Another week into the summer and another week closer to the beginning of the new season. While things have slowed down in the interesting trades and signings, the NHL never fails to deliver some entertaining drama and this time it's quite interesting. So sit back and enjoy this week's edition of the Monday links, news, and notes.
- Evander Kane has had a controversial career and mostly it's because of his off-ice questionable behaviour on multiple occasions. While he has been quiet for the last little while, his recent announcement about leaving the Hockey Diversity Alliance which he co-founded caused quite a stir. Firstly, his statement seems to indicate that the organization is not accomplishing the goals it was first set to do. Secondly, and the more interesting aspect of this whole story is that the HDA responded that Kane hasn't even been involved with the HDA since 2021. It's a situation worth following up with as Kane isn't someone who has earned the benefit of the doubt but if there is something going on with HDA that needs to come to light, maybe now is the time to look further into it.
- On July 1st, Alex Galchenyuk signed as a free agent with the Arizona Coyotes. However, it seems Galchenyuk that reunion ended before it can even began. In a shocking announcement late last week, the Coyotes terminated the contract with Galchenyuk after a hit-and-run incident which included threats towards the police.
- While most of the expected free agents have already been placed, the list of remaining UFAs has some quite interesting names on it; including Vladimir Tarasenko who has been linked to the Sens on multiple occasions.
- The Edmonton Chimos are Alberta's longest-running senior women's AAA hockey program and were founded in 1973 when women's hockey was only starting its battle to find its place in the province and the country. This week, they were honoured as they were inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame.
- Erik Karlsson had one successful season, proving that he is still one of the league's elite. Not only did he win the Norris trophy this season, but he was also awarded the Victoria Prize handed to Sweden's top athlete of the year. Continue to make us proud King Karl.
- While free agency has slowed down, there are still transactions happening around the league. The bulk of them are RFA and ELC signings, with Connor Bedard, Tanner Jeannot and Sens Legend Zach Sanford being the most notable.
- As we are in the dead of summer, the only on-ice activities to keep an eye on have been development camps. Sonny Sachdeva put together a great round-up piece on interesting storylines and players to watch out of development camps around the league.
- Tony DeAngelo made history by being the first player to ever be bought out more than once. The right shot defenseman is now a free agent, again.
- The Arizona Coyotes inked rookie standout Matias Maccelli to a three year, $10.2M deal yesterday. This is particularly of note for Sens fans, as Maccelli was a rookie alongside Shane Pinto, and finished an impressive fourth in Calder Trophy voting. For contract purposes, it's likely that this deal which carries an annual average value of $3.4M, sets the ceiling for Pinto's camp. While we love Pinto, Maccelli is coming off a more impressive season which saw him produce 0.76 pts/gp, compared to Pinto's 0.43.
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