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Devils prospect defenseman Anton Silayev at the 2024 NHL Draft. // Credit: MSG Networks X (Formerly Twitter).

There’s been no shortage of news around the league despite every team and reporter seemingly dropping everything and running to start their summers following free agency. Newly drafted rookies continue to ink entry-level contracts. However, don’t expect the New Jersey Devils’ first round pick to do the same just yet.

Elsewhere, the Washington Capitals shuffled around their front office. Pittsburgh’s captain is nearing an extension that will see him become a career Penguin. And, Carter Hart could very well be continuing his career… overseas…

Let’s do that hockey.

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New Jersey Hockey Now: As of yesterday, there were nine first round picks who signed their entry-level deals with their respective teams out of the 2024 NHL Draft. Konsta Helenius made it 10 players on Monday signing with the Buffalo Sabres. However, don’t expect Devils prospect Anton Silayev to follow suit. Here’s why.

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Sportsnet: The Washington Capitals named Chris Patrick as their general manager on Monday with longtime GM Brian MacLellan remaining president of hockey operations.

The Athletic: Sources close to the situation tell The Athletic that Sidney Crosby is nearing an extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins, solidifying his legacy as a career Penguin.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: What will the Pittsburgh Penguins look like in 2025-26? Sidney Crosby will likely be on the first year of his new contract. And, there’s likely to be a wave of prospects making their way.

Philly Hockey Now: The four NHLers tied to the Hockey Canada sexual assault allegations have all been left unqualified by their respective teams. One has already inked a deal in the KHL to continue his hockey career despite the ongoing investigation. Carter Hart could be next.

Detroit Hockey Now: Vladimir Tarasenko didn’t just randomly choose the Detroit Red Wings. The Winged Wheels had a pretty good spokesperson sell the idea of wearing the red and white to the Russian sniper. Patrick Kane.

Buffalo Hockey Now: As mentioned earlier, Konsta Helenius, the player the Devils nearly chose before deciding on Silayev, inked an entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

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