Can the Tampa Bay Lightning repeat after winning it all? Will one of their Eastern Conference rivals, like Toronto, Pittsburgh or Philadelphia squash Tampa Bay’s hopes of repeating? Out west, will the Dallas Stars, Las Vegas Lightning all contend for the Stanley Cup in 2020-21? With a new week on hand, it’s time to take a look at the NHL’s latest rumors, signing and everything else NHL related. That being said, let’s jump right into action so you can keep planning your bets against their NFL odds for the upcoming season.
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It’s Not Miller Time!
Arizona has renounced their rights to draft pick Mitchell Miller after his history of assault and racism as a juvenile were highlighted in an Oct. 26 exposé by the Arizona Republic. The 18-year-old defenseman, who committed to play at the University of North Dakota next season, was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NHL draft (111th overall) by the Coyotes. Last month, Miller was busted for bullying Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, a black classmate with developmental disabilities in Sylvania, Ohio.
“In junior high, I got beat up by him. … Everyone thinks he’s so cool that he gets to go to the NHL, but I don’t see how someone can be cool when you pick on someone and bully someone your entire life,” Meyer-Crothers told the paper.
After initially sticking by their draft pick, Arizona quickly reversed course on the controversial pick.
“Prior to selecting Mitchell in the NHL draft, we were aware that a bullying incident took place in 2016. We do not condone this type of behavior but embraced this as a teachable moment to work with Mitchell to make him accountable for his actions and provide him with an opportunity to be a leader on anti-bullying and anti-racism efforts,” said team president Xavier Gutierrez, who is a member of the NHL’s executive inclusion council, which takes action on recommendations regarding racism and diversity issues in the sport.
“We have learned more about the entire matter, and more importantly, the impact it has had on Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family. What we learned does not align with the core values and vision for our organization and leads to our decision to renounce our draft rights,” said Gutierrez, who apologized to Meyer-Crothers and his family.
Who Needs a Hoffy?
30-year-old forward Mike Hoffman is the top remaining free agent still available. While Hoffman put 29 goals on the board last season while dishing out 30 assists, Hoffman is still waiting for the best deal possible. Mike Hoffman has the most goals of any free agent in this year’s class and has scored at least 22 goals in six straight seasons while recording at least 30 assists in each of the last five seasons. Going back to Florida is a possibility while the Carolina Hurricanse are reportedly interested. Stay tuned to find out where Hoffman signs.
Sabres Sign Olofsson
The Buffalo Sabres avoided an arbitration hearing by signing forward Victor Olofsson to a two-year, $6.1 million contract on Thursday. The restricted free agent finished his rookie campaign seventh in the Calder Cup vote for rookie of the year honors. The 25-year-old Olofsson, who was selected to the NHL’s All-Rookie team finished third on the team with 20 goals and 42 points in 54 games. Olofsson also set an NHL record by becoming the first player in league history to score his first seven goals on the power play.
Leafs Sign Pair
The Toronto Maple Leafs shored up their roster by signing restricted free agent forward Joey Anderson to a three-year, $2.25 million deal while also signing unrestricted free agent net-minder Michael Hutchinson to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
Devil of a Time
The New Jersey Devils reach agreement on a one-year, $700,000 contract with restricted free agent defenseman Colton White.
Triple Dipping in Ottawa
It’s going down in a big way in Ottawa NHL betting buffs. The Senators signed unrestricted free agent forward Alex Galchenyuk to a one-year, $1.05 million deal while also re-signing restricted free agent forward Filip Chlapik to a one-year, $735,000 deal and fellow restricted freee agent forward Chris Tierney via a two-year, $7 million contract.
Flurries in Colorado
After acquiring him earlier this offseason, the Avalanche sign defenseman Devon Toews to a four-year, $16.4 million contract.
Short Sale in New York
The Rangers have added veteran defenseman Anthony Bitetto on a two-year, $1.475 million deal.
Putting a Cap On It!
The Washington Capitals signed veteran defenseman Justin Schultz to a two-year, $8 million deal.
Forward Josh Currie signed a one-year, $700,000 contract to suit up for the Penguins in 2020-21.
The Flames reached an agreement on a one-year, $700,000 contract.with defenseman Alex Petrovic.
Nashville adds more depth to its defensive lineup by signing veteran defenseman Matt Benning to two-year, $2 million deal.
Holtby Out, Lundqvist In!
After parting ways with longtime net-minder Braden Holtby, the Washington Capitals have signed veteran goalie Henrik Lundqvist to a one-year, $1.5 million deal.