Calvin Pickard G TOR 2 hours ago
Pickard signed a one-year, $800,000 contract extension with the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
Pickard figures to remain with AHL Toronto next season, where he posted a 0.918 save percentage -- only slightly better than his cumulative rate (0.913) through 87 career NHL games. It will be nearly impossible for him to supplant Leafs starter Frederik Andersen, and backup Curtis McElhinney -- who posted an 11-5-1 record and 0.934 save percentage in 18 NHL contests -- is still on the books for another year. AHL Toronto's starting goaltender Garret Sparks, who was awarded the Aldege "Baz" Bastian Memorial Award for the AHL's most outstanding goaltender, could also give Pickard a run for his money, making him a player to avoid unless proven otherwise.
Richard Bachman G FA 2 hours ago
Bachman signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Canucks on Wednesday.
Bachman is nothing more than an organizational depth option at this stage in his career, so he'll almost certainly spend the majority of the next two campaigns with Vancouver's AHL affiliate, where he compiled a 13-13-0 record while posting a 2.98 GAA and .902 save percentage in 31 appearances last season.
Connor Carrick D TOR 3 hours ago
Carrick re-signed with Toronto on Wednesday, inking a one-year, $1.3 million dollar contract.
The right-shot depth defenseman had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) throughout 47 games in 2017-18, and he was a healthy scratch for the playoff series against Boston. While a significant role is certainly not guaranteed in 2018-19, one could arise if Toronto doesn't resign veteran blueliner Roman Polak. Given that the Leafs decided to pay Carrick over $400,000 more than his qualifying offer, it appears they envision he'll at least match or improve upon his recent production.
Andy Chiodo G FA 3 hours ago
Chiodo was named goaltending development coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
Chiodo last played during the 2016-17 campaign when he was with Innsbruck HC in the Austrian league. AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fans will remember the 35-year-old from his days with the Baby Pens (2003-06), which included an eight-game stint in Pittsburgh during the 2003-04 campaign.
Eric Walsky RW FA 6 hours ago
Walsky will end his professional career due to lingering concussion symptoms, Jerome Reynard of 24 heures reports.
Walsky -- who was born and raised in Alaska -- spent the bulk of his career playing in Switzerland and even logged five international appearances for the Swiss. Undrafted coming out of Colorado College, the winger spent two seasons in the AHL with Manitoba, but was never able to crack a NHL lineup.
Austin Watson LW NSH 9 hours ago
Watson was arrested for domestic assault Saturday evening, and the Predators forward has a corresponding court date set for June 28, the Tennessean reports.
The Predators released the following statement Wednesday: "We are aware of the incident involving Austin Watson on Saturday night. We are still gathering facts and it is not appropriate for us to comment further at this time, but this is a matter that we are taking very seriously and will cooperate fully with the investigation by law enforcement. The Nashville Predators have and will continue to stand side by side with AMEND (sic) in the fight to end violence against women."
Christopher Tanev D VAN 22 hours ago
Tanev is on the trade block in Vancouver, Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet.ca reports.
It's no surprise the Canucks wish to move Tanev's contract, which will pay him $4.45 million for each of the next two seasons. Tanev hasn't lived up to the expectations those numbers dictate, as he hasn't posted over 20 points in any of the first three seasons of this contract. The Canucks are $22.2 million below the salary cap, but the departure of Tanev's contract would allow them to make multiple offers to high-end players to replace the Sedin twins by complementing young studs Brock Boeser and Bo Harvat
OUTArtemi Panarin LW CBJ 24 hours ago
Panarin (knee) told the Blue Jackets he isn't ready to talk about a contract extension at this time, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic Cleveland reports.
Panarin has one year remaining on a two-year contract worth $12 million, and it appears he may be looking to get his full market value next summer as an unrestricted free agent for the first time of his career. The 26-year-old posted at least 74 points in each of his first three seasons, so his next deal will be top dollar. Predictably, the Blue Jackets don't want to let Panarin walk after the 2018-19 season without a return, so they will test the trade market, which could keep the spotlight on him during the 2018 NHL Draft.
OUTBrock Boeser RW VAN 1 day ago
Boeser (wrist/back) said his rehab is on schedule and he will play in Minnesota's summer league in July, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports.
Boeser was on track for training camp already, but seeing that he'll be skating at full speed even sooner is a major plus in his rehab. The Minnesota native racked up 29 goals and 55 points through 62 games and was the favorite to win the Calder Trophy -- awarded to the league's top rookie -- before being shut down due to a back injury. Fans should be eager to see what the 21-year-old can accomplish in a full NHL season.
Reid Boucher W VAN 1 day ago
Bouchersigned a one-year, two-way contract to remain in Vancouver on Tuesday.
The Canucks have decided to bring back the leading scorer of AHL Utica, who tallied 46 points (25 goals, 21 assists) in 45 games. In 2018, Boucher was reassigned to the AHL affiliate after breaking his hand on a blocked shot with three games remaining in the season. Throughout his 20 games with Vancouver, Boucher had three goals and two assists-- including a power-play goal and a power-play assist. The departure of the Sedin twins leaves a void on the team's power play, and an opportunity for the 24-year-old two compete for a role in the offense. Unfortunately, Boucher was also minus-12 in those 20 games, and his defensive play will need to improve in order to see an expanded role.