Another day slowly passing us by in the offseason. It’s the same old story. Wake up, check your twitter feed, see that there is no news relating to the NHL, go back to bed, or go to work thinking about hockey. Some good headlines have squeezed through the cracks this morning that we have to get you caught up on. So let’s get to it.
The San Jose Sharks have signed Joe Pavelski to a 5-year contract extension. Perfect timing considering that Shark Week starts August 4th. As reported by ESPN’s Craig Custance, the deal is worth $30 million, and starts in the 2014-15 season. “”Joe has been an important part of our success over the last several years and we are excited to have him with our club for the next six seasons,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson said in a statement. This is a good deal for the Sharks. They locked up a great player in Pavelski assuring that they will be successful for the next couple of years. If only they can snap that dry spell in the playoffs. Could this be the year?
Hooray! Rangers news! It feels like forever since we’ve heard anything about our beloved NYR. TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting that the Blueshirts and forward Mats Zuccarello have avoided arbitration. The deal is worth $1.15 mill for one year. This is a great move by the front office. They avoided the hearing, which would have forced the Rangers to give Zucc a whole lot more than $1 mill. Now this just leaves Derek Stepan the only restricted free agent without an extension. I’m thinking that he will sign a one year deal worth little money. Then during next summer, they will sign him to a longer deal worth more bucks. If they can lock up Stepan, this team will have tremendous scoring depth. A lot more than they have had in the past.
Big news yesterday, the Jets signed defenseman Zach Bogosian to a seven-year extension worth $36 million. This deal avoided a potential arbitration hearing with the 23 year old. It also cemented their core for the foreseeable future and made them stronger to hopefully be a playoff contender. In my opinion, ZB got a little overpaid. Don’t get me wrong he is a great defenseman, but I don’t think he deserved that much money. This is just one of the many ludicrous contracts we have seen this offseason. Why was there a lockout again?
Glad to hear #NYR have re-signed Mats Zuccarello. Creative winger should flourish under AV.
— Matt Pryor (@BigTex1926) July 30, 2013
Mats Zuccarello Re-signing with the Rangers means more than his vast shootout moves. His on-ice vision helped a struggling offense #NYR
— Ryan Michael Lazo (@RMLazo13) July 30, 2013
I’m just saying now watch out for the Broadway Blue this fall. I’m calling Stanley Cup Champs you heard it here first #NYR
— Matt Salvatore (@m_salvatore593) July 30, 2013