Welcome to your NHL Roundup, where we provide you with your Morning Links from around the NHL. The action on the ice may be over but there is never an off-season off the ice.
The Penguins keep finding pennies in the couch — like millions of them — and managed to lock up Norris Trophy candidate Kris Letang to a long-term deal. Ray Shero does know that he can’t just turn off line changes and fatigue, right?:
It begins with the 2014-15 season and runs through 2021-22, with an average annual value of $7.25 million. Letang has one season remaining on his current contract at $3.5 million.
“[It's an] exciting day,” Penguins general manager Ray Shero said Tuesday. “We’ve seen [Letang] mature into one of the best defenseman in the League.”
The Tampa Bay Lightning let their 33-year-old captain go last week, and the Flyers pounced Tuesday night, signing him to a reported five-year deal worth $22.5 million.
A big step was taken to keep the Coyotes in Phoenix (yay?) Tuesday night when the City of Glendale ratified an arena lease agreement with a prospective owner of the franchise:
After making a few alterations, the council voted 4-3 in favour on a 15-year, US$225 million lease agreement with Renaissance Sports & Entertainment during a special session.
The vote clears the way for RSE to purchase the Coyotes from the NHL, which has been running the team the past four years.
And finally, you could pretty much make this series about the Flames draft history and have it run for a long time, but What The Hell Happened To Rico Fata?:
From Pavel Brendl to Patrik Stefan, the draft is littered with “what ifs” and “never weres”. Few are on the scale of bust as those two but former Calgary Flames first round pick Rico Fata might be close.
During a stellar career for the OHL’s London Knights, Fata was made the sixth pick in the 1998 NHL Draft by the Flames. Part of their youth movement that included Daniel Tkaczuk (6th in 1997) and Oleg Saprykin (11th in 1999), Fata was supposed to help lead the Flames into a new era, one that reached the successes of their teams of the late ‘80s.
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