NHL Rumor Mill Update – June 30, 2018
With the NHL free-agent market opening on July 1, here’s the latest updates on several notable pending UFAs.
TSN: Darren Dreger reports defenseman Mike Green is expected to re-sign with the Detroit Red Wings. It’s believed to be a two-year deal. Bob McKenzie reports it’s worth an annual average value of $5.373 million. The Wings are also expected to sign goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Former Wings forward Thomas Vanek is considering a return to Detroit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The UFA market for quality defensemen will be even thinner with Green gone. As for Bernier, Sportsnet’s John Shannon reports his new contract will be for three years, while The Athletic’s Craig Custance said it’ll be worth an AAV of $3 million.
The Montreal Canadiens have placed recently acquired goaltender Steve Mason on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a contract buyout. The Habs brought in Mason, along with forward Joel Armia, along with a seventh-round pick in 2019 and a fourth-round pick in 2020, from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for minor league blueliner Simon Bourque.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The buyout will count as $1.366 million annually through 2019-20 against the Habs cap, leaving them with a projected $17.2 million in salary-cap space.
THE ATHLETIC’s Michael Russo reports the Minnesota Wild have placed forward Tyler Ennis on unconditional waivers for buyout purposes. The Wild will gain an additional $2.43 million in cap space for 2018-19.
TSN: Frank Seravalli reports the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames are among the clubs pursuing center Derek Ryan.
THE ATHLETIC’s Craig Custance reports the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers have been connected to former LA Kings winger Tobias Rieder. Sportsnet 650’s Rick Dhaliwal reports Rieder’s closing in on a deal but it’s not expected to be with the Canucks.
SPORTSNET 650’s Rick Dhaliwal reports the Vancouver Canucks are considered the front-runners for former Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle. Sources say his new contract could be for three years with an AAV of $2.5 million. The Canucks were also in contact with former NY Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan.