The Wild are stacked on defense and struck a deal with Vegas to lay off their top five defenseman in the expansion draft, likely with this deal in mind. They shed $5 million in cap space but will likely pay to add the services of Foligno, a 228-lb winger that has the type of physical presence that the Wild were missing in the post-season this year. He becomes a restricted free agent today, and was previously signed at a $2.25 million cap hit. The Wild need cap space to sign Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter to new deals. Both hit restricted free agency today, and both will come at a pretty high price tag after successful seasons. According to Wild beat writer Michael Russo, the club wants to land a fourth-line center and a right-shot defenseman to replace Scandella.
Hearing that preliminary discussions have begun between the Sabres and Jack Eichel's camp on an extension. He's one year out of his ELS deal— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 28, 2017
Friday, June 30, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Peanuts, incidentally, was not what McPhee was asking Dorion to pay for the privilege of having him not select Methot in the expansion draft. According to Senators beat writer Bruce Garrioch (venerable), the ask was a first-round pick.
The Stars acquire D Marc Methot from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for G Dylan Ferguson & a second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. pic.twitter.com/Qf1CumiQWN— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) June 27, 2017
If that's the case then the market has soured a bit for McPhee and the many defensemen he drafted with the hopes of turning them into assets in the trade market. Methot was one of the biggest fish of his expansion draft picks, so Vegas and McPhee could be in for a rude awakening in the next few weeks as they try to unload Alexei Emelin, Luca Sbisa and Clayton Stoner. The Golden Knights selected 13 defensemen in total at the draft, and they were under they belief that defensemen were the hottest commodoties on the trade market. It may be true in general, but to be more specific, puck-moving defenseman (and exceptional ones) are the ones driving the market. The players in McPhee's stable right now are not exactly Paul Coffey-type players. None of this likely matters to Pierre Dorion or the Senators right now. They lost the defenseman they wanted and Ottawa's loss is Dallas' gain. Methot, 32, and earning $4.9 million for the next two seasons, should provide some good stay-at-home defense for a Stars team that badly needs it. Dallas swooped in and scored a win in this deal. Other teams eyeing Vegas defenseman might want to pony up and do the same. It may not take a whole lot to make a deal.
Led to believe the ask from the #Sens to protect Methot was a first-round pick in 2018.— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) June 27, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
The Rangers soured on Stepan during the playoffs this year and Chayka swooped in and scooped up a player that was being undervalued by his current team. He'll be a key leader in Arizona, and if the Coyotes continue to improve he may end up as the perfect No.2 center. In Hjalmarsson Chayka gets a blueliner with three Stanley Cup rings. The 30-year-old Swede wasn't a part of many trade rumors but Chayka went to Stan Bowman and the cap-weary Blackhawks with the perfect offer to lure him away. That's savvy dealmaking. Arizona may not look like a playoff team yet, and the team still will see its arena deal expire at the end of the season, but as far as the on-ice product goes, the Coyotes are a lot further along than they were two weeks ago. Chayka's dealing has given a beleaguered franchise hope--and a shot of proven talent to boot. With a few more deals and some more seasoning, we may finally see a contender in the desert. For now, at the very least, there's hope.
For a team that gets kicked around and a young gm who's often questioned, Arizona and John Chayka has done some slick work this morning.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 23, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
As it stands now, the Coyotes and 28-year-old general manager John Chayka have a lot of work to do. Team owner Andrew Barroway bought out the rest of the team's minority owners in early June and now owns the team outright. But the Coyotes problems are not just on the ice or behind the bench. The orgnanization's current lease deal in Glendale is up after next season, so there will be tense negotiations and the threat of moving the club to another part of Arizona or out of the area entirely. According to Forbes, the team loses about $8 million annually and is valued at about $240 million.
Tip was not a fan of Mike Smith trade, not a fan of how things went down w/Shane Doan. Don't think relationship with Barroway was working.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) June 23, 2017
On eve of NHL Draft, Coyotes have no coach, no captain (yet), no president/CEO, no starting G, no No. 1 C (still), no prez of hockey ops.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) June 23, 2017
The New York Islanders have acquired winger Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers for Ryan Strome. Eberle, 27, has 165 career goals in 507 NHL games. The winger is signed through 2019 at an AAV of $6 million. He was much maligned in Edmonton after putting up 20 goals and 31 assists in 2016-17 for the Oilers, and only two assists in 13 playoff games. The same could be said for Strome, who put up 50 points in his second season, but managed just 28 and 30 points in his last two campaigns. The 23-year-old is signed through 2018 with a cap hit of $2.5 million. Rumor has it that Islanders' GM Garth Snow is not done dealing. The team appears to be in the hunt for another top six forward, and is likely targeting Matt Duchene of Colorado or Alex Galchenyuk of the Canadiens.
Islanders Transaction: The team has acquired Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Ryan Strome. pic.twitter.com/aMosTueeyW— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) June 22, 2017