The Arizona Coyotes announced that they have hired Claude Loiselle to serve as a hockey operations consultant.
Loiselle served as a vice president and assistant general manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2010-2014, but his departure coincided with the first wave of front office changes following Brendan Shanahan coming on board as the team president. Before his stint with Toronto, Loiselle was an associate director of hockey operations for seven season with the NHL.
More recently, he served as part of the management group for Canada’s 2015 World Championships team. Canada posted a 10-0 record in the tournament, including a 6-1 win over Russia in the gold medal game.
Loiselle is a former NHL forward that was originally selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to record 92 goals, 209 points, and 1,149 penalty minutes in 616 career games with the Red Wings, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Quebec Nordiques, and Maple Leafs.
Marcus Johansson and the Washington Capitals couldn’t agree to terms this summer and ultimately an arbitrator has decided what his contract should be.
The 24-year-old forward was awarded a one-year, $3.75 million deal for the 2014-15 campaign, per the Monumental Network. He put in an arbitration request of $4.75 million and the Capitals had countered at $3 million.
He was coming off of a two-year, $4 million deal and earned a little under $2.2 million in 2014-15. Johansson has recorded over 40 points in each of the last three 82-game campaigns and posted a career-best 47 points last season.
He might have trouble replicating that level of success in 2015-16 though. That’s because the summer additions of T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams coupled with the rise of Andre Burakovsky might result in Johansson playing primarily on the third line. His power-play ice time might also drop from his average of 2:55 minutes per game last season.
Still, the fact that the settlement is near the middle will provide the Capitals with some breathing room from a cap perspective. Washington has a little under $500K in space remaining, per General Fanager, but that’s with three goaltenders on its roster. Moving netminder Justin Peters ($950K) to the minors would put Washington in a more manageable position.
Goaltender Louis Domingue got his first taste of NHL action last season, but that wasn’t enough to convince him to stick around.
In a move that surprised Coyotes GM Don Maloney, Domingue has decided to head to Europe rather than accept a one-year, two-way extension with the Arizona Coyotes, per the Arizona Republic. He was Arizona’s last remaining restricted free agent.
The 23-year-old posted a 2.68 GAA and .908 save percentage in 20 AHL contests and also had a 2.73 GAA and .911 save percentage in seven NHL games last season. However, his chances of making the Coyotes’ opening game roster took a major hit after the team signed Anders Lindback to a one-year, $875K contract.
“I think he’s always been quite confident in himself, and he just thought he deserved more than a two-way contract basically is what it came down to and that’s fine,” Maloney said. “He’s still a young goalie. I don’t know where he’s going to play over there, but hopefully he’ll play somewhere and then we’ll see. If he continues to develop well, that’s good. That’s fine with us. But it does open up opportunity for others.”
Meanwhile, Arizona has inked German League standout Niklas Treutle to a one-year, entry-level contract.
The Washington Capitals announced that they have signed blueliner Jonas Siegenthaler to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Siegenthaler was selected by Washington with the 57th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He’s got size at 6-foot-3, 220-pounds and spent the 2014-15 campaign playing against men with Zurich of the Swiss League.
The 18-year-old had three assists and 39 penalty minutes in 41 contests with Zurich last season. Washington plans to have him attend its rookie camp and then loan him back so that he can play in Switzerland again in 2015-16.
Internationally he had four assists in seven games with Switzerland in the 2015 Under-18 World Championship and earned an All-Star selection.
TSN’s Craig Button believes Siegenthaler has the potential to be a defensive defenseman at the NHL level and listed Simon Despres as his comparable.
There’s a good chance that the New Jersey Devils won’t be very competitive over the next couple of seasons, so where does that leave 29-year-old goaltender Cory Schneider?
Certainly the Devils can come out of their rebuild while Schneider is still in his early 30s, but they are still running the risk of squandering the prime years of his career. It can’t be what Schneider was hoping for when he was first acquired in 2013 to be Martin Brodeur’s successor, but he’s willing to be patient.
“I’m really excited to step up here,” Schneider told NJ Advance Media. “We’re in transition somewhat, but (I’ll) hopefully be a calming presence and a veteran presence, even though I feel I’m a young 29. I hope to put my mark on a franchise and organization and hopefully carry them to a Stanley Cup one day.”
It helps that he’s got an eight-year, $42 million contract that kicks in this season, so he knows there’s a clear opportunity there for him to still be a big part of the Devils when they come out the other end of their rebuilding effort.
New Jersey will be going into the 2015-16 campaign with a young, but promising defense. For the Devils, the bigger question will be their offense, which has been near the bottom of the league for years and might require a meaningfully longer transitional period than the team’s blueline. That offense resulted in him finishing with a 26-31-9 record last season despite posting a 2.26 GAA and .925 save percentage.