Well, what the hell? Where are all the trades? Tyler Graovac for a 5th rounder next year is some trash. I was promised trades. I demand trades!
Although, it should be said, the Vegas Golden Knights have reportedly reached deals with the Ducks, Blackhawks, and Blue Jackets that require they do or don't pick certain players. Apparently, an insider of unknown status reported that the Wild also have a deal in place with Vegas.
The Blackhawks would reportedly be asking the Golden Knights to take on Marcus Kruger's contract in a trade and then Chicago would leave Trevor van Riemsdyk unprotected and ripe for the picking. Not to mention:
It's believed ANA has a pre-arranged deal in place with VGK so it isn't necessary to ask Kevin Bieksa to waive his NMC.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 13, 2017
Friedman says he thinks CBJ & VGK have a deal where David Clarkson lands in Vegas, along with a 1st + prospect (960).— RCN (@akaRCN) June 12, 2017
HOWEVER, Vegas and the rest of the league were asked not to announce any trades, so as not to spoil the big surprise during the NHL Awards Show next Wednesday. So we'll have to be patient on the trade front until two of the currently existing teams decide to make a swap.
A roster freeze is in effect from June 18 (deadline for expansion list submission) and June 21 (the Big Reveal). What do you think the odds are we see a significant trade? I say low, cynically.
- It still fascinates me that, despite missing the postseason, we have enough quality pieces that even if we do ship someone out, we could still lose a good piece like Thomas Hickey or Ryan Strome. But anyway, Jonathan Willis takes a stab at potential trades that may occur before expansion, including Calvin de Haan to the Sabres for a disappointing but realistic return, given the lack of leverage the Isles hold.
- The SBN Hockey Mothership made some "way-too-early" predictions for the 2017-18 season, including John Tavares having to be traded by the March trade deadline. Dan had to create an appendix in the JT Encyclopedia for SBN blogs attempting to trade/trade for our sweet child. [LHH]
- A running list of Sound Tigers players signed and unsigned for the upcoming season. [Sound Tigers]
- The Flyers will host the Islanders in Allentown, PA for the second preseason in three years. Fun fact: it will be on Tavares' birthday, September 20.
NHL News, or Otherwise
- Yesterday's big story: the Rangers will buy out the remaining contract of Dan Girardi. Rangers fans rejoiced, but also felt bad for a nice guy who was crushed under the weight of his contract and the reputation that gave him that contract. [Blueshirt Banter | New York Times] One person sincerely upset to see his teammate go (but probably not too upset to face fewer shots as a result of his departure) is Henrik Lundqvist, who gave him a sanguine tribute and farewell on Instagram.
- Folks, say hello to Knights on Ice, SBN's new blog for the Vegas Golden Knights.
- Aw, poor wittle Nino Niederreiter is dealing with trade rumors amid his (frankly, well-deserved) impending raise and Minnesota's cap crunch. [Star-Tribune]
- While originally thought to be mostly flat, a new report says the cap may go up at least $2 million for next season, and possibly more. [SBN]
- Chris Neil will not return to the Senators next season, ending a 16-year run built on one 16-goal season. Time will tell if he selects retirement or a new team picks him up. [Silver Seven Sens]
- Also, y'all remember that Erik Karlsson was playing on a broken foot? He had his surgery and will be out at least 4 months, possibly missing the beginning of the season. [SSS]
- Penguins GM Jim Rutherford expects quite a bit of roster turnover, despite winning the Stanley Cup. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
- The Grand Rapids Griffins, AHL affiliate of the Red Wings, won the Calder Cup championship, and celebrated in fashion, by purchasing $400 worth of... *squints* McDonald's? [WIIM]
- Pass or Fail: USA's WJC outdoor game jersey. [Puck Daddy]