June 29 2015 03:37PM
Both Nazem Kadri and Richard Panik have earned qualifying offers from the Toronto Maple Leafs, meaning they don't become unrestricted free agents on July 1st.
This is, for the most part, a very good thing.
June 29 2015 12:10PM
Teams have until noon EST on Tuesday, June 30th to initiate the buyout process for any players they plan to pay not to play - meaning that teams have one more day to place any buyout candidates on unconditional waivers.
Neither the Nashville Predators nor the Buffalo Sabres waited for tomorrow.
Cody Hodgson is on unconditional waivers and will have his contract bought out. Since he's under 26, it will cost $6.333M over eight years.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 29, 2015
June 26 2015 11:37AM
Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports
It's Draft Day!
The talk all year has been Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, but the draft itself is especially fun because the other 200 players in the league end up tossed around, traded, signed, and essentially thrown into the vortex of chaos better known as 'GMs on the draft floor'.
I'm currently sitting in my beach house in Fort Lauderdale getting prepped for the draft (and waiting for the room to stop spinning, because I'm on the beach! There was Corona! Judge me) - so let's do a roundup of the best rumors, reports, and storylines coming out of the hockey universe today.
June 22 2015 11:33AM
Ridiculous Photo by Jon Steitzer
Phil Kessel has been the most talked-about trade piece in Toronto (and possibly the entire NHL) since the start of the off-season, when rumors began to circulate that the Leafs were willing to move the 27 year old winger.
The takes have ranged from exciting to heartbreaking, and they seem to get more outrageous by the day - which is where this piece by Dave Molinari of the Post-Gazette comes into play.
The Pittsburgh Penguins reporter suggests that the Pittsburgh Penguins, who only hold one draft pick in the first four rounds of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, could be at least a casually interested party in regards to a Kessel acquisition.
"Perhaps because there are so few top-six wingers in play now, the Penguins are believed to have at least a kick-the-tires level of interest in Toronto’s Phil Kessel.
Kessel, 27, is one of the NHL’s top goal-scorers — he has 247 in 668 games with the Maple Leafs and Boston — but comes with an $8 million salary-cap hit on a contract that runs through the 2021-22 season."
June 21 2015 02:50PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs defensive prospect Max Everson was drafted in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but his chances to slip on a blue jersey just got a little bit slimmer.
The same, unfortunately, might be said of Patrick McNally - a fourth round pick from 2010 for the Vancouver Canucks.
Everson and McNally were the two NHL prospects who skated only seven games for Harvard University during the 2012-2013 season, following their involvement in the 2012 Harvard Cheating Scandal -- a controversy over whether or not students in the 2012 Government 1310 class (Introduction to Congress) had collaborated on a take-home final exam. Nearly half of the 279-person class (roughly two percent of the entire freshman student body at Harvard in spring of 2012) had investigations brought against them, with an estimated seventy of the 125 students being forced to withdraw.