First round of 2015 NHL Draft completed, reaction to the Dougie Hamilton trade, Predators re-sign Mike Fisher, Kings re-sign Tyler Toffoli and more.
NHL.COM: As expected, the Edmonton Oilers selected Erie Otters center Connor McDavid first overall in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft. The Buffalo Sabres selected Boston University center Jack Eichel second overall. A complete list of the the first round pick can be found at this link.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Reaction to the Dougie Hamilton trade, suggesting the Bruins dealt away a potential franchise player.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins gave up the heir apparent to Zdeno Chara for draft picks. That’s all. The deal doesn’t help the Bruins next season. If those picks don’t pan out, it’ll haunt them for years. I understand it was done largely for salary reasons, but surely to heavens they could’ve gotten more back than just draft picks. Oh well, Phil Kessel won’t have to hear the derisive “Thank you, Kessel” chants in Boston anymore, as Seguin and now Hamilton, the two players he was dealt for, are no longer Bruins.
NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins re-signed defenseman Adam McQuaid to a four-year, $11 million contract. McQuaid, 28, was eligible for UFA status on July 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a very affordable contract for the Bruins ($2.75 million annual cap hit). McQuaid is a physical shutdown defenseman and a valuable part of their blueline corps. He does have an injury history, however, which could limit his effectiveness over the term of this deal.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators re-signed center Mike Fisher to a two-year, $8.8 million contract. Fisher was eligible for UFA status on July 1. Predators center Mike Ribeiro rejected a contract offer from the club. He’s still slated to become a UFA in July, but he and the Predators management intend to continue contract talks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fisher gets a slight bump from his previous $8.4 million contract. After missing the start of last season to injury, the 35-year-old center tallied 39 points in 59 games. At $4.4 million per season, it’s a reasonable salary and for the right term.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings re-signed forward Tyler Toffoli to a two-year, $6.5 million deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise Toffoli got a bridge contract, given the Kings’ limited cap space. It’s a $3.25 million annual cap hit, which is an economical contract for the 23-year-old winger. He had a career-best 23 goals and 49 points last season. Should his performance continue to improve, he’ll be in line for a significant raise in two years time.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk underwent surgery on his right ankle to repair ruptured tendons. He could miss the start of next season.
TWINCITIES.COM: Former Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Mike Reilly has signed a two-year, $1.85 million contract with the Minnesota Wild.