The Edmonton Oilers have hired Tom Anselmi as President and Chief Operating Officer, while moving Bob Nicholson to a new position as Chairman. Anselmi is the latest change in management for the organization and comes to the Oilers after serving previously with both the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. The experienced executive was a huge part in getting the Air Canada Centre and surrounding area built in Toronto, and will likely be tasked with similar projects around the new Rogers Place in Edmonton.
Some other notes from around the league:
- The Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of cap space this summer, but Mark Lazerus of The Athletic (subscription required) examines the roster crunch they are in as the draft and free agency approach. The team already has 17 full-time roster players under contract, and three restricted free agents that should be in the mix as well. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for graduating prospects or free agent signings, meaning the team may be active on the trade market over the next few months. Lazerus spoke to GM Stan Bowman, who explained that there are other teams in the situation the Blackhawks used to find themselves in—having to move a talented player out just to fit in someone else. Chicago is now in a position to capitalize on those situations, instead of shedding talent every year like they did for several seasons not too long ago.
- Jeremy Smith has signed a two-year contract in the KHL with Kunlun Red Star, taking him out of contention for any minor league jobs. The 30-year old goaltender played this season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL, but will see his one-year deal with the New York Islanders expire on July 1. A veteran minor leaguer who has spent time with the Milwaukee Admirals, Cincinnati Cyclones, Springfield Falcons, Providence Bruins, Iowa Wild, San Antonio Rampage, Charlotte Checkers and Sound Tigers, he’ll now take on a new challenge overseas.