The first wave of free agency is now in the rear-view mirror. For hockey fans everywhere, the dogs days of summer have arrived. There are still useful players on the market, but business is no longer boomin’ in the NHL. Teams are still in search of help, however. Marcus Johansson left Boston on Saturday, while Ken Holland is scouring the market in Edmonton. Here are the top stories from around the NHL on July 7th, 2019.
Ken Holland and the Edmonton Oilers have been very quiet early in free agent. Outside of the additions of Mike Smith and Markus Granlund, the Oilers haven’t done much to improve their roster. Holland, however, isn’t done just yet. (The Oilers Rig)
The Boston Bruins lost a key playoff contributor on Saturday morning. Forward Marcus Johansson, acquired from New Jersey at the deadline, signed a two-year deal with the rival Buffalo Sabres. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Vegas Golden Knights are attempting to trade Russian forward Nikita Gusev. The Pittsburgh Penguins are reportedly interested, but does that make any sense? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Bad news for the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday morning. Prospect F AJ Greer was arrested for assault in New York City. Our colleague Adrian Dater has the details. (Colorado Hockey Now)
The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that they have matched the five-year offer sheet on F Sebastian Aho from the Montreal Canadiens. (Carolina Hurricanes)