The Ducks have signed defenseman Jacob Larsson to a 2-year extension:
Larsson, 23, was set to be a RFA with no arbitration rights. He had 2 goals and 9 assists in 60 games for the Ducks in 2019-20.
The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed Sonny Milano to a 2-year deal:
Milano, 24, will be a RFA at the conclusion of the 2-year deal. He split 2019-20 between Columbus and Anaheim, registering 7 goals and 16 assists in 55 games.
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.
James Wisniewski has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks, reports Aaron Portzline.
The Blue Jackets acquire Rene Bourque, William Karlsson and a 2015 2nd round pick.
Wisniewski has 2 seasons left on his contract at a cap hit of $5.5 million annually. Rene Bourque, signed through next season at a cap hit of $2.563 million, will offset some of that.
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From February 5th’s edition of TSN’s Insider Trading:
Bob McKenzie reports that any team interested in acquiring Evander Kane from the Jets will have some concerns about his health, as a team can’t make a player their top deadline priority if he will eventually have his season cut short.
Darren Dreger says that most playoff contenders would be interested in acquiring Kane, including the Penguins, Bruins, Ducks, Canucks and Canadiens. He says that any trade of Kane would require the Jets getting both immediate help and young assets that make a long-term impact.
Dreger says there has been “a ton of interest” in Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik, with speculation that the Predators may be among those interested. He says the offers on those players will likely happen within days.
Dreger reports that the Coyotes might consider making a change with their head coach Dave Tippett, who is believed to be making $2 million per season for the next three seasons.
Pierre Lebrun reports that Senators general manager Bryan Murray has been calling around the league looking to upgrade his offensive personnel. Lebrun says that any talks would be very time sensitive. The Senators are currently eight points out of a playoff spot, and it would obviously be much easier to secure a playoff spot if they were to chip away on the deficit in advance of the March 2 deadline, so the sooner the better for outside help.
The Fourth Period reports that if the Senators are unable to make up much ground before the trading deadline, Marc Methot would likely be on the move. The Ducks and Wings are two teams interested in Methot, says the report.
According to Bob McKenzie, Dany Heatley, Magnus Paajarvi, Matt Hackett and Steve Pinizzotto have been placed on waivers.
Derek Roy cleared waivers. The Oilers claimed Matt Fraser off waivers from the Bruins.