The two-year, $3.6MM deal that the Senators gave to winger Ryan Dzingel on Friday came together rather quickly. Speaking with Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen, GM Pierre Dorion noted that the contract came together in a little under an hour. The compromise was struck when Dzingel lowered his request for the salary in the first year while the Sens moved off their hard-line number in the second season. The way the contract is structured ($1.5MM in 2017-18 and $2.1MM in 2018-19) sets up Dzingel for a $2.1MM qualifying offer in the summer of 2019.
More from around the league:
- After inking winger Jordan Martinook to a two-year, $3.6MM contract and officially re-signing Tyler Gaudet to a one-year pact earlier today, the Coyotes have two remaining restricted free agents in winger Anthony Duclair and goalie Marek Langhamer. While there’s still some work to be done in getting Duclair’s deal (expected to be a short-term bridge contract) done, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports (Twitter link) that the team is close to inking Langhamer. The 23-year-old spent most of the season at the minor league level, getting into 32 games between Arizona’s AHL and ECHL affiliates but made one NHL appearance this past season.
- While the Islanders have yet to sign captain John Tavares to a long-term extension, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post cautions that there’s little cause for concern yet. It’s believed that Tavares is looking to see what the roster looks like closer to the start of the season (if not later) as well as their arena situation before committing to a new deal and Tavares is being kept in the loop on all offseason decisions. It’s worth noting that GM Garth Snow still has all of the draft picks from the Travis Hamonic trade at his disposal which could be used to make another impact addition up front which could make re-signing that much more appealing for Tavares.