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Ilya Kovalchuk was triumphant in his return to New Jersey on Tuesday night. The Kings scored three times early in the third period and went on to win 5-1. [All About The Jersey] [NorthJersey.com] [NJ.com]
It’s official: The Leafs have signed Auston Matthews to a five-year contract extension with an AAV of $11.634 million. The deal means Matthews can hit the open market as a free agent by age 26. [Sportsnet]
You can actually hear the lockout coming from here:
Auston Matthews year by year breakdown:— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 5, 2019
Year 1: $15.2M SB, $700K salary.
Year 2: $15.2M SB, $700K salary.
Year 3: $9.7M SB, $750K salary.
Year 4: $7.2M SB, $750K salary.
Year 5: $7.2M SB, $750K salary.
That’s $54.5M in SB, $3.65M in salary.
Speaking of Kovalchuk:
Ilya Kovalchuk is willing to waive his NMC for the right situation. Kings will likely have to retain some salary. There are teams interested. https://t.co/hBSce7l20u— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) February 5, 2019
Alex Ovechkin had an assist Tuesday night and with his 1,180 points passed Sergei Fedorov as the top-scoring Russian player in NHL history. [TSN]
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