers in 2020-21. The 5’11”, 197-pound blueliner has tallied 33 points (8g, 25a) in 132 career NHL games, all with Edmonton. He skated in 89 American Hockey League games over two seasons with Bakersfield from 2017-19, earning 49 points (12g, 37a). Bear posted 192 points (66g, 126a) in 264 Western Hockey League games with Seattle from 2013-17. He has represented Canada internationally at the 2015 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in 2015, winning bronze. The Regina, Sask., native was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round, 124th overall of the 2015 NHL Draft.
Frederik Andersen Signing In Carolina
Frederik Andersen contract with Carolina: two years, $4.5M AAV — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 28, 2021
Luke Glendening To Dallas
Glendening to DAL 2x1.5 — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 28, 2021
Luke Glendening Going To Free Agency
#RedWings made an offer to Luke Glendening, but I have a feeling he'll get a better one from another team and leave. We'll see. Free agency officially begins in 30 minutes. Finding right-handed shooting forwards might be difficult. — Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) July 28, 2021
Dougie Hamilton Signing With New Jersey
Doug Hamilton done deal with @NJDevils 7 years north of 60m. #jackpot @Line_Movement @littlebuddhaco @NHL #signingseason — Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) July 28, 2021
Petr Mrazek Will Sign With The Toronto Maple Leafs
3 years $3.8 per for Mrazek and Leafs. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 28, 2021
Nikita Zadoro Traded To Calgary By Chicago
Flames acquire Nikita Zadorov from Chicago in exchange for a third round pick (acquired from Toronto) in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. — John Shannon (@JShannonhl) July 28, 2021
Video- Kris Draper On The Prospects Taken In This Year’s NHL Draft
via the YouTube page of the Detroit Red Wings, Red Wings Director of Amateur Scouting Kris Draper evaluates the 8 prospects taken in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft with Daniella Bruce and Art Regner. Watch the 37 minute video below.
Another Year Of Sam Gagner In Detroit
UPDATE: The Detroit #RedWings today agreed to terms with center Sam Gagner on a one-year contract extension. pic.twitter.com/N23EbGboqR — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 28, 2021
The Latest Talk
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Lets do some quick predictions: EXTENSIONS Brayden Point: The Lighting announce an eight-year extension just under $9.5 million (the AAV for both Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy). Like the other two, Point’s worth every penny. Tampa continues its history of extending players the year before their contracts expire. Darnell Nurse: Reported Tuesday Edmonton was discussing a four-year extension for him. Both sides want to extend, but there is a debate about the term. We’ll see where it goes. Carter Verhaeghe: Great year for the Panthers, and something gets done on Wednesday. Not sure yet on Sam Reinhart. NEW Alexander Wennberg: Seattle Nick Foligno: Minnesota Zach Parise: Islanders Michael Bunting: Toronto Nick Ritchie: Tough to pin down, a lot of interest Brandon Sutter: Vancouver. A week ago, didn’t seem like this was going to happen, but that’s changed. Momentum. Cody Ceci: Edmonton Frederik Andersen: Arizona, Buffalo or Carolina more
Open Post- It’s UFA Day
12:00pm the starting gun goes off, watch on the NHL Network at 11:30am or the TSN feed on ESPN+. What are you hearing or hoping for, will the Wings make a surprise UFA signing today, anything else? Talk away.
Ryan Suter and DAL; Zach Parise and NYI; Michael Bunting and TOR; David Savard and MTL; Jaden Schwartz and SEA; Tony DeAngelo and CAR; Jaro Halak, Luke Schenn and VAN; Jake McCabe and CHI; Andrew Cogliano and SJ; Zach Hyman and EDM; David Rittich and NSH. Many more to come. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 28, 2021
Tyler Johnson Traded To Chicago
No salary retained in this deal. https://t.co/75GNfXEWLT — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 28, 2021 added 10:27pm, The #GoBolts traded Tyler Johnson (3 years @ $5M) & '23 2nd to #Blackhawks for Brent Seabrook (3 years @ $6.875M). The #GoBolts add $1.875M in Cap Hit, but with Seabrook on LTIR, they can exceed the cap by up to his $6.875M Cap Hit.https://t.co/Kio5pnmZzU — PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) July 28, 2021
Gabriel Landeskog Staying In Colorado
Landeskog re-signs in COL. 8 years — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 28, 2021 added 11:40pm, Deal is 8x$7M for the Avalanche captain — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 28, 2021 added 11:52pm, Press release is below.
Sabres Expansion Draft
The Buffalo Sabres finished with the worst record in the NHL this past season and have finished last in their division five times in the last eight seasons and their NHL odds was also very low. Their last playoff appearance came in the 2010-2011 season. As the NHL released the expansion protection lists for all 30 teams, there were little surprises on the list for the Sabres. After all, the team has little star power, so they have to protect as much as they can heading into next season.
Follow Along On UFA Day
Sportsnet Trades & Signings TSN Trade Tracker TSN Signings Watch NHL Network and TSN begin at 11:00am ET Sportsnet starts at 11:30am ESPN+ is picking up the TSN feed Bonus coverage starts now Below, find a Twtter list I have built over the years. Updates are automated, al you need to do is read and scroll.
Nate Schmidt Headed To Winnipeg
Pending the trade call the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks are completing a trade that sends Nate Schmidt to the Jets. Schmidt has to waive his NTC to facilitate. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 27, 2021
TSN Insiders Tonight
With Free Agent Frenzy fast approaching, TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger join James Duthie to discuss Marc-André Fleury's trade to the Blackhawks and get you caught up on all the rumours swirling around the NHL. Watch at TSN
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, Like many around the globe, Red Wings draft pick Carter Mazur put on 30 pounds during the pandemic. Unlike many, though, Mazur’s weight gain was intentional — and it’s made all the difference. Mazur’s transformation saw him explode into nearly a point-per-game player with the USHL’s Tri-City Storm in 2020-21. After getting passed on in his draft year of 2020, the centerman from Jackson was taken by the hometown Red Wings, 70th-overall, in Round 3 of Saturday’s NHL Draft. It was one of the feel-good stories of Detroit’s draft, but the celebration didn’t last long. Mazur had a game the next day at USA Hockey Arena’s World Junior Summer Showcase, an eight-day event from July 24-31. “Still waking up, knowing I’m drafted by this great organization that I’ve grown up in, in a way it’s just unbelievable,” Mazur said. “(But) the work is just beginning in a way.” Mazur is one of a handful of Wings prospects at USA Hockey Arena this week who have found ways to make the disruption work for them. A year ago, the idea that he would become a draft candidate with middle-six upside looked far from reality. continued ($$$) with more prospets...
News Of The Day, Twitter Style
Bob McKenzie tweets, UFA F Zach Parise, recently bought out by MIN, has some offers to consider. Likely to make a decision in next 24 hours. Parise did recently pay a visit to NYI. Obvious connection with NYI GM Lou Lamoriello. Meanwhile, nothing official by any means, but lots of chatter about Ryan Suter and DAL. Suter, of course, also bought out by MIN at same time as Parise. DAL looking to replace Jamie Oleksiak. Elliotte Friedman tweets, As expected, CBJ F Patrik Laine accepts his qualifying offer. So, his salary for the season is $7.5M. What's TB's history? Hedman, Kucherov & Vasilevskiy all extended one year before those contracts took effect. Something to watch tomorrow -- Brayden Point. One year remaining in current deal. Thinking eight years, around Kucherov & Vasilevskiy's $9.5M AAV. Okay, working on some stuff. Biggest one is probably Landeskog...hearing 7x7 is on the table, and there are discussions about the possibility of eight years. We will see where this goes. There are others who want him. Frank Seravlli tweets,
Video- Kelly McCrimmon On Trading Marc-Andre Fleury
via Sportsnet's YouTube page, Watch as Vegas Golden Knights Kelly McCrimmon gives an opening statement explaining the entire process of trading future hall-of-famer Marc-Andre Fleury to the Blackhawks, including the social media leaks, the rationale and the why behind the trade, what Fleury's reaction to the deal was, and most importantly thanks Fleury for all his amazing years of service in the organization, wishing him the best in the future.
Four-Year Contract For Pavel Buchnevich In St. Louis
ST. LOUIS - Pavel Buchnevich, who was acquired by the St. Louis Blues on Friday in a trade with the New York Rangers, has agreed to terms on a four-year, $23.2 million contract with the Blues. Buchnevich, 26, was acquired from the Rangers in exchange for Sammy Blais and a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 196-pound forward had spent his entire five-year career with New York, recording 195 points (79 goals, 116 assists) and 112 penalty minutes in 301 regular-season games. The Cherepovets, Russia native was originally drafted by the Rangers in the third round, No. 75 overall, of the 2013 NHL Draft.
On Unconditional Waivers Today
Twitter crashed on me and just getting it back after an hour. I appreciate you Twitter but don't do that again, especially the next 72 hours. from Sportsnet, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Braden Holtby, Edmonton Oilers winger James Neal and San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones have been placed on unconditional waivers for the purposes of buyouts. The Vancouver Canucks have placed Braden Holtby on unconditional waivers with the intention of completing a buy out. The move will allow the veteran netminder to become an unrestricted free agent. continued
A Five-Year Deal For Conor Garland In Vancouver
Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forward Conor Garland to a five-year contract worth an average annual value of $4.95 million. "We're pleased to have reached a long-term deal with Conor today," said Benning. "He's a skilled young player, who plays hard, produces offensively and will complement our top-six forward group." Garland, 25, recorded 39 points (12-27-39) and 26 penalty minutes in 49 games with Arizona last season, leading the team in assists (27) and ranking third in points (39). He tallied a career-high in goals (22) during the 2019.20 season, leading all Coyotes skaters in that category. The 5'10", 165-pound forward has played three NHL seasons with Arizona, collecting 96 points (47-49-96) in 164 career games played. In eight career postseason games, Garland has registered an additional two points (1-1-2).
Five More Years For Alex Ovechkin In Washington
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed captain Alex Ovechkin to a five-year, $47.5 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Ovechkin’s contract will carry an average annual value of $9.5 million. Ovechkin – who will enter the 2021-22 season in sixth place on the NHL’s all-time goals list – is under contract through the 2025-26 season. “Alex is a world-class athlete who will forever be regarded not only for leading the team to achieve our ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup, but also for inspiring the next generation of fans and youth players,” said Monumental Sports & Entertainment Founder and CEO Ted Leonsis. “The impact Alex has had on hockey in D.C. extends well beyond Capital One Arena. His performance on the ice has undoubtedly sparked countless new fans of the game and inspired more youth players to lace up skates of their own. Off the ice, Alex’s impact is equally unmatched. Not only is he committed to the franchise, but also to the community, and we look forward to seeing him in the Capitals uniform for years to come.”
Taro Hirose Gets A One-Year Deal
UPDATE: The Detroit #RedWings today agreed to terms with left wing Taro Hirose on a one-year contract extension. pic.twitter.com/cjNpGcU6vL — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 27, 2021
Marc-Andre Fleury Headed To Chicago
Fleury to Chicago. No salary retained. Nothing going back to Vegas. https://t.co/b7WmfygeZG — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 27, 2021
The Talk Today
from TSN, - There are no shortage of teams that will be looking for goaltenders when the free agent market opens on Wednesday. TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reported Monday the Toronto Maple Leafs have yet to offer Frederik Andersen a contract, despite holding talks on a potential deal. The Carolina Hurricanes currently have no goaltenders signed for next season, with LeBrun adding the team will likely have interest in Andersen on the market. As for the Maple Leafs, who are looking for a goaltender to play in tandem with Jack Campbell, LeBrun reports the team is expected to be interested in Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek should he reach free agency.... - It appears Ryan Getzlaf could leave the Anaheim Ducks after 16 seasons with the franchise. TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports that the two sides are not currently close on an extension and Getzlaf is readying himself to speak to teams when free agency opens. Getzlaf spent this season playing out the last of an eight-year, $66 million contract signed with the Ducks in 2013.... more on the above plus Johnny Gaudreau talk...
Preparing For UFA Day
The signing period for UFAs is at 12:00pm ET tomorrow, July 28th. Here is a list of unrestricted free agents (some have already agreed to terms, waiting to sign tomorrow), do you want any of these players or are you satisfied with the roster the way it is. Remember, the Wings mazy want to sign some of their UFAs or they may decide to let them walk. Discussion starts now.
Questions Of The Day
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com, Are the Buffalo Sabres going to trade Jack Eichel? All indications are that the Sabres will trade their captain. General manager Kevyn Adams said Saturday that he wouldn't have a problem if Eichel stayed in Buffalo, but the center's agents, Peter Fish and Peter Donatelli, told Sportsnet in a dual statement all discussions they've had with the Sabres revolve around a trade and that is their expectation.... Will the Vegas Golden Knights trade a goalie? It's possible the Golden Knights could move either Marc-Andre Fleury or Robin Lehner to free the cap space needed to fill other needs, including a No. 1 center. Fleury, who won the Vezina Trophy voted as the best goalie in the NHL this season, has one season remaining on a three-year, $21 million contract ($7 million average annual value) he signed with Vegas on July 13, 2018. Lehner has four years remaining on a five-year, $25 million contract ($5 million AAV) he signed Oct. 3, 2020.... What happens with Gabriel Landeskog and Philipp Grubauer? Landeskog, Colorado's forward and longtime captain, and Grubauer, who finished third in the Vezina Trophy voting this season, can become unrestricted free agents Wednesday. Colorado general manager Joe Sakic said he is hopeful of re-signing both players and that it was important for the Avalanche to re-sign defenseman Cale Makar to a six-year, $54 million contract ($9 million AAV) on Saturday because it gave them some cap clarity while working on deals for Landeskog and Grubauer.... more on each of th above plus more player questions...
Qualified By The Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings have qualified the following players: 1. Erne 2. Hronek 3. Lindstrom 4. Pearson 5. Smith 6. Vrana 7. Bertuzzi The following players did not receive a QO: 1. Mathias Brome 2. Christian Djoos 3. Evgeny Svechnikov 4. Hayden Verbeekhttps://t.co/uiV3ADpfgx — CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 27, 2021
Most Teams Have Released Their Qualifying Offers
via NHL.com, The deadline for NHL teams to issue qualifying offers to pending restricted free agents was 5 p.m. ET on Monday. By issuing the offers, teams are given the right of first refusal or draft choice compensation should the player sign an offer sheet with another team. Here is a list of players who received qualifying offers, as announced by teams. The Arizona Coyotes, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vegas Golden Knights have yet to announce who received qualifying offers.
Video- Alex Nedeljkovic In Action
11 1/2 minutes long. via awood40, Alex Nedeljkovic highlights from the shortened 2020-21 season (Carolina Hurricanes).
Plan For A Busy Week
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun, Teams are already trying to determine the course of action with their own pending UFAs so they can either sign them or move on to be better prepared for Wednesday. More than a few GMs went into serious deal mode as of Saturday night once their last draft picks were made and everyone had a better picture of what the expansion Seattle Kraken roster looked like. By Monday night, all restricted free agents knew if they were getting qualifying offers or not, setting a few up to join the UFA bonanza. Jack Eichel’s agents have let it be known he’s skating again, some added enticement for clubs concerned about his medical condition. In addition to his frustration with the ongoing cycle of losing in Buffalo, there is disagreement with the Sabres about treating the herniated disc in his neck. Eichel is said to want a disc replacement, an uncommon operation for an NHLer that the Sabres’ medical staff deems too risky. It’s a stance Eichel’s reps say underline their belief it’s best he move on. But five years with a $10-million US cap hit is a lot for any new team to take on, never mind the health issue and putting a trade package together. At 100% Eichel, on the other hand, is a game-changer for any club. In Denver, GM Joe Sakic is trying to calm fears that he’ll lose both captain Gabriel Landeskog and No. 1 goalie Philipp Grubauer, telling reporters that Wednesday does not equate to doomsday on their careers in Colorado. But Landeskog’s stated disappointment at the pace of talks has understandably made fans antsy. In Carolina, the Hurricanes are trying to keep second-team all-star defenceman Dougie Hamilton from walking. “We’re running across some deadlines here (and) deadlines are when things usually happen,” GM Don Waddell said post-draft. “I know Dougie’s very familiar with where we are. We still know what his thoughts are, and it’s up to his agent, (J.P. Barry) and I to figure it out, It’s got to fit for him and for us. But I feel pretty good that we’ll be able to get this done.” read on
Florida Sends Anton Stralman To Arizona
FLA/ARIZ deal is Stralman, Vladislav Kolyachonok (52nd in 2019), and a 2nd in 2024 for a 7th in 2023. @PierreVLeBrun had Stralman approval — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 26, 2021
A Two-Year Deal For Gustav Lindstrom
UPDATE: The Detroit #RedWings today agreed to terms with defenseman Gustav Lindstrom on a two-year contract extension. pic.twitter.com/fXn6O7Xx9A — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 26, 2021
Would You Trade Mitch Marner For Rasmus Dahlin?
from Travis Yost of TSN, One of the biggest challenges they have right now is a top-heavy roster on the cap front – not an issue for teams winning through their stars, but again, that hasn’t been the case in Toronto. Although Auston Matthews appears worth every penny, players like Mitch Marner ($10.9-million AAV) continue to be evaluated. Top-pairing defenceman Morgan Rielly’s contract is another issue. The deal expires at the end of next season and he is looking at a raise, one he probably can’t get in Toronto, which would put another hole in the blueline.... Even on an expensive deal, few teams have the assets to trade for a player like Marner. That’s where Sabres defenceman Rasmus Dahlin comes into play. The former first-overall pick (2018) has shown signs of brilliance in Buffalo, but it’s been rather inconsistent, and the 2020-21 season was particularly ugly. The offensive playmaking and distributing ability is there in spades; so too, unfortunately, was shoddy off-the-puck play. What’s hard to tell is how much the Sabres acted as an anchor on Dahlin’s production versus how much Dahlin contributed to Buffalo’s struggles – though just 21 and clearly still developing, it cannot be discounted that Dahlin (who averaged nearly 22 minutes a night last season) was contributory on that front. more and perhaps a few more parts...
No Qualifying Offer For Evgeny Svechnikov
from Ansar Khan of Mlive, The Detroit Red Wings might be parting ways with Evgeny Svechnikov, their first-round pick from 2015 who has battled through injuries and struggled to get a foothold in the NHL. The Red Wings will not tender a qualifying offer to Svechnikov by Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline, making him an unrestricted free agent. They are open to signing him to a two-way contract if he doesn’t sign elsewhere when free agency begins on Wednesday, Svechnikov’s agent, Todd Diamond, said. “We’ll see what things look like (in the market) and regroup from there,” Diamond said. “It’s been a while (for Svechnikov in the organization), he’s had a lot of injuries. He could have gotten a new opportunity last season. He played hurt. It didn’t happen. “Maybe it’ll work out for the best and he’ll get a chance to compete with another team.” continued
Video- Marc Staal’s Media Availability Today
10 minutes long.
Patrik Nemeth Expected To Sign With The New York Rangers
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, The marriage cannot be consummated until the market officially opens at noon on Wednesday, but The Post has learned that the Rangers are expected to fortify their defense by signing 29-year-old Swedish free agent Patrik Nemeth once the bell rings. Nemeth, who went to the Avalanche from the Red Wings as a rental in the days prior to the trade deadline, is another one of those hard-to-play-against guys whom general manager Chris Drury has targeted since taking command on May 5. The deal would likely be for two or three years, worth between $2.25-$2.75 million per season. The Avalanche have given permission to Nemeth to speak to other teams in advance of the opening of the market. contnued
Sam Bennett Signing Is Official In Florida
SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has re-signed forward Sam Bennett to a four-year contract. "Sam's impact on our club this past season was seen immediately, injecting physicality, skill and energy into our lineup," said Zito. "We are thrilled to have him in our Panthers lineup and look forward to what he can bring to our offense in the upcoming 2021-22 season."
Where Do The UFAs Sign?
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Nothing like putting yourself out there to look stupid, but it’s been a long year so what the heck: Free agency... Dougie Hamilton: New Jersey David Savard: Montreal Gabriel Landeskog: not hugely confident in this prediction, but he and Colorado find a way Blake Coleman: the prediction is, he gets 6x5 Jaden Schwartz: Seattle, basically done during the Kraken’s exclusive window Brandon Saad: St. Louis, Islanders, Pittsburgh or Los Angeles Kyle Palmieri: haven’t heard a thing, which means the Islanders probably have him locked up Phillip Danault: Los Angeles takes a surprise look Alec Martinez: stays in Vegas Alex Goligoski: Minnesota Derek Forbort: Boston Zach Hyman: Edmonton. Makes me feel I’m getting one right Alexander Ovechkin: 3x10 to stay in Washington Ryan Suter: Dallas Florida: locks up Sam Bennett, Sam Reinhart and Carter Verhaeghe. much more talk as UFA Day approaches...
Steve Yzerman This Morning
Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman joined us this morning. We talked about: * the 2021 draft class * what went into two big recent trades * if we can expect a big signing in free agency Listen here: https://t.co/ZL5vLV46as — Stoney & Jansen with Heather (@StoneyJansen) July 26, 2021
KK- Update On The Donation Drive
Since kicking off the donation drive on Thursday, July 22nd, 55 donations have been made ranging from $5 to $125. Thanks to all who have contributed and there is room for more. Donation options are: I prefer payment via PayPal and also have a GoFundMe account set up too. Another payment method I'm using is Zelle, which is a way to send a donation through your bank. The email address to use is pk at kuklaskorner dot com Here is the original post and this post will remain at the top of KK through tomorrow, then UFA Day takes over.
Give The Wings An “A”
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, The highlights from the Detroit Red Wings’ 2021 draft: Having a kid from Detroit tee up the first pick, making the best of the first pick after the top-rated centers were off the board and, finally, adding a potential franchise goaltender to the farm system. Whether any of the eight prospects the Wings selected over the weekend will have an impact on the rebuild won’t be known for years. However, in the immediate aftermath of the draft, general manager Steve Yzerman and his hockey operations staff deserve an A for how they used the picks.... At one point, Yzerman had 12 picks in the draft. It’s an obvious advantage, like buying tickets for the lottery. The Wings have an incredible history of finding gems in later rounds: Nicklas Lidstrom (third, 1989), Sergei Fedorov (fourth, 1989), Vladimir Konstantinov (11th, 1989), Pavel Datsyuk (sixth, 1998), Henrik Zetterberg (seventh, 1999) and Tomas Holmstrom (10th, 1994). But this year, it made sense to use four of them as trade chips to add prospects in Cossa and Buium and established players in Nick Leddy and Alex Nedeljkovic. Ultimately, whether Yzerman made the right choices in this draft will be determined down the road. However, it looks like he added players who have the promise to help shape the Wings into a competitive team. more (paid)
Name The UFAs
Who are these UFAs? from Luke Fox of Sportsnet in a look at the 12 Top UFAs, - “I really enjoy it here. I've got some really good friends, met really, really good people in the room and away from the room, off the ice too,” (the UFA) said on June 11. “I have nothing bad to say about my experience here and being a (his current team), and I've really enjoyed it. Hopefully we can keep going.” - “I’m still hopeful that we can agree on something and come to terms, but if it was up to me, I would have liked it to be done eight months ago, 10 months ago.” - “I think we see across the league that if you want to win, then you need three quality centre players and players who are good at both ends of the ice,” (the player) said. “I know who I am, and I know what I can bring to a team. And I know I can win.” more
Wings Sign Marc Staal For One Year
UPDATE: The Detroit #RedWings today agreed to terms with defenseman Marc Staal on a one-year contract extension. pic.twitter.com/ajdvbGxDq1 — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 25, 2021
Focusing On Signings, Trades And UFAs
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com, Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams said after the first round of the draft Friday that he is fielding calls on Eichel. He said he spoke to Eichel's agent, Peter Fish, twice Saturday, and has not ruled out keeping him the Buffalo captain. "I would have no problem at all if Jack Eichel is on our team when we start training camp," Adams said. "I have said this before and I'll say it again: If we are in a position that we believe will help our franchise not just short term but for the long term in building this out, building around a core and a foundation of critical assets, then we'd be open to look at that. If we didn't have that on the table or don't think that makes sense, then we don't do something. But, yeah, I have no problem with Jack being here." The expansion Seattle Kraken plan to be active entering the free agent market for the first time. "Certainly we think there are some players in free agency that we'd like to have a discussion with, and hopefully we're able to convince them to come and join our organization," Kraken general manager Ron Francis said. Several teams have already addressed needs through trades or signing their own would-be free agents. The Colorado Avalanche got defenseman Cale Makar, a pending restricted free agent, under contract for six years and $54 million ($9 million average annual value). They'd like to re-sign forward Gabriel Landeskog and goalie Philipp Grubauer; each can become an unrestricted free agent. more
Selling New Jersey
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, ...as this year’s free-agent market is set to open on Wednesday, the Devils have found a different way. Slap Shots has learned that the team has sent an email to agents extolling the virtues of playing for the organization and in New Jersey. Who needs breakfast at Tiffany’s? “Jersey is an incredible place to play and live. Players who come here quickly realize all that the state has to offer,” general manager Tom Fitzgerald writes. “We are close to major cities, beautiful beaches, fine dining and a myriad of entertainment options. We are also home to many welcoming communities. In fact, many Devils’ families were built and grown right here in the Garden State. “I have a distinct vision of the culture we are building here and what we look for in players. I expect them to be committed to who we are and what we are, to compete day-in and day-out, regardless of skill level, and to be accountable to teammates, coaches, and most importantly, themselves. We will challenge our team to strive for excellence because I know we are on our way there.” The email includes a link to a dedicated site meant to be shared with prospective free agents that features ownership, the organization (“FIRST CLASS ORGANIZATION”), the staff, the fans and the community. more plus other notes like this... Gerry Johansson, the agent for Luke Prokop, was driving along the other night when he received a call from someone outside of the hockey world asking for the cell number of the 19-year-old Predators prospect who on Monday became the first active player under an NHL contract to publicly come out as gay. The agent gave the caller the young man’s digits. And when Prokop next heard the ring, the man on the other end of the line was Elton John.
A Good Or Bad Weekend
from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet, The NHL Draft started with a flurry of trade action, some surprising picks, and a long second day that wasn't quite as busy on the player movement front. Friday and Saturday set the stage for what should be a busy week ahead, especially with so many rumoured deals still hanging -- including the biggest in Jack Eichel -- and free agency looming on Wednesday. Here are some of our winners and losers from a wild draft weekend. WINNERS Columbus Blue Jackets Knowing they had to trade another star -- this time Seth Jones, one year from free agency -- the the Columbus Blue Jackets were in a tough situation with a potentially gloomy outcome. A rebuild, retool, whatever you want to call it, was incoming, but how to start off on the right foot? Columbus ended up trading Jones to Chicago for puck-moving 20-year-old blueliner Adam Boqvist, a 2021 second-rounder and a 2022 first-rounder. The two teams also swapped 2021 first-rounders, so the Blue Jackets moved up 20 slots to 12th overall. They took Cole Sillinger with the selection, a hard-nosed centre with goal scoring upside and NHL bloodlines. From Columbus' perspective, it's a huge win for the rebuild. Boqvist has two NHL seasons under his belt and a lot of promise -- and how good will the Hawks be next season? The 2022 pick Chicago gave up is top-three protected, but Columbus could end up with another mid-round selection there potentially. continued
The Goaltending Situation In Carolina
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer, Waddell and the Canes traded goalie Alex Nedeljkovic to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. Again, it was a money thing. Nedeljkovic was a restricted free agent with arbitration rights and seemed more than willing to go to arbitration and let a mediator determine his salary. Instead, Nedeljkovic was traded for the rights to Red Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier and a 2021 third-round pick. Just like that, a goalie who was a 2021 Calder Trophy finalist and a fan favorite was dealt away, leaving a number of Canes fans confused and irked that the guy known as “Ned” was leaving. “The Ned thing is tough,” Waddell said. “Ned played good here. We got in a situation, he’s been in the organization for five years, we’ve watched him for five years. He played good here, he had 20-something good hockey games. We just felt that with the situation that we were in, he had [arbitration] rights, we couldn’t work out a deal and maybe we need more experienced goalies in here. “We made a decision as an organization. Everybody was involved — goalie coaches, coaches, ownership, everybody. We didn’t sit down on an island and make this call. You watch a player and you find out what he’s all about. He got on an unbelievable hot streak this year. We can’t deny that. He’s such a great kid and you’re happy for him and wish him nothing but success. But we also thought that going forward maybe we wanted to go with a more veteran-looking goaltending duo.”... Will a Mrazek-Bernier tandem eventually be the “veteran-looking” duo Waddell mentioned? Maybe. “We’re wide open,” Waddell said. “We’re approaching it that we think it’s an opportunity for all these guys because we don’t have a starting goalie. We’re approaching this open-minded.” more plus the Canes trying to sign Dougie Hamilton before UFA day on July 28th...
Leafs Won’t Do A Sign And Trade With Zach Hymen
from Kristen Shilton of TSN, According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, Hyman is set to sign a long-term deal with the Edmonton Oilers when free agency officially begins next week. Dubas had subsequently been engaged with Oilers’ GM Ken Holland on a sign-and-trade that would have allowed Hyman to ink a max-term eight-year deal with Edmonton. But Dreger reported on Saturday those talks proved fruitless. Dubas and the Leafs placed a high value on the cap savings that eighth year would bring Edmonton, and the Oilers weren’t willing to meet their expectations. “We know what the value is of the eighth year with the cap savings and so if there's a fair deal to be made to do that, we'll do that,” Dubas told reporters on a Zoom call Saturday, following the conclusion of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. “But we've been in that situation before [too], and the other GMs aren't helping you out there; they’re pulling the pin from the grenade and they're throwing it to you. I know there's a narrative that we should just get something but you're saving a team significant dollars on the salary cap and that comes with the cost, and we're not going to bend on [what we think is fair].” Hyman, 29, has played the entirety of his career to date in Toronto, amassing 85 goals and 185 points in 345 career games. Dreger reiterated on Saturday that the deal in place for Hyman now with Edmonton will be for seven years and is likely to carry an average annual value of $5.5 million. read on
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, The Wings are seeking that level of leadership. "We're looking for kids that have good character, that's important," general manager Steve Yzerman said. "We want them to be driven and be good people in the organization. "We want to draft kids that are good solid kids, who have enough ability in some form or another that have a chance to play in the league and are real driven and motivated." Yzerman and Kris Draper, the Wings' director of amateur scouting, were both key pieces of the team's leadership structure through three Stanley Cups and multiple years of success. They understand how significant character is to winning, and want to implement those qualities into the future rosters. "Any time you can add prospects who have been captains, 17- or 18-year-old prospects, it's important for the Detroit Red Wings, important for Steve," Draper said. "We feel we've drafted good people, good prospects and character individuals. "A lot of the guys will do what they can to find ways to play. They know they have a lot of work to do." continued from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Notes And Numbers On The NHL Draft
NEW YORK (July 24, 2021) -- A total of 223 players from 14 countries and 38 leagues worldwide were selected in the 2021 NHL Draft, held virtually Friday (Round 1) and Saturday (Rounds 2-7). Following is a breakdown of draft picks by position, birth country and league:
Detroit Draft Report Day 2
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today selected six players during the second day of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. The Red Wings began the day by trading up in the second round to draft defenseman Shai Buium (36th overall), then selected left wing Carter Mazur in the third round (70th overall), center Red Savage (114th overall), center Liam Dower Nilsson (134th overall), defenseman Oscar Plandowski (155th overall) and center Pasquale Zito (166th overall).
Video- Steve Yzerman And Kris Draper After Day 2 Of The NHL Draft
Starting very soon.
Sam Reinhart Trade From Buffalo To Florida Is Official
The Sabres have acquired goaltender Devon Levi and a first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Sam Reinhart. pic.twitter.com/6VowODArDo — Sabres PR (@SabresPR) July 24, 2021
Tony DeAngelo Is An Unrestricted Free Agent
NEW YORK, July 24, 2021 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has bought out the contract of defenseman Tony DeAngelo. DeAngelo skated in 167 games with the Rangers over parts of four seasons (2017-18 – 2020-21), registering 19 goals and 73 assists for 92 points, along with 139 penalty minutes.
Video- Shai Buium Meets With The Media
Nine minutes long. Also, if there are any more videos of Detroit prospects, you can watch the at Detroit's YouTube page. r
Cam Atkinson To Philadelphia Jakub Voracek To Columbus
TRADE: #CBJ have acquired forward Jakub Voracek from the @NHLFlyers in exchange for forward Cam Atkinson. Voracek was originally drafted seventh overall (2007) by the Blue Jackets and posted 39-95-134 in 241 career games with the club from 2008-11. — CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) July 24, 2021
Mike Smith Signing Is Official In Edmonton
EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have signed goaltender Mike Smith to a two-year contract extension with an average annual value of $2.2 million, the team announced Saturday. The 39-year-old is coming off a strong season that saw him post a 21-6-2 record in 32 regular season appearances, including three shutouts, a 2.31 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. Smith has played 642 career NHL games with the Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Arizona Coyotes and Oilers, compiling a 283-254-76 record with 42 shutouts, a 2.69 GAA and .912 save percentage.
Open Post- Day 2 Of The 2021 NHL Draft
Watch on the NHLN, SN and SN NOW beginning at 11:00am ET. Detroit picks today- Round 2 #38, Round 3 #70, Round 4 #102 & #128, Round 5 #134 and Round 6 #166. An active discussion in the open post from Day 1, let the conversation continue.
A Six-Year Deal For Cale Makar In Colorado
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has signed defenseman Cale Makar to a six-year contract through the 2026-27 season. Makar, 22, was a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman and was named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 2020-21. He recorded 44 points (8g/36a) in 44 games, the only NHL blueliner to average a point-per-game last year. Makar joined Steve Duchesne (82 points in 82 contests with Quebec in 1992-93) as the only defensemen in franchise history to average a point-per-game in a single season (among qualified players). The 5-foot-11, 187-pound rearguard was the first defenseman to average a point-per-contest at age 22 or younger since Brian Leetch with the New York Rangers in 1990-91 (1.10).
Videos- The Montreal Canadiens Drafting Of Logan Mailloux
via Sportsnet's YouTube page, Marc Bergevin directly addressed the controversial decision to draft Logan Mailloux, and explained why the organization felt comfortable taking on the player. Below, the ESPN crew discuss.
Video- Missed Day 1 Of The NHL Draft?
Watch every pick in 6 1/2 minutes.
Seth Jones On His Way To Chicago
Emly Kaplan, Chris Johnston and Frank Seravalli all with thd tweet. For picks and a player. Trade call hasn’t happened yet. But Seth Jones indeed headed to Chicago https://t.co/C2Hb72F5BR — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 23, 2021 added 6:59pm, $9.5 aav for Jones. 7 years. https://t.co/yXFpZnlSQS — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 23, 2021 He still has a year left on current contract. added 7:05pm, It's 8 years, not 7, AAV is the same. added 7:45pm, one more update belw.
Sebastian Cossa Certainly Is A Confident Goalie
from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now, Sebastian Cossa’s confidence level might loom almost as large as his towering frame. Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman swapped first-round picks with the Dallas Stars in order to grab Edmonton Oil Kings netminder Cossa with the 15th pick of the 2021 NHL entry draft. The move made Cossa the first goaltender selected in the draft – exactly as it should be, according to Cossa. “I thought I had a strong season,” Cossa said. “My play kind of earned it for me. The confidence I have in my game, I think I’m going to be the best goalie in the draft. “ I think I got picked where I should be.” At 6-foot-6, 210 poiunds, Cossa is a towering presence between the pipes. He posted a WHL-leading .941 save percentage in 19 games last season. “When I’m at the top of my crease, there’s not a lot to shoot at,” Cossa said. “Still recognizing that and patterning my game after that. My hands don’t have to move as much. My depth control is a big focus part for me. “There’s bigger holes with bigger goalies but when I’m seeing the puck very well I definitely use my size to my advantage.” continued
Notes From Day 1 Of The NHL Draft
NEW YORK (July 23, 2021) -- Following are notes from the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft, held virtually Friday night. Rounds 2-7 will begin at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, July 24 (NHL Network, Sportsnet, SN NOW). SABRES SELECT OWEN POWER WITH FIRST OVERALL PICK The Buffalo Sabres selected University of Michigan defenseman Owen Power first overall. The 6-6, 213 lb. Mississauga, Ont., native was the No. 1-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. Power recorded 3-13—16 in 26 games with the Wolverines during his freshman season in 2020-21. Buffalo selected first overall for the fourth time in franchise history: Gilbert Perreault (No. 1 in 1970) was the first-ever draft pick in Sabres history and still holds franchise records for games played, goals, assists and points; Pierre Turgeon (No. 1 in 1987) ranks seventh in career points by a first overall pick (515-812—1,327); and Rasmus Dahlin (No. 1 in 2018) has led Buffalo blueliners in points in each of his first three NHL campaigns.
Videos- Simon Edvinsson And Sebastian Cossa Tonight
Detroit picks in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft. Simon Edvinsson up first, Sebastian Cossa is below. added 11:29pm, Detroit press release on Cossa is below.
Stream- Steve Yzerman And Kris Draper After Tonight’s NHL Draft
Coming soon. added 11:48pm, below watch an interview with Simon Edvinsson
Late Evening Line- Bob McKenzie
Mailloux was ranked 35th on TSN’s final draft rankings, but many NHL clubs who still “ranked” Mailloux on their respective draft lists indicated they would not be drafting Mailloux because of his criminal action in Sweden. It was stunning to hear his name called in the 1st round. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 24, 2021
The First Round Of The 2021 NHL Draft
I'll be addig the picks to this post. Owen Power goes to Buffalo with the #1 pick. Seattle pick is Matthew Berniers.
A Four-Year Deal For Taylor Hall In Boston
BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, July 23, that the team has signed forward Taylor Hall to a four-year contract with an annual NHL cap hit of $6 million. "The Bruins are excited that Taylor wanted to remain a Boston Bruin and we are thrilled to have signed him to a multi-year contract," said Sweeney. "He is an impact player that brings speed, scoring, skill and two-way commitment to our lineup. He fit seamlessly into our locker room and will be an integral part of our organization's goal to compete for the Stanley Cup." Hall, 29, was acquired by the Bruins at the 2021 NHL trade deadline. In 16 regular season games with the Bruins, Hall recorded eight goals and six assists for 14 points. In 11 playoff games, the 6-foot-1, 206-pound forward tallied three goals and two assists for five points.
Open Post- 2021 NHL Draft
The NHL Draft begins at 8:00pm ET on ESPN2, SN, SN NOW, and TVAS. The Wings have the 6th and 22nd picks in the 1st round. Turning this over to you for your comments and have some fun tonight.
Zach Hyman is Going To End Up In Edmonton
Toronto and Edmonton will work on compensation agreement for Hyman. I don’t believe the Oilers are interested in giving up more than a late round draft pick. Oilers seem fine with a 7 or 8 year agreement. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 23, 2021
Arizona Coyotes-Vancouver Canucks Trade
Beagle, Eriksson, Roussel and 9th overall pick are coming back. GM Bill Armstrong has been active. I think other picks are also involved. https://t.co/dkkiAWGSt1 — Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) July 23, 2021
New York Rangers-St. Louis Blues Trade
Blais and a 2nd give the NYR more flexibility financially moving forward. https://t.co/S7MAntDlXT — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 23, 2021
via the Philadelphia Fyers, The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for the club's first round pick (13th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft, the Flyers' own second round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and defenseman Robert Hagg, according to President of Hockey Operations & General Manager, Chuck Fletcher.
30 Trade Targets
from Frank Seravalli of The Daily Faceoff, Happy NHL Draft Day 2021. There’s plenty on the move, so hurry up and dive in to read about the 30 Trade Targets in play before everything changes. 1. Jack Eichel Center, Buffalo Sabres Age: 24 Contract: 5 years remaining at $10 million AAV Scoop: The asking price for Eichel seems to be “fantastical” by all accounts. Teams are on high alert in the hours leading up to the first round of the NHL Draft. The Rangers, for one, were calling around to teams inquiring about a pick inside the Top 10 – believed to be part of the ask from Buffalo to get into the Eichel ballpark. Buffalo wants a futures-type transaction with multiple picks and prospects. It’s still difficult to imagine a scenario in which Eichel returns to the Sabres next season, but this weekend should be a strong indicator of the odds on that. 2. Seth Jones Right Defense, Columbus Blue Jackets Age: 26 Contract: 1 year remaining at $5.4 million AAV Scoop: There is no doubt the Chicago Blackhawks are working hard to pry Jones loose from Columbus. The belief is Chicago is not willing to part with either Alex DeBrincat or Kirby Dach in a deal. The leverage Chicago has is there are few markets where Jones is willing to sign long-term – and that have the ability or interest in trading for him. Chicago is one of them. The difficulty for Columbus is teams do not want to pay twice, both the acquisition cost to get him, then the cost to sign him. continued
Videos- Alex Nedeljkovic And Michael Rasmussen Meet With The Media
Nedeljkovic first, 18 1/2 minutes. Rasmussen is below.
On Waivers Today For Buyout Purposes
Tony DeAngelo (NYR) and Lean Bergmann (SJ) are on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout. — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 23, 2021
Videos- Nedeljkovic Saves And Larkin Questions
Four minutes to watch the saves from Alex Nedeljkovic in 2021. Below, a few questions for Dylan Larkin.
What Will The Wings Do With Their Two First Round Picks Tonight? What Do You Want Them To Do?
Detroit has the 6th and 22nd pick in the 1st round of the NHL Draft tonight, 8pm ET on ESPN2, SN, SN NOW, and TVAS. So this is a two part question, feel free to answer one, both or none. What will the Wings do with their first round picks tonight and/or what do you want them to do? No rules to this, have some fun and let's drop the puck (in 83 days).
Morning Line- Larry Brooks
The Rangers have made a considerable financial commitment to Goodrow. That was the easy part. Now management must make the commitment to build a unit around the new man and put him in a position in which he can make the most impact. If not, if the idea is to just throw him onto a line with, say, Kreider and Filip Chytil, the Rangers might just as well have given the money to me. -Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on the Rangers.