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Cole’s Notes From Around the League: 1/9/21-1/15/21

The latest in transaction news from across the NHL.

NHL: Eastern Conference Qualifications-Florida Panthers vs New York Islanders Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks signed defenceman Ben Hutton to a one-year contract.

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes signed centre Frederik Gauthier to a one-year contract.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins made no moves his week.

Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres made no moves his week.

Calgary Flames

The Flames signed right winger Brett Ritchie to a professional tryout contract.

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes claimed goaltender Anton Forsberg off waivers from Edmonton. They acquired defenceman Maxime Lajoie from Ottawa.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks made no moves his week.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche made no moves his week.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets signed goaltender Cam Johnson to a one-year contract. They signed defenceman Michael Del Zotto to a one-year contract.

Dallas Stars

The Stars made no moves his week.

Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings claimed defenceman Christian Djoos off waivers from Anaheim.

Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers signed centre Devin Shore to a one-year contract.

Florida Panthers

The Panthers claimed defenceman Gustav Forsling off waivers from Carolina. They claimed defenceman Noah Juulsen off waivers from Montreal. They signed defenceman Kevin Connauton to a one-year contract.

Los Angeles Kings

The Kings made no moves his week.

Minnesota Wild

The Wild signed left winger Marcus Foligno to a three-year contract extension.

Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens made no moves his week.

Nashville Predators

The Predators claimed defenceman Luca Sbisa off waivers from Winnipeg.

New Jersey Devils

The Devils claimed goaltender Eric Comrie off waivers from Winnipeg. They re-signed left winger Jesper Bratt to a two-year contract.

Goaltender Corey Crawford has retired from pro hockey. Drafted in the second round, 52nd overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, Crawford has a 260-162-53 record, 0.918 Save%, 2.45 GAA, and 26 shutouts, as well as a 52-42 record, 0.918 Save%, 2.38 GAA, and five shutouts in 96 playoff games, for Chicago (2005/06, 2007/08-2019/20). Crawford became the Blackhawks’ starting goaltender after their 2010 Stanley Cup championship, and between 2011 and 2017, would tally at least 30 wins each year except for the 2012/13 lockout season and would backstop the Blackhawks to playoff apperances in each of those seasons. Crawford would win two Stanley Cups in that time as well, in 2013 and 2015. He also won All-Rookie honours in 2011, the William M. Jennings Trophy in 2015 and 2013 and 2015, and represented Chicago in the 2015 and 2017 All-Star Games. Crawford has career bests of 35 wins in 2011, 0.926 Save% and 1.94 GAA in 2013, and seven shutouts in 2016, all with Chicago. As the Blackhawks faded from their championship contention of the early 2010s, Crawford saw fewer games due to injury, playing 28, 39, and 40 games in his final seasons, respectively, due to injuries. Crawford finished his last NHL season with a 16-20-3 record, 0.917 Save%, 2.77 GAA, and one shutout in 40 games for Chicago in 2019/20. Crawford, 36, was let go following the 2019/20 season and signed a two-year contract with the New Jersey Devils for personal reasons. While his career was short, he has no Vezina Trophies to his name, and he has had the unfortunate reputation of a goaltender buoyed by his team rather than his talent, Crawford’s decade of strong performance in net and his two Cups give him a decent shot at recognition in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

New York Islanders

The Islanders signed goaltender Cory Schneider to a one-year contract. They re-signed centre Mathew Barzal to a three-year contract.

New York Rangers

The Rangers made no moves his week.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators acquired centre Clark Bishop from Carolina.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers made no moves his week.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins made no moves his week.

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks signed defenceman Fredrik Claesson to a one-year contract. They claimed centre Rudolfs Balcers off waivers from Ottawa.

St. Louis Blues

The Blues signed left winger Mike Hoffman to a one-year contract.

Defenceman Jay Bouwmeester has retired from pro hockey. Drafted in the first round, third overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers, Bouwmeester has 424 points (88G, 336A) in 1240 games, as well as 13 points (0G, 13A) in 75 playoff games, for Florida (2002/03-2008/09), Calgary (2009/10- partway through 2012/13), and St. Louis (partway through 2012/13-2019/20). Bouwmeester has career highs of 41 assists and 46 points, both in 2006, and 15 goals in both 2008 and 2009, all with Florida. Bouwmester put up very solid numbers and was a solid all-around defenceman as well, which led him to be pursued in free agency when he left Florida in 2009. He was the main minute muncher on the Flames’ blueline in the early 2010s, and while he was solid, his offensive production plumetted during his tenure with the Flames, Bouwmeester failing to reach 30 points in any of his seasons with them. Failing to live up to his contract, he was traded to St. Louis during the lockout-shortened 2012/13 season as the Flames finally embraced a full rebuild. At the time, Bouwmeester had been the active NHLer with the most games played without a playoff appearance, as his stint with Florida began several seasons after the start of, and ended several seasons before the end of, the Panthers’ 2000-2012 playoff drought, and his stint with the Flames began with the first season of a five-season playoff drought for Calgary. He would make the playoffs in every year with St. Louis except for 2018. Bouwmeester returned to the 30-point mark for the first, and only, time since his tenure with Florida in 2014 with a 37-point season, but both offensively and defensively took a backseat to the likes of Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Colton Parayko, Joel Edmundson, and Vince Dunn. Bouwmeester’s positive impact had largely gone away by the final third of the 2010s, leaving him as just a veteran presence. Bouwmeester won the Stanley Cup in 2019 with the Blues, in addition to All-Rookie honours in 2003, and All-Star appearances in 2007 and 2009. Bouwmeester finished his final NHL season with nine points (1G, 8A) in 56 games for St. Louis in 2019/20. Bouwmeester, 37, opted to retire because of a cardiac episode he suffered during a game during the 2019/20 season.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning signed centre Boo Nieves to a one-year contract.

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs made no moves this week.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks signed defenceman Travis Hamonic to a one-year contract.

Vegas Golden Knights

The Golden Knights made no moves his week.

Washington Capitals

The Capitals signed goaltender Craig Anderson to a one-year contract.

Winnipeg Jets

The Jets signed centre Trevor Lewis to a one-year contract. They claimed goaltender Anton Forsberg off waivers from Carolina.