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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Justin Schultz to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The deal has an average annual value of $1.4 million.
Schultz, 26, was a key member of Pittsburgh’s defensive core during its 2016 Stanley Cup championship run, contributing four assists and a plus-1 in 15 playoff appearances. He helped set up Brian Dumoulin’s opening goal in the Penguins’ Cup-clinching victory in Game 6.
from Colton Praill of Sportsnet,
This off-season has already been a prime example as more teams stray from the bridge deal. The Colorado Avalanche inked 20-year-old Nathan MacKinnon to a seven-year $6.3-million contract that already has captured the hearts of Avs fans. Not to be outdone, Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff locked Mark Scheifele down for the next eight years to the tune of $6.125 million.
The Hurricanes and Panthers have also done the same signing Victor Rask and Vincent Trocheck to long-term deals.
Although the initial cost of these contracts may seem high in comparison to their bodies of work, the contracts are signed on a mentality opposite to the typical NHL contract. Instead of paying a player for what they’ve done, teams are paying players for what they’re going to do.
It’s a situation that offers positives for all parties involved. From a players’ perspective it’s job security; a promise that the team is willing to commit to them for the foreseeable future. For the team it’s a contract that, if your evaluation of the player pans out, will be well below market value when they enter their prime – especially as the cap continues to rise.
Former Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban sits down with Eric Engels to talk about the trade that sent him to the Nashville Predators.
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed Shane Doan to a one-year contract. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"We are thrilled to have Shane back for another year," said Chayka. "No one has done more for this franchise than Shane. He's one of the best captains in the NHL and we are lucky to have him."
from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,
"You’d like to have your team back as a coach but at the same time there’s salary-cap issues that come into play,’’ Gallant said. “It’s different than it used to be before. I definitely was a little bit surprised but overall we got a pretty good club. You put it on the board and you’re pretty excited.’’
Gallant, who watched development camp from the sidelines with his new assistants, Dave Barr and Scott Allen, said he’s not overally concerned about incorporating four new defensemen into the lineup.
“I wanted us to be a better team and we are going to be a better team,’’ he said. “On paper I think we are but you got to do it on the ice. There’s some good players we signed. They’re puck-moving guys and skilled guys.
"Let’s put it together and see what happens. I’m not taking anything away from last year’s 103-points. We were a really good team that took big steps. We got to be better again.’’
Press conference in Vegas at 4:00pm ET on Wednesday.
The host of Dean Blundell & Co. goes on an epic rant about Shane Doan, “a guy that looks forward to sucking every season.”
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with center Victor Rask on a six-year contract. The deal will pay Rask $4 million per year through the 2021-22 NHL season.
“Victor has gotten better every season that he’s been a part of our organization,” said Francis. “He is a big part of this team’s present and future, and we are thrilled to sign him to a longer-term deal.”
Rask, 23, established a career high and ranked second among Hurricanes skaters with 48 points (21g, 27a) in 80 games played during the 2015-16 season. The Leksand, Sweden, native ranked second on the team in assists (27) and third in goals (21). Rask (6’2”, 200 lbs.) led the Hurricanes in power-play points (18) and was second in power-play assists (13). He was fourth among Carolina forwards in ice time per game (16:58).
from Sarah McLellan of azcentral,
Coyotes captain Shane Doan agreed to a one-year contract late Monday night to remain with the only franchise he's ever played for, league sources said.
The deal contains a base salary of $2.5 million, a source said, a deferred signing bonus and incentives that essentially amount to $5 million.
Doan is coming off a four-year, $21.2 million deal and one of the most successful seasons of his career as he led the Coyotes in goals with 28, tying his third-highest output and doubling his production from 2014-15.
from the Dallas Morning News,
Mike Heika recently held a chat to talk all things Dallas Stars. Here are some highlights:
Question: Dirk has taken a lot of discounts here in Dallas. Do you think Jamie Benn would do the same to help bolster the roster?
Heika: This is going to be a very interesting negotiation, and Jim Nill will want to keep it all behind the scenes.
I think the Steven Stamkos signing in Tampa Bay opens the door for Jamie Benn to take a bit of a hometown discount. Stamkos probably could have commanded $11 million in free agency, but he took $8.5 million to stay in Tampa, citing no state tax and his desire to keep building a winning program. That set a precedent, and now it looks like everyone in Tampa is on board to take a little less.
Benn can do the same thing here. The cost of living is low, the value of the dollar is high, and he could take less in hopes of creating an environment where everyone is on a discount to make the team better. He's under no obligation to do so, but he can definitely help create a strong future in Dallas with this negotiation.
continue for more Q & A on the Stars
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