Flyers continue to revamp blueline

 

Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher continues to be in a wheeling and dealing mode after acquiring the rights to Kevin Hayes and defenseman Matt Niskanen last week. Today Fletcher struck again on the trade market, acquiring 32 year old defenseman Justin Braun from the San Jose Sharks. The Flyers will send a 2019 2nd round pick and 2020 3rd round pick to the Sharks. Braun has one year left on his current deal with a $3.8 million cap space. With the additions of Niskanen and Braun to bolster their top-2 pairings, Philadelphia has now set themselves to deal from a position of strength in moving a young defenseman for an impact forward to go with the expecting signing of Kevin Hayes as the two sides are nearing a deal.

Rangers acquire Jacob Trouba

 

NYR Recieves: Jacob Trouba WPG Receives: Neal Pionk, 2019 1st Rd Pick (20th) The New York Rangers who were expected to be big players this summer on the trade and free agent market have made their first big move of the off-season tonight in acquiring defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets in-exchange for defenseman Neal Pionk and a 2019 1st round pick (20th overall). For the Rangers this is excellent value as the trade market for Trouba is said to have shrunk due to sign-ability concerns with the Trouba camp making it known over the last couple months to rival clubs that Trouba had all intentions of signing with the Rangers next summer. The Penguins were among the final teams in the mix for Trouba.

Capitals go a year too long in resigning Carl Hagelin

 

The Washington Capitals on Sunday resigned winger Carl Hagelin to a 4 year, $11 million contract. For Hagelin its’s a decrease in salary but overall it’s an excellent deal for himself in getting a four year term (Age 31-34) with the cap potentially going to be in the $80.5-$81 million range instead of the projected $83 million range. For Washington, there’s some questions with the term where they probably went one year too long. Some could argue two years too long. Coming off a 5 goal season and with the hands fading, getting even a 25 point season from Hagelin has now become a major stretch moving forward. The Capitals who try to mesh a physical/speed component to their game, are buying for the speed game to remain and the other intangibles Hagelin brings to the table from the PK to a great locker room presence.

Erik Karlsson to resign with the Sharks

 

The San Jose Sharks   8 year offer that’s on the table to Erik Karlsson (believed to be in the $90+million range) is expected to keep the former Norris Trophy Winner off the free agent market. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported over the weekend the Sharks had a real shot at this and this morning TSN’s Bob McKenzie now chimes in that “all signs” point to Karlsson returning to San Jose. The thought for months had been that Karlsson was heading back East for personal reasons but money will often win out and there was no offer like this coming from the likes of Tampa Bay or the New York Rangers who softened on Karlsson.

Caps deal Niskanen to Flyers

 

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired defenseman Matt Niskanen from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Radko Gudas. Niskanen has 2 years remaining with a $5.75 million cap hit. Washington gets a cap savings of over $3 million with the Flyers retaining 30 percent of Gudas’ $3.35 million cap hit. Niskanen’s departure is not surprising as Capitals officials believe his game took a nose-dive last season and quietly put him on the market at the deadline.

Latest NHL Buzz: Jeff Skinner’s Payday, Erik Karlsson, Taylor Hall, Flyers going big in RFA market?

 

Latest NHL Buzz Price of Doing Business hitting Buffalo When you’re a General Manager like Jason Botterill who knows his seat is starting to get extremely warm in entering a make or break season for an impatient owner that has a history of paying executives, coaches not to work, you’ll get stuck in a situation Botterill now finds himself in. The price of doing business when your job is on line can get rather expensive. It started with the coaching hire and is now spreading to negotiations with Jeff Skinner. After Alain Vigneault Pittsburgh was in the mix for Skinner at the 2018 draft and were among three teams Carolina was entertaining offers for at the time. Some say Pittsburgh was in fact the leader in the clubhouse until things got close to the finish line and Karlsson to stun the hockey world? Erik Karlsson by-passing the free agency interviewRead More »

Blues Center Oskar Sundqvist suspended one game

 

The NHL Department of Player Safety has suspended center Oskar Sundqvist one game for boarding Boston’s Matt Grzelcyk in the Blues 3-2 overtime win in Game 2 (series tied 1-1) on Wednesday night. The former Penguin has been a breakout player for the Blues this season with 14 goals and 31 points in the regular season, including 9 points in 21 playoff games. Sundqvist has 1 assist in the Stanley Cup Final through two games and played 15:24 in Game 2.

Flyers add Therrien, Yeo to coaching staff

 

The Philadelphia Flyers are adding quite the staff under new head coach Alain Vigneault in hiring Michel Therrien and Mike Yeo as assistant coaches. Therrien and Yeo who are very close friends, spent seven seasons together in the Penguins organization and both have close ties to Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher who hired Yeo as head coach in Minnesota and was in Pittsburgh when Therrien got the Penguins to the Stanley Cup in 2008 and has always had an admiration for Therrien who would have been a top candidate for the head coach job in Philadelphia had Vigneault went to Buffalo. OFFICIAL: The #Flyers have hired Michel Therrien and Mike Yeo to serve as assistant coaches on head coach Alain Vigneault's staff. https://t.co/FvlskNwWR3 — Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) May 6, 2019

Hurricanes sweep 🧹 Islanders

 

The Carolina Hurricanes are headed to the Eastern Conference Final, dispatching the New York Islanders in four games. Carolina’s 5-2 win in Game 4 saw the Islanders become the first team in 26 years to have an 8 game playoff.

Hurricanes amped with draft capital following Adam Fox trade

 

NYR Receives: D Adam Fox CAR Receives: 2019 2nd Rounder (37th overall) 2020 3rd rounder (conditional) The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Adam Fox from the Carolina Hurricanes in-exchange for a 2019 2nd round pick and a 2020 conditional 3rd round pick that turns into a 2nd round pick if Fox plays in 30 games next season. Fox who was a main piece in the Carolina – Calgary four player trade last summer, never had any intention of signing with Carolina, just like he had no intention of ever signing with Calgary. College players continue to have success in dictating where they want to play as the worst kept secret in hockey for a year now has been that Fox would end a New York Ranger via trade or as a college free agent in August 2020. The Rangers are getting a skilled right shot puck moving defenseman whoRead More »