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Cole’s Notes From Around the League: 7/10/21-7/16/21

Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks signed centre Sam Carrick, right winger Vinni Lettieri, and defenceman Trevor Carrick to one-year contract extensions.

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes made no moves this week.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins signed defenceman Brandon Carlo has signed to a six-year contract extension.

Defenceman Kevan Miller has retired from pro hockey. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2011 by the Boston Bruins, Miller scored 71 points (13G, 58A) in 352 games, as well as seven points (1G, 6A) in 33 playoff games, for Boston (2013/14-2018/19, 2020/21). He had career highs of 18 points and five goals in 2015/16 and 15 assists in 2017/18, all with Boston. Though he was a depth blueliner throughout his career, never averaging 20 minutes per night during any of his seasons, Miller managed to stick around for quite a while, hitting double-digit point totals in three seasons. For what it’s worth, he was the last defenceman who played for Boston in his 2013/14 debut season who was still with the Bruins this season. Miller finished his last NHL season with four points (1G, 3A) in 28 games for the Bruins. Miller, 33, is likely retiring due to injuries, as he missed half of this season and all of last season with knee and foot injuries, and all of the Bruins’ 2021 playoff with a head injury.

Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres made no moves this week.

Calgary Flames

The Flames signed right winger Brett Ritchie to a one-year contract extension.

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes acquired goaltender Dylan Wells from Edmonton. They signed centre Morgan Geekie to a one-year contract extension.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks acquired defenceman Caleb Jones and a 2022 third-round pick from Edmonton.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche acquired left winger Mikhail Maltsev and a 2021 second-round pick from New Jersey.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets signed goaltender Cam Johnson to a one-year contract extension.

Dallas Stars

The Stars made no moves this week.

Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings acquired defenceman Nick Leddy from the Islanders.

Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers acquired defenceman Duncan Keith and left winger Tim Soderlund from Chicago. They acquired future considerations from Carolina.

Florida Panthers

The Panthers bought out defenceman Keith Yandle. They signed left winger Anthony Duclair to a three-year contract extension.

Los Angeles Kings

The Kings made no moves this week.

Minnesota Wild

The Wild bought out left winger Zach Parise and defenceman Ryan Suter.

Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens hired Dominique Ducharme as head coach. They signed right winger Alex Belzile to a one-year contract extension.

Nashville Predators

The Predators signed left winger Cole Smith to a one-year contract extension.

Goaltender Pekka Rinne has retired from pro hockey. Drafted in the eighth round, 258th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators, Rinne has a 369-213-75 record, 0.917 Save%, 2.43 GAA, and 60 shutouts in 683 games, as well as a 45-44 record, 0.914 Save%, 2.49 GAA, and five shutouts in 89 playoff games, for Nashville (2005/06, 2007/08-2020/21). Rinne was considered in the late 2000s to be part of the big three, along with blueliners Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, of the Predators, who perhaps best typified the “built from the net out” approach to team building. Unlike those two, who were traded away as the 2010s wore on, Rinne was kept along and wound up backstopping the Preds to a Stanley Cup Final in 2017. Unfortunately, they ran into the defending Cup champion Penguins that year. As his career lines up with all but the earliest years of the Predators’ franchise, their coming of age as a franchise lines up with him aging into his late 30s, so that really was their last shot. They had strong 2018 and 2019 seasons, but fell in the second and first rounds, respectively, and Rinne’s age finally caught up with him in 2019/20. Rinne actually played fewer games than the younger Juuse Saros, who put up a respectable first season as a starter despite the Preds missing the playoffs for the second straight season. Despite the lack of a championship, Rinne has accomplished plenty in his career, winning Nashville’s first playoff series in franchise history in 2011 and 2012 and then reaching the Conference and Cup Finals for the first time in 2017. He represented Nashville in the 2016, 2018, and 2019 All-Star Games, took home the 2018 Vezina Trophy as well as this season’s King Clancy, for whatever that’s worth, and was twice named an end-of-year All-Star, making the second team in 2011 and the first in 2018. He also led the league in wins during the 2011/12 season. He also won Silver for his native Finland at the 2014 World Championships. While not a sure thing, a case could be made that Rinne deserves Hall of Fame consideration. He wouldn’t be the first Hall-of-Fame inductee to have played for Nashville, but considering Paul Kariya and Peter Forsberg only played small portions of their careers in Nashville, careers that they are in the Hall for before their time in Nashville, Rinne could be the first inductee to be associated primarily with the Predators. Wouldn’t that be an honour? Rinne’s career best marks were his 43 wins in 2012, 0.930 Save% and 2.12 GAA in 2011, and his eight shutouts in 2018, all with Nashville. He finished his last NHL season with a 10-12-1 record, a 0.907 Save%, 2.84 GAA, and two shutouts in 24 games. Rinne, 38, retires with the most games, wins, and shutouts in NHL history by a Finnish-born goaltender.

New Jersey Devils

The Devils acquired defenceman Ryan Graves from Colorado. They signed defenceman Colton White to a one-year contract extension. They signed centre Michael McLeod to a two-year contract extension.

New York Islanders

The Islanders acquired left winger Richard Panik and a 2021 second-round pick from the Islanders.

New York Rangers

The Rangers signed right winger Julian Gauthier to a one-year contract extension.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators made no moves this week.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers made no moves this week.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins signed centre Teddy Blueger to a two-year contract extension.

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks signed goaltender Josef Korenar to a one-year contract. They signed centre Dylan Gambrell to a one-year contract extension.

St. Louis Blues

The Blues made no moves this week.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning made no moves this week.

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs made no moves this week.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks made no moves this week.

Vegas Golden Knights

The Golden Knights made no moves this week.

Washington Capitals

The Capitals made no moves this week.

Winnipeg Jets

The Jets made no moves this week.

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