As the calendar flips to August, the month of July went out with a bang. The NHL continues to produce news in a time that is normally really slow. While most expect the news to be about the RFAs that are still on the market, however, it is the RFAs who have arbitration hearings that are making noise. Another player avoided arbitration hearing, while another player had his contract bought out. More on those to come. Here is the news for Thursday, August 1st.
From the start Ray Shero made it clear he does not want a player to get to a salary arbitration hearing. Shero is sticking to his plan as the New Jersey Devils and RFA defenseman Will Butcher agreed to a new-year contract worth $11.2 million. (NJ.com)
The Colorado Avalanche continue to sign players to very team friendly deals. Already with Nathan MacKinnon on very team friendly deal, the Avalanche signed defense Samuel Girard to a seven-year, $35 million contract with an AAV of $5 million. (Colorado Hockey Now)
The New York Rangers are trying to figure out ways to get out of salary cap hell. Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post was to report the Rangers will buyout the remaining years on defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk’s contract. (New York Post)
With the Tampa Bay Lightning signing Andrei Vasilevskiy to a new eight-year contract, the team had free up cap space, so they moved Ryan Callahan to Ottawa for Mike Condon. (Tampa Bay Times)
According to a recent report by Michael Russo of the Athletic, the Boston Bruins had a chance to acquire Zach Parise and Eric Staal in 2012, Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now has more. (Boston Hockey Now)
With Steve Yzerman the new General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings, his impact won’t be felt until much later on just like it was down in Tampa Bay. (MLive.com)
Over at the World Junior Summer Showcase, Bruins First Round Draft Pick John Beecher used his speed and offensive ability to lead Team USA past Sweden.
Team USA jumps out to an early lead on a goal from John Beecher. Nice transition and a pretty feed from Arthur Kaliyev to Beecher for the finish. #WJSS #NHLBruins #LAKings #NTDP pic.twitter.com/iMFjQg9I5f
— Stars n’ Stripes Hockey (@StarsStripesHKY) July 31, 2019