NHL injury/news updates: Eichel, Kucherov, MacKinnon, Matthews

During the first week of the 2021-22 NHL season, there are injuries, players trying to recover from injuries, and other bits of news. Let’s round up some of the most noteworthy updates on Jack Eichel, Nikita Kucherov, Nathan MacKinnon, Auston Matthews, and more.

Report: Sabres don’t want to retain salary in an Eichel trade

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek provided some interesting details about Jack Eichel, John Klingberg, and others.

Both Eichel and Marek noted the Golden Knights and Avalanche at points showing at least some interest in Jack Eichel. Yet, the parameters of a trade set up a wall: the Sabres reportedly don’t want to retain salary in an Eichel trade.

They might be amenable to taking back money in the form of other contracts to make the Eichel contract work, however. Some supplementary thoughts:

  • Most immediately, Vegas has injury worries that would make an-already-cap-challenging Eichel trade tough to even imagine. Could there be room for some creativity, particularly if they moved Eichel onto LTIR?

Two contracts stick out: Evgenii Dadonov ($5M cap hit for two more seasons) and Reilly Smith ($5M, expires after this season). Tough to imagine the Golden Knights pulling off an Eichel trade. That said … they’ve pulled off bold, cap-defying moves before.

[Rink Wrap: catch up on Saturday’s NHL action.]

  • Ultimately, the lack of salary retention might matter most to the Avalanche. That’s because Nathan MacKinnon’s hyper-steal $6.3M cap hit evaporates after 2022-23. Managing everything with Eichel at full freight ($10M through 2025-26) would be difficult with MacKinnon’s raise, alongside big deals for Gabriel Landeskog, Cale Makar, and Mikko Rantanen.

That said, there are some deals that could be moved. Some expiring contracts stand out (Andre Burakovsky, $4.9M; Nazem Kadri, $4.5M), at least if you mix in some two-year commitments (Erik Johnson at $6M; J.T. Compher at $3.5M). But would the Avalanche risk that much future flexibility? Sounds like the answer is no, at least without salary retention.

  • To some, this provides added motivation to gripe about the way the Sabres do business. To an extent, that’s fair.

However, at least some people may not consider that, if the Sabres retained salary for Jack Eichel, it would be for the five remaining seasons of his deal. Eventually, they’re hoping to compete; if they’re paying Eichel $1-$2M to compete for someone else, that’s wasted.

Yes, it’s part of doing business. Teams feel the same sting with a costly buyout. But the Sabres balking at salary retention in an Eichel trade isn’t totally out of bounds. At minimum, it should drive the asking price up considerably.

Interesting Stars – Klingberg rumblings

In that same Sportsnet segment, Marek and Friedman also discussed the expiring contract of Stars defenseman John Klingberg.

After watching other defensemen cash in, Marek reports that Klingberg wants a deal that could fall in the eight-year, $62-$66M range. That hypothetical contract would carry a cap hit between $7.75M – $8.25M.

It’s an interesting situation, overall.

On one hand, Klingberg’s raise is a long time coming. He’s been underrated for years, and also underpaid — his current $4.25M cap hit has been in place for seven seasons. That said, Klingberg is 29, and will turn 30 before his next contract begins (Aug. 14).

By a variety of metrics, there are red flags that Klingberg could go from underrated and underpaid to overpaid. Consider his SPAR (standings points above replacement) chart from Evolving Hockey:

Klingberg SPAR EVO NHL injury news trade updates
via Evolving Hockey

No shame in going from great to good, but teams should be picky when handing out max term and big salaries.

Also, even if Klingberg returns to his previous borderline-Norris level, he might run into something Dougie Hamilton experienced. Sometimes, a team just isn’t convinced you’re an $8M-ish defenseman.

  • Last season, Klingberg averaged less time on ice (22:42) than Miro Heiskanen (24:58) and Esa Lindell (23:11).
  • That also happened in 2019-20, with Lindell (23:25) managing a slightly larger gap (Klingberg – 22:10). Klingberg last topped the Stars in ice time in 2018-19, Heiskanen’s rookie season.
  • If the Stars view Klingberg as their third defenseman, that price tag would already be a hurdle. There’s also the larger question of the direction of this team. In the event that they miss the playoffs in 2021-22, would they really want to pay top dollar for Klingberg? Was the Ryan Suter signing already a signal that they’re moving on?

No doubt, if the Stars don’t sign Klingberg, he’d get a lot of attention on the trade and/or free agent markets.

NHL injury/COVID news: Kucherov, Matthews, MacKinnon, and more

  • The Maple Leafs received a mix of good and bad injury news.

The bad news is that Petr Mrazek is expected to miss about two weeks with a groin injury. Toronto will likely roll with a Jack CampbellMichael Hutchinson combo in Mrazek’s absence.

On the bright side, Auston Matthews is slated to make his season debut against the Rangers on Monday. After that, the Maple Leafs face a back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday.

  • Speaking of the Rangers, they placed Kaapo Kakko on injured reserve.
  • Unfortunately, Nathan MacKinnon still tested positive for COVID. The Athletic’s Peter Baugh reports that MacKinnon won’t travel on at least the first portion of Colorado’s upcoming road trip. It’s a three-game trip (at Washington on Tuesday, Florida on Thursday, and Tampa Bay on Saturday). Overall, the Avs play four of their next five games on the road.
  • Nikita Kucherov left Saturday’s OT win with an injury the Lightning said “didn’t look good.” Steven Stamkos said they’re praying Kucherov is OK, according to Joe Smith of The Athletic.

Sometimes a minor-looking exchange can result in an injury:

For even more player news, check out NBC Sports Edge.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

NHL Rink Wrap: Bennett, McDavid enjoy Saturday hat tricks

Players of the Night

Sam Bennett, Panthers

Was Sam Bennett playing over his head after joining the Panthers in a trade? After all, Bennett scored more goals (six) and points (15) in 10 Panthers games than he managed in 38 games with the Flames last season (4G, 8A for 12 points). He couldn’t possibly match that pace over a full campaign, could he?

Probably not. But it’s still impressive that Bennett notced a hat trick, and did so against the normally-stingy Islanders.

Connor McDavid, Oilers

McDavid recorded his first three goals of the season during Edmonton’s 5-2 win over Calgary in this season’s first Battle of Alberta. The hat trick was the Oilers captain’s 10th of his career. Three of those 10 tricks have come versus the Flames.

Highlights from Saturday in the NHL

Brandon Tanev made moves with this goal …

… worthy of dusting off that Brandon Tanev face from his mugshot.

Pittsburgh Penguins Headshots
(Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)

Some doofus predicted a rebound season for Patrik Laine. Calling 40 goals for Laine was especially excessive, but maybe he can find his smile again? After starting the season with two assists, Laine generated the overtime game-winner as the Blue Jackets beat the Coyotes:

Alex Ovechkin once again doing Alex Ovechkin things:

Congrats to Katie Guay for becoming the first woman to ref an American Hockey League game. Guay wore the stripes for Saturday’s tilt between Lehigh Valley and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton:

Three Takeaways from NHL on Saturday

The Canadiens’ offense looks awful

Heading into the 2021-22 season, people focused on some of the losses the Canadiens endured possibly dooming them after that Cinderella run to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final. Yet, most of those losses were about losing defense. Shea Weber may never play again. Carey Price entered the player assistance program.

Even some of the departed forwards bring much of their value in limiting offense. (See: Phillip Danault.)

After going winless (and pointless) in their first three games, Montreal’s biggest offense is a lack of offense.

Before their deep playoff run, the story of the Canadiens was often about a team that could hog the puck, but not put that puck in the net. Maybe that’s an issue that will carry over to this season? Honestly, even during their playoff wins, it was often about suffocating opponents. They rarely lit up scoreboards.

With Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield, the Canadiens have a duo that’s likely to start clicking. And even though Mike Hoffman looks lab-made to get in the doghouse and get scratched, he at least can shoot.

Overall, it’s best not to get too concerned. That said, the Canadiens have been one of those teams especially vulnerable to scoring slumps. This is at least a cause for some alarm.

Blunders aplenty for Blackhawks blueline

Imagine the frightful monster you’d get if you crossed the Canadiens’ offense with the Blackhawks’ defense.

(Sorry, but Halloween is near.)

Through three games, the Blackhawks have allowed a terrifying 13 goals, scoring six themselves. At times, Marc-Andre Fleury and Kevin Lankinen carried some blame for those goals. Big-picture, though? The Blackhawks’ defense has been absolutely porous.

Consider their 5-on-5 high-danger chance results so far, via Natural Stat Trick:

  • In a 4-2 loss to the Avalanche, the Blackhawks lost the high-danger chance battle 11-3.
  • On the bright side, the Blackhawks salvaged a “charity point” while losing to Jack Hughes and the Devils 4-3 in OT. The Devils notched a 12-8 high-danger chance advantage there.
  • On Saturday night, the Blackhawks lost the high-danger chance battle to the Penguins (8-4), as Pittsburgh won 5-2.

No, the Blackhawks don’t have to play perfect defense to improve. Several NHL teams accept a certain number of mistakes, believing that they’ll create more than they allow.

But there’s not much defending how the Blackhawks are playing. That’s because they’re not doing much defending at all.

The Panthers sure look like a powerful scoring machine again

If you watched enough Panthers games last season, you likely ended up dazzled by their relentless attacking style. That said, some might downplay Florida’s success after a first-round exit (even if it came against the eventual, repeat Stanley Cup champ Lightning). Others might just wonder if the Panthers couldn’t repeat those results.

Drop that “it’s early caveat” in here, and throughout other takeaways. Nonetheless, the early signs are promising.

The Panthers didn’t just beat the Islanders, they hammered them 5-1. Speaking of high-danger chances, the Panthers generated an 8-3 edge in that department. (The volume was there, too, but the Islanders emphasize those Grade-A opportunities.)

Things weren’t as lopsided vs. the Penguins, but the Panthers created a ton of chances there too, scoring five goals as well.

Sometimes depth is overrated in the NHL. With the Panthers, an approach that emphasizes waves of offense — with some standouts, like Aleksander Barkov — could work a lot more often than it falls short.

Sunday’s big story

Stars vs. Senators

On Saturday in the NHL, hockey-lovers had to pick and choose. During especially busy hours, that even went for those who set up more screens than Batman did to catch the Joker. It can be a bit much. Even those with fortress-like bladders will need a rewind.

On Sunday, NHL fans have one choice: Stars at Senators, at 5 p.m. ET.

There, you can get a look at where the Stars might be pointed. Will this team be more like last season’s disappointment, or the surprise 2020 Stanley Cup Finalist?

And, you get a look at the upstart Senators. When’s that unparalleled success going to kick in, again?

Saturday’s NHL scores

Hurricanes 3, Predators 2
Blue Jackets 2, Kraken 1 (OT)
Lightning 2, Capitals 1 (OT)
Penguins 5, Blackhawks 2
Red Wings 3, Canucks 1
Maple Leafs 3, Senators 1
Bruins 3, Stars 1
Rangers 3, Canadiens 1
Panthers 5, Islanders 1
Sabres 2, Coyotes 1 (SO)
Wild 2, Kings 2
Oilers 5, Flames 2
Sharks 4, Jets 3
Blues 5, Avalanche 3

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

NHL Rink Wrap: The Jack Hughes Show highlights Devils win

Player of the Night

Jack Hughes, Devils

New Jersey built up a 3-1 lead thanks to Dougie Hamilton‘s goal 17 seconds into the game and Hughes’ first of the season in the second period. But the Blackhawks scored twice in a 3:27 span late in the third to force overtime. It was there the young Devils star put on a brilliant solo display to win the game and then gifte a fan at Prudential Center a game-used stick.

Hughes’ first goal from Friday was pretty nifty, too.

Highlights from Friday in the NHL

The first of Carter Hart‘s rough goals felt a bit like “the nature of the beast.” The second cringe-worthy goal Carter Hart allowed, though? Pretty brutal. Elias Pettersson (again) put Hart in a bad spot, and J.T. Miller took care of the rest:

Marcus Foligno dropped the gloves with Max Jones in the first period and had the last laugh with a game-winning goal with 7.2 seconds left to help the Wild edge the Ducks:

Before that game, Trevor Zegras was just showing off:

The Blackhawks and Devils honored the late Jimmy Hayes Friday night:

Two Takeaways from NHL on Friday

So far, so very good for Devils and Dougie

As you can see above, Hamilton celebrated his big contract with the Devils by scoring right away. Then Jack Hughes did the rest to secure a debut win to kick off the Dougie days.

By the simplest terms, that’s a great debut.

But when you dig deeper … Dougie Hamilton shines even more.

Via Natural Stat Trick, the Devils dominated shot volume with Hamilton on the ice. Whether you count blocked shots (21 Corsi For, 7 against at even-strength), or not (17-6 Fenwick For), Hamilton tilted the ice in New Jersey’s favor.

• Hamilton’s Devils debut was strong in more than just “empty calories” ways. At 5-on-5, the Devils generated a 14-5 scoring chance advantage. As far as high-danger chances go? That’s a 7-3 mark. Just lights-out stuff.

• The simple stats are there, too. Hamilton earned a +3 rating, with the Devils generating three goals with him on the ice at 5-on-5, and not allowing one.

Vigneault sticks with Carter Hart after those tough goals

After four goals — including two especially painful ones — people were making jokes at Carter Hart’s expense. Or, they were making jokes about the Flyers’ backup plan of, uh, Martin Jones.

Of course, it’s far, far, far too early to assume Hart won’t rebound from his disappointing 2020-21 season. Plenty of people would’ve spared Hart the exposure of playing through the third period.

Instead, Alain Vigneault took the risk of added damage to Hart’s psyche. The young goalie bounced back with 15 saves in the third period, helping Philly gain a “charity point.”

Now, the Canucks still beat the Flyers. And Hart did allow Vancouver to score on both shootout chances. They’re not out of the woods by any means …

… But, hey, Vigneault stood by his goalie. It might just work out.

(Maybe Vigneault doesn’t have much of a choice, anyway?)

Saturday’s big story

Plenty of NHL season-openers

The 2021-22 NHL season’s been in action since Tuesday, yet quite a few teams open things up on Saturday. Here they are:

• Bruins host Stars at 7 p.m. ET.

• The Blues 2021-22 season begins the way their last one ended. They’re facing the mighty Avalanche at 9 p.m. ET after Colorado swept the Blues during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

• The Sharks kick off their 2021-22 season by hosting the Jets at 10 p.m. ET.

• Finally, the Flames begin their season against the hated Oilers at 10 p.m. ET.

We’ll get to see a retooled St. Louis lineup, and see how a mostly-intact Flames team handles what should be a high-pressure season. Should be a fun, busy Saturday in the NHL.

Friday’s NHL scores

Devils 4, Blackhawks 3 (OT)
Canucks 5, Flyers 4 (SO)
Wild 2, Ducks 1

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

NHL Rink Wrap: Big upsets, but not vs. Lightning; First Kraken win

Player of the Night

Tyler Bertuzzi

Considering the Lightning’s ludicrous comeback from down 6-3 with mere minutes remaining in the third period, you might want to hand this to a Bolt. The argument is there. You could easily name Nikita Kucherov (1G, 3A) or Victor Hedman (four assists) as the player of Thursday night in the NHL.

After all, they earned that all-valuable last laugh.

But Tyler Bertuzzi still forced Tampa Bay to pull off those heroics thanks to a blistering four-goal night. During the second period alone, Bertuzzi notched a hat trick. When he scored his fourth, Bertuzzi put the Red Wings up 5-3. Clearly, that wasn’t enough; heck, another goal wasn’t enough.

Impressive stuff nonetheless from a player the Red Wings might want to be able to bring to Canada this season.

Highlights from Thursday in the NHL

The Blue Jackets honored Matiss Kivlenieks with a ceremony before their season-opener.

Truly, it’s a lot of fun when a scoring chance is so promising, an announcer gets fooled. That’s what happened when Braden Holtby robbed Ryan Strome on a truly golden opportunity:

Drop your jaw in awe of that 11-goal overtime stunner between the Lightning and Red Wings. One big highlight reel, really.

Three Takeaways from NHL on Thursday

No Red Wings upset, but two other significant ones

After 82 games, we might not look at the Sabres beating the Canadiens or the Senators holding off the Maple Leafs as big upsets. Sometimes, teams make big jumps (and drops) in the NHL.

Right now, though? It absolutely feels bizarre to picture even a competent season from Buffalo.

If the Lightning didn’t come back, that would’ve been another big one. Maybe the larger lesson is that we shouldn’t take things for granted in the NHL? (Or, at least, this early part of the season could introduce some chaos.)

This could be a long, long season for the Coyotes

Heading into 2021-22, it seemed like the Sabres and Coyotes would engage in a tanking war. It would seemingly be the most brazen of its kind since … well, the last time the Coyotes and Sabres tried to be as bad as possible.

At least on Thursday night, the Sabres didn’t play that role in a presumed race to the top of the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery.

The Coyotes, though? They fell 8-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Again, hindsight could tell a different story. But, heading into openers and early season games in the NHL on Thursday, it sure seemed like the Blue Jackets’ future skews closer to Arizona’s than contention (or even the playoff bubble).

Yet, in this one, the Blue Jackets cruised.

With two goals and two assists, Oliver Bjorkstrand made his own argument for player of the night for Thursday in the NHL. Max Domi notched three points. Patrik Laine, Jakub Voracek, and Jack Roslovic collected two assists apiece.

Plenty expected the Blue Jackets to beat the Coyotes. The sheer margin of defeat might be an upset, or at least upsetting, if you’re the ‘Yotes.

Kraken get their first win

After a tough loss in their debut on Tuesday, the Seattle Kraken are in the win column for the first time in their franchise history thanks to a 4-3 win in Nashville on Thursday night.

The Kraken used a perfect 2-for-2 not on the power play, as well as a pair of goals from Brandon Tanev, to get the win. Tanev scored one of the power play goals and also added an empty net goal late in the third period to make it a 4-2 game. Because Nashville scored just a minute later Tanev’s second goal, the empty net goal, goes in the books as the game-winner. Jared McCann (power play) and Alex Wennberg also scored goals for Seattle in the win. Philipp Grubauer stopped 27 out of 30 shots in the win.

Tanev’s empty-net goal was Seattle’s only shot on goal of the third period, but it was enough to get the two points.

Friday’s big story

A peek at the new-look Flyers

So far, we’ve seen the Seattle Kraken twice. The Blackhawks’ blueline makeover faced a big challenge. And, despite all of those changes, the Hurricanes look like they’ll keep opponents on their toes.

On Friday, we’ll finally get our first look at the Flyers after some bold offseason changes.

Can Ryan Ellis return to near-Norris-form after injuries derailed his 2020-21 season? Will the Flyers look smart after taking a chance on much-maligned blueliner Rasmus Ristolainen? Most importantly, was last season just a hiccup for Carter Hart, or a new reality?

Of course, we won’t get every answer about the Flyers one game into an 82-game marathon. Friday’s Flyers – Canucks game should be a better proof of concept than any exhibition though.

(And, hey, the Canucks made plenty of changes themselves.)

Thursday’s NHL scores

Sabres 5, Canadiens 1
Senators 3, Maple Leafs 2
Panthers 5, Penguins 4 (OT)
Stars 3, Rangers 2 (OT)
Blue Jackets 8, Coyotes 2
Hurricanes 6, Islanders 3
Lightning 7, Red Wings 6 (OT)
Kraken 4, Predators 3
Kings 6, Golden Knights 2

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

NHL Rink Wrap: Ovechkin makes more history

Player of the Night

Alex Ovechkin

Independent of some history, Alex Ovechkin aleady had a claim for the player of Wednesday in the NHL. The 36-year-old enjoyed a brilliant season-opener, collecting two goals and two assists. Those four points all happened on special teams: three power-play points, one shorthanded.

If he needed a tiebreaker, making history should do.

With his first goal of the 2021-22 season, Ovechkin tied Marcel Dionne for fifth all-time. That same night, Ovechkin finished all alone at fifth all-time with 732 goals.

Highlights of Wednesday in the NHL

Watch Ovechkin pass Dionne with goal 732:

Jack Johnson isn’t the first person you’d expect to score this type of goal. It was nifty stuff from the journeyman defenseman, and a sign of a long night to come for Marc-Andre Fleury.

Mason McTavish becomes the youngest player in Anaheim Ducks franchise history to score a goal.

Three Takeaways from NHL on Wednesday

Don’t count Ovechkin out of … any goals race, really

By reaching that milestone on Wednesday, plenty pondered Ovechkin chasing Gretzky’s 894 goals. Certainly, it will be something we think about whenever Ovechkin lights the lamp, especially more than once.

But Ovechkin looked spry enough on Wednesday that we shouldn’t dismiss him in more immediate NHL races. (He even generated offense away from his “office.”)

To be specific, are we certain that Ovechkin can’t threaten to win the 2022 Maurice Richard Trophy?

Last season, Ovechkin finished with 24 goals, earning a tie with several other players (including Sidney Crosby) for 13th in the NHL. Combine Ovechkin being 35 with Auston Matthews‘ 41 goals (in just 52 games!), and it’s understandable that people wonder if his Richard days are over.

Don’t forget that Ovechkin tied for the Richard Trophy as recently as the 2019-20 season. Ignore his continued sniping ability at your goalie’s peril.

The Blackhawks weren’t ready (at least not for the Avalanche attack)

The NHL’s schedule-makers stumbled upon some real trials by fire to open the 2021-22 season.

First, the Kraken had to play their first-ever NHL game against the powerhouse Golden Knights. Impressively, the Kraken looked like they belonged, and absolutely had a chance to win.

Heading into this season, the Blackhawks look dramatically different. Their defense is wildly changed, with Seth Jones as the headliner (but not the only tweak). Most expected Marc-Andre Fleury to face a significant upswing in chances, even if Chicago improved.

Well, the NHL didn’t exactly let Chicago ease in. Even without Nathan MacKinnon, the Avalanche can attack with the best of them.

If you’re generous, you’d say the Blackhawks settled things down after they went down 3-0. But they still seemed overmatched. Over time, we’ll see if that’s a larger trend, or just the nature of facing the Avalanche.

Ducks recipe for this season on display

If the Anaheim Ducks are going to do anything other than be a bottom team in the Western Conference this season they are going to need two things to happen.

The first is a big season from star goalie John Gibson.

The second is some young players to take big steps forward and become impact players.

That recipe was actually on display on Wednesday night in their 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Gibson stopped 33 out of 34 shots, while 18-year-old rookie Mason MacTavish scored his first NHL goal and added an assist. Rookie defenseman Jamie Drysdale also added an assist in the win. McTavish, Drysdale, and Trevor Zegras need to be the difference makers for the Ducks this season.

Thursday’s big story

First test of Hurricanes makeover

Give the Carolina Hurricanes credit; they march to the beat of their own drum.

During the offseason, the Hurricanes decided to change both of their goalies. They allowed a Norris-range defenseman leave in Dougie Hamilton. Then, they brought in Tony DeAngelo, one of the league’s most polarizing players.

Oh yeah, then they gained revenge by way of Jesperi Kotkaniemi offer sheet. Busy folks.

Some of their moves carried the air of “smartest guys in the room.” If they finally break through, then we’ll look at those changes as key catalysts. That said, the Hurricanes are running out of benefit of the doubt — and maybe some of their lovable charm.

Did they become actual jerks? That might be worth it if they also become big winners.

Wednesday’s NHL scores

Capitals 5, Rangers 1
Maple Leafs 2, Canadiens 1
Oilers 3, Canucks 2 (SO)
Avalanche 4, Blackhawks 2
Ducks 4, Jets 1

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

NHL commissioner Bettman says just 4 players unvaccinated

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league has only four unvaccinated players as it opens up the 2021-22 season.

Bettman was in attendance for the regular-season opener between the back to back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

“Everybody banding together to do the right thing,” Bettman said. “Maybe that’s why hockey is the ultimate team sport.”

Bettman said NHL officials and all the personnel that come into contact with the players are vaccinated.

““It’s something we take seriously,” Bettman said. “Health and safety has been and will continue to be paramount.”

There are still COVID-19 cases involving players that are fully vaccinated.

The expansion Seattle Kraken will be missing a number of players due to Covid-19 protocols for their first game Tuesday night at Las Vegas.

The Lightning have expressed a continuing interest in hosting an outdoor game in Tampa, Florida but the weather conditions in the state remain a major obstacle.

“Do I have severe weather concerns, the answer is yes,” Bettman said. “Weather, particularly in a warm climate can be a challenge, and the safety of the players is paramount. If it were doable, it would be great. We’re just not sure it’s doable because of the weather.”

PHT Morning Skate: Tkachuk still unsigned; Kessel’s future in Arizona

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from the NHL and around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.

• The 2021-22 season is under way and Senators forward Brady Tkachuk remains unsigned. [Ottawa Sun]

Phil Kessel‘s time in Arizona looks like it will be coming to an end at some point this season. [The Hockey News]

• Why the Blackhawks will find their way into the Western Conference playoff picture. [NBC Sports Chicago]

• Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon will miss tonight’s opener against the Blackhawks after testing positive for COVID-19. He is asymptomatic, according to GM Joe Sakic. [PHT]

• “The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) will assess the need for harsher sanctions in response to a racist incident in Ukraine and plans to pressure leagues around the world to amend their rule books to define sanctions for racist behaviour, the new IIHF president said.” [Reuters]

• Fantasy hockey news and notes as hockey season has begun. [NBC Sports Edge]

• “I don’t think the Bruins got a lot worse this offseason, if at all. We all know that’s not good enough, though. Last year’s Bruins team wasn’t ready to compete for a Cup, not by a long shot. They went into the offseason needing significant improvements to take the next step and be a cup contender, and I don’t think they did that.” [Black and Gold]

• “Has Ken Holland, finally out of salary cap hell, made most of the right moves? Is he about to direct another Stanley Cup era? We begin to find out now.” [Edmonton Sun]

• Korea, Italy, and Poland advanced into the final round of women’s Olympic hockey qualification. The last spots in the tournament will be determined next month. [The Ice Garden]

• After not making the Rangers’ roster, Vitali Kravtsov has been given permission to seek a trade. [Blue Seat Blogs]

Boone Jenner has been named the Blue Jackets’ seventh captain in franchise history. [Blue Jackets]

• A look at the faces in new places for the 2021-22 season. [Yardbarker]

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy

NHL Rink Wrap: Begin the Kraken, Tom Wilson vs. Rangers

Player of the Night

Max Pacioretty

Really, you could take your pick from the Golden Knights’ dynamic duo of Pacioretty and Mark Stone. Chandler Stephenson (GWG, assist) deserves a mention as the speedy center supplementing those two great wingers, too.

Both Pacioretty (2G, 1A) and Mark Stone (three assists) notched three points in the Golden Knights’ slim win over the Kraken. Pacioretty was a truly overbearing presence, firing an impressive eight shots on goal, notching a +3 rating, and blocking a shot.

Honestly, Pacioretty – Stephenson – Stone probably deserve more mentions among the NHL’s best lines. They’re a nightmare for most opponents.

Highlights of NHL opening night

With only two NHL games on opening night, why not get highlights from both opening night contests?

The Penguins beat the Lightning 6-2, inflated by an absolute bucket of empty-netters.

Meanwhile, the second-newest team in the NHL beat the newest one as the Golden Knights (barely) leashed the Kraken. Ryan Donato scored the first goal in Kraken history, helping Seattle turn a 3-0 deficit to a 3-3 tie.

The Golden Knights won on a heartbreaker of a goal, though. The other standout highlight was Jonathan Marchessault‘s excellent 2-0 tally:

Three Takeaways from opening night in NHL

Two games, yet three takeaways? You bet.

Kraken didn’t back down

From the start, the Seattle Kraken were aggressive in their first NHL game. Considering how well they played, plenty of teams — not just expansion ones — would have wilted after going down 3-0.

Rather than giving up, the Kraken kept pushing. Remarkably, they fired back from that 3-0 deficit to make it 3-3.

No, that push didn’t result in the first Kraken win. Or even their first “charity point.” It was a heck of a showing, however. Throw out all of the 4-3 goal controversy, and the tough breaks, and the larger story is still that Seattle came to play.

Truly, the Kraken belonged with the Golden Knights — a team that ranks among the heaviest Stanley Cup favorites.

Whether it’s that Corsi chart from Natural Stat Trick, or the good-old-fashioned “eye test,” the bottom line is that the Kraken popped in their first NHL game. If this is a sign of things to come, then look out. We may indeed see another immediately competitive NHL expansion team.

Underdog Penguins earned that upset over the Lightning

To be clear, the 6-2 final score of Penguins – Lightning is very misleading.

The real story is that the Penguins ovewhelmed the Lightning all game. You’d think the Penguins were the defending repeat champions, and the Lightning were missing top stars. Instead, it was Pittsburgh saying “No Sidney Crosby? No Evgeni Malkin? No problem.”

OK, they whispered that at most. Obviously life is easier with your future Hall of Famers.

Some Stanley Cup hangover for Lightning

Was it just an off night? Is there a certain level of drag one should expect after a team raises its Stanley Cup banner?

Either way, Steven Stamkos and other Lightning players admitted it. Their loss to the Penguins was a “dud.”

One defeat is probably a bit much for a true wake-up call, but the Bolts need to be better. An extended sleepy start could make life tougher in what’s expected to be a top-heavy Atlantic Division.

Wednesday’s big story

Admit it or not, the Tom Wilson show begins

Ryan Reaves might not even be able to play in the Rangers’ season-opener. Even if he does, the Rangers and even Tom Wilson himself would like people to opt against framing New York’s offseason as one big Tom Wilson overreaction.

But … it pretty much was.

If Reaves and Wilson are both available, they can renew long-running hostilities. If not, expect another Rangers tough guy to step up.

Beyond the threat of violence, it should also be interesting to see if the Rangers show signs of making those next steps. Expectations vary wildly for a team that enjoyed a lot of recent luck in draft lotteries.

NHL opening night scores

Penguins 6, Lightning 2
Golden Knights 4, Kraken 3

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

NHL odds: 2022 Stanley Cup champion, awards

The Tampa Bay Lightning are going for a Stanley Cup three-peat but face stiff competition at the top of the NHL. Many around the hockey world love the Colorado Avalanche to dethrone the defending back-to-back champs, with the Vegas Golden Knights also expected to be a strong contender.

As the NHL begins the 2021-22 season Tuesday night let’s take a look at the betting favorites for the 2022 Stanley Cup, and some end-of-season hardware, courtesy of our friends at PointsBet.

It’s the Avalanche (+500), Golden Knights (+600), and Lightning (+600) leading the was atop the betting odds. Like long shots? The Sabres are right there at +20000. Or maybe go a little safe with the Kraken at +5000.

POINTSBET 2022 NHL STANLEY CUP CHAMPION ODDS

Colorado Avalanche +500
Vegas Golden Knights +600
Tampa Bay Lightning +600
Toronto Maple Leafs +1100
Boston Bruins +1400
Carolina Hurricanes +1600
Florida Panthers +2000
New York Islanders +2000
Pittsburgh Penguins +2200
New York Rangers +2200
Minnesota Wild +2500
Edmonton Oilers +2500
Washington Capitals +2500
Dallas Stars +2500
Montreal Canadiens +2800
Philadelphia Flyers +3000
St. Louis Blues +3300
Calgary Flames +4000
Winnipeg Jets +4000
Chicago Blackhawks +4000
Seattle Kraken +5000
Nashville Predators +6000
Los Angeles Kings +6000
Vancouver Canucks +6000
New Jersey Devils +6000
San Jose Sharks +8000
Arizona Coyotes +10000
Ottawa Senators +10000
Columbus Blue Jackets +10000
Anaheim Ducks +10000
Detroit Red Wings +20000
Buffalo Sabres +20000

2021-22 STANLEY CUP FINAL MATCHUP

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche +1300
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vegas Golden Knights +1700
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Colorado Avalanche +2200
Boston Bruins vs Colorado Avalanche +2500
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Vegas Golden Knights +2500
Florida Panthers vs Colorado Avalanche +3000
Boston Bruins vs Vegas Golden Knights +3300
New York Islanders vs Colorado Avalanche +3500
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Colorado Avalanche +3500
Carolina Hurricanes vs Colorado Avalanche +4000
Florida Panthers vs Vegas Golden Knights +4000
New York Islanders vs Vegas Golden Knights +4000
New York Rangers vs Colorado Avalanche +4500
Carolina Hurricanes vs Vegas Golden Knights +5000

NHL Awards
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HART TROPHY WINNER

Connor McDavid +225
Nathan MacKinnon +600
Auston Matthews +900
Nikita Kucherov +1000
David Pastrnak +1400
Leon Draisaitl +1600
Artemi Panarin +1300
Sebastian Aho +1600
Mikko Rantanen +2000
Andrei Vasilevskiy +2000
Brayden Point +1800
Mitch Marner +2200
Brad Marchand +2200
Patrick Kane +3300
Cale Makar +2800
Aleksander Barkov +2500
Mark Stone +2500
Jonathan Huberdeau +2800
Max Pacioretty +3300
Sidney Crosby +3000
Kirill Kaprizov +3300
Marc-Andre Fleury +4000
Philipp Grubauer +4000
Mark Scheifele +3500

NORRIS TROPHY WINNER

Cale Makar +350
Adam Fox +700
Victor Hedman +650
Dougie Hamilton +1200
Charlie McAvoy +1200
Jaccob Slavin +1800
Miro Heiskanen +1500
Quinn Hughes +1700
Roman Josi +1700
Aaron Ekblad +2200
Jared Spurgeon +2500
John Carlson +2200

VEZINA TROPHY WINNER

Andrei Vasilevskiy +325
Marc-Andre Fleury +800
Philipp Grubauer +1200
Connor Hellebuyck +1000
Carey Price +1600
Semyon Varlamov +1400
Thatcher Demko +1800
Petr Mrazek +1600
Robin Lehner +1400

CALDER TROPHY WINNER

Cole Caufield +225
Trevor Zegras +450
Spencer Knight +900
Moritz Seider +1000
Marco Rossi +1200
Alex Newhook +1300
Vasily Podkolzin +1600
Quinton Byfield +1600
Shane Pinto +1600
Jamie Drysdale +1800
Bowen Byram +1800
Nick Robertson +2000
Lucas Raymond +2000
Michael Bunting +2500
Vitali Kravtsov +2500
Matt Boldy +2800
Arthur Kaliyev +3300
Connor McMichael +3300

PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

NHL Free Agency 2021: Every signing by all 32 teams

It’s time for NHL Free Agency! The offseason is under way and with the market opening July 28 there will be plenty of action this summer. Some teams have already been busy getting their 2021-22 rosters in order. Check back here for all of the signings that teams will be making in hopes of improving their chances at winning the 2022 Stanley Cup.

NHL Free Agency Signings

October 12

• Penguins sign Brian Boyle to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

October 11

• Blackhawks sign Erik Gustafsson to a one-year, $800,000 deal.

October 10

• Rangers sign Mika Zibanejad to an eight-year, $68 million deal. (Link)
• Avalanche signs Jack Johnson to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

October 9

• Blues sign James Neal to a one-year, $750,000 deal. (Link)

October 8

• Panthers sign Aleksander Barkov to an eight-year, $10 million deal. (Link)
• Devils sign Frédérik Gauthier to a one-year, $800,000 dea.

October 7

• Senators sign Tyler Ennis to a one-year, $900,000 deal.

October 6

• Coyotes sign Alex Galchenyuk to a one-year, $750,000 million deal.

October 5

• Stars sign Artem Grushnikov to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.

October 4

• Canadiens sign Arber Xhekaj to a three-year, $2.485 million deal.
• Capitals sign Vincent Iorio to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.

October 3

• Canadiens sign Jake Evans to a three-year, $5.1 million deal.

October 2

• Maple Leafs sign Braeden Kressler to a three-year, $2.505 million deal.

October 1

• Blackhawks sign Colton Dach to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Canucks sign Quinn Hughes to a six-year, $47.1 million deal.
• Canucks sign Elias Pettersson to a three-year, $22.05 million deal.

September 30

• Blue Jackets sign J.F. Berube to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Kings sign Martin Chromiak to a three-year, $2.515 million deal.

September 29

• Kraken signs Max McCormick to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Senators sign Zach Ostapchuk to a three-year, $3.093 million deal.

September 28

• Stars sign Logan Stankoven to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Stars sign Wyatt Johnston to a three-year, $3.093 million deal.

September 26

• Golden Knights sign Daniil Chayka to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.

September 25

• Maple Leafs sign William Villeneuve to a three-year, $2.505 million deal.

September 24

• Canadiens sign Sami Niku to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

September 22

• Sabres sign Rasmus Dahlin to a three-year, $18 million deal. (Link)
Avalanche signs Logan O’Connor to a three-year, $3.15 million deal
Kings sign Cal Petersen to a three-year, $15 million deal.

September 21

• Blue Jackets sign Elvis Merzlikins to a five-year, $27 million deal. (Link)
• Wild signs Kirill Kaprizov to a five-year, $5 million deal. (Link)
• Blues sign Robert Thomas to a two-year, $5.6 million deal.

September 20

• Bruins sign Zach Senyshyn to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

September 19

• Golden Knights sign Nolan Patrick to a two-year, $2.4 million deal.

September 18

• Islanders sign Zdeno Chara to a one-year deal. (Link)
• Oilers sign Kailer Yamamoto to a one-year, $1.175 million deal.
• Senators sign Logan Brown to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

September 16

• Blackhawks sign Nolan Allen to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Golden Knights sign Dylan Coghlan to a two-year, $1.525 million deal.
• Islanders sign Andy Andreyoff to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Islanders sign Dmytro Timashov to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Islanders sign Paul LaDue to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Islanders sign Otto Koivula to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Islanders sign Cole Bardreau to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.

September 14

• Blues sign Tyler Bozak to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Red Wings sign Givani Smith to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.

September 13

• Sharks sign Noah Gregor to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

September 12

• Kraken signs Ryan Donato to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

September 11

• Oilers sign Cooper Marody to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

September 10

• Flames sign Erik Gudbranson to a one-year, $1.95 million deal.
• Flames sign Michael Stone to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

September 8

• Flames sign Connor Mackey to a two-year, $1.825 million deal.
• Flames sign Brad Richardson to a one-year, $800,000 deal.

September 7

• Kraken signs Dennis Cholowski to a one-year, $900,000 deal.

September 6

• Oilers sign Tyler Tullio to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.

September 4

• Hurricanes sign Jesperi Kotkaniemi to a one-year, $6.1 million deal after Montreal declines to match offer sheet. (Link)
• Rangers sign Libor Hajek to a one-year, $874,125 deal.

September 3

• Senators sign Drake Batherson to a six-year, $29.85 million deal (Link).
• Red Wings sign Filip Hronek to a three-year. $13.2 million deal.

September 2

• Flyers sign Joel Farabee to a six-year, $30 million deal. (Link)
• Sabres sign Casey Mittelstadt to a three-year, $7.5 million deal. (Link)
• Penguins sign Louis Domingue to one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Red Wings sign Carter Rowney to a one-year, $825,000 deal.
• Sabres sign Henri Joikharju to a three-year, $7.5 million deal.

September 1

• Blues sign Colton Parayko to a eight-year, $52 million deal. (Link)
• Islanders sign Anthony Beauvillier to a three-year, $12.45 million deal. (Link)
• Islanders sign Casey Cizikas to a six-year, $15 million deal. (Link)
• Islanders sign Kyle Palmieri to a four-year, $20 million deal. (Link)
• Islanders sign Ilya Sorokin to a three-year, $12 million deal. (Link)
• Kraken signs Riley Sheahan to a one-year, $850,000 deal.

August 31

• Blackhawks sign Connor Murphy to a four-year, $17.6 million deal. (Link)
• Blues sign Tanner Dickinson to a three-year, $2.7 million deal.

August 30

• Predators sign Eeli Tolvanen to a three-year, $4.35 million deal. (Link)
• Coyotes sign Dylan Guenther to a three-year, $5.325 million deal.

August 29

• Senators sign Filip Gustavsson to a two-year, $1.575 million deal.

August 28

• Hurricanes sign Jesperi Kotkaniemi to a one-year, $6.1 million offer sheet. (Link)

August 27

• Canadiens sign Ryan Poehling to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Wild sign Jordie Benn to a one-year, $900,000 deal.

August 26

• Flyers sign Sean Couturier to an eight-year, $62 million deal. (link)
• Hurricanes sign Andrei Svechnikov to an eight-year, $62 million deal. (link)
• Flames sign Dillon Dube to a three-year, $6.9 million deal.

August 25

• Flames sign Justin Kirkland to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Flames sign Glenn Gawdin to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Flyers sign Derick Brassard to a one-year, $825,000 deal.
• Wild signs Carson Lambos to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Kraken sign Gustav Olofsson to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

August 24

• Blues sign Zachary Bolduc to a three-year, $4.05 million deal.
• Sharks sign Jasper Weatherby to a two-year, $1.85 million deal.

August 21

• Flyers sign Travis Sanheim to a two-year, $9.35 million deal.

NHL Free Agency Offer Sheet Compensation Scale

August 20

• Flames sign Nikita Zadorov to a one-year, $3.75 million deal.
• Flames sign Juuso Välimäki to a two-year, $3.1 million deal.
• Flyers sign Connor Bunnaman to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Kraken sign Antoine Bibeau to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

August 19

• Devils sign Chase Stillman to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.

August 18

• Blackhawks sign MacKenzie Entwistle to a two-year, $1.6 million deal.
• Blue Jackets sign Cole Sillinger to a three-year, $4.9 million deal.

August 17

• Senators sign Scott Sabourin to a one-year, $700,000 deal.
• Wild signs Mason Shaw to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.

August 16

• Predators sign Juuse Saros to a four-year, $20 million deal. (Link)
• Wild signs Kevin Fiala to a one-year, $5.1 million deal. (Link)
• Avalanche signs Dennis Gilbert to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Blackhawks sign Alex Nylander to a one-year, $874,125 deal.
• Blue Jackets sign Ole Julian Bjørgvik Holm to a three-year, $2.753 million deal.

August 15

• Hurricanes sign Aleksi Heimosalmi to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Hurricanes sign Ville Koivunen to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Jets sign Dmitri Kuzmin to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Red Wings sign Adam Erne to a two-year, $4.2 million deal.

August 14

• Canucks sign Jason Dickinson to a three-year, $7.95 million deal.
• Coyotes sign Janis Moser to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Flyers sign Samu Tuomaala to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Islanders sign Aatu Räty to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Red Wings sign Sebastian Cossa to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Sharks sign William Eklund to a three-year, $5.325 million deal.

August 13

• Panthers sign Joe Thornton to a one-year, $750,000 deal. (Link)
• Blue Jackets sign Zac Rinaldo to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Blue Jackets sign Stanislav Svozil to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Ducks sign Sasha Pastujov to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Ducks sign Mason MacTavish to a three-year, $10.275 million deal.
• Ducks sign Olen Zellweger to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Kings sign Jacob Moverare to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Kraken signs Carsen Twarynski to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Kraken signs Cale Fleury to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Sabres sign Casey Fitzgerald to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.

August 12

• Jets sign Andrew Copp to a one-year, $3.64 million deal. (Link)
• Canucks sign Guillaume Brisebois to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Flames sign Tyler Parsons to a one-year, $771,750 deal.
• Hurricanes sign Maxime Lajoie to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Jets sign Johnny Kovacevic to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Kings sign Samuel Helenius to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Oilers sign Slater Koekkoek to a two-year, $1.85 million deal.
• Rangers sign Brennan Othmann to a three-year, $4.125 million deal.

August 11

• Jets sign Neal Pionk to a four-year, $23.5 million deal. (Link)
• Panthers sign Sam Reinhart to a three-year, $19.5 million deal. (Link)
• Hurricanes sign Andrew Poturalski to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Oilers sign Tyler Benson to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

August 10

• Blackhawks sign Mike Hardman to a two-year, $1.6 million deal.
• Kings sign Brandt Clarke to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Red Wings sign Jakub Vrana to a three-year, $15.75 million deal.

August 9

• Capitals sign Ilya Samsonov to a one-year, $2 million deal. (Link)
• Flyers sign Carter Hart to a three-year, $11.94 million deal. (Link)
• Rangers sign Igor Shesterkin to a four-year, $22.67 million deal. (Link)
• Blue Jackets sign Andrew Peeke to a two-year, $1.575 million deal.
• Bruins sign Fabian Lysell to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Canucks sign Olli Juolevi to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Devils sign Janne Kuokkanen to a two-year, $3.65 million deal.
• Ducks sign Max Jones to a three-year, $3.885 million deal.
• Ducks sign Maxime Comtois to a two-year, $4.075 million deal.
• Ducks sign Josh Mahura to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Flames sign Oliver Kylington to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Lightning signs Ross Colton to a two-year, $2.25 million deal.

August 8

• Oilers sign Stuart Skinner to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.

August 7

• Oilers sign Brendan Perlini to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Wild signs Will Bitten to a one-year, $840,000 deal.

August 6

• Islanders sign Adam Pelech to an eight-year, $46 million deal. (Link)
• Oilers sign Darnell Nurse to an eight-year, $74 million deal. (Link)
• Avalanche signs Oskar Olausson to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Blackhawks sign Brandon Hagel to a three-year, $4.5 million deal.
• Canadiens sign Michael McNiven to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Coyotes sign Connor Timmins to a two-year, $1.7 million deal.
• Coyotes sign Bokondji Imama to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Ducks sign Isac Lundeström to a one-year, $874,125 deal.
• Ducks sign Sam Steel to a one-year, $874,125 deal.
• Flames sign Luke Philp to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Flames sign Matthew Phillips to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Kings sign Cale Clague to a one-year, $761,250 deal.
• Kraken signs Marcus Johansen to a one-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Kraken signs Vince Dunn to a one-year, $8 million deal.
• Kraken signs Kole Lind to a one-year, $874,125 deal.
• Rangers sign Ty Ronning to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

August 5

• Devils sign Tomas Tatar to a two-year, $9 million deal. (Link)
• Canadiens sign Michael Pezzetta to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Capitals sign Michael Vecchione to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Devils sign Yegor Sharangovich to a two-year, $4 million deal.
• Kings sign Austin Strand to a one-year, $771,750 deal.
• Kraken signs Will Borgen to a two-year, $1.8 million deal.
• Panthers sign Chase Priskie to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Penguins sign Zach Aston-Reese to a one-year, $1.725 million deal.
• Predators sign Dante Fabbro to a two-year, $4.8 million deal.
• Rangers sign Tim Gettinger to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Red Wings sign Chase Pearson to a one-year, $874,125 deal.

August 4

• Blues sign Zach Sanford to a one-year, $2 million deal.
• Devils sign Marian Studenic to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Devils sign A.J. Greer to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Hurricanes sign Josh Jacobs to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Jets sign Logan Stanley to a two-year, $1.8 million deal.
• Kraken signs Alexander True to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Kraken signs Connor Carrick to a one-year, $800,000 deal.
• Maple Leafs sign Joseph Duszak to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Predators sign Rem Pitlick to a one-year, $917,831 deal.
• Senators sign Victor Mete to a one-year, $1.2 million deal.
• Sharks sign Adin Hill to a two-year, $4.35 million deal.

August 3

• Blues sign Jordan Kyrou to a two-year, $5.6 million deal.
• Coyotes sign Travis Boyd to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Penguins sign Radim Zohorna to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Rangers sign Adam Huska to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Stars sign Joseph Cecconi to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

August 2

• Avalanche signs Ryan Murray to a one-year, $2 million deal.
• Coyotes sign Cam Dineen to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Coyotes sign Blake Speers to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Coyotes sign Dysin Mayo to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Stars sign Jerad Rosburg to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.

August 1

• Hurricanes sign Stefan Noesen to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Kings sign Brayden Burke to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Lightning signs Sean Day to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Panthers sign Samuel Montembeault to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

July 31

• Maple Leafs sign Nick Ritchie to two-year, $5 million deal. (Link)
• Maple Leafs sign Ondrej Kase to one-year, $1.25 million deal. (Link)
• Red Wings sign Tyler Bertuzzi to two-year, $9.5 million deal. (Link)
• Avalanche signs Jordan Gross to a one-year, $750K deal.
• Blues sign Dakota Joshua to a one-year, $750K deal.
• Blue Jackets sign Brendan Gaunce to a one-year, $750K deal.
• Canadiens sign Arturri Lehkonen to a one-year, $2.3 million deal.
• Jets sign Riley Nash to a one-year, $750K deal.
• Jets sign Austin Poganski to a one-year, $750K deal.
• Lightning signs Boris Katchouk to a three-year, $2.275 million deal.
• Maple Leafs sign Brennan Menell to a one-year, $750K deal.
• Oilers sign Warren Foegele to a three-year, $8.25 million deal.
• Rangers sign Ryan Reaves to one-year, $1.75 million deal.
• Hurricanes sign Derek Stepan to a one-year, $1.35 million deal.
• Stars sign Joel Kiviranta to a two-year, $2.1 million deal.
• Jets sign Benjamin Gleason to a one-year, $750K deal.

July 30

• Avalanche signs Tyson Jost to a two-year, $4 million deal.
• Blues sign Calle Rosen to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Blues sign Tommy Cross to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Blues sign Ivan Barbashev to a two-year, $4.5 million deal.
• Blue Jackets sign Mikko Lehtonen to a one-year, $900,000 deal.
• Flames sign Colton Poolman to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Hurricanes sign Maxim Letunov to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Hurricanes sign Alex Lyon to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Hurricanes sign Sam Miletic to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Kings sign Lias Andersson to a one-year, $874,125 deal
• Lightning signs Alex Barré-Boulet to a three-year, $2.275 million deal.
• Lightning signs Taylor Raddysh to a three-year, $2.275 million deal.
• Maple Leafs sign Ondrej Kase to a one-year, $1.25 million deal.
• Panthers sign Zac Dalpe to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Predators sign Tanner Jeannot to a two-year, $1.6 million deal.
• Red Wings sign Brian Lashoff to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Sabres sign Rasmus Asplund to a two-year, $1.65 million deal.
• Sabres sign Ryan MacInnis to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Stars sign Nicholas Caamano to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Stars sign Colton Point to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

July 29

• Blues sign Brandon Saad to a five-year, $22.5 million deal. (Link)
Blue Jackets sign Zach Werenski to a six-year, $57.5 million deal. (Link)
• Lightning signs Corey Perry to a two-year, $2 million deal. (Link)
• Avalanche signs Darren Helm to a one-year, $1 million deal.
• Avalanche signs Dylan Sikura to a one-year, $800,000 deal.
• Avalanche signs Stefan Matteau to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Blues sign Matthew Peca to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Blues sign Charlie Lindgren to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Blues sign Nathan Todd to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Blue Jackets sign Jake Bean to a three-year, $7 million deal.
• Canadiens sign Mathieu Perreault to a one-year, $950,000 deal.
• Coyotes sign Hudson Fasching to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Coyotes sign Michael Carcone to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Devils sign Robbie Russo to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Devils sign Joseph Gambardella to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Ducks sign Danny O’Regan to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Ducks sign Buddy Robinson to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Ducks sign Greg Pateryn to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Flames sign Andy Welinski to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Hurricanes sign Brendan Smith to a one-year, $800,000 deal.
• Hurricanes sign Jalen Chatfield to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Lightning signs Cal Foote to a two-year, $1.7 million deal.
• Maple Leafs sign Brett Seney to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Maple Leafs sign Pavel Gogolev to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Penguins sign Michael Chaput to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Penguins sign Danton Heinen to a one-year, $1.1 million deal.
• Predators sign Mathieu Oliver to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Rangers sign Filip Chytil to a two-year, $4.6 million deal.
• Red Wings sign Daniel Renouf to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Red Wings sign Ryan Murphy to a one-year, $800,000 deal.
• Red Wings sign Luke Witkowski to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Sabres sign Ethan Prow to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Sabres sign John Hayden to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Senators sign Pontus Aberg to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Senators sign Dillon Heatherington to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Senators sign Kole Sherwood to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Stars sign Michael Raffl to a one-year, $1.1 million deal.
• Stars sign Jani Hakanpää to a three-year, $4.5 million deal.
• Wild signs Kevin Czuczman to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Wild signs Jon Merrill to a one-year, $850,000 deal.
• Wild signs Brandon Duhaime to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.

July 28

• Bruins sign Linus Ullmark to a four-year, $20 million deal. (Link)
• Canucks sign Jaroslav Halak to a one-year, $1.5 million deal. (Link)
• Devils sign Dougie Hamilton to a seven-year, $63 million deal. (Link)
• Golden Knights sign Alec Martinez to three-year, $15.74 million deal. (Link)
• Hurricanes sign Frederik Andersen to a two-year, $9 million deal. (Link)
• Hurricanes sign Tony DeAngelo to a one-year, $1 million deal.(Link)
• Kings sign Phillip Danault to a six-year, $33.5 million deal. (Link)
• Kings sign Alex Edler to a one-year, $3.5 million deal. (Link)
• Kraken signs Alexander Wennberg to a three-year, $13.5 million deal. (Link)
• Kraken signs Philipp Grubauer to a six-year, $35.4 million deal. (Link)
• Kraken signs Jaden Schwartz to a five-year, $27.5 million deal. (Link)
• Lightning signs Brayden Point to an eight-year, $76 million deal. (Link)
• Maple Leafs sign Petr Mrazek to a three-year, $11.4 million deal. (Link)
• Oilers sign Zach Hyman to a seven-year, $38.5 million deal. (Link)
• Oilers sign Tyson Barrie to a three-year, $13.5 million deal. (Link)
• Oilers sign Cody Ceci to a four-year, $13 million deal. (Link)
• Stars sign Ryan Suter to a four-year, $14.6 million deal. (Link)
• Wild signs Alex Goligoski to a one-year, $5 million deal. (Link)
• Avalanche signs Roland McKeown to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Blackhawks sign Jujhar Khaira to a two-year, $1.95 million deal.
• Blackhawks sign Jake McCabe to a four-year, $16 million deal.
• Blue Jackets sign Eric Robinson to a two-year, $3.2 million deal.
• Blue Jackets sign Boone Jenner to a four-year, $15 million deal.
• Blue Jackets sign Sean Kuraly to a four-year, $10 million deal.
• Blue Jackets sign Alexandre Texier to a two-year, $3.05 million deal.
• Blue Jackets sign Tyler Sikura to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Blue Jackets sign Gavin Bayreuther to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Bruins sign Nick Foligno to a two-year, $3.8 million deal.
• Bruins sign Derek Forbort to a three-year, $9 million deal.
• Bruins sign Erik Haula to a two-year, $4.75 million deal.
• Bruins sign Tomas Nosek to a two-year, $3.5 million deal.
• Bruins sign Troy Grosenick to a one year, $750,000 deal.
• Bruins sign Samuel Asselin to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Bruins sign Steven Fogarty to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Bruins sign Tyler Lewington to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Canadiens sign David Savard to a four-year, $14 million deal.
• Canadiens sign Mike Hoffman to three-year, $13.5 million deal.
• Canadiens sign Louie Belpedio to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Canadiens sign Chris Wideman to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Canadiens sign Cedric Paquette to a one-year, $950,000 deal.
• Canadiens sign Jean-Sébastien Dea to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Canucks sign Brandon Sutter to a one-year, $1.125 million deal.
• Canucks sign Luke Schenn to a two-year, $1.7 million deal.
• Canucks sign Kyle Burroughs to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Canucks sign Nic Petan to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Canucks sign Brad Hunt to a one-year, $800,000 deal.
• Canucks sign Devante Stephens to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Canucks sign Sheldon Dries to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Canucks sign John Stevens to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Canucks sign Sheldon Rempal to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Canucks sign Justin Bailey to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Canucks sign Justin Dowling to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Canucks sign Travis Hamonic to a two-year, $6 million deal.
• Canucks sign Phil Di Giuseppe to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Canucks sign Tucker Poolman to a four-year, $10 million deal.
• Canucks sign Danila Klimovich to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Canucks sign Brady Keeper to a two-year, $1.525 million deal.
• Capitals sign Hunter Shepard to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Capitals sign Dylan McIlrath to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Capitals sign Lucas Johansen to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Capitals sign Matt Irwin to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Coyotes sign Liam O’Brien to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Coyotes sign Ryan Dzingel to a one-year, $1.1 million deal.
• Coyotes sign Carter Hutton to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Coyotes sign Dmitrij Jaškin to a one-year, $3.2 million deal.
• Ducks sign Ryan Getzlaf to a one-year, $4.5 million deal.
• Ducks sign Brogan Rafferty to a one-year, $750K deal.
• Devils sign Jonathan Bernier to a two-year, $8.25 million deal.
• Devils sign Chase DeLeo to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Devils sign Brian Flynn to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Flames sign Blake Coleman to a six-year, $29.4 million deal.
• Flames sign Trevor Lewis to a one-year, $800,000 deal.
• Flames sign Kevin Gravel to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Flames sign Nick DeSimone to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Flames sign Adam Werner to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Flyers sign Nate Thompson to a one-year, $800,000 deal.
• Flyers sign Adam Clendening to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Flyers sign Nick Seeler to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Flyers sign Cooper Zech to a two-year, $1.75 million deal.
• Flyers sign Ryan Fitzgerald to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Flyers sign Gerald Mayhew to a one-year, $800,000 deal.
• Golden Knights sign Laurent Brossoit to a two-year, $4.65 million deal.
• Golden Knights sign Mattias Janmark to a one-year, $2 million deal.
• Golden Knights sign Sven Baertschi to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Golden Knights sign Patrick Brown to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Golden Knights sign Gage Quinney to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Hurricanes sign Antti Raanta to a two-year, $4 million deal.
• Hurricanes sign Josh Leivo to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Hurricanes sign C.J. Smith to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Hurricanes sign Ian Cole to a one-year, $2.9 million deal.
• Hurricanes sign Jordan Martinook to a three-year, $5.4 million deal.
• Jets sign Luke Johnson to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Jets sign Michael Eyssimont to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Kings sign Andreas Athanasiou to a one-year, $2.7 million deal.
• Kings sign T.J. Tynan to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Kings sign Alex Edler to a one-year, $3.5 million deal.
• Kings sign Garret Sparks to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Lightning signs Remi Elie to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Lightning signs Charles Hudon to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Lightning signs Brian Elliott to a one-year, $900,000 deal.
• Lightning signs Zach Bogosian to a three-year, $2.55 deal.
• Lightning signs Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to a two-year, $2 million deal.
• Lightning signs Andrej Sustr to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Lightning signs Darren Raddysh to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Lightning signs Maxim Legace to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Maple Leafs sign Michael Bunting to a two-year, $1.9 million deal.
• Maple Leafs sign David Kampf to a two-year, $3 million deal.
• Maple Leafs sign Michael Amadio to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Maple Leafs sign Carl Dahlstrom to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Maple Leafs sign Alex Biega to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Maple Leafs sign Kurtis Gabriel to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Oilers sign Derek Ryan to a two-year, $2.5 million deal.
• Panthers sign Maxim Mamim to a one-year, $975,000 deal.
• Panthers sign Juho Lammikko to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Panthers sign Carter Verhaeghe to a three-year, $12.5 million deal.
• Panthers sign Christopher Gibson to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Penguins sign Evan Rodrigues to a one-year, $1 million deal.
• Penguins sign Brock McGinn to a four-year, $11 million deal.
• Penguins sign Dominik Simon to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Penguins sign Taylor Fedun to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Penguins sign Filip Lindberg to a two-year, $1.85 deal.
• Predators sign Mikael Granlund to a four-year, $20 million deal.
• Predators sign David Rittich to a one-year, $1.25 million deal.
• Predators sign Anthony Richard to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Predators sign Matt Luff to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Predators sign Zachary L’Heureux to a three-year, $2.775 million deal.
• Predators sign Michael McCarron to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Predators sign Matt Tennyson to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Rangers sign Patrik Nemeth to a three-year, $7.5 million deal.
• Rangers sign Jarred Tinordi to a two-year, $1.8 million deal.
• Rangers sign Greg McKegg to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Rangers sign Dryden Hunt to a two-year, $1.525 million deal.
• Red Wings sign Sam Gagner to a one-year, $850,000 deal.
• Red Wings sign Calvin Rickard to a one-year, $800,000 deal.
• Red Wings sign Jordan Oesterle to a two-year, $2.7 million deal.
• Red Wings sign Pius Suter to a two-year, $6.25 million deal.
• Sabres sign Vinnie Hinostroza to a one-year, $1.05 million deal.
• Sabres sign Aaron Dell to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Sabres sign Brandon Davidson to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Sabres sign Sean Malone to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Sabres sign Craig Anderson to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Sabres sign Mark Pysyk to a one-year, $900,000 deal.
• Sabres sign Jimmy Schuldt to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Senators sign Michael Del Zotto to a two-year, $4 million deal.
• Senators sign Andrew Agozzino to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Sharks sign Andrew Cogliano to a one-year, $1 million deal.
• Sharks sign James Reimer to a two-year, $4.5 million deal.
• Sharks sign Lane Pederson to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Sharks sign Nick Bonino to a two-year, $4.1 million deal.
• Sharks sign Nick Merkley to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Sharks sign Jaycob Megna to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Stars sign Braden Holtby to a one-year, $2 million deal.
• Stars sign Luke Glendening to a two-year, $3 million deal.
• Stars sign Alex Petrovic to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Stars sign Andreas Borgman to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Wild signs Frederick Gaudreau to a two-year, $2.4 million deal.
• Wild signs Dmitry Kulikov to a two-year, $4.5 million deal.
• Wild signs Joe Hicketts to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Wild signs Jon Lizotte  to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Wild signs Dominic Turgeon to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

July 27

• Avalanche signs Gabriel Landeskog to eight-year, $56 million deal. (Link)
• Blues sign Pavel Buchnevich to four-year, $23.2 million deal. (Link)
• Blue Jackets sign Patrik Laine to one-year, $7.5 million deal. (Link)
• Bruins sign Mike Reilly to three-year, $9M deal. (Link)
• Canadiens sign Joel Armia to a four-year, $13.6 million deal. (Link)
• Canucks sign Conor Garland to five-year, $24.75 million deal. (Link)
• Capitals sign Alex Ovechkin to five-year, $47.5 million deal. (Link)
• Flyers sign Keith Yandle to one-year, $900,000 deal.
• Jets sign Eric Comrie to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Lightning signs Otto Somppi to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Panthers sign Brandon Montour to three-year, $10.5 million deal.
• Red Wings sign Taro Hirose to one-year, $850,000 deal.
• Red Wings sign Kyle Criscuolo to two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Sabres sign Drake Caggiula to one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Wild signs Kyle Rau to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Wild signs Dakota Mermis to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.

July 26

• Panthers sign Sam Bennett to a four-year, $17.6 million deal. (Link)
• Blackhawks sign Adam Gaudette to a one-year, $997,500 deal.
• Bruins sign Nick Wolff to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Devils sign Christian Jaros to a one-year $800,000 deal.
• Flyers sign Samuel Morin to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Jets sign Paul Stastny to a one-year, $3.75 million deal.
• Panthers sign Lucas Carlsson to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Panthers sign Noah Juulsen to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Predators sign Frédéric Allard to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Predators sign Ben Harpur to a one-year $800,000 deal.
• Predators sign Jeremy Davies to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
• Red Wings sign Gustav Lindström to a two-year, $1.7 million deal.
• Wild signs Andrew Hammond to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

July 25

• Red Wings sign Marc Staal to a one-year, $2 million deal.

July 24

• Avalanche signs Cale Makar to a six-year, $54 million deal. (Link)
• Blues sign Nathan Walker to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
• Kings sign Trevor Moore to a two-year, $3.75 million deal.
• Penguins sign Kasper Björkqvist to a one-year, $750,000 deal.

July 23

• Blackhawks sign Seth Jones to an eight-year, $76 million deal. (Link)
• Bruins sign Taylor Hall to a four-year, $24 million deal. (Link)
• Hurricanes sign Spencer Smallman to a one-year, $750,000 deal.