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The Hockey Writers

Canadiens’ Poehling Has Good Chance to Make Roster This Season

With the loss of Philip Danault to the Los Angeles Kings in free agency this offseason, the Canadiens were left with a huge hole to fill at the third-line center…

Toronto Star

Leafs prospect Matt Hellickson makes good first impression after dance with the Devils

Drafted by New Jersey four years ago, the defence hopeful — now playing at the NHL rookie tournament in Michigan — went on to play four years at Notre Dame, then opted for free agency and jumped at a chance to join the Leafs organization.

Puck Prose

Is Philipp Grubauer an early Vezina Trophy favorite?

It was a minor shock to see Philipp Grubauer leave the Stanley Cup favorite Colorado Avalanche for the NHL’s newest team the Seattle Kraken in free agency. Sure there was a little contract drama at first but that’s all sorted out. Seattle is trying to replicate with Grubauer what the Vegas Golden Knights did with […] Is Philipp Grubauer an early Vezina Trophy favorite? - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

Puck Prose

Did the New York Rangers improve where they needed to?

The New York Rangers rebuild was going about just as good as a team could hope their rebuild could go. Three years after the letter they sent to fans basically announcing the rebuild, the team has come away with a new star goalie, the NHL’s top free agency acquisition in Artemi Panarin, and a first […] Did the New York Rangers improve where they needed to? - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

Fear The Fin

2021 NHL Free Agency: Every move by the Sharks

Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via The Sharks made a splash, landing a couple of big names in Day 1 of Free Agency. It’s difficult to keep track of every move that Dealin’ Doug Wilson makes in the best of times, but when the whole league is making moves? Forget about it. Something is bound to get lost in all of the news. But have no worries. We’ll collect every move right here, and even provide links to more context and coverage. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the craziness of NHL Free Agency! Signings Andrew Cogliano, 34, LW — 1 year, $1 million...

The Hockey Writers

Islanders vs. Metro Division Rivals: Offseason Grades

The New York Islanders offseason was an interesting one, considering the moves made prior to the expansion draft and at the end of the free agency but ultimately, a successful…

Fear The Fin

Sharks sign Noah Gregor to 1-year contract extension

Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via The center is back on a bridge deal. Wrapping up a final piece of free agency business, general manager Doug Wilson has signed pending restricted free agent Noah Gregor to a one-year contract extension. The contract is worth $750,000 at the NHL level, with a $150,000 minors salary and a guaranteed minimum salary of $200,000. The 23-year-old is still waivers exempt through this season. Drafted in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks, Gregor has since appeared in 58 games with the big club,...

CBC News

'The whole thing was bizarre': Habs players move forward after Kotkaniemi offer sheet

Jesperi Kotkaniemi and the Carolina Hurricanes putting pen to paper on a stunning offer sheet snapped the NHL from its late-summer slumber. The bold move to pry the 2018 No. 3 pick out of Montreal in restricted free agency turned plenty of heads.

Stanley Cup of Chowder

When the season starts, who are Boston’s four centers?

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via A look at the Bruins down the middle. Take a quick look at the Bruins current roster and one thing that might jump out at you: the Bruins have a lot of freakin’ centers. Besides the guys returning from last year who can play in the middle of the ice (Patrice Bergeron, Charlie Coyle, Curtis Lazar, Trent Frederic, and Jack Studnicka), the Bruins added centers Tomáš Nosek, Erik Haula, and occasional center Nick Foligno this summer via free agency. With so many options at center, the question then becomes which players will get a...

Editor In Leaf

Toronto Maple Leafs Line Combinations for 2021-22

The Toronto Maple Leafs were not able to improve their team much over the summer. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the NHL trade market and free-agency market were incredibly overpriced and almost any team that was buying overpaid drastically. The best you can say about the Toronto Maple Leafs summer is that they […] Toronto Maple Leafs Line Combinations for 2021-22 - Editor In Leaf - Editor In Leaf - A Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Hockey Writers

Devils Should Consider These 6 Players for PTOs

Though it may feel like the NHL Draft and free agency just happened yesterday, NHL training camp is right around the corner. New Jersey Devils rookies report this Wednesday, Sept.…

Sportsnet.ca

Maple Leafs Mailbag: Will Toronto walk Morgan Rielly to free agency?

In the first edition of the 2021-22 Maple Leafs mailbag, Luke Fox answers questions about Morgan Rielly’s uncertain future, forecasting the opening night lineup plus the Atlantic Division standings, the do-over management wished it had and P.K. Subban trade rumours. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Matchsticks and Gasoline

2021 Flames Top 25 Under 25: #13 - Dan Vladar

Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Vladar joins the club as the apparent backup #13 - Dan Vladar Position: Goaltender Age: 23 (as of August 1 2021) 2020-21 Team: Boston Bruins (NHL), Providence Bruins (AHL) Stats: NHL - 2-2-1, .886 SV%, 3.40 GAA, AHL - 3-4-3, .923 SV%, 2.19 GAA Acquired via Trade on July 28, 2021 2020 Ranking: NA On the opening day of free agency, there was some expectation that the Calgary Flames were going to sign a veteran backup goaltender on a cheap deal. Instead, they swung a trade late in the day with the Boston Bruins, sending a third round...

Last Word on Hockey

A Realistic Look at Trading Dylan Larkin

Filling a need during the offseason is no small feat. Whether you head to free agency or take your bets at the trade table, every move is a gamble. Currently, the New York Rangers have a need for a top-six centre. The Athletic contributor Shayna Goldman (one of my favourite contributors) recently published a piece […] The post A Realistic Look at Trading Dylan Larkin appeared first on Last Word On Hockey.

Last Word on Hockey

The Best Draft Class in Winnipeg Jets History

NHL teams build their teams in many different ways. Some construct their clubs via free agency while others do it through trades. However, the main way teams create a roster is through the NHL Draft. Most years have maybe one or two players make the roster, but some years the general manager gets it right […] The post The Best Draft Class in Winnipeg Jets History appeared first on Last Word On Hockey.

All About The Jersey

How Should the New Jersey Devils Divide the Goalie Load This Season?

Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports The New Jersey Devils spent a good chunk of money this offseason to bring in Jonathan Bernier to pair with MacKenzie Blackwood. How should the team go about splitting goal duties between them? The New Jersey Devils attempted to address their goaltending issues prior to the start of last season with the addition of Corey Crawford in free agency. As we all know, that went downhill fast, with Crawford retiring and the team scrambling to find someone to share the net with MacKenzie Blackwood. We saw how well that worked in 2021, and the...

NESN.com

Patrice Bergeron Addresses Looming Free Agency Ahead Of Contract Year

Patrice Bergeron is in a territory he has not often found himself in: A contract year. The Boston Bruins captain is entering the eighth and final season of his deal, which began prior to the 2014-15 season. Bergeron has spent the entirety of his career with the Bruins, and the upcoming campaign will mark his […] The post Patrice Bergeron Addresses Looming Free Agency Ahead Of Contract Year appeared first on NESN.com.

St. Louis Game Time

Robert Thomas is clearly the Blues’ best young player, so why isn’t he signed?

Photo by Joe Puetz/NHLI via He’s the last RFA standing, but Armstrong’s hands may be tied. This off-season has seen the Blues sign Zack Bolduc and Tanner Dickinson to entry level contracts. They locked down Colton Parayko for eight additional years at an eyebrow raising price. They let Jaden Schwartz and Mike Hoffman walk in free agency, replacing them with Brandon Saad and Pavel Buchnevich, both of whom may well be upgrades. They’ve extended Zach Sanford for another year. They took care of the other RFAs - Dakota Joshua was signed, Ivan Barbashev was signed....

Last Word on Hockey

The Best Draft Class in Vegas Golden Knights History

Teams in the NHL build their teams in many different ways. Some teams build their clubs via free agency while others do it through trades. However, the primary way teams create a contending roster is through the NHL Entry Draft. Most years typically have one or two players who go on to make the team, […] The post The Best Draft Class in Vegas Golden Knights History appeared first on Last Word On Hockey.

Last Word on Hockey

The Best Draft Class in Tampa Bay Lightning History

NHL teams build their teams in many different ways. Some construct their clubs via free agency while others do it through trades. However, the main way teams create a roster is through the NHL Draft. Most years have maybe one or two players make the roster, but some years the general manager gets it right […] The post The Best Draft Class in Tampa Bay Lightning History appeared first on Last Word On Hockey.

Fear The Fin

2021-22 Calgary Flames Preview: Free agency flame out

Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports With just small moves and loss of Mark Giordano, the Flames failed to improve in the off-season. After a season-long break from one another, the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames are back to being Pacific Division rivals. For the Flames, it’s two steps forward and one step back. They missed the playoffs this past season after making it in the previous two. No one knows what to expect from the Flames this season. What happens will largely fall on the shoulders of stars like Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan because Calgary...

Last Word on Hockey

The Best Draft Class in Toronto Maple Leafs History

NHL teams build their teams in many different ways. Some construct their clubs via free agency while others do it through trades. However, the main way teams create a roster is through the NHL Draft. Most years have maybe one or two players make the roster, but some years the general manager gets it right […] The post The Best Draft Class in Toronto Maple Leafs History appeared first on Last Word On Hockey.

Last Word on Hockey

The Best Draft Class In St. Louis Blues History

NHL teams build their teams in many different ways. Some construct their clubs via free agency while others do it through trades. However, the main way teams create a roster is through the NHL Draft. Most years have maybe one or two players make the roster, but some years the general manager gets it right […] The post The Best Draft Class In St. Louis Blues History appeared first on Last Word On Hockey.

Winging It In Motown

Red Wings sign Filip Hronek to 3-year extension

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports The last lineup regular without a contract signs for the Wings' blue line The last of the "big name" RFAs is back in the fold. UPDATE: The Detroit #RedWings today re-signed defenseman Filip Hronek to a three-year contract. pic.twitter.com/mOqAzYXzog— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) September 3, 2021 With Hronek having his ELC slide for the first two years, he won't qualify for unrestricted free agency when this deal expires, being about five months too young for that. He will have arbitration rights the next time around though,...

Stanley Cup of Chowder

Which of the Bruins’ prospects are most likely to make the jump to the NHL next season?

Photo by Scott Taetsch/ Players who could inject some youth into the Boston Bruins next season. Judging by the Bruins’ offseason thus far, this upcoming season will not include a youth movement similar to what happened last year on defense. Free agency saw Boston bring in veterans Nick Foligno, Erik Haula, Tomas Nosek, Derek Forbort, and Linus Ullmark, to go along with the re-signings of Taylor Hall, Brandon Carlo and Mike Reilly. These additions and re-signings have seemingly left very little room in the Bruins’ line-up on opening night for prospects in the system...

Causeway Crowd

Boston Bruins 2021-22 Player Preview: Erik Haula

On the first day of free agency, the Boston Bruins signed Erik Haula to a two-year, $4.75 million contract. It should be a deal that fans are accepting of, as he will make less than what Sean Kuraly received with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Haula has a $2.375 million cap hit, while Kuraly will be […] Boston Bruins 2021-22 Player Preview: Erik Haula - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins 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.