The New York Islanders made key moves before the NHL Roster Freeze on Saturday. Lou Lamoriello was able to move Andrew Ladd’a contract to Arizona. Defenseman Andy Greene signed a 1-year deal and will be left exposed for Expansion Draft. These stories and more in today’s daily links!
It was a hefty price to pay, but the New York Islanders managed to clear Andrew Ladd from their payroll on Saturday in a trade that sent the pricey forward and several draft picks to the Arizona Coyotes. The trade came just before the 3 p.m. roster freeze and was announced just after 4:30 p.m. (NYI Hockey Now)
Lou Lamoriello wrapped up a busy day with one final move Saturday afternoon. Andy Greene has been re-signed to a one-year, $750,000 contract, according to Elliotte Freidman and Arthur Staple.The deal totals out to $1 million with $250,000 in bonuses for Greene, who first came to the Islanders via a trade with New Jersey back in 2020. Signing Greene helped the Islanders have one defenseman that met the exposure requirements for the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft. (NYI Hockey Now)
Lou Lamoriello trading Nick Leddy on Friday night signaled the end of an Islanders era. His moving Andrew Ladd and three draft picks to the Coyotes just before the expansion lists were submitted on Saturday marked the end of another Islanders era, though a much more frustrating one. But what the Islanders got in return is huge: A deep sigh of relief for Lamoriello as he dives deeper into contract negotiations with three restricted free agents and a couple of unrestricted free agents he may want to keep. (The Athletic)
The Seattle Kraken are the focus of the hockey world until Wednesday. Thirty of the 31 other NHL teams submitted their protected lists by the 5 p.m. ET deadline Saturday, which started a roster freeze that will last until after the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET). (NHL)
Miro Heiskanen signed an eight-year, $67.6 million contract with the Dallas Stars on Saturday. It has an average annual value of $8.45 million. Heiskanen, who turns 22 on Sunday, could have become a restricted free agent July 28. (NHL)
Barclay Goodrow was traded to the New York Rangers by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday for a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. The 28-year-old forward, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 28, scored 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 55 games this season. (NHL)
The Boston Bruins are officially without any signed, veteran goaltending presence to begin next season with the news Jaroslav Halak’s time in Boston has come to a close. The 36-year-old netminder and the Boston Bruins have agreed to part ways after three seasons, and Halak will hit the free agent market on July 28, per his agent Allan Walsh. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Pittsburgh Penguins slipped in just under the 3 p.m. NHL roster freeze. With the expansion draft looming and the Saturday at 5 p.m. deadline for submitting expansion draft protected lists, the Penguins trade recouped an asset for a player. Penguins GM Ron Hextall traded Jared McCann to the Toronto Maple Leafs for former Penguins prospect Filip Hallander and a seventh-round pick. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Chuck Fletcher made a savvy trade with the Nashville Predators on Saturday afternoon. The Flyers acquired Ryan Ellis for Philippe Myers and Nolan Patrick, opening up a spot on their protected list for the Expansion Draft.
James van Riemsdyk may be staying in Philadelphia (for now) after all (Philly Hockey Now)
According to a report from NHL Insider Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic and TSN, the Seattle Kraken are close to signing Florida Panthers goalie Chris Driedger and would do so before Wednesday’s expansion draft. (Florida Hockey Now)
For perhaps the first time since he took over GM in Detroit in 2019, Red Wings fans seem somewhat perplexed by the move Steve Yzerman made Friday to acquire defenseman Nick Leddy. In reality, it once again appears that Yzerman is playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers. (Detroit Hockey Now)
The Vegas Golden Knights opened up their trade season by moving Nick DeSimone, and the 2022 4th round pick they acquired from Winnipeg for New York Rangers center Brett Howden. It was the second trade for a center in about five minutes, as GM Kelly McCrimmon also spun fading prospect Cody Glass to Nashville as part of a three-team trade for struggling Philadelphia Flyers center Nolan Patrick, who as the 2017 second-overall pick. (Vegas Hockey Now)
About three weeks ago, I wrote how Avs captain Gabe Landeskog could easily be left unprotected when the Avs submit their “protected” list for the July 21 NHL expansion draft with the Seattle Kraken. A lot of people thought that was insane. Well, there are some unconfirmed reports tonight that Landeskog will, indeed, be left unprotected when the list that they had to formally submit becomes public Sunday morning. (Colorado Hockey Now)
Who’s on the San Jose Sharks’ protected list? NHL teams had until 2 PM PT today to turn in their lists to the league. San Jose Hockey Now is hearing that there won’t be any surprises to the Sharks’ protected list. (San Jose Hockey Now)