Day two of NHL free agency came and went without much fanfare. The Carolina Hurricanes matched the offer sheet to RFA F Sebastian Aho, but not much else happened. Brian Boyle, Patrick Maroon and Ryan Dzingel are just some of the names sitting out on the free agent market as we approach July 4th. More on all of that in a quick minute. Here are the top stories in the NHL on Wednesday, July 3rd.
No surprises here, but the Carolina Hurricanes announced Tuesday that they intend to match the offer sheet issued to Sebastian Aho. The Montreal Canadiens inked the Finnish forward to a five-year offer sheet shortly after free agency opened on Monday. (NHL.com)
The Boston Bruins surely kept their eyes on the offer sheet situation. Boston has three key RFA’s of their own in Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Danton Heinen. Both Carlo and Heinen can receive offer sheets. Bruins’ GM Don Sweeney is aware and ready for offer sheets. (Boston Hockey Now)
Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland has been awfully quiet through the first 48 hours of free agency. The veteran manager, in his first season with Edmonton, claims he isn’t done just yet. What’s next for Holland and the Oil? (The Oilers Rig)
With almost all of the big fish gone from the free agent pool, it’s time for pundits to hand out grades and label teams both winners and losers. Who won free agency? Who came away a loser? (New York Post)
Interesting move by the Anaheim Ducks. They’ve named Darryl Sutter a coaching staff advisor. (Anaheim Calling)
Speaking of the Ducks, they signed a handful of AHL’ers and depth players on Tuesday. (Anaheim Calling)