The Vegas Golden Knights have agreed to terms with three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on a three-year contract extension worth an average of $7 million a year. Fleury had one year remaining on his contract. The extension would keep him with Vegas through the 2021-22 season, creating the possibility that the 33-year-old Fleury could end his career with the Golden Knights.
The Blackhawks have traded Marian Hossa and Vinnie Hinostroza in a blockbuster deal with the Arizona Coyotes, parting with a promising young forward in order to clear out a troublesome contract. The Blackhawks also sent defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a third-round pick in the 2019 draft to the Coyotes for forwards Marcus Kruger, MacKenzie Entwistle and Jordan Maletta, defenseman Andrew Campbell and a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year contract extension worth an average of $9.5 million in salary and annual bonuses. Kucherov would have been a restricted free agent next summer but is set to stay with Tampa Bay through the 2026-27 season.
The Anaheim Ducks will retire the numbers of Paul Kariya and Scott Niedermayer during the upcoming season. Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli announced the honors for the two Hockey Hall of Famers on Monday.
On Sunday, when John Tavares’ departure left a void on Long Island, the Sharks signed Logan Couture, Coyotes signed Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Kings signed Drew Doughty and Lightning signed Ryan McDonagh to long-term deals. None of them would have been free agents until July 1, 2019, and this was the first possible chance to ink extensions that begin more than a year from now.
In bidding farewell to the New York Islanders, where he was the captain and face of the franchise since being drafted with the No. 1 pick in 2009, John Tavares chose Toronto and agreed to a seven-year, $77 million contract about an hour after the NHL’s free-agency signing period opened on Sunday.
A person familiar with the deal says Logan Couture has agreed to a $64 million, eight-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks. The person tells The Associated Press that the sides reached agreement on the deal that can become official on Sunday when Couture enters the final year of his $30 million, five-year contract.
Top assistant Todd Reirden will take over the Stanley Cup-champion Capitals, promoted from the bench on Friday in a move that allows Washington to maintain a sense of continuity.
Instead of cashing in on another productive postseason performance, Devante Smith-Pelly took less money and a one-year deal to stay with the Washington Capitals.
The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, a person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed to The Associated Press.
The Hockey Hall of Fame has added the first black player in the National Hockey League, the league’s all-time winningest goaltender and Commissioner Gary Bettman to its latest class. Willie O’Ree will be the third black player in the Hall of Fame. Goaltender Martin Brodeur was a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils. He has the most wins, shutouts and games played in NHL history. Bettman has overseen expansion of the league since taking the top job in 1993.
Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk has agreed to a three-year deal worth $18.75 million to return to the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings. Kovalchuk hasn’t played in North America since 2013, when he left the New Jersey Devils and spent the past five seasons with SKA St. Petersburg. The 35-year-old star has scored 816 points in 816 career NHL games for the Atlanta Thrashers and the Devils.
The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired defenseman Dougie Hamilton as part of a blockbuster trade with the Calgary Flames at the NHL draft. Carolina got Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox from Calgary for center Elias Lindholm and defenseman Noah Hanifin in the biggest trade so far this offseason.
Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres and Russian winger Andrei Svechnikov second to the Carolina Hurricanes in the two most predictable developments of an NHL draft that also featured some curveballs.
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