- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
It’s the 2016 NHL Free Agent Frenzy Chatterbox!
The Chatterbox offers breaking news and insider insight in one place; to have, at the end of the day, a chronological review of the NHL Free Agent Frenzy’s rumors and trades; and as a place for your friends at Puck Daddy to pop in and out during the day for quick chats.
For NHL Free Agent Frenzy, we’ve compiled Twitter feeds from some of the best hockey journalists, news-breakers and entertaining analysts for your viewing enjoyment.
The free-agent signing period begins at noon ET!
Among the pundits: Pierre LeBrun of ESPN; Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet; Michael Russo of the Star Tribune; Bob McKenzie of TSN; Darren Dreger of TSN; Renaud Lavoie of TVA; Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet; Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News; John Shannon of Sportsnet; Craig Custance of ESPN; Andy Strickland of KRTS; Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun; Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch; Chris Johnston of Sportsnet; your Puck Daddy buddies Wyshynski, Leahy, Cooper, Lambert and many more!
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad is entering the last year of his rookie deal, with a Calder Trophy to his credit and having established himself as a franchise player.
Starting in 2017-18, he’ll be paid like one.
According to Jimmy Murphy of Dirty Water Media and confirmed by George Richards of the Miami Herald, Ekblad will sign an 8-year deal with a $7.5 million average annual value this summer. Richards said he doesn’t anticipate Ekblad signs the deal on July 1, but will do so “soon.” The deal was initially reported by Elliotte Friedman last week.
Ekblad had 36 points in 78 games last season, playing 21:40 per game as a 20 year old. There was some concern that he could be an offer sheet target next summer, but Panthers management has ended that drama before it began.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
It’s hard to gauge emotion from Shea Weber’s face.
No matter the situation – good, bad indifferent – he stays stoic and almost statuesque in how his surveys what has occurred in front of him.
“I really regard him as a John Wayne type,” longtime Nashville Predators play-by-play voice Peter Weber said. “I think Shea is overly loud with that shot of his, but I really do think he is the mostly silent, very strong type that guys respect for that.”
This ability to stay level and even has helped Shea Weber become one of the top defensemen in the NHL since 2005-06, his first year in the league. In his eight full seasons since then he has scored in between 15-23 goals and notched in between 40-56 points.
In his career, he’s averaged 24:02 of ice-time in 763 NHL games. The 30-year-old Weber has been named to two Canadian Olympic, won two gold medals and was one of the first 16 players added to Team Canada’s World Cup team. Three times, Weber has been named a finalist for the Norris Trophy.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown said he “doesn’t see eye-to-eye” with a team management decision to strip him of his captain’s ‘C’.
He also indicated his relationship with the organization has been strained moving forward following leaks in the Kings’ decision to give Anze Kopitar the captaincy.
Brown was named team captain in 2008 and has led the group to two Stanley Cup championships. He is the only American captain to win multiple Stanley Cups and one of two US born players to captain a team to a championship
Earlier in June, the Kings announced Kopitar would become the team’s new captain.
“I’m not going to say it’s rosy but at the end of the day my responsibility and my job and what I ultimately care about is performing and playing well for my teammates. That wasn’t ever not the case,” Brown said. “I don’t want to let my teammates down first and foremost because those are the guys you go to battle with and those are the guys it affects the most. That’s kind of my focus and my perspective.”
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
The biggest problem with offer sheets, in general, is that we don’t know how rare or common they are.
That’s because we only ever hear about the ones that have been signed. In theory and as far as we know, every top restricted free agent in the league receives and turns down a dozen a year. In actual practice, it’s likely far less than that.
Are we to believe that the eight offer sheets signed since the summer of 2005 are the only ones extended? Tough to say, but you’d have to lean toward no. However, the fact that only eight have been signed — often extended by teams desperate enough to give huge money to guys who aren’t necessarily worth it — probably gives you a pretty clear indication of how common they are not.
And moreover, while players have agreed to eight such deals only one has actually led to a player changing teams (Dustin Penner in summer 2007, which cost Edmonton its first-, second-, and third-round picks in the 2008 draft).
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
– Arpon Basu of NHL.com talks with us about that mammoth P.K. Subban deal that brought Shea Weber to Montreal
-Taylor Hall gets traded too!
– Steven Stamkos stays in Tampa Bay!
– News and notes from around the NHL.
The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn’t work, try here.]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
The sleepless nights were there for Steven Stamkos. As he approached unrestricted free agency for the first time in his NHL career, he couldn’t help but allow thoughts of potentially playing somewhere other than Tampa slip into his head.
But at the end of the day, he was able to stick with the intentions he’d stated all along and re-sign with the Lightning.
“It’s been a great eight years that I’ve been there,” Stamkos said during a Thursday conference call with reporters. “I grew up as a kid there and this team is on the verge of hopefully competing for Stanley Cups for years to come. Being the captain and being a leader of that team I felt in my heart that that was always the place I wanted to stay. I know the process took a lot longer than maybe both parties would have liked, but it was an experience, and every decision in life you just want to make the best decision at the end of the day.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
The Boston Bruins said goodbye to Dennis Seidenberg and extended restricted free agent Torey Krug on Thursday.
First, on Seidenberg: Considering the week Peter Chiarelli is having, it’s unfortunate we have to pile on with ghosts of general managing past, but here we are.
The Boston Bruins bought out the remaining two contract years for defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who is 34 going on 57. He’ll get two-thirds of his remaining salary. The Bruins will have $1,166,667 in dead cap space in 2016-17, 2018-19, and 2019-20, and the hit is $2,166,667 for 2017-18.
It was Chiarelli, then GM of the Bruins, who decided to trade Johnny Boychuk rather than Dennis Seidenberg two years ago, getting a better return (two second-round picks) and perhaps making the more cost-effective move, although Boychuk is roughly two years younger. But he made the wrong choice, and here be the repercussions.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at .
• New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique is excited about being reunited with Taylor Hall. The two were teammates with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires. [Adam Henrique]
• Montreal Canadiens fans are very upset that the team traded P.K. Subban. [Hockey Inside/Out]
• Subban is the type of star who can change the Nashville Predators forever. [Eye on Hockey]
• Trading Subban doesn’t bode well for the Canadiens from a long-term perspective. [Today’s Slapshot]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
Free Agent Frenzy kicks off Friday at noon ET and NHL teams are continuing to find ways to free up extra salary cap space in order to try and improve their rosters this summer.
In all, 14 buyouts were used this month, and some general managers decided to use the option before Thursday’s deadline.
Getting the “waived for intention to buy out” treatment are Matt Carle, Lauri Korpikoski, Jared Boll, Dennis Seidenberg, Matt Greene and Barret Jackman, per Bob McKenzie. If and when they clear waivers on Friday, their respective contracts will be buy out.
Here’s who hit the wire on Thursday:
Boll: The Columbus Blue Jackets will save $1.134 million on their cap this season for buying out the final year of the 30-year-old forward’s deal who, along Fedor Tyutin was one of team’s longest-tenured players. The Blue Jackets will have a $566,666 hit on their cap for the next two seasons. After buying out Tyutin and re-signing Seth Jones, Columbus had just over $42,000 in space on Wednesday. They’re now up to $4.467 million in room.