July 21 2016 09:00AM
We're now well into the so-called 'dog days' of summer, where the days are longer and the amount of hockey news is sparse. Free agent signings, meanwhile, have also essentially ground to a halt. As we discussed in our roundtable last week, the pickings are pretty slim - but that isn't to say the cupboard is completely bare. Sometimes, teams manage to come to terms with a player who makes a significant impact well after July 1st. While this has become increasingly rare, there are always bargain signings at this stage in the summer that pay dividends down the round. In Vancouver, the Canucks have had their fair share of hits (and misses) with late signings. With so little else going on in Canuckland these days, let's have a little fun and take a look back at some late - that is, after July 15 - signings in team history.
July 21 2016 07:00AM
The watch for the missing piece of Edmonton’s defense got a bit of an update via an indirect source on Wednesday. Edmonton didn’t sign a defender. Their competitors haven’t signed or traded one either. On Wednesday the Colorado Avalanche signed 22 year old center Mikhail Grigorenko to a one year $1.3 million dollar deal.
July 20 2016 11:00AM
We're into mid-July around the hockey world and the Calgary Flames still have four restricted free agents left to re-sign. The most prominent names are forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan (along with Freddie Hamilton), but blueliner Tyler Wotherspoon hasn't signed yet either. (Also on the market: unrestricted free agent Jakub Nakladal).
Given the quiet marketplace for blueliners, I've heard the question on Twitter (and elsewhere): why haven't Wotherspoon and/or Nakladal re-signed yet?
If you want a short answer, here it is: Ladislav Smid.
July 20 2016 07:00AM
Earlier today, it was announced that the Minnesota Wild placed right shot, right winger Jordan Schroeder, who is awaiting an arbitration hearing, on waivers. In a move that seems to be the Wild flexing their muscles, is there a chance for the Oilers to capitalize on a bottom six player?
July 19 2016 06:49PM
The Edmonton Oilers qualified defenseman David Musil on June 27, and he will likely sign a contract similar to Jordan Oesterle ($585,000, one year). Musil's entry-level deal—the one that just expired—held a cap hit of $894,166. Why would Musil take a cut in pay (should he play with Edmonton)? Comes the answer: To get to the NHL, and possibly stay there. Such is the developing salary gap between the haves and have-nots in today's NHL.