The biggest revelation from NHLPA head Donald Fehr’s comments was already covered: it’s possible that next season could start even if a new CBA isn’t in place. Still, Fehr shared some other observations with Brian Hedger that leaned heavily toward the optimistic.
“I’m not going to pre-judge it, but there’s plenty of time to negotiate an agreement between now and Sept. 15,” Fehr said. “They’re going to start very quickly after the end of our meeting on Wednesday.”
Fehr laid out the biggest factors that he expects to emphasize during the negotiations, whenever they may begin.
“From our standpoint, the starting point is that the players made tremendous concessions all the way around (last time). The second item that comes to mind is that the game generates a lot more revenue than it did before,” Fehr said. “You put those two things together, it ought to point you in a direction where this negotiation should go.”
Those are reasonable points, yet the owners are likely to ask for the same thing as the players: a bigger piece of the pie.
The NHL doesn’t have the same system-altering debates such as the institution of a salary cap coming up, but money can still be a huge sticking point. While league-wide revenues are up, there are plenty of smaller budget teams who will want changes (most obviously in the form of a relaxed salary cap floor).
Many hope that Fehr’s comments about Sept. 15 not being a “magic date” ring true and the two sides start hammering things out soon. That expiration date is dangerously close to early October, putting training camp and perhaps regular season games in serious peril.
The players seem serious about being more involved this time around, which is probably mostly a good thing. Still, most fans and observers just want everyone involved to get something done – and as soon as possible.
Since being selected by the Coyotes at 13th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, Brandon Gormley has had a difficult time breaking into the league on a full-time basis.
On Thursday, the 24-year-old Gormley joined his third NHL team, signing with the New Jersey Devils on a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000 at the NHL level, the club announced.
Despite his draft status, Gormley has yet to play a full season in the big league, although this deal could give him an opportunity to end that. For the Devils, the deal adds more depth to their blue line and for a friendly price.
Last season, Gormley split time between the Colorado Avalanche and its farm team, the San Antonio Rampage. Despite some high expectations about where he could fit on the Avs’ blue line, he was eventually put on waivers in January.
He ended the season with one assist in 26 games with the Avalanche, and hit the open market after Colorado didn’t give him a qualifying offer.
After ongoing contract talks between the Minnesota Wild and restricted free agent defenseman Matt Dumba, the two sides have come to a deal.
The Wild announced Thursday that they had signed Dumba to a two-year deal, worth a total value of $5.1 million.
A breakdown of the new deal:
— In 2016-17: $2.35 million.
— In 2017-18: $2.75 million.
Selected seventh overall by the Wild in 2012, Dumba had his most productive campaign this past season, with 10 goals and 26 points in 81 games.
Known for his offensive skills — he had 20 goals and 57 points with Red Deer in the WHL in his draft year — Dumba also brings a coveted right-shot to the Wild blue line, which features four players with contracts of four or more years of term remaining.
As per General Fanager, the Wild still have $2.168 million in projected cap space, but they have secured all their remaining restricted free agents.
The New York Rangers announced that they’ve re-signed Marek Hrivik to a new contract. The term and financial details of the deal were not released.
Hrivik signed with the Rangers as an undrafted free agent in May 2012. The 24-year-old made his NHL debut in 2015-16 and ended up playing five games for the Rangers. He had one assist and a plus-3 rating during his time in the NHL.
The young forward was an important part of New York’s AHL affiliate in Hartford. Hrivik finished his AHL campaign with 12 goals and 29 assists. He tied for the team lead in assists and finished third in points.
If you go by Hrivik’s tweet, it appears as though he signed a one-year contract:
Now that Hrivik is re-signed, the Rangers have no more free agents of any kind, per General Fanager.
Another day, another scheduled arbitration hearing avoided.
According to multiple reports, defenseman Michael Stone and the Arizona Coyotes have settled on a one-year, $4 million deal, well ahead of their scheduled arbitration hearing set for Aug. 4.
Stone, 26, was a restricted free agent coming off a three-year contract with an AAV of $1.15 million.
Last season in Arizona, he hit new career highs in points with 36 and assists with 30. He also logged some heavy minutes, playing more than 22 minutes per game, which was second behind only Oliver Ekman-Larsson. That includes being used on both the power play and penalty kill.
Just more work done for the Coyotes on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, they announced they had signed defenseman Connor Murphy to a six-year contract extension, worth a total of $23.1 million.
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