Quick Hits: Spooner, Nichushkin To Be Bought Out, Maple Leafs Hire Hakstol, Signing and Injured Prospects
Buyout period ends tomorrow

Chris Johnston: “The NHL’s first buyout period closes tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET. Players can still be placed on unconditional waivers at noon tomorrow and have their contracts bought out.”

Chris Johnston: Ryan Spooner and Valeri Nichushkin were put on unconditional waivers for the purpose of being bought out.

Spooner, Nichushkin to be bought out

Ryan Spooner is on waivers for purpose of a buyout per @FriedgeHNIC

The #Canucks and the #Rangers will incur a buyout cap hit due to 22.5% of his salary being retained by NYR

VAN: $1.033M in 2019-20 and 2020-21
NYR: $300k in 2019-20 and 2020-21https://t.co/vbmOoDa7Kb pic.twitter.com/QRwvKICLEo

— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 29, 2019

Rick Dhaliwal: Roberto Luongo’s cap recapture penalty and the lower than expected salary cap lead to the decision to buy out Ryan Spooner’s contract.

Josh Clark: Nichushkin’s buyout will only cost the Stars $700,000. He would have had a $2.95 million salary cap hit, a $2.25 million savings.

Maple Leafs bring in an assistant coach and officially sign two players

John Shannon: The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired former Philadelphia Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol to be Mike Babcock’s assistant.

Leafs PR: The Maple Leafs signed both goaltender Michael Hutchinson and defenseman Martin Marincin to a one-year deal at $700,000.

Blackhawks sign two players

Mark Lazerus: The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Dylan Sikura to a two-year contract with an AAV of $750,000. The first-year of the deal is two-way, the second year is a one-way.

Blackhawks have signed John Quenneville to a two-year contract with an AAV of $750,000. The first-year of the deal is two-way, the second year is a one-way.

Ducks lock up a forward

Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks have signed forward Sam Carrick to a one-year deal.

Red Wings prospect injured

Helene St. James: Detroit Red Wings prospect Robert Mastrosimone will be out for four to six weeks after breaking his right ankle blocking a shot.

Sabres first-round pick injured

This was Cozens immediately following the hit heading to the locker room #Sabres @WKBW pic.twitter.com/3BonvhW2bd

— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) June 29, 2019