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NHL Rumours: Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks

MONTREAL, QC – MARCH 16: Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens falls over goaltender Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 16, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) Even as we approach mid-July, NHL rumours are still aplenty. Most top free agents are signed, however, there is still uncertainty surrounding some more veteran names and certain restricted free agents. Today we’ll look at rumblings that surround the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, and Minnesota Wild. All NHL rumours are taken from the original...

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Michael Del Zotto Signs With Anaheim Ducks

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 12: Michael Del Zotto #4 of the Vancouver Canucks smiles before a face off against the New York Rangers in the first period at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto signs with the Anaheim Ducks on a one-year contract worth $750,000. This contract carries him through the 2019-20 season. Michael Del Zotto signed a one year deal ($750 000) with the @AnaheimDucks — Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) July 11, 2019 Over his 10-year NHL career Del Zotto has played for the New York...

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Chicago Blackhawks Sign Kirby Dach

VANCOUVER, BC – JUNE 21: Kirby Dach poses for a photo onstage 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, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) It was announced on Monday that the Chicago Blackhawks signed Kirby Dach to a three-year, entry-level deal. This contract will take him through at least the 2021-22 season, with the possibility of an entry-level slide. Blackhawks sign first-round pick Kirby Dach to a three-year entry-level contract. That does not mean he’s...

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Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Kevin Gravel

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 06: Kevin Gravel #5 of the Edmonton Oilers passes the puck as Ryan Kesler #17 of the Anaheim Ducks looks to intercept at Honda Center on January 06, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) Free agent defenseman Kevin Gravel has signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on a one-year contract for the league minimum $700,000. This contract carries him through the 2019-20 season after which he will again become an unrestricted free agent. #Leafs are signing D Kevin Gravel, formerly of #Oilers, to a one-year deal worth $700k. — Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 1, 2019 Over...

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Curtis Lazar Signs With Buffalo Sabres

OTTAWA, ON – MARCH 09: Calgary Flames Winger Curtis Lazar (20) stretches during warm-up before National Hockey League action between the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators on March 9, 2018, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Buffalo Sabres signed free agent forward Curtis Lazar to a one-year contract worth the league minimum of $700 thousand. This contract carries him through the 2019-20 season. When Curtis Lazar signs with BUF it will be one year at league minimum of $700K. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2019 Over his...

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Report: Ron Hainsey Signs With Ottawa Senators

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – APRIL 19: Ron Hainsey #2 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on during the third period of Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on April 19, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Maple Leafs defeat the Bruins 2-1. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) It was announced today that free agent defenseman Ron Hainsey will reportedly sign with the Ottawa Senators. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported the deal first. Terms of the deal are yet to be disclosed. Let’s keep the OTT-TOR theme...

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Report: Tyler Myers to Sign With the Vancouver Canucks

ST PAUL, MN – OCTOBER 15: Tyler Myers #57 of the Winnipeg Jets controls the puck against Minnesota Wild during the game on October 15, 2016 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedmann and TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Vancouver Canucks and free agent defenseman Tyler Myers are in the final stages of negotiating a contract that will see the defender move to the Pacific Coast. Financial terms are expected on July 1st. No reason the Canucks and Tyler Myers won’t come to terms. Vancouver is considering structural options. It’s expected...

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Report: Sergei Bobrovsky Chooses to Sign with Florida Panthers

COLUMBUS, OH – FEBRUARY 26: Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets follows the puck during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 26, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Pittsburgh defeated Columbus 5-2. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) According to the Athletic’s Andy Strickland, free agent goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers have agreed on a contract. The deal will be worth around $10 million per season. Official terms will be released once free agency opens on July 1st. The #Flapanthers address their biggest weakness with Sergei Bobrovsky. Signing him and Panarin would be a...

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Ryan Spooner Bought Out by Vancouver Canucks

ANAHEIM, CA – NOVEMBER 23: Ryan Spooner #23 of the Edmonton Oilers looks on during the third period of a game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on November 23, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) It was announced Saturday that the Vancouver Canucks have bought out the remainder of Ryan Spooner‘s contract. He had one year left on a two-year, $8 million deal he signed with the New York Rangers on July 31, 2018. Since the Rangers retained salary when Spooner was traded to Edmonton, the Rangers are on the hook for this buyout too....

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Valeri Nichushkin Waived by Dallas Stars for Purpose of Buyout

MOSCOW, RUSSIA APRIL 4, 2018: CSKA Moscow’s Valeri Nichushkin (L) and SKA St Petersburg’s Sergei Plotnikov in Leg 4 of their 2017/18 KHL Western Conference final playoff tie at the CSKA Ice Palace in Moscow; CSKA Moscow won 2-1. Mikhail Japaridze/TASS (Photo by Mikhail JaparidzeTASS via Getty Images) The Dallas Stars waived forward Valeri Nichushkin Saturday with the intention of buying out the final year of his contract. The buyout will cost Dallas $700,000 this season and $450,000 next season. Nichushkin returned to the Stars from the KHL prior to this season, but failed to record a goal all year....

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Buffalo Sabres Acquire Colin Miller From Vegas Golden Knights

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 09: Colin Miller #6 of the Vegas Golden Knights skates with the puck against the Dallas Stars in the second period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights defeated the Stars 4-2. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Buffalo Sabres acquire Colin Miller from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a 2021 2nd round pick and a 2022 5th round pick. Pending trade call, BUF will send 2nd round pick in 2021 and 5th round pick in 2022 to VGK for defenceman Colin...

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NHL Rumours: Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets and More

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 27: Matt Duchene #95 of the Columbus Blue Jackets reacts in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Boston Bruins during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 27, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) Welcome to today’s second edition of NHL Rumours. Things are heating up as July 1st fast approaches, and Last Word on Hockey is here to cover all the rumblings around the League. In this edition, we have updates on the Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes, and Winnipeg Jets. NHL Rumours Montreal...

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Free Agent Frenzy: Top 10 NHL Free Agent Defencemen

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – APRIL 23: Jake Gardiner #51 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on during the first period Game Seven of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Boston Bruins during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 23, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) It’s the last week of June, and the anticipated countdown to July 1st is well underway for NHL free agent defencemen. While the market for them may have taken a hit with the re-signings of players like Erik Karlsson and Alexander Edler, there are still plenty of solid names out there...

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Philadelphia Flyers Brian Elliott Re-Signs

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – FEBRUARY 23: Brian Elliott #37 of the Philadelphia Flyers defends the net against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at the Lincoln Financial Field on February 23, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott has re-signed with the team on a one-year pact, giving him $2 million this season. THE MOOSE IS BACK.https://t.co/PEcYAquBzn — Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 26, 2019 The Philadelphia Flyers Brian Elliott isn’t really anything more than a reliable backup option at this point in his career. But still, the Flyers keep...

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Ryan Hartman Traded by Philadelphia Flyers to Dallas Stars

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – APRIL 06: Ryan Hartman #38 of the Philadelphia Flyers takes a two minute penalty for roughing Warren Foegele #13 of the Carolina Hurricanes at the Wells Fargo Center on April 06, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) The Philadelphia Flyers have traded Ryan Hartman to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Tyler Pitlick. The deal is one-for-one. BREAKING: We’ve acquired Tyler Pitlick from Dallas in exchange for Ryan Hartman. Details: https://t.co/7k8PLdi3GI pic.twitter.com/x86tNRIl4c — Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 24, 2019 The Flyers completed a trade Monday with the Stars. The Flyers acquire Hartman, a winger, in...

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Ryan Callahan Placed on Long-Term Injury Reserve by Tampa Bay Lightning

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 31: Ryan Callahan #24 of the Tampa Bay Lightning looks down the ice as Adam Henrique #14 of the Anaheim Ducks follows during the second period at Honda Center on December 31, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that forward Ryan Callahan is out indefinitely with a degenerative back condition. The team has placed the veteran on long-term injury reserve. We have announced Ryan Callahan will be placed on long-term injury reserve. https://t.co/2amMi49Y2e — Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 20, 2019 Ryan Callahan Out Indefinitely This injury can help...

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San Jose Sharks Trade Justin Braun to Philadelphia Flyers

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI – MAY 21: Justin Braun #61 of the San Jose Sharks reacts against the St. Louis Blues during the second period in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Enterprise Center on May 21, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) The San Jose Sharks have traded Justin Braun to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 third-round pick. BREAKING: The #Flyers have acquired defenseman Justin Braun from San Jose in exchange for a second-round pick in this year’s draft (41st overall)...

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