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Toronto Star

Bruce Arthur: Rasmus Sandin is the coolest kid and just might graduate to the Maple Leafs’ defence at 19

The Leafs will take a run at a Stanley Cup with a defence corps half-built to self-destruct, or at least to walk into free agency next summer. If Sandin arrives ahead of schedule and fits right in, that could solve some problems, Bruce Arthur writes.


Gotta See It

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The Hockey Writers

Bruins Have Multiple Options for Studnicka

After re-signing Charlie McAvoy to a three-year deal and Brandon Carlo to a two-year deal, the Boston Bruins have their core under wraps and under the salary cap. However, the Bruins lost four-year Bruin Noel Acciari and trade-deadline rental Marcus Johansson to free agency. This doesn’t have a huge negative impact on the team; The […] The post Bruins Have Multiple Options for Studnicka appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Fear The Fin

Ducks at Sharks Preseason: Rosters, gamethread, where to watch

Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Preseason hockey: smells like teen spirit. Hockey is (almost) back. Tonight is the first of six games where we’ll start to get an idea of what the San Jose Sharks’ roster, as well as their competition, could look like on opening night. This preseason is particularly important for the Sharks, who — after signing Erik Karlsson to a hefty contract, off-season trades and allowing players to leave in free agency — will have several holes up front. It’s not just the forwards who can make an impact: there’s also opportunity for a young defenseman...


Penguins re-sign Marcus Pettersson to one-year deal

Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via A look at how the Penguins will stay under the salary cap now It was a longer free agency than most expected for Marcus Pettersson, but with training camp about to kick off the Penguins have re-signed their promising young defenseman to a one year deal for 2019-20. The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Marcus Pettersson to a one-year contract. The one-way deal has an average annual value of $874,125.More details: https://t.co/2ltvE37zl4 pic.twitter.com/k8pfur7S4i— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) September 12, 2019 Pettersson...

Fear The Fin

Logan Couture named Sharks captain

Photo by Elsa/ It’s been a long time coming. The San Jose Sharks will be going into the season with several holes up front, including a vacancy left by former captain and long-time Shark Joe Pavelski, who signed with the Dallas Stars in free agency. While his roster spot is still a series of question marks, the Sharks have filled the leadership role he left behind by naming center Logan Couture as the team’s tenth captain in franchise history. “Since I arrived in San Jose four seasons ago, we have been blessed with a tremendous amount of leadership on our roster,” said Head...

The Hockey Writers

Devils’ Expectations Heading into 2019-20 Season

The New Jersey Devils had arguably one of, if not the busiest offseasons in the NHL this summer. Not only did they hold the first-overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, but they also made some of the boldest roster transactions via the trade wire and free agency. Normally blockbuster moves and busy offseasons […] The post Devils’ Expectations Heading into 2019-20 Season appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Fear The Fin

A look back at the Sharks’ former captains

/Fear the Fin illustration by JD Young Wearing the “C” for the Sharks hasn’t been easy. After free agency saw Joe Pavelski moving on to the Dallas Stars, the San Jose Sharks are once again in search of someone to wear the “C” and represent the team. It’s the first time team teal has been without a captain since 2015, when Pavelski (somewhat controversially) took the helm as the ninth captain in the team’s history. It’s been four years since the Sharks have looked for a new locker room leader. Here’s a look back at the players who have led the team over the years. Doug...

Pension Plan Puppets

To Bridge or not to Bridge, that is the Mitch Marner question

Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Whether ‘tis nobler to make a compromise we all hate or to have another holdout that lasts even longer this time. Today Zach Werenski became the first of the high-ranked RFAs to sign a deal since Sebastian Aho signed his offer sheet. Similar structure to Timo Meier in SJ. Back loaded with the highest salary coming in the final season, and all in base.Meaning that if no extension is signed prior to Werenski's new dealing expiring, the club would need to qualify him at 1 year/$7M, walking him into Free Agency. https://t.co/4KZ6niTHbT— CapFriendly...

The Hockey Writers

Gardiner’s Contract a Misstep for Maple Leafs

A strange summer for Jake Gardiner finally came to a close on Sept. 6 as he signed a four-year deal worth $4.05 million per season with the Carolina Hurricanes. As the undisputed top defenceman in free agency this offseason, many were left scratching their heads as he remained unsigned for over two months. There were […] The post Gardiner’s Contract a Misstep for Maple Leafs appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Editor In Leaf

The Dream Is Over: Toronto Maple Leafs Lose Jake Gardiner to Free Agency

The one thing that we were hoping for the Toronto Maple Leafs to do all summer has failed to materialize. Somehow, someway, up until yesterday at 2 PM, we were hoping Jake Gardiner would find a way to stay with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He wanted to stay, the team wanted to keep him, and […] The Dream Is Over: Toronto Maple Leafs Lose Jake Gardiner to Free Agency - Editor In Leaf - Editor In Leaf - A Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Krug: No contract talks with Bruins one year ahead of free agency

Boston defenseman Torey Krug is one season away from unrestricted free agency, but he says there have been no talks of a new contract The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Vancouver Courier

Sven Baertschi could be the Canucks’ biggest wild card this season

The Canucks have made a concerted effort to add top-six forwards heading into next season. Along with Tanner Pearson at last season’s trade deadline, Jim Benning acquired J.T. Miller in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Micheal Ferland in free agency. Along with those three wingers, the Canucks will be adding another top-six forward to the lineup: Sven Baertschi.

The Hockey Writers

Meet the New Kings: Joakim Ryan & Martin Frk

On the first day of free agency, general manager Rob Blake and the Los Angeles Kings didn’t waste any time in adding depth to the lineup. The team signed unrestricted free-agents Joakim Ryan and Martin Frk on July 1.  Both players have shown they can contribute in different ways. They have the ability to add […] The post Meet the New Kings: Joakim Ryan & Martin Frk appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Last Word on Hockey

2019-20 Columbus Blue Jackets Roster Breakdown

At the end of last season, the Columbus Blue Jackets had the roster of a Stanley Cup Contender. Once free agency opened the roster drastically changed. Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Sergei Bobrovsky were the key players that left. As a result many expect Columbus to take a massive step back this season. However, the step back might not be as far back as some think. In fact, the 2019-20 Columbus Blue Jackets may still be contenders.  The Strengths and Weaknesses The Strengths Defense The Blue Jackets have a lot of question marks, but they also have some strengths. The Columbus defense has...

Eyes On The Prize

Making sense of the Laval Rocket goaltending situation

Club de Hockey Canadien With three goalies and only two spots, something has to give in the AHL. The Montreal Canadiens are very well set in net for the foreseeable future with Carey Price between the pipes and a handful of talented prospects behind him. One of the biggest questions heading into this current off-season is who would serve as his back up this upcoming season after Antti Niemi went to free agency and eventually the KHL. The job seemed destined for Charlie Lindgren who is the elder statesmen in a trio of prospect goalies in the professional ranks that include Michael...


Why Devils’ Wayne Simmonds is betting on himself: ‘It’s redemption’

Wayne Simmonds’ run-up to his long-awaited first crack at unrestricted free agency fell somewhere between underwhelming and disastrous, but he’s out to redeem himself in New Jersey this season. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

New York Daily News

Andre Drummond and the Pistons should break up for each other’s sake

Detroit Pistons center and two-time All-Star Andre Drummond all but confirmed he’ll be declining the player option on the fifth year of his contract, a move that would allow him to enter the first unrestricted free agency of his career in the summer of 2020. He would forego a $28.7 million salary...

Vancouver Courier

Can the trickle-down effect give the Canucks a more effective third line?

The trickle-down theory of economics has been widely debunked, but that doesn’t mean that trickle-down theory can’t be applied to other disciplines. Take, for instance, an NHL team’s roster construction. That’s not the way the Canucks have been building their roster over the last few years. General manager Jim Benning has spent big on bottom-six forwards, dating back to the 2015 trade for Brandon Sutter. Last year, in free agency, Benning signed Jay Beagle, Antoine Roussel, and Tim Schaller for a combined $7.9 million. Even Loui Eriksson, initially signed to be a top-six forward for...

Vancouver Courier

Who will kill penalties for the Canucks in 2019-20?

Two of the Canucks’ most-used penalty killers last season are no longer on the roster. Markus Granlund led the Canucks’ in shorthanded ice time in 2018-19, playing over 183 minutes on the penalty kill, while Ben Hutton was third, with over 158 minutes. Neither one was given a qualifying offer by the Canucks, so both went to free agency, where Granlund got signed by the Edmonton Oilers and Hutton remains on the market.

The Canuck Way

What ever happened to: The Vancouver Canucks 2003 draft class (Part 1)

The Vancouver Canucks have had many terrible drafts since 2000, but the players they picked should not go unrecognized. These are some of their post-draft stories. August is the most entertaining time of year to be a hockey fan, isn’t it? The draft and free agency are long gone and there is nothing to do […] What ever happened to: The Vancouver Canucks 2003 draft class (Part 1) - The Canuck Way - The Canuck Way - A Vancouver Canucks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Hockey Writers

In the Copycat NHL, It Pays to Be Different

When it comes to building an NHL roster through free agency, it does not pay to copy the blueprint of the reigning Stanley Cup champions. There is a tendency for NHL teams to make rash decisions at the beginning of free agency, and the data indicates that those decisions are at least partially driven by […] The post In the Copycat NHL, It Pays to Be Different appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

The Hockey Writers

Recapping Loui Eriksson’s Tenure with the Canucks

Loui Eriksson scored 30 goals while playing with the Boston Bruins during the 2015-16 NHL season, his final year on his previous contract. The two-time 30-goal scorer tested free agency in the summer of 2016, subsequently signing with the Vancouver Canucks on a six-year, $36-million deal. Canucks fans knew the signing symbolized the beginning of […] The post Recapping Loui Eriksson’s Tenure with the Canucks appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

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.