NHL Signings – 20 Aug 14

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Senators resigns Clarke MacArthur

– The Ottawa Senators made an important signing yesterday when they resigned Ottawa Senators left wing Clarke MacArthur to a five year contract extension at an an annual salary of 4.65 million dollars. MacArthur 29, is coming out from his best career year since being an NHLer recording 24 goals with 31 assists in 79 games played. He was acquired by the Senators in 2013 via free agency signing a two-year contract on 5 July 2013. His contract extension’s total value is believed to be 23.25 million dollars. His contract will be broken down as follow: 4.5 million in the first two years of his extension and 4.75 million in the final three seasons. announced on Tuesday the club agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $4.65 million with the veteran forward.

Clarke MacArthur - 1“Obviously our happiness with his performance last year was a big reason to give him the term that we did,” general manager Bryan Murray stated during a conference call on Tuesday. “Obviously we’re quite happy with what he did,” Murray said. “He’s in that 20-to-25 goal range on a somewhat consistent basis and he’s a real complement to the young players who will end up playing at some point with him. Kyle Turris and him seemed to fit like a glove. “Whoever plays on the right side I think will really benefit from playing with Clarke and Kyle. To me, it really solidifies a good pair that … will make our team be a consistent contender.”

MacArthur spent three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs before joining the Senators in 2013. Drafted in the third round at the 2003 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, MacArthur scored 117 goals and recorded 151 for 268 points in 482 career games played with the Senators, Leafs, Buffalo Sabres and Atlanta Thrashers.

Toronto Maple Leafs signs prospect William Nylander

The Toronto Maple Leafs have secured prospect William Nylander for the next three years. The Maple Leafs have announced yesterday they have sign speedy forward William Nylander to a three-year entry level contract. Nylander who was drafted in the first round, eighth overall at the last NHL Entry Draft is the son of ex-NHLer Michael Nylander.

Last year as an 18-years-old, Nylander played with MODO in the Swedish Hockey League where he had one goal and six assists in 22 games played. Nylander has also played for Rogle and 17 games for Sodertalje in the Swedish second division league. With Rogle, he obtained four goals and four assists while recording 11 goals and 19 points with Sodertalje.

Interviewed about the signing, general manager Dave Nonis declared this: “Not only does William Nylander bring a high level of speed and skill to his game but he has a very strong character on and off the ice. We believe he has a very bright future and are happy to have him signed to his first NHL contract.”

Kevin Hayes’ decision should known soon

It’s down to approximately three or four teams for the new and highly coveted unrestricted free agent Kevin Hayes. The former Chicago Blackhawks draft pick became free agent this summer after not resigning with the team that drafted him 24th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

According to many sources, Hayes was to narrow his choice on three to four teams and many believes the Boston Bruins, where he played his college hockey and a native of Boston may have the edge. The problem is that Boston needs to shed some serious salary being 800,000 dollars over the cap as of today. For the Bruins, he would be a perfect fit. He is from Boston, he has size at 6’3″ and 205lbs and he can score.

Also the Nashville are believed to be in the mix wanting to seriously upgrade their offense offering playing time as sales pitch. In addition, the Calgary Flames may be a destination Hayes would flourish playing with past college linemates Billy Arnold and Johnny Gaudreau.


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