Morning Free Association, June 17

The carnage of pre-free agency offseason trading has begun!

The contract buyout period began on Wednesday, continuing until the end of the month, and both the NHL Entry Draft (6/22) and start of free agency (7/1) begin soon. Teams are starting to make all kinds of interesting transactions.

The Philadelphia Flyers are buying out R.J. Umberger

The Florida Panthers were investigating the possible buyout of Dave Bolland, but cannot because he just failed his physical and injured players cannot be bought out, traded, called mean names, etc. under the CBA.

Dustin Brown was considered a buyout candidate, but the Kings claim they will not do so. They have however, stripped him of team captaincy, awarding it to Anze Kopitar instead.

The Dallas Stars have traded the rights to Alex Goligoski to the Arizona Coyotes for a 5th round pick. Goligoski is a free agent as of July 1st, and there is no deal in place.

The Florida Panthers have traded Marc Savard‘s contract to the New Jersey Devils along with a 2nd round draft pick. The Devils sent back Graham Black and Paul Thompson.

The Hurricanes have re-signed Cam Ward, not for his old $6.3M/yr cap hit, but for 2 years at $3.3M/yr AAV.

The Blackhawks have traded Brian Bickell to the Carolina Hurricanes in a salary dump for a second round pick and next year’s 3rd rounder. And all it cost them was Teuvo Teravainen. Wait, WHAT!?!?! They should have dumped to the Devils.

The Red Wings have extended RFA Riley Sheahan for $2.075/yr.

And Jared Cowen is in process of having his contract bought out by the Leafs.

The Bruins still have not signed Loui Eriksson, but they have signed Peter Cehlárik to an entry level deal. Now how do they shore up their blue line?
Well, there is Torey Krug left to sign, and there will be some free agents they can sign.

$5M or $7M for another D-man? No problem, right? Right? Anyone? Who’s with me?

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