Derick Brassard better start embracing life as a bottom-6 center. 51 Days into NHL free agency, Brassard has finally found a team for the 2019-2020 season, agreeing to a one year, $1.2 million contract today with the New York Islanders. Brassard after a 14 goal, 23-point campaign in 2018-2019, saw his market go about as expected. Entering free agency, executives projected Brassard to be in a situation where he was going to have to accept a one year deal in the $1 million range and that’s right around where things eventually played out. On the ice Brassard looked like a damaged player physically and mentally in stints with Pittsburgh, Florida and Colorado last season. If teams thought Brassard’s issues were only between the ears and that he was a strong bounce-back candidate, he would not have still been available in late August. Playing behind Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson, BrassardRead More »
Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant General Manager Bill Guerin has been named the Minnesota Wild’s new General Manager, replacing Paul Fenton who was fired in July after just 14 months on the job. The Wild officially made the announcement this afternoon. “I am thrilled to announce we have hired Bill Guerin, a four-time Stanley Cup champion, as General Manager of the Minnesota Wild.” — Craig Leipold 📰 News → https://t.co/uM3vPSoWqs #mnwild pic.twitter.com/kU0yhA6khQ — Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) August 21, 2019 I am thrilled to announce we have hired Bill Guerin, a four-time Stanley Cup champion, as General Manager of the Minnesota Wild,” Owner Craig Leipold said in a released statement. “Bill has been a winner throughout his hockey career and I am extremely pleased to be able to add his experience to our organization and The State of Hockey.” Guerin who had an illustrated NHL career that deserves more Hall-of-Fame consideration than heRead More »
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 »
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.