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Three Former Winterhawks Ink New Deals on First Day of NHL Free Agency

July 28, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Portland Winterhawks News Release

Portland, Ore. - Three former Winterhawks officially signed contracts with new teams Wednesday, as the NHL opened its first day of unrestricted free agency.

Following the news of Seth Jones' massive contract extension with Chicago, Sven Baertschi (2010-12) became the first former Portland star to sign a new deal, coming to a one-year agreement with the Vegas Golden Knights.

This upcoming season will be the tenth professional year of the Swiss forwards' career. He has played in 291 NHL games with the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks.

As Baertschi gets a fresh start, so does former team captain Dominic Turgeon (2012-2016). Turgeon, who was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 2014, will head to a new organization for the first time in his pro career, now joining the Minnesota Wild on a one-year deal.

A consistent performer in the American Hockey League (AHL) with over 300 games played, the 25-year-old had also played parts of two seasons with his now former parent club.

Later in the afternoon the Vancouver Canucks announced the signing of forward Nic Petan (2010-15). Petan, who is from Delta, British Columbia, will now play for his home team, which includes a Hockey Operations department of former Winterhawks Jim Benning, Travis Green and Kyle Gustafson.

Like Turgeon, Petan has been a force in the AHL over the past several seasons, averaging just under a point-per-game average. He's also played in 136 NHL games and will now hope to take his next step with the Canucks.

In addition to the above completed deals, former Winterhawk Chase De Leo also had his name surfacing throughout the day. De Leo is reportedly headed to New Jersey, but the club has not confirmed as of the evening hours.

Cole Kehler, Skyler McKenzie and Tyler Wotherspoon (alphabetical - last) are three more names that hit the open market and could sign in the coming days. Stay tuned to for more updates as they come in.


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