The NHL is in the midst of a recruitment blitz to bring in new talent as the league gears up for the 2018-19 season.
The first big announcement was the hiring of former NHLer Rob Blake as head coach of the AHL’s Rochester Americans, a franchise that has struggled to reach its potential under former AHL president Bob Gainey.
A few weeks later, the NHL announced that a couple of the top prospects in the NHL Draft will be participating in the team’s rookie camp this summer.
The next major announcement was that the NHL and NHLPA are hosting a “coach-to-coach” training camp in Nashville, Tenn., on June 1-2.
The second big announcement came on Friday when the league announced that veteran forward Brendan Gallagher would be making a trip to the United Kingdom to attend the 2017 NHL Draft.
The third big announcement on Friday came when the NHL signed two players, including defenseman Sami Vatanen, to two-year contracts.
Vatanen is set to make $2.2 million per season for the first three years of the deal.
The final announcement was when the AHL announced that it was awarding a one-year contract to veteran forward Brett Connolly for the 2019-20 season.