We’re about halfway through July, which means news around the NHL should be at a complete standstill. It has been a little bit different this year, however. News is still trickling in and the rumor mill is buzzing with trade speculation. On Saturday, Stanley Cup hero Jordan Binnington got a new contract, while speculation about a David Backes trade continued to linger. Here are the top stories in hockey for Sunday, July 14th.
Jordan Binnington has his new contract. After a wild ride in the 2019, the Stanley Cup hero signed on the dotted line Saturday. His new two-year contract carries an AAV of $4.4 million. (St. Louis Game time)
The Boston Bruins need to shed more salary if they want to get RFA’s Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy under contract. Veteran forward David Backes and his $6 million AAV currently reside on the trade block. Our very own Jimmy Murphy says there are NHL teams that have expressed interest in Backes. (Boston Hockey Now)
Hockey in the desert got a big boost in late June when the Arizona Coyotes acquired Phil Kessel from Pittsburgh. The fans in the southwest have responded to the move in the big way via a massive ticket spike. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Ken Holland has brought two key scouts with him to Edmonton. Tyler Wright and Archie Henderson, both let go by the Red Wings this past week, have joined their former boss with the Oilers. Wright will run amateur scouting, while Henderson will be the point man on the pro side. (The Oilers Rig)