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 Posted: Thu Jul 11th, 2013 01:59 am
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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/10/bruins-sign-rask-eight-years-56-million/

Bruins sign Rask — eight years, $56 million

Jason Brough

Jul 10, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

The Boston Bruins have signed goalie Tuukka Rask to an eight-year, $56 million contract, the club announced today.

The contract — which should come as no shock, given it was reportedly in the works last week — features a cap hit of $7 million. Only one other goalie in the NHL has a cap hit that high: Nashville’s Pekka Rinne (also $7 million).

In 2013, Rask went 19-10-5 with a .929 save percentage during the regular season. Then, in the playoffs, his .940 save percentage in 22 games was tops among all starters as the B’s made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

Rask, 26, is coming off a one-year, $3.5 million deal that he signed last summer. The Bruins had wanted to lock up their young netminder for longer, but ultimately both sides kicked the can down the road a season.

For Rask, it turned out to be a good gamble to take the “prove it” contract.



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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote:

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers have acquired David Perron from St. Louis Blues for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick.


If Perron can stay healthy then this is a very good deal for Edmonton. I'm guessing St. Louis did this for mostly salary cap reasons as they still need to re-sign Alex Pietrangelo to a new deal.

Very good deal.  I am pleased, as you can see by my new avatar.

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Cory17 wrote:
CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote:

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers have acquired David Perron from St. Louis Blues for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick.


If Perron can stay healthy then this is a very good deal for Edmonton. I'm guessing St. Louis did this for mostly salary cap reasons as they still need to re-sign Alex Pietrangelo to a new deal.

Very good deal.  I am pleased, as you can see by my new avatar.


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The New Jersey Devils announced on Twitter on Thursday that forward Ilya Kovalchuk has announced his retirement.

"After many conversations with Ilya over the past year on his desire to retire from the National Hockey League, Ilya's decision became official today," said general manager Lou Lamoriello in a statement.

"On behalf of the entire organization, I wish Ilya and his family all the best in their future endeavors."

Kovalchuk played 11 seasons in the NHL, including the last four with New Jersey. He retires with career NHL totals of 417 goals and 399 assists for 816 points with 516 penalty minutes in 816 games.

He added 11 goals and 16 assists in 32 career playoff games. Kovalchuk scored 89 goals and 112 assists for 201 points in 222 games, while adding eight goals and 11 assists in 23 playoff games with the Devils. He was traded to New Jersey by Atlanta on February 4, 2010. He was Atlanta's first choice, and the first overall selection in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

He represented Russia at three Olympic Winter Games, nine World Championships, one World Junior Championship and the 2004 World Cup.

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The New Jersey Devils announced on Twitter on Thursday that forward Ilya Kovalchuk has announced his retirement.


I wonder if his salary ( which runs to 2025 ) will count against New Jersey's cap like Tim Thomas's did for Boston last year ????


EDIT - Apparently his salary will take up $ 3 million of salary cap space until the end of the 2024-25 season.




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khawk wrote: Cory17 wrote:
CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote:

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers have acquired David Perron from St. Louis Blues for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick.


If Perron can stay healthy then this is a very good deal for Edmonton. I'm guessing St. Louis did this for mostly salary cap reasons as they still need to re-sign Alex Pietrangelo to a new deal.

Very good deal.  I am pleased, as you can see by my new avatar.


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Here yo go.




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Shocked by Kovalchuk.



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The Kovalchuk situation warrants watching, as I've read it could send a precedent to the Russians currently on NHL rosters that "retirement" is the key to breaking their NHL contract to return to Russia.

I thought most Russians liked the tri-state area. There were a ton of early 90's immigrants who basically took over sections of Brooklyn so maybe I had a different view. Maybe I'm just a homer and think the USA rules.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/11/two-silver-linings-for-devils-in-kovalchuk-retirement/

Two silver linings for Devils in Kovalchuk retirement

Jason Brough

Jul 11, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

It’s not going to be easy for the New Jersey Devils to replace Ilya Kovalchuk in the wake of his shocking retirement.

One of the game’s top snipers, Kovalchuk finished his NHL career with 417 goals in 816 games for New Jersey and Atlanta.

But if you’re a Devils fan, here are two potential silver linings:

1. Kovalchuk is 30 years old. Lately, injuries were starting to become an issue. In 2013, he only scored 11 goals in 37 games. Wear and tear is a real factor in the NHL; for the most part, it’s a young man’s league. (Not everyone is Teemu Selanne or Nicklas Lidstrom.) Kovalchuk still has a few good years left in him, for sure. But his days of scoring 50 goals were probably over.

2. The cap recapture penalty that’s estimated at $250,000 annually through 2024-25 would’ve been much harsher if Kovalchuk had waited a few more years to walk away. For example, if he’d have left after the 2017-18 season (when $79 million of the $100 million contract had been paid out, per CapGeek), the penalty would’ve been an annual charge of around $3.7 million for seven seasons.



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clawmaster wrote: Shocked by Kovalchuk.


 

He'll  likely will get a better contract from the KHL in Russia. He hasn't retired from hockey.

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The Boston Bruins announced Friday that the club has signed forward Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year contract extension through the 2021-22 campaign worth an annual cap figure of $6.5 million.

In 42 regular season games last season, Bergeron notched 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points with a team leading plus-24 rating.

He led the NHL in faceoff percentage in 2013, winning draws at a 62.1% rate (549-for-844), and was plus or even in 37 of his 42 games. Over the last two seasons, the centerman has combined for a 60.3% faceoff win percentage and plus-60 rating, which ranks first overall in the NHL during that span.

In the 2013 postseason, he scored nine goals and six assists for 15 points. He also earned two game-winning goals in the playoffs, including a series-clinching overtime goal against Toronto in Game 7 of the first round and a Game 3 overtime tally versus Pittsburgh in the conference final.

Bergeron won the 2011-12 Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward and was a finalist for the award this season. Also in 2013, he was named the recipient of the King Clancy Trophy, awarded annually to an NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.

In 579 NHL games - all with the Bruins - Bergeron has amassed 153 goals and 280 assists for 433 points with 180 penalty minutes and a plus-70 rating.

The native of Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec was selected by the Boston Bruins in the second round (45th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/12/devils-players-didnt-see-kovalchuk-retirement-coming/

Devils players didn’t see Kovalchuk retirement coming

Ryan Dadoun

Jul 12, 2013, 8:05 AM EDT

If you were blindsided by Ilya Kovalchuk‘s decision to announce his retirement for the purposes of heading to the KHL, you aren’t alone.

We previously reported that Zach Parise was “shocked” when he found out about the news and apparently that was the word of the day for the Devils.

“It’s definitely a little bit of a shocker,” Travis Zajac told the Bergen Record. “I didn’t really see that coming.”

Zajac was so surprised when he first heard the news that he reached out to Record writer Tom Gulitti to see if the reports were true. Martin Brodeur also used the word “shocker” to describe his reaction.

“I was like, ‘What? I’m the one who should be having that news. Not him,’” Brodeur, 41, added.

Devils captain Bryce Salvador also used the word of the day, but added that “you’ve got to respect” his desire to play at home.

Brodeur took things a bit further and suggested that the lockout might have played an important role in Kovalchuk’s decision.

“When you go through what he went through with his contract and the controversy and everything and to finally settle on a number and you turn around and that number is change dramatically because of the new CBA, that might have ticked him off a lot,” Brodeur said. “And for him, if there wasn’t a lockout, he would have never tasted the KHL.”

Brodeur added that as a player, he can understand Kovalchuk’s decision, but as a man that’s invested decades into the New Jersey Devils, he’s disappointed.

“He committed himself for a long time and when you turn around a few years after and you decide to just leave everything, it’s not like we’re getting anything for him,” Brodeur said. “If anything, it’s costing us money on the cap ($250,000 per season for 12 years as the cap recapture penalty for retiring before the end of the contract).”

One other sentiment that multiple Devils shared: Replacing Kovalchuk isn’t simple. But they’re going to try and win anyways.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/12/kovalchuks-mom-time-in-khl-during-lockout-strongly-influenced-decision/

Kovalchuk’s mom: Time in KHL during lockout strongly influenced decision

Ryan Dadoun

Jul 12, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

When the lockout happened, Ilya Kovalchuk took the opportunity to play for SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. He returned to the New Jersey Devils when the work stoppage happened, but it looks like his time there was a key factor in his decision to walk away from the NHL.

Kovalchuk’s mother opened up to the media about what transpired and one of the first questions she was asked was if he enjoyed his time with SKA.

“Of course,” Kovalchuk’s mother told SovSport’s in an interview translated by Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov. “Otherwise this question about leaving the NHL wouldn’t even be raised. And so it happened.”

Kovalchuk first began to talk about this matter with his family back in January, but he finished the season with the Devils so everything could be handled in a “civilized manner.”

Some will still be surprised that Kovalchuk would leave the NHL with $77 million over 12 years left on his contract, but his mother argued that number is misleading.

“After the lockout, there are a lot of restrictions at all teams,” she said. “They are also underpaid 20% [of their salary]. The League takes it as an escrow that may not be paid back if the NHL does not make profit. And then there’s government tax of 50%. That means on paper you are being paid $10 million a year, but in reality only 3. So the pendulum swung for Russia.”

How much Kovalchuk will make in the KHL is unclear, but there are reports indicating that he could end up making more annually at a taxation rate of 13%.

But for now, all that’s official is that he has retired from the NHL:

It appears SKA will not announce the Kovalchuk signing today. Monday is the most likely day.

— Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) July 12, 2013



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/12/wild-sign-depth-d-men-blum-and-landry/

Wild sign depth d-men Blum and Landry

Jason Brough

Jul 12, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

The Minnesota Wild have added a couple of depth defensemen, Jonathon Blum and Jon Landry, on one-year, two-way deals, the club announced today.

Of the two, Blum is the only one with NHL experience. The 24-year-old former WHL star with the Vancouver Giants has appeared in 91 games for the Predators, who drafted him 23rd overall in 2007. Last year, he played 35 games, scoring once and adding six assists.

That Blum only managed a two-way deal will be a disappointment for him, so he should enter next season with plenty to prove. The Wild defense is hardly uncrackable, which is part of the reason he chose Minnesota.

Landry, 30, spent last season in AHL Bridgeport, where he scored 33 points in 72 games for the Tigers.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/12/kings-re-sign-muzzin-for-two-years/

Kings re-sign Muzzin for two years

Jason Brough

Jul 12, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Kings have avoided going to arbitration with promising young defenseman Jake Muzzin. The club announced today that a two-year deal has been reached with the 24-year-old.

Per TSN’s Darren Dreger, the contract is worth $2 million ($1 million in each season). Muzzin will be a restricted free agent when the deal expires.

Muzzin had seven goals and nine assists in 45 games this past season. His 16 points were the third most among NHL rookie defensemen, behind only Justin Schultz (27) in Edmonton and Patrick Wiercioch (19) in Ottawa.

A bit of a late-bloomer, Muzzin was originally drafted by the Penguins, 141st overall in 2007. He was signed by the Kings as a free agent in 2010.



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