A roundup of the latest signings plus updates on Brad Marchand, Scott Hartnell and more.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils re-signed defenseman Andy Greene to a five-year, $25 million contract extension with a no-trade clause. Greene was eligible for UFA status next summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a significant raise over the $3.5 million he’s set to earn this season. I consider this a reasonable contract for Greene. He tallied his second-highest career point total (32) last season and has evolved into a reliable leader and two-way defenseman for the Devils. No surprise they wanted to ensure the 31-year-old remains in the fold long term.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings re-signed forward Dwight King to a three-year deal worth $1.95 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise here, as Kings GM Dean Lombardi always tries to keep his roster intact as much as possible. It’s a nice raise for King, who earned $750K per season on his previous deal. He’s become a solid depth forward for the Kings.
NHL.COM: The Winnipeg Jets have re-signed Matt Halischuk to a one-year, two-way contract worth $725K at the NHL level.
NBC SPORTS: cites a report from The Hockey News’ Ken Campbell claiming Nick Spaling requests $2.85 million from arbitration while the Pittsburgh Penguins countered with $1.65 million.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Scott Hartnell is expected to be a good fit with the promising young Blue Jackets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not only will he provide experience and grit but also leadership for the Blue Jackets.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand claims he can’t stand Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekenac.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Just as I’m sure there are some players who can’t stand Marchand. Somewhere, Plekanec is chuckling and looking forward to playing Marchand again.
ESPN.COM: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Kevin Hayes will likely become an unrestricted free agent by the August 15 deadline.
NBC SPORTS: Former NHL superstar Teemu Selanne is considering the possibility of playing for Jokerit this season.
NEW YORK TIMES: Another class-action lawsuit has been filed against the NHL by a former player (Jon Rohloff) claiming he was not suitably protected from brain injury and concussions during his playing career.