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Union and Blue

Columbus Blue Jackets Fans: Enjoy Artmei Panarin While You Can

The Columbus Blue Jackets forward is undoubtedly the most skilled player in franchise history. When the Columbus Blue Jackets acquired star forward Artemi Panarin just a year ago, not many people expected the mass panic it would cause a year later. Even if Panarin is planning on testing free agency, there’s still an entire season […] Columbus Blue Jackets Fans: Enjoy Artmei Panarin While You Can - Union and Blue - Union and Blue - A Columbus Blue Jackets Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Hockey Writers

Philadelphia Flyers 2018-19 Season Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers didn’t do much in free agency even though the team had a lot of cap space. General manager Ron Hextall made two big moves in landing a top-six forward and a depth defenseman. Will these two moves get them into the playoffs and past the first round? The Flyers got better in […] The post Philadelphia Flyers 2018-19 Season Preview appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Toronto Sun

Hyman talking up a storm with Tavares as gets accustomed to new Leafs centre

Zach Hyman didn’t personally know John Tavares before the Maple Leafs added the Oakville native in the NHL’s biggest free-agency splash of the summer. Now, Hyman and Tavares and linemate Mitch Marner can’t stop talking to each other. The verbal communication is crucial as Hyman wants to make the transition to playing with Tavares and […]

Hockey Wilderness

Hope for Hammond - the low-risk signing could actually pay dividends

Could Andrew Hammond really push Alex Stalock out of the Minnesota Wild’s goalcrease? After NHL free agency opened in the middle of the summer, and the Wild opted to bring in a curious collection of well-used pieces in the team’s seemingly annual attempt to bolster its depth with slightly-too-expensive and slightly-too-old veterans, there was a collective yawn heard across the State of Hockey. The stockpile of new grinders included the likes of Matt Hendricks, J.T. Brown, Matt Read, and Eric Fehr among others, all brought in to compete for the Wild’s fourth line. Same old story,...

The Hockey Writers

Original Pride Goalie Ott Is Back for a Fourth Season

Beginning June 1, NWHL teams can re-sign players from their 2017-18 roster and their draft picks. Additionally, for those players who have completed their college eligibility and want to continue their hockey careers, NWHL Free Agency provides the best opportunity to continue playing at the highest level of professional women’s hockey. The fourth season of the […] The post Original Pride Goalie Ott Is Back for a Fourth Season appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

The Hockey Writers

Riveters & Whale Add Depth with Late Signings

Beginning June 1, NWHL teams can start signing players for the 2018-19 season. For players who have completed their college eligibility and want to continue their hockey careers, the free agency period provides them an opportunity to continue playing at the highest level of professional women’s hockey. The fourth season of the NWHL will begin […] The post Riveters & Whale Add Depth with Late Signings appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

The Hockey Writers

The Lightning’s Great Defenseman Exodus of 2019

Just like in the rest of life, timing is everything for an NHL general manager. A perfectly crafted roster that took years to assemble can be torn apart in one offseason should a number of key players hit free-agency at the same time. In the cap-crunch world that is the NHL, money is always limited […] The post The Lightning’s Great Defenseman Exodus of 2019 appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Sportsnet.ca

Senators’ Duchene & Stone talk contracts, Karlsson, Tavares

Sportsnet’s Luke Fox sat down with Ottawa Senators Matt Duchene and Mark Stone to chat free agency, rebuilds, dressing-room culture and life without Erik Karlsson. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Vancouver Courier

Paper Feature: The biggest battle at Canucks camp could be for second-line centre

After Daniel and Henrik Sedin retired last season, the Canucks didn’t attempt to replace them in free agency. There are a couple reasons for that. First, the Sedins are irreplaceable. And second, the Canucks believe that the prospects and young players in their organization have what it takes to step into top-six roles.

The Cannon

Among Those With Something to Prove — Look no Further than Anthony Duclair

He’s 23-years-old, on his fourth NHL club in four seasons, and Anthony Duclair wants to be the steal the Blue Jackets are bargaining on. We’ve had a lot of fun discussing the Columbus Blue Jackets ever-persistent offseason news that won’t go away. The Artemi Panarin saga, life after Sergei Bobrovsky? and everything in between. Check out Pale Dragon’s piece on contracts as it relates to those two aforementioned stars. You might be all in as far as the regular season plays out and playoffs are concerned, ready to risk losing them in free agency. One might play the season out and make...

The Canuck Way

Vancouver Canucks: The “right” way to treat your free agent signings

This year’s crop of free agent signings have been a large subject of debate since the ink dried on their contracts. Some people think the Canucks have no choice when dealing with free agents, but honestly, it should not matter. There is something odd about free agency. Apart from seeing which teams get burned by […] Vancouver Canucks: The “right” way to treat your free agent signings - The Canuck Way - The Canuck Way - A Vancouver Canucks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Toronto Sun

Gardiner hoping to emulate JVR, to an extent, with contract expiring

Jake Gardiner wants to be just like James van Riemsdyk. In a sense. Gardiner heads into the 2018-19 regular season on the last year of his contract, with unrestricted free agency looming next summer. Van Riemsdyk was in a similar situation last season and was able to put speculation about his future aside, scoring a […]

Puck Prose

NHL rumors: Dallas Stars and Tyler Seguin close to long-term extension

According to the latest NHL rumors, the Dallas Stars and very close to giving Tyler Seguin his desired long-term deal. One of the top free agents in next year’s free agency class is Tyler Seguin. However, the latest NHL rumors suggest he won’t be hitting the market. According to Darren Dreger, the Dallas Stars are […] NHL rumors: Dallas Stars and Tyler Seguin close to long-term extension - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

The Hockey Writers

Whitecaps Roster Now Filled With Schlagel, Martinson Signings

Beginning June 1, NWHL teams can re-sign players from their 2017-18 roster and their draft picks. Additionally, for those players who have completed their college eligibility and want to continue their hockey careers, NWHL Free Agency provides the best opportunity to continue playing at the highest level of professional women’s hockey. The fourth season of the […] The post Whitecaps Roster Now Filled With Schlagel, Martinson Signings appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Silver Seven

Season of the Sentury: Mark Stone

Everything you need to know about free agency and trade rumours for the Sens’ star forward. First Erik Karlsson... then Matt Duchene... now Mark Stone. The three amigos, who together form the key core of the Ottawa Senators, are all slated to become free agents on July 1st. The Sens’ 6th round pick in 2010 has turned into more than any Sens fan could’ve hoped for, but now we’ve reached a point where he could be gone within the year. That is why today we’re rolling out our new three-part ‘series’, titled Season of the Sentury. The 2018-19 NHL season opens in less than a month,...

Silver Seven

Season of the Sentury: Erik Karlsson

An almanac of free agency and trade rumours for the Sens’ captain. Erik Karlsson: team captain, two-time Norris Trophy winner, fan favourite, and upcoming free agent. The 28-year-old defenceman is the greatest player to ever put on a Senators jersey, yet his future remains in limbo. That is why today we’re rolling out our new three-part ‘series’, titled Season of the Sentury. The 2018-19 NHL season opens in less than a month, and for the Ottawa Senators, this could be the most pivotal time in franchise history. The organization’s three best players of Karlsson, Mark Stone and...

Chicago Tribune

5 storylines for the Blackhawks as training camp gets underway

The end of the Blackhawks’ 10-year postseason run didn’t contain any dramatic moments. The demise was long, slow and painfully evident. Expectations that the Hawks would make a big splash in free agency never materialized, and they head into training camp with mostly familiar faces and many of...

Sportsnet.ca

Matthews’ commitment to Maple Leafs helped convince Tavares

Auston Matthews and John Tavares sit down with Elliotte Friedman to discuss the Maple Leafs captaincy, free agency, and handling high expectations. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

The Hockey Writers

Alexa the Great Re-Signs with Riveters

Beginning June 1, NWHL teams can start signing players for the 2018-19 season. For players who have completed their college eligibility and want to continue their hockey careers, the free agency period provides them an opportunity to continue playing at the highest level of professional women’s hockey. The fourth season of the NWHL will begin […] The post Alexa the Great Re-Signs with Riveters appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

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Connecticut Signs Russian Goalie Maria Sorokina

Beginning June 1, NWHL teams can start signing players for the 2018-19 season. For players who have completed their college eligibility and want to continue their hockey careers, the free agency period provides them an opportunity to continue playing at the highest level of professional women’s hockey. The fourth season of the NWHL will begin […] The post Connecticut Signs Russian Goalie Maria Sorokina appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

The Cannon

There’s value in letting contracts play out

Let’s not be so quick to move on It’s been bugging me lately that sports contracts don’t mean what they used to. Teams are eager to trade or cut underperforming players, while overperforming players are quick to demand a renegotiated contract. You get situations like the Le’Veon Bell holdout from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Should he play out the last year of his contract then hit free agency, or should he secure long term security now before risking further injury? Another reason this is issue is fresh in my mind is due to the conversations all summer regarding the Columbus Blue...

CBC News

John Tavares's move draws keen interest from pending free agents

When John Tavares decided to pass on signing an extension with the New York Islanders and test free agency, he became the most interesting man in hockey.

Puck Prose

Boston Bruins: Does Joakim Nordstrom deserve a lineup spot?

Joakim Nordstrom was a decent free agency pickup for the Boston Bruins. Does he deserve a shot in the starting lineup at the beginning of the season? Earlier this offseason, the Boston Bruins signed Joakim Nordstrom to a two-year deal, worth a total of $2 million. He spent most the 2017-18 season on the fourth […] Boston Bruins: Does Joakim Nordstrom deserve a lineup spot? - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

The Hockey Writers

Whitecaps Add 3 More Blueliners

Beginning June 1, NWHL teams can re-sign players from their 2017-18 roster and their draft picks. Additionally, for those players who have completed their college eligibility and want to continue their hockey careers, NWHL Free Agency provides the best opportunity to continue playing at the highest level of professional women’s hockey. The fourth season of the […] The post Whitecaps Add 3 More Blueliners appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

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Whitecaps Roster Almost Complete With Addition of 4 Forwards

Beginning June 1, NWHL teams can start signing players for the 2018-19 season. For players who have completed their college eligibility and want to continue their hockey careers, the free agency period provides them an opportunity to continue playing at the highest level of professional women’s hockey. The fourth season of the NWHL will begin […] The post Whitecaps Roster Almost Complete With Addition of 4 Forwards appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

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Whale Re-Sign Baribeau, Anderson, Sign 2 Rookies

Beginning June 1, NWHL teams can start signing players for the 2018-19 season. For players who have completed their college eligibility and want to continue their hockey careers, the free agency period provides them an opportunity to continue playing at the highest level of professional women’s hockey. The fourth season of the NWHL will begin […] The post Whale Re-Sign Baribeau, Anderson, Sign 2 Rookies appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

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Pride Re-Sign Goalie Litchfield, Add Burns to Blue Line

Beginning June 1, NWHL teams can re-sign players from their 2017-18 roster and their draft picks. Additionally, for those players who have completed their college eligibility and want to continue their hockey careers, NWHL Free Agency provides the best opportunity to continue playing at the highest level of professional women’s hockey. The fourth season of the […] The post Pride Re-Sign Goalie Litchfield, Add Burns to Blue Line appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Bleedin' Blue

St. Louis Blues Taking Their Sweet Time With Jordan Schmaltz’ Contract

The St. Louis Blues made all of their signings and player movements rather quickly this summer. That is to say, all except for one Jordan Schmaltz. The St. Louis Blues moved fast and made some furious moves when free agency began. They snatched up several players and made one blockbuster trade. It seemed as though […] St. Louis Blues Taking Their Sweet Time With Jordan Schmaltz’ Contract - Bleedin Blue - Bleedin Blue - A St. Louis Blues Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Del Zotto ready for leadership role with Canucks

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Michael Del Zotto talks to reporters about free agency, overcoming adversity early in his career, and preparing himself for an upcoming leadership role with the Canucks.

Alfredsson leaving caught Senators off guard during free agency

Irfaan Gaffar reports from Ottawa where the Senators made more news off the ice on July 1st.

Lamoriello “extremely satisfied” with Maple Leafs’ free agency day

Lou Lamoriello talked about the Maple Leafs signing Ron Hainsey and Dominic Moore and what that means to the team going forward.