We all hope to one day wake up with several million in the bank, and that’s exactly what happened to Alex Killorn. The Montreal forward said yes to a huge contract from the Anaheim Ducks, who kindly offered him a four-year deal, at an annual average of $6.25 million. It seems very expensive paid for this proud veteran, who has just concluded the best season of his life, collecting 64 points in 82 meetings during the last season with the Lightning. Killorn also only knew the city of Tampa as a hockey home, having been the Lightning’s third-round pick in the 2007 draft. The Ducks, in fact, were feeling the holiday spirit in the middle of summer. , because they also chose to make another gift, this time to defender Radko Gudas, who couldn’t believe his luck in receiving this three-year contract for a nice average of 4 million dollars per season.
We can’t say it enough, but the Golden Knights have just won with a goalkeeper who was basically the club’s fourth goalkeeper last summer. So why fight for a keeper? That’s a very good question, but that reality hasn’t stopped NHL clubs from splurging on mittens and face masks. So the Ottawa Senators signed Joonas Korpisalo to a big 5-year contract, for $4 million a year. It’s expensive to pay, but hey, it’s their money. Then, we note that several other goalies took advantage of moving day (in Quebec anyway) to move too, including Laurent Brossoit (1 year and 1.75 million with the Jets), Jonathan Quick (1 year and 825 $000 with the Rangers), MacKenzie Blackwood (2 years and 4.7 million total with the Sharks) and James Reimer (1 year at 1.5 million with the Red Wings). All that to say that we are already counting the minutes before the management of the Senators begins to regret the contract granted to Korpisalo on July 1, 2023.
Since it is a question of removals, here is one who is used to it. Free agent Ryan O’Reilly chose to pack his things and move to Nashville, a beautiful life decision that we can all understand. The veteran forward said yes to the Predators, commensurate with a new four-year deal, averaging $4.5 million a year. If we count correctly, and we believe we can do it, that makes O’Reilly’s fifth team since he started skating in this league, in 2009-2010. Thus, over time, the big forward donned the jersey of the Colorado Avalanche, the Buffalo Sabers, the St. Louis Blues and the Toronto Maple Leafs, with whom he obtained 9 points in 11 games. The 32-year-old arguably had his best moments in St. Louis, especially in the spring of 2019, when he won the Stanley Cup and the Conn-Smythe Trophy with the Blues. The Predators will now hope that he still has some magic left.
Last spring must have been fabulous for the Carolina Hurricanes. It didn’t, and obviously the Hurricanes still have a bitter taste of it, because they chose to drown their sorrows by spending, as we all do. Thus, the Hurricanes granted new contracts to three of their own players on this crazy day, in addition to bringing in two others, starting with Dmitry Orlov, who will land in this corner of the country with a new two-year contract. , and an average of 7.75 million per season. Former Maple Leafs rookie of the year finalist Michael Bunting also accepted a 3-year, $13.5 million offer. Moreover, the Hurricanes have chosen to bring back goalkeepers Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta, as well as striker Jesper Fast, who was undoubtedly quick to say yes to this proposal. A few days ago, the Hurricanes also chose to bring Jordan Staal back for four more seasons.
All this happened at the end of the day, when we were no longer expecting it. But it did happen, and the Islanders announced no less than four spectacular contract extensions at the end of the day, and not the least. The first to jump for joy is undoubtedly Pierre Engvall, who obtained a 7-year contract extension, at an average of 3 million per season. Then, defender Scott Mayfield also got a 7-year contract extension, and goalkeeper Ilya Sorokin got a very nice contract extension too, but even more beautiful, over 8 years, for the modest sum of 66 million. . The club’s other goalkeeper, Semyon Varlamov, has been granted a four-year contract extension for $11 million.
• Tristan Jarry is going nowhere. The Pittsburgh Penguins have decided to offer him the keys to the city in the form of a 5-year, $26.88 million contract. Jarry had his fair share of injuries last season, which ironically may have proven his worth. He was 24-13-7 with a 2.90 GAA and .909 save percentage. “At his age (28), and looking at the market, it was the best decision for the team,” said GM Kyle Dubas.
• The New York Rangers have added experience to their roster, signing forward Blake Wheeler. Wheeler had his contract bought out by the Winnipeg Jets earlier last week. He will receive a salary of $800,000, with an additional $300,000 available as bonuses.
• The Capitals have signed forward Max Pacioretty on a one-year contract for two million, which could be added to another two million if the American reaches his performance bonuses.
• The Dallas Stars signed Matt Duchene to a one-year deal for $3 million. Duchene’s contract was bought out Friday by the Nashville Predators.
Lightning – Conor Sheary, wing (3 years old \ 6m total) Flyers – Ryan Poehling, center (1 year old \ 1.4m) Red Wings – Justin Holl, defenseman (3 years old \ 10.2m total)Red Wings – Daniel Sprong, wing (1 year \ 2m) Red Wings – J. T. Compher, center (5 years \ 25.5 m total) Red Wings – Shayne Gostisbehere, defenseman (1 year \ 4.13 m) Bruins – Morgan Geekie , center (2 years \ 4 m)Bruins – Milan Lucic, wing (1 year \ 1 m) Bruins – Kevin Shattenkirk, defenseman (1 year \ 1 m) Bruins-Anthony Richard, center (1 year \ 0775 m) Sabers – Connor Clifton, defenseman (3 years \ 9.99m total) Sabers – Erik Johnson, defenseman (1 year \ 3.25m) Sharks – MacKenzie Blackwood, goaltender (2 years \ 4.7m total) Kings – Cam Talbot, goalkeeper (1 year \ 1m 1m bonus) Panthers – Oliver Ekman-Larsson, defender (1 year \ 2.25m) Penguins-Noel Acciari, center (3 years \ 6m overall) Penguins-Ryan Graves, defenseman (6 years old \ 27m total) Penguins – Alex Nedjelkovic, goalie (1 year old \ 1.5m) Penguins – Lars Eller, center (2 years old \ 4.9m total) Predators – Luke Schenn, defenseman (3 years old \ 8.25m overall)Predators – Gustav Nyquist, center (2 years old \ 6.37m overall)Predators – Cody Glass, center (2 years old \ 5m overall)Maple Leafs – winger Ryan Reaves (3 years old \ 4.05m total) Maple Leafs – John Klingberg, defenseman (1 year old \ 4.15m) Oilers – Connor Brown, winger (1 year old \ 4m) Avalanche – Miles Woods, winger (6 years old \ 15m overall)Canucks – Carson Soucy, defenseman (3 years old \ 9.75m overall)Coyotes – Jason Zucker, wing (1 year old \ 5.3m)Coyotes – Nick Bjugstad, center (2 years old \ 4.2m overall) total)Coyotes – Alex Kerfoot, winger (2 years \ 7m total)Kraken – Brian Dumoulin, defender (2 years \ 6.3m total)