Tampa trades for two players that cannot play.
The 2021 season could be named “The COVID Season”. Things just keep getting stranger. Tampa Bay traded Cedric Paquette, Braydon Coburn, and a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft for Anders Nilsson and Marian Gaborik. Neither player will play a game for Tampa Bay. Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois told NHL.com “they are under the NHL salary cap”, which will remain $81.5 million for this season, following the trade.
Teams like Ottawa who are under the cap will be able to add good players while giving up nothing. The Senators also added Derek Stepan from the Arizona Coyotes for a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. While signing 2020 #3 overall pick Tim Sutzle to an entry-level contract.
Ottawa has made some solid moves this offseason. The Sens could make some noise in the North Division, maybe even challenge for a playoff spot.
In other NHL News:
Lundqvist Schedules Open Heart procedure.
Henrik Lundqvist has scheduled open-heart surgery. He posted on his Twitter account “Last three weeks my focus has shifted from training camp and the upcoming season to my health and what I can and can’t do,” he went on to report “Scheduled for an open-heart surgery now — aortic valve replacement, aortic root and ascending aortic replacement to be more exact.
“We all have our mountains to climb. Staying positive here and set on the road to recovery.”
The 38-year-old Goalie will sit this season out after signing a one year deal with the Washington Capitals.
Perry signs with the “Habs”
The Montreal Canadians add more cup experience by signing Corry Perry to a 1-year $750,000 deal, according to the NHL.com. The Canadians also added former St. Louis Blues 2019 Cup champions, G Jake Allen and D Joel Edmundson. Montreal is looking to build on its success in the 2020 playoffs.
Hoffman has a 1-year agreement with Blues.
First reported by Andy Strickland on Twitter “It is believed that the #stlblues and Hoffman have an understanding of what a one-year contract will look like. Once Steen/Tarasenko are placed on LTIR, and Dunn signed, they’ll be able to officially sign Mike Hoffman. Hearing Hoffman is taking less money to sign in St. Louis.” and confirmed by Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic also on Twitter. Rutherford tweeted “Hoffman will be in Blues camp and the plan is he’ll sign a 1-yr deal = $3.5-4.5m.” Hoffman told JR “I’m extremely thrilled to have the opportunity to possibly become a member of the St. Louis Blues. I’ve heard nothing but pleasant things about this team and organization.”
Hoffman may miss a few days of camp due to quarantine.
Day three of the IIHF worlds does not disappoint.
After a day of unwatchable hockey on day two, where the combined scores were 34-3 and team USA took 73 shots while allowing only 10. Day three live up to the billing with three exciting games and a huge upset. The underdogs came to play and stunned the favorites.
Game one: Finland 4 vs Switzerland 1
In a tight match for most of the game, the Finns handed the Swiss their second loss of the tournament. Going into the third, the Finn led 2-1 on goals by Anton Lundell and Juuso Parssinen. Attilio Biasca opened the scoring at the 3:44 mark for the Swiss, who were unable to find the back of the net again. Aku Raty and Kasper Simontaival put the final two nails in during the third.
Game 2: Slovakia 1- Canada 3
The Score alone tells the story. the Slovaks came to play and were not going to roll over for the hosts. Canada got a goal in the first from Jorden Spence at the 4:08 mark. Then the Goalies and Defense took over. the two teams combined for just 11 shots in the second. Canada’s Philip Tomasino was able to break thru and found the twine at the 16:25 mark making the score 2-0. The Slovaks answered right back 2 minutes and 11 seconds later on a strike from Martin Chromik bringing the deficit to one. The Slovaks pulled the Goalie but Jack Quinn added the empty net to seal the Slovaks fate.
Game 3: Czech Republic 2 – Russia 0
In the stunner of the night, the Czech’s took the game to the Russians outshooting them in the first 11-9, Czech Goalie Lukas Parik, a Los Angeles Kings draft pick, stood on his head the entire game earning a 30 save shut out. Team Russia looked frustrated much of the game and the Czech’s kept coming, scoring a goal in each the second and third. Two 2021 draft-eligible players Filip Koffer and Martin Lang each scored for the Czech Republic. The Russian team had not been shut out since Jan 5th of 2012 in an overtime loss to Sweden in the championship game.
Guy “Hawaii Blues Fan” Bensing
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