Cal Foote Signs One-Year Deal with Devils

NEWARK, NJ – The New Jersey Devils announced today that the team signed free-agent defenseman Cal Foote to a one-year, two-way contract worth $800,000 at the NHL level and $350,000 at the American Hockey League (AHL) level ($450,000 guaranteed) for 2023-24. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.

Foote, 24, finished the 2022-23 season with the Predators, after he was traded to Nashville from Tampa Bay on Feb. 26, 2023. A righthanded shot, Foote played in 24 games with Nashville and another 26 with Tampa Bay, totaling seven points (2g-5a) and 63 PIM last season.

In total, Foote has played 141 career regular-season contests (5g-14a) since his NHL debut with Tampa Bay on Jan. 13, 2021, vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. The 6’5″, 225lbs. blueliner has also recorded 121 career PIM and five fighting majors at the NHL level. Foote was a member of the 2021 Stanley Cup winning Tampa Bay Lightning. During Tampa’s Cup run, Foote appeared in 13 playoff games, totaling two assists and averaging 11:29 time on ice per game.

Born Dec. 13, 1998, the Denver, CO native, was selected 14th overall by Tampa Bay in the 2017 NHL Draft. As a member of the Lightning franchise, he played parts of five seasons in the AHL with Syracuse from 2017-18 to 2021-22 and earned 64 career points (18g-46a) in 155 regular-season games. Before his professional career, he played his Junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Kelowna Rockets from 2015-16 to 2017-18 and was named team captain in his final WHL season. He led all Kelowna defensemen with 57 points (6g-51a) in 2016-17 and again in 2017-18 (19g-51a-70pts).

Penguins Re-Sign Forward Jonathan Gruden to a One-Year Contract

PITTSBURGH, PA – The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Jonathan Gruden to a one-year contract, it was announced today by President of Hockey Operations Kyle Dubas.

The two-way deal will run through the 2023-24 campaign and carries an average annual value of $775,000 at the NHL level.

Gruden, 23, spent 54 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League in 2022-23. He recorded career highs in goals (16) and points (31), and his 31 points were sixth most on the team. He also appeared in three games with Pittsburgh, making his NHL debut on January 16, 2023 against the Anaheim Ducks.

Connor Mackey Agrees to One-Year Contract with New York Rangers

NEW YORK, NY – The New York Rangers have signed defenceman Connor Mackey to a one-year deal, the club announced Saturday.

The 26-year-old blue-liner split the 2022-23 season between the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames, averaging just over 14 minutes of ice time and collecting seven points through 30 games.

He spent the past two seasons with Calgary, appearing in nine games for the big club, while spending the majority of that span with the Flames’ AHL affiliate in Stockton.

Mackey has represented Team USA on the international stage on multiple occasions as well, suiting up for the Americans at the 2021 and 2023 IIHF World Championship.

Florida Panthers Agree to Terms with Will Lockwood on Two-Year, Two-Way Contract

SUNRISE, FL – Florida Panthers general manager Bill Zito announced that the club has signed free agent forward Will Lockwood to a two-year, two-way contract worth $1.5 million. According to CapFriendly, the contract will have an average annual value (AAV) of $775,000 USD.

Carter Sotheran celebrates NHL Draft success ahead of Flyers development camp

PORTLAND, OR – Carter Sotheran spent Thursday morning surrounded by friends and family at his local rink just outside in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It was the party of a lifetime; an NHL Draft party.

Fifty of his closest family members and friends huddled inside Sanford Arena to watch the Sportsnet broadcast of the NHL Draft, anxiously awaiting to hear his name called.

The party erupted a little after 10:00 a.m. PT when the Philadelphia Flyers nabbed Sotheran with the 135th overall selection.

“We had a projector and everything up watching the draft and then my agent Kevin Magnuson mentioned that he’d call me when I got selected,” Sotheran said. “He was at the draft so he’d know a little before me that I was selected so when it came time, he called me about two minutes before I found out (on the stream). I watched it while I was on the phone with him and the reaction was pretty priceless and kind of surreal so it was a pretty good day.”

It was fitting that the Sotherans hosted the viewing party in the local rink Carter skated in throughout his youth to prepare him for his career in Portland and beyond.

Flyers Acquire Sean Walker and Helge Grans in three-team trade with Columbus and Los Angeles

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Daniel Briere today announced the club has acquired goaltender Cal Petersen, defensemen Sean Walker and Helge Grans and a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft from the Los Angeles Kings. The Flyers also acquired a first-round pick (22nd overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft and a conditional second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Ivan Provorov. Los Angeles will retain 30 percent of Provorov’s salary and receive defenseman Kevin Connauton and forward Hayden Hodgson from the Flyers. Columbus must inform Philadelphia which year they elect to trade (2024 or 2025) immediately following the first round of the 2024 NHL Draft for the conditional second-round pick.

 

Jet Greaves Sets Bluejackets Record Saves in First NHL Game As Goalie

COLUMBUS, OH – Jet Greaves made 46 saves in his NHL debut. Only six other goaltenders in NHL history had as many in their first career appearance (since 1955-56 when shots on goal began being tracked): Laurent Brossoit (49 on April 9, 2015 w/ EDM), Manny Legace (49 on Oct. 21, 1998 w/ LAK), Ken Wregget (48 on Dec. 8, 1983 w/ TOR), Bill Oleschuk (48 on Jan. 23, 1976 w/ KCS), Kevin Mandolese (46 on Feb. 14 w/ OTT), and Marc-Andre Fleury (46 on Oct. 10, 2003 w/ PIT). Of that cohort, only Mandolese and Wregget earned wins.

Wright Place, Right Time For Seattle Kraken’s Shane Wright

WINDSOR, ONT – To borrow a line from the legendary Johnny Cash, Shane Wright has been everywhere this season, man. And while no one could have predicted all the locations the talented young center ended up, it feels like the Seattle Kraken prospect is getting precisely the reps he needs after a first half filled with different and challenging experiences.

The tale of Wright’s draft day is well-worn at this point. Seen as the potential No. 1 overall pick, he instead slid to fourth when the Montreal Canadiens opted for a winger in Juraj Slafkovsky. New Jersey didn’t need a center, so they took defenseman Simon Nemec second overall, while Arizona preferred Logan Cooley down the middle. And all of that was just fine with the Kraken, who were more than happy to snap up Wright for their new pipeline.