NHL: News & Notes
After an extremely active free agent frenzy on the opening of free agency July 5th, things began to calm down in the NHL in terms of the transaction wire. The past few days though, things are beginning to pick up, led by the surprise announcement of Ilya Kovalchuk’s retirement from the NHL.
The 30-year-old winger has decided to return home to Russia. In the process he leaves 12 years and $77 million remaining on his current contract with the New Jersey Devils, although it’s expected that Kovalchuk will play in the KHL, making perhaps $15 million a season. So he’s truly not leaving any money behind.
The Boston Bruins have remained active as they have re-signed goaltender Tuukka Rask to an eight-year contract worth $7 million per season and also agreed to an eight-year contract extension with top center Patrice Bergeron, that will pay him an average of $6.5 million per season.
Earlier this week, the St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers swapped wingers. The Blues acquired Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick in exchange for David Perron. The 25-year-old Perron is a two-time 20 goal scorer, but if healthy and on his game, he has the skill set to be a 30-goal guy. Paajarvi, 22, has not lived up to his offensive ceiling as of yet, but he definitely still has all the tools to turn into a solid top 6, two-way forward.
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