Sean Leahy

  • Stepan's future; moneypuck in Toronto; Jamaica hits the ice (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

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    • Eichel Mania has begun in Buffalo. [Sabres]

    • RIP the bridge deal for young NHL stars. You will be missed. [Globe and Mail]

    • Ryan O’Reilly’s rich new deal with the Buffalo Sabres puts the New York Rangers in a tough spot with Derek Stepan. [NY Post

    • In a move that will likely earn them a future asset at the trade deadline, the Toronto Maple Leafs have inked Shawn Matthias to a one-year, $2.3 million deal. [Maple Leafs

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  • Ryan O'Reilly inks creative 7-year, $52.5 million extension with Sabres

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Ryan O’Reilly and the Buffalo Sabres have agreed to a seven-year, $52.5 million extension for the 24-year old forward. 

    The cap hit comes in at $7.5 million per year.

    O’Reilly, who spent the first six seasons of his NHL with the Colorado Avalanche, is another young piece acquired by Sabres GM Tim Murray. He’ll join 23-year old Evander Kane, who they traded for in February, 18-year old No. 2 overall pick Jack Eichel and 25-year old Tyler Ennis, who was extended last summer. 

    The makeup of the extension is interesting. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, all seven years come with a $1 million salary and the rest coming via signing bonuses. So O’Reilly protects himself from escrow and with all the bonus money, a buyout, sort of like what we saw with David Clarkson’s deal with the Maple Leafs.

    That sound you just heard was Steven Stamkos laughing as he envisions the giant pile of money he’ll receive once he signs his extension.

  • Blues re-sign Jake Allen, stick with 1A-1B tandem in goal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    The St. Louis Blues have solidfied their net for next season, inking goaltender Jake Allen to a two-year, $4.7 million extension on Friday,according to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch.

    The 24-year old Allen, a two-time NHL All-Rookie Team netminder, was a restricted free agent as of Wednesday and sees a nice raise from the $850,000 he made in 2014-15.

    This now means that both Allen and 1B goaltender Brian Elliott are on two-year deals. 

    Allen played well down the stretch for the Blues, allowing two goals or less in 12 of the final 13 regular season games, but couldn’t help lead them past the Minnesota Wild in the first round. GM Doug Armstrong obviously feels confident in the 1A/1B setup, hoping both can continue pushing one another and find success. But the two-year term also allows some flexibility if the plan falls apart.

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  • Jonathan Toews gets ultimate honor of having beer named after him

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    He has three Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold medals, one Conn Smythe Trophy, alake named after him and, of course, one Mark Messier Leadership Award. But one achievement Jonathan Toews had yet to earn? Having a beer named after him.

    Enter Tinley Park, Il.-based Hailstorm Brewing Company who earlier this week introduced a brew in honor of the Chicago Blackhawks captain. 

    Welcome, Captain Serious #19 Pale Ale:

    According to I Heart Beer, the brew is “a dry, hoppy, west coast style pale ale brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic, and Galaxy hops. It’s 45 IBU and 5.6% ABV.”

    That all sounds pretty great for the captain, who enjoyed himself a beer or a few during the Blackhawks’ previous two Cups of this era.

    Hailstorm is hoping that this will help lure Toews to the brewery with a special guest, the Stanley Cup, tagging along.

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  • Antoine Vermette makes 'easy adjustment' in return to Coyotes

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    After the Arizona Coyotes’ 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins back on Feb. 28, Antoine Vermette held an emotional post-game scrum. The NHL trade deadline was less than 48 hours away and the pending unrestricted free agent knew he would be traded. 

    Not long before the Coyotes boarded the team plane that night, Vermette was on his way to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a first-round pick and prospect Klas Dahlback. A little over two months later, he was a Stanley Cup champion. 

    But the fit in Arizona was too good to say goodbye to forever, and on the opening day of free agency, Vermette inked a two-year, $7.5 million deal to return to the Coyotes. 

    “I was leaving without any expectations. All along through that process, right to the end, I didn’t want to put any kind of pressure on that side,” Vermette said about the March trade. “Right away I didn’t know [whether he'd return]. I knew I was leaving. I knew I could potentially not come back. I wasn’t really thinking about it.”

    Vermette, who spent parts of four seasons in Arizona before the trade to Chicago, returns a champion, a big attribute Maloney is excited about.

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  • Sensible July 1 deals; free agent fallout; 'Moose' heads to San Jose (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

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    Two of the newest jerseys in the @NHL Store here in NYC. @BlueJacketsNHL @LAKings #Saad #Lucic. pic.twitter.com/vSe2H6Nu4M

    • That’s a nice shiny, brand new Brandon Saad Blue Jackets jersey. Better act now before the unsigned restricted free agent gets offer-sheeted by another NHL team. [@MearsyNHL]

    • The opening of free agency saw a lot of sensible deals. What gives? Are GMs getting smarter? [Sporting News]

  • Panthers acquire Reilly Smith, contract of Marc Savard from Bruins for Jimmy Hayes

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days 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. 

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  • Jack Eichel leaves BU, signs entry-level deal with Sabres

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    Another piece of Tim Murray’s plan is falling into place for the Buffalo Sabres.

    As Scott McLoughlin of WEEI and Shawn Stepner of Buffalo’s WKBW reported Wednesday morning, Jack Eichel has left Boston University following his freshman year and has signed with the 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. 

    “I just want to be a piece of the puzzle, because Buffalo wants success and wants success soon.”

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  • Cody Hodgson signs with Predators, hopes for career turnaround

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    Cody Hodgson vowed at the end of the regular season that he would be better next season. He’ll get that chance as a member of the Nashville Predators.

    The Buffalo Sabres placed the 25-year old Hodgson on waivers Monday with the intent of buying him out. He’ll be paid $791,666 over the next eight seasons from the buy out and now $1.05 million next season from the Predators.

    Hodgson scored 44 goals and recorded 99 points over three-and-a-half seasons in Buffalo. This past season, he had the worst production of his NHL career putting up six goal and 13 points in 78 games while his ice time fell six minutes from the 2013-14 campaign.

    The Predators took on a reclamation project last summer in Mike Ribeiro and it worked, at least on the ice. (His off-the-ice issues are a different story.) Hodgson gets the same exact deal that Ribeiro received last summer -- a "prove it" kind of contract.

    It was only two seasons ago Hodgson scored 20 goals and 44 points. The talent is there. Can he turn it around in Nashville?

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  • Oilers land Andrej Sekera with six-year, $33 million deal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    The Edmonton Oilers started their shopping early by nabbing center Mark Letestu and defenseman Andrej Sekera 30 minutes into the opening of the free agent period.

    Connor McDavid is now an Oiler. Peter Chiarelli is now running the show as general manager. Todd McLellan is behind the bench. There will be plenty more change coming in Edmonton, and with the amount of young talent already on the roster, this is a big summer for the franchise to finally turn things around.

    Sekera’s deal is six years and worth $33 million. It also includes a no-movement clause.

    The pickup of Sekera is big for the Edmonton defense, an area that needed upgrading. The 29-year old blueliner was dealt in February from Carolina to LA for a conditional first-rounder and prospect Roland McKeown. The Kings only got 16 games out of him since they missed the playoffs, which also meant the pick would be a 2016 one and not one in last weekend’s NHL Draft.

    "I thought about that,” Sekera told TSN of playing on the same team as McDavid. “He's going to be a really good player." 

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