Author: Jason Brough

Zack Kassian

Kassian traded to Habs for Prust; Hodgson signs with Preds


The Vancouver Canucks have given up on Zack Kassian. The Montreal Canadiens will give him a chance.

Kassian was traded to the Habs today, along with a fifth-round pick in 2016. The 24-year-old winger, who came to Vancouver in the 2012 Cody Hodgson swap, never turned into the power forward the Canucks envisioned he could be. His stint with the club was a controversial one, marked by suspensions, punitive AHL demotions, and the odd hot streak. Some felt he was never given enough of an opportunity; others disagreed.

“I need to find consistency,” Kassian told TSN. “This summer, I’m really taking strides forward. I want to have a big year. I’ve matured a lot as a person and a player.”

Heading to the Canucks is gritty forward Brandon Prust. Prust is 31 years old. He’s signed for one more year at $2.5 million, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent.

In an odd twist, Hodgson has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Predators, who will hope to rejuvenate a career that went south in Buffalo. The 25-year-old center was just bought out by the Sabres. In Nashville, the top two centers, Mike Ribeiro and Mike Fisher, are each 35 years old, so rolling the dice on Hodgson makes sense.

Related: Ribeiro re-signs with Preds — two years, $7 million

Lightning nab Condra for three years

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Erik Condra is off to Tampa Bay. The Lightning have signed the 28-year-old forward to a three-year deal with a cap hit of $1.25 million, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Condra had nine goals and 14 assists for the Senators in 2014-15, skating mostly with young Curtis Lazar and Jean-Gabriel Pageau. He was originally drafted in the seventh round by Ottawa in 2006.

No Sens forward averaged more time on the penalty kill (2:13) than Condra.

Kings pick up Enroth to back up Quick

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After trading away Martin Jones, the Los Angeles Kings have signed a backup for Jonathan Quick.

Jhonas Enroth is the new No. 2, inking a one-year deal reportedly worth $1.25 million.

Enroth spent 2014-15 split between Buffalo and Dallas. The 27-year-old finished with a record of 18-26-2, 3.07 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.

Those aren’t great numbers, but on a better defensive team, Kings management will be hoping they can improve.