Impact of Vladimir Tarasenko’s new contract, Coyotes re-sign Boedker, Blackhawks re-sign van Riemsdyk and more.
SI.COM: St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko’s new eight-year, $60 million contract could make it increasingly difficult for teams to re-sign rising stars coming off entry-level contracts to affordable short-term bridge deals. It could also lead to more cases of cap-strapped teams carrying such players being forced to trade them, rather than risk losing them to an unmatchable offer sheet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We’ve seen two incidents of that this summer, with the Boston Bruins trading away defenseman Dougie Hamilton to Calgary and the Chicago Blackhawks shipping left wing Brandon Saad to Columbus. Those teams didn’t want to move those players, but their limited cap space increased the possibility of losing them to offer sheets. Tarasenko’s big contract will surely embolden comparable young stars to seek similar deals. The days of playing hardball with promising young stars could be ending.
CSNPHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers have opened contract extension talks with right wing Jakub Voracek, who’s eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency. His cap hit for 2015-16 is $4.25 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Voracek will easily double his salary on the open market, especially if he has another 80-plus point performance. The Flyers better be prepared to pay big to retain him. Another club will cheerfully do so if he becomes a UFA next July.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Arizona Coyotes avoided salary arbitration with winger Mikkel Boedker, signing him to a one-year, $3.75 million deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boedker is eligible next summer for UFA status. The Coyotes will likely attempt to re-sign him after Jan. 1, basing their offer on his performance. Last January, the 25-year-old winger was the Coyotes’ leading scorer and poised to reach career highs in goals, assists and points when he was sidelined by season-ending spleen surgery. It could cost the Coyotes over $5.5 million annually, perhaps more, to keep him off next summer’s UFA market.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks re-signed defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to a two-year deal worth an annual cap hit of $825K.
NEW YORK POST: Talented and brash, prospect Joshua Ho-Sang hopes to crack the New York Islanders’ 2015-16 roster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ho-Sang gets a lot of flak in Canada for his cocky, outspoken manner. That’s why he slipped to being selected 28th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. It’s also what apparently cost him a roster spot on Canada’s World Junior team. That often overshadows the fact he’s a talented and promising young forward. Ho-Sang could prove to be a steal for the Islanders.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Hundreds of current and former NHL players should soon start receiving refund checks from the state of Tennessee as part of a settlement over its possibly unconstitutional “jock tax.”