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.
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.
The Bruins have acquired Brett Connolly from the Lightning for their own second round picks in 2015 and 2016.
Connolly, 22, was the Lightning’s 6th overall pick in the 2010 draft. He has 12 goals and 3 assists in 50 games this season.
Aaron Portzline reports that there’s lots of buzz around Cam Atkinson tonight.
He notes that the Bruins have strong interest in Atkinson, who will be a RFA after this season.
From February 26th’s TSN Insider Trading:
Bob McKenzie says the Blackhawks definitely want to use the money available from placing Patrick Kane on LTIR on a player with to term on his contract beyond this season. He says, at this point, the Hawks are the most interested team in making a deal before the deadline, and that Antoine Vermette is the player most in demand throughout the league. The Blackhawks are seriously interested in Vermette, but also Curtis Glencross and Cam Atkinson.
Pierre Lebrun reports that Capitals are interested in Erik Cole, Curtis Glencross and Joffrey Lupul.
Darren Dreger says there’s no guarantee that any of Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf or Tyler Bozak are traded before the deadline, there is “a lot of interest and activity” surrounding the trio.
Pierre Lebrun says the Boston Bruins have been looking for a winger for over a month. They’ve been in on Chris Stewart for a while now. They are also interested in Erik Cole, Cam Atkinson and Curtis Glencross.
Darren Dreger says a Jeff Petry trade talks haven’t produced a satisfactory offer as of yet, and re-signing is unlikely at this point, so GM Craig MacTavish continues to wait.
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Pierre Lebrun reports that Erik Cole is a name on the Bruins’ shopping list should the Dallas Stars decide to sell.
Cole, 36, has 18 goals and 14 assists in 56 games with the Stars in 2013-14.
Lebrun says the Bruins are also interested in Chris Stewart and Cam Atkinson, but the prices remain high for their liking.
[UPDATE: Friedman says he did not say this]
Elliotte Friedman reported Monday that the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins are involved in a three-team race for Leafs’ winger Joffrey Lupul.
As widely reported yesterday, Lupul has a list of 14 teams that the Leafs can trade him to without his consent.
The Fourth Period reported that the Leafs are believed interested in Lars Eller, Michael Bournival and Christian Thomas (son of former Leaf Steve Thomas) from the Habs.
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From TSN’s Insider Trading:
Darren Dreger suggests that it’s unlikely that any trades for Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf happen before the March 2nd trade deadline. The Globe and Mail reported today that a full tear down and rebuild has the full support of MLSE.
Bob McKenzie reports it’s more likely we see “hockey deals”, not rentals for Habs at the trade deadline. He says Lars Eller and Alexei Emelin have been floated around in potential deals for players with years on their contract past 2013-14 for weeks or even months. Both Eller and Emelin are signed through 2017-18.
Pierre Lebrun reports that the Penguins are after a rental defenseman, with Cody Franson, Jeff Petry, Jan Hejda, and Scott Hannan among the potential targets.
Dreger reports Jets looking to add top-9 or top-6 forward. He also says teams have been calling about Tyler Myers, but he’s not going anywhere at this moment.
Dreger says that, although teams keep asking, a Malcolm Subban trade is very unlikely. The Bruins might trade Subban for another high end prospect, but the draft is a more likely time than the trade deadline.