The NHL’s news cycle is still going strong as we approach late July. Two more larger moves occurred on Wednesday, as the Chicago Blackhawks flipped Artem Anisimov to Ottawa and JT Compher re-signed with the Avalanche. The Hawks opened up a little more cap space with their deal, while the Compher signing crosses off yet another arbitration hearing later this month. More on that in a minute. Here are the top stories from around the NHL on Thursday, July 18th.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators hooked up on a one-for-one trade on Wednesday afternoon. The Sens sent veteran Zack Smith to Chicago in exchange for Artem Anisimov. The deal gives Chicago a tough bottom-six forward, while Ottawa collects a top-six center. (Puck Prose)
More details have emerged on the death of former NHL’er Greg Johnson. Sadly, it appears that Johnson died of suicide. The Rochester Police department report indicates as much, according to reports. (The Detroit News)
The Colorado Avalanche and JT Compher agreed to a four-year deal on Wednesday to avoid arbitration. Compher is coming off of a career year and will be one of Colorado’s top-nine forwards in 2019-20. Our colleague Adrian Dater explains why this deal is a win for both sides. (Colorado Hockey Now)
For you video game fans: The new features of NHL20 were on full display Wednesday in a new video previewing the latest installment in the EA Sports series. (Gamespot)
Having fun with the aging feature on Faceapp? The NHL is too! Have a look at a few of the game’s stars in the future. (NHL.com)