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NHL questions ahead of free agency

Eichel's trade status with Sabres, Landeskog's contract with Avalanche among those to keep eye on

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The NHL free agent market will open at noon ET on Wednesday, and combined with the ongoing trade market, there should be plenty of news around the League.

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transactions

Stastny signs one-year, $3.75 million contract to stay with Jets

Center could have become unrestricted free agent Wednesday

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Paul Stastny signed a one-year, $3.75 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

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Trade Coverage

Dillon traded to Jets by Capitals

Washington receives second-round draft pick in 2022, 2023 for defenseman

by NHL.com @NHLdotcom

Brenden Dillon was traded to the Winnipeg Jets by the Washington Capitals on Monday for a second-round pick in the 2022 and 2023 NHL Draft.

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Qualifying offers extended to NHL restricted free agents

Laine of Blue Jackets, Kaprizov of Wild among players to receive them; allow teams to retain matching rights

by NHL.com @NHLdotcom

The deadline for NHL teams to issue qualifying offers to pending restricted free agents was 5 p.m. ET on Monday. By issuing the offers, teams are given the right of first refusal or draft choice compensation should the player sign an offer sheet with another team.

Here is a list of players who received qualifying offers, as announced by teams. The Arizona Coyotes, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vegas Golden Knights have yet to announce who received qualifying offers.

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Trade Coverage

Stralman traded to Coyotes by Panthers

Florida receives 7th-round draft pick for defenseman; Arizona also gets Kolyachonok, 2nd-round selection

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Anton Stralman was traded to the Arizona Coyotes by the Florida Panthers on Monday for a seventh-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

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Trade Coverage

2021-22 NHL Trade Tracker

Official deals since July 12, 2021

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Voracek, Atkinson on the move

Flyers, Blue Jackets swap Voracek, Atkinson

Philadelphia Flyers trade forward Jakub Voracek to Columbus Blue Jackets for forward Cam Atkinson

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Welcome to the 2021-22 NHL Trade Tracker, the official list of completed trades since July 12, 2021. This is your one-stop shop for news, analysis and reaction from around the NHL as teams position themselves for the present and beyond.

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Bennett signs four-year contract with Panthers

Forward could have been restricted free agent, was traded to Florida by Flames on April 12

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Sam Bennett signed a four-year contract with the Florida Panthers on Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Top NHL unrestricted free agent forwards: Landeskog on market

Ovechkin, Perry, Coleman also possibly available when signing can begin July 28

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

With the NHL free agent signing period about to begin, there are several teams in the market for a forward who can boost them into a Stanley Cup contender.

NHL.com takes a closer look at the top unrestricted free agent forwards expected to be available when the market opens Wednesday at noon ET (listed in alphabetical order):

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NHL trade activity expected to increase ahead of free agency

Eichel could be moved by Sabres; Landeskog, Grubauer may leave Avalanche when market opens July 28

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The business of the NHL offseason will stay busy with the 2021 NHL Draft in the rearview.

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Fantasy hockey top 250 player rankings

Early look at best overall options for standard leagues next season; podcast

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com ranks the top 250 overall fantasy hockey players for next season in standard leagues. For more coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the "NHL Fantasy on Ice" podcast.

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Ritchie of Bruins among players not receiving qualifying offers

Forward can become unrestricted free agent; Kahun, Heinen also eligible

by NHL.com @NHLdotcom

Nick Ritchie did not receive a qualifying offer from the Boston Bruins and will become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday.

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Ovechkin expected to re-sign with Capitals prior to free agency, GM says

35-year-old forward has played 16 seasons with Washington, is sixth in NHL history with 730 goals

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Alex Ovechkin is expected to re-sign with the Washington Capitals before he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday, general manager Brian MacLellan said Saturday.

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Hjalmarsson retires from NHL, won Stanley Cup three times with Blackhawks

34-year-old defenseman played 14 seasons, past four with Coyotes

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Niklas Hjalmarsson retired from the NHL on Sunday after 14 seasons.

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NHL Insider

Reinhart trade to Panthers among big moves in NHL

Hall signing with Bruins, Power selected No. 1 by Sabres also stand out to NHL.com staff

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The past week in the NHL has been dominated by big trades, free agent signings, the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck and the selection of more than 200 players in the 2021 NHL Draft.

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Top NHL free agent defensemen: Hamilton on market

Barrie, Martinez, Savard also possibly available when signing can begin July 28

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

With the NHL free agent signing period about to begin, there are several teams in need of a defenseman who can play top-four minutes or provide leadership in a third-pair role.

NHL.com takes a closer look at the top unrestricted free agent defensemen expected to be available when the market opens Wednesday at noon ET (listed in alphabetical order):

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Hyman won't be returning to Maple Leafs, GM says

Forward can become an unrestricted free agent July 28

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

Zach Hyman will not be back with the Toronto Maple Leafs next season, general manager Kyle Dubas said Saturday.

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Driedger, Larsson, Oleksiak sign contracts with Kraken

Goalie, defensemen were chosen in 2021 NHL Expansion Draft

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Chris Driedger, Adam Larsson and Jamie Oleksiak each signed a contract with the Seattle Kraken on Saturday.

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NHL Draft

OHL center Wright could be No. 1 pick in 2022 NHL Draft

WHL forward Savoie, Finnish forward Lambert projected for first round

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Shane Wright of Kingston in the Ontario Hockey League is projected to be among the top players eligible for the 2022 NHL Draft, with the potential to become the No. 1 pick, NHL scouts say.

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Top NHL free agent goalies: Andersen on market

Grubauer, Rask, Mrazek also possibly available when signing can begin July 28

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

With the NHL free agent signing period about to begin, there are several teams in need of a starting goalie or in the market for a backup.

NHL.com takes a closer look at the top unrestricted free agent goalies expected to be available when the market opens Wednesday at noon ET (listed in alphabetical order):

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fantasy

Fantasy spin: 2021 NHL Draft trades, picks

Reinhart, Jones, Buchnevich, Atkinson-Voracek moves; Power, Beniers selections

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com has the fantasy hockey spins on the top 2021 NHL Draft picks and biggest trades from July 23-24. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

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World Juniors

Hughes has solid debut at World Junior Summer Showcase

Kraken pick Beniers recovering from injury; Kings selection impressive for Finland

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- Luke Hughes is happy to be back and doing what he does best on the ice in his first game action since sustaining an injury four months ago.

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Sabres taking calls for Eichel, won't make trade unless value is there

Injured center reportedly skating again, 'hopefully he continues to progress,' GM says

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Jack Eichel was not among the players traded by the Buffalo Sabres this weekend, but the center remains the subject of rumors and they are receiving calls about him.

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Color of Hockey

Color of Hockey: MN Unbounded, Hockey Niñas open doors for girls

Minnesota youth teams set to compete at tournament in August

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past nine years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the sport. Today, he profiles MN Unbounded and the Hockey Niñas, two teams of all girls of color that will participate in Minnesota's Os Shootout tournament in August.

Mia Lang said she smiles when she looks around the locker room of her summer tournament hockey team.

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Virtanen's contract to be bought out by Canucks

Forward was placed on leave May 1 following allegations of sexual misconduct

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Jake Virtanen will have the final season of his contract bought out by the Vancouver Canucks.

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NHL Draft

2021 NHL Draft top 10 moments

Kraken history; Hughes, Dach brothers united; Doan to Coyotes among highlights

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Buffalo Sabres stocked up on future assets to help fast-track their rebuild at the 2021 NHL Draft.

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NHL Insider

Lafleur's Canadiens legacy began as No. 1 pick in 1971 draft

Chosen over Dionne 50 years ago in opening act of Hall of Fame career

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Guy Lafleur took a few seasons to blossom into the superstar the Montreal Canadiens fully expected he would become. So it makes sense the electrifying offensive talent would be fashionably late to his own welcome to the NHL 50 years ago.

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transactions

Gaudette agrees to one-year contract with Blackhawks

Forward could have become restricted free agent, was acquired in trade with Canucks in April

by NHL.com @NHLdotcom

Adam Gaudette agreed to terms on a one-year, $997,500 contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

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NHL Insider

Islanders 'surprised' Raty fell to them in second round of 2021 Draft

Center, former No. 1 European prospect, picked at No. 52 after struggling with Karpat this season

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- Aatu Raty is on a mission to prove that he's one of the best players in the 2021 NHL Draft despite being selected in the second round.

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Makar signs six-year, $54 million contract with Avalanche

Defenseman could have been restricted free agent July 28

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Avalanche, Makar agree to terms

Cale Makar re-signs with Avalanche

Defenseman Cale Makar agrees to terms on a six-year contract with Colorado Avalanche

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Cale Makar signed a six-year, $54 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. It has an average annual value of $9 million.

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fantasy

'NHL Fantasy on Ice' podcast available now

2021-22 season preview: NHL Draft week trades, top picks; Kraken selections

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

The "NHL Fantasy on Ice" podcast is your go-to source for year-round fantasy hockey advice, DFS and betting picks. For more coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy.

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