We’ve only acquired the rights to negotiate with Goodrow. We have a week or so to sign him or he hits the market. The problem is he’s reportedly looking for 6 years. I like him as a player but you cannot be giving a 4th line guy that kind of contract. Anything more than 4/12 is an overpay.
Most teams are holding off signing the players they want to keep until after the expansion draft. If you go and sign them then they are on the roster and unless the team has a spot to protect them they could be gone. This is one Free Agency period that teams don't have to rush their signings in fear of someone else getting them first. Everyone learned from the last expansion draft on what not to do. They figured that along with the amount of players they are allowed to protect could be expanded simply by not signing them until after the expansion draft. Once the expansion draft is finalized for the Kraken there will be an all out frenzy re-signing FA's
I don't know much about Tampa Bay's coach Jon Cooper, other than a few guys here saying that he's a smug prick.
From what I've seen of the short snippets of their locker room footage, he seems to be saying the right things to keep the guys on track; less Xs and Os and more psychological readiness.
I also can't disagree with what the guy (the owner?) said at the end : For the Lightning to win the Cup last year and then come in to this season and post season with so many shamdemic restrictions, it really is an amazing accomplishment in all of professional sports.
DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Calvert announced his retirement Thursday after 11 seasons in the NHL.
The oft-injured Calvert was limited to 18 games last season by a variety of injuries, including a concussion.
The two-way forward spent his first eight seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, who drafted him in 2008. He signed with Colorado in 2018 but finished all three seasons in Denver on the injured list.
Calvert, 31, scored 95 career goals and recorded 203 regular-season points. He had 17 points in 32 career playoff games.
"I've been lucky enough to play the game I love since I was five years old," Calvert said in a statement released through the NHL Players Association. "I never played to make it to the NHL. I played to compete. I played for my teammates. I played for the fans. I played for my family. I played because I loved to battle, and I played to win."
He said that at 18, "I dreamt of becoming an accountant ... and three years later, I was playing in the NHL."
Calvert said he looks forward to "skating on the outdoor rinks" with his sons Kasey and Beau in retirement.
The Avalanche on Thursday also announced the re-signing of forward Kiefer Sherwood, who tallied three assists in 16 games last season.