Sean Leahy

  • Flyers lock up Sean Couturier with 6-year, $26 million extension

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    Sean Couturier won’t have to worry about a potential RFA contract cloud looming over him this coming season. The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Tuesday that they have extended the 22-year old pivot with a six-year, $26 million deal. That comes to a $4.33M cap hit, per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

    General Fanager has the year-by-year breakdown, including $3 million in signing bonuses over the first three years of the deal, which kicks in at the start of the 2016-17 season.

    From the Flyers, who apparently didn’t read Sean McIndoe’s piece and failed to release terms of the deal:

    Couturier, 22 (12/7/1992), recorded a career-high 15 goals and added 22 assists for 37 points in 82 games for the Flyers in 2014-15. Following the season, Couturier helped lead Team Canada to the gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championships where he recorded three goals and added four assists for seven points in 10 games.

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  • Penguins upgrade depth by adding Nick Bonino, Eric Fehr in separate moves

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    The Pittsburgh Penguins’ bottom six has been an issue and general manager Jim Rutherford spent Tuesday addressing that need.

    Rutherford solidified his roster down the middle by acquiring Nick Bonino from the Vancouver Canucks and signing Eric Fehr, who spent nine of the past 10 seasons with the Washington Capitals.

    The full deal goes: Pittsburgh sends Brandon Sutter and a 2016 third-round pick for Bonino, defenseman Adam Clendening and a 2016 second-round pick. There is no salary retention involved.

    (What is Sutter feeling today knowing he’s now been dealt twice by Rutherford in the span of three years?)

    Meanwhile, Fehr signs for three seasons at $2 million per. The only monkey wrench in that deal is that the 29-year old forward underwent elbow surgery last month and is expected to miss 4-6 months. He also can give Mike Johnston some flexibility and move to the wing, if needed.

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  • Danny Briere still contemplating hockey future

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    Danny Briere will be 38 in October. He’s currently an unrestricted free agent and coming off the worst offensive season of his nearly 20-year career (8 goals, 12 points, 57 games). Those facts have all the making of us having seen the last of him in the NHL; but a decision is still to be made by the veteran forward.

    Speaking with ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside, Briere said he has yet to decide if he’s going to retire and plans to make a decision within the next few weeks. 

    "That’s kind of the big question: Can I imagine committing to it?" he said. "If I decide to play, I have to commit to full out training. I’m working out and I’m staying in good shape as of right now. But if I decide to play, I’ve got about two months left to really take it to the next level to be ready for next season.”

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  • Ted Black out, Russ Brandon in as Buffalo Sabres team president

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The Buffalo Sabres shook up their executive offices a bit on Monday with the news that they would be replacing Ted Black as President and alternate governor with Russ Brandon, who is currently the Managing Partner and President of the Buffalo Bills, a franchise also owned by Terry Pegula.

    From the Sabres:

    The decision, according to the team, as mutual. But that’s not what Buffalo insiders are saying.

    Source: Pegulas found how operations worked smoothly with Bills, then wondered why Sabres had so many problems. They looked at presidents.

    Source tells me Black wasnt frozen out on Vegas trip but refused to engage with co-workers. He was viewed as a weak leader, administrator.

    Via Vic Carducci of the Buffalo News: “Another source close to the situation said Brandon's ability to ‘combine assets more effectively, leverage combined assets and create a consistent message’ made him a natural to become president of both teams.”

    Now that’s some doubling down.

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  • Datsyuk meets Hulk; Johansson's arbitration ask; Canadian dollar future (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    • Back home in Russia, Pavel Datysuk met up with Zenit and Brazilian footballer Hulk and swapped jerseys. [Nash Football Instagram]

    • Marcus Johansson asks for $4.75 million in arbitraton while the Washington Capitals are seeking an award of $3 million. [RMNB]

    • Craig Morgan lays out the picture for the Arizona Coyotes over the next two years in regards to their future. [Fox Sports Arizona

    • Carl Soderberg talks about why he chose to sign with the Colorado Avalanche. [Denver Post]

  • Colin Wilson, Predators avoid arbitration, agree to 4-year, $15.75 million pact

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Colin Wilson and the Nashville Predators have avoided a Tuesday arbitration hearing and agreed to a four-year, $15.75 million extension. The AVV lands at $3.9375 million.

    David Poile had an idea in mind for his two restricted free agents in Wilson and Craig Smith. "Four years, something like that, probably makes sense,” he told the Tennessean last month. He able to make that idea a reality in the span of a week.

    Smith and the Poile went through with their hearing last week, but settled on a five-year, $21.75 million deal while the arbitrator was making an award decision. Wilson and the Preds didn’t need to travel to Toronto and plead their cases. They found a sweet spot in negotiations.

    According to the team, Wilson will make $3.75M this season and $4M annually in the final three seasons of the deal.

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  • Braden Holtby, Capitals agree to 5-year, $30.5 million extension

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Braden Holtby didn’t get the $8 million he was asking in arbitration, but that wasn’t expected. He did, however, get a well-deserved raise as the 25-year old netminder and the Washington Capitals came to an agreement Friday on a five-year, $30.5 million extension.

    The two sides did go through with an arbitration hearing Thursday, and the arbitrator had until early Saturday afternoon to come to a decision. The Capitals were seeking $5.1 million, while Holtby aimed high hoping for something in the middle. 

    From the Capitals:

    “Braden emerged as a top NHL goaltender and we are pleased to sign him to a long-term contract,” said Capitals GM Brian MacLellan. “We feel Braden is just entering his prime and in his young career has already established himself as one of the best goaltenders in the history of our franchise. He is an athletic goaltender with a tremendous work ethic and is a big part of our future.” 

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  • Canadiens take on Alex Semin with 1-year, $1.1 million deal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    What's the perfect example of a "low risk/high reward" signing in the NHL? It's Alexander Semin signing a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Montreal Canadiens, which the 31-year old forward did on Friday.

    From the Habs:

    “We are very pleased to have reached a short term agreement with Alexander Semin. Alex is a pure goal scorer with a good shot. We believe his addition to our group of forwards will strengthen our offensive production and our powerplay. A veteran winger with size, Semin has reached the 20-goal plateau seven times since the beginning of his NHL career 12 years ago. His signing represents a great opportunity for the organization and for Alex’s career,” said general manager Marc Bergevin.

    Semin was bought out earlier this month by the Carolina Hurricanes after three years in Raleigh. The Hurricanes owe Semin $14 million over the next six years, so his signing with a new NHL team would be about the best fit and not the price tag.

  • Lou Lamoriello prepared to be patient as Maple Leafs' turnaround continues

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    Nearly four hours after the initial news broke, the shock still hadn’t worn off. Much like in May when Mike Babcock was introduced in front of a big Toronto Maple Leafs backdrop, seeing Lou Lamoriello surrounded by blue and white rather than the red and black we’ve been accustomed to was every bit as jarring.

    Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan has known Lamoriello since he was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in 1987. That relationship lasted throughout Shanahan’s playing career and continued into his post-hockey life as an executive, which played a big role in the hiring.

    “I can tell you that if I want anyone recruited anywhere to go anywhere, I’m sending Brendan,” Lamoriello said during a Thursday afteroon press conference. 

    "Everyone concerns themselves with the team on the ice; the team off the ice precedes the team on the ice. I think we're set up very good."

  • Dominic Moore talks Smashfest 2015, NHL ping-pong rivalries (Puck Daddy Interview)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 7 days ago

    The scene was inside the Toronto Maple Leafs’ dressing room during an episode of  HBO: 24/7 . In the middle of the room was a ping-pong table with Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf as the two combatants.

    A similar scene can be found around dressing rooms across the NHL and that was one reason why Dominic Moore thought a ping-pong tournament would make for a great charity event. 

    On Thursday night inside Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto, around 28 NHL players will participate in Smashfest 2015 to play some ping-pong, interact with fans and most importantly, help raise money and awareness for the Katie Moore Foundation, named after the New York Rangers forward’s late wife, and the Steve Moore Foundation, named after Moore’s brother who suffered a career-ending injury in 2004

    Enjoy.

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