Darcy is back! He will return to the Wild on a contract that suits both sides with a $1.55M one-year deal. Not much else to report other than the re-signing of AHL Dman Zach Palmquist, an RFA that provides solid depth on the blue line. Jordan Schroeder also filed for arbitration today. So in essence, and in the immortal words of David Byrne below, we are STILL WAITING on Matt Cullen to find a home. It is VERY likely the Wild make no other moves beyond their RFAs until Cullen has chosen his fate, or fate has chosen it for him. The Penguins are still in salary cap purgatory, and one must think the longer that continues, the less likely a Cullen-Pens reunion will occur. But that's what we wait for. Enjoy your Walk:
Darcy Kuemper re-signed; Jordan Schroeder files for arbitration - StarTribune.com
The lede here is that Kuemper did not file for arbitration OR holdout.
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Penguins still waiting to find out if Cullen will return | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Management is ready to plug Sundqvist into his spot, if necessary.
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In case we haven't made you love Matt Cullen enough...
Tending the Fields
The Wild Are Finally Rebuilding Their AHL Team - TSS
While all the attention in St. Paul rightly went to the signings of Eric Staal and Chris Stewart, those weren't the only moves the Minnesota Wild made...
Minnesota Wild Signs Zach Palmquist
The Minnesota Wild have given Iowa Wild defenseman a contract extension
Off The Trail
Thomas Vanek takes one-year, $2.6 million deal with Red Wings - Yahoo Sports
Watch for flying octopi, Thomas.
NHL Free Agent Frenzy: Puck Daddy’s Winners and Losers of Day 1 - Yahoo Sports
There were winners and there were losers.
Winnipeg Jets sign Patrik Laine to entry-level contract - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The Winnipeg Jets have signed young Finnish sniper Patrik Laine to an entry-level contract. According to the Jets, the deal is worth an average annual value of $3.575 million which includes $2.65 million in bonuses. Laine’s deal carries a $925,000 NHL base salary for next season.
What We Learned: Panthers well-positioned for leap forward - Yahoo Sports
A team on the rise...
P.K. Subban for Shea Weber and the NHL's greatest one-for-one trades - Sportsnet.ca
P.K. Subban for Shea Weber has a chance to go down as one of the biggest one-for-one trades in NHL history. Here's a look at the others.
NHL Rumours: Latest on Maple Leafs, Bishop, Russell - Sportsnet.ca
Keep it here for the frenzy of rumours as NHL's free agency opens today at 12 p.m. ET.
Down Goes Brown: Who has the off-season put under spotlight? - Sportsnet.ca
Like every off-season, some of the action has resulted in certain names being thrust directly into the hockey world's spotlight. Here are a half dozen names that will be getting some extra attention based on what's happened over the off-season's opening days.