The Washington Capitals have acquired Ilya Kovalchuk for a 3rd round pick:
Kovalchuk’s contract with the Los Angeles Kings was terminated earlier this year and he signed with the Canadiens as a free agent.
The Bruins have acquired Ondrej Kase from the Ducks:
The prospect going to Anaheim is D Axel Andersson, the Bruins’ 2018 2nd round pick.
Boston is retaining 25% of David Backes’ contract, which carries a total cap-hit of $6,000,000 and a salary of $4,000,000 next season.
Kase, 24, has battled injuries through his NHL career, but has 43 goals and 53 assists in 198 NHL games.
The trade appears to take Boston out of the running for Chris Kreider, as they fill the need for a scoring forward while moving their prime trade chip in their first round pick. The Avalanche, Blues, Capitals and Islanders figure to be significant players on Kreider still.
Pierre Lebrun reports the Capitals have acquired LD Brendan Dillon from the Sharks.
The Sharks are retaining 50% of Dillon’s contract, which is expiring this summer.
The second round pick in is 2020. The third round pick is 2021, unless the Capitals win the Cup, then it becomes a 2020 pick.
The Winnipeg Jets have announced they have extended Paul Maurice’s contract.
Maurice has coached the Jets since 2013-14. The Jets are 264-186-53 in his time as head coach.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have finally acquired winger Jason Zucker from Minnesota:
The Penguins nearly acquired Zucker last summer, but the agreed upon traded was voided when Phil Kessel refused to waive his no-trade clause to go to Minnesota. Pittsburgh eventually traded Kessel to Arizona for a package including Alex Galchenyuk, who never found his role in Pittsburgh. Galchenyuk goes to Minnesota today. Depending on how the Wild play in the upcoming weeks, Galchenyuk may find his way back on the trade market.
Zucker, 28, is signed through 2022-23 at a cap-hit of $5.5 million. Being one of the few impact forwards with term on his contract on the trade market, the price for Zucker is high. As well as Galchenyuk, the Penguins give up their first in a strong draft year and a blue-chip right-handed defense prospect in Addison.
The Bruins have announced that David Backes won’t join AHL’s Providence Bruins “to preserve all potential options for both David and the Bruins moving forward.”
What the Bruins are likely referring to is their intent to buy-out the remaining season of Backes’ contract after this season. Had Backes been injured playing for Providence, it might jeopardize his eligibility for a buy-out.
Backes has one more season on his contract after 2019-20 at a cap hit of $6 million. According to CapFriendly, his buy-out would carry a $4 million cap hit in 2020-21 and a $1 million cap hit in 2021-22.
The Penguins announce they have signed defenseman Marcus Petterson to a five-year extension.
Petterson would have been UFA eligible for the final two years of the deal.
The 23-year old defenseman has been a success story for the Penguins since coming over last season from Anaheim in a trade for Daniel Sprong.
The Rangers have announced they have loaned C Lias Andersson to HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League.
Andersson hasn’t played since he left the Rangers’ AHL affiliate and asked for a trade in late December. He has reportedly been dealing with a foot injury.
The relationship between the Rangers and Lias Andersson appears to be strained. It’s likely the Rangers view loaning Andersson to the SHL as a play to rebuild his trade value. Andersson had 16 goals and 17 assists in 64 SHL games in 2016-17 and 2017-18.