Senators re-sign Stone and Zibanejad, Oilers hire assistant coaches, Jets still in the running for Michael Frolik and more.
OTTAWA SUN: The Ottawa Senators yesterday re-signed forwards Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad to new contract. Stone agreed to a three-year deal worth $3.25 million per season, while Zibanejad’s new deal is for two years at $2.65 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the one hand, these were very reasonable and affordable new deals for this duo. Indeed, if they develop as projected, these contracts will look like bargains in comparison to similar players around the league.
On the other hand, this pushes the Senators’ cap payroll to over $66 million for 2015-16. They’re a budget club, which means they don’t have much room to re-sign RFAs Alex Chiasson and Mike Hoffman (who could be headed to arbitration), let alone to retain pending UFA Erik Condra.
Something’s gotta give. They’re expected to shed some salary by trading either Robin Lehner ($2.25 million cap hit) or Craig Anderson ($4 million), and they’re trying to find takers for David Legwand ($3 million) and Colin Greening ($2.65 million0.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oiler new head coach and former San Jose Sharks bench boss Todd McLellan has added former Sharks assistant coaches Jay Woodcroft and Jim Johnson to his coaching staff.
WINNIPEG SUN: Pending UFA winger Michael Frolik is exploring other free-agent offers, but the Jets remain in the mix for his services. “Matt Beleskey, Joel Ward and Curtis Glencross could fit the bill as possible replacements if the Jets are unable to retain Frolik or (Drew) Stafford.”
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs are eyeing Dylan Strome, Noah Hanifin and Mitch Marner with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Prospects Joel Eriksson, Jeremy Roy, Gabriel Karlsson, Brandon Carlo and Daniel Sprong could be available for the Canadiens, who hold the 26th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.
CALGARY SUN: Check out the notable games in the Flames 2015-16 NHL schedule.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If you’re wondering why the Canucks aren’t here today, that’s because they factor prominently in the NHL rumor mill. Check out the latest on the Canucks in the “Rumors” section.