The likes of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall are safe for now as GM Peter Chiarelli takes more time to evaluate his roster.
If the two sides can’t reach a deal, the Toronto Maple Leafs and goaltender Jonathan Bernier will head to arbitration Friday. Bernier is asking for $5.1 million per season, while the Maple Leafs are offering just $2.8 million. But even if Toronto is forced to meet in the middle, Bernier’s cap hit will be a good one for the team.
Bruins winger Max Talbot has been suspended two games for a late hit on Devils winger Jiri Tlusty. Tlusty was able to skate off and remained in the game, but Talbot's hit was ruled to be "predatory" and extremely late, resulting in a two-game ban for interference.
A report surfaced Thursday afternoon that Claude Julien and his staff will be back behind the Boston Bruins bench next season. During his introductory press conference, new Bruins GM Don Sweeney was non-committal about Julien’s future, but it appears he will get at least one more try at leading the Bruins to a Stanley Cup.
The Avalanche’s signing of Tyson Barrie has taken his name out of the rumor mill, but teammates Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene are still considered potential trade candidates in Colorado. Meanwhile, the Flyers may be forced to make a move if rookie Ivan Provorov earns a spot out of camp.
Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson made a three-game NHL debut in 2015-16, but he looks ready to turn some heads during a full rookie campaign in 2016-17. Watch this spectacular effort to set up Florida’s overtime-winning goal.
John-Michael Liles won’t be travelling with the Boston Bruins ahead of Saturday’s meeting with the Toronto Maple Leafs due to a lower-body injury. Liles’ injury comes at a bad time, as the Bruins have lost five straight and have fallen down the standings at a rapid pace.
The off-season action is slowing down, but the Auston Matthews contract, Connor McDavid's bid for the Oilers' captaincy and the induction of the 'Big E' into the Hall of Fame gives us plenty to talk about as the summer rolls along.