Good Afternoon Hockey Fans! Happy Canada Day to our Canadian friends. Today is the first day of the NHL’s free-agent signing period. This is where the NHL owners open their checkbooks. So far, there’s been quite a few moves. Unless you’ve been sleeping or not logged onto the internet there’s a lot happening today. I will try to get you up to date.
From the big trade department: The Pittsburg Penguins acquired Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel in a trade with the Toronto Maples Leafs. My first look at this trade leads me to believe that the Penguins got the better end of the deal. That being said, the deal could be pretty costly to the Penguins, too.
If Pittsburgh qualifies for the 2016 postseason, Toronto will receive the Penguins’ 2016 first-round draft pick; and the Penguins will receive Toronto’s 2016 second-round selection. The second-round pick would be the one Toronto originally acquired from Pittsburgh for Daniel Winnik earlier this year.
Of course fans are having fun with the Kessel trade on Twitter today.
Per TSN.CA: The Penguins Get: RW Phil Kessel, D Tim Erixon and RW Tyler Biggs. The Leafs get: The Maple Leafs Get: LW Nick Spaling, RW Kasperi Kapanen, D Scott Harrington, a lottery-protected first-round pick and a third-round pick.
Should mention the Leafs paid the $4-million signing bonus due to Kessel today, not Pittsburgh — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 1, 2015
Jack Eichel Era begins in Buffalo
Another big story that played out today, BU All-American Hobey Baker winner Jack Eichel will forgo three years of college eligibility and has signed an entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
Sabres draftee Jack Eichel arrives in Buffalo, could sign professional contract (The Canadian Press)
Jack Eichel leaves BU, signs entry-level deal with Sabre (Puck Daddy)