The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Boone Jenner to a two-year contract extension, the club announced today.
“Boone Jenner is a terrific young player, who works extremely hard at both ends of the ice and is just beginning to scratch the surface of what he can be as a National Hockey League player,” said GM Jarmo Kekalainen. “He has tremendous character and is an exemplary representative of our club on and off the ice.”
It’s a bridge deal for the 22-year-old, worth a reported $2.9 million per season. He’ll still be a restricted free agent when his contract expires in 2018, a la Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray.
Jenner, the 37th overall draft pick in 2011, has 22 goals and 13 assists in 63 games this season.
Late trade just trickling in — the Anaheim Ducks have picked up winger Jamie McGinn from the Buffalo Sabres for a conditional* third-round draft pick.
McGinn, 27, was enjoying a fine season with the Sabres. A pending unrestricted free agent, he had 14 goals and 13 assists in 63 games, with 113 hits.
Though McGinn’s preference was to stay in Buffalo, he can’t be too upset about joining the Ducks for a playoff run.
*Here’s the condition:
Jonathan Drouin didn’t get traded.
Loui Eriksson didn’t get traded either.
Dan Hamhuis and Radim Vrbata didn’t get traded.
Even P.A. Parenteau didn’t get traded.
Oh sure, there were a few deals today. Mikkel Boedker, Kris Russell, Brandon Pirri, and John-Michael Liles all moved.
But nothing of the blockbuster variety. Nothing that shook the hockey world to its core. Nothing…truly exciting.
So, what happened?
Well, first remember that Eric Staal and Andrew Ladd were traded over the weekend. Those are big names.
But today seemed to mirror July 1, when caution ruled the day for general managers in free agency. It’s no secret that next season’s salary cap is not expected to go up by much, if it goes up at all. And not only does that make it difficult to add players with term, it makes teams even more loath to surrender draft picks and/or prospects.
“The market correction started last summer in free agency with a lot of players getting squeezed by the flat cap and now you’re going to see teams protect their high picks and top prospects more than ever because that’s gold now, that’s the most important currency there is because of the new economic realities,” one Western Conference hockey executive told ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun earlier this month.
On to the playoffs.
The first big trade of trade deadline day is in. The Arizona Coyotes have dealt winger Mikkel Boedker to the Colorado Avalanche, in return for veteran forward Alex Tanguay and prospects Kyle Wood (D) and Conner Bleackley (F).
Boedker, a 26-year-old pending unrestricted free agent, has 13 goals and 26 assists in 62 games this season. He’s also a team-worst minus-28.
The Avs are currently in a playoff spot, but are by no means guaranteed to qualify for the postseason. They are not considered strong Stanley Cup contenders, so chances are they see Boedker as a potential long-term piece, not simply a rental.
Minutes after learning of the trade, Boedker was asked by TSN about his contractual future.
“One thing at a time,” he said. “But it’s a good opportunity to be with the Avalanche, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Of note, both Bleackley, 20, and Wood, 19, are unsigned.
Tanguay, 36, is a pending UFA.
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The Edmonton Oilers have claimed forward Adam Cracknell and defenseman Adam Pardy off waivers.
Cracknell, 30, has played 44 games for the Vancouver Canucks this season, scoring five times with five assists in a bottom-six role.
Pardy, 31, has played 14 games for the Winnipeg Jets, registering one assist while logging an average of 13:06 of ice time.
Both Cracknell and Pardy are pending unrestricted free agents. Their additions may signal more moves for the Oilers, be they trades or demotions.
On Saturday, Edmonton traded d-man Justin Schultz to Pittsburgh for a third-round draft pick. That left the Oilers with just six defensemen on their active roster. Hardy makes it seven.
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