- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy38 mins ago
Chris Pronger isn’t the only inactive NHL player to be switching teams this summer. Marc Savard, or more accurately, Marc Savard’s contract has been dealt to the Florida Panthers along with Reilly Smith from the Boston Bruins in exchange for current restricted free agent Jimmy Hayes.
Florida had been in on the discussion for Pronger’s $4,941,429 cap hit during the NHL Draft, but instead they’ll add Savard’s $4,027,143 number to help keep them well beyond the salary cap floor. The key for the Panthers is that Savard is only owed $575,000 in salary in each of the next two seasons.
Savard suffered two concussions nine months apart and has not played in the NHL since February of 2011.
"We have a lot of cap space. It made sense,” said Panthers GM Dale Tallon. “They probably wouldn't have done the deal otherwise."
The move was a precursor to the Bruins signing forward Matt Beleskey to a reasonable five-year, $19 million deal.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy56 mins ago
Former New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather will always been intrinsically linked to Edmonton. Even if he’s spent his last 14 season in Gotham.
And he referenced the current Oilers situation on why he decided to officially hand over the Rangers’ general manager spot to long-time assistnat GM Jeff Gorton rather than stepping down and watch the Rangers hire someone outside. Sather will retain his title as president – but it sounds like more of a ceremonial spot.
“A lot of times just like you saw in Edmonton when somebody goes into a place they change the personnel and I didn’t really want to see that happen here,” he said.
A shot at Peter Chiarelli for his (understandable) slash and burn tactics of the old boys network who ran Edmonton into the ground? The guys Sather brought to the Oilers as players? Sure. But when you’re one of the oldest of the old boys on the way out, you’re allowed to speak your mind.
“I’ve pretty well spent my life doing this, playing, coaching and managing,” Slats said. "The clock moves for everyone.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Brad Richards got a raise but is he going to a contender?
The former Chicago Blackhawks center signed a one-year $3 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings. According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the deal could be worth up to $4 million with playoff bonuses.
Richards spurned higher offers last summer to sign a one-year $2 million contract with the Blackhawks. He did this because he believed the Hawks gave him the best shot at a Stanley Cup. Richards was bought out by the Rangers earlier in that offseason from his nine year $60 million contract.
With the Red Wings he joins an aging, but effective, core that includes Pavel Datsyuk (36 years old), and Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall (both 34). Detroit also lost coach Mike Babcock to Toronto earlier in the off-season, though the team did sign high-end UFA defenseman Mike Green.
Said Winging it Motown:
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
When Mike Babcock was announced as the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, it was a foregone conclusion that Phil Kessel would have to change his off-season workout habits. And by change, I mean, actually work out more than a couple times (in between poker hands, natch).
Kessel is often ribbed for his less than athletic physique; yet, he doesn't change anything from year to year. Perhaps scoring 25-plus goals over a majority of his career allows him to be more complacent, and take an 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' attitude.
Babcock is not the same lame duck(s) Kessel had been coached by before. He expects nothing but complete buy-in from his players, so it wasn't surprising when the Gary Roberts (off-season trainer to the stars) rumors resurfaced a few days ago:
Whispers of Phil Kessel returning to Toronto in July, perhaps, to work with Gary Roberts. Sounds like a good plan.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
And thetop offensive defenseman of unrestricted free agency is off the market.
The Detroit Red Wings have signed former Caps blueliner Mike Green for three years at $6 million per-season. That’s slightly less than his prior contract, which was for three years at $6.083 million per-year.
That’s an interesting deal for the 29-year-old Green – a power play specialist who averaged 19:06 of ice-time per-game last season – his lowest total since the 2006-07 season. But as Japers' Rink notes, Green wasn’t forced to try to play more defensively like prior coaches.
New bench boss Barry Trotz tried to accentuate Green’s offensive skills.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs, along with Tyler Biggs and defenseman Tim Erixon in exchange for Kasperi Kapanen, Nick Spaling, Scott Harrington and a 2016 third-round draft pick previously acquired from New Jersey, as well as a complicated scenario in which other picks will change hands.
Who won the trade? Who lost the trade? Here’s our take:
WINNER: Phil Kessel
Since he arrived in Toronto, only four players have more goals that Kessel’s 156 in 446 games. The idea that his setup man will now be either Sidney Crosby (most likely) or Evgeni Malkin is indeed a scary thought. Granted, we still have to see how his style – he and Crosby both like the puck – meshes with his new teammates, but 40 goals is the floor for what to expect from Kessel.
LOSER: Phil Kessel
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Another piece of Tim Murray’s plan is falling into place for the Buffalo Sabres.
Eichel was the nation’s leading scorer with 71 points, guiding the Terriers to the NCAA title game and taking home the 2015 Hobey Baker Award. The 6-foot-2 forward was the first freshman to win the award since Paul Kariya in 1993.
“Even though I hadn’t been selected until today, it seems like I’ve been a part of the Buffalo Sabres for a while now,” Eichel said during Draft weekend.
The No. 2 overall pick in last weekend’s NHL Draft wouldn’t say at the time whether he’d be leaving BU, but all signs indicated he would be with the Sabres for the 2015-16 season.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
We’re keeping track of the big unrestricted free agent names here at Puck Daddy. But how are some of the smaller signings working out?
Sometimes it's the little pieces that can help your team fill in the puzzle and push it to the Stanley Cup. Not everyone today is named Cody Franson or Matt Beleskey. Could one of these guys play a big role this season? Take a look at the players and their new (or same) teams.
John Moore, D, New Jersey Devils: Three years, $5M
P.A. Parenteau, F, Toronto Maple Leafs: One year, $1.5M
Barret Jackman, D, Nashville Predators: Two years, $4M
Victor Stalberg, F, New York Rangers: One year, $1.1M
Raphael Diaz, D, New York Rangers: One year, $700,000
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
There’s probably a good reason why the Winnipeg Jets let Michael Frolik walk in unrestricted free agency. It’s because they likely knew wayward forward Alexander Burmistrov would return from AK Bars Kazan in the KHL on a two-year deal worth $3.1 million.
The 23-year-old Russian bolted the Jets in 2012 for the KHL. But according to the Winnipeg Sun, things changed with Burmistrov. He didn't mesh well with former coach Claude Noel. Now Paul Maurice is in charge of Winnipeg's bench.
Burmistrov was the No. 8 overall pick of the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers in 2010.
Burmistrov, who has 23 goals and 58 points in 194 NHL games, figures to be in the mix to compete for a spot on the third or fourth line, depending on how things sort out in free agency.
But his ability to play both centre and wing makes him an intriguing option.
Said Arctic Ice Hockey:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Penguins made their trade of Toronto Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel official on Wednesday: Kessel, forward Tyler Biggs and defenseman Tim Erixon in exchange for Kasperi Kapanen, Nick Spaling, Scott Harrington and a 2016 third-round draft pick previously acquired from New Jersey for their signing of coach John Hynes.
The deal also involves two conditional picks. And that’s where it gets a little complicated:
*If Pittsburgh qualifies for the 2016 postseason, Toronto will receive the Penguins’ 2016 first-round draft pick; and the Penguins will receive Toronto’s 2016 second-round selection. The second-round pick would be the one Toronto originally acquired from Pittsburgh for Daniel Winnik earlier this year.
*Should Pittsburgh miss the 2016 playoffs, Toronto will INSTEAD receive the Penguins’ 2017 first-round pick; with Pittsburgh getting Toronto’s 2017 second-round selection in return.
*If the Penguins were to miss the postseason the next two years, Toronto would receive Pittsburgh’s 2017 second-round draft pick and Pittsburgh would not receive a draft pick.
Everybody got that?