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Will Butcher has signed a three-year contract with the Devils, avoiding an arbitration hearing.
BUTCHER'S BACK!— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 31, 2019
The New Jersey Devils today re-signed defenseman Will Butcher to a three-year contract with an average annual value of $3,733,333.33.
3 more!!! Could not be more excited to spend it with @NJDevils— Will Butcher (@WillButcher4) July 31, 2019
You’ll probably need Google Translate to read this one, but here’s Nikita Gusev talking about becoming a Devil, what he’s doing to learn English and plenty more. This feels like a good summary of this summer: “New Jersey is probably the best off-season - Subben, Hughes, Simmonds, now (Gusev). In the new season, they will not be helpless anymore….” [Championat]
If you’re looking to make some money on a long shot Stanley Cup winner, might the Devils be a team to put some dough on? [Sportsnet]
It’s official: The Rangers have bought out Kevin Shattenkirk:
OFFICIAL: #NYR have bought out the contract of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) August 1, 2019
Rangers now have ~$7.5 million in dead money two seasons from now, then ~$2.5 million for each of the two years after that.— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) August 1, 2019
Some people are going to say "2.5 mil is not that big of a deal" ... but if/when a couple of other guys get a million too much ... it will be. https://t.co/yCkAaCubqT
Among the candidates for Minnesota’s vacant general manager job? Former Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli. We need this. He and former Flyers GM Ron Hextall have interviewed for the job. [The Athletic ($)]
An old friend is retiring:
#Isles UFA Stephen Gionta has retired, joining the #TBLightning as a pro scout.— Brennan Klak (@nhlupdate) August 1, 2019
Is retirement in sight for Alex Ovechkin? A recent quote from the Great Eight might have Caps fans worried. Ovi has two more years left on his contract. [Pro Hockey Talk]
There will be plenty of issues to look at in the upcoming CBA negotiations. One that you have to think will be considered: LTIR and how teams have circumvented the beloved spirit of the CBA using it. [TSN]
Billionaire Alex Meruelo took over as majority owner of the Coyotes this week. [Sportsnet]
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