Flyers, Nick Schultz reach two-year, $4.5 million deal

Jared Clinton
Nick Schultz (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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

Senators, Methot agree to four-year, $19.6 million deal

Jared Clinton
Marc Methot

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

KHL exodus: Viktor Tikhonov, Artemi Panarin to play in NHL next season?

Matt Larkin
Viktor Tikhonov. (Photo by Eduard Erben/isifa/Getty Images)

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?

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The 10 worst free agent signings of 2014-15

Dave Bolland's five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Florida Panthers is one of the worst UFA deals handed out. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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

Timing is right for NHL to disclose player salaries

Josh Elliott
Bettman and Fehr

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?
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Four-year deal for Sergei Bobrovsky a good one for both sides

Ken Campbell
Sergei Bobrovsky Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

When Ryan Johansen was involved in his infamous contract imbroglio during training camp, both Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen and team president John Davidson were unwavering in their stance. They both stressed they were willing to pay big-money and long-term contracts to players who had earned them.

And that’s exactly what they’ve done. Hours before taking the ice Friday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Blue Jackets announced they had signed goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to a four-year contract extension worth $29.7 million. That came weeks after the Blue Jackets locked up winger Nick Foligno to a six-year deal worth $33 million.

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Anaheim Ducks sign Ilya Bryzgalov to one-year deal worth nearly $3 million

Jared Clinton
Ilya Bryzgalov

Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is officially back in the NHL fold less than a week after signing a tryout deal with the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks announced on Tuesday that they have signed the veteran netminder to a one-year, $2.88 million deal. With injuries to goaltenders John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera, it was of utmost importance that Anaheim find some backup relief for starting goaltender Frederik Andersen. Read more

Why Jason Spezza’s contract extension was horrible timing by Dallas

Matt Larkin
Jason Spezza (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Everything about the Dallas Stars’ season was a head scratcher leading up to Friday, so the announcement of Jason Spezza’s four-year, $30-million contract extension is fitting.

Jason Spezza was a good get for the Dallas Stars in a summer trade with Ottawa that didn’t cost GM Jim Nill an arm and a leg. Spezza, 31, still had plenty left in the tank. He remained a point-per-game player, give or take, he was excited to play in a less hockey-mad market and there was a solid chance he would flourish as Dallas’ No. 2 center behind Tyler Seguin.

Spezza’s short stay as a Dallas Star has delivered on expectations. He’s tallied 18 points in 20 games, racking up assists on the power play. He hasn’t been a world beater in his own zone, but Spezza was never mistaken for Patrice Bergeron to begin with.

Note the term “short stay,” however. The man is 20 games into his Dallas Stars career. Why on Earth would this team sign him to a four-year extension now? The reasons not to stick out like a mason jar full of sore thumbs.

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