After trading Lubomir Visnovsky at the draft, the Anaheim Ducks had a void to fill on their blueline — and on the opening day of free agency, they filled it.
The Ducks have agreed to terms with former Carolina defenseman Bryan Allen to the tune of three years, $10.5 million. The average annual cap hit will be $3.5 million per season.
Allen, 31, spent the last season-and-a-half in Carolina after being dealt from Florida at the 2011 trade deadline. The defensive defenseman appeared in 82 games for the ‘Canes last season, recording 1G-13A-14 points while averaging just over 19 minutes a game.
Like everybody not named Brad Boyes, Allen got a raise today. He was making $2.9 million annually on his last deal.
It’ll be interesting to see what other moves Anaheim makes this summer. GM Bob Murray has constructed a solid — if unspectacular — blueline of Allen, Francois Beauchemin, Toni Lydman, Cam Fowler and Luca Sbisa, all for the relatively low price of $14 million.
That could provide flexibility to add salary in any (potential) move involving Bobby Ryan.
PHT Morning Skate: It’s not like they robbed a bank
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley seems pretty chill about healthy-scratching Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma. That goes for Monahan and Gaudreau in particular, noting that they’re “great kids.”
Besides … it’s not like they robbed a bank. (NHL.com)
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).