With expansion drafts and free agents — and a flat cap — the 2021 NHL offseason is expected to be a rotation and trade.
“There are a lot of teams that need to make very big decisions,” Brian Lawton, the former Charger general manager, told Stephen Wynow“Now trying to figure out what they can accomplish is fast and intense.”
Regarding the extended draft, the team will seek to gain something for players they might lose in the draft. Then came the free agent market that started on July 28. Many teams are short on funds, hoping to make room not only to re-sign their free agents, but also to attract new players.
Rumor has it that many big names are in the trading zone, including Sabres’ Jack Eichel. A domino has fallen: The Black Hawks sent three-time Stanley Cup champion Dunken Keith to the Oilers on July 12.
NHL free agent: UFA, RFA for all 31 teams
The offseason in 2021 is short because the new season is scheduled to start in mid-October. Therefore, the expectation is that things will become fast and fierce.
Sports News is tracking every transaction completed during the 2021 offseason.
NHL Trade Tracker 2021
|July 1||king||Victor Avidson (F)||Predator||2021 second-round pick, 2022 third-round pick|
|July 12||Oiler||Ducan Keith (D), Tim Soderlund (F)||Blackhawks||Caleb Jones (D), 2022 Conditional Draft|
|July 14||Oiler||Future considerations||hurricane||Dylan Wells (G)|
|July 15||demon||Ryan Graves (D)||avalanche||Mikhail Maltsev (F), 2021 second-round pick|