Author: Mike Halford

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Big Flyers d-man Lauridsen signs in Swedish League


One of Philadelphia’s largest blueliners is on his way overseas.

Oliver Lauridsen — who tips the scales at 6-foot-6, 220 pounds — has agreed to join Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League, the team announced on Monday.

Lauridsen, 26, appeared in one game for the Flyers last season, spending most of his time with the club’s AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley. His longest stint at the NHL level came during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, when he scored two goals and three points in 15 contests.

It’s not surprising Lauridsen decided to sign in Europe.

Over the last two seasons he got lost in Philly’s defensive prospect pool, unable to stick at the NHL level full-time. He would also inevitably be overtaken by all the bright young prospects on the horizon, like Samuel Morin, Travis Sanheim, Robert Hagg and Shayne Gostisbehere (and now Ivan Provorov, the seventh overall pick at this year’s draft who says he wants to challenge for an NHL spot.)

Leafs sign newly acquired Beck: one year, $875,000

Chicago Blackhawks v Nashville Predators - Game Five

On Sunday, Toronto acquired Taylor Beck from Nashville in exchange for Jamie Devane.

On Monday, the Leafs locked him in.

The two sides have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $875,000 deal, per Sportsnet. Beck, 24, had filed for arbitration while still a member of the Predators, only to have his RFA rights shipped to Toronto over the weekend.

All told, it’s a decent pickup for Toronto.

Beck has good size — 6-foot-2, 203 pounds — and was moderately productive in Nashville last year, scoring eight goals and 16 points in 62 games. He also just turned 24 in May, so the Leafs get a young player with good NHL experience.

Beck has 85 regular season games on his resume, and appeared in five of Nashville’s six games during an opening-round playoff loss to Chicago this past spring.

NHL releases arbitration dates

Derek Stepan

Per the players’ union, a quick look at the players (and teams) that have elected arbitration, and what dates they’re scheduled for. Italicized names with asterisks means deals have already been reached, nullifying the need for a hearing.


Arizona Coyotes
Mikkel Boedker * (signed one-year, $3.75M deal)
Phil Samuelsson – July 21, 2015
Brendan Shinnimin- July 20, 2015

Buffalo Sabres
Phil Varone* (signed one-year, $600,000 deal)

Calgary Flames
Lance Bouma – July 22, 2015
Paul Byron – July 30, 2015
Josh Jooris – July 28, 2015

Colorado Avalanche
Andrew Agozzino – July 20, 2015
Mathew Clark – July 22, 2015

Detroit Red Wings
Gustav Nyquist * (signed four-year, $19M deal)

Minnesota Wild
Erik Haula – July 31, 2015

Nashville Predators
Craig Smith – July 20, 2015
Colin Wilson – July 28, 2015

New Jersey Devils
Eric Gélinas – July 21, 2015
Adam Larsson – July 29, 2015

New York Rangers
Derek Stepan – July 27, 2015

Ottawa Senators
Alex Chiasson – July 23, 2015
Mike Hoffman – July 30, 2015

Philadelphia Flyers
Michael Del Zotto – July 21, 2015

St. Louis Blues
Magnus Paajarvi *  (signed one-year, $700,000 deal)

Toronto Maple Leafs
Taylor Beck – July 24, 2015

Washington Capitals
Braden Holtby – July 23, 2015
Marcus Johansson – July 29, 2015


Edmonton Oilers
Justin Schultz – July 24, 2015

Toronto Maple Leafs
Jonathan Bernier – July 31, 2015

Denver-bound? Avs sign 10th overall pick Rantanen

2015 NHL Draft - Round One

One of the most NHL-ready prospects from this year’s draft has signed on dotted line.

Mikko Rantanen, taken 10th overall by Colorado, inked his three-year, entry-level deal on Monday, the club announced.

“Mikko is a versatile forward who brings size, skill and a high compete level,” Avs GM Joe Sakic said in a release. “We saw him at our development camp last week and are now eager to see how he does at our training camp in September.”

Rantanen, 18, was the top-rated European prospect in this year’s draft thanks in large part to his size — 6-foot-4, 211 pounds — and how well he played at the professional level in Finland. Rantanen scored 28 points in 56 games for SM-liiga outfit TPS Turku this season, serving as an alternate captain even though he only turned 18 in October.

As such, the focus now turns to what he can do in Denver.

While Colorado has decent depth up front, the team has never been shy about putting young draftees straight to the NHL — Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon all made the team coming out of their first training camps.

Prior to getting picked by Colorado, Rantanen told reporters he was ready to play in the NHL next season.

Detroit signs Nyquist to four-year, $19 million extension

Dallas Stars v Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings made a big splash on Friday, signing forward Gustav Nyquist to a four-year contract extension worth $19 million.

“We’re very happy to have Gustav locked up for four more years,” Detroit GM Ken Holland said in a statement. “He’s quickly become an important part of our team, and is a critical piece to the Red Wings’ future.

“He is just now entering the prime of his career.”

Per War On Ice, the deal carries a $4.75 million average annual cap hit, and Nyquist receives a full no-trade clause in the third and fourth years of the deal. Financially speaking, it’s a nice pay bump for the Swedish sniper, who was pulling down an average of $950,000 per year on his old deal.

Nyquist certainly deserves the raise.

He’s been Detroit’s most consistent scorer over the last two seasons, leading the team in goals (a combined 55 in ’13-14 and ’14-15.) This year, he finished third in the NHL with 14 power-play markers, pacing a Red Wings PP that led the league with 70 goals on the man advantage.

With this new deal, the 25-year-old becomes the third highest-paid forward in Detroit, behind Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Nyquist, along with Zetterberg and Johan Franzen, is also one of just three forwards inked beyond 2017.

With this deal done, Holland will now turn his focus to his other two remaining RFAs: Tomas Jurco and Teemu Pulkkinen.