Good Afternoon Hockey Fans! Well, the 2015 NHL Draft is over. Next up, the NHL’s free agent signing period. This is one of the most wonderful times of the year after the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The free agent signing period is where teams look to land that next big name star player that can put them over the top. Two years ago, the Minnesota Wild landed unrestricted free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Of course, the Wild now have cap issues with their big name signings.
Without further adieu, let’s take a look at some of the stories making the rounds after the NHL Draft.
2015 Draft News
Toronto Maple Leafs 2015 Draft Review (The Hockey Writers)
30 Thoughts: Canucks’ Bieksa deserves better (Sportsnet.CA)
Winners and Losers From Draft Weekend (The Hockey Writers)
2015 NHL Draft winners and losers (The Score)
No team did less than Penguins at NHL Draft (Trib Live)
After one poor draft, the Don Sweeney watch is officially on in Boston. Well, maybe not. But it sounds like the Boston Bruins media was less than impressed with the Bruins 2015 draft. Slow start for Don Sweeney (Boston Herald).
Matt Kalman from CBS Boston wasn’t impressed with Sweeny’s first draft (CBS Boston)
Former NHL defenseman goes on Twitter tirade against Pierre McGuire (boston.suntimes.com)
Transactions of significance
The Boston Bruins made a lot of news with the trades they made this past weekend from some draft picks and prospects. First, the Bruins sent defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames. Post trade, it sounds like Hamilton won’t be missed by his former teammates. Apparently, Dougie Hamilton was ‘uppity kid’ as post-Bruins character attacks begin (Puck Daddy)
Report: Bruins offered Hamilton 6-year, $33M extension before trade (The Score)
I like many Boston Bruins fans are shocked that the Bruins sent Lucic to Kings for Miller, Jones, draft pick (AP Hockey)
Milan Lucic on being traded to the Kings: ‘Going to team that knows how to win’ (CSNNE.COM)
Lucic: ‘An emotional call’ to receive trade news (CSNNE.COM)
Devils to part ways with Bernier, Fraser and Harrold (Pro Hockey Talk)
Preds’ Clune clears waivers, buyout coming (Pro Hockey Talk)
Wild, Dubnyk agree to 6-year, $26M contract, sources say (Russo’s Rants)