NHL teams continues to sign to sign NCAA free agent and junior players on Thursday. In addition to defenseman Nick Wolff, the Boston Bruins signed Jeremy Swayman to an entry-level contract. He spent last year with University of Maine.
ICYMI: The Bruins officially signed Jeremy Swayman to an entry-level contract on Wednesday, making the race to take over the crease post-Tuukka Rask even more interesting in the short-term.https://t.co/xPOBsNGdtX— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) March 19, 2020
The Arizona Coyotes have signed forward Ryan McGregor, the captain of the Sarnia Sting from the OHL, to an entry-level contract.
The Nashville Predators are another team that made a minor deal yesterday. Forward Cole Smith of the University of North Dakota has signed a one-year, two-way contract for next season.
The #Preds have made a signing!@ProjPatSummitt gives a quick overview of North Dakota senior forward and undrafted free agent Cole Smith, and we’ll have some more in-depth coverage from @OnTheFutureOTF later. https://t.co/aK3rE0t6Cs— On The Forecheck (@OnTheForecheck) March 19, 2020
The Vancouver Canucks signed Will Lockwood, a third-round pick from the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, to a two-year entry-level contract.
#Canucks sign draft pick Will Lockwood out of Michigan. It's a 2-year ELC, $925,000 AAV includes $750k NHL salary, $92,500 SB and GP bonus totaling $82,500.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) March 19, 2020
Later, the Canucks have also signed a forward Mark Michaelis to a one-year contract/
#Canucks sign forward Marc Michaelis to a one-year contract.— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 19, 2020
"Marc has exceptional offensive instincts and proven leadership," said #Canucks GM Jim Benning. “We look forward to adding his skill and playmaking ability to the franchise." https://t.co/TKK9By3PYW
Other Hockey News
A short report on how the Syracuse Crunch players are doing during the season pause.
Group text chirps and baby lunges: How the Syracuse Crunch is dealing with coronavirus break— Syracuse Hockey (@syrhockey) March 19, 2020
Some poignant players' perspective on the hiatus and what it means for them.https://t.co/JFqB7DnHxI
Russian journalist Igor Eronko reported that Ottawa Senators player Nikita Zaitsev is the first NHL player to test positive with COVID-19. But then added a conflicting report that suggested that might not be true.
After the information that an Ottawa Senators player has contracted COVID-19 during their trip to California, both the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings released a statement that their players are staying in quarantine and have not shown any symptoms of the virus so far.
Updated information regarding COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/Y2yS6B2gbu— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) March 18, 2020
Per Pierre Le Brun, the current situation hasn’t affected the Seattle expansion calendar so far.
Only because I was asked this on @TSN1040 yesterday, and followed up today, status quo regarding the Seattle expansion calendar. NHL source says nothing has changed at this point regarding Seattle timeline.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) March 19, 2020
NHL players continue to donate money to help game-day workers. Marc-Andre Fleury is another player, who recently committed $100,000