As a heatwave engulfed much of North America, the NHL news circuit was scorching on Friday. Within minutes of each other, former Boston Bruins center Milan Lucic was traded to Calgary for James Neal followed by Jacob Trouba signing a mega extension with the New York Rangers. Another draft pick also signed his entry-level contract earlier in the day. Here is the news from a busy day around the NHL Friday.
While it took some time, the Edmonton Oilers finally have Milan Lucic off the roster. The Oilers traded Lucic to the Calgary Flames, their hated provincial rival for James Neal. (Edmonton Journal)
Soon after the Lucic trade, the New York Rangers announced Jacob Trouba signed a new seven-year contract worth $56 million avoiding the salary arbitration hearing on July 25th. (New York Post)
The Colorado Avalanche made some news Friday morning as the team announced they had signed the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft Bowen Byram to a three-year entry-level contract. (Colorado Hockey Now)
Besides the trade for Lucic, the Flames also made headlines, as there is a tentative agreement in place between the team and city of Calgary for a new arena to replace the Saddledome. (Calgary Herald)
Things up in Toronto are heating up quickly. During an interview at his charity event, Mitch Marner talked about his contract negotiation with the Maple Leafs and he would like to be at camp but won’t go without a deal. (Sportsnet)
Another RFA locked in contract negotiations is Brayden Point. However, his teammate Anthony Cirelli believes that the Lightning and Point will get a contract done. (NHL.com)