It would be shocking if Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel weren’t taken by the Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres respectively, but after that the 2015 NHL Entry Draft is a tough one to predict. The uncertainty starts with the third overall selection, which the Arizona Coyotes appear to be leaning towards trading, according to Bob McKenzie.
We already knew that Coyotes GM Don Maloney was willing to move that pick, but open to making a move and actually being likely to pull the trigger are two entirely different things. Based on McKenzie’s report though, multiple teams are in the mix to pry that selection from Arizona, including Winnipeg and Columbus.
Then there’s the Bruins, which are in a tough spot with restricted free agent Dougie Hamilton due to their cap situation. That’s led to speculation about the possibility of Boston shipping Hamilton to Arizona in exchange for the pick, per TSN’s Darren Dreger. It would set the stage for Boston to draft highly regarded defensive prospect and Massachusetts-native Noah Hanifin.
It’s worth noting that Coyotes GM Don Maloney previously called the possibility of trading the pick outright for a player that can help them next season “remote” as he felt it was more likely that they’d trade down. He certainly didn’t rule it out though and if he were to make that kind of move, then a young, but already tested player like 22-year-old Hamilton would seem like an ideal return.
This should ultimately be a very eventful day and Arizona moving the pick is just one of the high profile trade possibilities.
Jarmo Kekalainen said yesterday #CBJ weren't going to "go crazy" to get to No. 3. Thought today is No. 8, Anisimov and Rychel isn't enough.
Carl Soderberg won’t be testing the unrestricted free agent market after all. Less than 24 hours after Colorado acquired the negotiating rights to Soderberg from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a 2016 sixth round pick, the Avalanche have locked him up to a five-year, $23.75 million contract, per ESPN’s Craig Custance.
The deal includes a full no-trade clause for the next two seasons and a limited one for the remainder of the deal, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.
Soderberg made the leap to North America after years of being one of Sweden’s top players and as a result the 29-year-old (30 in October) is only entering his third full NHL season. He had 13 goals and 44 points in 82 games while averaging 16:48 minutes per game in 2014-15. He also won just 48.2% of his faceoffs.
This signing will add fuel to the speculation that Ryan O’Reilly will ultimately be traded by Colorado. That’s especially true after a recent report suggested that Colorado felt like it had “no choice” but to move O’Reilly as he’s looking for a contract in the $60 million range.
The Avalanche don’t necessarily have to deal O’Reilly immediately though as he’s still signed for one more year with a $6 million cap hit and even after inking Soderberg, the Avalanche’s cap situation is healthy.
For the first time in the history of EA Sports’ NHL series, two teammates and the Stanley Cup will appear on the cover as NHL 16 will feature Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The last time the cover included two athletes was NHL 96, but that one showed Steve Yzerman and Scott Stevens competing against each other.
“Being teamed up with Jonathan for the NHL 16 cover is a great feeling,” Kane said, per EA Sports. “I never would have imagined being on the cover twice, and the fact this is happening on top of our team taking home the Cup is unreal.”
Kane was featured on NHL 10 while Jonathan Toews was the cover athletes a year later. They’re the first players to appear on the worldwide cover twice.
NHL 16 will be out in North America on September 15. You can see the game’s E3 trailer below:
The Carolina Hurricanes and forward Chris Terry have agreed to a one-year, $875,000 contract extension, per the team’s website.
Terry had the option of becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer after completing his one-year, $600,000 deal for the 2014-15 campaign.
After recording at least 59 points in four straight campaigns in the AHL, Terry had 11 goals and 20 points in 57 contests with the Carolina Hurricanes last season. He logged 12:43 minutes per game, including an average of 1:11 minutes with the man advantage.
Patrick Dwyer, Jack Hillen, and Brett Bellemore are among the players within the Hurricanes’ organization that are still eligible to test the UFA waters this summer. Carolina also has restricted free agents to re-sign, including forwards Riley Nash and Andrej Nestrasil.