The Avalanche have officially bought out the final year of Brooks Orpik’s contract.
The Red Wings have signed Martin Frk to a one-year contract extension worth $1.05M.
The Red Wings have signed Tyler Bertuzzi to a two-year, $2.4M ($1.2M AAV) contract extension.
The Capitals have agreed to terms with John Carlson on an eight-year contract extension worth $64.0M ($8.0M AAV).
Carlson had a season to remember, leading all defensemen in points (68) and winning the Stanley Cup in a contract year. Re-signing Carlson looked like it might be difficult for the Capitals, but they traded Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to the Avalanche on Friday, clearing some cap-space to sign their No.1 blueliner. Carlson ties Brent Burns with the second-highest cap-hit among NHL defensemen at $8.0 million.
The Senators have signed Chris Wideman to a one-year, $1M extension.
The Blues have signed Nikita Soshnikov to a one-year deal worth $800K.
Source: Lou Korac 06/24/18, 1:45 pm EST
The Blackhawks have acquired Michael Chaput from the Canucks for Tanner Kero.
The Canucks have acquired Tanner Kero from the Blackhawks for Michael Chaput.
The Avalanche signed Philipp Grubauer to a three-year deal worth $10.0M ($3.33M AAV).
Grubauer was acquired from the Capitals on Friday and signs with the Avalanche, where he figures to start the season as Semyon Varlamov’s backup. Grubauer has played in more than 20 games in each of the last three seasons and ranks tied for first in GAA (2.25) and tied for third in SV% (.923) among goalies with at least 60 games played over that span.
The Kings have agreed to terms with Ilya Kovalchuk on a three-year, $18.75M ($6.25M AAV) contract.
After five years in the KHL, Kovalchuk will return to the NHL in 2019 with the Kings. Kovalchuk scored 31 goals with 32 assists (63 points) in 53 KHL games last season and carried a 1.1 points-per-game and averaged 50 games played, 23-goals and 32 assists in his six seasons in Russia. The Kings’ first line left-winger ranks 92nd at the position, so Kovalchuk is a huge upgrade, even at 35-years-old. He had 11 goals and 20 assists (31 points) in 37 games during his last NHL season.
Source: Jon Rosen 06/24/18, 2:41 pm EST
The Lightning signed Louis Domingue to a two-year extension worth $2.3M ($1.15M AAV).
Domingue took over as the Lightning’s No.2 netminder after being acquired from the Coyotes, going 7-3-1 with a 2.89 GAA and .914 SV% in 12 games with Tampa Bay. The Lightning traded Peter Budaj to the Kings this summer, clearing the path for Domingue to be Andrei Vasilevskiy’s full-time backup next year.
Source: Greg Auman 06/24/18, 2:35 pm EST
The Stars signed Stephen Johns to a three-year extension worth $7.05M ($2.35M AAV).
Johns, 26, has improved in each of his two and a half NHL seasons since being drafted No.60 overall pick in 2010. Johns is a big, bruising defenseman, who led the Stars in hits (2.7 hits per game) last season while scored eight goals with seven assists (15 points).
The Canucks re-signed Markus Granlund to a one-year deal worth $1.475M.
Granlund had eight goals and four assists (12 points) in 53 games with the Canucks last season. The former second-round pick (No.45 in 2011) fell short of his 32-point (19G / 13A) season from the year before and figures to be a botto-6 or reserve forward with them in 2019.
The Hurricanes acquired Michael Ferland, Dougie Hamilton and Adam Fox from the Flames for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm.
Ferland had the best season of his career in 2018, scoring 21 goals with 20 assists (41 points) in 77 games. He spent the majority of his time on a line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, but struggled away from them. That trio had a 53.77 CF% and 61.9 GF% in 704:39 together at 5v5, but Ferland saw those rates drop to a 48.76 CF% and 31.25 GF% without Gaudreau and Monahan.
The Hurricanes acquired Dougie Hamilton, Michael Ferland and Adam Fox from the Flames for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm.
Hamilton is ranked as the No.13 right-handed defenseman according to Corsica Player Ratings. During his three-years in Calgary, Hamilton ranked sixth in the NHL among defensemen in goals (62) and 17th in points (137). Over the last two seasons, Hamilton has a 56.3 CorsiFor% and brings that to a team that ranked first in Corsi last season.
The Flames acquired Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin from the Hurricanes for Dougie Hamilton, Michael Ferland and Adam Fox.
The Hurricanes were reportedly far apart in their contract negotiations with Lindholm, who is an RFA. With no contract in sight, the Hurricanes elected to move on from the former No.5 overall pick (2013), who has averaged just 14 goals and 28 assists (42 points) over the last four seasons. Matt Cane of HockeyGraphs predicts a five-year extension worth $24.98M ($4.978M AAV) for Lindholm.
The Flames acquired Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm from the Hurricanes for Dougie Hamilton, Michael Ferland and Adam Fox.
Hanifin is coming off of the best season of his young career, picking up 10 goals and 22 assists (32 points) in 79 games. Playing on the best possession team in hockey, Hanifin had an impressive +2.8 relative Corsi. The 21-year-old is an RFA who the Flames will have to sign this summer. Matt Cane of HockeyGraphs predicts a two-year bridge deal worth $4.672M ($2.336M AAV).