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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

  • Gary Bettman 'stunned' by Habs' decision to draft Logan Mailloux

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman didn't mince words when talking about the Montreal Canadiens' controversial selection of Logan Mailloux during last week's draft. "I was stunned. Surprised wouldn't begin to explain my reaction," Bettman said on "The..." 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

  • Mathieu Perreault Signs With Montreal Canadiens

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens have landed an experienced veteran at a tremendous discount. Coming off of a four-year, $16.5MM contract with the Winnipeg Jets, forward Mathieu Perreault has settled for a one-year, $950K deal with the Habs, reports TVA’s Renaud Lavoie. The..." 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

  • Corey Perry inks two-year deal with Lightning

    TSN "The old adage is if you can't beat, join 'em and Corey Perry is doing just that. Kevin Weekes reports the veteran winger has signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that beat his Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final. July 29

  • Mike Hoffman signs a three-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens made their first big addition to the offence in free agency with the signing of winger Mike Hoffman to a three-year deal, worth $4.5 million a season. Hoffman will immediately improve a lacking Montreal power play, and add some more scoring depth to..." July 29

  • Wild agrees to terms with defenseman Jon Merrill "Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with defenseman Jon Merrill on a one-year, $850,000 contract. Merrill, 29, recorded five assists and 70 blocked shots in 49 games with the Detroit Red Wings and..." July 29

  • Kings sign centre Phillip Danault to six-year, $33M contract "The LA Kings have signed unrestricted free agent forward Phillip Danault to a six-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $5,500,000 according to Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake. Danault, 28, helped lead the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup..." July 28

  • Canadiens sign David Savard to four-year, $14M contract

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens and David Savard have agreed to a four-year, $14 million deal, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman has learned. Savard was this spring's most sought-after rental rearguard, bringing a healthy dose of sandpaper and strong defensive play to..." July 28

  • A letter from Geoff Molson regarding Logan Mailloux " Canadiens Owner, President and CEO, Geoff Molson, has issued the following letter on the team's decision to draft Logan Mailloux. Message to everyone impacted by our decision: I want to share with you my perspective on our decision to select Logan Mailloux in the..." July 28

  • Montreal Canadiens sign Joel Armia to four-year contract extension "The Montreal Canadiens have signed Joel Armia to a four-year contract extension. The contract will come with an average annual cap hit of $3.4 million per season. His previous contract was an AAV of $2.6 million. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent at noon on..." 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

  • Phillip Danault to test free agency

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Montreal Canadiens forward Phillip Danault will test free agency, according to his agent Don Meehan. The news was first reported by La Presse’s Richard Labbé and since confirmed by TSN and The Athletic’s Pierre Lebrun. 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

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 'deeply disappointed' by Canadiens' decision to draft Logan Mailloux

    ESPN "Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he's "deeply disappointed" in the Montreal Canadiens' decision to select Logan Mailloux in the first round of the 2021 NHL draft last weekend. The Canadiens shocked the hockey world Friday night by selecting..." July 27

  • Montreal Canadiens' Selection of Logan Mailloux Is Callous and Ignorant

    Bleacher Report "Marc Bergevin made a hockey decision Friday night. The Montreal Canadiens general manager got up in a room full of his employees during the NHL's virtual draft and announced the club's first-round pick at No. 31: defenseman Logan Mailloux. I'm not sure what..." July 27

  • Chris Wideman Signed with Montreal Canadiens

    Last Word On Sports "The Montreal Canadiens reportedly signed Chris Wideman, an unrestricted free agent defenceman, to a one-year, one-way contract. This contract carries him through the 2021-22 season. Over his four-year NHL career, Wideman has played for the Ottawa Senators, Edmonton..." 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

  • 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

  • Habs submit QOs to six

    TSN "Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Ryan Poehling and Artturi Lehkonen were among the six players the Montreal Canadiens issued qualifying offers to on Monday. Michael McNiven, Michael Pezzetta and Otto Leskinen also received qualifying offers. 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

  • 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

  • Convicted NHL Draft pick Logan Mailloux speaks out: ‘I caused a lot of harm’

    New York Post "Logan Mailloux, the controversial first-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens at the NHL draft on Friday night, offered a public apology and said that he must “earn the trust of the fans” after his criminal conviction in Sweden last year for sharing an explicit photo of a..." July 24

  • 2021 NHL Draft first-round results, analysis "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). staff writer Adam Kimelman provides analysis of each pick from the first round. July 24

  • Canadiens Draft Logan Mailloux Following Conviction

    SI "Perhaps one of the most polarizing draft picks in NHL history was made on Friday. Just three days after Logan Mailloux asked teams to not select him, the Montreal Canadiens made him the team's first-round pick after taking him at No. 31 on Friday evening. 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

  • Ron Francis says thought of selecting Carey Price was 'tempting'

    TSN "Seattle Kraken general manager Ron Francis told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun that while the thought of selecting Carey Price in the expansion draft was "tempting," the NHL's newest franchise ultimately elected to stay away. "We talked about him...." 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

  • Options likely available on market for Eric, Marc Staal

    TSN "Unrestricted free agents Eric and Marc Staal each want to play next season according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. "Believe there will be options on the market for both. Door isn't closed on Detroit, either for Marc, or on Montreal for Eric," LeBrun..." 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

  • Shea Weber's career with Canadiens is likely over because of injuries

    Sportsnaut "Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber will miss the 2021-22 season and his NHL career likely is over, general manager Marc Bergevin said Thursday. Bergevin cited Weber’s multiple injuries. 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 "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

  • Cale Fleury will be selected by the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Ahead of the official announcement of the 30 players selected by the Seattle Kraken in the NHL Expansion Draft, we have learned that Cale Fleury will be their pick from the Montreal Canadiens. Multiple sources have reported that the pick is not goaltender Carey Price. " July 21

  • Carey Price won't be selected by Seattle Kraken in expansion draft

    Sportsnet "Carey Price is not going to be selected by the Seattle Kraken in Wednesday's expansion draft, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Price waived his no-move clause ahead of the expansion draft, making him eligible to be claimed by the Kraken. Seattle had to..." 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

  • Signing Phillip Danault and Tomas Tatar together would be smart free agency move

    Pro Hockey Talk "There is a strong possibility that the Canadiens are going to look very different next season. Shea Weber‘s future is in doubt, Carey Price could end up in Seattle after Wednesday’s Kraken expansion draft, and two-thirds of their best regular season line..." July 21