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NHL Rumours: Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars, Winnipeg Jets and More

ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 20: Patrik Laine #29 of the Winnipeg Jets attempts to pass the puck against Ivan Barbashev #49 of the St. Louis Blues in Game Six of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Enterprise Center on April 20, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) .We’re almost two weeks into free agency, but we still have plenty of NHL rumours. Teams still have plenty of time to set the rosters and will look to make some more moves. Today we look at rumours surrounding...

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Philadelphia Flyers Re-Sign Scott Laughton

NASHVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 04: Scott Laughton #21 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates with the puck against the Nashville Predators during a NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on February 4, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/NHL/Getty Images) The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Friday that they have signed restricted free agent forward Scott Laughton to a two-year contract worth $4.6 million, or $2.3 million AAV. This contract carries him through the 2020-21 season. At the end of the contract, Laughton will be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights. DONE DEAL: @Laughts21 and the #Flyers have agreed...

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The History of the NHL Offer Sheet

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 21: Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens attends the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) After six years without an NHL Offer Sheet, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin shocked the hockey world with the announcement that the team had signed Sebastian Aho to an offer sheet. While we wait for the Carolina Hurricanes decision on the offer sheet, we can look back at NHL history, and how we got to where we are today. Note: This article originally appeared...

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NHL Rumours: Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning and More

TORONTO, ON – APRIL 21: Jake Gardiner #51 of the Toronto Maple Leafs warms up prior to action against the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on April 21, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) We are one day into free agency and many of the biggest names have signed. However, there are still quality players available to be signed. Off-season trades have not stopped either. It’s time for another batch of NHL...

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Report: New York Rangers to Sign Artemi Panarin

COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 20: Artemi Panarin #9 of the Columbus Blue Jackets controls the puck during the game against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 20, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the New York Rangers will sign free agent forward Artemi Panarin on July 1st. It was reported last night that the New York Islanders would be acquiring him. A reported last-minute mega-offer of 12-years and $96 million from the Columbus Blue Jackets was not enough to keep Panarin in Ohio. It is doubtful that the Rangers will best...

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Toronto Maple Leafs Acquire Cody Ceci from the Ottawa Senators for Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown

OTTAWA, ON – JANUARY 05: Ottawa Senators Defenceman Cody Ceci (5) prepares for a face-off during second period National Hockey League action between the Minnesota Wild and Ottawa Senators on January 5, 2019, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) A deal tentatively done on Saturday night, has now been completed. The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired Cody Ceci, Ben Harpur, Aaron Luchuk and a 2020 third-round draft pick from the Ottawa Senators for Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown, and Michael Carcone. The deal comes after the Leafs paid Zaitsev’s $3 million...

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Report: New York Islanders to Sign Artemi Panarin

COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 20: Artemi Panarin #9 of the Columbus Blue Jackets controls the puck during the game against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 20, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the New York Islanders will sign free agent forward Artemi Panarin on July 1st. One year after being spurned by John Tavares, the Islanders get the biggest fish in 2019 free agent pond. Meanwhile, Panarin will make the move to the Big Apple, but not to MSG, rather to play his home games split between Barclay’s and...

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Montreal Canadiens trade Andrew Shaw to Chicago Blackhawks

MONTREAL, QC – APRIL 20: Montreal Canadiens center Andrew Shaw (65) skating away in control of the puck during the game 5 of the first round of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the New York Rangers versus the Montreal Canadiens on April 20, 2017, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to trade Andrew Shaw and a 2021 seventh-round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick, a 2021 third-round pick and a 2020 seventh-round pick. SHAWZY is BACK! The #Blackhawks have...

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Free Agent Frenzy: Top 10 RFA Defencemen

SAN JOSE, CA – DECEMBER 30: Ivan Provorov #9 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on during the game against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on December 30, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images) Now that the 2019 NHL Draft has passed by, fans turn their attention towards what will surely be an exciting summer. The 2019 free agent class is unprecedented, boasting a tremendous amount of star talent. The group of restricted free agents is unprecedented and there are many reports that the league could see its first offer sheet in a long time....

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Report: Toronto Maple Leafs to Trade Nikita Zaitsev to Ottawa Senators for Cody Ceci

TORONTO, ON – MARCH 11: Nikita Zaitsev #22 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a puck drop against the Tampa Bay Lightning during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on March 11, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Lightning defeated the Maple Leafs 6-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie the Toronto Maple Leafs have a tentative deal where they will trade Nikita Zaitsev to the Ottawa Senators for Cody Ceci after paying Zaitsev’s bonus on July 1st. There may be additional pieces involved in the final deal, but the basis of the deal includes...

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Report: Toronto Maple Leafs to Trade Nikita Zaitsev to Ottawa Senators for Cody Ceci

TORONTO, ON – MARCH 11: Nikita Zaitsev #22 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a puck drop against the Tampa Bay Lightning during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on March 11, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Lightning defeated the Maple Leafs 6-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie the Toronto Maple Leafs have a tentative deal where they will trade Nikita Zaitsev to the Ottawa Senators for Cody Ceci after paying Zaitsev’s bonus on July 1st. There may be additional pieces involved in the final deal, but the basis of the deal includes...

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St. Louis Blues Announce Vladimir Tarasenko Knee Surgery

GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 31: Vladimir Tarasenko #91 of the St. Louis Blues reacts as he skates to the bench during a break from the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 31, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) On Tuesday, the St. Louis Blues announced that right wing Vladimir Tarasenko recently underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. President of hockey operations and general manager Doug Armstrong made the announcement via a team press release. Tarasenko will be re-evaluated in four weeks. Vladimir Tarasenko recently completed a...

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2019 NHL Draft Grades LWOH

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 21: Kirby Dach reacts after being selected third overall by the Chicago Blackhawks during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2019 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the site that...

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2019 NHL Draft Grades – Part Two

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 21: Bowen Byram speaks to the media after being selected fourth overall by the Colorado Avalanche during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2019 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for...

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2019 NHL Draft Grades – Part Three

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 21: (L-R) Kirby Dach, third overall pick by the Chicago Blackhawks , Jack Hughes, first overall pick by the New Jersey Devils, and Kaapo Kakko, second overall pick by the New York Rangers hold up their fingers of their pick order in front of the stage during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring...

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2019 NHL Draft Grades – Part Three

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 21: (L-R) Kirby Dach, third overall pick by the Chicago Blackhawks , Jack Hughes, first overall pick by the New Jersey Devils, and Kaapo Kakko, second overall pick by the New York Rangers hold up their fingers of their pick order in front of the stage during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring...

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2019 NHL Draft Grades – Part Four

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 21: Vasili Podkolzin poses for a portrait after being selected tenth overall by the Vancouver Canucks during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images) Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2019 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for...

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