Obviously no contracts can be signed until July 1, and technically there is to be no discussion of contract terms, but the window is open for discussions to begin. T.J. Oshie re-signing with the Washington Capitals on Friday already removed one of the big-ticket players from the market. Shattenkirk is probably the top free agent available on the market and headlines a weak group of defensemen.
It’s once again time for that Puck Daddy tradition, “The 10 Most Awkward NHL Draft Rookie Photos,” and surprisingly many of them don’t involve a tiny ‘lil Gary Bettman at a big ‘ol podium. The 2017 NHL Draft, sadly, has followed in the recent tradition of not posing these young men with their sticks raised or with some weird lighting or other photo booth accouterment. Here are some from the NHL Draft in Chicago.
On June 15, 2017, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin shook the hockey world once again. He traded 2016 first-round pick and top prospect Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional second-round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for young and talented French-Canadian Jonathan Drouin and a conditional sixth-round pick. Last offseason, Bergevin kicked things off when he traded defenceman P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber. This year, he’s shifted his focus to improving the Canadiens up front. By bringing in Drouin, Bergevin has acquired an offensive force that immediately changes the look of the top six. While he still has some work to do, trading for and signing the young