Here is the news from around the NHL. I have been away for a couple of days, so this may cover more than just yesterday.
- The Boston Bruins are obviously confident the salary cap will rise significantly after next season, as they have dished out a couple of big money long-term contracts for two of their key players. Wednesday saw Tuukka Rask sign an 8 year, $56M contract that kicks in this season, and Friday Patrice Bergeron signed an 8 year, $52M contract. The Bruins are now almost $1.4M over the cap for 2013-14 with 22 players signed (although they will get some relief with Marc Savard coming off due to long-term injury status). And if Jarome Iginla reaches his $4.2M in bonuses, it could carry over to the next season, which would put them in cap trouble if the cap doesn’t go up as much as they expect.
- Erik Condra filed for salary arbitration with the Senators on Wednesday, but avoided the stressful, combative process by signing on for 2 years and a total of $2.5M. That is a pretty fair contract for a hard working forward without much finishing ability. He is a solid 3rd liner and a very good 4th liner, depending on where he is used. You always know what you are going to get with Condra.
- Other players filing for arbitration included Sam Gagner, Chris Stewart, Carl Gunnarson and a whole whack of Winnipeg Jets, most notably Blake Wheeler, Brian Little and Zach Bogosian.
- Jake Muzzin of the Kings also filed, but like Condra, avoidedthe messiness by reaching a 2 year deal. One of the league’s better rookies last season, he signed for the bargain price of $2M over the two years.