Newark, NJ – He meant it when he said it on breakup day. Erik Haula loves New Jersey and didn’t want to play anywhere else. The result? A brand new three-year contract to stay where he, GM Tom Fitzgerald, and Jack Hughes all wanted the 32-year-old forward to be.
This and more in today’s daily.
Let’s dive in.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: Erik Haula finally found a home. After playing for six clubs in the last five seasons, Haula and the Devils agree to a three-year contract extension.
The Athletic: Despite Jesper Bratt and Erik Haula now being locked up, the Devils still have many tough decisions to make. One of those decisions might be in net with many options available this summer.
ESPNs Kevin Weekes was cryptic following Haula’s extension, tweeting out the following message. It appears he’s alluding to Timo Meier and the Devils being close to a possible extension.
I’m Live on the scene 🕵🏾on River Road in New Jersey, could this be a Timo Meier Contract Delivery 🚚 💵 of 8Yrs around 8.5M to the @PruCenter ? @espn @NHL @NHLNetwork @TSNHockey @DKSportsbook #HockeyTwitter pic.twitter.com/BV2nX7UtfQ
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) June 23, 2023
National Hockey Now
Boston Hockey Now: The first episode of the National Hockey Now Podcast invites Sportsnet radio host and NHL insider, Jeff Marek, as well as NHN President and Pittsburgh Penguins reporter, Dan Kingarski. One of the many topics at hand is the Bruins’ future and something “insane” that might happen before July 1st.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Hockey Now: The Sharks have reeled in a big fish (back) in. Patrick Marleau is rejoining San Jose, but this time in a new role. The recently retired Sharks legend is now joining the organization’s front office as a player development coach and hockey operations advisor.
Washington Hockey Now: Monumental Sports & Entertainment has had conversations about relocating the Capitals and NBAs Washington Wizards to Arlington’s Crystal City neighborhood, according to reports.
Los Angeles Kings
LA Hockey Now: As part of the mass exodus happening in Calgary, Tyler Toffoli wants out. Could the Kings make a reunion work with the 30-goal scorer?
Nashville Hockey Now: The Predators have 10 players that are eligible for arbitration this summer. Barry Trotz has plenty on his plate heading into his first summer as Nashville’s incoming GM. The clock is ticking on taking care of the more important RFAs.
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