- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy36 mins 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 Daddy14 hrs 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 Daddy16 hrs 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 Daddy19 hrs 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]
Puck Daddy chats with NHL 16 producer Sean Ramjagsingh about EA Sports Hockey League, playoff beardsSean Leahy at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
Q. We’re about a month and a half from the game’s release (Sept. 15). As a development team, where are you in the process? Are you done with just some testing and tweaking left or are there still a lot of things to work on?
RAMJAGSINGH: From a disc perspective, our disc that will go to consumers is sitting with first party; so Sony and Microsoft do a final certification of the disc before it goes live. From a tuning perspective, the great thing about being connected to the Internet is we can always update the experience; so on this Thursday (today), we have the limited access EA Sports Hockey League beta going live. The purpose of that date is to get the game into the hands of our fans to experience the EA Sports Hockey League, the first time it’s back in the game on this generation console.
It’s also an opportunity for us to get feedback on the game, take that feedback, dial in the gameplay experience, tune the different player classes that we have as part of the EA Sports Hockey League experience and react to it.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon have been like Batman and Robin in Nova Scotia this summer, without the whole crime fighting thing. But they’re still using their powers for good.
Bryan Carroll, a 7-year-old Leukemia patient who lives in Dartmouth, has been fighting the disease for over a year. He can’t leave home, so he has been spending a lot of time in his backyard.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
Generally at various points during summers since 2012, the city of Nashville often heard noise from north of the border. The sounds came from cities (cough, Edmonton, cough) mentioning how the team in that area (the Oilers) would LOVE to trade pretty much everyone on its team for All-Star, All-World, All-Awesome Predators defenseman Shea Weber.
The crux of this thinking was easy. Nashville always needed forwards. The Oilers had tons of young forwards. Nashville ‘didn’t have the money’ to pay Philadelphia’s 14-year $110 million offer sheet toward Weber, which included yearly July 1 lump-sum bonuses of $13 million over the first four years of the deal. He’ll get $8 million bonuses the next two summers – not as much but still a lot to give a guy one day of the year. And then the poison pill of the deal will be over in real dollars, though his cap hit will stay close to $8 million.
Also, since Weber signed said offer sheet, it was clearly an indication he didn’t want to play in Nashville, right?
- Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy1 day ago
launched in 2005 and Dobber and his staff have hitched their wagons to Puck Daddy to preach fantasy hockey to the Yahoo! masses since 2009.
Now that the smoke has (mostly) cleared from an offseason that saw numerous big names change jerseys, we are now ready to discuss the fantasy implications of these moves. Let’s take a tour around the NHL to find out how these changes could affect player fantasy values entering the 2015-16 season.
Here is our preview of the Western Conference teams. You can read our Eastern Conference preview here.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Slava Voynov was sentenced to 90-days in jail as a part of the no contest plea in his domestic violence case. First reported by Nathan Fenno of the LA Times, Voynov began serving his time on July 7 at the Seal Beach Detention Center.
As a part of his plea agreement, Voynov was allowed to select the location of where he would be staying. He opted for a pay-for-stay facility; a place that’s more Wizard of Oz than Oz the TV show. Although his current contract has been suspended by the NHL and the Kings, it’s a safe assumption to say Voynov has the financial means to afford the $100-per-day fee.
With good behavior, Voynov will be out of the facility after 45 days, and out $4,500.
Does it feel like he got off light in serving his sentence? To most, it probably does.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
The NHL, Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens had their press gathering for the 2016 Winter Classic on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium, where we learned several uber-important facts about the blessed event
The Bruins and Canadiens will have an alumni game on Dec. 31, the day before the Classic. Huzzah!
The Bruins and the Canadiens unveiled their cool, old school logos for the Jan. 1 event, which will take place at the home of the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Huzzah!
There was no jersey unveiling … boo!
There was much thanking of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, almost to a nauseating level. Probably becauseKraft was having a really, really bad dayfor reasons that had nothing to do with the Winter Classic.