With a 5pm deadline yesterday for players to file for salary arbitration, many teams were eager to agree to a new contract with the players before it came to that. Two Canadian teams were busy, locking up important pieces.
-The Winnipeg Jets came to an agreement on a five-year, $22-million contract with captain Andrew Ladd. Ladd will get $4-million in the first year and $4.5-million in the four seasons after that. Ladd said he was relieved because he can now focus on his upcoming wedding.
-The Toronto Maple Leafs came to terms with Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak. Both signed two-year deals with Bozak making $3-million over the course of his contract, while MacArthur will make $6.5-million over two years.
-In the other big news of the day, Carolina came to terms with defenseman Tomas Kaberle on a three-year, $12.75-million contract. The Hurricanes then turned around and dealt defenseman Joe Corvo to the Boston Bruins, Kaberle’s former team and another potential suitor, for a fourth-round pick.
-Columbus came to terms with defenseman Marc Methot on a four-year deal. The Blue Jackets also signed Aaron Johnson for another go-around with the club.
-Staying with blueliners, the Phoenix Coyotes signed Keith Yandle to a five-year deal. Yandle will make $26.25-million while getting his wish to stay in the desert.
-The Minnesota Wild came to an agreement with recently-acquired forward Darroll Powe.
-In Vancouver, the Canucks continued to add depth pieces as they came to terms with centre Andrew Ebbett.
-The Blues made two signings yesterday. First they inked veteran centre Scott Nichol to a one-year contract, and then they came to terms with goaltender Ben Bishop on a one-year, two-way deal.
-Jay Feaster and the Calgary Flames came to terms with the club’s most recent first-round pick. Winger Sven Baertschi, who is taking part in Calgary’s rookie camp this week, came to terms on his entry-level contract.
-Two teams got tougher yesterday. The Nashville Predators inked former Edmonton tough-guy Zach Stortini to a one-year deal, while the Ottawa Senators and Zenon Konopka came to terms on a one-year deal as well.
-The following players filed for salary arbitration: Jannik Hansen (Vancouver), Josh Gorges (Montreal), Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg), Andrew Cogliano (Edmonton), Andrej Sekera (Buffalo), Teddy Purcell (Tampa Bay), Chris Campoli (Chicago), Sergei Kostitsyn (Nashville), Blake Comeau (Islanders), Ryan Callahan (Rangers), Brandon Dubinsky (Rangers), Brian Boyle (Rangers), and Michael Sauer (Rangers).
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