NHL Roundup: Devils acquire Ryan Graves; Panthers buyout Keith Yandle; latest transactions and rumors

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Jan 7, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) battles Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ryan Graves (27) for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports

The New Jersey Devils acquired defenseman Ryan Graves from the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday in exchange for forward Mikhail Maltsev and their second-round pick in this month’s NHL draft.

Graves, 26, has two years left on his current contract with an average annual value of $3,166,667. He was originally a draft pick of the New York Rangers.

Devils acquire Ryan Graves from Avalanche

Colorado had a glut of left-shot defensemen, so amid a flat salary cap situation across the NHL and just ahead of next week’s Seattle Kraken expansion draft, the team moved Graves for a less expensive player. The Avalanche also recouped a pick after dealing their original second-rounder to the New York Islanders for Devon Toews last October.

“Ryan brings physicality, size, an ability to defend in tough situations and a fearless compete level that makes him tough to play against,” said New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald. “His assertive style of play and ability to play with young defensemen are characteristics that fit into what we are building with our group.”

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Panthers buyout Keith Yandle

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Mar 13, 2021; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Florida Panthers center Noel Acciari (55) wears a jersey celebrating the 1000th NHL game of Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle (not pictured) prior a game against the Chicago Blackhawks at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

There seemed to be a growing divided between the Florida Panthers and Keith Yandle last season. Today, that divide has led to a buyout of the veteran defenseman.

Yandle turns 35 in September and had two seasons remaining on a seven-year, $44.45 million deal he signed in June 2016. That contract also had a no-movement clause. That meant Florida would have been forced to protect him in the upcoming expansion draft, and forced to expose a younger asset on defense.

The Panthers in turn used the savings on Yandle’s contract to sign Gustav Forsling and Anthony Duclair to three-year deals. Some early rumored landing spots are the Bruins, Flyers, Canadiens, and Kraken.

Latest Transactions and Rumors

Here’s the remaining transactions from yesterday:

  • Devils signed Michael McLeod to a 2-year deal
  • Flames signed Brett Ritchie to a 1-year deal
  • Sharks signed Dylan Gambrell to a 1-year deal
  • Predators signed Cole Smith to a 1-year deal
  • Canadiens signed Alex Belzile to 1-year deal
  • Blue Jackets signed Cameron Johnson to a 1-year deal

Here are the top rumors from yesterday:

  • Zach Hyman has permission to talk with other teams
  • Gabriel Landeskog upset with Avs, offers revealed
  • Philip Danault likely heading to free agency
  • Ben Bishop waives NMC

Read all the latest Rumors at The Daily Goal Horn.