Newark, NJ — Some late news on Tuesday night revealed Timo Meier and the Devils are expected to begin contract talks this week.
The Metropolitan Division didn’t add or subtract anyone on Tuesday, but there was a major shakeup within the New Jersey Devils division. The Philadelphia Flyers sent defenseman Ivan Provarov to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a three-way deal that first saw Provarov go to Los Angeles who is retaining 30% of his contract.
Going the other way, the Flyers received goaltender Cal Petersen, defensemen Sean Walker, Helge Grans, and a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft from Los Angeles. Additionally, the Flyers received a first-round pick (22nd overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft and a conditional second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft from Columbus.
For brokering the trade, the Kings received defenseman Kevin Connauton and forward Hayden Hodgson from the Flyers.
A trade of this magnitude usually saves itself for the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final. It appears Flyers General Manager, Daniel Briere, is eager to prove he means business.
What else happened around the league?
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: The Devils’ first draft selection is locked in at pick No.58. The 2023 NHL Draft is anticipated to be one of the deepest we’ve seen. GM Tom Fitzgerald will have some promising choices late in the second round. NJHN takes a look at five draft targets the Devils GM can hit on.
NHL: Devils GM says contract talks with restricted free-agent Timo Meier and agent Claude Lemieux will begin this week.
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Stanley Cup Final
Vegas Hockey Now: Smell that? That’s the smell of sweet, sweet justice in the eyes of Jonathan Marchessault. After the Panthers exposed him in the Vegas expansion draft in 2017, Marchessault has been Florida’s worst nightmare scoring three goals and four points in the first two games of the final. The former Panther claims “We know we have them.”
Florida Hockey Now: Paul Maurice is a head coach who keeps things light. Even after the Panthers dropped Game 1, he didn’t let his emotion get the best of him. Maurice even told the media to relax colorfully. Well, following the conclusion of Game 2, Maurice changed tunes rather quickly.
National Hockey Now
Philly Hockey Now: When Flyers GM officially took over, he stated Philadelphia was headed for a rebuild. He kept his word and acted swiftly, trading Provarov to the Blue Jackets. Acquiring a first-round pick was key in trading Provarov with a draft as deep as the one upcoming in Nashville.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins have a new sheriff in town now under the tutelage of Kyle Dubas. The NHL’s inflation in the flat-cap era means some teams up against the salary cap are going to have to get creative. Unfortunately for Mikael Granlund, he might be a victim of circumstance as a buyout candidate.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Hockey Now: Last summer, the Sharks sent Aiden Hill to the Golden Knights in exchange for a fourth-round pick. Mike Grier had the opportunity to trade James Reimer, instead. However, the Sharks wound up sending Hill. So, why didn’t they trade Reimer?
New York Islanders
NYI Hockey Now: Islanders general manager, Lou Lamoriello, finally broke his silence. He last spoke with the media on April 30th. 67 days later, the Islander GM revealed that the longest-tenured Islander, Josh Bailey, may have skated his last game with New York.
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