Alexandre Burrows (RW) Vancouver Canucks
Burrows signed a four-year, $18 million contract extension with the Canucks on Friday, according to TSN.ca.
Burrows is a key piece to the high-octane offense in Vancouver and totaled 28 goals (seven game-winners) and 24 assists in 80 games last season. With uncertainty concerning the potential NHL lockout, the Canucks ensured they will have their front line of scorers into the future.
Shane Doan (RW) Phoenix Coyotes
Doan signed a four-year, $21.2 million contract with the Coyotes on Friday, according to TSN.ca.
Doan has reportedly had a deal in place that was dependent upon Greg Jamison acquiring the team. The deal is now official and Doan will be in Phoenix, with the franchise he has spent his entire NHL career playing for. Doan had 22 goals and 28 assists in 79 games for the upstart Coyotes last season. Coming off their first playoff series victory in team history, the hope is there will be some future stability in Phoenix heading into a potential NHL lockout.
Kari Lehtonen (G) Dallas Stars
Lehtonen signed a five-year, $29.5 million contract extension with the Stars on Friday, according to the Dallas Stars' Team Website.
Lehtonen posted another strong season with the Stars last season posting a 32-22-4 record, 2.33 goals against per game, and a .922 save percentage. He has been a steady presence the past four years in Dallas for a team that just missed the playoffs this past season.
John Carlson (D) Washington Capitals
Carlson signed a six-year, $23.8 million extension with the Capitals on Friday, according to Craig Custance of ESPN.com.
The 22-year old defenseman has played in every game of the last two seasons for the Caps. Carlson totaled nine goals and 23 assists last season and added 22 penalty minutes. Carlson will likely return as a top defender for the Caps as they look to take the next step in the postseason.
Carlo Colaiacovo (D) Detroit Red Wings
Colaiacovo signed a two-year, $5 million with the Red Wings on Friday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
In a weak free-agent market, the Wings were in dire need of help on the blue line and Colaiacovo was the best remaining option. Various injuries have prevented him from logging a full NHL campaign, but there's still a glimmer of upside here if Colaiacovo manages to stay on the ice for 75-plus games with the Wings. With the loss of Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart this summer, Colaiacovo will have a chance to earn a top-four spot on the blue line whenever the preseason gets underway.
Milan Lucic (LW) Boston Bruins
Lucic, who was entering the final season of his current deal, has agreed to a three-year, $18 million extension with the Bruins, the Boston Globe reports.
Over the last eight days the Bruins have committed $70.5 million towards securing Lucic, Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand to proactively help keep the nucleus of the team intact. The deals ensure the Bruins a measure of continuity, but it remains to be seen what sort of shape the team will be in cap-wise once the NHL fires up a new CBA. In any case, Lucic is rewarded handsomely for his rugged two-way play, on the heels of a season that saw him rack up 26 goals and 61 points along with 135 PIM in 81 games.
By all accounts, these were smart signings by NHL clubs trying to secure their franchise players, past the NHL lockout, which is likely to happen today. :(
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