Late into July when the news is usually quiet in the NHL, there is plenty to talk about. Throughout the course of the day on Monday several major stories made news. First, Andrei Vasilevskiy signed a contract extension to stay in Tampa Bay. Next Nikita Gusev gets his wish not only does he get a traded but a new contract as well. Finally, the Arizona Coyotes get a new majority owner in the desert. Here is the news for Tuesday, July 30.
While he was not due for a new contract for another year, Andrei Vasilevskiy signed a new eight-year contract extension worth $76 million to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Tampa Bay Times)
Talks started to heat up Monday morning between the New Jersey Devils and Vegas Golden Knights about a possible trade for Nikita Gusev. Mid-afternoon the teams made it official as Gusev was traded to the Devils from the Golden Knights for draft picks. (Last Word on Hockey)
The drama in the desert finally be over as the Arizona Coyotes has new ownership as Alex Meruelo officially purchased the majority stake in the team. (Arizona Republic)
After having Hall of Fame career on the ice, Denis Potvin turned to broadcasting, where he was excellent for the Florida Panthers. On Monday afternoon, Potvin announced his retirement from broadcasting after 21 seasons. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
With salary cap space being a premium for the Boston Bruins, GM Don Sweeney will need to get creative and explore all options to open up space to sign RFAs Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo. (Boston Hockey Now)
Bruins 2019 first round draft John Beecher is playing at the World Junior Summer Showcase for Team USA and is making a lasting impression with his skating ability. Find out how Beecher’s speed is so effective on the latest Bruins Chalkboard. (Boston Hockey Now)