Rangers GM Glen Sather was far and away the busiest GM on the day before the NHL trade deadline, making deals with Arizona and Winnipeg. But going into the day, the biggest question was the future of winger Mats Zuccarello, a pending restricted free agent who had been credibly rumored to be on the trade block due to his contractual uncertainty. And according to ESPN.com, Sather managed to get that situation cleared up before the clock struck midnight, signing Zuccarello to a four-year, $18-million deal to keep him in Manhattan for the long term.
With 12 goals and 35 points in 59 games this year, the 27-year-old Zuccarello isn’t enjoying the same success on offense has he did in the 2013-14 campaign (19 goals and 59 points in 77 games). Nevertheless, the speedy Norwegian has shown enough in more than five seasons with the team to have almost certainly received on the open market a significant raise from the $3.5 million he earned this year. Could he have received closer to $5 million a year instead of the $4.5 million he accepted? Read more
The New York Islanders announced Tuesday afternoon they have signed Nick Leddy to a seven-year extension worth a reported $38.5 million that will pay the defenseman $5.5 million per season.
Leddy, 23, is in his first season with the Islanders after being acquired by the team in October in exchange for defenseman T.J. Brennan, blueline prospect Ville Pokka and restricted free-agent netminder Anders Nilsson. In 61 games with the Islanders, Leddy has tallied eight goals and 25 points. Read more
With the trade deadline inching ever closer, it would have made sense had the Edmonton Oilers started to think about moving veteran center Derek Roy. However, it seems that’s not in the cards.
According to Edmonton Oilers play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels, Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said the team is looking to re-sign Roy before he heads to unrestricted free agency. A big reason for that? Roy is meshing well with 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov. Read more
Take another defenseman off the market come trade deadline day. The Philadelphia Flyers and Nick Schultz have come to terms on a two-year deal worth $2.25 million per season.
In 55 games with the Flyers this season, Schultz has registered two goals and 13 points, while skating just over 19 minutes per night. Schultz, 32, was originally signed by the Flyers in the off-season to a one-year, $1.25 million contract. The signing comes just days after word came that the Flyers and Schutlz were working on an extension. Talk about a quick negotiation. Read more
Heading into the trade deadline, many believed that the clock was running out on Marc Methot’s time as an Ottawa Senator. Early Monday morning, however, the two sides struck a deal.
Methot and the Senators came to terms on a four-year pact worth a reported $4.9 million per season and a total of $19.6 million over the contract’s duration. The deal comes just weeks before the NHL’s trade deadline and locks the 29-year-old blueliner up to a decent term at a good price. Read more
Jori Lehtera or Roman Cervenka?
That’s the question to ask about Viktor Tikhonov’s and Artemi Panarin’s respective futures. According to a report from TASS, converted to English via Google Translate, the SKA Saint Petersburg teammates want to play in the NHL next season. Their KHL contracts expire after the league playoffs this spring. April 30, to be exact.
So the question is: who are these guys, and will their NHL futures go the so-far-successful route of Lehtera or the short-and-not-so-sweet way of Cervenka?
The St. Louis Blues’ signing of Martin Brodeur didn’t turn out the way many fans would have hoped, with the legendary netminder playing some of the worst hockey of his career and then retiring once there was no longer a spot for him in the lineup.
But the signing was a calculated risk. Brodeur came cheap, was a capable backup and a teacher and mentor for young goaltender Jake Allen. Because Brodeur retired before Feb. 1, it saved the Blues from paying a roster bonus to the veteran netminder. Those are all reasons you won’t find Brodeur on this list of the worst signings of this season.
What you will find is a few players who are overpaid, contracts that are far too long, and a few gambles that simply didn’t pay off. Read more
With the NHL set to introduce in-house analytics data on its website in the near future, the situation has never been better for the league to add salary cap information to its statistical offerings.
The NHL has thus far balked at making all players’ salaries public, despite the fact that every player’s salary is already out there. Hockey insiders and sites like Cap Geek have been disclosing salaries since the dawn of the cap era in 2005, and that information has become crucial to fans’ understanding of the game.
Salaries drive trades, roster makeup and prospect development. They directly impact the product on the ice.
So why doesn’t the NHL make that information available, instead of forcing fans to go to a third-party site?