Latest player contract signings and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild re-signed defenseman Matt Dumba to a two-year, $5.1 million contract. “Dumba’s salary will be $2.35 million next season and $2.75 million in 2017-18.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise Dumba got a bridge deal. Wild management remain keen on the young blueliner, but he’s yet to reach his full potential. He’s also coming off an entry-level deal with little leverage. Should he play up to expectations over the course of this new contract, he’ll be in line for a lucrative long-term deal. This signing should also quiet the trade rumors swirling about Dumba in recent months.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Coyotes re-signed defenseman Connor Murphy to a six-year, $23.1 million contract and blueliner MIchael Stone to a one-year, $4 million deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a strong sophomore performance by Murphy, which saw him move onto the top defense pairing with Oliver Ekman-Larsson, the Coyotes are obviously confident enough in his development to lock him up to a long-term deal that could prove a bargain for them. His annual cap hit is $3.85 million. Stone, who’s recovering from knee surgery, is eligible to become a UFA next summer. The Coyotes could’ve let this go to arbitration, but this tells me they still see him as having a long-term future in Arizona. His performance this coming season could determine how long that future will be.
NBC SPORTS: The New Jersey Devils signed defenseman Brandon Gormley to a one-year, two-way contract.
SI.COM/TSN: US Senator Richard Blumenthal, a “ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, which overseas professional and amateur sports,” was appalled by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s denial of any proven link between head trauma and the brain damage condition CTE. As a result, “lawyers for former National Hockey League players who are suing the league over its handling of head injuries want to force commissioner Gary Bettman to provide more testimony.”
NHLPA: announced “Bruce S. Meyer will join the Association as Senior Director: Collective Bargaining, Policy & Legal. Meyer will focus on a wide array of policy and legal issues as part of the NHLPA’s senior leadership team.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could also mean the PA is gearing up for another potentially contentious round of collective bargaining with the league by perhaps as early as 2020.