NHL News: Gleason, Vrbata, Fiddler, Kontiola, Islanders and Wilson


  • Chris Johnston: The Hurricanes have signed Tim Gleason to a one-year deal worth $1.2 million. He’ll also be collecting $833,333 from the Maple Leafs from his buyout.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Radim Vrbata will get a $4 million salary and a $1 million bonus in each of the next two seasons. He gets a limited no-trade clause. Renaud Lavoie: Vrbata’s can name eight teams in which he can be traded too as part of his no-trade clause.
  • Mike Heika: Vern Fiddler will get $1 million this year and $1.5 million in 2015-16 from the Stars.
  • Chris Johnston: The Leafs have signed Finnish center Petri Kontiola to a one-year deal. Dobber Hockey: Kontiola led Chelyabinsk of the KHL in scoring last year over Andrei Kostitsyn and Evgeny Kuznetsov.
  • James Mirtle: Talk has it the Islanders were turned down by a lot of other free agents. They are another team that has to overpay to get players to there.
  • Corey Masisak: The Islanders could be a veteran defenseman to two (or two of they their young defensemen showing they are legit NHLers) from being a top three or four team in the Metro division.
  • Tom Gulitti: The Islanders weakness after making the playoffs in 2012-13 was their defense and goaltending. They hope Jaroslav Halak is the answer in net, but they still are weak on the blueline.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals Tom Wilson rolled his ankle in a fall. It is not season-threatening. They will no know more in the next day or two.

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  1. #1 by Ducks Fan at July 3rd, 2014

    I thought the Ducks owned the rights to Petri Kontiola. How is he able to sign with leafs then?

  2. #2 by kckrebs at July 3rd, 2014

    Kontiola was drafted by the Blackhawks and then traded to Anaheim in 2009. He is now 29 years old which qualifies him for unrestricted free agency. As I believe the cutoff for restricted status is 27 years old or a certain number of games played in the NHL which isn’t relevant here.

  3. #3 by Ben at July 4th, 2014

    Kontiola played more games than Kuznetsov. They both averaged around the same ppg

  4. #4 by kckrebs at July 4th, 2014

    OK? Kuznetsov is 22 so there’s quite a difference there though I’m not sure what your point is. All that matters is what they do in the NHL in my opinion…

  5. #5 by Ben at July 4th, 2014

    Just making a statement. Not trying to start an argument over this. It bothers me when stats are used “incorrectly” (for lack of a better word).

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