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Blue Jackets hand Fedor Tyutin a six-year, $27M extension

The Columbus Blue Jackets made some big investments during this summer, spending big money to sign offensive defenseman James Wisniewski and sending quite the package to Philadelphia for Jeff Carter. While the team will look different next season, GM Scott Howson decided that one key member from previous campaigns will stay in the fold for the rest of his prime years. The Blue Jackets handed defenseman Fedor Tyutin a six-year extension worth $27 million, which works out to a $4.5 million annual cap hit.

Aaron Portzline reports that Tyutin will have a no-trade clause for the first three seasons of the new deal and then a modified no-trade clause from 2015-16 to 17-18. Portzline reports that the extension’s salary breakdown will look like this:

2012-13: $4 million
13-14: $4.5M
14-15: $4.75M
15-16: $5M
16-17: $4.75M
17-18: $4M

(Note: he’s currently in the final season of a deal that registers a $2.84 million cap hit.)

Tyutin turned 28 in July, which means that he’ll be 29 when that six-year deal kicks in. The all-around defenseman was the Blue Jackets’ leader in time on ice in 2010-11, averaging 22:42 minutes per game. That actually represents a slight decrease in time compared to his other two campaigns in Columbus; he averaged 23:31 minutes per game in both 08-09 and 09-10.

Tyutin scored 34 points with a +1 rating in 08-09 and 32 points with a -7 rating in 09-10 before seeing more downgrades in his numbers last season (27 points with a -12 rating). That being said, his numbers could improve if the team’s offense takes off with the additions of Carter and Wisniewski.

The deal might seem shocking at first because Tyutin isn’t exactly a household name, but he does carry a big workload and is one the Blue Jackets best defensemen in all areas of the ice. My only beef is that he received such a big salary for such a long term – couldn’t Columbus get a little extra relief for giving him six years and the added comfort of a no-trade clause?

Either way, the Blue Jackets aren’t being shy about making bold moves during this off-season. Of course, that go-for-broke mentality might not seem as exciting if the team parts ways with Howson in the near future, but at least the team isn’t stuck in idle mode after some disappointing seasons. If nothing else, they’ll be fascinating to watch next season and Tyutin should be one of their most important players.

Perry to captain Canada at Worlds

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 11:  Ryan Getzlaf #15 and Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks watch from the bench during the first period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on April 11, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Corey Perry will spearhead the leadership group looking to guide Canada to its second straight gold medal at the World Hockey Championships.

On Thursday, the Canadian contingent announced that Perry would captain the squad at this year’s tournament, to be held in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Joining him in the leadership group will be Colorado’s Matt Duchene, and Buffalo’s Ryan O'Reilly.

“This is an energetic young team, and these three players bring a mixture of youth and experience in their leadership role on the ice and in the dressing room,” Canadian head coach Bill Peters said, per the Toronto Sun. “Their resumes speak for themselves — they know what it takes to compete at the highest level, and have all been part of pulling together Team Canada successes during these short-term events.”

Unlike Duchene and O’Reilly, Perry wasn’t a part of last year’s championship team, but does have extensive international experience. He was part of the Canadian teams that captured gold at the ’10 Olympics in Vancouver at the ’14 games in Sochi.

He’s also played in a pair of World Championships, but failed to medal both times.

Trevor Daley is ‘in a good place’ now

Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby (87) is congratulated by Trevor Daley (6) and Conor Sheary (43) after scoring a goal during the first period of Game 4 against the Washington Capitals in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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In just a few short months, Trevor Daley has gone from not being a fit in Chicago to being an indispensable part of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The veteran defenseman played almost 30 minutes last night, by far the most of any Penguin. Despite the absence of Kris Letang and Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh was able to beat the Capitals in overtime and take a 3-1 series lead back to Washington.

“It’s funny how this game works,” Daley said, per the Penguins’ website. “You stick with it and good things happen. I’m just grateful for the opportunity. I’m in a good place here. I’m enjoying it with a great group of guys. We just play. That’s been our motto since I got here, since (Mike Sullivan) got here – just play.”

Traded to Pittsburgh in December, with Rob Scuderi going to the Blackhawks, Daley’s strengths were immediately utilized by Sullivan. The Penguins’ new head coach came in emphasizing the importance of breakouts, and that suited Daley just fine.

“Over the years my game has been getting in the play, moving the puck,” Daley said after he was traded. “I’m not the biggest guy so I won’t push guys over. I get into areas quickly and try to be a good team guy.”

It was simply a good match. And for that, GM Jim Rutherford should be applauded. The Penguins are one game away from the Eastern Conference Final, and Daley is a big reason why.

Related: Penguins provided ‘fresh start’ for Daley

Veteran d-man Volchenkov signs in KHL

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After not playing anywhere this year, longtime NHL blueliner Anton Volchenkov is back in action, having signed a deal with KHL club Admiral Vladivostok.

The deal, announced by Admiral on Thursday, puts Volchenkov back on a team for the first time since suiting up with Nashville during the ’14-15 campaign. He appeared in 46 games for the Preds, recording seven assists.

Prior to his time in Nashville, Volchenkov in over 600 games with the Senators and Devils. He’d established a reputation as a physical, hard-hitting d-man, but struggled with injury and mobility in the later stages of his time in New Jersey, and was ultimately bought out of his contract.

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoffs schedule for tonight

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The Stanley Cup playoffs continue with two games on Thursday night. You can catch tonight’s action via the NBC Sports Group’s television and digital platforms.

Dallas at St. Louis (8:00 p.m. ET) 

The TV broadcast of Game 4 will be on NBCSN. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here. The Blues lead the series 2-1.

San Jose at Nashville (9:00 p.m. ET)

The TV broadcast of Game 4 will be on CNBC. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here. The Sharks lead the series 2-1.

Here’s some relevant reading material to get you ready for tonight’s games:

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