With the NHL Draft officially underway, here’s a look at what’s on tap in the first few days of free agency.
The biggest names to watch:The Winnipeg Jets have signed veteran forward Connor Hellebuyck to a four-year contract.
The New Jersey Devils have signed free-agent defenseman Justin Schultz to a five-year deal.
The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed defenseman Alex Pietrangelo to a one-year, $3.4 million contract.
There are a few notable names who aren’t expected to be traded in the next few days, but there are also some that are expected to make the jump.
Here are some other notable names expected to move:Cody Hodgson (Columbus Blue Jackets)The Blue Jackets have acquired forward Cody Hodgson from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Joonas Korpisalo and forward Jordan Leopold.
Hodgson, 23, has seven goals and nine assists in 34 games with the Blue Jackets this season.
The Blue Jacket have the rights to him, which means that the Columbus team can match any offer sheet.
He would be eligible to sign a one or two-year entry-level contract, per NHL.com.
The Blue Jackets also have $1.6 million in cap space, per capgeek.com, so it makes sense to keep him.
The Columbus Blue Jacket has the right to match any offers to Hodgson, so the team can add him to an offer sheet if they choose to do so.
The Columbus Blue Rose are expected a similar move, as they could match any contract offer.
If the Blue Jacket are to match an offer, they will need to match the offer sheet from the NHL.
The offer sheet has to be signed by Hodgson and the Blue Rose.
The Red Wings have signed defenseman Andreas Athanasiou to a three-year extension through the 2019-20 season.
Athanasiou, 23 and a second-round pick in 2013, had six goals and 21 assists in 65 games with Detroit this season before suffering a knee injury in the season opener.
He had 11 goals and 29 assists in 72 games for Detroit in 2017-18.
The Red Wings also have cap space to add him.
The team could match an existing offer sheet and then sign a three or four-player deal.
Athanasoou is eligible for an NHL deal after 2019-21, per Capgeek, so he could potentially be a candidate to be added to an entry-season deal if he’s not on the team’s final roster by then.
The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Alex Galchenyuk to a six-year/$25 million contract through 2021.
The deal is not expected to include a signing bonus, per Hockey’s Future.
The Habs have no cap space at the moment, so signing Galchenynyuk would increase the Canadiens cap space for the next several years.
The Canadiens also have the right, if they decide to do it, to match offers to Galchenyanyskyu, per the Capgeeks database.
The Islanders have signed center Alex DeBrincat to a two-way contract through 2022.
The contract will not include a salary, but it will include an escalator clause of up to $5 million per season.
The Islanders will also have a cap space cap hit of $4 million in 2019-2020, per John Vogl of NJ Advance Media.
The Devils have reacquired forward Nick Leddy from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange, per Peter King of the New York Post.
Leddy, 27, had eight goals and 17 assists in 77 games with Tampa Bay this season after missing the entire 2017-2018 season due to injury.
The Lightning traded Leddy to the Boston Bruins in exchange last month for defenseman Adam Larsson, a 2018 fourth-round draft pick and a 2017 seventh-round selection.
The Bruins were expected to match a deal for Leddy in the early part of free-agency.
They will now have to match another offer sheet, per league sources.
Larsson is an unrestricted free agent and could be available to sign with any team.
The Kings have signed goaltender Ryan Miller to a seven-year $36 million contract for a fifth and final year of his contract, according to Ken Campbell of the Sacramento Bee.
Miller has 10 goals and 14 assists in 43 games this season for the Kings.
Miller was an Eastern Conference finalist for the Vezina Trophy last season, which goes to the league’s top goaltender.
He was named to the All-Star team and has posted a .923 save percentage in seven seasons with the Kings and Rangers.
The Capitals have signed goalie Anders Lindback to a long-term contract through the 2022-23 season.
Lindback, 29, had one goal and two assists in 25 games with Washington this season as the Capitals re-sign veteran starter Brian Elliott. The