Links, News, and Notes: Pettersson Re-Signs, Nikitin's Goalie Goal, Kuznetsov Waived, and more!

Links, news, and notes about Elias Pettersson's new contract, Vladimir Nikitin scoring a goalie goal, Evgeny Kuznetsov being sent to AHL Hershey, and more

Links, News, and Notes: Pettersson Re-Signs, Nikitin's Goalie Goal, Kuznetsov Waived, and more!
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Your links, news, and notes during trade deadline week:

  • The big news from Saturday was that star Canucks centre Elias Pettersson re-signed in Vancouver for 8 years with an AAV of $11.6M. It's a pretty fair deal considering Pettersson is on pace for 99 points and had 102 the season before, so Canucks fans are deservedly pumped up about it. There were rumours that the Carolina Hurricanes had made a trade offer to the Canucks, but it just never seemed likely that they were going to move him in a year where they could win the Cup.
  • Ottawa Senators goalie prospect Vladimir Nikitin of BCHL's Chilliwack Chiefs scored a miraculous goalie goal on Saturday. You've got to love seeing players celebrate with their goalie like that.
  • Jonathan Quick has had a huge bounce-back season (.916 SV% in 21 games) with the New York Rangers, and because of that, the Rangers re-signed him to a one-year deal worth $1.275M. It's a bit surprising to see them re-sign the 38-year-old so soon, but it's a relatively low-risk signing.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov cleared waivers after he came back from the NHL Player Assistance Program, and he will be playing down in the AHL with the Hershey Bears. Kuznetsov still has one year left on his contract after this season with a big cap hit of $7.8M. He has just 17 points in 43 games this season, and I wouldn't be surprised if he's not in the NHL much longer (if at all) despite being just 31.
  • The Calgary Flames retired Miika Kiprusoff's #34 on Saturday evening, and his speech can be seen here. Also, remember "Mini Kipper," the kid who would imitate him in the stands? He's all grown up now and presented him with a custom mask. Kiprusoff hasn't played in the NHL (or Calgary) since 2012-13, so this was well overdue. In 624 career games, he had a .912 SV%, and he took the Flames all the way to the Cup Finals in 2004 with a .928 SV%. He also won the Vezina Trophy in 2005-06 with a .923 SV%. Pretty impressive for a goalie who was cut from San Jose as a third-string goalie at the age of 27.
  • Emily Kaplan of ESPN shares a good rundown of things going on around the league before the trade deadline. I don't think it'll be the most entertaining deadline, but ESPN also has their top 50 names that could potentially be dealt.
  • The Nashville Predators have won 8-straight games, vaulting themselves into the 1st wildcard spot. They may have been talking about dealing Juuse Saros before, but I just can't see that happening now that they have a 7-point cushion (with 2 more games played).
  • The staff from The Athletic take a look at the best trade deadline deals for each NHL team over the past decade. There have definitely been some forgettable ones for Ottawa (Stone, Burrows), but some solid ones as well (Brassard, Dzingel).
  • Greg Wyshynski of ESPN is calling it "Rempemania." Matt Rempe discussion has been taking over the NHL, and Wyshynski discusses how we've gotten here, as well as some backstory on the player.

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