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Post by hockeygame3 » Thu Jun 30, 2022 7:32 pm

Lalonde hired as Red Wings coach
Replaces Blashill after spending past four seasons as assistant with Lightning

Fiala signs 7-year deal with Kings day after trade from Wild
Forward had NHL career-high 85 points this season, could have become free agent on July 13

Bednar gets emotional at Avalanche Cup parade, 'a surreal moment for me'
Landeskog thanks fans for support during Colorado's first championship celebration since 2001

Stars sign goaltender Scott Wedgewood to two-year contract extension
The 29-year-old netminder appeared in eight games with the Stars, posting a 3-1-3 record, 3.05 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage

On way to Landeskog's house, Stanley Cup shows up at neighbor's instead
Residents set things straight, rewarded with photo, look at trophy

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Post by hockeygame3 » Fri Jul 01, 2022 9:17 am

Sharks fire head coach Boughner
Bob Boughner is out as head coach of the San Jose Sharks. TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun confirmed Friday that the Bougher was let go last night along with his assistants John Madden, Dan Darrow, and John MacLean.

Paul, Lightning nearing multi-year agreement

St. Louis Blues assistant coach Jim Montgomery is likely to fill the Boston Bruins' bench vacancy, according to TSN NHL insider Pierre LeBrun.

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2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft™
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
July 7-8, 2022
Round 1, July 7 @ 7PM ET
Watch on ESPN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS
Rounds 2-7, July 8 @11AM ET
Watch on NHLN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS

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Post by hockeygame3 » Sat Jul 02, 2022 11:42 am

Boeser agrees to three-year, $19.95 million contract with Canucks
Forward could have become restricted free agent

Top NHL restricted free agents: Robertson could get offer sheet
Matthew Tkachuk, Laine, Oettinger also among those who may be available

Duclair out for start of next season for Panthers after Achilles surgery
Forward expected back mid-season, had NHL career-high 31 goals, 58 points in 2021-22

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Post by hockeygame3 » Mon Jul 04, 2022 8:45 am

McDonagh traded to Predators by Lightning
Tampa Bay receives defenseman Myers, forward Mismash for 33-year-old defenseman

Bowness hired as Jets coach
Replaces Lowry after spending past three seasons with Stars

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Post by hockeygame3 » Wed Jul 06, 2022 10:33 am

Grier hired by Sharks, first Black general manager in NHL history
Was hockey operations adviser for Rangers, played 14 seasons in League

Canadiens undecided on No. 1 pick at 2022 NHL Draft
Considering Wright, Slafkovsky, Cooley, will come down to who can 'deal with that type of pressure'

DeSmith agrees to two-year, $3.6 million contract with Penguins
Goalie could have become unrestricted free agent July 13

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Post by hockeygame3 » Wed Jul 06, 2022 6:19 pm

Marchment dies at 53, played 17 seasons with nine NHL teams
Former defenseman was scout with Sharks since 2007

Bryan Marchment, who played 17 NHL seasons with nine teams, died Wednesday. He was 53.

Known as a physical, hard-nosed defenseman, Marchment had 182 points (40 goals, 142 assists) and 2,307 penalty minutes in 926 NHL games with the Winnipeg Jets, Chicago Blackhawks, Hartford Whalers, Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames.

"The National Hockey League mourns the passing of San Jose Sharks scout and former NHL player Bryan Marchment," the NHL said in a statement. "Our deepest condolences go out to his family, the Sharks organization and Bryan's many friends, former teammates and fans."

Marchment retired in 2006 and joined the Sharks front office in August 2007, working with the scouting and player development departments.

His son, Mason Marchment, is a forward with the Florida Panthers.

"It's a very difficult day for our staff," said Mike Grier, who was named Sharks general manager Tuesday. "Those guys, you scout, you spend a lot of time together on the road and in meetings, so it was very emotional day, very hard on the group.

"It's a sad day for me personally, very sad day for our organization, our players, our staff. Anyone who knew Bryan knew what type of man he was. He was just an honest, down to earth, loving person who just cared about everyone. He had time for everyone in the building, anyone he came across, he had time.

"He was great to me my first few years in Edmonton, treated me with respect right away and made me feel at home and if I ever needed anything whether it was a dinner, a home-cooked dinner, instead of eating out every day, he and (wife) Kim would have me over. It's a very difficult day."

Marchment played six seasons with San Jose after being acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay on March 24, 1998. In 2001-02, he had NHL career highs with 20 assists and 22 points. The previous season, he scored an NHL career-high seven goals, three of them game-winners.

"Bryan's lifelong love of hockey was unparalleled, and he was amongst the most dedicated, physical and fiercest players to ever play the game," the Sharks tweeted. "He spent more than 20 seasons with the Sharks organization -- 334 games as a player and 15 as a member of the Sharks scouting department.

"Most importantly, Bryan was a loving son, husband and father. Our deepest condolences go our to his parents, his wife Kim and son Mason and daughter Logan."

Selected by the Jets with the No. 16 pick in the 1987 NHL Draft, he played 37 games with Winnipeg before being traded to Chicago on July 22, 1991. A native of Scarborough, Ontario, Marchment played 75 games for his hometown Maple Leafs in 2003-04 before finishing his career as a member of the Flames in 2005-06.

Marchment had seven points (four goals, three assists) in 83 Stanley Cup Playoff games, including 16 games for the 1991-92 Blackhawks, who were swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final.

"Utter shock and obviously thinking about (his son) Mason and his family," Montreal Canadiens GM Kent Hughes said. "It's terrible news. We just sat there for the first half hour trying to digest it.

Philadelphia Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher said, "It's shocking and devastating news. He was a very young man and obviously you're thinking of his family and friends right now but I literally just heard about it ... it's beyond shocking."

Tom Fitzgerald, who played with Marchment in Toronto during the 2003-04 season and is now GM of the New Jersey Devils, said, "Brian was a really good friend and a great teammate of mine. It's just devastating, as we all know."

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Post by hockeygame3 » Thu Jul 07, 2022 12:08 pm

The first round of the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft is at Bell Centre on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS). Rounds 2-7 will be Friday (11 a.m. ET; NHLN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS). The Montreal Canadiens have the No. 1 pick.


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Forsberg closer to contract with Predators, GM says
Hope to sign forward by July 13; agreement would include no-movement, no-trade clause

Darcy Kuemper will not be resigned by Colorado :-

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Post by hockeygame3 » Thu Jul 07, 2022 4:18 pm

DeBrincat traded to Senators by Blackhawks for three draft picks
Chicago receives first-, second-round selections in 2022, third-round choice in 2024 for forward

Alex DeBrincat was traded to the Ottawa Senators by the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday for three draft picks, including the No. 7 pick in the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft.

Chicago also received a second-round pick in 2022 (No. 39) and a third-round pick in 2024.

The 24-year-old forward had 78 points in 82 games this season and led Chicago with 41 goals to tie his NHL career high set in 2018-19. He has one season remaining on a three-year, $19.2 million contract (average annual value $6.4 million) he signed Oct. 3, 2019, and then can become a restricted free agent.

"Alex's acquisition brings immediate and additional firepower to our forward group," Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said. "He's a dynamic forward who's a scoring threat when in the offensive zone. He maintains great vision, has exceptional skill and a quality shot, which helps him score from virtually any part of the ice. He's a consistent performer and an underrated playmaker who Senators fans are certain to enjoy watching play in Ottawa."



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The first round of the 2022 draft is at Bell Centre in Montreal on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS). Rounds 2-7 will be Friday (11 a.m. ET; NHLN, ESPN+, SN, TVAS).

"Although we didn't have a first pick in the draft until today, our scouting staff has been anticipating this scenario," Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson said. "I have been clear in my desire to move into the first round, and we are excited to move up and make a pick this evening."

DeBrincat, who played in the NHL All Star Game this season, was a second-round pick (No. 39) in the 2016 NHL Draft. He has 307 points (160 goals, 147 assists) in 368 regular-season games and six points (two goals, four assists) in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"We thank Alex for his tireless dedication to the Blackhawks organization over the last five seasons and wish him the best in Ottawa," Davidson said. "It was an incredibly difficult decision to trade a player of Alex's caliber. We feel as if this move sets the Blackhawks up for future success by giving us additional flexibility and future talent. Securing this early of a first-round pick for tonight and an additional second-round selection tomorrow allows us to fortify our prospect base with high-end players who we expect to be difference-makers in the coming years."

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Post by hockeygame3 » Thu Jul 07, 2022 4:20 pm

Letang agrees to six-year, $36.6 million contract with Penguins
Defenseman had NHL career-high 68 points this season, could have become unrestricted free agent July 13

Georgiev traded to Avalanche by Rangers
New York receives three draft picks for goalie, who can become restricted free agent

Rheaume named hockey operations, prospect adviser by Kings
First woman to play NHL game will work alongside executives in multiple areas

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Post by 2pigpen » Thu Jul 07, 2022 8:20 pm

:( Bettman appears to be suffering with parkinson’s types of syndromes
Till They Put Me Under
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2pigpen wrote:
Thu Jul 07, 2022 8:20 pm
:( Bettman appears to be suffering with parkinson’s types of syndromes
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Gaudreau, Flames 'focused on trying to get a deal,' GM says
Forward led Calgary in points this season, set to become UFA Wednesday

Forsberg agrees to eight-year contract to remain with Predators
Forward is Nashville all-time leader in goals, could have become unrestricted free agent

DeAngelo traded to Flyers from Hurricanes for three draft picks
Philadelphia also receives seventh-round selection with defenseman, who can become restricted free agent

DeBrincat traded to Senators by Blackhawks for No. 7 pick in 2022 Draft
Chicago also receives second-round selection in 2022, third-round choice in 2024 for forward

Kunin traded to Sharks by Predators for Leonard
Nashville also receives third-round pick in 2023 Draft in swap of forwards

Husso signs three-year contract with Red Wings after trade from Blues
Goalie was acquired for 2022 Draft pick, avoids free agency

Blackhawks wheel, deal with trades of DeBrincat, Dach at 2022 NHL Draft
Acquire three first-round picks, select Korchinski, Nazar, Rinzel on 'monumental day'

Blackhawks get Mrazek, No. 25 pick from Maple Leafs for 2nd-round choice
Chicago takes defenseman Rinzel with selection

Dach traded to Canadiens by Blackhawks for 2022 NHL Draft picks
Center had 26 points in 70 games this season; Montreal also deals Romanov to Islanders

Boqvist signs three-year, $7.8 million contract with Blue Jackets
Defenseman could have become restricted free agent, set NHL career highs in goals, points this season

Cogliano signs one-year contract with Avalanche
Forward won Stanley Cup this season, could have become unrestricted free agent July 13

Vanecek traded to Devils by Capitals for two picks in 2022 NHL Draft
New Jersey also receives second-round selection for goalie, who can become restricted free agent July 13

Fleury signs two-year, $7 million contract with Wild
Goalie ranks third in NHL history in wins, could have been unrestricted free agent July 13

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Blackhawks hit rock bottom

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EProphet wrote:
Sat Jul 09, 2022 2:50 pm
Blackhawks hit rock bottom
It's going to get worse

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Post by hockeygame3 » Mon Jul 11, 2022 9:01 am

Kempe signs four-year, $22 million contract with Kings
Forward, who could have become restricted free agent, led Los Angeles with 35 goals this season

Top unrestricted free agent forwards debated by NHL.com
Copp of Rangers, Gaudreau of Flames among best who could be available on July 13

Georgiev signs three-year contract with Avalanche
Goalie was acquired in trade with Rangers at 2022 Draft, could have become RFA on July 13

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Report: Blackhawks letting Strome walk as free agent

Veteran Oilers D Keith retires after 17 seasons

Blackhawks place Connolly, Borgstrom on waivers for buyouts

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Qualifying offers extended to NHL restricted free agents
Laine of Blue Jackets, Tkachuk of Flames among players to receive them; allow teams to retain matching rights

The deadline for NHL teams to issue qualifying offers to pending restricted free agents is 5 p.m. ET on Monday. By issuing the offers, teams are given the right of first refusal or draft choice compensation should the player sign an offer sheet with another team.

Here is a list of players who received qualifying offers, as announced by teams.

Buffalo Sabres: Brett Murray (F), Victor Olofsson (F), Arttu Ruotsalainen (F), Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (G)

Calgary Flames: Oliver Kylington (D), Andrew Mangiapane (F), Matthew Phillips (F), Colton Poolman (D), Martin Pospisil (F), Adam Ruzicka (F), Matthew Tkachuk (F), Eetu Tuulola (F)

Columbus Blue Jackets: Patrik Laine (F), Emil Bemstrom (F), Trey Fix-Wolansky (F), Nick Blankenburg (D)

Montreal Canadiens: Kirby Dach (F), Nate Schnarr (F), Joel Teasdale (F), Samuel Montembeault (G), Cayden Primeau (G)

New York Rangers: Kaapo Kakko (F), Libor Hajek (D), Tim Gettinger (F), Austin Rueschhoff (F)

Ottawa Senators: Josh Norris (F), Mathieu Joseph (F), Alex Formenton (F), Erik Brannstrom (F)

Philadelphia Flyers: (F) Wade Allison (F), Jackson Cates (F), Morgan Frost (F), Hayden Hodgson (F), Linus Hogberg (D), Tanner Laczynski (F), Zack MacEwen (F), Isaac Ratcliffe (F), Owen Tippett (F)

Pittsburgh Penguins: Kasper Bjorkqvist (F), Kasperi Kapanen (F), P.O Joseph (D)

Vancouver Canucks: Michael DiPietro (G)

Winnipeg Jets: Mason Appleton (F), Pierre-Luc Dubois (F), Leon Gawanke (D), David Gustafsson (F), Jansen Harkins (F), Johnathan Kovacevic (D), Jeff Malott (F), Kristian Vesalainen (F)

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The free agent frenzy begins Wednesday and the market figures to be busy and intriguing.

The NHL salary cap for next season will be $82.5 million, up $1 million from this season. All teams are operating under it, yet money will still be flying once every player who has set his sights on unrestricted free agency becomes eligible to sign with new teams.

Here are the storylines to follow heading into free agency:

Gaudreau and Tkachuk staying in Calgary?

The Calgary Flames want to re-sign forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk to long-term contracts. Gaudreau can become an unrestricted free agent and Tkachuk a restricted free agent Wednesday.

Gaudreau was tied for second in the NHL this season with 115 points (40 goals, 75 assists). Tkachuk was eighth with 104 points (42 goals, 62 assists).

Flames general manager Brad Treliving has repeatedly said the focus is on getting both signed to long-term contracts and that will remain the plan unless or until it becomes unfeasible to do so.

The clock is ticking.

Malkin mania in Pittsburgh

Evgeni Malkin wants to return to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it's become clear if they're going to bring him back it will be on their terms, not his.

The Penguins prioritized re-signing Kris Letang and got that done Thursday, when the defenseman avoided free agency by signing a six-year, $36.6 million contract ($6.1 million average annual value).

Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said the plan is to still re-sign Malkin, but he didn't give an indication that they are anywhere close to doing so.

Letang said he wants Malkin, a UFA, back. The Athletic reported Sidney Crosby went to Malkin's home in South Florida to check on him. But with nothing done yet, it's looking more and more likely that Malkin's dominant run in Pittsburgh will be over.

The three-time Stanley Cup champion is third in Penguins history in goals (444), assists (702) and points (1,146), and second in games played (981).

Bergeron back with Bruins?

Patrice Bergeron said after the season ended that he would either re-sign with the Boston Bruins or retire. It's possible the 36-year-old, a five-time winner of the Selke Trophy voted as the best defensive forward in the NHL, doesn't make his decision by Wednesday.

The Bruins will wait as Bergeron has indicated that he will only play for them. General manager Don Sweeney said he has spoken with Bergeron and he is leaning toward playing next season, but did not want to speak for the Bruins captain.

Bergeron had surgery to repair a tendon in his left elbow May 31 and was given a 10-12 week recovery timeline, which would have him ready to play by the start of next season.

Could Krejci return to Boston too?

David Krejci could be contemplating a return to the Bruins after the center played last season for Olomouc HC of the Czech Extraliga, the top professional men's league in the Czech Republic. Krejci played the previous 15 seasons for the Bruins.

Sweeney said Krejci is discussing his options with his family.

If Krejci and Bergeron both return, the Bruins will reunite the centers they had at the top of their depth chart for more than a decade.

Goalie carousel continues to turn

The Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres are in the market for a No. 1 goalie.

But is the supply of goalies big enough to meet the demand?

The top two pending UFA goalies are Darcy Kuemper, who won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche, and Jack Campbell, who was an All-Star with the Maple Leafs last season.

Braden Holtby, Jaroslav Halak, Thomas Greiss and Martin Jones are also pending UFAs.

There are goalies who could be available in a trade too, including Matt Murray of the Ottawa Senators.

The New York Rangers need a backup to Igor Shesterkin after trading Alexandar Georgiev to the Avalanche.

Colorado's conundrum

The Avalanche have already made it known they're walking away from Kuemper, but they still have plenty of other pending UFAs that they must make decisions on.

Nazem Kadri would likely be the most sought after of Colorado's pending UFAs if the center hits the open market. The 31-year-old had his best season with 87 points (28 goals, 59 assists) in 71 games.

Forwards Valeri Nichushkin, Andre Burakovsky, Nico Sturm and Darren Helm, and defensemen Josh Manson, Jack Johnson and Ryan Murray could also become UFAs.

Joe Sakic, who was promoted to Avalanche president of hockey operations Monday after nine seasons as general manager, said he knows they will not be able to keep them all, so they are prioritizing and trying to get deals done with some of them. Nichushkin, who had 52 points (25 goals, 27 assists) in 62 regular season games and 15 (nine goals, six assists) in 20 playoff games, should be a priority.

But whatever the Avalanche do will be with Nathan MacKinnon in mind. Their No. 1 center is going into the last season of a seven-year, $44.1 million contract ($6.3 million AAV) and Sakic said they expect to sign him to an extension this offseason.

MacKinnon's NHL salary cap charge could double, or come close to it, in his next contract.

Palat of reasons to sign him

Ondrej Palat could be one of the steals of this free agent class if the Tampa Bay Lightning can't sign the forward before Wednesday.

The 31-year-old is a two-time Stanley Cup champion who had 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists), including three game-winning goals, in 23 playoff games this season. He has 94 points (48 goals, 46 assists) in 138 playoff games.

The Lightning said Palat was "like a deadly assassin" during the Eastern Conference Final because of his ability to score clutch goals. He's typically the grinder that plays with skilled forwards and if you ask around, all of Tampa Bay's top players want him on their line.

Rangers need a second-line center

It appears Ryan Strome and Andrew Copp will become unrestricted free agents, which means the odds of either forward re-signing with the Rangers are slim.

That leaves them in the market for a No. 2 center to play behind Mika Zibanejad and likely with left wing Artemi Panarin. Filip Chytil is an internal candidate to fill that role, but the Rangers want more depth at the position and likely a bigger name to play in that spot.

They could get it through a trade or the free agent market.

Strome and Copp are likely looking for contracts that will be six or seven years in term.

Klingberg on the move?

John Klingberg is expected to become an unrestricted free agent with the Dallas Stars so far unable to agree on a new contract with the defenseman.

With Letang off the market, Klingberg would be the top defenseman available if he gets there.

Klingberg, who turns 30 on Aug. 14, had 47 points (six goals, 41 assists) in 74 games this season, the last on a seven-year contract. He's third among defensemen in Stars/Minnesota North Stars history with 374 points (71 goals, 303 assists) in 552 games.

Hurricanes will be spenders

The Carolina Hurricanes expect all their pending UFAs to hit the open market, general manager Don Waddell said Thursday. At the top of the list are forwards Vincent Trocheck and Nino Niederreiter.

Trocheck, a 28-year-old who plays center, will be in demand. In fact, if the Penguins walk away from Malkin, Trocheck could be in their sights. He is from Pittsburgh.

Niederreiter, 29, could fill an important middle-six role on a contending team. He scored 24 goals and was part of the Hurricanes most consistent forward line all season, joining Jordan Staal and Jesper Fast in a checking role.

Waddell said the Hurricanes likely will be spending their money elsewhere and remain a team that spends to the salary cap, making them a team to watch during free agency.

Kane could be headed to another new team

Evander Kane is not close to a new contract with the Oilers, general manager Ken Holland said last week.

It's likely that the forward will hit the free agent market and play for his fifth franchise (Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets, Sabres, San Jose Sharks and Oilers).

Kane hit it big with the Oilers after signing a one-year contract Jan. 27. He had 39 points (22 goals, 17 assists) in 43 games and then led them with 13 goals in 15 playoff games.

Giroux to the Senators?

Claude Giroux and his family have an offseason home in Ottawa and the forward might now be enticed to think about signing with the Ottawa Senators after they showed they're pushing to be a potential playoff contender this season by acquiring forward Alex DeBrincat, a 41-goal scorer, in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

Reports have also linked Giroux, 34, to the Oilers if they're unable to re-sign Kane.

Giroux was always considered a pure rental acquisition when the Florida Panthers got him from the Philadelphia Flyers ahead of the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline. He had 23 points (three goals, 20 assists) in 18 regular-season games and eight points (three goals, five assists) in 10 playoff games with Florida.

Big decisions for the Blues

David Perron can become a UFA on Wednesday. The 34-year-old forward has enjoyed success in his third tour with the St. Louis Blues.

He finished a four-year, $16 million contract ($4 million average annual value) and within that timeframe had 221 points (94 goals, 127 assists) in 251 games plus 38 points (20 goals, 18 assists) in 47 playoff games, helping St. Louis win the Stanley Cup in 2019.

But Perron and the Blues could be separating.

It's also possible the Blues eventually move on from forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who has one year remaining on his contract and still has a trade request that has not been fulfilled since he asked for one before last season.

The 30-year-old had 82 points (34 goals, 48 assists) in 75 games this season. He is the fifth leading scorer in Blues history with 524 points (252 goals, 272 assists) in 606 games.

Defenseman Nick Leddy can also become a UFA.

Subban, Kessel looking for new contracts

It'll be interesting to see what the market is for veteran players like defenseman P.K. Subban and forward Phil Kessel. If this were five years ago, they would be the big names on the market, but Subban is 33 and Kessel is 34 and they aren't the top-end players they used to be.

But Subban and Kessel are each still impactful players who could help teams on short-term contracts.

Subban, who won the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the NHL in 2012-13 with the Montreal Canadiens, had 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 77 games with the New Jersey Devils last season.

Kessel, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins, had 52 points (eight goals, 44 assists) in 82 games for the Arizona Coyotes. He scored 20 goals in 56 games in 2020-21. Kessel turns 35 on Oct. 2.

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Murray traded to Maple Leafs by Senators
Ottawa to receive future considerations for goalie, who won Stanley Cup twice with Penguins

Matt Murray was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs by the Ottawa Senators for future considerations on Monday.

The 28-year-old goalie was 5-12-2 with a 3.05 goals-against average, .906 save percentage and one shutout in 20 starts with the Senators this season. He has two seasons remaining on a four-year, $25 million contract ($6.25 million average annual value) he signed with Ottawa on Oct. 9, 2020.

Toronto also received a third-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and a seventh-round selection in the 2024 NHL Draft. Ottawa will retain 25 percent of Murray's salary as part of the trade.

Acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Murray's time with the Senators didn't go as planned.

In 2020-21, he was 10-13-1 with a career-worst 3.38 GAA and .893 save percentage in 27 games (25 starts). This season, he started 0-5-0 with a 3.26 GAA and .890 save percentage before being placed on waivers Nov. 27 and assigned to Belleville of the American Hockey League the following day.

Murray's play improved after he was recalled from Belleville, though. He went 5-7-2 with a 2.96 GAA and .912 save percentage before an injury forced him to miss Ottawa's final 29 games.

"We're thankful for Matt's contributions and wish him well," Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said.

Selected by Pittsburgh in the third round (No. 83) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Murray is 132-78-22 with a 2.77 GAA, .911 save percentage and 14 shutouts in 246 games (238 starts) for the Penguins and Senators. He is 29-21 with a 2.18 GAA, .921 save percentage and six shutouts in 51 Stanley Cup Playoff games (50 starts), including helping the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017.

In Toronto, Murray will be tasked with filling the void left by Jack Campbell, who can become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday, and Petr Mrazek, who was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on July 7.

WTF Murray is not going to win you a cup ](*,) If you could not do it with Campbell you have a snowball chance in hell with Murray. WTF are they thinking :lol:

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