The world’s best players are waiting for the playoffs to start in 2018
The NHL is in a position to make some big decisions about the salary cap heading into next season, with no immediate deals in place.
That means there will be more uncertainty than usual around the league in the coming months.
With the trade deadline looming and the start of free agency approaching, we take a look at the NHL’s big moves of the past year.
The first of these deals is the return of the Sand Cat.
The NHL has re-signed three of its best players: Jason Spezza, Jonathan Drouin and Martin Hanzal.
The three players are all expected to make the team this season.
With the deadline looming, here’s what we know.
In addition to the three players returning, the NHL has added a fourth defenseman, who will likely be a depth piece: Roland McKeown.
The 30-year-old McKeon has played a combined 3,072 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Arizona Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs, and has a goal and six assists in those appearances.
In addition to playing in a top-four role for Tampa Bay, McKeons contributions in the NHL are well-known.
McKeon’s playing time in the league has increased each season, and the Lightning are not about to let him walk.
The return of one of the NHLs best players is something that has been in the works for a while.
McKeone’s move to the New York Islanders, as well as his signing with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2016, brought him to the league.
While McKeoys salary is not a huge number compared to the likes of Tyler Seguin and Auston Matthews, his return will add some much-needed depth to the Lightning roster.