The first week of NHL Free Agency is in the books as most of the action happened back on Monday, July 1. There are several big name free agents still out there, including both Jake Gardiner and Joe Thornton. Not to mention, the notable RFAs that have yet to be signed and could receive an offer sheet from other teams. On Friday, the NHLPA announced that 40 players filed for salary arbitration, more on that later. Here is the news that made headlines on Friday July 5th.
As mentioned earlier, 40 players filed for salary arbitration Friday. One of those players was Boston Bruins forward Danton Heinen. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are keeping their head coach around a little longer. The team agreed to extend Mike Sullivan for another four-years yesterday. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Another player that filed for salary arbitration on Friday was Penguins forward Zach-Aston Reese, our colleague Dan Kingerski has more on that over at PHN. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now.)
The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to keep their young core pieces together as the team signed RFA forward Cedric Paquette to a new two-year contract. (TSN)
After trading for Alex Kerfoot and Cody Ceci, the Toronto Maple Leafs extended both players, giving Kerfoot a new four-year contract. Ceci, meanwhile, was given a one-year extension. (NHL.com)