Here’s an interesting behind-the-scenes look at Malkin’s contract extension and how things played out during negotiations.
Tampa Bay has signed Swiss forward Reto Suri. But…
There is an understanding between the team and player, however, that Suri, a left wing, will play next season with Zug in the Swiss elite league to further develop his game and have the best chance to play on the Swiss national team in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“We’re comfortable with that,” general manager Steve Yzerman said.
As if the Lightning didn't have enough young forwards in the organization.
Yzerman's scouting report:
“He’s a good skater and a smart player,” Yzerman said. “He’s got good skills and good hands and we like him because he’s a very responsible player. He’s got good size. He’s strong. He checks well. For us, he compliments some of the younger prospects we have coming. He’s something we can really use.”
Kevin Connauton signed a three year deal with Dallas – year one is two-way, while years two and three are one-way.
Connauton is an offensive defenseman – he's physical and gritty, but his best attributes are skating and shooting. His defensive game needs some work, and he will always be a bit of a liability in that regard – but with the right partner he will be an NHLer.
Malkin's contract is done, and Letang is up next. Letang has one year left on his contract, and he could hit the open market next summer. The Penguins won't let it get that far, though.
He was overworked in the postseason, and the Penguins need to find another defenseman who can share the offensive burden with him – losing Goligoski and Gonchar without really being replaced has put a lot of offensive pressure on Letang.
Niskanen is a decent puck mover but he's more of a two-way guy – the same rings true for Martin.
Letang currently makes $3.5 million. His new contract will likely be above the Karlsson number ($6.5 million – remember, Letang has UFA eligibility while Karlsson was still