The second day of the NHL Draft was as busy as the first in terms of trade and news.
For Capitals fans, Vitek Vanecek’s trade to the New Jersey Devils for two draft picks was the headliner, but there were several other noteworthy moves that played out on the floor of the Bell Center.
Red Wings acquire goaltender Villie Husso from Blues
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 8, 2022
Before Rounds 2-7 began, the Detroit Red Wings sent a third to the St. Louis Blues for the trading rights of goaltender Ville Husso. The Red Wings then signed the goaltender to a three-year contract worth $4.75 million per season. The Blues selected Finnish center Aleksanteri Kaskimaki with the 73rd overall pick.
Husso will form a battery with Alex Nedeljkovic next season while Thomas Greiss and Magnus Hellberg are expected to play as unrestricted free agents.
Husso started 38 games with the Blues last season, posting a 25-7-6 record with a 2.56 GAA and .919 save percentage. He was the team’s starter in the playoffs before being briefly replaced by Jordan Binnington, then returning to net when Binnington was injured. The Blues were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Avalanche in the second round.
Flyers trade Hurricanes for Tony DeAngelo
TRADE: We acquired Tony DeAngelo and a 7th round pick (220th overall) in this year’s draft from Carolina in exchange for our 2022 4th round pick (101st overall), 2023 3rd round pick ( lowest of three picks) and a 2024 2nd round pick. https://t.co/gCrZfPCx7L
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) July 8, 2022
Former Twitter provocateur and sometimes-hockey defender Tony DeAngelo is changing teams in the Metropolitan Division. Hooray. The Hurricanes sent DeAngelo to the Flyers, earning three mid-to-high-end draft picks. DeAngelo, a pending RFA, was approaching a two-year deal worth around $5 million a season with the Flyers by Frank Seravalli.
After being kicked out of New York City, DeAngelo had 51 points (10g, 41a) in 64 games for the Hurricanes on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Tony D will now play under head coach John Tortorella, who was recently hired by the Flyers. It should be very funny.
Avalanche releases the rights to Darcy Kuemper
Joe Sakic has let the 32 GMs know he’s ready and willing to move Darcy Kuemper’s rights for a late round pick. I wouldn’t be shocked if that materialized given the scarcity in the goalkeeper market.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 8, 2022
Seravalli also reported that the Avalanche made the rights of Stanley Cup champion goaltender Darcy Kuemper available in the draft. Nothing materialized on Day 2, but it signals that if a team is willing to pay the hefty price of six-year-old Kuemper at $6 million a season (per ESPN), they could get their rights before the start of free agency next Wednesday.
The Avalanche are rolling with Pavel Francouz and newly acquired Alex Georgiev in goal next season.
Duncan Keith retires
We learn that Duncan Keith of the Edmonton Oilers has decided to retire. The 38-year-old has one year left on his contract at $5.54 million AAV.
Sacred career, two-time Norris Trophy winner and Conn Smythe Trophy winner.
—Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 8, 2022
Duncan Keith retired on Friday with one year remaining on his contract. That’s great for the Oilers, who get an extra $5.54 million to spend during free agency, but not so great for Keith’s former team, the Chicago Blackhawks, who had two painful days.
The Blackhawks will be forced to pay recovery penalties of $5,538,462 (2022-23 season) and $1,938,456 (2023-24 season) because they signed Keith to a long-term diving contract which is now banned in the NHL.
The Oilers did not officially announce Keith’s retirement during the draft. They expect to do it right next week with a special press conference for the future Hall of Famer. Keith ends his career after 1,256 games. He won three Stanley Cups, two Norris Trophies and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP (2015).
The Predators trade Luke Kunin for the Sharks
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) July 8, 2022
It was an interesting case. Kunin, a 24-year-old center, had 13 goals and 22 points in 82 games with the Predators last season and is a restricted pending free agent. The Preds picked up winger John Leonard in the deal. The 23-year-old is also a pending restricted free agent. Leonard spent the majority of the season with the AHL Burracuda where he had 32 points in 45 games including 17 goals.
Looks like Cam Talbot wants to leave Minnesota
Cam Talbot’s agent George Bazos met Wild general manager Bill Guerin in the third round here.
“We both indicated our positions,” Bazos said via text message. “Billy has a lot to think about.”
—Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 8, 2022
After re-signing Marc-André Fleury for a two-year extension, the Wild now faces drama with Cam Talbot, the team’s former staunch starter.
Guerin, who previously fired Bruce Boudreau on Valentine’s Day, responded to this via The Athletic’s Michael Russo.
Guérin: “I have nothing to do. Cam Talbot is under contract. George can say whatever he wants. My team is ready right now, and that’s how it goes. We can have all the discussions we want. Cam is part of our team. We really like Cam. All we’re trying to do is win” https://t.co/F1CNuUH8je
—Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) July 8, 2022
Russian added that Talbot might be looking for a raise via an extension. He now earns $500,000 less than MAF.
Ottawa really wants to move Matt Murray
Talking on the rough floor is the #Meaning have made moving G Matt Murray a top priority. The talks intensified.
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) July 8, 2022
After a season of Matt Murray in Ottawa, the Senators want to get out of the situation. The problem for the Senators is that Murray has a 10-team no-trade clause and would have used to block a deal with Buffalo. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that Murray would support a move to Edmonton or Toronto.
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