NHL Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Friday Open Forum

Minor trade and a few signings break the summer quiet

In case you missed the link in yesterday’s Caterwaul, new Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville appeared on the 31 Thoughts podcast with Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Take a listen. (31 Thoughts)

The Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues swapped defensemen with Jordan Schmaltz going to Buds in exchange for Andreas Borgman.

Schmaltz, a 25-year-old former first round pick of the Blues in 2012, collected two assists in 20 regular season games with St. Louis last season, and nine points (1G,8A) in 36 games with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.

Borgman, a 24-year-old native of Stockholm, Sweden had four goals and 13 assists in 45 games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. (Pension Plan Puppets)

After going to arbitration, left winger Evan Rodrigues has inked a one-year, $2 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres. The 25-year-old Rodrigues produced 29 points in 74 games in 2018-19. (Die By The Blade)

The Colorado Avalanche and Sheldon Dries avoided arbitration, with the forward signing a one-year, two-way contract. Dries appeared in 40 games with the Avalanche and 25 with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles last season. The contract is worth $735,000 at the NHL level and $395,000 at the AHL level. (CBS Sports)

The Carolina Hurricanes signed UFA forward Max McCormick to a one-year, two-way contract. His new deal is worth $700,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level.  McCormick played in 14 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators last season. (Charlotte Checkers)

Remaining Arbitration Hearings

Buffalo Sabres: Remi Elie (August 1) Linus Ullmark (August 2) Jake McCabe (August 4)

Calgary Flames: David Rittich (July 29)

Carolina Hurricanes: Anton Forsberg (August 4)

Nashville Predators: Rocco Grimaldi (August 4)

New Jersey Devils: Will Butcher (August 2)

New York Rangers: Pavel Buchnevich (July 29)

St. Louis Blues: Joel Edmundson (August 4)

Washington Capitals: Chandler Stephenson (August 1)

* 30 of the 40 players who filed have signed new contracts