- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
All day we waited to find out how much Marcus Johansson would make in his new contract. We waited, and waited to hear how an arbitrator ruled off a Wednesday hearing
Instead, we found late Friday the Washington Capitals re-signed the forward to a one-year $3.75 million contract. Such would be a per-year raise for the forward, who made $4 million over two years in his last contract.
The 2009 first-round pick was a restricted free agent. Last season he had 47 points in 82 games.
Is $3.75 million too much? Is this too little. As Japers’ Rink showed a couple of days ago, he’s a second-line forward. He scored 20 goals last season. And let’s face it, this is second-line money.
The first thing to note is that Johansson has scored goals at 5-on-5 like a second-line forward over the course of his career. While Johansson has seemed overly deferential offensively when playing with Ovechkin and Backstrom, he's been effective away from them.
In the grand scheme of things, a second-line forward scoring 20 goals is pretty normal.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Not exactly the game one thinks of when correlating success and ducks. It even has the image of the dog who enjoys fetching the carcasses of the deceased water fowl.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
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• Have to applaud Zac Rinaldo for having goals in life... and recognizing how completely unachievable some are. [@rinaldozac]
• Commissioner Gary Bettman will be deposed Friday in concussion suit against NHL. [ESPN]
• Quebecor, Inc. submitted their application for a franchise; however, they're still looking for partners to bring back the Nordiques. [TSN]
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Shea Weber is a four-time NHL All-Star who has finished top-eight in the Norris voting six times in his 10-year career. He is very, very good.
But the question of how much longer that will be the case has some in Nashville wondering whether he's in decline, and has others elsewhere, including our own Josh Cooper, advocating for a trade. Weber has been the face of the Predators for so long at this point that such a scenario seems impossible. Seeing Weber on another team would feel somehow wrong, given that he's been with the Predators since there was a salary cap.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk wasn’t looking for long-term security in negotiations for his new two-year, $5.6 million contract. In some ways, it seemed like he was going for the Subban model – taking a short-term bridge deal to eventually sign for greater riches when he’s more established.
Galchenyuk said the bridge dealwas his idea, and after consulting with new agent Pat Brisson, realized it was the way to go.
Subban had a two-year $5.75 million bridge deal before cashing in majorly on an eight-year $72 million contract last summer. He proved his worth, and Galchenyuk believes he can do the same.
“I think it’s as simple as going out there on the ice and just prove myself and help the team as much as I can and see what happens in two years,” Galchenyuk said. “That’s about it.”
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
The celebration of the 35th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice” will continue this coming weekend in a unique way: on a baseball diamond. The Triple-A Rochester Red Wings and Syracuse Chiefs will honor the 1980 U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning hockey team by hosting Miracle on Ice Night Saturday night.
The Red Wings will be donning baseball jersey versions of the U.S. team’s white Olympic jerseys, while the Chiefs will wear the blue version. The umpires for the game will all be sporting hockey referee jerseys (What, no Soviet uniforms?). Take a look:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Jonathan Bernier and the Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t just apart on their arbitration ask price. They’re way far apart, as in Toronto has completely lowballed Bernier, asking for a one-year $2.89 million award per TSN.
That’s the lowest the Leafs could go on the 26-year-old restricted free agent netminder. Last year he carried a $2.9 million salary cap hit and made $3.4 million in real dollars in the last season of a two-year deal. Bernier asked for $5.1 million.
The Maple Leafs filed for arbitration on Bernier, which probably means Toronto believed it had more leverage in an arbitration hearing than the goaltender. The hearing itself is set for Friday.
Via the Toronto Sun:
“There is no chance the arbitrator will award Bernier less than the real dollars he made last year, which was $3.4 million, so the real gap is $3.4 million to $5.1 million,” said sports lawyer Elliot Saccucci. “I still expect an award of between $4.4 million to $4.6 million.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Just when you thought the bridge contract in the NHL was dead the Montreal Canadiens go and sign RFA Alex Galchenyuk to a two-year deal. The 21-year old forward will carry a $2.8 million AAV in each of the next two seasons, per Pierre LeBrun.
Galchenyuk will remain an RFA and have arbitration rights after the deal is up.
From the Habs:
Galchenyuk, 21, played 80 games with the Canadiens in 2014-15. He set personal highs in goals (20), assists (26) and points (46). Three of his goals were tallied on the powerplay and scored one winning goal. The 6’01’’, 198-lbs forward maintained a +8 differential and was assessed 39 penalty minutes, while maintaining an average of 16:25 of ice time per game. Galchenyuk added four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and a +1 differential in 12 playoffs contests.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Jakub Voracek has been locked up by the Philadelphia Flyers for eight years at $66 million. For those doing math at home that’s about $8.25 million per-year which kicks in for the 2016-17 season.
That’s a hefty raise for the forward, whose prior contract carried a $4.25 million salary cap hit. It runs out after this season. Voracek, 25, was set to hit the unrestricted free agent market next summer, which seems to be dwindling at an alarming rate with Voracek joining Ryan Kesler as marquee names who have signed long-term contracts.
Kings forward Anze Kopitar is expected to re-sign with Los Angeles before the start of the season. This puts Voracek in Corey Perry ($8.65 million salary cap hit) and Phil Kessel ($8 million cap hit) territory.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
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• Brad Richards’ son is hungry. Oh and look, there’s a silver chalice with food! [Brad Richards on Instagram]
• Most teams lowball players in arbitration. But the Maple Leafs are really lowballing Jonathan Bernier with their asking price. [TSN]
• Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is taking the blame for his team's issues. [Boston Herald]
• There are some players who may be hitting their final chance in the NHL. Alex Semin leads the pack of guys trying to hang on. [ESPN]