NHL News: Nicolas Hague signs with Vegas, Derick Brassard inks deal with Sens, and more

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The Vegas Golden Knights and defenseman Nicolas Hague reached agreement on a three-year contract extension with a $2.294 million annual average value.

Hague, 23, held out of training camp and the preseason while seeking a new contract. The package is worth approximately $6.88 million.

A restricted free agent, he earned $832,500 in 2021-22.

Golden Knights sign Nicola Hague

“Nic loves being a Vegas Golden Knight and we love having him,” general manager Kelly McCrimmon said in comments tweeted by the team. “It was slower than we would’ve liked. These things sometimes drag on. We’re really looking forward to getting Nic back in town.”


The Knights selected Hague in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft. Last season, he appeared in 52 games and registered 14 points (four goals, 10 assists).

In 142 games with the franchise, Hague has 42 points (10 goals, 32 assists).

Vegas opens the season Tuesday at the Los Angeles Kings.

Senators ink Derick Brassard

Fifteen-year veteran Derick Brassard earned a spot with the Ottawa Senators for the upcoming season, agreeing to a one-year deal on Monday.

Senators coach D.J. Smith made the announcement to Brassard during practice Monday morning.

The deal is worth $750,000, according to The Daily Faceoff.

It will mark Brassard’s second tour of duty in Ottawa.

Brassard, 35, tallied 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 46 games last season with the Philadelphia Flyers and Edmonton Oilers.

He has 522 career points (202 goals, 320 assists) in 951 games with 10 different clubs, including six seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, who selected him No. 6 overall in the 2006 draft. He played in parts of two seasons with the Sens from 2016-18.

Emil Heineman out six weeks

Emil Heineman
Sep 28, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Emil Heineman (51) lines up for a face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens forward Emil Heineman will miss the first six weeks of the season with a thumb injury.

The team announced the news Monday. Montreal opens the season Wednesday at home against Toronto.

Heineman, 20, was a second-round pick by Florida in 2020 and has yet to make his NHL debut.

The Panthers traded the Swedish winger to Calgary in April 2021, and the Flames traded him to the Canadiens in February.

Heineman had 16 points (11 goals, five assists) in 38 games for Leksands IF in the Swedish league in 2021-22.

Coyotes claim Connor Ingram

The Arizona Coyotes claimed goaltender Connor Ingram off waivers from the Nashville Predators on Monday.

Ingram, 25, had a 1-2-0 record with a 3.71 goals-against average and .879 save percentage in his first three NHL career appearances last season.

Ingram spent most of the 2021-22 season playing for the AHL Milwaukee Admirals and had a 30-17-7 record, a 2.70 GAA, a .915 save percentage and five shutouts in 51 games. He ranked second in the league in wins and tied Stuart Skinner of the Bakersfield Condors for the most shutouts.

He was selected by the Tampa Bay Lighting in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Other claims:

  • Josh Mahura (ANA to FLAPanthers)
  • Jarred Tinordi (NYR to CHI)
  • Brett Leason (WSH to ANA)
  • Axel Fjallby-Johnsson (WSH to WPG)

–Field Level Media