It’s an unusual fall offseason, and New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is trying to keep the core of his team together, for the most part anyway. He has already traded defenseman Devon Toews to the Colorado Avalanche for a second-round pick in 2021 and 2022. Make no mistake though, the offseason is far
Despite the New York Islanders’ recent success, it’s a difficult time for the team. Franchises like the Isles, on the cusp of being a perennial contender, saw this offseason as a chance to improve via free agency. Their hopes were quickly dashed as the trade market to unload burdensome contracts appears to have come to
In a recent interview with Toronto media, Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas expressed his excitement over signing Joe Thornton and why he thinks the veteran will be a great fit. Dubas specifically points out Thornton’s skill set, leadership, and locker room presence as assets. Check it out: It makes perfect sense that the Maple
It’s official, the Vancouver Canucks have now lost all of their key free agents to different teams. Chris Tanev and Jacob Markstrom are with the Calgary Flames, Troy Stecher is with the Detroit Red Wings and now Tyler Toffoli is a member of the Montreal Canadiens. General manager Jim Benning has since traded for Nate
The San Jose Sharks have re-upped right-winger Kevin Labanc to a four-year contract worth $18.9 million. Labanc’s Bet on Himself Has Paid Off Handsomely Last July, after notching an impressive 17 goals and 39 assists for 56 points in 2018-19, Labanc inexplicably signed a paltry one-year, $1 million deal with the Sharks after the summation
When the New York Rangers went out and signed left-handed defenseman Jack Johnson as a free agent, they once again fell into the pitfall of veteran presence. Young teams love to talk about getting a veteran to show their young players the ropes and teach them how to succeed and to be a “character guy” but
Marc Bergevin’s busy offseason continued on Wednesday as the general manager of the Montreal Canadiens announced the signing of Brendan Gallagher to a six-year contract extension with an average annual value of $6.5 million. The 28-year-old winger, who has spent his entire eight-year NHL career with the Canadiens, was eligible to become an unrestricted free
This past weekend, the Detroit Red Wings signed defenseman Troy Stecher to a 2-year, $1.7 million AAV contract. Previously a member of the Vancouver Canucks, Stecher was not qualified by his former team, which allowed GM Steve Yzerman to sign the 26-year-old. It’s a signing that makes perfect sense for the Red Wings, who appear
The Calgary Flames have begun a trend of bringing in players from their enemy to the west after signing two former Vancouver Canucks on Friday. Defenceman Christopher Tanev agreed to a four-year contract, earning $4.5 million per season, and the deal came just several hours after the Flames also added Tanev’s teammate, goalie Jacob Markstrom.
The Vegas Golden Knights entered the free agency period with multiple questions surrounding them. The main one dealt with how they were going to be salary cap compliant after signing Robin Lehner to a five-year contract extension. However, despite the multiple limitations they had going into “Free Agent Frenzy,” the Golden Knights were able to
Patrik Marleau will be returning to the San Jose Sharks for his 21st season with the franchise, as the club has signed him to a one-year deal worth $700,000. Sharks Legend Marleau Simply Belongs in Teal and Black Marleau, 41 years old, is Sharks royalty and is their all-time leader in most statistical categories, including:
The Chicago Blackhawks have signed forward Mattias Janmark to a one-year deal worth $2.25 million. Janmark will join the team in hopes to add a solid two-way forward, along with adding depth to the roster. What the Blackhawks Are Getting With Janmark With the Blackhawks signing Janmark, they’re adding an upgrade from Drake Caggiula but
A huge domino has fallen as Alex Pietrangelo – who was considered to be not only the best defenseman available in free agency but possibly the best player in general – has signed with the Vegas Golden Knights. After days of speculation connecting the defender to the Golden Knights, a deal finally came to fruition
Cam Talbot, who spent last season with the Calgary Flames, has signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Wild worth $11 million – a $3.67 million cap hit. Before manning the crease for the Flames in the Edmonton bubble, Talbot got his start in the league as Henrik Lundqvist’s understudy with the New York Rangers.
One day before the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas spoke to the media and made it very clear that his focus this offseason was to make his team tougher to play against. Dubas stated that whether it was through free agency or trades, he would do whatever he could
Defenseman Tyson Barrie signed a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers worth $3.75 million. Drafted 64th overall in the 2009 Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche, Barrie spent eight seasons in the Avalanche organization before heading to the Toronto Maple Leafs last summer as part of the deal that sent Nazem Kadri to the Avalanche.
The Dallas Stars have re-signed Anton Khudobin to a three-year contract worth $3.5 million annually. It is the longest contract of Khudobin’s NHL career. Khudobin Cashes in on Superb 2019-20 and Great Playoff Performance After spending most of his career as a backup to or in tandem situations with goaltenders such as Cam Ward in
On Friday, the first day of free agency, two Vancouver Canucks fixtures moved about 1000 kilometers east. First, it was Jacob Markstrom; then it was Chris Tanev. One after another, the veteran Canucks players signed with the Calgary Flames. Related: 3 Greatest Canucks’ Forwards of All Time Both moves, I admit, totally caught me by