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The Calgary Flames have acquired Elias Lindholm from the Carolina Hurricanes.

Lindholm and Noah Hanifin are heading to Calgary, while Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox are going to Carolina. Lindholm was drafted fifth overall by the Hurricanes in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, but he still hasn't arrived as a legitimate top-line forward. The 23-year-old had 16 goals and 44 points in 81 games last season. On Friday, The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun reported that contract talks between the restricted free agent and the Hurricanes didn't go well, so it's not surprising to see him heading to a new team. It'll be up to the Flames to get their new forward under contract.
Jun 23 - 2:12 PM

The Calgary Flames have acquired Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm from the Carolina Hurricanes for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and Adam Fox.

Former Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters is now coaching in Calgary, so he clearly had some influence on this trade. Hanifin was the fifth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, but he didn't develop into an impact blueliner as quickly as the 'Canes would've hoped. The 21-year-old still managed to put up a respectable 10 goals and 32 points in 79 games in his third NHL season. Hanifin is scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1, so Flames GM Brad Treliving will have to sign his new defenseman to a contract extension. This trade should help Hanifin take the next step in his career. He'll be surrounded by some quality defensemen like Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie and Travis Hamonic.
Jun 23 - 2:08 PM

Adam Fox has been traded from the Calgary Flames to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Carolina also got Dougie Hamilton and Micheal Ferland from the Flames for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm. Fox was Calgary's third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The 20-year-old had six goals and 28 points in 29 games at Harvard last season. Fox has already announced that he'll be heading back to school for his junior season. It'll be interesting to see if the Hurricanes will be able to sign him to a contract before he's eligible to become a free agent in two years.
Jun 23 - 2:03 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired Micheal Ferland from the Calgary Flames on Saturday afternoon.

Ferland is part of a major deal that saw Dougie Hamilton and prospect Adam Fox head to Carolina for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm. The 26-year-old is coming off a career season in 2017-18, as he put up 21 goals and 20 assists in 77 games. Ferland is more of a physical, complimentary player that can chip in offensively. It would be surprising to see him score as many goals this season as he did last year. He has one year remaining on his contract that comes with a cap hit of $1.75 million. Ferland will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Jun 23 - 2:00 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and Adam Fox from the Calgary Flames for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm.

This is a significant deal for both sides. Hamilton was a key piece on Calgary's blue line last season, as he had 17 goals, 44 points and 64 penalty minutes in 82 games last season. The 25-year-old also averaged 21:32 of ice time in 2018-19. Hamilton has also been a steady point producer over his last four seasons. He's picked up between 42 and 50 points in each of his last four campaigns. This is the second time Hamilton has been traded in his career (he was moved from Boston to Calgary 2015). He'll continue to have a good amount of fantasy value heading into next season.
Jun 23 - 1:55 PM

The Washington Capitals have reportedly made an offer to pending unrestricted free-agent Michal Kempny.

Acquired by the Capitals at the trade deadline for a third round pick, Kempny proved to be a huge bargain and played a big role in the Capitals winning the Stanley Cup. Washington cleared $5.5 million in cap space by moving Brooks Orpik's contract to the Avalanche in the Philipp Grubauer deal and are reportedly also inching closer to renewing John Carlson's contract. Washington's executives are currently awaiting Kempny's response on their offer.
Jun 23 - 1:52 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have reportedly agreed to a deal that will send Noah Hanifin to the Calgary Flames for Dougie Hamilton.

The details have yet to be released but it appears that forward Elias Lindholm is also involved in the trade. Stay tuned for more.
Jun 23 - 1:44 PM

The Anaheim Ducks have exchanged offer with pending restricted free-agents Brandon Montour, Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase.

All three players are coming off their respective entry-level contracts. In his first full season in the NHL, Montour finished with nine goals and 32 points in 80 games while averaging 20:28 of ice time per game. His offensive game is expected to have more room for growth and he could be a sneaky good pick in fantasy drafts next season.
Jun 23 - 1:20 PM

Brooks Orpik has been placed on unconditional waivers by the Colorado Avalanche.

Orpik was picked up by the Avs in the deal that netted them Philipp Grubauer for a second round pick. The Avalanche had every intention to either trade Orpik or buy him out and it appears they have exhausted all their options on the trade front. If Orpik goes unclaimed on waivers and is bought out, he'll account for $2.5 million on the 2018-19 salary cap and another $1.5 million for the 2019-20 season.
Jun 23 - 12:52 PM

Allan McShane has been selected with the 97th pick by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

The fact that McShane wasn't picked in the second or third round is surprising. He's a playmaking center with a sneaky-good shot. He has good hands, a fair amount of skill and high hockey sense. But as a prospect, he’s still a little raw. Like most young players, McShane has to work on his overall consistency, but there’s no denying that he is talented enough to one day play in the NHL. The 18-year-old had 20 goals and 65 points in 67 games with the Oshawa Generals last season and he added six points in five games with Team Canada at the Under-18 World Hockey Championship. For a smaller player (5-foot-11, 190 pounds), McShane isn’t overly quick on his skates. That’s another thing he’ll have to work on if he wants to have a productive NHL career.
Jun 23 - 12:50 PM

Lukas Dostal has been selected with the 85th pick by Anaheim Ducks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Dostal was the top ranked European goalie in this draft, but he ended up falling a little more than many anticipated. He doesn’t have ideal size for a netminder (6-foot-1, 165 pounds), which will inevitably lead to questions about his durability. But what he doesn’t have in size, he makes up for with his quickness and athleticism between the pipes. He posted a solid 2.43 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage while playing in the Czech second division last season. Dostal’s rebound control could use some work, but every goalie will have warts in their game at this stage of their development. He has enough talent to develop into a number one goaltender at the NHL level.
Jun 23 - 12:37 PM

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, John Tavares is expected to meet with five NHL teams when the interview period opens on Sunday.

Brooks also added that it appears the New York Rangers will not be one of the teams. Teams are permitted to speak to players during this window tomorrow but they are not allowed to discuss any financial matters. It appears the most highly sought out pending UFA has narrowed his list to six teams (including the Islanders). Arthur Staple added that the three most likely teams of the five are Toronto, Dallas and San Jose, while Tampa Bay and Vegas could be the other two. The meetings will reportedly be held in California.
Jun 23 - 12:36 PM

Blake McLaughlin has been selected with the 79th pick by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

McLaughlin was ranked as the 51st best player in the draft by TSN but had to wait an extra round to hear his name called. His USHL season got off to a roaring start, as he was one of the league’s top scorers at the midway point, but his production dipped after Chicago made a coaching change. He ended up finishing with 23 goals and 52 points in 54 games. He also added three points in four games with Team USA at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. McLaughlin is a smart hockey player that’s responsible defensively, but he’s also capable of producing offense at a good clip, as well. He’ll make the move to the college ranks next season with the University of Minnesota.
Jun 23 - 12:30 PM

Olivier Rodrigue has been chosen with the 62nd pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

The Oilers traded away the 71st pick (third round) and 133rd pick (fifth round) to Montreal for the right to make this selection. Rodrigue is only listed at 6-foot-1, 160 pounds, but he proved that he could play a significant amount of games during his last season. He appeared in 53 contests with QMJHL Drummondville during the regular season, another 10 starts in the playoffs and he made three more appearances for Canada at the Under-18 World Junior Hockey Championship. The 17-year-old is quick and he manages to analyze things in front of him very well. In a mediocre goalie draft class, he’s one of the better prospects available. He has starting netminder upside.
Jun 23 - 12:20 PM

Jacob Olofsson has been selected with the 56th pick by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Canadiens have started the draft heavy on European prospects, Oloffson (Sweden) will join Jesperi Kotkaniemi (Finland), Jesse Ylonen (Finland) and Alexander Romanov (Russia) as the fourth pick from Europe. Olofsson put together a solid season with Tima in Sweden’s second division, as he racked up 10 goals and 21 points in 43 games. He led the league in goals and points by a junior player, which led to him being named the top junior player in the league in 2017-18. Olofsson has good size (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) and good hockey sense, but there’s questions surrounding his ability to create offense over the long haul. He projects as more of a two-way center at the NHL level.
Jun 23 - 12:18 PM


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