Following the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft, many NHL teams made trades the last few days to bolster their club or rid themselves of contracts. New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello has been patient. According to sources, Kyle Palmieri’s contract is all but done, while Gabriel Landeskog is intrigued by the Islanders. Vladamir Tarasenko is still on the Islanders radar.
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With the expansion draft come and gone, New York Islanders president and general manager Lou Lamoriello continues to forge ahead with an offseason plan he hopes will keep most of his core together for another run at the Stanley Cup. Whether New York comes out on the flip side of free agency, which opens July 28, a better team, worse team or the same team is still uncertain, although certain aspects of the picture are becoming more clear. Here’s what we are hearing. (NYI Hockey Now)
On the latest edition of “Off the Record” Jimmy Murphy discusses the latest rumors from around the NHL. The talk about Tarasenko is that the asking price from St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong is too high. The Seattle Kraken’s ability to draft a strong defensive core may have been for the sake of making trades. Could this draft be one filled with future superstars. (NYI Hockey Now)
The Boston Bruins held onto their first-round pick (21st overall) and appear to have picked a good one in speedy, skilled Swedish right winger Fabian Lysell. For a Bruins team that was lacking in high-end offensive prospects with a draft-and-development cupboard that had gone dry a bit in recent years, Lysell brings a lot of qualities that Boston doesn’t have in high abundance among their prospect pool. (Boston Hockey Now)
As some of my National Hockey Now colleagues are wildly scrambling to keep up with their teams’ activity, the Pittsburgh Penguins trade inquiries are poking around on a few positions of need but not doing so with the urgency which scrambled the NHL trade market on Friday afternoon. The National Hockey Now network has heard John Gibson’s name mentioned by several sources around the league in conjunction with NHL trade chatter, but never to a specific team–which usually means the calls are coming in but not necessarily getting any traction. However, the Penguins’ source further confirmed what PHN has reported for several weeks. GM Ron Hextall has added a 1B type goalie to the Penguins trade board. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Chuck Fletcher continued his active week on Friday afternoon. It’s been a very busy seven days for the Philadelphia Flyers general manager. On Saturday, he got things started by trading for Ryan Ellis. After losing Carsen Twarynski in the Expansion Draft, he traded Shayne Gostisbehere to clear cap space on Thursday. Now, on Friday, he added another right-handed defenseman in Rasmus Ristolainen. But he paid a pretty steep price to do so. (Philly Hockey Now)
Neither Florida general manager Bill Zito nor his Buffalo Sabres counterpart Kevyn Adams would comment on national reports that the Panthers acquired center Sam Reinhart late Friday night. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported that Reinhart, a restricted free agent, would be going to Florida pending a completed trade call with the NHL. Zito spoke to the South Florida media early Saturday morning at the Lauderdale Yacht Club before the trade call had been completed. In Buffalo, Adams was meeting with the Sabres media. Who is part of this trade — aside from Reinhart — is not immediately known. (Florida Hockey Now)
Sebastian Cossa’s confidence level might loom almost as large as his towering frame. Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman swapped first-round picks with the Dallas Stars in order to grab Edmonton Oil Kings netminder Cossa with the 15th pick of the 2021 NHL entry draft. I thought I had a strong season,” Cossa said. “My play kind of earned it for me. The confidence I have in my game, I think I’m going to be the best goalie in the draft. “I think I got picked where I should be.” The move made Cossa the first goaltender selected in the draft – exactly as it should be, according to Cossa. (Detroit Hockey Now)
After losing Vitek Vanecek to the Seattle Kraken, the Washington Capitals are reportedly looking for another goaltender, and it could be a familiar face: Braden Holtby. Per The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta, the Vancouver Canucks are shopping Holtby. Vancouver exposed him in the expansion draft, but the Kraken passed, taking Vanecek, Chris Driedger and Joey Daccord. ow, the 31-year-old is being linked to the Capitals. Holtby, who Washington selected in the fourth round of the 2008 draft, spent 10 seasons in D.C. He and Washington parted ways in 2020 after he became a free agent and signed with the Canucks. (Washington Hockey Now)
The Vegas Golden Knights took another step towards restocking their prospect pool on Friday night by keeping their first-round pick and selecting center Zach Dean with the 30th overall pick. Last week, Golden Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon dealt fading prospect center Cody Glass to Nashville Predators. The move meant the Vegas Golden Knights officially traded away all three of their original 2017 first-round picks: Glass, Nick Suzuki, and Erik Brannstrom. On Friday, Dean joined the new class of pivot prospects, including fellow first-rounders Peyton Krebs and Brendan Bisson, who are already in the Golden Knights system. (Vegas Hockey Now)
With the 28th overall selection in the 2021 NHL draft, the Colorado Avalanche selected Oskar Olausson, a right-wing from HV71 of Sweden’s Hockeyallsvensken league. “It feels so good, I can’t explain it,” Olausson via Zoom, just minutes after he was selected. “I’m very happy and it’s a very good team for me to come to. “A really good city and a good team I want to play with. I think my game will fit in with that team. It’s going to be really fun to play and I can’t wait.” (Colorado Hockey Now)
It’s safe to say that the San Jose Sharks couldn’t believe that William Eklund was available to them. Many projections — from Corey Pronman’s most recent mock draft to San Jose Hockey Now’s own sources — saw the slick Swedish playmaker as unlikely to drop to No. 7. But that’s why, as they say, you play the game. In a moment of surprising candor, San Jose Sharks director of scouting Doug Wilson Jr. revealed that Eklund was second on their big board, behind only second-overall pick Matty Beniers. (San Jose Hockey Now)
Owen Power was selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. “It’s pretty special,” Power said. “Just being able to have a bunch of my family behind me and celebrate with me was pretty special and even better than the way I thought it was going to turn out. “I didn’t know (Buffalo would choose me) until they called my name. I was kind of hoping. They’ve got a lot of young prospects and I think a promising future, so I’m excited for what’s to come.” (NHL)
Jack Eichel was not among the players traded by the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, but the center remains the subject of rumors and the team is receiving calls about him. “There has been a lot of conversations on a lot of different things on our team, and certainly a player of that level there’s going to be phone calls,” Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams said. “I said from Day One that we have to look at every possible scenario and be willing to see, ‘Does this make sense for us and why?’ and ask those hard questions. We’ll continue to do that. We’re having a lot of conversations.” (NHL)
Matthew Beniers did his research after Seattle hired Ron Francis as general manager July 18, 2019, when the NHL expansion team didn’t yet have a name. Watching video of Francis as a player, Beniers saw he was like him, a two-way center wearing No. 10. The Seattle Kraken soon did their research and saw something in Beniers, and Francis announced Beniers as the first amateur draft pick in team history and the No. 2 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday. (NHL)
Seth Jones was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday for Adam Boqvist and three draft picks. The Blue Jackets received a first-round pick (No. 12) and a second-round selection (No. 44) in the 2021 NHL Draft, and a first-round pick in the 2022 or 2023 NHL Draft for the defenseman.The Blackhawks received a first-round pick (No. 32, originally belonging to the Tampa Bay Lightning) and a sixth-round selection in the 2022 NHL Draft.If Chicago’s first-round pick in 2022 is one of the top two selections, the Blue Jackets will receive the Blackhawks’ first-round pick in 2023. (NHL)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland were traded to the Vancouver Canucks by the Arizona Coyotes on Friday for the No. 9 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and forwards Loui Eriksson, Jay Beagle and Antoine Roussel. Arizona also received a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft and a seventh-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. The Coyotes did not have a 2021 first-round selection after they forfeited the No. 11 pick for violating the NHL Combine Testing Policy during the 2019-20 season. (NHL)
Taylor Hall signed a four-year, $24 million contract with the Boston Bruins on Friday. It has an average annual value of $6 million. The 29-year-old forward could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 28. He scored 33 points (10 goals, 23 assists) in 53 regular-season games for the Buffalo Sabres and Bruins last season, including 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in 16 games after he was traded to Boston on April 12. Hall scored five points (three goals, two assists) in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games. The Bruins were eliminated by the New York Islanders in six games in the second round. (NHL)
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