It’s an uncharacteristically slow day. Perhaps the hockey world decided to take a breath before Pandora’s box is opened later this week at the NHL Draft in Vancouver. The CBA negotiations are looming large. The players have until Sept. 15 to opt out of the current deal and step into the ring with Gary “Lockout” Bettman. The Washington Capitals re-signed Carl Hagelin to something akin to a bargain deal, Pittsburgh Penguins UFA scuttle, and what is the trade value of a good defenseman?
Carl Hagelin re-signed with Washington for four years but at less than $3 million per season. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Given the public leak the Penguins tried to re-acquire him, I’m shocked Hagelin’s camp signed without playing the two rivals against each other.
The Penguins are being aggressive on the trade market. At 8 a.m., we’ll publish what we’ve learned about a new Penguins trade chip. Also, a league source passed along the scuttle the Penguins may give former Philadelphia Flyers power forward Wayne Simmonds a call on Monday (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The NHL players are unhappy about escrow. Essentially, the players and owners split revenue 50/50. If revenues don’t meet targets, player salaries are docked the proportional amount. The CBA negotiations begin on Sept. 1 (TSN)
What is Nikita Zaitsev worth on the trade market? Toronto GM Kyle Dubas is working the phones (Sportsnet)
A lot of teams are calling Minnesota about Jason Zucker. Don’t buy any green bananas, kid (The Athletic)
It sounds like Dallas is closing in on a deal with Mats Zuccarello. Here are the contract comparables (Dallas Morning News)
Philadelphia Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher isn’t shy this offseason. Backup goalie talks. Buyout Andy MacDonald. Matt Niskanen. He’s keeping his word (Puck Prose)