Miller signing, suspensions and Leafs earn Team of the Week: Around the Atlantic

Miller signing, suspensions and Leafs earn Team of the Week: Around the Atlantic

It was a controversial week in the Atlantic division. The Boston Bruins dominated the headlines with their signing of Mitchell Miller and two players were suspended. Also, for the first time this season the Leafs have earned the Team of the Week honour.
Miller signing
On Friday the Bruins signed Miller to an entry level contract. Two days later they have parted ways. Immediately after Miller was signed, the entire hockey world lost respect for Cam Neely, Don Sweeney, and the Bruins organization.
Either the Bruins management team is completely inept, or they didn’t care about Miller’s past. Neely claimed they thought Miller’s bullying of Isaiah Meyer-Crothers was an “isolated incident” and they changed their mind on signing him based off new information.
The story of Miller’s repeated physical and emotional abuse of Meyer-Crothers has been public since Miller was drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in 2020. There is no way the Bruins were unaware of the extent of Miller’s bullying.
Neely and the Bruins only chose to rescind their contract offer to Miller because of the public backlash. Had the blowback not been so extreme, Miller would be playing professional hockey in Providence right now.
This is another tough look for the NHL …

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Author: Scott Ony / The Leafs Nation

Around the Atlantic: Zadina, Myers sign new deals, Sandin headlines list of remaining RFA’s

Around the Atlantic: Zadina, Myers sign new deals, Sandin headlines list of remaining RFA’s

It has been a quiet week in the Atlantic division. There haven’t been any new acquisitions but two RFA’s have signed. It appears most of the teams in the Atlantic have their rosters set for the upcoming season. There are however still four unsigned restricted free agents.
Zadina, Myers sign new contracts
Since being selected sixth overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2018 draft Zadina has struggled to produce at the NHL level. Many thought he could be on his way out of Detroit this offseason. Instead they signed him to a three-year deal at an average annual value (AAV) of 1.825M.
Last season he scored ten goals and 24 points in 74 games (all career highs). While he improved his output, this still doesn’t match the expectations the team had for him when using a top ten selection.
Even though he has been unable to score consistently this contract could be a win for the Wings. At this point he is a low-end depth player but if his development gets back on track he could be underpaid by next season. If he doesn’t improve it’s a not much of a loss as the cap hit won’t hurt the Wings.
Philippe Myers was sent to Tampa Bay from Nashville in the Ryan McDonagh trade …

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Author: Scott Ony / The Leafs Nation

Around the Atlantic: Montreal picks first, Ottawa lands a superstar and Dubas cuts cap

It has been a heavy news week in the Atlantic division largely due to the NHL draft but there have also been several trades, some depth players re-signing, and new coaches hired. With free agency set to begin on July 13th rumours continue to swirl and teams are scrambling to lock up their guys before they hit the open market.
NHL Draft
Plenty of Atlantic division teams made massive moves on draft night. The Montreal Canadiens had the first pick, but it was the Ottawa Senators who acquired the best player. Prior to the draft, Ottawa traded their seventh overall selection, a second-round pick, and a fourth-round pick in 2024 to the Chicago Blackhawks for star winger Alex Debrincat. A two-time 40 goal scorer and only 24 years of age, Debrincat joins an Ottawa team already stacked with young talent. He is expected to play alongside 2020 third overall pick Tim Stutzle.
The Montreal Canadiens acquired a young Chicago Blackhawk as well. After they made Slovakian winger Juraj Slafkovsky the first overall pick, general manager Kent Hughes traded Alexander Romanov and pick 98 to the New York Islanders for pick 13. They quickly flipped that pick with pick 66 to Chicago for Kirby Dach. Chicago selected Dach third overall in 2019 but he …

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Author: Scott Ony / The Leafs Nation