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  • B.S. Meter on the Latest NHL Buzz

    Bleacher Report "It's been a whirlwind week-plus in the NHL. The Seattle Kraken filled out their inaugural roster in the expansion draft, the next generation of stars arrived via the entry draft and dozens of players changed teams on Day 1 of free agency. July 31

  • Reassessing the NHL landscape after a wild month of player movement

    The Score "Have you had a chance to catch your breath? July was a doozy of a month in the NHL. First came the Seattle expansion draft, next was the annual entry draft, then an epic opening day of free agency that generated more than 150 new contracts cumulatively worth more than $500..." July 31

  • Columbus Blue Jackets sign defenseman Mikko Lehtonen

    Sportsnaut "The Columbus Blue Jackets continued building their 2021-22 roster, signing defenseman Mikko Lehtonen to a one-year deal on Friday. The move came less than 24 hours after the Blue Jackets locked up fellow defenseman Zach Werenski with a six-year, $57.5 million contract extension..." July 30

  • 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

  • Zach Werenski signs six-year contract extension with Blue Jackets

    NHL.com "Zach Werenski signed a six-year, $57.5 million contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday that will begin next season. It has an average annual value of $9.58 million through the 2027-28 season. 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

  • Jake Bean Signs Extension In Columbus

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that newly acquired defenseman Jake Bean signed an extension with the team. It’s a three-year deal costing Columbus $2.33MM annually. Here is the breakdown: 2021-22: $1.9M 2022-23: $2.2M 2023-24:..." July 29

  • 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

  • Sean Kuraly signs with the Columbus Blue Jackets

    Jackets Cannon "The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with center Sean Kuraly. The Dublin, OH native spent 5 seasons with the Boston Bruins where he put up 24 goals and 44 assists in 270 games. Kuraly likely replaces Riley Nash as the fourth line center where he’ll..." July 29

  • Blue Jackets sign center Alexandre Texier to two-year contract

    NHL.com "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Alexandre Texier to a two-year, $3.05 million contract through the 2022-23 National Hockey League season, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Alexandre is a skilled, competitive forward..." July 28

  • Blue Jackets, F Boone Jenner agree to multi-year extension

    TSN "The Columbus Blue Jackets and forward Boone Jenner have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. Jenner had one more year left on his contract with an average annual value of $3.75 million. " July 28

  • Blue Jackets' Patrik Laine accepting $7.5M qualifying offer for 2021-22 season

    Sportsnet "Columbus Blue Jackets sniper Patrik Laine is accepting his qualifying offer and will earn $7.5 million for the 2021-22 season, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Laine, a restricted free agent, was coming off a two-year, $13.5-million bridge deal signed with..." 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Flyers trade Jakub Voracek to Blue Jackets for Cam Atkinson

    Yahoo! Sports "Aggressively delivering on two vastly different mandates this offseason, it seems only fitting that the Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets have found each other. In a deal confirmed by the teams, the Blue Jackets have traded Cam Atkinson to the Flyers for Jakub Voracek in..." July 24

  • 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

  • 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

  • Blue Jackets take Kent Johnson 5th overall

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets drafted forward Kent Johnson fifth overall at the 2021 NHL Draft. Johnson entered the draft as Central Scouting's third-ranked North American skater. What he lacks in size he makes up for in dynamic playmaking abilities. He's viewed as one of the most..." July 23

  • Seth Jones Traded To Chicago Blackhawks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets have dealt Seth Jones to the Chicago Blackhawks. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is reporting that defenseman Adam Boqvist is part of the return to Columbus. TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting that the Blackhawks are also..." July 23

  • Columbus Blue Jackets To Acquire Jake Bean

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets may have traded Seth Jones, but they’re adding quite a bit of young talent to the blue line. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports that the Blue Jackets will acquire Jake Bean from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a second-round..." July 23

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Max Domi is safe, but Blue Jackets lose Gavin Bayreuther in NHL expansion draft

    1st Ohio Battery "Well, this is a surprise. Per multiple reports, the Seattle Kraken have selected Gavin Bayreuther in the expansion draft instead of Max Domi, Kevin Stenlund, or Dean Kukan. It's a head-scratching move for a couple reasons, but there may be more to it than we know at this..." 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

  • 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

  • Three potential breakout players for the Seattle Kraken to target

    Sportsnet "The protected lists have been revealed and so too has a shift in strategy by most teams when it comes to making players available for Wednesday’s expansion draft. Unlike the Vegas expansion draft of 2017, several teams have opted to protect their value contracts, young..." July 19

  • NHL to schedule a break for the 2022 Winter Olympics; player participation not yet guaranteed

    NHL.com "The NHL's 2021-22 regular-season schedule will include a break for the Winter Olympics in Beijing, sources with knowledge of the schedule confirmed on Monday. The Olympic break is reportedly scheduled from Feb. 5-22, 2022. The schedule, which will be released on Thursday, is..." July 19

  • Kraken enlist special guests for 2021 NHL Expansion Draft

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League today announced the special guests taking part in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft™ presented by Upper Deck. The Seattle Kraken™ will reveal its initial roster for its 2021-22 inaugural season live from Gas Works Park in Seattle on Wednesday, July 21, at..." July 19

  • Protected lists revealed for Kraken expansion draft

    NHL.com "The list of players protected in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft for the Seattle Kraken was released Sunday. The 30 other NHL teams (not including the Vegas Golden Knights) had the option to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie. All players with..." July 18

  • NHL Free Agents 2021: Top Players on Market Following Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Bleacher Report "Now that the Tampa Bay Lightning have beat the Montreal Canadiens to win their second straight Stanley Cup, all eyes are focused on the NHL's impending free-agency period. But this year there is a huge plot twist: the Seattle Kraken expansion draft. July 18

  • Predicting the Next Landing Spots for NHL Players Rumored to Be on the Move

    Bleacher Report "No sooner had the Stanley Cup Final ended than the NHL's silly season began. Teams wasted no time in making moves to strengthen their rosters, create salary-cap space and shake up their personnel. The Ottawa Senators kicked things off when they hired former NBC Sports analyst..." July 17

  • Blue Jackets are expected to leave Max Domi unprotected

    The Daily Goal Horn "Reports are surfacing that the Columbus Blue Jackets plan to expose Max Domi in the Seattle Expansion Draft. According to Darren Dreger, if they indeed do so, the Kraken are expected to select him. When Domi came over from Arizona to Montreal in 2018, he had a great season...." July 17