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Canucks acquire defenceman Nate Schmidt from Golden Knights for 2022 3rd-round pick

The Vancouver Canucks have acquired defenceman Nate Schmidt from the Vegas Golden Knights for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL draft.

The Canucks announced the deal on Monday night, shortly after the Golden Knights reportedly came to an agreement with free agent defenceman Alex Pietrangelo on a seven-year deal.

The 29-year-old Schmidt appeared in 59 games for Vegas in 2019-20 and recorded seven goals and 31 points.

Schmidt, from St. Cloud, Minn., has produced 29 goals and 140 points in 368 career regular-season games over seven NHL seasons split between Vegas and the Washington Capitals, who signed him as a free agent in 2013 following three seasons at the University of Minnesota.

He has five years remaining on a six-year, US$ 35.7 million contract that carries a $ 5.95 million annual salary cap hit.

‘Really good fit in our group’

“Nate has been one of the top defencemen in our division in recent years,” said Canucks general manager Jim Benning. “He’s a dynamic player who competes hard all over the ice. I think he will be a really good fit in our group.”

Pietrangelo reportedly agreed to terms with the Golden Knights on a $ 61.6 million, seven-year deal Monday, according to a person with direct knowledge of the contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced by the team.

The Pietrangelo addition meant changes were coming to Vegas’ roster for salary cap purposes.

Schmidt was among the trade candidates to clear cap space after Vegas already sent centre Paul Stastny to Winnipeg.

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Oilers sign former Leafs defenceman Tyson Barrie

The Edmonton Oilers added to their blue line and brought back a familiar face on the second day of NHL free agency.

The club inked a one-year, US$ 3.75-million contract with defenceman Tyson Barrie before re-signing veteran goalie Mike Smith for $ 2 million at the same term on Saturday.

Barrie has registered 80 goals and 346 points in 554 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs to go along with 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) in 26 post-season contests.

The Victoria native was acquired by Toronto in July 2019 as part of the trade with Colorado for centre Nazem Kadri, but had a rough start under former Leafs head coach Mike Babcock and never really got going with his new team. Things improved after Babcock was fired and replaced with Sheldon Keefe, but Barrie still finished with just five goals and 39 points in 70 games.

That was far below the 59- and 57-point campaigns he produced during his final two seasons with the Avalanche.

“For me, it was a no brainer,” Barrie, who got a call from Edmonton captain Connor McDavid this week about a potential fit, said of joining the Oilers. “It wasn’t about money this year, (but) coming in to re-establish myself and show the league that I’m still a pretty good player.”

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Barrie, who is coming off a four-year deal that carried an annual-average value of $ 5.5 million, was also held off the scoresheet in Toronto’s five-game loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the qualifying round of the NHL’s restart before hitting unrestricted free agency.

“I was the top guy in Colorado as far as power play went and played a lot of minutes,” he said. “Going in and trying to adjust to not being in that role and not being that guy, it got off to a bit of a rocky start.

“It’s hard to reel things in when they’re spiraling. Hockey is a big confidence game.”

Smith signs 1-year deal

The Oilers are also bringing Smith back to tandem with Mikko Koskinen for a second season despite there being a plethora of options on the goalie market when free agency opened. The 38-year-old from Kingston, Ont., finished 2019-20 with 19-13-6 record, a .902 save percentage and a 2.95 goals-against average, but was pulled after stopping just 18 of 23 shots in Game 1 of the qualifying round against Chicago this summer.

Chicago would go on to take the best-of-five series 3-1.

Set to enter a 15th NHL season on his fifth team, Smith owns a career record of 262-248-74, a .911 save percentage and a 2.71 GAA.

The 29-year-old Barrie, meanwhile, looked to be 12 months from a massive payday after the trade to Toronto’s talent-rich lineup that includes Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, but his sub-par performance coupled with the economic realities brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic scuttled those plans.

He will, however, get another shot to line up alongside some elite scorers in Edmonton after inking a short-term deal that should see him play big minutes with McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

Barrie’s addition and Smith’s return on the second day of free agency came after the Oilers signed centre Kyle Turris to a two-year, $ 3.3-million contract and winger Tyler Ennis to a one-year, $ 1-million pact on Friday.

“I think we’ve got a pretty great team,” Barrie said. “I’m looking forward to getting involved.”

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Edmonton Oilers defenceman Caleb Jones says he tested positive for COVID-19

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Caleb Jones has acknowledged he tested positive for COVID-19 before training camp.

Jones says he tested positive when he returned to Edmonton from his home in Dallas.

Jones opened his media session on Friday by revealing his positive test. He said he was asymptomatic.

The NHL is not releasing the names of players who test positive for COVID-19, and the league also is no longer revealing the teams in updates on positive tests.

Jones, 23, becomes the second NHL player to acknowledge a positive test in a media interview. Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews also told reporters he tested positive on the first day of training camp on Monday, weeks after a report in The Toronto Sun on the star’s diagnosis.

Jones said he did his 14 days of isolation before camp started, but was held out of main sessions for the first three days as he tried to get himself back up to speed.

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Canadiens send defenceman Marco Scandella to St. Louis Blues for picks

The Montreal Canadiens traded defenceman Marco Scandella to St. Louis on Tuesday for the Blues’ second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2021.

Scandella has 12 points (4-8) in 51 games this season.

The Blues also placed defenceman Jay Bouwmeester on long-term injured reserve and assigned defenceman Niko Mikkola to AHL San Antonio.

Earlier Tuesday, the team announced defenceman Shea Weber and forward Paul Byron are cleared to return to the lineup for the Canadiens’ game Tuesday night at Detroit.

Canadiens head coach Claude Julien confirmed Weber and Byron would be available following the morning skate.

Weber, Montreal’s captain, missed Montreal’s last six games with a left ankle injury.

He was originally expected to miss four to six weeks of action, but was a surprise participant in practice on Monday.

Byron has been out since Nov. 15 with a knee injury.

The Canadiens are on the outside of the playoff picture, occupying 13th spot in the NHL’s 16-team Eastern Conference.

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Senators sign star defenceman Thomas Chabot to 8-year, $64M contract extension

The Ottawa Senators have locked up another member of their young core.

The team announced Thursday it has agreed to an eight-year, $ 64-million US contract extension with star defenceman Thomas Chabot.

The slick 22-year-old has 23 goals and 80 points in 134 career NHL games.

Selected 18th overall in the 2015 NHL draft, Chabot had 14 goals and 55 points in his first full NHL season in 2018-19.

“Thomas is an exceptional talent and an outstanding teammate, who is impactful both on and off the ice,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a statement. “He is the type of player that can develop into a core member of a championship-level team.”

The signing is a statement for a franchise that saw three of its best players — Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone and Matt Duchene — traded away in the last 12 months. The three were unable to come to terms on new contracts in the nation’s capital.

Chabot, who has one year left on his entry-level deal, will earn $ 7 million in both 2020-21 and 2021-22, $ 4 million in 2022-23, $ 8 million in 2023-24, $ 10 million in 2024-25, 2025-26 and 2026-27, and $ 8 million in 2027-28.

‘A lot of young talent coming’

The rebuilding Senators, who bought four seasons of Chabot’s potential unrestricted free agency window with the deal, also signed centre Colin White to a six-year, $ 28.5-million extension last month.

Ottawa finished last in the NHL in 2018-19, and is expected to wind up in a similar position this season.

Despite those prognostications, Chabot said at NHL/NHLPA media tour last month in Chicago that he’s looking forward to getting going.

“It’s going to be a fun year,” said the native of Saint-Marie, Que. “Everybody’s really excited.

“There’s a lot of young talent coming.”

Avoid potential RFA situation

At the time, Chabot didn’t tip his hand about where negotiations on a contract extension stood.

“Whatever happens, happens,” he said. “I’m sure my agents will keep me in the loop and let me know what happens. But I’ll leave that up to them and focus on what I can control right now.”

Chabot was also asked if all the restricted free agents in limbo this summer and training camp made him think twice about his status.

“Everybody’s in different situations, right? It’s all different teams. We all have different stories,” said Chabot, who could have become an RFA next summer. “Any hockey player will tell you that getting something and some security would be the best thing.

“My agents are taking care of that, and I’ll be made aware of it, I’m pretty sure, if something comes up.”

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Predators deal all-star defenceman P.K. Subban to Devils

P.K. Subban is leaving Music City.

The Nashville Predators traded the 30-year-old defenceman to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday ahead of the second round of the NHL draft.

New Jersey surrendered blue-liners Steven Santini and Jeremy Davies and two second-round picks (2019 and 202) in an exchange that gives Nashville salary cap relief.

Subban, whose contract carries an annual average value of $ 9 million US, put up a career-low 31 points in 63 games with the Predators in 2018-19.

“We appreciate P.K.’s contribution to the Predators and the Nashville community over the past three seasons, which have seen our organization have unprecedented success,” Predators general manager David Poile said in a statement.

“We had to make a business decision. With an aim at strengthening our forward corps this off-season, and the continued strength of our defensive group, we felt it was necessary to clear up salary cap space this way.”

Originally selected 43rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2007, Subban has 98 goals and 310 assists in 645 career games. The Toronto native has registered 62 points in 96 career playoff outings.

Subban signed an eight-year, US$ 72-million contract with Montreal in 2014. The deal included a no-movement clause, but he was dealt to Nashville for fellow defenceman Shea Weber in the summer of 2016 before the stipulation kicked in.

The Predators chose not to honour the no-movement clause in Subban’s contract once he became their player.

Santini, 24, has 21 points in 114 NHL games, all with the Devils. New Jersey signed Davies to an entry-level deal at the beginning of April.

Canucks acquire J.T. Miller from Lightning

The Vancouver Canucks made a splash at their home draft on Saturday, acquiring forward J.T. Miller from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Canucks sent goalie Marek Mazanec to Tampa with a 2019 third-round draft pick and a 2020 conditional first-round pick (moves to 2021 if Vancouver misses te playoffs next season).

Miller, 26, had 13 goals and 34 assists for the Lightning last season.

The native of East Palestine, Ohio, is known as a versatile forward who can play all three positions.

He was originally selected 15th overall by the Rangers in 2011 and spent six seasons in New York before he was dealt to Tampa Bay in 2018.

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Leafs acquire defenceman Jake Muzzin in trade with Kings

Defenceman Jake Muzzin is coming to Toronto after the Maple Leafs acquired him in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

Forward Carl Grundstrom, the rights to unsigned draft choice Sean Durzi and Toronto's first round selection in the 2019 NHL Draft go to L.A. in return.

The 29-year-old Muzzin has four goals and 17 assists with a plus-10 defensive rating in 50 games with the Kings this season.

He has 51 goals and 162 assists in 496 NHL games with 298 penalty minutes and a career plus-24 rating.

Muzzin has also appeared in 50 career playoff games, recording seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points, winning the Stanley Cup with Los Angeles in 2014.

The Woodstock, Ont., native has represented Canada at both the 2015 world championships and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, winning gold at both.

Muzzin was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. He signed an entry-level contract with Los Angeles on January 4, 2010.

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