Newark, NJ – Las Vegas, Nevada still probably hasn’t slept since Tuesday night. The Vegas Golden Knights are Stanley Cup champions. However, we work quickly in this industry. When everyone woke up on Wednesday, it was officially the offseason. The offseason brings signings, trades, and speculation day in and day out. On Wednesday, we already got some answers.
A couple of teams in the Metropolitan Division complete transactions both on and off the ice.
The Devils are early 2024 Cup Contenders.
And we got more clarity on the seriousness behind the injuries in Florida.
Let’s dive in.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: Now that the Stanley Cup has a new owner, the betting odds for the 2024 champions have already been unveiled. According to BetMGM, the Devils are heading into the 2023-24 season as a Stanley Cup favorite, sharing the same odds of winning it all as the Vegas Golden Knights.
NJ Advance Media: Devils prospect Arseni Gritsyuk has been making a name for himself over in the KHL. He’s signed on overseas for the next two seasons. However, at the conclusion of his contract, might he make his way to New Jersey?
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Jason Spezza was Kyle Dubas’ right-hand man in Toronto. Dubas is no longer in Toronto, however, as the man in charge of Pittsburgh. On Wednesday, Dubas brought Spezza on board the Penguins organization as the new Assistant General Manager.
Boston Hockey Now: The NHL announced their buyout window will open on Friday and last the following 14 days until the end of June. The Bruins certainly need cap space and have a candidate that’s a possible buyout option. Will Boston opt to buy out the remainder of Mike Reilly’s contract?
Florida Hockey Now: Playing a physical style of hockey isn’t just taxing on the receiver. It’s taxing on the deliverer as well. The Panthers learned that the hard way when Matthew Tkachuk’s broken sternum kept him out of Game 5. Tkachuk wasn’t the only Panther banged up, however, as Paul Maurice exposed his long list of injured players on Wednesday.
Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers didn’t wait for the Stanley Cup Final to come to its conclusion before making moves. Now that the Cup Final is over, GM Daniel Briere is already acting swiftly. On Wednesday, the Flyers extended qualifying offers to five players, each of which are expected to contribute to the rebuild in Philly.
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Hockey Now: The Red Wings made an organizational move on Wednesday naming Dan Watson as the 12th head coach in Grand Rapid’s history.
Buffalo Hockey Now: It appears forward Victor Olofsson wants out of Buffalo. Olofsson’s camp expressed that they expect the organization to trade the 27-year-old this summer. So, what could the Sabres get in return for the Swedish forward?
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