It’s been a strange NHL free agency season, and it got a little stranger on Wednesday. Everyone thought Vladimir Tarasenko was headed to Carolina, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. And Tarasenko’s unhappiness with the entire situation has led to him changing representation.
With the Colorado Avalanche, Ross Colton has filed for arbitration, but there’s no reason to panic.
All that and more in this Thursday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
I figured the Ross Colton contract would be done by now, but it’s not, so Colton is protecting himself by filing for arbitration. It will get done, but now there will be a set deadline to come to an agreement.
It’s the end of the road for Darren Helm, who is calling it quits after a 16 year NHL career. His goal at the end of Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues will live forever in Avalanche fans hearts.
Ondrej Pavel is working to make the NHL next season, and he knows exactly how he’s going to take that step.
On Thursday, look for final observations from development camp, and takeaways from the Miles Wood conversation. I should also be speaking to Jeremy Hanzel’s head coach in the WHL.
Around the NHL
There were multiple reports that Vladimir Tarasenko had agreed to a contract with the Hurricanes. Not so fast. Tarasenko was apparently frustrated with how free agency went, and has fired his agent Paul Theofanous. He’s now changed to super-agent Pat Brisson, and early indications are he might be headed to Ottawa. That, of course, is dependent on them moving Alex DeBrincat.
Barring a sudden shift, and as always things can change very quickly, my guess is that the Alex DeBrincat situation has held up Ottawa from signing Tarasenko. Once he’s moved, likely to the #LGRW , that will open door for Tarasenko to sign with Ottawa.
— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) July 5, 2023
National Hockey Now
Boston: The Bruins saw not one, not two, but three players file for arbitration, including Jeremy Swayman.
Florida: Patric Hornqvist, one of the last remaining 9th round picks, is calling it quits in the NHL.
Washington: The Capitals added veteran Joel Edmundson to their blueline.
Detroit: Filip Zadina cleared waivers, but he might be free soon, as the Red Wings may terminate his contract.
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