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  • Nathan Walker STL LW
    Blues' Nathan Walker: Inks two-year extension
    3h ago

    Walked signed a two-year, two-way extension with St. Louis on Saturday, per CapFriendly.

    Walker has appeared in 25 total NHL games over the last four seasons, including eight games with the Blues during the 2020-21 campaign. He's a depth forward that has mostly been given a look in the bottom-six when he's filling in for an injured forward. He should fill a similar role next season with St. Louis.

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  • Kasper Bjorkqvist PIT RW
    Penguins' Kasper Bjorkqvist: Staying in Pittsburgh
    3h ago

    Bjorkqvist signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Penguins on Saturday.

    Bjorkqvist was on the postseason roster with Pittsburgh last season but has yet to make his debut with the big club. He tallied 11 goals and 26 points in 44 games with KooKoo of the Finnish Elite League and has two goals in 11 AHL games over the last two seasons. The Providence product could see some NHL time during the 2021-22 campaign as a bottom-six forward but will likely start out with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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  • Trevor Moore LA LW
    Kings' Trevor Moore: Secures deal with Kings
    4h ago

    Moore signed a two-yer, $1.875 million AAV extension with Los Angeles on Saturday.

    Moore's 2020-21 campaign was by far the most impressive during his three-year NHL tenure. He set new career marks in most offensive categories, including goals (10), points (23) and average time on ice (14:32). The 26-year-old should slot into a middle-six role with the Kings again during the 2021-22 season.

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  • Zach Hyman TOR C
    Maple Leafs' Zach Hyman: Heading to Edmonton soon
    8h ago

    Hyman is leaving Toronto and is expected to sign with Edmonton in free agency, reports The Athletic.

    The Oilers were given permission to talk terms with Hyman, who is a pending UFA, before the opening of free agency next week. It is believed the winger is going to ink a seven- or eight-year deal with the Oilers that will pay him between $5-5.5 million per season. The Leafs simply can't match that kind of money and a trade for Hyman is being negotiated before the deadline. If that falls through, Edmonton will only be able to sign him to seven years at a higher cap hit.

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  • Jakub Voracek CLB RW
    Blue Jackets' Jakub Voracek: Heads back to roots in trade
    11h ago

    Voracek has been traded to the Blue Jackets from the Flyers in exchange for Cam Atkinson, reports Sportsnet.ca.

    It's a hockey deal, with Atkinson headed east to the Flyers. Voracek has had a long and productive career in orange and black, including 43 points in 53 games in his 10th year there. But Columbus was his first NHL home -- he was drafted seventh overall by the Blue Jackets in 2007 and spent his first three season in Ohio. Voracek brings a playmaking flair to the Jackets and will be expected to be a top-six leader with the many changes they've made this offseason. He has three years left on his current deal at a cap hit of $8.25 million in each season.

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  • Cam Atkinson PHI RW
    Flyers' Cam Atkinson: Headed east in trade
    11h ago

    Atkinson has been traded to the Flyers from the Blue Jackets in exchange for Jakub Voracek, Sportsnet.ca reports.

    Atkinson had spent his entire 10-year career with Columbus and amassed 402 points in 627 games, including a career-best 40 goals and 69 points two years ago. His cap hit is $5.875 million, and there are four years remaining on his current deal. While 32, Atkinson still has a lot left in his proverbial gas tank and should provide a boost to the Flyers' top six.

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  • Zach Hyman TOR C
    Maple Leafs' Zach Hyman: Heading to Edmonton soon
    8h ago

    Hyman is leaving Toronto and is expected to sign with Edmonton in free agency, reports The Athletic.

    The Oilers were given permission to talk terms with Hyman, who is a pending UFA, before the opening of free agency next week. It is believed the winger is going to ink a seven- or eight-year deal with the Oilers that will pay him between $5-5.5 million per season. The Leafs simply can't match that kind of money and a trade for Hyman is being negotiated before the deadline. If that falls through, Edmonton will only be able to sign him to seven years at a higher cap hit.

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  • Sam Reinhart FLA C
    Panthers' Sam Reinhart: Traded to Panthers
    1d ago

    Reinhart was traded from the Sabres to the Panthers on Friday, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports.

    Reinhart has scored at least 22 goals in five of his last six seasons, and he racked up 25 goals and 15 assists in 54 games during the 2020-21 campaign. The 25-year-old had been with the Sabres since 2014, but he should now play a prominent role for Florida next year.

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  • Jay Beagle VAN C
    Coyotes' Jay Beagle: Traded to Arizona
    1d ago

    Beagle, Loui Eriksson, Antoine Roussel, the ninth overall pick in Friday night's Entry Draft, a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 seventh-round pick were traded by the Canucks to the Coyotes in exchange for Conor Garland and Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Friday, TSN.ca reports.

    This deal essentially boils down to the Canucks trading three overpaid aging players and the ninth overall pick in Friday night's draft for an attractive asset in Garland and an overpaid but solid top-four defender in Ekman-Larsson. Beagle appeared in 30 games with Vancouver in 2020-21, picking up just five points over that span. The 35-year-old pivot will likely slot into a bottom-six role with the Coyotes next season.

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  • Nolan Stevens STL C
    Blues' Nolan Stevens: Stays with Blues on one-year deal
    2d ago

    Stevens signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000 at the NHL level with the Blues on Thursday, per PuckPedia.

    Stevens was moderately productive with AHL Utica in 2020-21, posting six goals and 12 assists through 27 games. The 25-year-old forward has yet to make his NHL debut, and the fact that he's on a two-way contract indicates he'll likely begin the upcoming season in the minors.

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  • Gemel Smith TB C
    Lightning's Gemel Smith: Lands two-year extension
    2d ago

    Smith signed a two-year, two-way contract extension with the Lightning on Thursday, CapFriendly reports.

    Smith only drew into the Lightning's lineup five times last season, picking up three helpers while averaging 10:03 of ice time per contest. The 27-year-old forward will likely continue to be deployed sparingly as an injury-replacement option for Tampa Bay over the next two campaigns.

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  • John Tavares TOR C
    Maple Leafs' John Tavares: Cleared for on-ice activities
    2d ago

    Tavares (concussion) has been cleared for all on-ice activities and appears to be on track to be ready for training camp in September, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.

    Tavares missed the last six games of the Maple Leafs' playoff run after suffering a brutal concussion in Game 1 of Toronto's first-round matchup with Montreal, but it appears as though the 30-year-old pivot should be back to 100 percent in time for next season's training camp. Tavares was once again highly productive in 2020-21, racking up 19 goals, 31 helpers and 163 shots on net through 56 contests, so he'll understandably be highly sought after in this year's fantasy drafts.

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  • Nathan Walker STL LW
    Blues' Nathan Walker: Inks two-year extension
    3h ago

    Walked signed a two-year, two-way extension with St. Louis on Saturday, per CapFriendly.

    Walker has appeared in 25 total NHL games over the last four seasons, including eight games with the Blues during the 2020-21 campaign. He's a depth forward that has mostly been given a look in the bottom-six when he's filling in for an injured forward. He should fill a similar role next season with St. Louis.

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  • Kasper Bjorkqvist PIT RW
    Penguins' Kasper Bjorkqvist: Staying in Pittsburgh
    3h ago

    Bjorkqvist signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Penguins on Saturday.

    Bjorkqvist was on the postseason roster with Pittsburgh last season but has yet to make his debut with the big club. He tallied 11 goals and 26 points in 44 games with KooKoo of the Finnish Elite League and has two goals in 11 AHL games over the last two seasons. The Providence product could see some NHL time during the 2021-22 campaign as a bottom-six forward but will likely start out with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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  • Trevor Moore LA LW
    Kings' Trevor Moore: Secures deal with Kings
    4h ago

    Moore signed a two-yer, $1.875 million AAV extension with Los Angeles on Saturday.

    Moore's 2020-21 campaign was by far the most impressive during his three-year NHL tenure. He set new career marks in most offensive categories, including goals (10), points (23) and average time on ice (14:32). The 26-year-old should slot into a middle-six role with the Kings again during the 2021-22 season.

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  • Jakub Voracek CLB RW
    Blue Jackets' Jakub Voracek: Heads back to roots in trade
    11h ago

    Voracek has been traded to the Blue Jackets from the Flyers in exchange for Cam Atkinson, reports Sportsnet.ca.

    It's a hockey deal, with Atkinson headed east to the Flyers. Voracek has had a long and productive career in orange and black, including 43 points in 53 games in his 10th year there. But Columbus was his first NHL home -- he was drafted seventh overall by the Blue Jackets in 2007 and spent his first three season in Ohio. Voracek brings a playmaking flair to the Jackets and will be expected to be a top-six leader with the many changes they've made this offseason. He has three years left on his current deal at a cap hit of $8.25 million in each season.

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  • Cam Atkinson PHI RW
    Flyers' Cam Atkinson: Headed east in trade
    11h ago

    Atkinson has been traded to the Flyers from the Blue Jackets in exchange for Jakub Voracek, Sportsnet.ca reports.

    Atkinson had spent his entire 10-year career with Columbus and amassed 402 points in 627 games, including a career-best 40 goals and 69 points two years ago. His cap hit is $5.875 million, and there are four years remaining on his current deal. While 32, Atkinson still has a lot left in his proverbial gas tank and should provide a boost to the Flyers' top six.

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  • Bokondji Imama LA LW
    Coyotes' Bokondji Imama: New opportunity result of trade
    12h ago

    Imama was traded to the Coyotes from the Kings on Saturday.

    The 24-year-old forward is a physical presence. He registered a team-high 56 PIM in 31 games with the Ontario Reign (AHL) this season, but he's more than just muscle. Imama also scored nine goals and 14 points in those 31 games. And while he is yet to make his NHL debut, Imama did get a call-up to the Kings' taxi squad in April. He may get an opportunity in the desert that he didn't have in Hollywood given the Coyotes' push to make over their roster. Cole Hults is also headed to Arizona with him in this minor league deal, which sent forwards Brayden Burke and Tyler Steenbergen to Los Angeles.

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  • Tony DeAngelo NYR D
    Tony DeAngelo: Bought out by Rangers
    11h ago

    DeAngelo cleared waivers Saturday and was bought out by the Rangers.

    DeAngelo has talent, but he remains a challenging fit in any dressing room. No doubt teams will be interested in him if they can get him at or near the league minimum. It was only two seasons ago that DeAngelo put up 53 points in 68 games and was one of the most productive defenders in the NHL.

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  • Cole Hults LA D
    Coyotes' Cole Hults: Traded in minor-league deal
    12h ago

    Hults was traded to the Coyotes from the Kings on Saturday.

    Hults came close to his NHL debut last season. He spent a good chunk of the season on the Kings' taxi squad and 19 games (one goal, four assists) with Ontario (AHL). Hults and Bokondji Imama head to Arizona in this minor-league trade in exchange for forwards Brayden Burke and Tyler Steenbergen.

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  • Cale Makar COL D
    Avalanche's Cale Makar: Signs six-year extension
    13h ago

    Makar signed a six-year, $54 million contract extension with the Avalanche on Saturday, PuckPedia reports.

    Makar is just 22 years old and has already established himself as one of the best defensemen in the league, having posted an eye-popping 20 goals, 94 points, 225 shots and a plus-29 rating while averaging 22:26 of ice time per contest in 101 appearances through his first two NHL seasons. The fourth overall pick from the 2017 Draft will continue to be a Norris Trophy candidate as well as a high-end fantasy asset for years to come.

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  • Jake Bean CLB D
    Blue Jackets' Jake Bean: Shipped to Columbus
    1d ago

    Bean was dealt from the Hurricanes to the Blue Jackets in exchange for a second-round pick Friday, Sportnet's Elliotte Friedman reports.

    It's a quality addition for Columbus. Bean was exposed by Carolina in the expansion draft earlier this week, but the Kraken elected to grab forward Morgan Geekie instead. Now the Hurricanes pick up a draft pick, while the Jackets add a player who can be reasonably projected to fill a top-four defensive role as early as next season. Bean has displayed a bunch of offensive ability throughout his minor-league career and should get a chance to play heavy minutes for a Columbus team that is clearly embracing a youth movement.

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  • Seth Jones CHI D
    Blackhawks' Seth Jones: Headed to Windy City
    1d ago

    Jones was traded from the Blue Jackets to the Blackhawks on Friday, ESPN's Emily Kaplan reports.

    The exact return is pending but is expected to include defenseman Adam Boqvist and multiple draft picks. Jones is expected to sign a new massive contract extension, rumored to be eight years and $76 million, when first eligible this coming Wednesday. Jones was fully expected to be traded after informing Columbus management he would not be re-signing with the club when his contract was due to expire next summer, but it's the massive extension that is the big story here. Jones' younger brother Caleb was dealt from Edmonton to Chicago in the Duncan Keith trade earlier this month and it seems quite likely that played some role in Seth's decision to sign a new long-term deal. On the ice, Jones is coming off one of his worst seasons to date. In 56 games with the Jackets in 2020-21, Jones posted five goals, 28 points, and a minus-18 rating, but he logs a ton of minutes and is still just 26 years old. This is a calculated risk for a Chicago club that badly needed an influx of talent on its blue line.

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  • Adam Boqvist CLB D
    Blue Jackets' Adam Boqvist: Dealt to Blue Jackets
    1d ago

    Boqvist (wrist) was traded from Chicago to Columbus along with draft picks in exchange for Seth Jones on Friday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    Boqvist suffered a broken wrist in late April after tallying two goals and 16 points through 35 games. Drafted eighth overall in 2018, the blueliner will turn 21 in August and should be ready for training camp assuming he hasn't suffered any setbacks in his recovery. Boqvist will likely see a top-four role with the Blue Jackets and should be featured on the power play.

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  • Carey Price MON G
    Canadiens' Carey Price: Undergoes knee surgery
    1d ago

    Price underwent successful knee surgery Friday and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2021-22 season.

    Price's knee issue may have been part of the reason the Kraken elected not to take him in the Expansion Draft, but it appears he'll be ready to go on Opening Night next season. The veteran netminder was tremendous in the playoffs, leading Montreal to the Stanley Cup Final with a 2.28 GAA and a .924 save percentage in 22 appearances. He'll look to build on that momentum next season and improve on the lackluster .901 save percentage and 2.64 GAA he posted during 2020-21. Price is expected to face a 10-12 week recovery.

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  • Alex Nedeljkovic CAR G
    Red Wings' Alex Nedeljkovic: Secures two-year pact
    2d ago

    Nedeljkovic penned a two-year, $6 million deal with Detroit on Thursday, per agent Rich Evans.

    It didn't take Nedeljkovic long to square away a contract with his new club and remains poised to secure the No. 1 job in training camp. Even if he does split time with Thomas Greiss, the 25-year-old Nedeljkovic should see additional starts compared to his 2020-21 campaign in which he played just 23 contests. Although the team around him figures to continue to struggle, the Ohio native could be an intriguing late-round option in redraft formats if he can secure the starting job.

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  • Jonathan Bernier DET G
    Hurricanes' Jonathan Bernier: NHL rights traded
    2d ago

    Bernier was sent to the Hurricanes from the Red Wings along with a 2021 third-round pick Thursday in a swap for Alex Nedeljkovic, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    Bernier is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 28, so all the Canes have done is buy themselves a few days of exclusive negotiating rights. If the veteran netminder does decide to sign with Carolina, it figures to be as the No. 2 option behind Petr Mrazek, though he is also poised to hit free agency as well.

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  • Alex Nedeljkovic CAR G
    Red Wings' Alex Nedeljkovic: Headed to Motor City
    2d ago

    Nedeljkovic was acquired by the Red Wings from the Hurricanes in exchange for the rights to Jonathan Bernier and a 2021 third-round pick Thursday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    Nedeljkovic put together a solid first full season in the NHL in which he posted a 15-5-3 record with a 1.90 GAA and three shutouts. The Ohio native will need a new contract, as he will be a restricted free agent and could cost the Wings upward of $3-4 million annually. Nedeljkovic will likely split the starts with Thomas Greiss to begin the year but could be in line to take over as the preferred No. 1 option with a strong start.

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  • Mike Smith EDM G
    Oilers' Mike Smith: Secures two-year deal
    2d ago

    Smith agreed to terms on a two-year, $4.4 million pact with Edmonton on Thursday, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.

    Smith is coming off a solid regular season in which he went 21-6-2 with three shutouts, a 2.31 GAA and .923 save percentage in 32 appearances. Unfortunately, the veteran netminder flopped in the playoffs, getting swept by Winnipeg while posting a .912 save percentage. Heading into the upcoming season, Smith should continue to see the bulk of the workload but may have to share some of the starts with Mikko Koskinen and/or Alex Stalock.

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  • Tuukka Rask BOS G
    Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Hip surgery scheduled
    2d ago

    GM Don Sweeney indicated that Rask is on track to undergo hip surgery at the end of July, Eric Russo of the Bruins' official site reports.

    The procedure is expected to keep Rask out until early 2022. The 34-year-old is headed for unrestricted free agency, but has already indicated that he has no interest in playing for any team other than the Bruins. Given that he won't be ready to play when the 2021-22 season starts -- regardless of whether Rask re-signs down the road -- the Bruins seem likely to add goaltending depth to complement the team's returning duo of Jeremy Swayman and Daniel Vladar.

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