The NHL’s free-agent spend-a-thon is upon us, and though the big names are few and far between, there’s still plenty of talent out there that can help a club get over the hump.
The magnitude and volume of trades during draft weekend and the first few days of free agency has been impressive. Big names such as Phil Kessel, T.J. Oshie and Milan Lucic were all given new addresses and in all three cases, prospects were part of the return.
In fact, many teams acquired future NHL hopefuls recently, so let’s take a look at some of the more prominent kids involved in this summer’s trade crop.
Nearly two months after resigning from his post as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche, Andre Tourigny has signed on to join Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron behind the bench.
Tourigny left his gig in Colorado, where he was serving as a defensive coach on Patrick Roy’s staff, back in mid May to seek other opportunities. Some had believed it could mean a return back to the QMJHL for Tourigny, who is a former coach of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, but instead he’s found himself a spot back in the big leagues. Read more
Aside from being teammates in New York, Mats Zuccarello and Martin St-Louis had one thing in common: their stature. So, to say goodbye to his now-former teammate St-Louis, who retired Thursday, Zuccarello turned to Instagram and a fan-made picture of himself and St-Louis as hobbits from the film Lord of the Rings.
Zuccarello and St-Louis formed quite the diminutive duo on the Rangers over the past two seasons, what with Zuccarello standing 5-foot-7 and St-Louis towering over him at 5-foot-8. Both were stars for the Blueshirts, size be darned, but that didn’t stop Zuccarello from being nicknamed the ‘Norwegian Hobbit.’ The “hobbit” nickname is one that has followed Zuccarello for some time now, but bringing St-Louis into the fold to say goodbye as the veteran winger heads to retirement is equal parts endearing and hilarious. Read more
The Washington Capitals were a frontrunner for T.J. Oshie a week ago. It was public knowledge the St. Louis Blues were shopping the right winger and that the Capitals were in the market for a top-six winger who could score.
But after the Caps went out and got right winger Justin Williams July 1 as an unrestricted free agent, it comes as a bit of a surprise to see them land Oshie as well. They acquired him from the Blues Thursday for right winger Troy Brouwer, goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in 2016.
We know Washington wanted to add some skill to its top six or nine forwards. But losing Brouwer complicates things, especially if the Caps don’t re-sign UFA Joel Ward. What if they’re tipping the scale too far the other way?
Days after the Vancouver Canucks parted ways with defenseman Kevin Bieksa and goaltender Eddie Lack and less than 24 hours after trading winger Zack Kassian, the club has announced it’s making changes to its front office.
The Canucks announced Thursday afternoon that they have fired VP of hockey operations and assistant general manager Laurence Gilman, assistant general manager Lorne Henning and director of player personnel Eric Crawford. Read more
Martin St-Louis has played his final game in the NHL.
The 40-year-old announced Thursday that 2014-15 was his final season in the NHL and, in a release by the New York Rangers, announced that he is retiring from the game. There’s little doubt St-Louis will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and he could very well be a first-ballot inductee.
“I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride,” St. Louis said in statement. “I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.” Read more
Souray, 38, was largely forced into retirement due to a wrist injury that has sidelined him for the past two seasons. Known for a booming shot that made him one of the best power play quarterbacks in the NHL for several seasons, Souray officially ends his career as a member of the Anaheim Ducks.
Over the course of his 13-year NHL career, Souray suited up for the Ducks, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils. Selected by the Devils in the third round, 71st overall, of the 1994 draft, Souray didn’t make the jump to a full-time NHL career until the 1997-98 campaign and didn’t become a standout blueliner in the league until the 2003-04 season as a member of the Canadiens. Read more