Darren Dreger reports that it appears the Maple Leafs and Mitch Marner are closing in on a new contract.
Talks between the team and the RFA winger have been a focal point of the summer. Reports are that Marner wanted a short-term deal while the Leafs preferred a contract as long as 8 years.
The Winnipeg Jets have announced they have re-signed RFA defenseman Josh Morrissey.
This contract eats Morrissey’s 3 remaining RFA eligible seasons and extends through 5 of his UFA seasons.
Last season in 59 games, Morrissey put up 6 goals and 25 assists for the Jets.
The Rangers have announced that they have re-signed winger Brendan Lemieux to a 1-year deal.
The Rangers’ training camp opens tomorrow. Lemieux and Tony DeAngelo were their two RFAs that were unsigned. DeAngelo is now the only one without a contract.
The Rangers acquired Lemieux along with Winnipeg’s first round pick at last season’s trade deadline in exchange for Kevin Hayes.
The Devils announced that they have re-signed Pavel Zacha to a 3 year contract.
There was a report yesterday that Zacha had agreed to terms with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.
Zacha, 22, will be two seasons away from unrestricted free agency after this contract.
The Blue Jackets have signed D Zach Werenski to a 3 year deal worth $5 million per season.
Werenski, 22, will have one RFA season remaining at the conclusion of this contract.
The Hurricanes have signed UFA defenseman Jake Gardiner to a four year deal.
The market was a bit softer for Gardiner than most anticipated. Concerns about the blueliner’s history with back injuries could have limited the interest.
Joe Thornton has re-signed with the Sharks for the 2019-20 season.
Thornton, 40, had 16 goals and 35 assists in 73 games with the Sharks last season.
Elliotte Friedman reports that Patrick Marleau will pursue NHL options outside of the Sharks, as there currently is not a fit with his former team.
It is believed Marleau would prefer a team in the area of the Sharks for family reasons. The Kings were a rumored destination in June, perhaps that will pick up again.