Latest contract signings and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Arizona Coyotes yesterday signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Luke Schenn to a two-year contract worth $2.5 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is an affordable move by the Coyotes to add more size, grit and experience to their defense corps. The 26-year-old Schenn is taking quite a pay cut from the $3.6 million annually he earned on his previous deal. Having moved from Toronto to Philadelphia to Los Angeles over the last four years, he’ll have a good opportunity to establish himself on the rebuilding Coyotes blueline.
CSN PHILLY: A source tells Tim Panaccio that center Brayden Schenn rejected a two-year offer from the Philadelphia Flyers worth $4.25 million in the first season and $4.369 million in the second. Schenn is reportedly seeking $5.5 million annually and has a salary arbitration hearing slated for Monday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe an agreement could be reached before Schenn’s arbitration hearing for around $5 million annually.
NBC SPORTS: The Minnesota Wild avoided salary arbitration with depth forward Jordan Schroeder, signing him to a one-year, two-way contract. This comes after the Wild placed him on waivers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was reported the Wild put Schroeder on waivers to “send him a message.” Looks like it was received loud and clear.
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: The NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise has apparently requested permission to speak with Washington Capitals assistant general manager Ross Mahoney.