Less than 24 hours after acquiring his negotiating rights from the Boston Bruins, the Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Carl Soderberg to a five-year, $23.75 million contract.
Soderberg, 29, was set to become a UFA on July 1st until Colorado dealt a 2016 sixth round draft pick for the exclusivity of negotiating with the Swedish forward, who posted 13 goals and 31 assists with the Bruins last season.
The deal could have further implications as this may lead to Ryan O’Reilly finally being traded.
Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford put an end to the recent rumors that the team was considering dealing superstar center Evgeni Malkin.
Rutherford went on to say that both sides were happy and Malkin’s goal is to win in Pittsburgh. Instead the team will focus on adding quality wingers to complete their offense with the hope of returning to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Penguins were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs with a 4-1
series loss to the New York Rangers.
Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area discusses the possibility of the Sharks attempting to acquire Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
During a recent press conference, Sharks owner Hasso Plattner stated the team could not buy the Stanley Cup, and mentioned Malkin as someone they couldn’t just go out and spend to acquire. These comments along with Malkin’s supposed unhappiness in Pittsburgh have fueled trade speculation.
Most likely there is very little validity to the speculation, but Malkin’s name may remain linked to the Sharks considering both Pittsburgh and San Jose are in need of changes and the Sharks are one of the few teams in the league that could accommodate the Russian superstar’s hefty contract .
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Mike Babcock is the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The deal is reportedly worth an astounding $50 million over eight years.
Babcock’s future was in limbo since Detroit was eliminated during the first round of the playoffs, and had been linked to the San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres.
According to the Detroit Free-Press, the Red Wings offered Babcock a four-year, $13 million contract, which would have made Babcock the NHL’s highest paid coach.
The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Andrew Hammond to a three-year, $4.05 million contract extension.
Hammond made his NHL debut at the age of 27 and went on a late-season spectacular run, posting a 20-1-2 record with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage.
The deal most likely means the team will trade either Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner at some point during the off-season.
The Dallas Stars have signed defenseman John Klingberg to a seven year, $29.75 million ($4.25 million AAV) contract extension.
Klingberg, 22, had a remarkable freshman campaign, leading all rookie defenseman with 40 points, which included 11 goals, in only 65 games played.
Klingberg was secheduled to become a restricted free agent this off-season.
The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Nail Yakupov to a two-year, $5 million contract extension.
The 21-year-old Russian winger has come under fire for not producing as much as expected thus far in his NHL career, but managed this season to put up 21 points in 34 games following the All-Star break.
The deal doesn’t guarantee Yakupov will be part of Edmonton’s long-term core, but it shows the team has not given up on their former No. 1 pick.
The Boston Bruins have signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith to contract extensions.
Krug’s deal is for one year with a cap hit of $3.4 million and Smith agreed to a two-year deal with a cap hit of $3.425 million.
Both players were scheduled to become restricted free agents after this season.