Maple Leafs re-sign James Reimer, Flames and Canucks re-sign their top draft picks, an update on P.K. Subban and more.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs avoided arbitration with goaltender James Reimer yesterday, re-signing him to a two-year, $4.6 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s $2.3 million per season for Reimer, who requested a trade earlier this summer. Seems to me he realizes there’s not much of a trade market for his services right now. An improved performance this season, combined with his affordable new contract, could improve his market value. A rival club will be more interested in him carrying a two-year contract instead of a one-year deal.
SI.COM: Allan Muir believes the Montreal Canadiens will re-sign star defenseman P.K. Subban before his arbitration hearing on August 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Concur, and I also agree it’ll be a lucrative long-term deal. I’m guessing it’ll land somewhere between $7.5 – $8.5 million per season on an eight-year contract.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames have signed 2014 first-round pick Sam Bennett to a three-year entry-level contract.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks also signed Jake Virtanen, their 2014 first-round pick. to a three-year entry-level deal.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oklahoma City Barons (AHL farm team of the Oilers) signed former NHL forward Jason Williams.