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Guardian Ville Husso will play next season with the Detroit Red Wings, who acquired him on Friday from the St. Louis Blues for the 73e Overall pick of the 2022 Amateur Draft.
Eligible for full free agency, the 27-year-old Husso is also expected to sign a three-year contract, worth an average annual value of $4.75 million, according to the Sportsnet network.
He will try to revive the Wings, which have been excluded from the playoffs for the past six campaigns. The Finn went 25-7-6 with a 2.56 goals-against-average and .919 save percentage last season, sharing the job with Jordan Binnington in goal.
However, he struggled more in the playoffs, where the Blues lost in the second round to the Colorado Avalanche. He's won two of his seven decisions, maintaining a 3.67 GAA and .890 save percentage.
In Detroit, four goaltenders have paraded in front of the Wings net in 2021-22, including Alex Nedeljkovic which has totaled 59 games.
A new team for Vitek Vanecek
The New Jersey Devils got goaltender Vitek Vanecek and the 46th pick in this year's draft on Friday, giving the Washington Capitals the 37th and 70th selections in the amateur auction.
Eligible for partial free agency, the 26-year-old posted a 20-12-6 record, 2.67 goals-against average and .908 save percentage last season, helping the Caps to earn the final playoff pass in the Eastern Conference. Having also played two playoff games during the spring, he will try to offer more stability to his new organization in front of the net; in the most recent season, the Devils used seven goaltenders.
Vanecek completed a three-year, $2.15 million contract in 2021-22. He was Washington's second-round pick, 39th overall, in 2014.
Eetu Luostarinen said yes to the Panthers
The Florida Panthers on Friday signed forward Eetu Luostarinen to a two-year contract, who was eligible for restricted free agent status.
The value of the deal has not been specified. . The 23-year-old Finn completed his National Hockey League entry pact this year.
Luostarinen helped Team Florida finish atop the overall standings in 2021-22, netting nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 78 games. He added two points in 10 playoff games.
“Eetu is a selfless, reliable and intelligent hockey player who plays consistently night after night,” Panthers general manager Bill Zito said in a statement. We are excited to have him back on our roster.”
The 2019 World Championship gold medalist was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes in a trade involving Vincent Trocheck on February 24, 2020.
In addition, the Panthers have signed defenseman Lucas Carlsson to a one-year, two-part deal.