The Dallas Stars tried to get Dan Hamhuis at the trade deadline, but they made Kris Russell the priority and the Vancouver Canucks weren’t interested in their lowball offer.
Well, the Stars got Hamhuis today. They’ve signed the 33-year-old defenseman to a two-year deal with a cap hit of $3.75 million.
It could be a good bargain for Dallas, which has already lost Alex Goligoski to free agency and is expected to lose Jason Demers and Russell the same way.
“I believe I have many good years of hockey left,” Hamhuis told Sportsnet recently. “I played in the Olympics two years ago. Last year, there were two major injuries and in the last 10 weeks I played my best hockey in a long time. I’ve got lots of ‘top-4 D’ hockey left in me, and my goal in summer training is to be the best defenseman on my new team. I will find a team that values what I do.”
The Canucks will miss Hamhuis. He was a big part of their run to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, until he was injured trying to hipcheck Milan Lucic.
But Vancouver decided to spend its cap space on Loui Eriksson, giving the 30-year-old winger a six-year, $36 million deal. The Canucks are expected to go with Alex Edler, Chris Tanev, Ben Hutton and newly acquired Erik Gudbranson as their top-four defenders next season. Luca Sbisa, Nikita Tryamkin, Alex Biega, Andrey Pedan and newly signed Philip Larsen should also compete for playing time.
Turns out Alexander Radulov’s NHL comeback might not be over after all.
In spite of last week’s report that the 29-year-old Russian forward would remain in the KHL, it’s now being reported that he’s signed with the Montreal Canadiens. No terms of the deal have been shared. It has neither been confirmed nor denied by the Habs.
UPDATE: It’s official. One year-deal worth $5.75 million.
Radulov’s last NHL return was in 2011-12 with the Nashville Predators. It did not end well. He, along with teammate Andrei Kostitsyn, were suspended by the team during the playoffs for violating curfew. He returned to the KHL shortly thereafter.
It’s worth noting that then-Predators captain Shea Weber said he felt “a little bit betrayed” by Radulov, “because I was one of the guys that stood up for him and wanted him back.”
Worth noting, because Weber is now with Montreal.
For the record, Weber also said of Radulov, “I am sure he feels bad about it now and he looks back on it and wishes it didn’t happen.” But still, an interesting dynamic there, assuming these reports are accurate.
At any rate, nobody can deny Radulov’s talent. He has 102 points in 154 career NHL games, including 47 goals.
The Habs could use some more offense out of their top six, so in that sense the signing would make sense.
The Boston Bruins are bringing back Anton Khudobin. The 30-year-old netminder rejoins the Bruins on a two-year deal for a reported cap hit of $1.2 million. He last played for Boston in 2013, going 9-4-1 with a .920 save percentage. He’s since played for Carolina and Anaheim, with a few stints in the AHL.
Khudobin will back up Tuukka Rask next season. He replaces Jonas Gustavsson, who has signed with the Oilers. Gustavsson, 31, gets a one-year deal worth $800,000 in Edmonton. He’ll compete with Laurent Brossoit to back up Cam Talbot.
Another former Bruins goalie, Chad Johnson, has signed a one-year, $1.7 million deal in Calgary. He’ll back up the Flames’ new starter, Brian Elliott. (Calgary GM Brad Treliving clearly wasn’t comfortable going with Joni Ortio as his backup.)
On to Montreal, where Al Montoya has signed a one-year, $950,000 deal to back up Carey Price. Montoya, 31, moves on from Florida, which signed James Reimer to a five-year deal today. The Canadiens fell apart when Price got hurt last year. Mike Condon tried valiantly, but ultimately the job was too big for the rookie.
Finally, Alex Stalock has signed a one-year, two-way deal in Minnesota (worth $650,000 in the NHL). Stalock, 28, struggled badly last season in San Jose; hence, his inability to get a one-way contract. The Wild already have Devan Dubnyk locked up long term. Darcy Kuemper is a restricted free agent.
Zatkoff replaces Jhonas Enroth, who wasn’t happy with the number of games he played behind Jonathan Quick last season.
Jason Chimera may be 37 years old, but he can still fly out there.
That’s why the Islanders felt comfortable signing the veteran winger to a two-year deal with a reported cap hit of $2.25 million.
Chimera had 20 goals last season for Washington. The Capitals want to give their young guys a chance to replace him, but they’ll miss him all the same.
“There aren’t that many 20-goal guys that can skate like Jason Chimera in the National Hockey League,” coach Barry Trotz said. “He’s a veteran guy who brings energy. I said to him, ‘If you keep taking care of yourself the way you are, (you) can play until (you’re) 45.’ I think he’s going to get a three-year deal somewhere in the National Hockey League. He’s got a 28-year-old body on him and I don’t think he’s going to get any slower in the next year or two.”
Chimera, along with Andrew Ladd, will help replace Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen next season in Brooklyn.
NEW YORK (AP) Former Rangers defenseman Jeff Beukeboom has been hired by the team to coach their blue line players.
Beukeboom replaces Ulf Samuelsson, who left in May after three seasons to become the head coach of the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers.
Beukeboom won a Stanley Cup with New York in 1994 after winning three with the Edmonton Oilers in a 13-season career. He has been working as an assistant with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers’ farm team.
He joins head coach Alain Vigneault, associate coach Scott Arniel, assistant coach Darryl Williams, and goaltending coach Benoit Allaire on the Rangers’ staff.
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