As the season inches closer, things are starting to move. Here are your links for today:
Two goals and two assists for Dawson Mercer in a lopsided game against the Germans, plus other updates from prospects at the World Juniors: [NHL (Saturday update)] [NHL (Sunday update)]
Patrick Moynihan is on the receiving end of a terrible hit:
A good breakdown here of the Devils camp battles that will start unfolding in the coming days. Who is going to fit where? [The Athletic ($)]
A couple of … interesting cap moves on Sunday:
The Blues have signed Mike Hoffman to a … PTO?
It appears what the Blues are doing is waiting until the start of the season to sign Hoffman, which would allow them to wait to put Tarasenko and Steen on Long-Term Injury Reserve, allowing them to maximize their LTIR money. This points to Hoffman joining the Blues. #stlblues
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) December 28, 2020
All things being equal, there’s a one-year contract coming for Hoffman closer to opening night once the Blues can use LTIR. https://t.co/JH1XKD4ayQ
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) December 28, 2020
And the Lightning acquire … some cap flexibility:
We have traded Braydon Coburn, Cedric Paquette and our 2022 second-round pick to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for the rights to Marian Gaborik and Anders Nilsson. https://t.co/3qkfKXdnaM
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) December 28, 2020
In their media release, the @TBLightning announce Marian Gaborik and Anders Nilsson will not play this season. Both on LTIR, which will allow TB to be cap compliant
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 28, 2020
Earlier, the Sens made one deal you certainly could agree to:
With Ilya Kovalchuk’s NHL career likely over, an interesting question comes to mind:
Kovalchuk is a fun HHOF debate. Over 900 NHL games, around 500 in Russia once he’s done. He’d have 500 goals if he never left, maybe 600, which is an HHOF lock. Rocket-winner, Olympic gold (weird year), Gagarin Cup-winner.
It’s the Hockey Hall of Fame, not NHL Hall of Fame.
— Steve “Dangle” Glynn (@Steve_Dangle) December 26, 2020
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