With NHL Free Agency just days away now, you can add Patrick Marleau to the name of UFAs that will hit the market come July 1 as his contract was bought out by Carolina. Recall over the weekend Marleau was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Hurricanes to open up salary cap space with the potential of signing Mitch Marner to a new contract.
Here is the news that made headlines:
After Patrick Marleau was traded to the Hurricanes, there were reports out there that the team would buy out the remaining year on his contract. On Thursday, that report was confirmed as the Hurricanes did just that, and made him a free agent. (Sporting News)
The Philadelphia Flyers had to decide between Cam Talbot and Brian Elliott on who would be the backup to Carter Hart. The Flyers decided to stick with Elliott and he agreed to a new one-year contract. (Courier Post)
In just their third year of existence, the Vegas Golden Knights have fallen victim to the salary cap crunch. Early Wednesday morning the Golden Knights traded Erik Hula to the Carolina Hurricanes to get some cap relief. (Las Vegas Review Journal)
The Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues are keeping their defense in tact as defenseman Carl Gunnarsson signed a new two-year contract. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
As Bruins Developmental Camp gets underway this week, first-round draft John Beecher has really impressed. (Boston Hockey Now)
On the latest edition of the “Wysh List,” Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com takes a look at abolishing the NHL’s hard salary cap. (ESPN)