Free Agents

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed a player named Nash. No, it’s not former Jackets star Rick Nash, but it is nevertheless an effective player. Columbus agreed to terms with center Riley Nash on a three-year contract, per TSN’s Darren Dreger. The deal carries an average annual value (AAV) of $2.4 million. Correction, $2.75 x
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On a somber day for the New York Islanders, who saw franchise center John Tavares walk away to sign a seven-year pact with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, the club is left to pick up the pieces. Naturally, new general manager and former Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello looked to his old club (the same as
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Soon after the unrestricted free-agent signing period officially kicked off, the Chicago Blackhawks announced a trio of signings. Addressing depth for all three position groups, the Hawks agreed to terms with forward Chris Kunitz, goaltender Cam Ward, and defenseman Brandon Manning. OFFICIAL: Forward Chris Kunitz and goaltender Cam Ward have signed 1-year contracts and defenseman
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At the beginning of the 2017-18 season, the Montreal Canadiens placed Victor Mete with Shea Weber on the top defensive pairing. Mete, a left-shot defenceman, was an ideal fit to play alongside Weber, a right-hand shot. Also, Mete’s speed and ability to move the puck suited Weber’s shutdown, defensive-minded game. The two had good chemistry.
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As the Anaheim Ducks look to gradually move towards a style of play more oriented around speed and puck possession, the commencement of the unrestricted free-agent signing period this Sunday, July 1 represents an opportunity for them to plug some holes and bolster their depth in the here and now. Their youth will continue to
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A month ago, it seemed the Vancouver Canucks had plenty of questions in terms of what to do. They were in the middle of the playoff race and playing well behind a legitimate first line and steady goaltending. Since Bo Horvat went down with a foot injury, the Canucks have won only two of their
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With training camp around the corner, the Washington Capitals find themselves with questions. Can their young, promising prospects fill the voids on their main roster left by high-scorers like Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams? And more importantly, if they can’t, what’s the next step? For general manager Brian MacLellan, the answer lies in professional tryouts.
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Even though training camps open in a few weeks, notable free agents remain without a job. That includes 33-year-old Thomas Vanek, who doesn’t have a contract despite posting solid numbers last season. With the Detroit Red Wings, Vanek posted 38 points in 48 games. After posting numbers like that, there’s no reason why Vanek should
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Free-agent forward Jimmy Vesey chose dirty-water dogs, Broadway lights and the New York Rangers. Free agent goalie Cal Petersen opted for the film industry, Sunset Boulevard and the Los Angeles Kings. For Sabres fans, let’s hope with defenseman Will Butcher, the third time is the charm and he opts for chicken wings, Canalside and the blue and
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There were rumors that George McPhee and the Vegas Golden Knights were looking to move defensemen thanks to a stocked-full cupboard of blueliners they picked up at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. It appears that plans may have changed. The Golden Knights have 11 defensemen on their roster, but McPhee says they aren’t urgently trying
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The Buffalo Sabres have made some bold moves this offseason. Jason Botterill’s first order of business was to boost the defence, with three new starters. One of the biggest acquisitions was Marco Scandella from the Minnesota Wild. Going the other way were left wingers Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno. This has left a hole on the roster
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With only one day until free agency, the pieces are starting to fall into place. It’s coming down the wire and players are using teams as leverage, making their final visits and creating backup plans in the event their first choices are not an option come July 1. Marleau and Thornton Playing Hardball? (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA
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The Edmonton Oilers are dealing with an injury to defenseman Andrej Sekera, who’ll be out for 6-9 months. One of the short-term options might be journeyman Chris Lee, who spent the past four seasons playing in the KHL. According to KHL insider Aivis Kalnins, the 36-year-old has decided to leave Magnitogorsk Metallurg to pursue his NHL
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Two weeks ago, I detailed how the New Jersey Devils could improve their defense, as it was a major problem last season. The offense was not much better, some could even argue that it was worse. New Jersey finished with 180 goals in 2016-17, good for third-worst in the NHL. Only the rebuilding Vancouver Canucks
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Any New Jersey Devils fan that watched last season can tell you that the team needs major upgrades on defense. Turnovers, sloppy positioning, and lack of production were all too common of themes from the blue line in 2016-17. The Hockey Writers’ Will Agathis went more in depth on the current state of the Devils’ defense
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