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NHL Insider

Bruins gain cap flexibility, add draft picks in trades

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 12:15 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Boston Bruins eliminated two potentially difficult contract negotiations Friday by trading defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames and forward Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings.

General manager Don Sweeney made it clear in explaining the moves prior to the start of the 2015 NHL Draft that the trades were necessitated by financial concerns. He said he hoped the increased salary-cap flexibility he is left with along with a bevy of draft picks will allow him to make the Bruins competitive for the long term.

As such, he said he feels no pressure to leave South Florida with additional roster players to fill the significant voids left by the departures of Hamilton and Lucic.

"Do I think we need to? We have picks, we have assets that I can now try and turn into that, but I'm not going to force that," Sweeney said. "We shed salary as a result of that as well, so we're in a position going forward where we have to have our younger players in this situation step forward and we give them an opportunity to grow and develop. I feel confident our coaches will be able to do that."

No. 3 pick Strome fits Coyotes' rebuilding plan

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 10:57 PM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dozens of children played ball hockey on the concrete floor of Gila River Arena on Friday, and about 4,000 fans filled one side of the lower level waiting to see how many pieces the Arizona Coyotes would add to their rebuilding project at the 2015 NHL Draft.

The center-ice scoreboard showed general manager Don Maloney working the phones in Sunrise, Fla. Rumors of possible trades were swirling through social media and from television analysts.

So when NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman walked to the podium before the Coyotes pick at No. 3 and announced "We have a trade," audible gasps filled the building.

But the trade Bettman was revealing involved the Buffalo Sabres and Colorado Avalanche, and the Coyotes drafted Ontario Hockey League scoring champ Dylan Strome, who had had 45 goals and 129 points for the Erie Otters.

"I had a good feeling that it would be [the Coyotes] if they were picking No. 3," Strome said. "I didn't know if they were picking until about a minute until they did pick. So I really had no idea up until that moment, but I'm extremely honored and proud to be a Coyote. I can't wait to get started."

Avalanche deal O'Reilly to ease cap, help power play

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 10:14 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said he felt Ryan O'Reilly was going to be too expensive to keep on a long-term basis, so Sakic traded the 24-year-old center who has one year remaining on his contract to the Buffalo Sabres during the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft on Friday.

The Avalanche acquired defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards Mikhail Grigorenko and J.T. Compher, and the No. 31 pick in the draft from the Sabres for O'Reilly and forward Jamie McGinn.

O'Reilly will carry an NHL salary-cap charge of $6 million in the 2015-16 season, according to War-on-Ice.com. He reportedly is seeking a raise in a contract extension, which he can't sign until July 1.

Lehner trade difficult but necessary for Senators GM

Friday, 06.26.2015 / 3:50 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray was convinced he would not be satisfied once he traded away one of his goaltenders.

He was right, in a way.

The Senators traded Robin Lehner and center David Legwand to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday for the No. 21 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Though Murray was happy with the return and being able to shed Legwand's $3.5 million salary for the 2015-16 season, he did not like the idea of handing a promising, young goaltender to an Atlantic Division rival. But in order to get the return he wanted, that was the compromise Murray had to make.

Sharks' Burns waits for moves, excited about DeBoer

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 6:45 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns is enjoying his summer, including a trip here to attend the 2015 NHL Awards show.

But he can't stop thinking about the future, specifically as it relates to his team.

"It's going to be an interesting next couple of weeks," Burns said Tuesday during his media availability before the Awards show on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

The Sharks missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2003 and their general manager, Doug Wilson, has implied that it will be a summer of changes in San Jose.

Toews, Blackhawks face tough reality of salary cap

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 6:39 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Eight days after being crowned the best, Jonathan Toews said the Chicago Blackhawks are prepared for the worst.

Toews knows the salary cap, which will be $71.4 million for the 2015-16 season, is expected to play a role in dismantling some of the pieces to Chicago's Stanley Cup championship team. It's a reality that he expects will hit him and his teammates, the ones who stay and the ones who go, hard soon, perhaps as early as this week.

"We're all pretty realistic about what might happen," Toews said Tuesday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where the NHL Awards will take place Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

Bruins working toward new contract for Hamilton

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 1:36 PM / NHL Insider

Kristen Nelson - NHL.com Staff Writer

Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said Friday that he knows the other 29 NHL teams noticed defenseman Dougie Hamilton's breakout 2014-15 season.

Paired with Bruins captain Zdeno Chara for most of the season, Hamilton had career-bests of 10 goals and 42 points while averaging 21:20 of ice time.

Now those same teams will be watching the Bruins to see if they can sign Hamilton to a new contract before July 1, when he would become a restricted free agent.

Senators' Cameron stressing hard work this summer

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 12:30 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron already is working on having his team pick up where it left off this season.

Cameron, 56, went 32-15-8 after replacing Paul MacLean as coach in December. On Thursday, he signed a two-year contract that runs through the 2016-17 season.

The Senators were the story of the final two months of the 2014-15 regular season; they went 23-4-4 down the stretch and overcame a 14-point deficit to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was the largest such margin in NHL history. They lost in six games to the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Cameron had the Senators play a more aggressive forechecking system, and he gave some young players a bigger role.

Young players often can regress after a quick start to their careers and Cameron is mindful of that. He said to prevent any backsliding, there's been an emphasis placed on summer conditioning.

Sabres considering buyout of forward Hodgson

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 5:24 PM / NHL Insider

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Buffalo Sabres forward Cody Hodgson could have the final four years of his contract bought out, general manager Tim Murray said Thursday.

The period to buy out contracts began Wednesday and is open until June 30.

"Status is still the same with Cody," Murray said. "We've discussed it with Cody based on the year he's had. And saying that, we've been in contact with his agent. And as I've said before, he's in Sweden. He's trying to improve himself and improve his game and improve his, I guess, fitness. I'm not sure how much fitness came into it, but skating and all that. We're following that and we're getting updates. Again, it's an option based on the League."

Senators taking offers for goalies Anderson, Lehner

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:55 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is trying to trade a goaltender and perhaps clear some room under the NHL salary cap. The Senators have Craig Anderson, Robin Lehner and late-season hero Andrew Hammond under contract for next season.

In a marketplace where there are other teams trying to move goaltenders, it looks like Murray will have his work cut out for him.

"I think what's happening at the moment is teams are going team-to-team and kind of seeing what the price is to get a goaltender," Murray said. "All I've said to each one of them is, 'If you want the best one, you better call Ottawa because we have the best guy to trade.' I sincerely believe that.

"We certainly are open for business and we do have a few moves we'd like to make, an upgrade or two on the team if we could, and obviously moving a couple of contracts would have to be a part of that deal."

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