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Former Rockets busy as NHL’s 2021 free agency period opens up

A handful of former Rockets are either on the move or have decided to stay put as the NHL’s 2021 free agency period opened up on Wednesday.

Restricted free agents Cal Foote (TBL), Dillon Dube (CGY), Kole Lind (SEA), Carsen Twarynski (SEA), Justin Kirkland (CGY), Calvin Thurkauf (CBJ) and Lucas Johansen (WSH) were all issued qualifying offers.

Below you can find a list of former Rockets who have signed deals.

All stats posted are from 2020-21 season, include regular season + playoffs


Devante Stephens

Tampa Bay 

  ->   

Vancouver 

TEAM GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Syracuse Crunch (AHL) 26 5 6 11 25 14
Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) 16 3 3 6 16 5

 

Reporter Rick Dhaliwal reported that defenceman Devante Stephens is headed back to British Columbia, inking a one year deal with the Vancouver Canucks.

The White Rock, BC product has spent the last two seasons within the Tampa Bay Lightning’s farm system following a trade from the Buffalo Sabres to Tampa in 2019.


Gage Quinney

Vegas 

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Vegas 

TEAM GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Henderson Silverknights (AHL) 22 11 8 19 8 13

 

Gage Quinney, a member of the Rockets 2015 WHL Championship team, is staying put with his hometown team. The forward inked a one-year, two-way deal with the team.


Tyson Barrie

Edmonton 

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Edmonton

TEAM GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Edmonton Oilers (NHL) 60 8 41 49 10 5

 

Former Kelowna Rockets captain Tyson Barrie hit the market but decided to return to the Oilers on a three-year extension.

The Rockets all-time leader in points among defencemen led all NHL defencemen in scoring last season with eight goals and 40 assists over 56 games.


Luke Schenn

Tampa Bay

  ->   

Vancouver

TEAM GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) 46 3 2 5 60 3

 

After winning back-to-back cups with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Luke Schenn is returning to the Vancouver Canucks for his second stint with the organization. He appeared in 18 games with the Canucks during the 2018-19 season.


Alex Edler

Vancouver

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Los Angeles

TEAM GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Vancouver Canucks (NHL) 52 0 8 8 58 -8

 

The final member of the Canucks 2011 Stanley Cup run has departed for the Los Angeles Kings.


Nick Merkley

San Jose

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San Jose

TEAM GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Assat (Liiga) loan 19 4 9 13 33 2
New Jersey Devils (NHL) 27 2 8 10 7 -5
Binghamton Devils  (AHL) 5 1 2 3 4 -3

 

Nick Merkley’s rights were dealt to the San Jose Sharks from the New Jersey Devils earlier this week. The Sharks failed to issue the restricted free agent a qualifying offer, allowing him to become a free agent today.

According to Sharks beat reporter Kevin Kurz, the Sharks signed Merkley to a one-year, two-way deal.

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