Did you miss any important NHL transaction news this week? Don’t worry, because PHR has you covered. Here are the top five news stories of the week:
UFA Christian Ehrhoff signs with Germany’s Kolner Haie
Unrestricted free agenct Christian Ehrhoff signed a one-year deal with the DEL’s Kolner Haie. The defensman failed to find a satisfactory fit this offseason after trying out for the Boston Bruins on a PTO. The Bruins offered Ehrhoff a contract, but Ehrhoff refused when he learned he would be starting the season as a scratch.
RFA Hampus Lindholm re-signs with Anaheim Ducks
Hampus Lindholm and the Anaheim Ducks came to terms this Thursday and ended months of negotiating. Lindholm was the second-to-last remaining RFA unsigned this season, and he took a six-year deal worth $5.25MM a year. It is understood that Lindholm’s camp acquiesed as its leverage shrunk the closer they got to December 1st.
Las Vegas given free agency head start
The Las Vegas Expansion team will have a 48-hour window prior to the Expansion Draft to negotiate with any unprotected UFAs and RFAs. This is to prevent situations where Las Vegas selects a player unwilling to then sign with the team. The rule also allows Las Vegas to sign any unprotected free agent it wants during the exclusive negotiating window.
Craig Anderson’s wife diagnosed with cancer
Craig Anderson’s wife Nicholle Anderson has been diagnosed with cancer. Anderson initially took personal leave from the Ottawa Senators to be with his wife, but rejoined the team when backup Andrew Hammond went down with injury. The return comes with his wife’s blessing, and it is unclear how long Anderson will stay with the team before returning home.
Isles shopping Jaroslav Halak
The New York Islanders are reportedly shopping goaltender Jaroslav Halak. This comes on the heels of tweets from Halak and fellow Isles goaltender Jean-Francois Berube’s agent Allen Walsh expressing anger over the Islanders three-man goaltending situation. Walsh complained that no goalie was getting adequate practice time, and that a three-man unit was hurting his clients.