Reaction to, and breakdown of, P.K. Subban’s new contract, the Ducks re-sign Patrick Maroon, the Blue Jackets release their preseason schedule and more.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey wondered what changed following P.K. Subban’s arbitration hearing on Friday which saw the Canadiens re-sign the superstar defenseman to an eight-year, $72 million contract only 24 hours later. It could be the club realized it made a mistake playing hardball with Subban. They could’ve received a nudge from team ownership. Subban also received strong support via social media following the arbitration hearing.
NATIONAL POST: Guy Spurrier compares Subban’s new contract to those of other elite NHL defensemen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some interesting stats have emerged regarding the breakdown of Subban’s new contract. He gets $7 million per season in years one and two, $11 million per season in year’s three and four, $10 million per in years five and six, then $8 million per in years seven and eight. $25.5 million of his $72 million deal consists of signing bonuses. Subban’s annual cap hit is the third-highest in the league for this season. It’s also ninth overall starting this season. Those signing bonuses would also have an interesting effect upon his buyout calculation, not that it’s something the Canadiens are likely to consider down the road.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Anaheim Ducks re-sign forward Patrick Maroon to a three-year contract and signed their 2014 first-round pick Nick Ritchie to a three-year entry-level deal. Maroon will earn $1.9 million in 2015-16, $2 million in 2016-17 and $2.1 million in 2017-18.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A nice reward for the 26-year-old Maroon, who played his way onto the Ducks roster as a regular last season after spending most of his pro career in the minors.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is an advocate of his team’s new analytics department.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So-called “traditionalists” put no stock in advanced stats, but it is clearly making inroads in the NHL. As I’ve said before, advanced stats aren’t the end-all and be-all, but form an important part of evaluating the overall performance of a player or team. Don’t be afraid of them. They won’t hurt.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blues Jackets have released their 2014 preseason schedule.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes have teamed up with the Boys and Girls Clubs to help academically-challenged kids in the Raleigh area.
NBC SPORTS: Former NHL player Adam Hall signs with Swiss team HC Ambri-Piotta.