Author: Ryan Dadoun

Erik Haula

Erik Haula signs two-year extension with Wild


Erik Haula and the Minnesota Wild couldn’t agree to terms before their arbitration hearing on Friday, but they have managed to come to a settlement before the arbitrator was forced to pass judgment.

The Wild announced that they have signed Haula to a two-year contract. They didn’t reveal the financial terms of the deal, but it’s a two-year, $2 million contract, according to the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo.

Haula was asking for $1.2 million in arbitration. Minnesota countered at $775K, which would have been a pay cut from his salary of $900K in 2014-15.

The 24-year-old forward had seven goals and 14 points in 72 contests last season. He only averaged 12:09 minutes of ice time per game, but he was leaned on heavily in shorthanded situations on a team that killed a league-best 86.3% of its penalties.

Former Maple Leafs VP Loiselle joins Coyotes’ organization

Claude Loiselle
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The Arizona Coyotes announced that they have hired Claude Loiselle to serve as a hockey operations consultant.

Loiselle served as a vice president and assistant general manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2010-2014, but his departure coincided with the first wave of front office changes following Brendan Shanahan coming on board as the team president. Before his stint with Toronto, Loiselle was an associate director of hockey operations for seven season with the NHL.

More recently, he served as part of the management group for Canada’s 2015 World Championships team. Canada posted a 10-0 record in the tournament, including a 6-1 win over Russia in the gold medal game.

Loiselle is a former NHL forward that was originally selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to record 92 goals, 209 points, and 1,149 penalty minutes in 616 career games with the Red Wings, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Quebec Nordiques, and Maple Leafs.

Arbitrator awards Marcus Johansson $3.75M contract

Marcus Johansson

Marcus Johansson and the Washington Capitals couldn’t agree to terms this summer and ultimately an arbitrator has decided what his contract should be.

The 24-year-old forward was awarded a one-year, $3.75 million deal for the 2014-15 campaign, per the Monumental Network. He put in an arbitration request of $4.75 million and the Capitals had countered at $3 million.

He was coming off of a two-year, $4 million deal and earned a little under $2.2 million in 2014-15. Johansson has recorded over 40 points in each of the last three 82-game campaigns and posted a career-best 47 points last season.

He might have trouble replicating that level of success in 2015-16 though. That’s because the summer additions of T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams coupled with the rise of Andre Burakovsky might result in Johansson playing primarily on the third line. His power-play ice time might also drop from his average of 2:55 minutes per game last season.

Still, the fact that the settlement is near the middle will provide the Capitals with some breathing room from a cap perspective. Washington has a little under $500K in space remaining, per General Fanager, but that’s with three goaltenders on its roster. Moving netminder Justin Peters ($950K) to the minors would put Washington in a more manageable position.