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Jason Demers is getting close to returning to action after hurting his wrist in the Finals of the Spengler Cup.

Demers was originally supposed to be out 2-3 weeks but he later told CSNCalifornia.com that 4-6 weeks was more accurate. He has been skating and is able to wrist the puck but did not take a slapshot during Monday's skate. He has been out for 23 days so consider him day-to-day for now.
Tue, Jan 22, 2013 11:09:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers and Kris Russell have agreed to a four-year, $16 million contract extension.

That follows a report Thursday night that Russell and the Oilers were close to inking a trade that was for exactly that length and financial term. The report also suggested that he'd get a full no-movement clause, so we'll see if that part proves to be accurate as well. Russell's deal is a bit of a controversial one as he looks pretty bad from a Corsi/Fenwick perspective and hasn't brought much to the table offensively over the last two seasons. He does block a lot of shots though and averaged 21:13 minutes per game with Edmonton in 2016-17.
Jun 23 - 2:05 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have bought out Matt Greene.

That was expected after he was placed on unconditional waivers Thursday. The Kings will have a $833,333 cap hit against them for each of the next two seasons, but Greene would have come with a $2.5 million cap hit in 2017-18 had he stayed. He's only played in 29 games over the last two seasons due in large part to injuries. "Matt has made incredible contributions to our hockey club and we are very grateful for everything he has done since joining our organization including his outstanding leadership," said Kings president Luc Robitaille. "Upon his arrival to Los Angeles he played a significant role in helping change the culture of the Kings and his contributions to our two Stanley Cups in particular is immeasurable."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 23 - 1:18 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have acquired Antti Raanta from the New York Rangers.

This is part of the larger Derek Stepan deal. This part of the move makes a lot of sense for both teams. The Rangers likely couldn't have kept Raanta beyond next season because when his contract expires and he seeks a raise over his current $1 million salary, it would have probably been too rich for the Rangers given that Henrik Lundqvist already comes with a hefty salary. However, the Coyotes were in the market for a starting goaltender and Raanta has earned an opportunity to ascend to that role. Raanta had a 2.26 GAA and .922 save percentage in 30 contests in 2016-17.
Jun 23 - 1:10 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have acquired Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta from the New York Rangers in exchange for the seventh overall pick in the 2017 draft and Anthony DeAngelo.

Interesting. This move might suggest that the Rangers are shifting their focus towards rebuilding while it looks like Arizona is making moves to try to end its five-year absence from the playoffs. Stepan is still just 27 years old though, so while the Coyotes are giving up a high pick for him and Raanta, they're at least getting a player that could be a big contributor for years to come. Stepan had 17 goals and 55 points in 81 contests in 2016-17.
Jun 23 - 1:00 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have reacquired Brandon Saad along with Anton Forsberg and a 2018 fifth-round pick in exchange for Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte, and a 2017 sixth-round pick.

Panarin and Saad both come with a $6 million annual cap hit, so this isn't about saving money in the short-term for Chicago, but Saad is signed through 2020-21 while Panarin can become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 campaign, so Chicago is gaining some cost certainty here. Saad had 24 goals and 53 points in 82 games last season, making it the third straight campaign where he recorded between 52 and 53 points. He's a known quantity for Chicago as he played with the Blackhawks until 2015 when they dealt him to Columbus in the first place.
Jun 23 - 12:46 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte, and a 2017 sixth-round pick in exchange for Brandon Saad, Anton Forsberg, and a 2018 fifth-round selection.

Panarin, 25, made the transition from the KHL to NHL in 2015-16 and was an immediate success. In two seasons with Chicago he scored a combined 61 goals and 151 points in 162 contests. He did play heavily with Patrick Kane so it will be interesting to see if separating the two now will hurt Panarin's production, but the Blue Jackets are getting a high-end offensive threat regardless.
Jun 23 - 12:35 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have acquired Niklas Hjalmarsson from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin.

Hjalmarsson had five goals and 18 points in 73 games in 2016-17 while averaging 21:30 minutes per contest. This provides the Coyotes with an experienced top-four defenseman while the Blackhawks are clearing up a little cap space and getting some cost certainty as Murphy is both younger and locked up for far longer. Hjalmarsson has two seasons left on his five-year, $20.5 million contract.
Jun 23 - 12:26 PM

The Edmonton Oilers are reportedly close to re-signing Kris Russell to a four-year, $16 million contract extension.

Russell's contract would also come with a full no-movement clause. Russell was limited to a goal and 13 points in 68 games in 2016-17, but he did average 21:13 minutes per game. From an advanced statistics perspective he also leaves something to be desired as his teams tend to do better in terms of Corsi and Fenwick when he's off the ice rather than on it. On the plus side, he does usually block over 200 shots per season, including 213 in 2016-17. His expiring contract was a one-year, $3.1 million deal.
Jun 22 - 11:50 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired Trevor van Riemsdyk and a 2018 seventh-round pick from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for the 62nd overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Vegas claimed van Riemsdyk from Chicago in the expansion draft. He had five goals and 16 points in 58 contests in 2016-17. The Golden Knights got a lot of defensemen in the draft, so it was expected that they'd follow that up with trades like this one. "As a right-handed defenseman, Trevor fills an immediate need in our lineup," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "He has obviously already experienced success in Chicago, and now will be another good, young piece on our blueline."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 22 - 12:56 PM

The New York Islanders have acquired Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Ryan Strome.

Eberle had 47 and 51 points in each of his last two campaigns, which is a step down from what we had seen from him in the past. Given that he has a $6 million annual cap hit for another two seasons, that offensive decline was problematic. For the Islanders though, Eberle has the potential to be the winger for John Tavares that they've been looking for. If the two mesh well in 2017-18 then Eberle could see a significant spike in production, possibly to the point where he returns to the 60-70 point range.
Jun 22 - 12:45 PM

Connor McDavid has been named as the winner of the Hart Trophy.

The Hart Trophy goes to the league's most valuable player as voted on by the PHWA. McDavid ended up with 1,604 points over Sidney Crosby, who had 1,104. The last time this award went to a member of the Edmonton Oilers, it was Mark Messier claiming it in 1989–90. McDavid shone in his sophomore campaign with 30 goals and a league-leading 100 points in 82 games. He's the fourth youngest winner of this award. He also claimed the Ted Lindsay Award as the league's most outstanding player as voted on by his peers.
Jun 21 - 10:40 PM




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