NHL free agency has heated up in a major way. Players committed to teams on Sunday night, just under 24 hours prior to the window officially opening up. Players and teams can officially put pen to paper at 12:00 pm today. The Bruins are expected to be in the goalie market today, and GM Don Sweeney said last week that the club will add players “for sure” on July 1. More on that in just a minute. Here’s the top news from around the NHL on July 1st, 2019.
The Bruins may not make a huge splash in the UFA Market, but BHN’s Jimmy Murphy says the Islanders are on the verg of doing that or making an offer sheet to an RFA. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with veteran goalie Mike Smith. Smith will join Mikko Koskinen in Edmonton’s crease, as the veteran will make his one-year deal official this afternoon. It’s not a bit of news liked by fans of the Oil. (The Oilers Rig)
The Washington Capitals have dipped into the free agent pool. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the Caps will ink Richard Panik this afternoon. The deal is expected to be for four years. (Japers Rink)
Matt Duchene appears to have made his choice. The top free agent center on the market is off to Nashville. Duchene will sign a seven-year deal with an $8 million annual average value with the Predators later today. (CBS Sports)
The Florida Panthers are up to something. Florida dealt veteran goaltender James Reimer to Carolina on Sunday morning in exchange for Scott Darling and a draft pick. Darling will be bought out by Florida. (Litter Box Cats)