Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie was the only player who filed for arbitration to actually have his case heard. The arbitrator has until Sunday afternoon to render a decision, but the two sides can keep talking.
EA Sports wanted to inject some fun into goal celebrations in this year’s instalment of the NHL series, so they’ve added 40 unique goal celebrations, including one that will make Toronto Blue Jays fans especially happy.
Rickard Rakell and the Anaheim Ducks continue to talk contract, and his agent seems confident the two sides will find a fit. And in their search for “common ground,” don’t be surprised if Rakell and the Ducks settle somewhere close to $4 million per season.
The National College Prospects Hockey League’s Lake Erie franchise is rebranding after less than two months as the Warriors. The team’s racist logo caused an uproar and the league has announced the team will now be known as the Lake Erie Gulls.
The Coyotes inked RFAs Connor Murphy and Michael Stone to new deals, and though the average salary is nearly the same, the contracts couldn’t be more different. Murphy, 23, got a six-year deal based on his promise, while Stone, 26, had an injury leave him with a one-year contract that sees him needing to prove himself again after a career year.
Matt Dumba signed a two-year, $5.1-million bridge deal to remain with the Minnesota Wild. But with five defensemen now making $2.5-million or more per season, the Wild need to choose who stays and who goes from their blueline as they move forward.
Matt Carle signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Predators after being bought out by the Lightning, and though he came cheap, Carle could play an important role on Nashville’s blueline. Carle wasn’t the only potentially cost-efficient free agent still on the market, though.
In a 24-page response to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman goes to great lengths to point out there is no causal link between concussions and CTE yet. The key word is yet.