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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The full picture of the Minnesota Wild's buyout of Tom Gilbert came into focus Friday.
Minnesota re-signed restricted free agent Jared Spurgeon to a three-year contract and officially signed defenseman Keith Ballard on Friday, using the salary-cap space it gained by buying out defenseman Tom Gilbert this week. With Spurgeon and Ballard, the Wild also have set the core of their defense for next season.
In buying out Gilbert, Minnesota saved 4 million against the cap. Ballard reportedly signed for 1.5 million in each of the next two years. Multiple reports Friday said that Spurgeon received an 8 million contract and will count just over 2.6 million per year against the cap.
With the salary cap decreasing to 64.3 million this year, the Wild how has just over 2.2 million in salary cap space left and will need to leave space for in-season maneuvering.
"I think we have a lot of parity in our league and certainly the salary cap forces teams to make decisions...
BEST OF MAXIM
After picking up Viktor Stalberg earlier, Nashville has added veteran center Matt Cullen to the fold as well.
Cullen, who will turn 37 this season, scored 27 points last season for the Minnesota Wild. A veteran of 1,073 games in the NHL, Cullen has a lifetime faceoff win percentage of .520%, giving Nashville not just depth up front, but an additional faceoff man as well.
The Minnesota Wild have used their limited space under the salary cap to sign defenseman Keith Ballard and re-sign defenseman Jared Spurgeon.
The contracts were completed Friday.
Ballard was let go by Vancouver earlier this week. He said he had interest from a half-dozen other teams but picked a two-year deal with the Wild because he believed he best fit with them on the ice. As...
The Nashville Predators have found their depth center who can play on the second or third line next season, Matt Cullen. He has agreed to terms with the Predators on a two-year, $7 million contract, according TSN's Aaron Ward.
On November 2, Cullen will turn 37 years of age. One thing he will bring into the locker room is a veteran presence. Next season will be his 17th...
Seeking to get bigger and add some scoring punch at the same time, the Nashville Predators signed right wing Viktor Stalberg, formerly with Stanley Cup champion Chicago, to a four-year, 12-million contract on Friday, the start of NHL free agency.
They also added center Matt Cullen, 36, who won the Cup with Carolina in 2006, when he posted a career-high 25 goals. Cullen, most recently...
The NHL free agency period doesn’t officially open until July 5, but the Detroit Red Wings spent the better part of Wednesday getting their ducks in a row prior to the expected feeding frenzy.
Mlive’s Ansar Khan reports the team has put feelers out for plenty of free agent centers, such as Florida’s Stephen Weiss, Washington’s Mike Ribeiro and Minnesota’s Matt Cullen. Detroit...
The New York Islanders announced today that Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Peter Regin have agreed to terms on one-year deals. Bouchard was selected eighth overall by Minnesota in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. On July 25, 2008, Bouchard signed a five-year, $20.4 million deal with the Wild. After suffering a hit to the head late in the 2008-09 season, Bouchard missed the rest of that season [...]
The Predators view Matt Cullen and Viktor Stalberg as top-six forwards, and they are banking on them to be productive...
The Nashville Predators have signed two forwards in today’s free agent frenzy. Viktor Stalberg, recent Stanley Cup Champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, has signed a four year, 12 million dollar contract with the Predators today. Stalberg brings a lot of speed and physicality to the Predators line up and has some good offensive talent to help the Predators with a [...]
NSH agrees to 4 year, $12M deal with Viktor Stalberg.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 5, 2013
Also sounds like Matt Cullen will be going to NSH but not done quite yet.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 5, 2013
Wednesday was the first day that NHL teams were allowed to contact other teams' unrestricted free agents, and the Detroit Red Wings started burning up the phone lines early trying to determine which players, if any, have an interest in coming to Detroit.
The Wings reached out to several players, but it appears their main targets are centers Stephen Weiss, Mike Riberio, and Matt...
The Predators have reportedly signed forwards Matt Cullen and Viktor Stalberg...
For the Predators, something they’ve sorely lacked recently is grit and depth. That may not be the scenario any longer. Nashville locked up five free agents on the first day of the NHL’s Free Agency period today, signing Viktor Stalberg, Matt Cullen, Matt Hendricks, Eric Nystrom, and Carter Hutton.
Nashville needed a boost after the losses of both Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn...