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Report: Nikita Kucherov’s agent doesn’t expect him to sign extension this summer

Nikita Kucherov will hit restricted free agency after next season, meaning he’s available to sign an extension this summer on July 1, but his agent doesn’t expect any talks to occur until next season. The post Report: Nikita Kucherov’s agent doesn’t expect him to sign extension this summer appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Eyes On The Prize

Which restricted free agents should receive qualifying offers?

What Marc Bergevin’s history should tell us about the pool of 11 pending RFAs. Marc Bergevin has been busy with overseeing a new coaching structure since the season ended by adding Dominique Ducharme and Joël Bouchard to the organization. The AHL team has also seen the addition of Daniel Jacob, and there are more coaches expected to join in the next few weeks. There is the entry draft from June 22-23, where the Canadiens will have a large cull of picks to fill their prospect coffers. Then of course the free agency feeding frenzy on July 1. Between those two events, however, there is...

The Hockey Writers

Sun Setting on Blackhawks’ Toews, Kane, Keith?

The Stanley Cup Final is about to start and free agency is still more than a month away, with the NHL’s annual offseason reshaping of rosters not quite ready to commence in full. Despite that, the numerous predictions about what’s in store for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2018-19 have evoked a sense of certainty. The […] The post Sun Setting on Blackhawks’ Toews, Kane, Keith? appeared first on The Hockey Writers.


NHL’s Top 10 UFAs of 2018: The best left-wingers available

With the 2018 playoffs down to the final series and free agency just over a month away, Sportsnet.ca is breaking down the top 10 UFAs at each position. Next up: the left-wingers. The post NHL’s Top 10 UFAs of 2018: The best left-wingers available appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Eyes On The Prize

Links: Plekanec wants to come home

Plekanec’s off-season hopes, the Habs’ perennial problems at centre, and previewing the Stanley Cup Final, free agency, and trade season. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Tomas Plekanec says he wants to come home for one more season. [NHL | Montreal Gazette] Catch up with Habs’ prospect Will Bitten. [Canadiens] The Canadiens are always trying to address their problem down the middle. Here are a couple ways they could improve at centre. [The Athletic] Some of the greats of women’s hockey (and of Les Canadiennes) celebrated Caroline Ouellette’s birthday at their hockey camp....

A Winning Habit

Montreal Canadiens: Centre logjam may keep Tomas Plekanec off the radar

Tomas Plekanec is a player many consider a lock to return to the Montreal Canadiens in free agency, but finding room for him in the lineup may be an issue. There is no irony behind the title of this article. When you look at players on the Montreal Canadiens with contracts next season as well […] Montreal Canadiens: Centre logjam may keep Tomas Plekanec off the radar - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bleedin' Blue

St. Louis Blues Free Agent Market Has Been Set For Offseason

The St. Louis Blues are in need of some changes to their 2017-18 roster lineup, whether that comes via free agency or a trade. If it comes the way of free agency, it may not come cheap. The St. Louis Blues have a few ways to improve their roster come 2018-19. They can hand the […] St. Louis Blues Free Agent Market Has Been Set For Offseason - Bleedin Blue - Bleedin Blue - A St. Louis Blues Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Up against comparable players, Patric Hornqvist’s contract could be a real bargain

When Hornqvist extended his contract in February, many were wary given his age, injuries, and underlying stats. Now, looking at what comparable players may sign for this offseason, that new deal seems like an absolute steal for the Penguins. Entering the 2018 offseason, the Penguins are facing very little in the way of unrestricted free agents. There are a handful of players heading to restricted free agency, but the Penguins have a bit more say when it comes to whether those guys stay or leave. The team’s only unrestricted free agent at the moment is Carter Rowney, and he’s not...


How Kane’s 7-year deal with Sharks affects free agency

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman joins Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup to discuss what effect Evander Kane’s 7-year deal with the San Jose Sharks has on the free agent market. The post Tape to Tape NHL Podcast: Everyone’s rooting for Ovechkin in Cup Final appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.


NHL’s Top 10 UFAs of 2018: The best centres available

With the 2018 playoffs down to the final series and free agency just over a month away, Sportsnet.ca is breaking down the top 10 UFAs at each position. First up: the centres. The post NHL’s Top 10 UFAs of 2018: The best centres available appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Die By The Blade

What Will the Sabres Salary Cap Situation be in Five Years?

With free agency down the road, the Sabres will need to consider the future bigger contracts of many young players We will be entering the sixth season since the Sabres bottomed out with 52 points at the end of the 2013-14 season. Not exactly the five-year plan many envisioned when we kicked off the tank back then. But now, we have more young talent knocking on the NHL door and a big-time blue line reinforcement on the way from Frolunda in Rasmus Dahlin. Casey Mittelstadt will also see the NHL full-time next year, and Sam Reinhart showed everyone after the new year why he was a former...


NHL’s Top 12 UFAs of 2018: Latest rumours, reports

With the NHL’s free agency interview period only weeks away, we round up the latest rumours and reports on the biggest names of 2018’s class of unrestricted free agents. The post Give George McPhee credit for taking advantage of a blank slate appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

A Winning Habit

Montreal Canadiens: Antti Niemi likely the only UFA to get an extension

Antti Niemi seemed to be the only UFA the Montreal Canadiens would consider bringing back, leaving Chris Terry and Adam Cracknell to test free agency. The Montreal Canadiens didn’t take too many by surprising in re-signing Antti Niemi. His work this season was undeniable, and he worked hard to raise his stock in the eyes […] Montreal Canadiens: Antti Niemi likely the only UFA to get an extension - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Hockey Writers

5 Destinations for UFA John Carlson

The beginning of the National Hockey League’s unrestricted free agency period is a little more than a month away and John Carlson has yet to re-sign with the Washington Capitals. It’s not very often that a legitimate first-pairing defender heads to the open market, however, exactly such appears to be the case with Carlson. Fresh […] The post 5 Destinations for UFA John Carlson appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

On the Forecheck

2017-18 Player Reviews: Nick Bonino

What did the veteran centerman bring to his new hockey club this season? Acquiring Nick Bonino in last summer’s free agency was a huge step for the Predators’ front office. Bonino provided (and provides) a reliable third-line center who can transition between roles and offer defensive reliability. Many Pittsburgh-centered articles mourned the loss of Bonino, as he was the center of the HBK line (Hagelin-Bonino-Kessel) of 2016 Stanley Cup fame. Season Overview Injured in last year’s Cup Final by none other than P.K. Subban, Bonino spent the summer rehabbing from a tibia injury. He was...

Die By The Blade

Buy Low Offseason Options

Jason Botterill has a track record of taking a chance on low-risk high-reward players, he’ll have some options to explore this summer Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill is still relatively new to the job, but one tendency he’s shown is his will to take on low-risk, high-reward players. Botterill doesn’t believe in building through free agency and isn’t likely to chase the big fish. Instead, he’ll look to buy low in trades and on the open market. Last offseason Botterill took a chance on Nathan Beaulieu for only a third-round pick. The 25-year-old defenseman didn’t...

Eyes On The Prize

Links: Molson says Habs will have “a new way of thinking”

In today’s links, a new approach for the organization, what Bouchard and Ducharme means for the future, and a look at centre options available in free agency. Montreal Canadiens news and notes “A new way of thinking,” proclaims Geoff Molson on the Habs’ off-season changes. [La Presse | Google Translate] With the hirings of Joël Bouchard and Dominique Ducharme, the Canadiens have improved without adding anyone who will skate a single stride in a game. [Radio-Canada] A Q&A with new Laval Rocket head coach Joël Bouchard. [Montreal Gazette] It’s always important to make a good...


Islanders teammates anxiously awaiting Tavares’ free agency decision

Pending unrestricted free agent John Tavares isn’t saying much about his future beyond July 1, but that’s not stopping his Islanders teammates from chiming in. The post Referees replace Gourde with Hedman in penalty box appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Montreal Gazette

Canadiens' player development is pillar of new plan, Geoff Molson says

Habs team president also hints there will probably be more moves in the coming weeks as the club prepares for the NHL draft and free agency.

Toronto Sun

Maple Leafs ink four Europeans to begin Dubas era

The answer to the Maple Leafs’ need depth on defence might ultimately be the trade or free agency route, but the club is not giving up on the homegrown formula. Two blueliners were among four players signed to entry-level contracts on Thursday — the first pieces of business for new general manager Kyle Dubas — […]

Broad Street Hockey

Ron Hextall watches the ripples, but is he going to cause any?

Cha-cha-changes The summer of 2018 is the first time that Ron Hextall has significant cap space and open roster spots to make a splash type move in free agency or via trade. There’s a loud, vocal segment of Flyers fans that is demanding he does so ASAP and I think the large majority of Flyers fans want to see Hextall make additions this summer. Hextall himself has more or less hinted that he’s going to make some additions, saying that the Flyers are going to look at adding help at center, on defense and maybe even a scoring winger. He also specifically said they’d be looking to add a...


What is Jake Guentzel’s next contract going to look like?

Perhaps the biggest move of the off-season will be attempted to extend the contract of Jake Guentzel We’re about to enter an offseason where Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has said that he doesn’t necessarily expect earth-shattering changes. “It’s fair to say that this will be a different looking team by the time we open next season,” Rutherford said last week at breakdown day. “It doesn’t mean there will be drastic changes, but there will be changes in the areas that will become necessary.” If there are major changes, it won’t be because of free agency this year....


Keep 'em or leave 'em: Vote on what you'd do with Stars goalie Mike McKenna

The Dallas Stars have six unrestricted free agents that played in games during the 2017-18 season. They are...-- Goalie Kari Lehtonen -- Defenseman Dan Hamhuis -- Defenseman Greg Pateryn -- Left winger Antoine Roussel -- Left winger Curtis McKenzie -- Goalie Mike McKennaToday we'll be voting on whether you want the Stars to keep McKenna or let him leave in free agency. Here's a quick breakdown of his most recent season, as well as his total time in Dallas.[Scroll to the bottom to cast your vote!]Mike McKenna2017 NHL stats: 37 games played | 15-14-3 record | 2.56 GAA | .912 save...

The Hockey Writers

5 UFA Depth Defensemen for Maple Leafs

After the National Hockey League’s seventh-best regular-season team crashed out of the playoffs in spectacular fashion, one thing is clear: the Toronto Maple Leafs desperately need to upgrade their defense corps. With the draft and free agency less than two months away, now’s the time to start thinking about who might fill those roles. Morgan […] The post 5 UFA Depth Defensemen for Maple Leafs appeared first on The Hockey Writers.


Derick Brassard’s cap hit for next season is the most redeeming quality about having traded for him

The Penguins center has one more year under contract with Pittsburgh -- and it’s at great value A big part of having success in todays NHL relies on center depth down the middle. There’s a reason that two Penguins teams that were running Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Nick Bonino, and Matt Cullen won the Stanley Cup two years in a row. Jim Rutherford was tasked with work to do for the 2017-18 season, needing to replace Bonino and Cullen, who departed via free agency to Nashville and Minnesota, respectively. It took him some time to figure it out, as the Penguins started with the season...

Winnipeg Sun

Jets winning in playoffs with very similar lineup to team that missed playoffs last year

Just one year ago, the Winnipeg Jets finished seven points out of the playoffs and looked like a team that needed to make some noise in free agency in order to take the next step. As such, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was a buyer in the off-season, shelling out $21.89 million to defenceman Dmitry Kulikov, […]

Editor In Leaf

Toronto Maple Leafs: No Longer the Air Canada Centre

Next season, the Toronto Maple Leafs‘ home ice surface will no longer be named the Air Canada Centre. On July 1, 2018, coincidentally the same day as the beginning of free agency, the Air Canada Centre will be renamed the Scotiabank Arena. It was announced back in August of last year that Maple Leaf Sports […] Toronto Maple Leafs: No Longer the Air Canada Centre - Editor In Leaf - Editor In Leaf - A Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Last Word on Hockey

The Toronto Maple Leafs Should Re-Sign Tyler Bozak

The Toronto Maple Leafs are entering the off-season with six unrestricted free agents, and a few holes to fill. Right-handed defense will get most of the coverage, but they also need to shore up their center depth behind Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri. Very few options are going to be available in free agency, so today let's look at why the Leafs should simply re-sign Tyler Bozak. What Tyler Bozak Brings After eight seasons with the Leafs, Bozak is a known commodity in Toronto. An efficient point producer, but a terrible defensive player, Bozak can be a tough player to evaluate. Which...

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.