With NHL prospect camps beginning at the end of the week, all eyes continue to be on the RFA market. While the big names still have not signed, the St. Louis Blues were able to finalize a contract with their last remaining RFA Ivan Barbashev. Barbashev signed a two-year contract to stay with the Blues as he was a critical piece for the Blues during their run to the Stanley Cup. Here is the news for Monday, September 2nd.
It may have taken all off-season, but the St. Louis Blues were able to re-sign RFA forward Ivan Barbashev to a new two-year contract that will pay him $1.475 million a season. (The Sporting News)
We are a little more than a week away from training camps opening up around the NHL and the watchful eyes are on the RFA market. Everyone believes once the Mitch Marner deal gets done the rest will sign. Luke Fox of Sportsnet writes teams should not wait on Marner because he may not be the first domino to fall. (Sportsnet)
With the preseason right around the corner, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN writes about how the NHL can improve the in-game experience for the fans. (ESPN.com)
Now that Wayne Simmonds is a member of the New Jersey Devils, he is embracing the role of the villain and expects nothing less than a smattering of boos in his return to Philadelphia. (NHL.com)
The New Jersey Devils had one of the best off-seasons in franchise history but did they do enough to re-sign Taylor Hall long-term? (Last Word on Hockey)