- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy28 mins ago
The 22-year-old Hertl scored 21 goals and 46 points in 81 points with the Sharks in 2015-16. He was also a big factor in San Jose’s run to the Stanley Cup Final with six goals and 11 points in 20 playoff games. His $3 million salary is a nice raise from the $925,000 he made the last three seasons.
Hertl was one of four Sharks restricted free agents issued qualifying offers on Tuesday, joining Ryan Carptener, Matt Nieto and Dylan DeMelo. It’s a solid deal for San Jose with a reasonable cap hit and keeps the young forward an RFA when the deal expires in 2018. It also gives GM Doug Wilson some flexibility to dip into the UFA market beginning Friday as the team has just over $9 million in cap space, according to General Fanager.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy39 mins ago
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• That’s one heck of a moving crew for Marian Gaborik. Marian Hossa and Zdeno Chara moved pillows and futons because they’re veterans and neighbors in Slovakia. [Mgaborik12]
• With the Colorado Avalanche not offering Brandon Gormley a new deal, the incredible ‘Eric Lindros trade tree’ of the Avs and the Quebec Nordiques finally comes to a close. The initial trade happened in 1992! [Eurolanche]
• The Minnesota Wild have signed restricted free agent Jason Zucker to a two-year, $4-million total bridge deal. [Star Tribune]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy57 mins ago
The Columbus Blue Jackets have bought out the final two years of the contract for long-time defenseman Fedor Tyutin.
The decision to buy out Tyutin will save Columbus $3,291,667 million against the salary cap this season and $2,541,667 against the salary cap for the following season according to General Fanager.
It will still cost Columbus $1,208,33 million against the salary cap for 2016-17 and $1,958,333 for 2017-18.
The following two years Tyutin’s buyout will cost Columbus $1,458,333 each season. The NHL’s buyout period ends at 5 p.m. eastern time on June 30.
Buying him out also prevents the Blue Jacketsfrom being forced to protect him in next year’s expansion draft. This is because he had a no-move clause.
The move was necessitated by Columbus’ decision to re-sign young restricted free agent defenseman Seth Jones to a six-year $32.4 million contract. The Blue Jackets now have $69,665,475 locked into 46 contracts for 2015-16 without any major restricted free agents left to sign.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Josh Ho-Sang didn’t last long during New York Islanders training camp last September. On Day 1, the second of their two 2014 first-round selections was late, prompting GM Garth Snow to send him home.
Of course, before Ho-Sang was officially dismissed the team made him run the stairs at Nassau Coliseum for a couple of hours.
Nine months later, Ho-Sang is back on Long Island for the team’s prospect development camp following a solid season with Niagara of the OHL where he posted 19 goals and 82 points in 66 games, helping the Ice Dogs reach the league final.
Despite his very public exit from camp, there was no sit-down with Snow during the year to discuss what happened.
“They don’t really have to talk to me,” he said. “They sent the message pretty clear last year.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
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Not surprising: That Jacob Trouba, the Winnipeg Jets’ 22-year-old defenseman, would get an offer sheet as a restricted free agent this summer. We had heard another Eastern Conference team was prepping one before CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty reported on Tuesday night that the Boston Bruins are planning to hand him one. Trouba is coveted. Trouba is sorta available. Odds are that he gets one, even if he doesn’t sign it.
Surprising: That the offer sheet would be so massive that a team would have to give up four first-round picks for him.
But if the Bruins want him, that’s the only avenue at the moment. Check out this General Fanager guide to teams and their offer sheet potential:
— General Fanager (@generalfanager) June 29, 2016
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
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Eric Staal would seem like a man with few options in the UFA market this summer.
He followed a 33 points in 63 games campaign with the Carolina Hurricanes with a six points in 20 games stint with the New York Rangers, following their big deadline move. Then the playoffs started, and apparently Staal forgot to set his alarm clock.
He’s 31 and doesn’t have a prayer of making near the $8.25 million cap hit he carried in his last contract. His agent says he wants a top six role and wants to play center, a.k.a. he was totally miscast in New York.
Staal did that in Carolina. Could he did it in Carolina again?
Door is not completely closed on Eric Staal returning to Carolina, but he's looking at other options/ challenges right now.
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) June 28, 2016
Staal is looking at other options, talking to other teams, but wouldn't rule out a return to Hurricanes if they did express interest.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
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– Debating the Eric Lindros induction.
– Why the Hall of Fame ignores Don Cherry.
– The Canucks get fined.
– Stamkos watch.
– News and notes from around the NHL.
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- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy1 day ago
BUFFALO, NY – When it comes to the NHL draft, there’s usually plenty to look forward to.
Teams are able to sell everyone on the promise that this is The Future Of The Club even if they’re picking 25th and anyone they choose there will probably be two or three years away from making an impact at the NHL level at the very least.
But within that relatively small area in which teams can actually move to make themselves better, you can start to notice how teams are choosing to generally approach the weekend, in terms of improving their teams in both the short- and long-term.
With this in mind, it’s important to keep track of what teams see in the prospect pools they encounter at the draft each year, especially when it comes to how picks are valued by teams, and what that means for how they act — and interact — as the first round comes and goes.
This year we saw a few notable trends really start to arise that hadn’t been too prevalent in the past:
Fewer 'impact' trades
At least as long we have a flat salary cap, draft weekends like these will probably start to become the norm.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
The Vancouver Canucks will be cutting a $50,000 check to the National Hockey League after they were fined following comments made by general manager Jim Benning last week about Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban.
“Canucks General Manager Jim Benning violated the provisions of NHL By-Law 15 relating to inappropriate public comments by speaking generally to his Club’s potential interest in players under contract to other NHL Clubs,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly in a statement.
“I spoke with Jim and accept his representation that he intended no harm with his comments and that he will handle similar questions from the media differently in the future.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
As the 2015-16 season ended for Milan Lucic it seemed highly unlikely he would leave the Los Angeles Kings for unrestricted free agency.
His rugged style fit LA perfectly. He became a loud leadership voice in the locker room. His family liked the lifestyle and the anonymity of playing in a big market, but not having to deal with media distractions. He was on the same coast as his native Vancouver.
Lastly – it was close to Disneyland, which was a major positive for his kids as he often noted.
“To be honest I really don’t have much interest into hitting the open market or hearing what’s out there because in my mind this is where I want to be,” Lucic said in late April after the San Jose Sharks eliminated LAin the first-round of the playoffs. “Why flirt with something when you know what you want? That’s the case for me moving forward.”