Goaltender Ville Husso will play next season with the Detroit Red Wings, who acquired him from the St. Louis Blues on Friday for 73e overall pick of the 2022 amateur draft.
Eligible for full free agency, Husso, 27, is also expected to sign a three-year contract, worth an average annual value of $4.75 million, according to the Sportsnet network.
He will thus try to revive the Wings, excluded from the playoffs during the last six campaigns. The Finn went 25-7-6 with a 2.56 goals-against average and .919 save percentage last season, splitting the net with Jordan Binnington.
However, he struggled more in the playoffs, where the Blues lost in the second round to the Colorado Avalanche. He won two of his seven decisions, maintaining a 3.67 GAA and .890 rate.
In Detroit, four goalies paraded in front of the Wings cage in 2021-2022, including Alex Nedeljkovic who totaled 59 games.
Tony DeAngelo moves to the Flyers
Defenseman Tony DeAngelo and a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft were traded to the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday, with the Carolina Hurricanes getting three draft picks in return.
These are precisely the 101e of the 2022 auction, the Flyers’ lowest third-round pick next year and another second-round pick in 2024.
DeAngelo, 26, played in 64 games for the Hurricanes last season, recording 51 points. Eligible for partial autonomy, he should thus sign a new contract shortly and already, we are delighted with his arrival in Philadelphia.
« We have done our checks and we believe strongly in Tony and his ability to help our team, » general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement. He throws from the right and he circulates the puck well. He will lead our offensive from the back.”
In 270 career games, the defenseman has 157 points, including 34 goals, in the regular season. He also played for the Arizona Coyotes and New York Rangers. The latter had let him go by buying out his agreement in 2021 because of several misconducts.
Luke Kunin moves to San Jose
The San Jose Sharks acquired forward Luke Kunin from the Nashville Predators on Friday, giving up left winger John Leonard and a third-round pick in the 2023 draft.
Kunin, 24, had 13 goals and nine assists for 22 points in 82 games last season, adding one assist in four games during the first-round series against the Colorado Avalanche. He will be eligible for partial autonomy on Wednesday. The Minnesota Wild’s 2016 initial round pick, 15th overall, completed a two-year, $4.6 million contract.
For his part, Leonard has amassed 15 points in 58 outings with the Sharks over the past two years and is in the same contract situation as Kunin.
A new team for Vitek Vanecek
The New Jersey Devils got goaltender Vitek Vanecek and 46 on Friday.e this year’s draft pick, ceding to the Washington Capitals all 37e and 70e amateur auction selections.
Eligible for partial free agency, the 26-year-old posted a 20-12-6 record, 2.67 goals-against average and .908 save percentage last season, helping the Caps to earn the final playoff pass in the Eastern Conference. Having also played two playoff games during the spring, he will try to offer more stability to his new organization in front of the net; in the most recent campaign, the Devils used seven goaltenders.
Vanecek completed a three-year, $2.15 million contract in 2021-22. He was Washington’s second-round pick, the 39e altogether in 2014.
Eetu Luostarinen said yes to the Panthers
The Florida Panthers on Friday signed forward Eetu Luostarinen to a two-year contract, who was eligible for restricted free agent status.
The value of the agreement was not specified. The 23-year-old Finn completed his National Hockey League entry pact this year.
Luostarinen helped Team Florida finish atop the overall standings in 2021-22, registering nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 78 games. He added two points in 10 playoff games.
« Eetu is a selfless, reliable and intelligent hockey player who plays consistently night after night, » Panthers general manager Bill Zito said in a statement. We are excited to have him back in our squad.”
The 2019 World Championship gold medalist was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes in a trade involving Vincent Trocheck on February 24, 2020.
Elsewhere, the Panthers have signed defenseman Lucas Carlsson to a one-year, two-part deal.