- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy32 mins ago
Vladimir Tarasenko’s newly signed 8-year, $60-million contract is a blockbuster contract. But unlike most blockbusters, its director had a firm handle on the budget.
GM Doug Armstrong made the restricted free agent the team’s priority, and paid him as such: Tarasenko’s $7.5 million cap hit makes the 23-year-old the highest paid member of the Blues, eclipsing Paul Stastny’s free-agent bonanza ($7 million) and Alex Pietrangelo’s own second-contract jackpot ($6.5 million).
According to Andy Strickland, the Tarasenko deal breaks down as follows, starting in 2015-16 through 2022-23: $8 million in the first two years, $7 million in the next two, $9.5 million, then $5.5 million, then $9.5 million and then $5 million. Fun!
(Interesting dips around the 2021-22 season, after which the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires. He makes $5.5 million the year before the next lockout and then $9.5 million during the lockout!)
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy37 mins ago
Mikkel Boedker was one of 23 NHL players to file for arbitration on Sunday. And like many instances of a planned arbitration hearing, the forward and the Arizona Coyotes won’t need to sit down in a Toronto conference room to have a third-party decide on his new contract.
On Tuesday, Boedker, who was a restricted free agent, and the Coyotes agreed to a one-year, $3.75 million deal, per the Arizona Republic’s Sarah McLellan.
"We are pleased to sign Mikkel," said Coyotes GM Don Maloney in a statement. "He is an important player for us and we look forward to having him back next season.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy42 mins ago
The Chicago Blackhawks locked up a defenseman Tuesday. No, not the guy with amazing abs. They re-signed Trevor van Riemsdyk to a two-year contract worth $1.65 million total. It’s a one-way deal.
Rejoice Chicago fans with TVR jerseys who were horrified he would also be part of a long line of Hawks to vacate Chicago this summer.
Said van Riemsdyk’s agent via ESPN Chicago:
"We are pleased to be able to extend Trevor van Riemsdyk's contract with the Blackhawks," his agent Alec Schall said. "The organization has been great to Trevor, and he has made the best of the opportunities that they have presented to him."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Every movement needs a visionary. Travis White may be that visionary.
White is a city councilor in Proctor, Minnesota. It’s a city in the northern part of the state whose population was just over 3,000 people in the 2010 census; but it’s located just outside of Duluth and roughly four and a half hours away from Grand Forks, North Dakota.
And Travis White believes it should be home to a National Hockey League expansion team.
“Hockey is the number one sports in northern Minnesota,” said White, via the Grand Forks Herald. "With the window of opportunity here where the NHL is looking at expanding and the history that we have up here of hockey, it would be a no-brainer.”
The NHL team is the latest part of a sports Mecca plan for the area from White. His resolution to support an NFL team returning to the area – the Duluth Eskimos were a thing from 1923-27 – was approved in May. He has designs to build a minor league baseball stadium as well.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The NHL opened its expansion process on Monday, with interested parties able to submit bids to potentially become the league’s 31st and/or 32nd team.
Some of the markets we know will be submitting bids: Las Vegas, Quebec City, Seattle (which may possibly send in two bids), and Southern Ontario — at least, that’s what representatives have said on the record.
Not jumping into the expansion pool, as we discussed on Monday, is Kansas City, which has a shiny building, but no one willing to step up and help bring a team there at the moment.
To get started in the bid process, there is $1 million application fee, according to TSN’s Frank Seravalli. Only some of that is refundable. What won’t be refundable is the expansion fee which will likely start at $500 million should you be awarded a franchise. (That sound you heard was Bill Foley opening his check book for Las Vegas.)
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Let’s say you’re one of the 7,300 fans that watched an Edmonton Oilers intrasquad scrimmage in which No. 1 overall pick Connor McDavid made his debut.
Let’s say his team scored eight goals in the 40 minutes of 4-on-4 (no hit) hockey and then seven minutes of 3-on-3. What did you expect from him?
To better understand McJesus’s debut in front of his parishioners, we’ve created a handy chart:
Yes, five goals. Good to see McDavid is setting the bar rather low for his rookie season.
Here’s a look at his performance in the annual Billy Moores Cup at Rexall Place. You’ll have to suffer through the eight goals he didn’t score to see the ones he did.
Gotta love fans that’ll toss their caps on the ice for an intrasquad scrimmage hat trick.
"It was fun. Anytime you get a chance to play in front of fans like that, it's always exciting," McDavid said. "It was pretty competitive, just with the guys that we had, and they made a lot of great plays out there."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The Chronicles of Stanley is an occasional series this summer that tracks the Chicago Blackhawks as they each get their special alone time with the Stanley Cup.
Kate Cleaver was on the shore of Roblin Lake in Ontario, preparing for her wedding with some photographs with her bridesmaids. Suddenly, an unexpected guest arrived on a boat:
The Stanley Cup.
Oh, and its chaperone: Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw, clad in his red home jersey, shorts and sandals.
"How many people can say they got at picture with the Stanley Cup in their wedding gown with their favorite player?" wrote Cleaver in an email to Justin Breen of DNAInfo.
“I've dreamed of my wedding day since I was a little girl! It turned out to be all I ever dreamed of and MORE thanks to Andrew! Having the Cup there took my mind off of how nervous I was to walk down the aisle. I was so excited to be taking a picture in my wedding gown with the Stanley Cup!"
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
A top prospect not named Jack Eichel or Connor McDavid signed an entry-level contract. Yes, there were talented players in this year’s draft with other names.
Dylan Strome, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 Draft inked an entry-level deal with the Arizona Coyotes on Monday.
Strome actually had more points than McDavid last season. Though his 129 points were accrued in 68 games. McDavid, the savior of hockey in Edmonton, got 120 points in 47 contests thanks to an injury. Kids these days and their tempers.
"We are very pleased to sign Dylan to an entry-level contract,” general manager Don Maloney said in a team statement. "Dylan is a very talented player and all he's done his entire career is lead his teams and leagues in scoring and win championships. He will be an important player for us in the future and a key building block for this franchise."
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
The Summer of 2015 will be remembered as the Summer of the Offer Sheet Threat, which in turn made it the Summer of the RFA Long-Term Deal, as evidenced by the trade-and-sign journeys of Dougie Hamilton and Brandon Saad.
Does that mean that the bridge contract – short-term, lower cap hit than if the contract gobbled up unrestricted years – is on the wane? As James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail wrote on Monday:
“The landscape is shifting rapidly in the favour of players such as Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis), Derek Stepan (the Rangers) and Braden Holtby (Washington), who can all make a case they deserve to be paid like stars.”
True, but there are some stragglers. We saw Nazem Kadri sign a $4.1 million deal for one year from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday, and on Monday the Washington Capitals signed Evgeny Kuznetsov to a 2-year, $6-million deal.
From the Caps:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
The Chicago Blackhawks believe they’ve earned a couple of rights after winning three Stanley Cups in six years.
First, they believe they have the right to expect players to play sign deals that are favorable to the Blackhawks’ cap situation. That means veteran players that will take less than market value to play for a chance at the Cup, and that means players that are on the roster signing contracts that won’t blow out the team’s financial structure.
And if a player decided he wants a contract that does blow out the salary structure? Well, we hear Columbus is lovely in the winter.
The Blackhawks also believe they have the right to ask for patience until they get their financial house in order, which is why center Marcus Kruger and defenseman Johnny Oduya – two players bound to have attracted interest as free agents – are biding their time while GM Stan Bowman figures out what to do with either Patrick Sharp ($5.9 million) and/or Bryan Bickell ($4 million). Because both want to remain Blackhawks.