Martin Hanzal is on to his third team in less than a year.
The 30-year-old center has signed with the Dallas Stars for three years, with a reported cap hit of $4.75 million.
In February, Hanzal was dealt from Arizona to Minnesota in a deal that cost the Wild a first-round draft pick and more. It was a trade the Wild’s owner admittedly regretted.
But Hanzal could fit well in Dallas, where Ken Hitchcock is now the head coach and responsible two-way play will be expected.
“Martin is a very detailed player who competes at high level,” said GM Jim Nill. “He is one of the league’s best centermen in the faceoff circle and his complete set of abilities will improve us in several facets of the game.”
One could see Hanzal centering the third line, behind Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza.
Hanzal also has the potential to play in the top six, should that be required.
Related: Hitch wants Seguin thinking, playing like a No. 1 center
Ron Hainsey is moving from Pittsburgh to Toronto, and Matt Hunwick is moving from Toronto to Pittsburgh.
The two left-shot defensemen both signed today. Hainsey gets a two-year deal with the Maple Leafs, with a cap hit of $3 million. Hunwick gets three years out of the Penguins, with a cap hit of $2.25 million.
Hainsey, 36, finally made his playoff debut in 2017, after getting traded to Pittsburgh from Carolina. He quickly became an important part of an unsung Penguins blue line that was missing Kris Letang.
“We’re fortunate that we picked up Ron Hainsey,” GM Jim Rutherford said after the Pens won the Cup. “He ate up a lot of minutes, played in the top pairing, did a good job.”
Hunwick, 32, played 72 games for the Maple Leafs last season. He scored one goal with 18 assists and drew consistent praise from head coach Mike Babcock.
“I think Hunny has played better and better as the year has gone on,” Babcock said in April, per The Athletic. “He’s a real valuable player for us, knows how to play, he has quietly been a plus player – around seven or eight I think he is – he’s got about 20 points, kills penalties for us, knows how to play. He’s not a big body and sometimes that gets in the way for him, but he’s very intelligent, he’s real brave, breaks out pucks. Good player.”
We told you it would be a busy July 1 for goalie signings, and we certainly weren’t wrong.
No real surprises either.
Brian Elliott, who spent last year in Calgary, has signed with the Philadelphia Flyers for two years with a cap hit of $2.75 million.
Chad Johnson also moves on from Calgary. He goes back to Buffalo on a one-year, $1.25 million deal.
Steve Mason goes from Philly to the Winnipeg Jets. He gets a two-year deal with a cap hit of $4.1 million.
Antti Niemi, bought out by the Dallas Stars, has signed in Pittsburgh to back up Matt Murray. It’s a one-year deal worth $700,000.
Ryan Miller is moving on after three years in Vancouver. He goes to Anaheim, reportedly for two years with a cap hit of $2 million.
Anders Nilsson takes Miller’s spot in Vancouver. He goes from the Sabres to the Canucks for two years, with a cap hit of $2.5 million.
Jonathan Bernier moves on from Anaheim. He signs in Colorado for one year and $2.75 million.
Finally, Ondrej Pavelec is Henrik Lundqvist‘s new backup in New York. Pavelec goes from the Jets to the Rangers for one year and $1.3 million.
The Blackhawks have signed Jean-Francois Berube to a two-year deal. Berube will compete with Anton Forsberg to back up Corey Crawford.
More: Maple Leafs re-sign goalies McElhinney, Sparks
One year after giving Loui Eriksson a six-year, $36 million deal, the Vancouver Canucks went a different direction today, adding multiple players on relatively inexpensive, short-term contracts.
Forward Sam Gagner, after a 50-point season in Columbus, signed for three years and a cap hit of $3.15 million.
Forward Alexander Burmistrov, after splitting last season between Winnipeg and Arizona, signed for one year and $900,000.
Defenseman Michael Del Zotto, after three years in Philadelphia, signed for two years and a cap hit of $3 million.
Finally, goalie Anders Nilsson, after registering a .923 save percentage last season in Buffalo, signed for two years and a cap hit of $2.5 million.
Taken as a whole, today’s additions should give the Canucks some much-needed depth. And that’s something they badly lacked the past two years when injuries piled up, and so did the losses.
No, it’s probably not enough to make the Canucks a playoff team. But that’s not really the point anymore in Vancouver, where the focus has shifted more to the future.
The Canucks were able to be active today in part because Ryan Miller‘s $6 million cap hit came off the books. The veteran goalie is likely to sign in Anaheim.
The Blue Jackets have reportedly offered defenseman Ryan Murray as part of a package to get forward Matt Duchene out of Colorado.
Per Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the Jackets would also include another roster player, prospect, or draft pick.
It certainly makes sense that the two teams are talking. The Jackets are in win-now mode and could use a top center. Given they already have Zach Werenski, Seth Jones, Jack Johnson, and David Savard on the back end, Murray is somewhat expendable.
The Avs, meanwhile, are desperate to upgrade their defense. Though Murray has fallen short of expectations since being drafted second overall in 2012, he’s still fairly young at just 23 years old.
All that said, GM Joe Sakic has options beyond the Jackets’ offer. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Nashville Predators have also made an offer, and other teams are still calling.
Related: Duchene’s contract could complicate things for Avs