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Brett Connolly has agreed to a two-year contract with the Washington Capitals.

Connolly's new contract has an annual average value of $1.5 million. He didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Capitals, but he was still expected to stay with the team.
Jun 26 - 9:31 PM

Dylan Ferguson has been traded to the Vegas Golden Knights along with a second-round pick in 2020 for defenseman Marc Methot.

Ferguson was just taken in the seventh round (194th overall) of 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars. He posted a 2.74 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL in 2016-17.
Jun 26 - 8:46 PM

Vegas has traded Marc Methot to the Dallas Stars in exchange for the rights to prospect Dylan Ferguson and a second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

Methot was picked up by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft, but it was expected that he would be flipped for future assets. The former Ottawa defender should help bring some stability to a young Stars defense corps.
Jun 26 - 8:41 PM

Dmitry Kulikov has been attracting interest from other teams with free agency just around the corner.

Kulikov was limited to only 47 games with the Sabres in 2016-17. The Senators could be in the hunt, as coach Guy Boucher was behind the bench with Kulikov in Drummondville.
Jun 26 - 6:51 PM

Brett Connolly did not receive a qualifying offer from the Capitals.

However, Connolly is still talking contract with Washington and it's expected that he will re-sign. If a new deal isn't worked out before July 1 then he can test free agency. Connolly generated 23 points in 66 games last season.
Jun 26 - 6:45 PM

Joe Thornton's representatives have reportedly heard from 12 teams so far as free agency approaches.

The Sharks remain his top option, but he is listening to other offers. Thornton has played for San Jose for the last 12 seasons, so this is unfamiliar territory for him.
Jun 26 - 6:01 PM

Alex Chiasson can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Calgary didn't give a qualifying offer, so he could listen to other teams if he isn't signed by the Flames. Chiasson played in 81 games with the Flames in 2016-17, while producing 12 goals and 12 assists. He didn't have a point in four playoff matches.
Jun 26 - 5:52 PM

Florida did not tender qualifying offers to Michael Sgarbossa and Kyle Rau.

Sgarbossa played in 29 games with the Panthers last season and Rau appeared in 24 matches. They will both be eligible for unrestricted free agency on Saturday.
Jun 26 - 5:47 PM

Gustav Olofsson has signed a two-year, $1.45 million deal with the Minnesota Wild.

Olofsson received a one-way deal, so he could earn a more permanent spot on the big club's roster next season. He contributed three assists in 13 contests with Minnesota last season, while dressing in 59 matches for Iowa of the AHL.
Jun 26 - 5:13 PM

Andrej Nestrasil will become an unrestricted free agent this weekend.

Nestrasil, forward Erik Karlsson and goaltender Daniel Altshuller didn't get qualifying offers from Carolina, so they can test the free agent waters on July 1. Nestrasil accounted for five points in 19 games with the Hurricanes last season.
Jun 26 - 5:08 PM

Quinton Howden can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Howden was not tendered a qualifying offer from the Jets, so he can test the open market. He didn't have a point in five appearances with Winnipeg in 2016-17. Howden also notched 13 goals and 24 points in 58 contests with Manitoba of the AHL. Scott Kosmachuk and Ryan Olsen didn't get qualifying offers from the Jets either.
Jun 26 - 4:57 PM

Ty Rattie didn't get a qualifying offer from the Blues, so he can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

St. Louis also didn't tender qualifying offers to Nail Yakupov, Jordan Caron, Jacob Doty and Landon Ferraro. Rattie briefly played for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2016-17 after he was claimed off waivers, but he was reclaimed by the Blues in February.
Jun 26 - 4:50 PM

Nail Yakupov won't get a qualifying offer from St. Louis.

It would have cost the Blues $2.5 million, so it's not surprising that he didn't get a qualifying offer. Yakupov is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent if a cheaper contract isn't worked out with St. Louis. He recorded just nine points in 40 games last year.
Jun 26 - 4:45 PM

Wade Megan has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues.

Megan had one goal in three appearances with St. Louis last season. He also produced 33 goals and 33 assists in 73 matches with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.
Jun 26 - 4:41 PM

Paul Kariya has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

This was Kariya's fifth year of eligibility and he will be inducted alongside friend and former teammate Teemu Selanne. Kariya's career was cut short because of post-concussion symptoms, but he made an impact when he was healthy. He generated 402 goals and 989 points in 989 games.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 26 - 4:31 PM



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