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.
The 28-year-old forward, who spent four seasons with the New York Rangers, was dealt to Ottawa on Monday afternoon in exchange for Mika Zibanejad and a 2018 second-round pick.
Trade speculation continues to surround Nail Yakupov. However, the expansion draft could give the Oilers trouble finding what they deem a fair return for the 2012 first-overall pick. Meanwhile, the Canucks could consider moving Chris Tanev if it nets them a scoring forward.
Kris Versteeg may have had a tough time finding an NHL deal early this off-season, but the veteran winger almost certainly would have gotten a shot on a tryout deal somewhere. Instead of taking that chance, though, the 30-year-old is reportedly set to sign in Switzerland.
Claude Giroux was slated to miss 10-12 weeks following surgery to repair a sports hernia and hip injury, but the Philadelphia Flyers captain is back training after just nine weeks. This past season, Giroux, 28, had his lowest points per game since 2009-10.
Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier had parallel careers, right up to their retirements after this season. But were those careers great enough to merit being in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
The Sabres power forward was handcuffed outside of Central Booking in Buffalo, where he was charged with one count of misdemeanor trespassing and several counts of harassment. The charges stem from an alleged late-night incident at a nightclub.
Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers avoided arbitration Friday and came to terms on a four-year, $18.5 million deal. The deal is closer to Kreider’s asking price than it is to what the Rangers were seeking in arbitration.