It looks like the Dallas Stars are ready to part ways with goaltender Jussi Rynnas as he has been placed on unconditional waivers, per Mark Stepneski of the Stars’ official website.
Rynnas signed a two-year, $1,125,000 contract with Dallas in the summer of 2014 after a successful campaign with Karpat of the Finnish league. He spent most of the 2014-15 season with AHL Texas where he posted a 2.53 GAA and .920 save percentage in 39 contests. He also had two appearances with Dallas, but he had a 4.57 GAA and .841 save percentage in those games.
The 28-year-old goaltender has played in five career NHL games and has a 4.18 GAA and .844 save percentage.
Based on a previous report, Rynnas will join Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Major goaltending decisions looming for Stars
The Lahti Pelicans of Finland’s top league announced that they have signed Ryan Potulny.
The 30-year-old forward is a product of the University of Minnesota and was a finalist for the 2005-06 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He recorded 38 goals and 63 points in 41 NCAA contests that season while playing on a team that also featured Phil Kessel, Alex Goligoski, and Blake Wheeler.
The Philadelphia Flyers took him with the 87th overall pick in 2003. He has 22 goals and 49 points in 126 NHL contests with the Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Edmonton Oilers.
At his height, he scored 15 goals and 32 points in 64 games with Edmonton in 2009-10.
He spent the 2014-15 campaign with the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack, scoring two goals and five points in 25 games.
Adam Oates was linked to the San Jose Sharks back when the head coaching position was still on the table. That job ultimately went to Peter DeBoer, but Oates might still join the Sharks’ staff as an assistant coach, per TSN.
Oates had a 65-48-17 record in two seasons as the bench boss in Washington. He was let go after the Capitals failed to make the playoffs in 2013-14, but joined the New Jersey Devils as a co-coach after DeBoer was fired. Oates has reportedly informed New Jersey that he will not return after missing out on that head coaching job to John Hynes.
As a minor, but interesting side note, Oates once accused Sharks forward Tomas Hertl of disrespecting the league back in 2013 when the then rookie forward scored a between-the-legs goal. That led to Sharks GM Doug Wilson saying that Oates should worry about his own team and not “being a caretaker of the game.”
Oates is a Hall of Famer that recorded 341 goals and 1,420 points during his 1,337-game playing career.
Barret Jackman has spent his entire 803 game NHL career with St. Louis, but he will have a new home next season. The Blues have told the 34-year-old defenseman that they will not re-sign him, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Jackman is coming off of a three-year, $9.5 million contract. He ranks second on the Blues’ all-time list in games played behind Bernie Federko (927 contests).
Despite his long tenure with the Blues, their decision not to retain him doesn’t come as much of a shock. Jackman logged an average of 20:40 minutes with St. Louis back in 2011-12, but his role with the team declined in each of the last three seasons to the point where he played just 16:48 minutes per game in 2014-15. He even ended up spending a couple games as a healthy scratch towards the end of the campaign.
St. Louis’ defensive core consists of Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester, and Kevin Shattenkirk and the trio comes with a combined annual cap hit of roughly $16.2 million, so adding Jackman on top of that might have hindered their flexibility in other areas. St. Louis currently has about $57 million in cap space committed to 16 players next season, per General Fanager, and that’s not including RFA Vladimir Tarasenko.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was very hard on himself in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final in what would ultimately be a 4-3 series loss to Chicago. As it turns out, he might not have been 100%.
The Ducks revealed that Getzlaf played through a sports hernia. It’s not clear when he sustained the injury and thus we don’t know how long he was dealing with the problem. He did record two goals and 20 points in 16 playoff contests, including an assist in Game 7 of Anaheim’s series against the Blackhawks.
The good news is that Getzlaf will not require surgery. Teammate Nate Thompson unfortunately can’t say the same.
Thompson, 30, is scheduled to have a shoulder operation today. He was hurt in a game against Arizona on April 11 and missed the first round of the playoffs as a result. However, he returned on April 30 and went on to record two goals and six points in 12 postseason contests.
It’s not yet known what the timetable is for Thompson’s recovery, per the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens.