• Colin Wilson signs four-year, $15.75 million deal with Predators

    Jared Clinton
    Colin Wilson. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

    Cross out another arbitration case as the Nashville Predators and restricted free agent Colin Wilson have come to terms on a four-year, $15.75 million contract.

    The Predators announced the signing of Wilson on Monday morning and unveiled the terms of the contract via a release on the team’s website. Wilson’s new deal, which carries a $3.9375 million cap hit, will pay him $3.75 million in the first season of the contract, with each of the following three years paying out $4 million per campaign. Overall, it’s a brilliant deal for Nashville.

    The raise for Wilson is a significant one, as he nearly doubles his salary from the past three seasons, but it doesn’t come even close to breaking the bank for the Predators. Following his entry-level deal, Wilson inked a three-year, $6 million deal that expired at the end of this past season.

    Wilson, 25, was a first-round selection, seventh overall, of the Predators in the 2008 draft. Over his six seasons in the NHL, Wilson had shown steady growth, but it wasn’t until this past season that he really broke out. Read more

  • Rumor Roundup: Trading Sedins would spark Vancouver rebuild

    Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin  (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

    NBC Sports’ Jason Brough notes Daniel and Henrik Sedin were recently asked by a Swedish newspaper if they felt they might be traded. The twins replied they had no intention of finishing their NHL careers with another team, even if it meant another shot at a Stanley Cup.

    Brough observes, however, the Sedins didn’t outright reject the notion of waiving their no-movement clauses by the final season (2017-18) of their contracts. Should the Canucks miss the 2016 playoffs or become a first-round casualty again, Brough suspects calls for a major rebuild in Vancouver could increase.

    Such a rebuild would mean shipping out the Sedins. Their no-movement clauses, however, aren’t the only impediment. It’s no stretch of the imagination to assume the twins will only accept a deal in which they’re moved together to the same team. With both earning $7-million per season, takers for their combined $14-million annual salaries could be scarce. That especially if the salary cap doesn’t significantly increase for 2016-17. Read more

  • Rangers lock up Stepan to six-year, $39 million contract

    Jared Clinton
    Derek Stepan (Al Bello/Getty Images)

    Derek Stepan has signed on to remain a Blueshirt for the next six seasons.

    After reports had surfaced over the weekend that Stepan and the New York Rangers were roughly $2 million apart on salary demands – Stepan wanted $7.25 million, the Rangers were coming in around $5.2 million – GM Jeff Gorton and Stepan’s party got together and hammered out a brand new contract for the 25-year-old pivot.

    According to ESPN’s Katie Strang, Stepan’s new deal carries a cap hit of $6.5 million per season, which makes it a $39 million deal. While pricy, it’s fair value for Stepan and helps the Rangers solidify their one-two rotation at center with Stepan and Derick Brassard locked up for the next four seasons. Read more

  • Nik Antropov considering NHL return for upcoming season

    Jared Clinton
    Nik Antropov (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

    Nik Antropov could be heading back to North America to suit up in the NHL for the first time in two seasons.

    According to a Sports-Express.ru interview with Antropov’s agent, Schumi Babayev, the 35-year-old right winger is considering a return to the NHL for 2014-15, which would see him forego a contract offer from the KHL’s Barys Astana, the club with which the Kazakhstan native has spent his past two seasons.

    “(Antropov will) make a decision: to pursue a career in the NHL or return to Barys,” Babayev said, according to a rough translation. “Proposal from Barys it has, they are constantly in contact. The decision depends on family circumstances. At last year Antropov has one son living in Canada, and now he will play in the AAA league, and whether to leave him alone – there is something to think about.” Read more

  • Senators’ Chiasson awarded one-year, $1.2 million deal through arbitration

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    Alex Chiasson (Graig Abel/Getty Images)

    Alex Chiasson and the Ottawa Senators failed to come to terms on a new contract before or after his arbitration hearing, so a league-appointed arbitrator decided the fate of Chiasson’s next deal.

    Following a July 23 arbitration, Chiasson was handed a one-year deal worth $1.2 million, only a slight raise from the $900,000 he earned last season, which was his first in an Ottawa uniform. Chiasson came to Ottawa as part of the trade of Jason Spezza to Dallas, which also brought Alexander Guptill, Nick Paul and a 2015 second-round pick to the Senators.

    This past season, Chiasson, 24, scored 11 goals and 26 points in 76 games for the Senators while averaging less than 13:30 of ice time per outing. He became a healthy scratch in the post-season, sitting out Games 3 and 4 of Ottawa’s first-round series against the Montreal Canadiens. Chiasson didn’t find the score sheet in the playoffs. Read more

  • Comparing fitness freak Duncan Keith to your average gym bro

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    If some gym bro said he works out for half an hour but it takes him almost three hours to do it, you’d probably laugh him off. And you’d be perfectly justified in doing so.

    Why, then, is it any different for an NHL player?

    Throughout the playoffs, a ton of talk surrounded Duncan Keith and the minutes he logged: 31:06 per game. Fans know that’s a dump-truck load of hockey, but most would be hard-pressed to prove why. After all, numbers-wise, it’s no more than what our gym bro does.

    Consider this: Most NHLers average 10 to 20 minutes per game. Only the best play more than 20, while some play fewer than 10. The average shift lasts merely 45 seconds, and players clear the boards 20 to 30 times. All of this occurs over as much as three hours to play an NHL game. Endurance athletes like runners, cyclists and swimmers can go for much longer and do it without pause.

    Everyone in the hockey world knows this is one of the most demanding sports to play. Yet few understand what players endure physiologically that makes what they do so difficult.

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  • Dominic Moore’s charity Smashfest continues to be a smash hit

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    Dominic Moore and Patrick Eaves (via Twitter @_Smashfest)

    By Rachel Villari

    It isn’t uncommon to hear players refer to their organization like families, the rink like their home and their teammates like brothers. And while few would dispute these claims, the last one has particular resonance if you’ve ever spent the evening with dozens of NHLers, four state of the art ping-pong tables, unlimited beverages and a trophy on the line.

    As Tyler Seguin and Michael Del Zotto heckled the referees’ calls, Sean Monahan (who is incredibly not-boring) was sure to make a scene laughing at Jeff Skinner’s whiff of a serve, as fans who paid $1,000 witnessed this brotherhood play out first hand teaming up for doubles games with the pros. Such was the setting for Dominic Moore’s fourth annual Smashfest Charity Ping-Pong Challenge, hosted to raise awareness and donations for rare cancer and concussion research.

    “It’s hard to believe it’s already been four years, but this event just continues to grow,” Moore said. “Once again we have 30 NHL players back in action. I’m very grateful for their support and for them to come back. It’s an amazing community we have of hockey players that come together and make this night so unique and so special.” Read more