A busy weekend in the NHL came to a close on Sunday with more news, as a pair of RFA’s agreed to new contracts with their clubs. RFA defender Neal Pionk, part of the Jacob Trouba trade in June, signed with Winnipeg Jets late Sunday afternoon, while Oskar Sundqvist signed in St. Louis earlier in the day. More on both of those moves in a minute. Here are the top stories in the NHL on Monday, July 22nd.
The only player returned to Winnipeg for Trouba last month, Neal Pionk is now under contract with his new team. The RFA defender and the Jets agreed to terms on a new two-year contract on Sunday. The deal will pay Pionk $3 million annually. (Arctic Ice Hockey)
Oskar Sundqvist provided a physical presence in the Stanley Cup Final that, at times, knocked the Bruins off of their game. On Sunday, he agreed to terms on a new four-year deal to remain with the Blues. Sundqvist will earn $11 million over the course of that deal. (Sportsnet)
Remember when Sebastian Aho signed an offer sheet with the Montreal Canadiens three weeks ago? Although that drama hadn’t happened in years prior to that, it is still very much a part of the league’s history. Former New York Rangers GM Neil Smith touched on that drama, which includes his failed attempt to get Joe Sakic to New York. (New York Post)
James Neal, the newest Edmonton Oiler, is excited to get to work. The sniper believes that he’ll be a great fit with one of Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Leon Draisaitl. The veteran is energized to get to work with the Oilers. (Global News)
The words of former Bruins’ boss and current Penguins’ coach Mike Sullivan are more than cliche, much more. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)