The Knights announced a four-year deal for the 25-year-old defenceman worth $3.875 million a season. Taken from the Boston Bruins in last summer’s expansion draft, Miller led the team’s defencemen in scoring with 10 goals and 31 assists. A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Miller appeared in all 20 of the Golden Knights’ playoff contests, scoring three goals and adding four assists. Taken in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, Miller has 19 goals and 51 assists in 182 career games over three seasons with the Bruins and Golden Knights.
The Canadiens were dealt a huge blow recently when star defenceman Shea Weber underwent knee surgery and will be out until mid-December, at the earliest. With limited options available in the free agent market, the Canadiens may look to an old friend to suit up for them this coming season. Veteran defenceman Andrei Markov, who spent last season in the KHL, has expressed interest in returning to the Canadiens this coming season, a source with knowledge of the situation told TFP on Friday. TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta reported the news via Twitter, adding that Markov even informed the Canadiens last summer that he would be willing to take a one-year contract, instead of the two-year deal that was publicly reported. At the time, the two sides disagreed on a dollar amount and the Habs informed Markov that they would not continue to pursue a contract with him. Markov, in late-November, reached back out to the Canadiens and GM Marc Bergevin about returning after expressed, at the time, that he was “very unhappy” in the KHL, the source told TFP, but the Habs told him they would not pursue a deal – had they reached an agreement and Markov’s KHL contract would have been terminated, he would have had to clear waivers to return to the NHL. It’s unclear if the Canadiens are interested in having Markov return for the 2018-19 season, but talks may gain steam this week. Markov, 39, registered five goals and 28 assists for 33 points in 55 games with Ak-Bars Kazan of the KHL this past season. In 990 career NHL regular-season games, all with Montreal, Markov has collected 119 goals and 453 assists for 572 points.
The Senators are in a very tough predicament. They know it. The other 30 teams know it. The fans know it. They’re going to trade Erik Karlsson at some point, presumably soon, and the return isn’t expected to knock anyone’s socks off. Karlsson has made it clear he does not plan on signing an extension with the Senators. Their eight-year, $80 million offer, or thereabouts, was a fine offer… just not for a player like Karlsson. Senators GM Pierre Dorion told everyone he’d pitch an offer July 1. He did. Now, he has yet another excuse to trade his captain and tell the fans he had no choice. The Senators aren’t winning this eventual trade. The best player in the deal will be leaving Ottawa. It’s that simple. Knowing Karlsson won’t re-sign puts Dorion at an unfortunate disadvantage. But it is what it is. It’s up to Dorion to maximize the best return he can. Talks with the Vegas Golden Knights have gone back to mid-season, well ahead of the NHL’s late-February trade deadline. It reportedly came close, but the Sens backed off. They chatted again before the NHL Draft. That, too, came close, but it’s believed the Senators backed off, yet again. Knights GM George McPhee has been tremendously frustrated with the back-and-forth negotiations with the Sens, multiple sources have told us. Again, Dorion’s job is to do what’s best for his team and if he doesn’t feel the right deal is there, he won’t make the move. It doesn’t mean the Knights can’t be irritated. Talks between the two clubs are ongoing, and a deal would include Bobby Ryan. Vegas would ship back a hefty package, and the names of Shea Theodore, Colin Miller, Erik Brannstrom and Erik Haula have reportedly been discussed as some of the pieces. We’ll see where it goes. The Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks entered the equation fairly recently, after losing out on John Tavares. While we’ve reported the Sharks offered Tavares a seven-year deal worth over $13 million per season, we’ve been told the Stars never pitched a formal offer to Tavares. Odd, perhaps, but it doesn’t really matter now. The Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers and a few other teams have also inquired about Karlsson, with the Islanders and Rangers, at one point, willing to include Ryan in the deal. We had reported earlier in the week that the Rangers were no longer in the hunt – it’s our understanding that they’ve re-entered the mix, and not just as a possible third-team to help eat up some salary. There is some talk Karlsson may not be willing to ink an extension until he and his wife are comfortable in their new city. That’ll factor into Ottawa’s return, and conditional draft picks will/should be part of the discussion. It’s unclear if the Sharks, Avalanche or a mystery team are still in the race. We’ve not received confirmation one way or another. The Islanders were an interesting player in this game earlier in the week. The information we’ve gathered tells us they’ve explored both Karlsson and Ryan. There is definite interest. They, like other teams, have spoken with Karlsson about his contractual status, but it all comes down to whether or not he’d accept a move (and eventual extension) to Long Island/Brooklyn/Belmont. If the Sens go to the dance with the Stars, they’re looking at a package that includes blueliner Julius Honka, some of the team’s other prospects like Jason Dickinson, Dennis Gurianov and/or Riley Tufte, among others, and a young roster player.