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Monday moments you may have missed


  1. Forward Rickard Rakell has resigned with the Pittsburg Penguins to a 6 year extension. The deal will hold an average annual value of $5 million. Rakell was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 13 after he played out his final season of his 6 year contract.

Welcome back, Rakell! The Penguins have re-signed Rickard Rakell (@RickyRakell93) to a six-year contract extension. The contract begins in the 2022.23 season and runs through the 2027.28 campaign, and carries an AAV of $5 million. Details: — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 12, 2022

  1. The Ottawa Senators have traded goaltender Matt Murray as well as 2 picks to the Toronto Maple Leafs in return for future considerations. Murray still has 2 more seasons remaining on his deal with a cap hit of $6.25 million. Ottawa will keep 25% of the goaltenders salary as part of the agreement. It will cost the Leafs just below $4.69 million against the books per season. Toronto will get the Senators’ 3rd round pick in 2023 and a 7th round pick in 2024.

Matt Murray is heading down the 🛣 to Toronto! — NHL (@NHL) July 12, 2022

  1. The Colorado Avalanche have signed pending unrestricted free agent Valeri Nichushkin to an 8 year extension. The deal has an average annual value of $6.125 million.

Nichushkin is 8x$6.125M on his extension in COL — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 11, 2022

  1. Forward Christian Fischer has signed a 1 year deal with the Arizona Coyotes. The financial details of the deal have not been confirmed yet.

Gone Fisching! 🎣 We’ve signed forward Christian Fischer to a one-year contract. Details: — Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) July 11, 2022

  1. Forward Michael Pezzetta is headed back to the Montreal Canadians on a 1 year deal with a $750,000 price tag. Pezzetta was set to become an unrestricted free agent.

The Canadiens have agreed to terms on a one-year, one-way contract extension with forward Michael Pezzetta.#GoHabsGo — Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 11, 2022


  1. Catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, J.T. Realmuto will not play the series in Toronto due to Canadas vaccination requirements. He has chosen to not be vaccinated and will take a $260,000 for the absence. Alec Bohm, Aaron Nola and Kyle Gibson are also on the restricted list for this series.

J.T. Realmuto said he consulted with doctors he knew and decided he did not need a COVID vaccine. He will forfeit close to $260,000. "I'm not going to let Canada tell me what I do and don't put in my body for a little bit of money," Realmuto said. "It's just not worth it." — Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) July 12, 2022

  1. New York Met Pete Alonso, Atlanta Brave Ronald Acuna Jr., and St. Louis Cardinals legend Albert Pujols have all been confirmed to be participating in the Home Run Derby. The rest of the field will be announced on July 18th.

Pete Alonso is back in the Home Run Derby! Will we see a Three-Pete? — MLB (@MLB) July 11, 2022

Ronald Acuña Jr. announced on Instagram that he's participating in the 2022 HR Derby 😤 — FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 11, 2022

Albert Pujols will compete in this year's Home Run Derby, a source confirmed to ESPN. The Athletic was first to report this news. This is Pujols' 22nd and final season in MLB 👏 — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 12, 2022

  1.  Three different San Diego Padres players smashed 400+ foot homers in the Padres 6-5 win over the Colorado Rockies. Jake Cronenworth rocked a 410 foot solo homerun in the 3rd inning, Manny Machado demolished a giant 446 foot solo shot in the 7th and C.J Abrams lit up a 427 foot 3 run homer in the 8th.

446!?!? Manny got ALL of this one. — MLB (@MLB) July 12, 2022

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