NHL: Coyotes sign Lawson Crouse, Bruins ink Pavel Zacha and David Krejci

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The Arizona Coyotes avoided an arbitration hearing by re-signing restricted free agent forward Lawson Crouse to a five-year contract Monday. Terms were not disclosed by the team.

Per multiple reports, the AAV is expected come in at $4.3 million.

Coyotes sign Lawson Crouse

“We are very pleased to sign Lawson to a long-term contract,” Arizona general manager Bill Armstrong said in a news release. “He is a big, strong, skilled power forward and we look forward to him being a big part of our future.”

Crouse, 24, set career highs in goals (20) and points (34) in 65 games last season. He tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (four) and led the team in hits (181).

He has 110 points (56 goals, 54 assists) and 253 penalty minutes in 346 career games over six seasons, all with the Coyotes.

Drafted in the first round (11th overall) by Florida in 2015, Crouse joined the Coyotes in a 2016 trade along with forward Dave Bolland in exchange for draft picks in 2017 and 2018.

Bruins avoid arbitration with Pavel Zacha and sign David Krejci

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Feb 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins were busy today as they kicked things off early this morning by signing captain Patrice Bergeron to a one-year deal.

They followed that up by bringing back David Krejci after a one-year hiatus from the NHL.

General manager Don Sweeney announced they signed him to a one-year deal for $1 million, plus performance bonuses that could add an additional $2 million to his salary.

Krejci, 36, picked up 44 points in 51 games during the 2019-2020 season. 

On July 13, the Boston Bruins acquired Pavel Zacha from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Erik Haula. The restricted free agent wrapped up a deal for $2.25 million per season and was in line for an increase.

Zacha, 25, recorded 36 points in 70 games last season with the Devils.

The team avoided his arbitration hearing set for this Wednesday with a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

–Field Level Media contributed to this article