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Canadiens Daily: Slafkovsky; NHL Free Agent, Trade Frenzy



NHL Trade

The annual NHL Free Agent Frenzy turned into an NHL trade frenzy as well on Wednesday. In the midst of it all, the Montreal Canadiens signed top overall draft pick from the 2022 NHL Draft, Juraj Slafkovsky to his entry-level contract.

That, more Canadiens news, NHL trade rumours and a wrap from Day 1 of NHL free agency.

Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens didn’t take long to sign their top prize from the 2022 NHL Draft locking up Juraj Slafkovsky to a three-year entry-level contract that carries a $950,000 AAV.

Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes also added some AHL depth by signing three players who will play for the Laval Rocket.

Hughes was supposed to address the media in person on Wednesday at 4 PM but had to postpone the press conference until Thursday. According to a trusted NHL source MHN spoke to, he was too busy working the NHL trade market on potential trades involving defenceman Jeff Petry.

National Hockey Now

BOS: Despite a report Tuesday night, Patrice Bergeron told TVA Sports on Wednesday that he has not signed a a new contract with the Boston Bruins yet. Both Bergeron, and general manager Don Sweeney later in the day, said Bergeron needs more time to reflect.

The Bruins did add another center though when they swapped Erik Haula for Pavel Zacha. Zacha has been the subject of plenty of NHL trade rumours over the last year and was linked to the Canadiens heading into the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline.

NYI: Will the New York Islanders bring a native son home in forward Sonny Milano?

PGH: Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ron Hextall confirmed that he’s trying to move one of the crowded stable of defencemen on his roster.

PHI: Despite being a rumoured destination for top unrestricted free agent Johnny Gaudreau, the Philadelphia Flyers never even made an offer to him. Gaudreau eventually signed a seven-year, $68.25 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

WSH: The Washington Capitals signed Stanley Cup winning goalie Darcy Kuemper to a five-year contract that carries a $5.2M AAV. The Caps also acquired forward Connor Brown from the Ottawa Senators.

FLA: The Florida Panthers reunited two of the Staal brothers by signing Eric Staal to a professional tryout and Marc Staal to a one-year contract with a $750,000 AAV. Eric will also be reunited with new Panthers head coach Paul Maurice who coached him when both were with the Carolina Hurricanes.

DET: Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman showed why he’s one of the most revered GMs in the NHL Wednesday by spending $19.9 million in cap space to sign five players, including center Andrew Copp and winger David Perron.

COL: Former Montreal Canadiens winger and playoff hero Artturi Lehkonen signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract to stay with the Colorado Avalanche.

VGK: Another former Canadiens winger – and captain – Max Pacioretty became the latest cap casualty of the Veges Golden Knights. Pacioretty, along with Dylan Coghlan, were traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for future considerations. The sarcastic Hurricanes Twitter account didn’t waste anytime after the deal was made.


SJS: Speaking of the Hurricanes, they also acquired a star defenceman on the NHL trade market in Brent Burns from the San Jose Sharks.

Canada Hockey Now

VAN: The Vancouver Canucks brought home a native son by signing forward Curtis Lazar to a three-year, $3 million contract.

CAL: After losing Johnny Gaudreau, what’s plan B for the Calgary Flames? Will they hit the NHL trade market to improve or sign Nazem Kadri?


The New Jersey Devils missed out on Johnny Gaudreau but they were busy on the NHL trade market and also signed two-time Stanley Cup champion Ondrej Palat to a five-year, $30 million contract.
Claude Giroux has also gone home after signing a three-year, $19.5-million contract with his hometown team, the Ottawa Senators.

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