NHL Headlines: Devon Toews scores new deal, arbitrator awards Tyler Bertuzzi $3.5 million, and more

The offseason continues with restricted free agents reaching new deals. According to many, this is what’s holding up the market for unrestricted free agents like Mikael Granlund and Erik Haula.

Once we get past all scheduled arbitration cases (11/6), the remaining UFA’s are expected to receive final offers.

Devon Toews signs 4 year deal with Avalanche

The Islanders were forced to trade Devon Toews for two 2nd round draft picks because of their cap situation. Yesterday, the 26 year-old blue-liner avoider arbitration and came to terms with Colorado on a 4 year deal with an AAV of $4.1 million.

“For sure, I’m grateful to (general manager) Joe [Sakic] and his staff for putting their faith in me for four years,” Toews said. “[My wife and I are] excited just to be able to settle down somewhere. It’s a crazy time right now with a lot of moving parts in the League and just the world in general. To kind of have that security, to know we can settle down and try and start a family here in one place without having to worry about moving around is something we’re very excited about.”

Devon Toews via NHL.com

Avs general manager, Joe Sakic was very happy to lock up Toews. “We’re excited to have Devon under contract for the next four years,” Sakic said.”He’s a smart, two-way, puck moving defenseman who’s a durable defender and excellent in transition.”

Arbitrator awards Detroit’s Tyler Bertuzzi $3.5 million

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Tyler Bertuzzi (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)

What is it with Bertuzzi’s and arbitrators? Yesterday Tyler Bertuzzi, who scored 48 points last season for the Red Wings was awarded a one year deal at $3.5 million.

The award was almost $400K more than the team’s offer and $750K less than Bertuzzi’s ask. The 25 year-old forward is the only RFA so far to make it all the way to an arbitrator. There are still 7 cases remaining:

  • Ryan Strome
  • Warren Foegele
  • Christian Jaros
  • Brendan Lemieux
  • Victor Olodsson
  • Ryan Pulock
  • Mackenzie Weegar

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