The last word on the 2018-19 NHL season will be spoken on Wednesday night in Las Vegas with the annual NHL Awards. 48 hours later, the first words on 2019-20 will be uttered. It’s officially NHL Draft week, and business has begun to pick up around the league. There were a pair of buyouts over the weekend, and a key trade deadline acquisition in Carl Hagelin was re-signed. Here are the top stories around the hockey world on the morning of June 17th, 2019.
The Washington Capitals cleared cap space via their trade with Philadelphia on Saturday. On Sunday, they put that cap space to good use by re-signing pending free agent Carl Hagelin. Acquired from the Kings at the deadline, Hagelin agreed to a four-year extension with the club late Sunday. (Japers Rink)
After placing D Andrew MacDonald on waivers Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers officially bought the veteran out on Sunday. This followed MacDonald clearing waivers, simply a formality. (Sports Talk Philly)
Draft week simply would not be complete without mock drafts. The crew at NHL.com has been working tirelessly all year to prepare you for the draft later this week. The league website’s experts chimed in on Sunday with their latest mock. Stay tuned to BHN later this week for our mock draft. (NHL.com)
Brad Marchand was one of the best players all season long for the Boston Bruins. Unfortunately, his season will forever be overshadowed by his costly mistake at the end of the first period in Game 7. A still emotional Marchand admitted he “regrets” the mistake that led to the Blues’ second goal. (Boston Hockey Now)
In case you missed it Friday night, BHN’s Jimmy Murphy is reporting that there is mutual interest between the Bruins and pending UFA F Kevin Hayes (Boston Hockey Now)
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks linked up on Saturday night for a trade that sent Olli Maatta to Chicago. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)