End of Regulation, June 16th

 Jonathan Drouin. Photo credit: NHL

Jonathan Drouin. Photo credit: NHL

It's time for my new weekly segment, entitled “End of Regulation.” Every Friday, as the workweek ends, I'll be bringing you a quick overview of what's happened for that week in the hockey world. Think of it as your Spark Notes cheat sheet to staying updated on hockey. 

So now I bring you the first ever End of Regulation for the week of June 12-16, 2017. 

On Wednesday, the New York Rangers announced that it was time to move on from defenseman Dan Girardi. This buyout saves the Rangers just under $3 million for the 17-18 season, and just under $2 million for the 18-19 season. Girardi played 11 seasons with the Rangers. 

Just a day later, Colorado bought out the final season of defenseman Francois Beauchemin’s contract. Due to Beauchemin’s contract being signed after he turned 35, the Avalanche won’t free up any cap space. However, the buyout does free up a protected spot for Colorado in the expansion draft.

As I was about to post this blog, it came out that Anaheim was buying out the contract of defenseman Simon Despres. Despres still had four years remaining on his contract, with an AAV of $3.7 million. The move is suspected to help the Ducks extend Cam Fowler’s contract.

Scott Darling Says Goodbye
Scott Darling, former Southern Pro Hockey League goalie turned Stanley Cup champion for the Blackhawks, was traded in April from Chicago to the Carolina Hurricanes. Two months later, Darling finally took the time to not only properly say goodbye to Chicago, but to let the whole world in on his journey and sobriety. It’s one hell of a story that everyone, hockey fan or not, should read.

The first trades of this offseason have been made, and none of them involve the Vegas Golden Knights.

On Wednesday, the Washington Capitals traded a 5th round pick in the 2018 draft to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Tyler Graovac.

The bigger trade surprise came just a day later in a deal involving the Lightning and Canadiens. The Lightning sent young forward Jonathan Druin (sorry, Thrift) and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2018 to the Habs. In return, the Habs sent Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional second-round pick in 2018. Hours after the trade, Drouin signed a 6-year, $33 million ($5.5 AAV) contract with Montreal.

 Jonathan Drouin. Photo credit: NHL

Jonathan Drouin. Photo credit: NHL

Team USA revealed their jerseys for the first-ever outdoor World Juniors game, taking place in Buffalo. The jerseys are styled after the Buffalo Bills’ home jersey. I still haven’t decided how I feel about them.

In my last blog, I mentioned that adidas released teaser images of each team’s new sweaters. They followed up on Thursday with a new teaser image for each team; this time showcasing the back of the jersey. Below are some of the teasers.

Expansion Draft
No new updates here. Just a reminder on some important dates below.

  • Teams must submit their list of protected players to the league by June 17th at 5pm EST
  • Each team’s list of protected players will be made public on June 18th at 10am EST
  • Vegas must submit their list of picks to the league by June 20th at 5pm EST
  • The list of players drafted by Vegas will be announced on June 21st at 7:30pm EST

Phil Housley, Head Coach
In April, the Buffalo Sabres fired Dan Bylsma. Two months later, and the Sabres finally have their new coach, Hall of Famer Phil Housley. Housley was an assistant coach for the Predators from 2013 up until yesterday.

That’s it for this week’s End of Regulation. As with any offseason, things are constantly changing, so make sure to check back next Friday for more updates. And as always, follow me on Twitter @DRodrigues18.