The Sharks and the rest of the NHL teams got some bad news from the league
23 June, 2019, 03:31
The trades started before Ottawa opened the second round with American center Shane Pinto at No. 32 overall, pushing the conclusion of the draft into the background.
In exchange for the Norris Trophy-winning defenseman, the Nashville Predators got defenseman Steven Santini, prospect Jeremy Davies and two second-round picks - the 34th overall pick in this draft and the team's 2020 second-rounder. The Devils are projected to have $27,020,000 in cap space with eight forwards, four defensemen, and two goaltenders under contract. There's also a hope that Subban's acquisition will entice star forward Taylor Hall in signing a long-term contract if the lottery pick of Jack Hughes wasn't enough of an incentive.
He's now a big piece for the Devils with three years remaining on his current contract.
Bettman said on December 3 that the league's salary cap will likely fall somewhere in the US$83-million range in 2019-20. After the draft was over, the National Hockey League announced the cap would be $81.5 million. If Marleau doesn't want to play for the Hurricanes - his family is across the country in San Jose - then the team will buy out the final year of his deal, making him an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
The first round of the draft featured just one trade.