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Report: Eberle contract extension coming “very soon”

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Barely more than a week after extending Taylor Hall’s contract, the Edmonton Oilers are reportedly on the verge of locking up another one of their young stars, Jordan Eberle.

Sportsnet’s Mark Spector has learned that negotiations between Oilers GM Steve Tambellini and Eberle’s agent Craig Oster are set to continue in the next 24 hours and that a deal is expected to be reached “very soon.”

It’s believed the Oilers would like Eberle’s contract to mirror that of Hall’s seven-year, $42 million extension (cap hit of $6 million.)

However, Eberle’s camp may point to the fact the 22-year-old has been a more productive scorer than Hall (though the latter is only 20.)

Eberle’s coming off a 34-goal, 42-assist season – his 76 points (78 GP) led the Oilers by a large margin, with Hall’s 53 points (61 GP) in second.

Writes Spector: “Chances are the Eberle camp would accept an AAV of $6 million per season, matching Hall, but will negotiate a shorter-term contract by a year or two than Hall’s seven-year deal.”

Kings grab goalie insurance by signing Budaj

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Jhonas Enroth #1 and Peter Budaj #31 of the Los Angeles Kings stretch before a game against the Arizona Coyotes at STAPLES Center on September 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
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In slightly less interesting Los Angeles Kings news than the latest in the Mike Richards fiasco, the team handed Peter Budaj a one-year, two-way deal on Friday.

The veteran goalie’s contract pays $575K on the NHL level and $100K in the AHL (though it’s $150K guaranteed), according to Hockey’s Cap.

At the moment, it sounds like Budaj will be third on the Kings’ goalie depth chart. That says as much about how things have been going lately for Los Angeles than Budaj’s work on a PTO.

As noted above, one of the more significant moves in Budaj’s favor came when the New York Islanders claimed Jean-Francois Berube off of waivers this week.

The Kings actually waived Budaj before signing him, so this has to be a relief to a goalie with a fairly robust resume as a backup.

All apologies to Budaj, but it’s probably true that the Kings would prefer not to see him at the NHL level very often in 2015-16.

Kings, NHLPA announce settlement in Richards grievance

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The Los Angeles Kings announced today that they have “reached an agreement with Mike Richards to resolve the grievance filed in relation to the termination of his NHL Standard Players Contract. The terms are agreeable to all parties.”

The club said that it will not be commenting further “on the terms” of the settlement.

The NHLPA released a similar statement.

It was reported earlier in the week that a settlement was close to being reached; however, it wasn’t clear what salary-cap penalties the Kings would incur.

We’re starting to find out some details now:

How the final numbers differ from what the Kings would have incurred if they’d bought Richards out will be interesting to see. And if there are differences, how will they be justified?

Stay tuned.