Player Notes

  • Connor Hobbs signs entry-level contract
    Connor Hobbs has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: Hobbs had 19 goals, 41 points, and 106 penalty minutes in 58 WHL games in 2015-16. He was taken with the 143rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. 28 minutes ago
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  • Detroit signs Darren Helm to a five-year deal
    The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed Darren Helm to a five-year, $19.25 million contract.

    Advice: That's a lot of money for a bottom-six forward, but it might be less than what Helm could have gotten elsewhere. While he's not a significant contributor offensively, he's an asset defensively and in particular when it comes to killing penalties. Today, 7:18 am
  • Report: Oilers will make Lucic 7-year offer
    The Edmonton Oilers will reportedly offer Milan Lucic a seven-year deal worth a minimum of $42 million contract.

    Advice: Lucic is 28 years old, so it's at least feasible that he'll maintain his current level - or close to it - through the life of that deal. As for the cap hit, $6 million annually seems in the right ballpark for Lucic, particularly for Edmonton which likely has to put more on the table to lure top UFAs given the Oilers' horrific track record over the last decade. Today, 6:51 am
  • Sharks, Hertl contract talks went quickly
    It sounds like the contract negotiations between the San Jose Sharks and Thomas Hertl were very smooth.

    Advice: Hertl ended up signing a two-year, $6 million deal on Wednesday. "For him to step up and say ‘Doug, I want to get this done,’ we got it done very quickly. Tomas gets all the credit for that," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said. "He advised his agent and they were right on board with seeing how we do things. Very, very pleased and happy for what Tomas did for us." For his part, Hertl was happy to receive a bridge contract that should lead to a more lucrative contract if he continues to develop. Today, 6:45 am
  • Islanders meet with Andrew Ladd
    The New York Islanders provided Andrew Ladd with a tour of their new practice facilities, among other things.

    Advice: The Islanders are among the teams that are believed to be in the running for Ladd, who will become an unrestricted free agent at noon ET on Friday. Ladd is one of the more desirable forwards available and he'd be a nice addition for the Islanders, who are likely to lose Kyle Okposo. Today, 6:11 am
  • Wild ink Zac Dalpe to a two-way deal
    Zac Dalpe has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.

    Advice: The Wild and Dalpe avoided restricted free agency. He can make $600,000 if he spends the season in the NHL or $275,000 annually in the minors. No matter what combination of the AHL and NHL he ends up playing in, he's been promised a minimum salary of $350,000 for 2016-17. Today, 6:07 am
  • Minnesota re-signs Tyler Graovac
    Tyler Graovac has agreed to a two-year, $1.25 million contract with the Minnesota Wild.

    Advice: Graovac would have become a restricted free agent. The first season of his new deal is two-ways, but it becomes a one-way deal in 2017-18. He had five goals and 16 points in 39 AHL contests in 2015-16. Today, 6:04 am
  • Report: A. Ekblad will get 8-year, $60M offer
    The Florida Panthers will reportedly offer Aaron Ekblad an eight-year, $60 million extension.

    Advice: Ekblad isn't eligible to receive an extension until noon ET on July 1, so that's why it hasn't happened yet. That's a lot of money to throw at a player with 159 games worth of NHL experience, but given what he's already accomplished and his upside, it's possible that locking him up at $7.5 million annually will actually end up saving the Panthers money in the long run. Today, 6:01 am
  • Report: Hawks frontrunners for Brian Campbell
    The Chicago Blackhawks are reportedly the frontrunners to sign Brian Campbell once the free agent period opens.

    Advice: That's a bit surprising given Chicago's tough cap situation, but it does follow a previous report that Campbell has "serious interest" in playing for Chicago once more. If Campbell is intent on being reunited with the Blackhawks, then he will likely be agreeing to a discount to make the deal possible. Today, 5:49 am
  • Dennis Seidenberg was shocked by buyout
    Dennis Seidenberg was shocked by the Boston Bruins' decision to buy him out.

    Advice: "(Bruins general manager) Donnie (Sweeney) called me (yesterday morning) and he said it was a tough call to make, but he had to buy me out, that they were going with the kids," Seidenberg said. "Told me I was a great guy and that was it." Seidenberg will become an unrestricted free agent at noon on July 1, but because the Bruins only started the buyout process on June 30 he missed out on the open interview period. Still, he should find teams interested in his services. Today, 5:42 am
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  • Jared Cowen's contract still with Maple Leafs
    Despite being placed on waivers, Jared Cowen was not bought out by the Maple Leafs before the first buyout deadline passed.

    Advice: Bob McKenzie speculates the reason is that Cowen is not healthy, and players cannot be bought out while injured. Both Toronto and Cowen's representatives are refusing to comment on the situation, and the NHLPA is believed to be involved. Yesterday, 6:34 pm
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  • Jake McCabe signs three-year deal
    Jake McCabe re-signed with the Sabres on Thursday night with a three-year deal.

    Advice: The 22-year-old notched 14 points in 77 games and led all Sabres with a plus-6 rating during his first full season. He played an average of more than 19 minutes per game. Yesterday, 6:06 pm
  • Cole Schneider signs one-year deal with BUF
    Cole Schneider has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

    Advice: The 6'1, 198-pound forward led the Rochester Americans in scoring last season with 55 points, and played in his first two NHL games. The 25-year-old has chipped in at least 20 goals and 50 points in each of his last three seasons. Yesterday, 6:03 pm
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  • Dustin Brown comments on being stripped of C
    Dustin Brown spoke to the press on Thursday for the first time since the Kings' management stripped him of the captaincy.

    Advice: "It was a tough pill to swallow. There are a lot of emotions that go through it, but at the end of the day, it was really out of my control because this is a management decision," Brown said. "Quite honest, it would’ve been a lot harder had it been my teammates doing this." Brown's production on the ice has slipped and stayed poor for the past three seasons, while new captain Anze Kopitar has proven to be one of the top centers in the league. Brown said that though he wishes he still wore the C, he thinks Kopitar will do a great job. Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Tom Wilson inks a two-year, $4M contract
    Tom Wilson has inked a two-year, $4 million contract with the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: Wilson is primarily known as an enforcer, but he does contribute a bit offensively and hopes to grow in that regard. He had seven goals, 23 points, and 163 penalty minutes in 82 contests in 2015-16. He also averaged 12:55 minutes per game, up from 10:56 minutes as a sophomore and 7:56 minutes as a rookie. He's never going to be a top line player, but the 22-year-old is someone that the Capitals has valued for a while now and is showing signs of growth, so while his cap hit might be high compared to his past role, it's not terribly surprising that he got that kind of a deal. Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • Mason Raymond goes unclaimed on waivers
    Mason Raymond has successfully cleared waivers.

    Advice: That allows Calgary to complete the buyout process. Raymond had just four goals and five points in 29 contests in 2015-16. Yesterday, 9:56 am
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  • Lightning plan to buy out Matt Carle
    Matt Carle has been placed on waivers.

    Advice: The next step for the Lightning will be to buy out the final two seasons of his six-year, $33 million contract. They will save roughly $3.7 million in cap space for each of the next two seasons, but then have a roughly $1.8 million cap penalty for the two seasons that follow. Yesterday, 9:43 am
  • Francis Perron aims to get to 175 pounds
    Francis Perron is hoping to bulk up over the summer.

    Advice: "It’s a big summer of training for me, to put on some weight," said Perron. "I want to be 175 pounds for main training camp. Right now, I’m at 163 or 162. For sure, I lost five or six pounds in the last two months of the season. It was a lot of hockey, but it’s part of it. You have to pay a price when you go that far." Perron and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies' made it to the 2016 Memorial Cup. He had 41 goals and 108 points in 62 QMJHL contests during the regular season. He's projected to start the 2016-17 campaign in the AHL. Yesterday, 7:06 am
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  • Wild are interested in signing Eric Staal
    The Minnesota Wild have expressed interest in Eric Staal.

    Advice: "There’s mutual interest and consideration that there is a fit with Minnesota," Staal's agent, Rick Curran, said. "We’ve had conversation and I would also suggest Eric was extremely impressed." Staal is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He's coming off of a campaign where he had just 13 goals and 39 points in 83 games between Carolina and the Rangers. He might still rebound, but if a team signs him to a long-term contract, they'll be taking a considerable risk. Yesterday, 6:56 am
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  • Report: Boston continues to mull over Trouba
    Based on previous reports, the Boston Bruins are considering an offer sheet for Jacob Trouba, but now they're apparently having second thoughts.

    Advice: We'll have to wait and see what happens here, but there's a reason that it's extremely rare for a team to acquire a player through an offer sheet. The only way to avoid the original team simply matching your offer is to significantly overpay for the player in question and on top of that you have to surrender draft picks. The Bruins might also be fear of retribution where other teams start making offer sheets to their restricted free agents as punishment for Boston doing so and thus driving up the price of future RFAs in the process. Even with all that in mind, the Bruins might be desperate enough for a No. 1 defenseman that they'll try to make it work with Trouba anyways. Yesterday, 5:34 am
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