Sharks and Panthers let go UFA’s

San Jose Sharks not resigning Scott and Hannan

Hannan let go by the Sharks

Hannan let go by the Sharks

The San Jose Sharks have decided they will not resign forward John Scott and defenceman Scott Hannan but have not decided on goaltender Antti Niemi. All players are set to become unrestricted free agent July 1st. San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson informed the medias that he had told Scott and Hannan that they would not be offered a new contract and they free to negotiate with any team they want.

Wilson has mentioned that he wasn’t set on a decision for Niemi or defenceman Matt Irwin. Niemi has been the Shark’s no.1 goaltender for the last 5 years but this year was his worst for his goal against average. The San Jose Sharks have missed the playoffs this season for the first time in ten years. San Jose are actively pursuing backup New York Rangers Cam Talbot and Ottawa Senators Robin Lehner.

Florida Panthers not resigning Kopecky, Ellis and Upshall

The Florida Panthers have also communicated their intentions concerning some of their unrestricted free agents. the Panthers have informed forwards Tomas Kopecky and Scottie Upshall as well goaltender Dan Ellis that their contracts would not be renewed prior to July 1st. All three will be unrestricted free agents and can negotiate with any teams they wish. The decision was made public by Florida Panthers general manager Dale Talon.

Dan Ellis will not be back with the Panthers

Dan Ellis will not be back with the Panthers

For the Panthers, this is a chance for them to allow their young core to take more responsibilities. Florida who have resigned veteran Jaromir Jagr for next year will be called to take on some of that leadership.

It is believed that Scottie Upshall and Tomas Kopecky will be able to find a team looking for their grinding style of play. Upshall recorded 8 goals and 15 points in 63 games played. The 31 years-old was a minus -8 and had 128 hits. As for Tomas Kopecky, he has spent the last 4 seasons with Florida and was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. He recorded 2 goals and 8 points in 64 games played. Finally Dan Ellis will add on the plethora of goalies available in the off-season. In the case of Ellis, it may be the end for the 35 years-old veteran. In 2014-2015, Ellis compiled a 4-3-1 record and a goal against average of 2.35 with a save percentage of .914.

Toronto acquires Zach Hyman from Panthers

Hyman acquired by the Leafs

Hyman acquired by the Leafs

In a minor deal yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Florida Panthers initiated the activities on the trade front, The Toronto Maple Leafs obtained forward Zach Hyman from the Florida Panthers and in return the Florida Panthers received forward Greg McKegg. In the deal, the Leafs also get a conditional seventh round pick in 2017.

Hyman who has played his last 4 years with the University of Michigan was a Hobey Baker finalist with the Michigan Wolverines last season. Drafted in the fifth round by the Panthers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (123rd overall selection), Zach Hyman scored 22 goals and totaled 54 points in only 37 games. He was a plus -24.  Hyman had refused to sign an entry-level contract with the Panthers and would have been available July 1st.  The Leafs will need to resign Hyman and according to Insider Bob McKenzie, it appears the two sides (Leafs and Hyman) will come to an agreement on time.

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