Vegas GM Kelly McCrimmon surprised more than a few and broke a few Pittsburgh Penguins fans’ hearts on Monday night when he declared goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was off the NHL trade market. McCrimmon also splashed the cash on free agent defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and traded d-man Nate Schmidt. Montreal also dished a hefty contract, as the big names in free agency are finding homes. And Trade Joe Sakic pulled off a bit of a coup, too.
McCrimmon said starting goalie Robin Lehner had minor shoulder surgery, but Fleury will be part of the team next season (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Vegas signed Alex Pietrangelo to a giant contract, then trade Nate Schmidt to Vancouver. Here’s EVERYTHING: (Vegas Hockey Now)
Check out this artwork on Colorado Hockey Now — Avs GM Joe Sakic snagged young defenseman Devon Toews for a pair of second-rounders (Colorado Hockey Now)
The Montreal Canadiens signed Tyler Toffoli to a nice payday (Montreal Gazette)
New Jersey bought out Corey Schneider. The New York Islanders signed Corey Schneider (NYI Hockey Now)
Back to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a moment — Sources told PHN who the Penguins haven’t called, and Jim Rutherford “has other things on his agenda.” (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The San Jose Sharks are looking for a defenseman. Here’s a dive into the analytics of the available d-men, including Sami Vatanen (San Jose Hockey Now)
Who are the best remaining free agents and what are their status? Mike Hoffman and Evgenii Dadonov are still out there (Sportsnet)
Does anyone else waste far too much time trying to figure out how the Penguins can circumvent the cap and snag one more player? We spent a couple of hours on Monday night analyzing a potential Fleury trade, too. Oops.
In case you missed it, one of the early rumored Penguins targets was Craig Smith. He’s now in Boston (Boston Hockey Now)