It didn’t take very long for things to slow down again around the NHL, but that’s not a huge surprise. Teams used up a lot of their money on July 1, and now players are hit with the reality that they might not get paid what they expected.
Jonathan Drouin talked to the media in Colorado about signing with the Colorado Avalanche. Around the NHL, it doesn’t sound like the William Nylander contract extension talks are off to a great start.
All that and more in this Tuesday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
It was a very up and down 6 years in Montreal for Jonathan Drouin. He knows that. He also believes he can still find his game with the Avalanche. Here’s what he (and GM Chris MacFarland) had to say after the signing.
As part of the NHL Coaches’ Association Diversity Guest Coach Program, the Avalanche will have two new coaches on their development staff this year – Kim Weiss and Kelsey Cline.
NHL Free Agency And Chatter
The Toronto Maple Leafs keep signing people, but they’re well over the cap at this point. How are they going to get under it? Is A Nylander trade still an option? It might be, given his apparent asks in a contract.
Chris Johnston on the CJ Show says it's not going well between the Leafs and William Nylander, they just see the world differently.
Nylander believes he should be a $10 million player or just a little above that on his next contract, whereas the Leafs have come at him with a…
— Willyston Riellander (@nylanderthews) July 3, 2023
While now contract numbers have leaked out, it sounds like Vladimir Tarasenko, the best free agent left on the market, will be signing with the Carolina Hurricanes.
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh: Remember Will Butcher? The former Avalanche draft pick has bounced around a bit in recent years, and now he’s a Penguin.
Boston: The Bruins are handcuffed right now with what they an do, but don’t blame Sweeney for Tyler Bertuzzi leaving.
Philadelphia: Marc Staal is going from the Stanley Cup final to…the Flyers.
Montreal: Harvey-Pinard Extension Adds Great Value To Montreal Canadiens
Los Angeles: The Kings are hoping a reunion with Todd McLellan is good for Cam Talbot.
New Jersey: What are the Devils getting in Colin Miller?