Sabres extend Dylan Cozens, NHLPA to name new boss

Buffalo Sabres forward Dylan Cozens signed a seven-year, $49.7 million contract extension on Tuesday.

Cozens, 22, previously was scheduled for restricted free agency this summer. His new contract will begin next season.

With the addition of Cozens, the Sabres have signed three players to seven-year extensions over the last six months. Forward Tage Thompson inked a $50 million contract extension on Aug. 30 and defenseman Mattias Samuelsson signed for $30 million on Oct. 12.

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Sabres extend Dylan Cozens

“It’s just a great feeling,” Cozens said via the team’s website.

Cozens has recorded 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) and 24 penalty minutes in 49 games this season. He already has eclipsed last season’s totals in goals (13), assists (25) and points (38).

He has totaled 94 points (34 goals, 60 assists) in 169 career games since being selected by the Sabres with the seventh overall pick of the 2019 NHL Draft.

NHLPA to name Marty Walsh new boss

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Labor secretary Marty Walsh speaks before President Joe BidenĀ speaks during Laborfest at Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee on Monday, Sept. 5, 2022. Bindenlabor 7421

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is leaving the Biden administration to become the new executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

The move is expected to become official later this week, after President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Walsh, 55, the former two-term mayor of Boston, would succeed Donald Fehr. A search committee was formed last April to find a successor for Fehr.

Walsh was tabbed as the top choice by the search committee last Friday in Miami. He was presented to the 32-member executive board, which approved the hire and began salary negotiations, per the reports. He’s expected to earn roughly $3 million annually and be headquartered in Boston.

Walsh, a late entry in the search process, beat out former Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis, former player and Fehr lieutenant Mathieu Schneider, and agent Allan Walsh, among others.

Fehr, who joined the NHLPA in December 2010, guided the players through two collective bargaining negotiations during his tenure. The latest extension is in place through at least 2025.

The seven-player search committee was composed of Carolina’s Ian Cole, Buffalo’s Kyle Okposo, Anaheim’s Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis’ Justin Faulk, Detroit’s Sam Gagner, Edmonton’s Zach Hyman and Winnipeg’s Nate Schmidt.

Walsh marks the first member of Biden’s cabinet to leave.

–Field Level Media