Newark, NJ – Well… Saturday was quite eventful. Something rather large is brewing between Philly and St. Louis. We’re still speculating on this one as it has yet to become official, but it sounds like Kevin Hayes will play for St. Louis next season and beyond. However, there were lots of trades in the NHL yesterday. The Kings and Coyotes connected on one that actually worked out quite well in Arizona’s favor (for a change). And the Colorado Avalanche might have finally filled their 2C void.
Let’s dive in.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: In case you missed it, hear from Erik Haula on his three-year extension with New Jersey.
NJ Advance Media: Curtis Lazar’s 2022-23 was hectic. Between being traded and his newborn son, Cayden, he never got quite settled. He also revealed to Ryan Novozinsky that he tore his MCL two times in six weeks this year.
National Hockey Now
Philly Hockey Now: There’s a whopper of a deal brewing between the Flyers and St. Louis Blues. One of the assets headed to the blue notes, according to reports, is Kevin Hayes.
Los Angeles Kings
LA Hockey Now: Before the Philly/St. Louis news began to trickle out, the Kings and Arizona Coyotes connected on a deal. Los Angeles sent defenseman Sean Durzi to Arizona in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick, originally owned by the Montreal Canadiens.
Boston Hockey Now: Boston is where it all started for Milan Lucic. However, heading into unrestricted free agency, a reunion isn’t definite this summer as the 35-year-old forward will have other options.
Colorado Hockey Now: The Avs have been searching for a 2C since the departure of Nazem Kadri. On Saturday, they acquired Ryan Johansen from the Nashville Predators, a smart gamble by GM Chris MacFarland.
Nashville Hockey Now: From the Predators’ perspective, pending GM Barry Trotz has called for a culture change in Nashville. Aiming to get younger, the $4 million/year Nashville is saving on Johansen can now be allocated to some of their younger RFAs.
Buffalo Hockey Now: With the trade market heating up and some teams already mixing it up, speculation grows larger between Noah Hanifin and the possibility he lands in Buffalo this summer.