The summer days continue to drag on, but there is no shortage of news in the NHL. The list of unrestricted free agents got a little bit smaller as another player came off the list on Friday. With Jake Gardiner, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and others still on the market, it is only a matter of time before they are signed. Even with these UFAs still out there, all the focus is on the RFA market and when players like Mitch Marner, Patrick Laine, Kyle Connor, Mikko Rantanen, and Brayden Point will either sign a new contract with their respective clubs or accept an offer sheet. Here are the top stories for Saturday, July 13th.
A day after second overall Kaapo Kakko signed with the New York Rangers, the New Jersey Devils announced the team had signed first overall pick Jack Hughes to an entry-level contract. (Last Word on Hockey)
Days after officially matching the offer sheet on Sebastian Aho, the Carolina Hurricanes and free agent forward Ryan Dzingel have come to terms on a two-year contract. (The News & Observer)
Over to the RFA market for a second, with the Bruins up against the salary cap, Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now looks at why the best thing for Charlie McAvoy and the the Bruins would be to do a bridge contract. (Boston Hockey Now Extra)
Could Loui Eriksson’s time in Vancouver be over? According to his agent Eriksson and the Canucks met the other day to discuss his future with the team. (TSN)
With a new two-year contract freshly minted with the Bruins, Danton Heinen’s goal for the off-season is to focus on his shot so he can be a more offensive guy next season. (Boston Hockey Now)