Red Wings re-sign Gustav Nyquist, Bruins add Matt Irwin, an update on the NHL concussion lawsuit and more.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Detroit Red Wings yesterday avoided salary arbitration with winger Gustav Nyquist by re-signing him to a four-year, $19 million contract. The annual cap hit is $4.75 million, though in actual salary it “breaks down to: $4 million, $4.25 million, $5.25 million and $5.5 million.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a reasonable deal for a winger coming off back-to-back seasons of 27-plus goals. The term isn’t too long nor is the cap hit too high, especially if the 25-year-old maintains or exceeds his recent production. The new deal leaves the Wings with just over $835K in cap space. While they have 23 players under contract for next season, RFAs Tomas Jurco and Teemu Pulkkinen are still awaiting new deals.
BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins yesterday signed UFA defenseman Matt Irwin to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800K.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I like this addition by the Bruins, picking up an affordable, experienced defenseman who’s still young enough (27) to have some upside. Irwin possesses good size (6’2″, 210 pounds) and decent all-around blueline skills. His new contract is also indicative of how desperate some UFAs must be feeling as the activity in this summer’s free-agent market slows down. Irwin was coming off a two-year, $2 million deal with the San Jose Sharks. He accepted less than his average salary last season to sign with the Bruins.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Coyotes signed enforcer John Scott to a one-year contract.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Anaheim Ducks signed former Calgary Flames enforcer Brian McGrattan to a one-year, two-way contract.
TSN: Lawyers for the group of players suing the NHL over its handling of concussions are preparing to question league commissioner Gary Bettman and former league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan later this month.
SPORTSNET: Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Andre Deveaux was exonerated by Swedish authorities regarding his attack on an opposing player last season.