Taylor Pyatt has re-signed with the Canucks. The deal will give him around three million over the next two seasons. Will be interesting to see if he can improve off of a career year playing with the Sedin twins.
Calgary has re-signed both Marcus Nilson and speedster Matthew Lombardi. Nilson’s deal is for two years, while Lombardi’s is for three. Keep an eye on Lombardi; he has just begun to find his offensive game in the NHL.
It looks as if Atlanta is going to let Keith Tkachuk walk as a free agent. In hindsight the deal to land him looks like pure robbery for the Blues. Atlanta would have to give up an additional first-rounder to St. Louis if they re-signed Tkachuk.
Expect San Jose to lock up Craig Rivet before he hits the open market on July 1st. His leadership, defensive play and shot from the point really helped the Sharks. Expect him to help fill the void left by the (potentially) departing Scott Hannan.
St. Louis signed a bunch of prospects today, including Patrick Berglund and Nikolai Lemtyugov. Both have top-six potential and have a shot at cracking the roster for next season. The Blues wealth of young talent is really going to be noticed in 07-08.
The Oilers look poised to make a big move before or at the draft. They have lots of draft picks and young assets. Look for them to target a young forward. Brad Richards name keeps popping up in rumors, as does Joni Pitkanen from Philadelphia.
One under the radar move to keep an eye on: the Blackhawks signed veteran Swedish rearguard Magnus Johansson. He plays a similar game to Brian Rafalski and has a chance at putting up good numbers on the Hawks powerplay. Now all they need to do is find a taker for Adrian Aucoin and his bloated contract…