NHL general managers woke up Friday morning, just hours before the 2021 NHL Draft began, and said, “Alright, let’s make a deal.”
With a flat cap and free agency on the horizon, the moves have started to get fast and furious, and all before the draft begins.
Sporting News is keeping track of the latest rumors, trades, and picks, as well as handing over some ratings as it all goes down on July 23-24.
2021 NHL Draft Tracking
(All times are Eastern)
6:35 pm – It looks like Zach Hyman is heading to Edmonton. He fits very well in the top six for the Oilers.
Toronto and Edmonton will work on a compensation agreement for Hyman. I don’t think the Oilers are interested in giving up more than a late draft pick. The greasers seem fine with a 7 or 8 year contract.
– Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 23, 2021
6:16 pm – The Canucks and Coyotes deal is official.
Canucks Grade: B
Coyotes Grade: B
It is an interesting move for both clubs. OEL has a huge contract of almost $ 50 million between 2021-22 and 2026-27. The Coyotes are withholding salary (reportedly 12 percent), helping the Canucks, who also cut the salaries of all three guys from the last six they sent on the deal.
Vancouver Needs Cap Room – via CapFriendly, they have nearly $ 19 million to work with, to rehire the stars, Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes. They also added a star at Garland who had 39 points from 49 games last season and led the USA hockey team.Bronze medal winner in goals (six), assists (seven) and points (13) in the IIHF Men’s World Championship 2021. It is a RFA and must also be signed.
|July 23th||Canucks||Oliver Ekman-Larsson (R), Conor Garland (F)||Coyotes||Loui Eriksson (F), Antoine Roussel (F), Jay Beagle (F), 2021 first-round pick (9th overall), 2022 second-round pick, 2023 seventh-round pick|
6:15 pm – As expected, Taylor Hall stays in Beantown.
5:24 pm – The first very successful deal.
Okay … OEL and Garland for Beagle, Eriksson, Roussel a first tonight, a second (next year) and a seventh. ARIZ retains 12 percent of OEL’s salary
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 23, 2021
4:15 pm – The flat top hits.
Ranger Grade: B-
Blues Grade: B +
Buchnevich is coming off a year in which he amassed 48 points in 54 games, but as a restricted free agent he is surely ready for a raise. He’ll be a nice addition to the Blues’ top six, especially if they really move Vladimir Tarasenko. As for the Rangers, new general manager Chris Drury has revamped the team’s third row and added some much-needed value with the acquisition and hiring of Barclay Goodrow and now Blais.
|July 23th||blues||Pavel Buchnevich (F)||Forest ranger||Sammy Blais (F), 2022 second-round pick|
2:15 pm – The first move of the day.
Sabers Grade: B +
Ruffles Grade: D-
The Flyers overpaid for a guy who has struggled in recent years and has a huge cap hit of $ 5.4 million. It was no secret that the Sabers wanted to get rid of Ristolainen and the Flyers wanted to renew their D, but this is a scratch for GM Chuck Fletcher, who prior to the trade freeze made the smart decision to add Ryan Ellis. .
|July 23th||Sabers||Robert Hagg (R), 2021 first-round pick, 2023 second-round pick||Frills||Rasmus Ristolainen (D)|