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The Hockey Writers

Oilers Should Consider Trading Nurse

The Edmonton Oilers have made some decent, but non-glamourous signings in free agency this summer; something that was, for the most part, expected. Adding Tobias Rieder was certainly a smart signing and bringing back Kyle Brodziak will help their center depth. Still, few will look at what the Oilers did with these two additions and […] The post Oilers Should Consider Trading Nurse appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

The Hockey Writers

The Golden Knights Must Acquire Artemi Panarin

Goal-scoring from top-six forwards is an essential piece to an NHL team’s success, and it tends to separate premier clubs from the rest of the league as the season progresses. And with the Vegas Golden Knights losing right winger James Neal to the Calgary Flames in free agency, this leaves a hole in the depth […] The post The Golden Knights Must Acquire Artemi Panarin appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

The Hockey Writers

Red Wings’ Mantha Helps Balance Roster

No doubt in recent weeks, Detroit Red Wings fans have been once again questioning management. Having re-signed Mike Green and Tomas Vanek during free agency, they seemed to be heading in a more “road-worn” direction. Not a moment too soon, Detroit announced they also came to terms with Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha. Primarily with […] The post Red Wings’ Mantha Helps Balance Roster appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Puck Prose

NHL Free Agency 2018: Toronto Maple Leafs sign Andreas Johnsson

On Friday, the Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed Andreas Johnson to a one-year deal worth $787,500 in NHL free agency Forward Andreas Johnsson has agreed to a one-year deal worth $787,500 with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now, the $500 is really important, because this deal wouldn’t be complete without it. Like, if that $500 weren’t there, […] NHL Free Agency 2018: Toronto Maple Leafs sign Andreas Johnsson - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

Puck Prose

NHL Trade Rumors: 5 best fits for Max Pacioretty

Max Pacioretty will almost indefinitely be traded by the Montreal Canadiens, according to the latest NHL trade rumors. Let’s take a look at the five best fits for him. As expected, John Tavares has opened the floodgates of the NHL trade rumors market. Now that the crown jewel of NHL free agency has been signed, […] NHL Trade Rumors: 5 best fits for Max Pacioretty - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

Defending Big D

Saturday Links: Waiting For Tyler

Mike Heika examines the factors involved in this year’s superstar extension. Plus, Vegas loves Fleury, Mascherin signs up, the Karlsson Saga plods on, and more. The NHL Draft is over, free agency has gone quiet, and the 2018 offseason stretches as far as the eye can see for hockey lovers everywhere. For Dallas Stars fans, the wait for word on a Tyler Seguin extension is making the summer that much longer and more uncomfortable. But should it be? Certainly, Seguin himself is saying all the right things, writes Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika: “My focus is I have another year with...

Puck Prose

NHL Free Agency 2018: Dallas Stars sign Devin Shore

The Dallas Stars have re-signed center Devin Shore to a two-year deal worth $2.3 million annually in NHL free agency  The Dallas Stars have been relatively quiet during NHL free agency. Outside of adding Blake Comeau and Anton Khudobin on the first day of free agency, they haven’t been spending too much money. However, the […] NHL Free Agency 2018: Dallas Stars sign Devin Shore - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

Puck Prose

NHL Free Agency 2018: Montreal Canadiens sign Joel Armia

The Montreal Canadiens added some depth to their roster, signing RW Joel Armia to a 1 year $1.85 million deal in NHL free agency The Montreal Canadiens made their first NHL free agency move in a few days when they signed Joel Armia to a one-year deal worth $1.85 million. With the Winnipeg Jets last […] NHL Free Agency 2018: Montreal Canadiens sign Joel Armia - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

The Hockey Writers

Will Butcher Stakes Claim for New Role

When John Moore departed for the Boston Bruins in free agency, he left the New Jersey Devils with a spot to fill on the left side of their blue line. General manager Ray Shero stayed quiet in free agency, with Eric Gryba being his lone acquisition on defense. Barring a trade, they’ll have to replace […] The post Will Butcher Stakes Claim for New Role appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

On the Forecheck

Predators’ Prospects Recap: Free Agency Update

Lots of Milwaukee love in July. David Poile and Co. have made six signings since free agency opened on July 1 and all six are - hopefully - aimed at helping the Milwaukee Admirals now and in the future. Below I will breakdown each signing, explain where each player fits on the depth chart, and provide some game analysis. Jarred Tinordi - D Tinordi was a 2010 first-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens who never particularly panned out. At 26 years-old, Tinordi has only played 53 NHL games in eight years and scored only eight assists over that time. But, he has become a serviceable AHL...

Broad Street Hockey

What does the James van Riemsdyk signing mean for Wayne Simmonds in the short and long-term?

How Ron Hextall’s first big splash in free agency creates big questions surrounding Simmonds’ future with the Flyers. Ron Hextall was pretty blunt when declaring that the Flyers’ signing of James van Riemsdyk wouldn’t have any effect on the team’s plans to extend Wayne Simmonds. “No, this doesn’t change anything with Wayne,” Hextall told the group of reporters in Vorhees that day. But with the dust settled on free agency a little bit, it’s time to wonder whether the JVR signing does in fact have some ramifications for the Simmonds/Flyers relationship going forward. In...

The Hockey Writers

What Does Hutchinson Mean for Panthers?

The Florida Panthers did much of their offseason heavy lifting prior to the start of National Hockey League free agency Jul. 1, boosting their offense by trading for Mike Hoffman and signing Kontinental Hockey League standout Bogdan Kiselevich to stabilise their blue line. They’ve proceeded to also re-sign many of their own restricted free agents, thereby […] The post What Does Hutchinson Mean for Panthers? appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

The Hockey Writers

Golden Knights Re-Sign Miller, Solidify Defense

The hysteria of the ‘Free Agency Frenzy’ has started to die down, as teams are molding into shape for the upcoming season. The Vegas Golden Knights had many restricted free agents (RFAs) that general manager George McPhee had to decide on. Colin Miller, the 6-foot-1, physical defenseman, was one of those players looking for a […] The post Golden Knights Re-Sign Miller, Solidify Defense appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jim Rutherford praises Blue Jackets after free-agency flap

When Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford described the signing of defenseman Jack Johnson on July 1, what he said roiled many inside the Columbus Blue Jackets organization.

Mile High Hockey

Friday Flurries: Colorado Eagles season shaping up

The Avalanche’s AHL affiliate has some more details on next season and the offseason marches on It’s about to hit that point in the offseason where it really is best for everyone if we just put our phones away, delete the NHL app for the next few weeks, and actually spend some time in the sun soaking up the summer. The months between the throes of free agency and the start of training camp really are peak offseason. Players aren’t really getting traded, teams aren’t really releasing news, and even baseball shuts down for a week for the All Star break. Pretty much the only thing on...

All About The Jersey

So What Does a Status Quo Lineup Look Like for New Jersey?

The Devils have been quiet this offseason and appear poised to fill any holes in the lineup from within. What does next seasons lineup look like on paper right now and who will the team need to step up in 2018-19? With “status quo” looking more and more like the overarching theme that will persist through the summer in New Jersey, eyes are naturally turning toward next season and how the Devils roster will shake out. With a number of subtractions from the roster via free agency and essentially no significant additions to this point, the Devils will be attempting to fill out the lineup...

Defending Big D

Friday Links: The Status of Centers

Taking a look at the contracts of the Stars’ middle guys. Plus, free agency updates and more! Happy Friday, my friends! I can’t wait to get off work tonight, head home, and turn on some Step By Step and Dinosaurs on TGIF. Not the Mama! Hopefully the following statement will soon be outdated as well, but as of writing, Tyler Seguin is closer to being the Dallas Stars’ third highest-paid center than he is to being No. 1. This, of course, is due to the misused, bad fit for Hitch’s system, and DBD commenter trade fodder that is Jason Spezza. Spezza was quite productive for the Stars...

SportsDay

Stars contract statuses for 2018: Alexander Radulov one of many Stars wingers under control for the future

Now that the draft and free agency have flown by, it's time to take a look at the Dallas Stars' roster and what the team's contracts look like for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Today we examine the right wings. Figures are via spotrac.com.Right WingsPlayers: Alexander Radulov, Valeri Nichushkin, Brett Ritchie, Tyler PitlickBreakdown Player 2018 cap hit Years left on deal* % of team's cap Radulov $6.25 million 4 [Age 32 season] 9.08 Nichushkin $2.95 million 2 [Age 23 season] 4.29 Ritchie $1.75 million 1 [Age 25 season] 2.54 Pitlick $1.0 million 2 [Age 26 season] 1.45 *Includes 2018...

Puck Prose

NHL Free Agency 2018: Toronto Maple Leafs sign Frederik Gauthier

The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed struggling prospect Frederik Gauthier to a two-year deal worth $1.35 million in NHL free agency The Toronto Maple Leafs just can’t get enough obscurely-spelled Frederiks, with the re-signing of forward Frederik Gauthier. The 23-year-old Laval native stands at 6’5″, weighing 232 pounds. Toronto selected him 21st overall at the […] NHL Free Agency 2018: Toronto Maple Leafs sign Frederik Gauthier - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

Puck Prose

NHL Free Agency 2018: Detroit Red Wings sign Anthony Mantha

The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed left winger Anthony Mantha to a two-year contract worth $6.6 million in NHL free agency On Wednesday, the Detroit Red Wings re-signed 23-year-old forward Anthony Mantha to a two-year deal worth a total of $6.6 million. This contract gives him a cap hit of $3.3 million. Along with Dylan […] NHL Free Agency 2018: Detroit Red Wings sign Anthony Mantha - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

Vancouver Courier

Are the Canucks going to do anything with their cap space?

Even after signing three veteran forwards in free agency, the Canucks still have plenty of cap space. While they still have two restricted free agents to re-sign in Troy Stecher and Jake Virtanen, the Canucks should still have over $10 million in cap space.

Canes Country

Storm Advisory: 7/12/18

Tavares’ farewell, de Haan’s surprise, and New Jersey’s shortcomings in free agency. Reading Assignments Yesterday was the Canes’ turn in the offseason evaluation spotlight at NHL.com. [NHL.com] One of those offseason additions, Calvin de Haan, joined Adam and Joe yesterday and discussed why he was surprised the Hurricanes had an interest in signing him. [WRALSportsFan] “Goaltending will once again make or break the Hurricanes’ season.” Same as it ever was.[ProHockeyTalk] Tweetmail: Do the Canes have a new goal song yet? [Hurricanes] John Tavares presented a heartfelt...

All About The Jersey

Candidates for a Break Out Season

The New Jersey Devils will need some internal improvements to be a better team with the lack of offseason moves so far. Today, I look at 5 players who I feel are candidates to possibly have a break out season. It’s difficult for New Jersey Devils fans to not feel as though the offseason has been a bust so far; Ray Shero made no meaningful additions during free agency while losing a couple of last season’s regulars in Patrick Maroon and (not as importantly) John Moore. The only defense of consequence added was first round choice Ty Smith, and he will most likely not start the season in...

SportsDay

Stars contract statuses for 2018: Will Dallas get more bang for their buck from Jason Spezza?

Now that the draft and free agency have flown by, it’s time to take a look at the Dallas Stars’ roster and what the team’s contracts look like for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Today we examine the centers. Figures are via spotrac.com.CentersPlayers: Radek Faksa, Martin Hanzal, Tyler Seguin, Jason SpezzaBreakdown Player 2018 cap hit Years left on deal % of team's cap Spezza $7.5 million 1 [Age 35 season] 10.9 Seguin $5.75 million 1 [Age 27 season] 8.35 Hanzal $4.75 million 2 [Age 33...

Puck Prose

NHL Free Agency 2018: Tampa Bay Lightning sign forward Adam Erne

The Tampa Bay Lightning are staying active in NHL free agency, as they’ve re-signed forward AdamErne. The Tampa Bay Lightning were one of the scariest teams to go up against this season. Boasting lethal offensive talents like Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos, defensive talents like Ryan Callahan and an underrated goaltender in Andrei Vasilevsky, the […] NHL Free Agency 2018: Tampa Bay Lightning sign forward Adam Erne - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

The Hockey Writers

Whale Re-Sign Beattie and Sign Four Others

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 Beattie and Sign Four Others appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

SportsDay

Stars create awesome Nintendo-inspired game featuring Tyler Seguin to get through NHL's long summer

In the month of July, hockey fans only have one game to play -- the waiting game.As teams reshuffle their rosters through the draft and free agency, their supporters around the world sit idly by as they wait for games to pick up (or at least for the release of NHL 19) in September.But what if there was another game to play?For Nintendo fans not looking forward to the new Mario Party or Super Smash Bros. titles coming out on the Switch later this year (How could you not?), the Dallas Stars have an old-school flavor for you...Ever since Seguin came over from the Boston Bruins five years ago, he...

Blackhawk Up

Chicago Blackhawks’ Bad Offseason Begs For A Concrete Plan

After a very disappointing start to the offseason, the Chicago Blackhawks need to make a choice whether they are going to try to make one more run for a title or finally start a full rebuild. So this is it? Almost two weeks into the free agency period and the additions to the Chicago Blackhawks’ […] Chicago Blackhawks’ Bad Offseason Begs For A Concrete Plan - Blackhawk Up - Blackhawk Up - A Chicago Blackhawks 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.