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Coyotes sign Lawson Crouse to 5-year deal before arbitration Coyotes sign Barrett Hayton right before training camp Report: Nathan MacKinnon signs 8-year deal, highest paid in NHL Blues’ Marco Scandella out several months after having hip surgery Longtime NHL defenseman Zdeno Chara, 45, retires as Bruin

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SCOTTDALE, Arizona. Arizona Coyotes signed with a restricted free agent. Lawson Crouse to a five year contract.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound forward signed the contract hours before his scheduled arbitration hearing.

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“He’s a big, strong, experienced power forward and we hope he’s an important part of our future,” said Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong.

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Crouse had 20 goals and 14 assists last season, his sixth with the Coyotes. The 24-year-old from Mount Bridges, Ontario led Arizona with 181 hits last season and has developed into a respected team leader since he was traded from Florida in 2017.

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Crouse had 56 goals and 54 assists in 346 career NHL games for the Coyotes. He was selected 11th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Panthers.

SCOTTDALE, Arizona – Arizona Coyotes Sign Forward Barrett Hayton on a two-year contract right before the start of training camp.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hayton, 22, was a restricted free agent and was not originally on Arizona’s list for camp.

Hayton had 10 goals and 14 assists in 60 games for the Coyotes last season, a career high.

The Arizona native selected the Peterborough, Ontario native with the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He has 13 goals and 18 assists in 94 games for the Coyotes.

DENVER – Colorado Avalanche Get Ready Nathan McKinnon the highest paid player in the NHL’s salary cap era.

McKinnon, who turned 27 earlier this month, signed an eight-year, $100.8 million contract, according to a person familiar with the situation. The man spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce the terms of the contract.

His new $12.6 million salary cap, which takes effect at the start of the 2023/24 season, surpasses Connor McDavid$12.5 million, the highest in the league. McDavid’s eight-year, $100 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers, signed in 2017, was the previous record for the highest annual limit since the system went live in 2005.

“Of course it’s really cool,” McKinnon said of being the highest paid player in hockey. “Hopefully there will be no more pandemics and the limit will rise even more, but yes, I think the deadline was the most important. I just wanted to be here for the rest of my career and hopefully after that I get another contract.”

The only richer deals than McKinnon in NHL history Alexey Ovechkin$124 million, 13-year contract with Washington, Shea Weber$110 million, 14-year contract with Nashville and Sidney Crosby$104.4 million, 12-year contract with Pittsburgh. The collective bargaining agreement has since limited contract duration to eight years for players re-signing their team and seven years for free agents.

McKinnon has agreed to a deal with a training camp that is about to begin. It was a short offseason for McKinnon and the Avalanche after they won their first Stanley Cup title since 2001.

“We’re just thrilled that this is done before training camp starts and Nate can focus on hockey,” general manager Chris McFarland said. “What he does for us is really important and having him locked up for nine years is really critical to our short and long term planning. It’s a big day.”

The powerful and fast center forward led the league with 13 goals in the playoffs. It was the second most in a single playoff series in franchise history, trailing only 18 goals by Hall of Famer Joe Sakic in 1996 (when Colorado won its first Cup).

“It shows a lot of loyalty,” said Sakic, the current president of the Colorado State Hockey Team. “Nathan wanted it to be done, we wanted it to be done and he is a franchise player and we are very happy that he will stay here in Colorado for the rest of his career.”

McKinnon, the top pick in the 2013 draft, has been a Hart Trophy finalist in three of the last five seasons (17-18, 18-19, 20-21). He has 242 career goals and 406 assists, more than anyone in his draft class.

The Halifax, Nova Scotia native was the youngest player in franchise history to make his NHL debut (18 years, 31 days) and won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie that same season. He also received the Lady Byng Sportsmanship and Gentlemanship Award in 2020. In addition, he was named captain of the Central Division for the last three All-Star Games.

McKinnon’s latest contract, which expires after the upcoming season, was worth $44.1 million over seven years, with a maximum of $6.3 million. Only four players have surpassed the 495 points he has scored in the regular season since that deal went into effect, and his 83 playoff points since then are second in the NHL.

That’s why for years McKinnon was known as the lowest paid player in hockey – a title he really didn’t like.

Now he has another one: a Stanley Cup winner.

He is part of the core Avalanche group, which also includes a defender. Cale Makarforward Mikko Rantanen and captain Gabriel Landeskog.

McKinnon is now signed until 2031. Colorado also has a versatile forward. Valery Nichushkin signed until 2030, Landeskog until 2029, and Makar, playoff MVP, until 2027. McFarland’s goal next summer is to extend Rantanen’s contract.

“Denver is the only place I want to be, that’s for sure,” McKinnon said recently in Henderson, Nevada, during a pre-season player media tour.

McDavid believes he has been surpassed as the highest paid player, “I think it’s good for hockey to keep raising the bar.”

“But at the end of the day, the pay cap system is a weird system where the more money you make, the less money someone else can make,” McDavid added. “It’s kind of a strange system. Will always give and take.”

With days before training camp opens, the St. Louis Blues have a hole to fill in the blue line.

Defender Marco Scandella He is expected to miss most of the upcoming NHL season due to right hip surgery. He was injured during an off-season practice at the end of August and will be re-examined six months later.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced a timeline for Scandella’s absence. The first ice classes in the camp are scheduled for the opening of the season on October 15th.

Scandella’s injury is yet another change in a position that has undergone an almost complete overhaul since St. Louis won the Stanley Cup in 2019. Colton Paraiko and veteran grinder Robert Bortuzzo left over from the group that now includes Torey Krug as well as Justin Faulk in prominent roles.

The 32-year-old Scandella is expected to be placed on long-term injury reserve, which will ease the Blues’ $3.275 million salary cap. Nikko Mikkola was already set to take on a full-time role at age 26, and it wasn’t immediately clear if Armstrong could bring in another veteran to compete for a spot on the roster.

Injury could give 24-year-old prospect a chance Scott Perunovich, who played in 26 NHL games last season. Perunovic, who won the Hobey Baker Award as the best college hockey player in the country in the 2019-2020 season in Minnesota-Duluth, impressed teammates during his first year as a pro, especially on the powerplay.

“He moves the puck at the right moment,” the striker said. Robert Thomas, who signed an eight-year, $65 million contract this summer. “He is smart. I think the most important thing I’ve noticed for a guy who just came into the league is that he’s so patient and calm, especially when he’s hitting the puck. He loves to skate. He likes to make a quick first pass and yes, I think he has a lot of potential.”

Scandella joined the Blues in a trade from the Canadiens before the 2020 deadline. He played in 755 games for Minnesota, Buffalo, Montreal, and St. Louis.

BOSTON – Zdeno Chara announced his retirement after playing 21 seasons in the NHL and captaining the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup in 2011.

The 6ft 9in Slovakian defender calls it a career at age 45. He returned to TD Garden in Boston to make this announcement two years after parting ways with the Bruins after 14 seasons.

Chara won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman in 2009 and has also played for the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, and Washington Capitals. Known more for his ability not to score a puck than to score one, Chara still scored 237 goals and added 523 assists for 750 points in 1,880 regular season and playoff games.

His 1,680 regular season games played is a record for a defenseman. He is a candidate for the Hockey Hall of Fame not only for his consistency, but also for his authority in the game from Slovakia to North America.

Chara became the second European captain to win the Cup, after Swede Niklas Lidström of Detroit. He was one of the faces of the Bruins’ winning era that also included Finals appearances in 2013 and 2019, the latter of which he finished with a broken jaw.

Drafted by the Islanders in the third round in 1996, he spent his first four seasons on Long Island before being traded to the Senators. Boston, who signed him in 2006, remains one of the most influential free agent signings in the 17 years of the NHL salary cap era.

Chara played five of his six All-Star games with the Bruins and was one of the city’s most popular athletes at the time. He left in 2020 when the team didn’t guarantee him a permanent job for the entire season, so he signed a one-year contract with Washington before ending his playing career with the Islanders.


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