The Buffalo Sabres basically wrapped up their mandatory summer moves by signing RFA Zemgus Girgensons to a two-year, $3.2 million contract on Thursday. That translates to a cap hit of $1.6M per year; the team confirmed those terms. The 23-year-old
John Tavares and the Islanders are meandering toward training camp, now less than a month away, seemingly no closer to a long-term contract solution than on July 1, when the face of the franchise was first eligible to lay to rest the rumors about his impending free agency. While that's a bit unsettling for Islanders fans, Tavares feels little urgency to get a deal done.
In May, a disappointed Jori Lehtera left Scottrade Center the day the Blues cleaned out their lockers and vowed to be back in St. Louis earlier than usual to prepare for the 2017-18 season. True to his word, Lehtera was at the IceZone in Hazelwood this week, participating in the informal practices taking place at the team facility a month ahead of training camp. But Lehtera was doing so in the black and orange uniform of the Philadelphia Flyers, the club he will report to in September following the Blues’ surprising swap for Brayden Schenn at the NHL draft. “It’s not really (weird) being here,” said Lehtera, whose wife, Lotta, is soon expected to deliver the couple’s first child. “It’s really