The 2021 Stanley Cup champions have been crowned. The Tampa Bay Lightning are back on top of the mountain, sealing their victory with another Andrei Vasilevskiy shutout. With that now in the past, teams and leagues all around the world can continue their preparations for the next season. As always we will keep track of all the notable minor moves right here.
- The Utica Comets have announced three contracts, their first signings affiliated with the New Jersey Devils. Mareks Mitens, Tyler Irvine and Patrick Grasso have all signed AHL deals for 2021-22. The first two already spent some time with the Devils’ previous AHL affiliate, but Grasso is fresh off a season with the University of New Hampshire. The 25-year-old was actually granted an extra year of NCAA eligibility thanks to a shoulder injury as a sophomore, meaning he spent five seasons with the program.
- Chay Genoway, who was once a highly sought-after college free agent, has signed a new deal to continue his hockey career in Sweden. The 34-year-old defenseman has been overseas since the 2014-15 season and actually suited up for Canada at the 2018 Olympic Games. Genoway’s deal is for one year plus an option for 2022-23.
- Former NHL goaltender Karri Ramo has signed a new contract with ERC Ingolstadt of the German DEL, after being the runner-up in Liiga last season. Ramo posted a .929 save percentage in seven postseason games for TPS, though his regular season numbers weren’t quite as strong. The 35-year-old last played in the NHL during the 2015-16 season.