Author: Ryan Dadoun

Yannick Weber

Riley Nash, Yannick Weber among those without qualifying offers


With the start of the free agent period less than 48 hours away, teams had to either present qualifying offers to their restricted free agents or allow them to enter the UFA market. While most RFAs will receive them, every year there are some noteworthy players that teams choose to concede the rights to.

This year Carolina Hurricanes forward Riley Nash and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Yannick Weber are among those that top that list.

Nash was taken with the 21st overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. Rather than sign him though, Edmonton traded his rights to Carolina in 2010. Since then the 26-year-old forward has registered 22 goals and 37 assists in 178 contests, including 25 points in 68 games in 2014-15.

Hurricanes GM Ron Francis hasn’t ruled out the possibility of re-signing Nash despite the fact that he’s allowing Nash to enter the open market, per the Raleigh News & Observer’s Chip Alexander.

Weber, 26, is the veteran of 229 NHL contests. He had 11 goals and 21 points while averaging 17:11 minutes in 65 contests in 2014-15. Vancouver’s decision to give up its exclusive rights to Weber is eyebrow raising.

Similarly to the case with Nash though, Vancouver might still end up signing him. It sounds like the Canucks’ primary concern was what he might have gotten via arbitration, per Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy. Still, Weber has been given control over his situation so Vancouver will have to see what he does with it.

Some other noteworthy players that will be allowed to test the open market include Colorado’s Jordan Caron, Columbus’ Dana Tyrell, Edmonton’s Keith Aulie, and Winnipeg’s Keaton Ellerby.

Vancouver signs Linden Vey to one-year extension

Linden Vey

The Vancouver Canucks announced that they have signed Linden Vey. Although the team didn’t release the terms, it’s a one-year, $1 million deal, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Vey was eligible to become a restricted free agent after completing a one-year, two-way deal that was worth $735K at the NHL level.

The 23-year-old forward was taken in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. After a few strong seasons in the minors and a promising 10-game showing with the Kings, he was shipped to Vancouver last summer in exchange for a second round selection.

With the Canucks he scored 10 goals and 24 points in 75 contests while averaging 13:10 minutes per game in 2014-15. He only dressed in one game during Vancouver’s 2015 playoff series against Calgary though.

Glendale ordered to make scheduled $3.75 million payment to Coyotes


In the latest development in the ongoing dispute between the City of Glendale and the Arizona Coyotes over the arena lease agreement, Judge Dawn Bergin has sided with the team on the matter of the fourth quarter $3.75 million payment due Wednesday, per the Arizona Republic.

The city had filed a motion to withhold the payment.

Although the fact that the payment will go ahead is good news for the Coyotes, Bergin did increase the team’s required bond to $1 million from $250K.

The city voted to terminate the arena lease agreement, but it is still at least temporarily in place because the Coyotes were successful in obtaining a restraining order. With that in mind, the Coyotes were arguing that withholding the payment would have undermined that ruling.

Both sides expressed their satisfaction with Bergin’s decision with Glendale’s acting city manager Dick Bowers saying, “The judge’s ruling enforcing an increase in the bond payment is an assurance for our taxpayers that we’re looking out for their best interests.”