Change location: from Hyman to Edmonton, from Chara to the islands | Sports
Another factor behind choosing to stay in Canada was knowing that his family and friends could travel to see him play, given the uncertainty of cross-border travel restrictions during the pandemic.
The Oilers also got three-time Cup-winning defenseman Duncan Keith of Chicago, acquired Carolina forward Warren Foegele for Ethan Bear, and signed defenseman Cody This and forward Derek Ryan.
One of the Maple Leafs’ most significant moves during the offseason was the signing of forward Nick Ritchie.
“He’s a great man who moves well on the ice,” said Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner, who attended high school with Ritchie. “He’s a guy who also brings bullying. He’s not afraid to throw his body all over the place.
When Zdeno Chara wondered if he was going to play another NHL season at the age of 44, it came down to one thing.
“I love the game,” said the great defenseman after signing with the New York Islanders. “I have a passion for gambling and I believe I can still play.”
He’s not the only gray beard to play at least one more season, even though Chara won the Stanley Cup. Still in pursuit at 42, Joe Thornton signed with the Florida Panthers.
“It’s not like he’s going to Florida to sunbathe or something,” said Tomas Hertl of San Jose, who played with Thornton for several seasons. “I think Florida have a really good team, and they’ve proven that, I think, over the last couple of years. … He wants the Cup. “