Newark, NJ – What a Thursday, right? It felt like a never-ending saga between Jesper Bratt and the New Jersey Devils and their quest to figure out a contract. For quite some time now, GM Tom Fitzgerald has had a structure in place for Bratt to sign the dotted line. Last summer, the Devils’ GM offered Bratt a long-term contract. However, the Swedish forward bet on himself this season to earn more money. We’ve finally reached the conclusion as Bratt was extended for eight years, $63 million.
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New Jersey Hockey Now: Bratt signing was definitely the biggest news of the day, however, not the only. The Devils have another restricted free agent they’d like to lock up long-term. However, on Thursday, the Devils opted for team-elected arbitration with forward Timo Meier. The two sides now have more time to try and hammer out a contract before they meet for their pending arbitration hearing.
More NJHN: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ross Colton is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. The Lightning have other needs and may opt to trade the New Jersey native. Can Colton’s hometown Devils afford to bring him home to play in his home state?
NHL.com: You already know and love Bratt, but eight more years means you have to get to know him a little more. Here are three things about Bratter.
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DailyFaceoff: The Tampa Bay Lightning followed in the shoes of the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. After watching how much the Senators received in exchange for ownership, the Lightning are set to sell a minority of the franchise to private equity group Arctos Sports Partners at an NHL record of $1.4 billion.
General Manager Patrik Allvin announced today that D Ethan Bear underwent successful shoulder surgery. Bear was injured at the 2023 IIHF World Championship and is expected to be out for 6 months.
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Colorado Hockey Now: Unfortunately, Gabriel Landeskog will miss his second full season in 2023-24 following a cartilage transplant in his knee. Five weeks following his procedure, Landeskog shared a visual update on how the rehabilitation is going.
More CHN: The Avalanche acquired forward Fredrik Olofsson from the Dallas Stars in exchange for future considerations.
Florida Hockey Now: It’s time to look forward. The Florida Panthers’ season didn’t end the way they wanted it to. There were highs, there were lows. This summer, GM Bill Zito will need to evaluate his roster and find out what will bring the highs more often than the lows. What’s next?
Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers continue their front office reconstruction. On Thursday, Philadelphia announced the hiring of John LeClair as their Special Adviser of Hockey Operations. He joins a new team of Keith Jones, Daniel Briere, and Patrick Sharp.
Calgary Hockey Now: The NHL is better when Jarome Iginla is in it. On Thursday, the Flames announced that Iginla is back in the Flames organization as a Special Advisor to GM and friend Craig Conroy.
IGGY IGGY IGGY!
Jarome Iginla is returning to the #Flames as the Special Advisor to the General Manager!
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) June 15, 2023
Nashville Hockey Now: The Predators are open for business. Pending GM Barry Trotz has been exploring the trade market. As a result, the Predators are willing and ready to make deals this summer.
Buffalo Hockey Now: The Sabres might be in for an upgrade on the blueline this summer. Seeing as the UFA class was already weak and dwindling before we even get to July, could the Sabres explore the trade market? More specifically, could they be looking to acquire Brett Pesce?
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