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  • 5 Bargain Free Agents Your NHL Team Should Sign

    Bleacher Report "Many of the NHL's top unrestricted free agents were signed within hours of this year's free-agent market opening at noon ET on Wednesday. With the salary cap remaining at $81.5 million for the 2021-22 campaign, teams with limited salary-cap space and roster needs to..." July 30

  • Colorado Avalanche Sign Tyson Jost

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche have checked off one of the final entries on their to-do list, signing Tyson Jost to a two-year contract. Jost was the team’s last restricted free agent at the NHL level. Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports that the deal will carry an average..." July 30

  • LeBron James, Drake to Produce Documentary on Anti-Black Racism in Hockey

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and musician Drake are set to be executive producers on the upcoming documentary Black Ice, which will focus on racism in hockey throughout its history, per Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter.  The film, from..." July 30

  • NHL free agency: The 10 best players still available on the market

    The Athletic "The NHL free-agent frenzy was back in a big way when the market opened on Wednesday. Plummeting revenues, season uncertainty and the flat cap all conspired to restrain player valuations last offseason but those concerns seem to have taken a back seat based on the amount of money..." July 29

  • Blues sign F Brandon Saad to five-year, $22.5M deal

    TSN "The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Brandon Saad to a five-year, $22.5 million contract. Saad, 28, scored 15 goals and tallied 24 points in 44 games this season with the Colorado Avalanche after being acquired from Chicago last fall for Nikita..." July 29

  • Darren Helm signs with the Avalanche

    Mile High Sports "The Avalanche have added to their depth Thursday, signing Darren Helm to a one-year, $1 million contract, according to Darren Dreger of TSN. Helm, 34, has spent the entirety of his career with the Detroit Red Wings, winning the Stanley Cup in his rookie season in 2007-08. In..." July 29

  • Tampa Bay Lightning sign Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to two-year contract

    Raw Charge "The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to a two-year contract. The contract will carry a $1 million cap hit. The Lightning have already made a number of moves today, including bringing back defenseman Zach Bogosian who is expected to be on the..." July 29

  • Avalanche acquiring goaltender Darcy Kuemper from Coyotes

    Sportsnet "The Colorado Avalanche are acquiring goaltender Darcy Kuemper from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a first-round pick and defenceman Conor Timmins, according to Craig Morgan of NHL Network. According to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, the Coyotes..." July 28

  • Kraken make big splash adding Philipp Grubauer, Jaden Schwartz and Alexander Wennberg

    TSN "The Seattle Kraken made three significant additions in free agency on Wednesday. The team signed goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a six-year, $35.4 million deal, forward Jaden Schwartz to a five-year, $27.5 million deal and centre Alexander Wennberg to a..." July 28

  • Avalanche, Gabriel Landeskog agree on 8-year extension

    ESPN "The Colorado Avalanche and captain Gabriel Landeskog agreed on an eight-year contract extension, taking the most coveted forward off the market on the eve of NHL free agency. The contract carries a $7 million average annual value. It has a full no-movement clause..." July 28

  • Avalanche have seven-year, $49M offer on table to Gabriel Landeskog

    Sportsnet "The Colorado Avalanche have a seven-year, $49-million offer on the table to captain Gabriel Landeskog, who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Friedman also reports there are numerous teams looking to land the..." July 27

  • Final Predictions for 2021 NHL Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "The NHL's annual free-agent market opens this year on Wednesday, July 28 at noon ET. Most of the top free agents won't be available for long. Many are usually signed before the end of the first day. A handful of notable free agents are already off the market, the most..." July 27

  • 5 NHL UFAs set to be overpaid this offseason

    The Score "Free agency is the most popular way for NHL teams to try to improve their teams, but general managers often overpay and create salary-cap issues in the process. There are appropriate deals out there for all the players listed below, but these five unrestricted free agents appear prime..." July 27

  • Rangers need to consider making an attempt to sign Gabriel Landeskog

    Empire Sports Media "The NHL’s free agency is set to begin on Wednesday, New York Rangers general manager Chris Drury needs to consider the biggest fish in the pond, Colorados’ Gabriel Landeskog. The New York Rangers have been making adjustments to their roster over the last 14 days...." July 27

  • Are Gabriel Landeskog and the Colorado Avalanche heading toward an ugly breakup?

    Mile High Hockey "As the offseason began, it felt as if it was only a matter of time before the Colorado Avalanche announced a new contract for their captain Gabriel Landeskog. He is their best left winger, the face of the franchise and a fixture in the Denver community. Nothing was certain, but..." July 27

  • Four UFAs NHL teams should be careful to not overpay

    Sportsnet "General Managers will be free to offer contracts to UFAs on Wednesday and anytime there are bidding wars, there are overpays. With a flat salary cap, avoiding contracts with lots of term and money for players likely to underperform them is critical. This is difficult to do in unrestricted free..." July 27

  • Kraken trade D Kurtis MacDermid to Avalanche

    TSN "The Seattle Kraken have traded defenceman Kurtis MacDermid to the Colorado Avalanche for a 2023 fourth-round draft pick. The Kraken selected MacDermid last week from the Los Angeles Kings in the expansion draft. " July 27

  • Finding the next Carter Verhaeghe: 4 bargain NHL UFAs who could outplay contract

    The Score "Nobody thought twice when the Florida Panthers signed forward Carter Verhaeghe to a two-year, $2-million contract last offseason. He'd just turned 25 and only had 13 points in 52 career NHL games to that point. However, it proved to be the best signing of the summer, as Verhaeghe..." July 27

  • Money or legacy? Gabriel Landeskog, Philipp Grubauer will need to leave one on the table

    Colorado Hockey Now "In just about 24 hours, barring any last-second pen-to-paper, Avs captain and top-line winger Gabe Landeskog, along with Vezina finalist goaltender Philipp Grubauer, will both officially become unrestricted free agents. That’s a distressing, unsettling idea for many an Avalanche..." July 27

  • 5 UFAs best served by re-signing with current teams

    The Score "There are a number of big-name free agents set to hit the open market on July 28. Many of them held off signing extensions due to the looming Seattle Kraken expansion draft last week, but the attention has shifted with that out of the way now. It's fair to say that Alex..." July 26

  • 4 NHL signings we'd love to see

    The Score "A few marquee NHL pending unrestricted free agents appear likely to re-sign with their current clubs or have already done so. But several impact players may still opt for a change of scenery. While Alex Ovechkin isn't expected to hit the market and Taylor..." July 26

  • Four undervalued NHL UFAs who could be bargains when free agency opens

    Sportsnet "Thanks to the expansion draft, there has been plenty of player movement since the Tampa Bay Lightning lifted the Stanley Cup three weeks ago. There’s about to be a whole lot more once unrestricted free agency opens on Wednesday. The list of big-name, pending UFAs is long and..." July 26

  • Avalanche, Philipp Grubauer talks may have just hit a wall

    Colorado Hockey Now "It may be time for Avalanche fans to start scanning those lists of goalies that may be available on the open market starting Wednesday. Unfortunately, Philipp Grubauer may very well be on such lists. Listen, things can change quick in this business. There are still about 48 hours..." July 26

  • Breaking down the most interesting teams heading into NHL free agency

    The Score "On the heels of last week's theatrics - an expansion draft and the two-day entry draft amid a flurry of trades - the NHL is set to enter its free-agency period. Below, in no particular order, theScore breaks down the five most interesting teams heading into free agency, which starts..." July 26

  • Tom Wilson is social media’s No. 1 hated NHL player

    Sportsnaut "Throughout the season and throughout his career, Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been involved in several altercations, resulting in a long list of fines, ejections, and suspensions. As a result, a lot of controversy and conversation surrounds..." July 26

  • Rangers expected to sign Patrik Nemeth in NHL free agency

    New York Post "The marriage cannot be consummated until the market officially opens at noon on Wednesday, but The Post has learned that the Rangers are expected to fortify their defense by signing 29-year-old Swedish free agent Patrik Nemeth once the bell rings. Nemeth, who went to the Avalanche..." July 26

  • The case for abolishing the NHL Draft

    The Athletic "This idea began to take shape, as many ideas do, at a bar. In the spring of 2016, an English friend told me he wanted to better understand the NHL. I invited him to the Monarch Tavern in Toronto to watch multiple playoff games. July 26

  • 8 players to monitor ahead of NHL free agency

    The Athletic "The NHL offseason is moving now. The expansion draft and the entry draft are done. We’ve seen some huge trades that have moved out significant salaries. And some of the highest-profile buyouts that we’re likely to see in the NHL’s first buyout window..." July 25

  • Avalanche still hope to re-sign Gabriel Landeskog, Philipp Grubauer after Makar contract

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche still hope to re-sign forward Gabriel Landeskog and goalie Philipp Grubauer, general manager Joe Sakic said Saturday. Landeskog and Grubauer each can become an unrestricted free agent July 28. July 25

  • Ranking the NHL's top pending UFAs

    The Score "1. Dougie Hamilton True No. 1 defensemen in their prime like Hamilton rarely hit the open market. When they do, they get paid handsomely (see Pietrangelo, Alex). .psd-readMoreComponent{padding-top:15px;padding-bottom:15px;border-top:1px solid..." July 25

  • 2021 NHL Draft Results

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It may not be a Tuesday in October, but it isn’t the fourth Friday in June either. The 2021 NHL Entry Draft will again be a unique event and it is about far more than just the date. With the COVID-19 pandemic restricting many draft-eligible prospects from competing in full seasons and in..." July 24

  • Avs re-sign Cale Makar to six-year, $54M contract

    TSN "The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed restricted free agent defenceman Cale Makar to a six-year, $54 million contract. " July 24

  • 2021 NHL Draft first-round results, analysis

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2021 NHL Draft is in the books. Thirty-one players were selected on Friday. Rounds 2-7 will be Saturday (11 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN, SN NOW). NHL.com staff writer Adam Kimelman provides analysis of each pick from the first round. July 24

  • Bruins reportedly among several teams interested in Coyotes' Christian Dvorak

    Yardbarker "After a disappointing playoff exit last season, the Boston Bruins are looking to add some reinforcements.  According to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, the Bruins are among several teams interested in Arizona Coyotes center Christian..." July 23

  • NHL Trade Targets: All eyes on Jack Eichel and Seth Jones

    Daily Faceoff "Happy NHL Draft Day 2021. There’s plenty on the move, so hurry up and dive in to read about the 30 Trade Targets in play before everything changes.   1. Jack Eichel Center, Buffalo Sabres Age:..." July 23

  • Blackhawks pushing for Seth Jones, Ryan Suter nearing decision

    Sportsnet "According to several sources, Chicago and Columbus are taking another run at a Seth Jones trade. During the first attempt, the Blue Jackets discussed Kirby Dach or Alex DeBrincat as the centrepiece, but it wasn’t something the Blackhawks wished to..." July 23

  • Where Will Gabriel Landeskog Land?

    SI "Gabriel Landeskog's future with the Colorado Avalanche appears uncertain with the July 28 start of NHL's free-agent market less than a week away. The 28-year-old left winger will soon become an unrestricted free agent if they fail to reach an agreement on a deal. The..." July 23

  • Kraken depth chart 1.0: How Seattle can weaponize its $28.951 million in cap space

    The Athletic "Weaponizing cap space. Get to know that phrase. It is likely going to be referenced quite a bit when it comes to the Seattle Kraken this offseason. Completing the expansion draft has left the Kraken with a number of questions about their roster. Kraken general manager Ron Francis and..." July 23

  • Nobody Bothered To Give Shawn Kemp A Bigger Shirt During Seattle Kraken’s Expansion Draft

    Total Pro Sports "As the Seattle Kraken select their first roster of players in Wednesday’s NHL expansion draft, some of the city’s most famous athletes took center stage to announce their names. In attendance was Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris,..." July 22

  • Could the Wild or Avalanche Become Suitors for Jack Eichel?

    SI "The focus of the hockey world is currently on which players the Seattle Kraken could select in Wednesday's expansion draft. That's knocked the Jack Eichel trade speculation to the sidelines. Chatter over the future of the Buffalo Sabres' captain could ramp up again with..." July 22

  • As sunny Seattle is shown off to a national audience, Kraken opts for substance in NHL expansion draft

    Seattle Times "Forget floatplane landings, star power and every other rumored possibility that preceded Wednesday’s expansion draft event at Gas Works Park, where the Kraken unveiled its first chosen NHL players. The Kraken’s expansion selections, one from each of 30 teams, consisted..." July 22

  • Matt Calvert announces he is retiring from the NHL

    Mile High Hockey "Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Calvert has announced his retirement from the NHL after 10 seasons and 566 games. The 31-year-old was limited to 18 games last season with the Avalanche due to complications from post-concussion syndrome. After spending most of his career playing..." July 22

  • Kraken make 30 picks in Expansion Draft

    NHL.com "The Seattle Kraken have a roster of 30 players and the rest of the offseason to finalize their first opening night lineup. "We're excited about what we have right now," general manager Ron Francis said Wednesday after the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck...." July 22

  • Who did the Seattle Kraken select in the NHL expansion draft?

    The Athletic "The Seattle Kraken will announce all 30 selections at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday night, but reports from insiders around the hockey world are already coming in of which players will be moving to the Pacific Northwest. Here is the latest: Seattle Kraken expansion draft..." July 21

  • Seattle Kraken select Joonas Donskoi from the Colorado Avalanche

    Mile High Hockey "While the Seattle Kraken went off the board with a number of their picks in the expansion draft, they surprised very few with who they plucked from the Colorado Avalanche roster. As a part of the expansion draft, the Kraken selected winger Joonas Donskoi over other options like J.T...." July 21

  • Which players might Kraken flip after NHL expansion draft?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Seattle Kraken will announce their official roster on Wednesday with their expansion draft selections. They will select 30 players, one from each NHL team excluding the Vegas Golden Knights, to build initial current roster (the rules are here). July 21

  • Kraken targeting some free agents, Carey Price decision comes down to the wire

    Sportsnet "Welcome to 2021, where a fish tells us who's Kraken. (It was a rehearsal, but it also may have been one of the best promo ideas in recent memory.) We’re less than 24 hours from unveiling Seattle’s expansion picks, and here’s what’s out there: •..." July 21

  • Free agent Ryan Suter is interested in the Avalanche. Could they be a match?

    The Athletic "Playing for Minnesota for most of the past decade, defenseman Ryan Suter has plenty of experience going against division-rival Colorado’s explosive playmakers. He’s seen Nathan MacKinnon’s burst up close as well as Mikko Rantanen’s slapshot..." July 21

  • Will any NHL team trade their first-round draft pick?

    The Athletic "One of the topics that is always fun to debate ahead of the NHL Draft is whether a team will use their first-round pick to make a blockbuster trade. Will we see the Rangers or Blackhawks send away their picks as part of a package for Jack Eichel? Are the Flyers going to..." July 20

  • 6 Players the Seattle Kraken Must Take at the NHL Expansion Draft

    Bleacher Report "It's official: The Seattle Kraken are a thing. The NHL's newest team will take shape for its inaugural season this week, following submission of protected player lists Saturday by 30 of the league's other teams. July 19