NHL player agent Steve Bartlett said he has known sleepless nights this summer because his out-of-work clients Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford “are two good hockey players who should be signed by now.” Vanek, 33, and Stafford, 31, are members of a surprisingly large group of accomplished free agents who remain unsigned primarily because of a league-wide salary cap crunch. Bartlett said he is close to landing a deal for Stafford, who had eight goals and 21 points in 58 games with the Winnipeg Jets and Boston Bruins. It’s likely he will take a pay cut from his last contract, which paid him an average of $4.35 million per season. “I’m waiting to hear from another team to see if they are going to
Understatement 1: the 2016-17 season was rough for the New York Islanders. Understatement 2: John Tavares‘ future is a pretty big deal, to Islanders and hockey fans alike. If Tavares is growing impatient with the Islanders’ process, then 2017-18 stands as potentially integral in keeping him around.
Henrik Zetterberg is scheduled to make $7 million in base salary in 2017-18, which is down $500,000 from the base salary he’s made in the last four seasons. After that, it’s a slippery slope for his 12-year, $73-million contract he signed with the Detroit Red Wings in 2009. Zetterberg will be 40 by the time it wraps up.