It’s always interesting when a player that is already involved in trade speculation changes agencies, as it can often lead to an expedited process or negotiation. That’s exactly what happened with Erik Brannstrom of the Ottawa Senators today, as he is now represented by Newport Sports Management, one of the biggest agencies in the NHL and notably, the group that represents Brady Tkachuk. Brannstrom was previously represented by Kurt Overhardt of KO Sports, another premier agent in the hockey world.
An agent switch could mean absolutely nothing, but with Brannstrom’s name coming up as recently as last week’s 32 Thoughts column by Elliotte Friedman, who suggested teams are already calling on the young defenseman, it is something to consider. The 22-year-old is currently playing with the Belleville Senators, where he has yet to record a point in four games. He will be a restricted free agent next summer.
- The Dallas Stars got some great news today as Jason Robertson shed the non-contact jersey and joined the main group. According to Saad Yousuf of The Athletic, Robertson was put back with Roope Hintz and Joe Pavelski on a line at morning skate. The Stars take on the Vegas Golden Knights this evening and it appears as though the Calder runner-up could be ready to make his season debut. Robertson, 22, scored 17 goals and 45 points in 51 games last season, becoming one of the Stars most trusted forwards at even-strength. In fact, he trailed only Pavelski and Jamie Benn in average even-strength ice time last season, despite starting the year at the bottom of the lineup.
- Jon Gillies, who hasn’t played an NHL game since 2017-18, now finds himself in the ECHL. The veteran goaltender has signed a contract with the Maine Mariners, the ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins for this season. A veteran of 12 NHL contests, Gillies was a third-round pick of the Calgary Flames in 2012 who never did quite harness his 6’6″ frame to live up to expectations. Last season he played in five games for the Utica Comets, recording a .902 save percentage.