The Philadelphia Flyers need to agree to terms with restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto, but they’re otherwise pretty much set for training camp. That doesn’t mean the rest of the summer will be uneventful though.
Jakub Voracek is going into the final season of his four-year, $17 million contract and the Flyers might avoid the uncertainty that comes with that by re-signing him this summer. His agent Petr Svoboda has begun talks with the team, per CSN Philly.
The 25-year-old forward scored 22 goals and 81 points in 82 contests last season, so he’s in line for a big raise. He’s not much older than Vladimir Tarasenko, who signed a eight-year, $60 million deal on Tuesday. It’s not a perfect comparable because Tarasenko is more of a goal scorer while Voracek has more NHL experience. Voracek also has a better track record over the last three seasons with 189 points in 212 games compared to Tarasenko’s 135 points in 179 contests.
In fact, over the last three campaigns, Voracek ranks eighth in total points among players that are 28 years old or younger. Of those in the top-10, the only ones to re-sign within the last year were Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (ninth and 10th respectively), who inked matching eight-year, $84 million contracts. But of course, Kane and Toews are being paid for more than just their point production.
CSN Philly speculated that Voracek is probably looking at a five-year deal that comes with at least a $7 million annual cap hit and in this market, that would probably be seen as good value.
Kings center Anze Kopitar is “in the early stages of negotiations for what will probably be a lengthy contract extension,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
Kopitar, along with Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, headline the top pending unrestricted free agents of next summer. Also in that group are Eric Staal, Dustin Byfuglien, Ryan Kesler, Jakub Voracek, Brent Seabrook and Milan Lucic.
For the Kings, if Kopitar re-signs, it’ll be another long-term contract on the books. Los Angeles currently has seven players locked up through at least 2019-20.
Kopitar, 27, will almost certainly become the Kings’ highest cap hit. At present, that belongs to Drew Doughty, at $7 million through 2018-19.
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A total of 23 players have filed for arbitration, according to a list unveiled by the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby along with Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist and Rangers’ Derek Stepan are part of the list released on Sunday.
The deadline for club-elected arbitration is Monday at 5 p.m. ET. Salary Arbitration hearings will be held from July 20 to August 4.
Here is the complete list of players who have filed:
Detroit Red Wings
New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers
Michael Del Zotto
St. Louis Blues
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that Ivan Provorov has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The financial terms were not released, but Provorov reportedly can earn up to the league’s maximum base salary for an entry-level contract — $925,000 annually — and is eligible for bonuses on top of that, per CSN Philly.
The 18-year-old defenseman was taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The fact that the Flyers already locked him up doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s likely to make the team’s opening game roster, but CSN Philly did note that it’s unusual for them to sign their top pick this early.
Provorov already plays a complete game and won’t need time to adjust to North American hockey as he made the move from Russia four years ago. He had 15 goals and 61 points in 60 contests with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings last season.
He’ll be competing for a spot on a crowded blueline as the Flyers already have seven defensemen signed to one-way contracts and that doesn’t include restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto.
Related: Get to know a draft pick — Ivan Provorov
The Buffalo Sabres added a veteran presence to their blue line, signing Carlo Colaiacovo to a one-year contract. As per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the deal is worth $900,000.
The 32-year-old Colaiacovo, who has a history of injuries throughout his career, now joins his fourth team in the last four seasons. He spent 2014-15 with the Philadelphia Flyers, scoring twice with eight points in 33 games.
The Sabres have also added another O’Reilly to their organization.
Yes, in addition to locking up Ryan O’Reilly with a long-term contract on Friday, the Sabres also signed veteran minor league forward Cal O’Reilly to a two-year contract.
Cal O’Reilly led the AHL Utica Comets in points in the regular season (61 points in 76 games) and in the playoffs (19 points, and only two goals, in 23 games).