Earlier on Monday the Washington Capitals did not extend a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Brett Connolly. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie the Capitals have agreed to terms with Connolly on a two-year contract that will pay him an average annual salary of $1.5 million per season. The 24-year-old Connolly appeared in 66 games for the Capitals this past season, scoring 15 goals and posting excellent possession numbers to make him a valuable depth player for a team that won the Presidents’ Trophy for the second year in a row.
For a good while, the center position in New York was largely carried by the one-two punch of Derick Brassard and Derek Stepan. Now, the Derick & Derek show is no longer. Stepan was shipped out during draft weekend in a blockbuster deal with Arizona.
As New York Rangers players cleaned out their lockers after a second-round playoff exit, all the talk was about impending change. That's just getting started — for the Rangers and the rest of the NHL. Big moves leading up to and at the draft by the Rangers, rival New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks and others set up a potentially crazy week to come going into free agency. Teams could begin talking to pending free agents Sunday and can sign them starting Saturday afternoon, and in between there could be plenty more movement now that the Vegas expansion draft is over and the foundation has been laid for trades. "Everyone had a lot of doubt moving into (the expansion draft) because they didn't