Lightning re-sign Alex Killorn, plus updates on P.K. Subban, Mike Hoffman and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
TSN: The Tampa Bay Lightning avoided arbitration with forward Alex Killorn, re-signing him to a seven-year, $31.15 million contract. The annual average salary is $4.45 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the cap hit is reasonable, the term is a little longer than I expected. It’s understandable why the Lightning want to keep Killorn for the long term. He’s a versatile two-way forward with two 40-point performances in the last three seasons. He also elevates his play in the postseason. Given his style of play, however, it remains to be seen if Killorn, who turns 27 in September, will still be as effective in the tail end of this new contract.
The signing will also have salary-cap implications for the Lightning. I’ll have more on that later this morning in my Rumors section.
THE TENNESSEAN: Defenseman P.K. Subban arrived in Nashville yesterday for the first time since he was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens by the Predators. His arrival included singing the Johnny Cash classic ” Folsom Prison Blues” at Tootsie’s, the legendary country-music lounge. He’ll be formally introduced by the Predators later today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt Subban will have any difficulty adjusting to his new city. Indeed, he could become the Predators’ first larger-than-life superstar.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: After struggling through an injury-hampered 2015-16, Blackhawks veteran winger Marian Hossa looks forward to a better 2016-17. He’s also willing to accept whatever role the club has for him in the upcoming season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After 18 NHL seasons, Hossa’s days as a high-scoring winger are over. As the article notes, however, he’s making the transition toward a more defensive-oriented style. When healthy, he’s been an effective two-way forward for the Blackhawks.
OTTAWA SUN: Winger Mike Hoffman, who’s slated for an arbitration hearing on Aug. 4, still hopes to re-sign a long-term deal with the Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Most players headed to arbitration usually end up re-signing new contracts before their date with the arbiter. Hoffman’s case, however, could be worth watching. Under former GM Bryan Murray, there was a sense Senators management weren’t sold on Hoffman as a reliable scorer. Despite leading the Senators in goals in each of the last two seasons, his production tends to be streaky. It’ll be interesting to see how new GM Pierre Dorion handles this.