Wild re-sign Erik Haula, plus updates on the Capitals, Devils, Sabres and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild avoided an arbiter’s ruling on a new contract for Erik Haula, re-signing the center to a two-year, $2 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At $1 million per season, it’s a reasonable price to pay for a 24-year-old fourth-line center. Haula’s new deal can also be considered a “show-me” contract, as he’ll have to prove himself as more than a fourth liner over the next two years to net bigger bucks next time around.
All NHL arbitration hearings scheduled for this summer are now complete. As expected, there was very little drama.
NJ.COM: Devils GM Ray Shero considers signing defenseman Adam Larsson to a six-year, $25-million contract a calculated gamble. Shero based the deal on Larsson’s potential, rather than his previous performance.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: With Marcus Johansson under contract, don’t expect the Washington Capitals to make any further roster moves this summer.
NHL.COM: Joe Yerdon weighs in on the Buffalo Sabres, who expect to start climbing the league standings this coming season.
TSN.CA: A judge has ordered the NHL to turn over concussion and injury-related data to lawyers representing the 80 former players who have filed a lawsuit against the league.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a blow against the league, which had argued the data (significantly, its video analysis spreadsheet) was privileged information.
NOTE: News involving Canadian NHL teams (including Jonathan Bernier’s new contract) can be found in “Canadian Corner.”