Free Agents

A month ago, it seemed the Vancouver Canucks had plenty of questions in terms of what to do. They were in the middle of the playoff race and playing well behind a legitimate first line and steady goaltending. Since Bo Horvat went down with a foot injury, the Canucks have won only two of their
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With training camp around the corner, the Washington Capitals find themselves with questions. Can their young, promising prospects fill the voids on their main roster left by high-scorers like Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams? And more importantly, if they can’t, what’s the next step? For general manager Brian MacLellan, the answer lies in professional tryouts.
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With the calendar flipping to August, there are still plenty of serviceable free agents available — enough to ice more than three full teams, believe it or not. It is slim pickings for goaltenders — with no proven NHL-calibre netminders left on the open market in North America — but there are several quality forward
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The Buffalo Sabres have made some bold moves this offseason. Jason Botterill’s first order of business was to boost the defence, with three new starters. One of the biggest acquisitions was Marco Scandella from the Minnesota Wild. Going the other way were left wingers Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno. This has left a hole on the roster
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The NHL silly season is almost complete and as always, a number of the contracts handed out in the last couple of days will backfire on the teams that offered them. Past examples range from the “probably a bad idea” Andrew Ladd contract the Islanders signed last year to the “definitely regret that one” Ryan
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As I flipped my calendar to July, I saw the picture. It is a graceful albatross, flying above the coastline of the Falkland Islands. On July 1, 2017, the NHL began their new calendar season and, as always, a flurry of activity came with it. A bad deal is often called an albatross, and more
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed veteran forward Patrick Marleau to a three-year contract worth $18.75 million dollars, the team announced Sunday on the second day of the free agency period. The deal carries a cap hit of $6.25 million and will run until Marleau is 40 years old. The #Leafs announced today the signing
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Free agency is the biggest opportunity for teams to get their rosters squared away for the next season and the Colorado Avalanche have a lot of holes to fill. Since the end of their dismal 2016-17 season, the Avalanche have made it clear they wish to get younger and faster but also stated that they
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as not immediatley The Florida Panthers have signed winger Radim Vrbata to a one-year contract worth $2.5 million, per TSN’s Pierre LeBrun. The deal also includes $1.25 million in potential bonuses. The Panthers’ official Twitter account also announced the signing, albeit without the salary details. Vrbata in Florida: one year, $2.5 M base salary plus
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The Los Angeles Kings have added three young players to their lineup, having signed defensemen Christian Folin and Stepan Falkovsky and goalie Cal Petersen. A Good Option for Folin Swedish defenseman Christian Folin will enter the 2017-18 season as his eight seasons in North America, after playing at the USHL, NAHL, NCAA, AHL and NHL level. Originally
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The Winnipeg Jets have signed Russian defenseman Dmitri Kulikov to a 3-year, $4.33 million/year contract, as reported by Darren Dreger on Saturday. 3 years, $4.33 aav for Kulikov in Wpg. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2017 Will Kulikov Rebound Back in Winnipeg? After being picked in the first round and a good start of
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The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms on a three-year, $9.538 million contract with unrestricted free agent Trevor Daley. The deal was reported ahead of the start of free agency which officially started at 12:00 PM EST on Saturday. Fresh off of a Stanley Cup victory with the Pittsburgh Penguins in each of the
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Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are the two best players in San Jose Sharks history. They’ve been joined at the hip since Thornton’s arrival in 2005. Almost any listing of franchise scoring records will find the two of them first and second. They are also among the most popular Sharks. Joe Thornton, with Beard 1.0
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When a player is selected with the first overall pick in an Entry Draft, regardless of the sport, they’re expected to be the best player in the draft class. A player who can make an impact in the league they’re joining and who ultimately could one day be considered an all-time great. For Nail Yakupov,
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The Los Angeles Kings are on the hunt for a couple of key players this summer, and finding the right guys for the job won’t be an easy task. With the recent buyout of defenseman Matt Greene and the selection of Brayden McNabb in the NHL Expansion Draft, the Kings will be looking for Alec Martinez’s next defensive
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On the eve of the NHL’s annual free-agent frenzy, the Anaheim Ducks find themselves in a good position. They have a strong roster with few holes, as they were able to keep Josh Manson and Sami Vatanen through the expansion draft process despite losing promising young defenseman Shea Theodore. They also shed some salary via
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The Edmonton Oilers are dealing with an injury to defenseman Andrej Sekera, who’ll be out for 6-9 months. One of the short-term options might be journeyman Chris Lee, who spent the past four seasons playing in the KHL. According to KHL insider Aivis Kalnins, the 36-year-old has decided to leave Magnitogorsk Metallurg to pursue his NHL
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Two weeks ago, I detailed how the New Jersey Devils could improve their defense, as it was a major problem last season. The offense was not much better, some could even argue that it was worse. New Jersey finished with 180 goals in 2016-17, good for third-worst in the NHL. Only the rebuilding Vancouver Canucks
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Any New Jersey Devils fan that watched last season can tell you that the team needs major upgrades on defense. Turnovers, sloppy positioning, and lack of production were all too common of themes from the blue line in 2016-17. The Hockey Writers’ Will Agathis went more in depth on the current state of the Devils’ defense
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