Perhaps the NHL should move free agency back to July 13 every year, so we have news well into August rather than snoozing and scraping the bottom of the barrel for August. John Klingberg signed almost a ridiculous deal with the Anaheim Ducks, both in term and money. P.K. Subban is still looking, but he’ll be patient. The New York Islanders bought 25,000 MegaMillions tickets. Evander Kane flatly dissed Matthew Tkachuk, and the Pittsburgh Penguins have a few obstacles before they can hit the NHL trade market.
Seriously, what the hell is Klingberg doing? Fired his agent, hired a big-time firm, then signed a one-year deal?
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Washington Hockey Now: That’s a hardcore diss. Our Sammi Silber in D.C. loves to follow the league news, too. Evander Kane and Matthew Tkachuk aren’t exactly buddies, and Kane mocked Tkachuk’s Florida presser. Ouch. NHL news.
Sportsnet: John Klingberg signed a one-year, $7 million deal. That’s it?!
I could see a bridge deal with a contender. But a team with a tiny fanbase that didn’t make the playoffs last season–That’s a choice, eh?
Montreal Hockey Now: Mike Matheson inadvertently started a running rumor that P.K. Subban was coming back to Montreal. After Matheson arrived in Montreal following his Penguins trade, the Canadiens gave him access to their Twitter account. He tweeted, “Guess who?” The city went nuts with Subban rumors. Oops!
P.K. Subban is waiting out the market. No one has any money, but his camp admits it is unlikely he returns to the Montreal Canadiens.
Montreal has a surplus of forwards, so one more will have to go, probably. Canadiens trade talk.
TSN: The Ottawa Senators gave P.O Joseph’s sibling Mathieu a four-year contract.
NYI Hockey Now: The Islanders bought 25,000 MegaMillions tickets and promised to split it with their fans. Not bad! New York Islanders fun.
Detroit Hockey Now: Here’s a fun game we’ll play in Pittsburgh next week. Two truths and a lie. NHL trade rumors, free agents, it looks fun. Nazem Kadri is linked to Detroit? Truth or lie? Detroit Red Wings.
Calgary: Super agent Allan Walsh isn’t shy. He opened up on the blockbuster Calgary-Florida trade and Jonathan Huberdeau’s contract (or lack thereof). It will be big headlines until Calgary GM Brad Treliving puts him on the NHL trade block or signs him. Calgary Flames quandary.