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.
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