Roster Update: Crosby, Quick, Downie, Brodeur, Schneider, Jokinen
(06/29/12) With July 1st knocking on the door, there were some significant signings going into the weekend. First, The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Sidney Crosby to a massive extension, instead of allowing him to play out the final year of his contract. Crosby will earn $104 million over the next 12 years. The deal works out to $8.4 million per season, and the Penguins obviously have no fears regarding Sid the Kid's health.
The LA Kings have extended Jonathan Quick with a 10-year, $58 million dollar deal. The new contract does not kick in until 2013-14, so Quick will still earn $1.8 million in 2012-13.
Steve Downie has re-signed with the Colorado Avalanche for two more years. He was acquired from Tampa Bay at the trade deadline during the 2011-12 season. Terms of the deal are not yet reported on NHL.com.
The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed goalie Cory Schneider to a 3 year extension; he will make $12 million over the next 3 years. Despite the signing, Canucks GM Mike Gillis is not in a rush to trade Roberto Luongo, although TSN reports that Florida is clearly pursuing their former starter.
Olli Jokinen will not be back with the Flames. The Calgary Sun reports that the team has decided to part ways, which is a savvy decision as far as we can see. We advise that fantasy teams do the same as Jokinen has a history of dropping off once signing a new contract.
In other news: the Flames have re-signed Corey Sarich, Blair Jones and Lee Stempniak. The Canadiens have re-signed Travis Moen to a 4-year deal reportedly worth $7.8 million. The Devils have been busy as well, re-signing 5 players: Bernier, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Janssen, and Harold. The Minnesota Wild have re-signed tough guy Matt Kassian for another two years. In just 24 GP last year, Kassian amassed 55 PIMs. Hal Gill will stay put in Nashville for two more years, at a cost of $4 million. The Rangers have re-signed back-up goaltender Marty Biron, also for two more years.
And finally, Marty Brodeur has reportedly hired a player agent and could test the free agent waters this July if a deal isn't reached with the Devils by Sunday. The club has a number of goaltending prospects waiting in the wings.