NHL News: Islanders, Blues, Wild and Hurricanes

NHL News: Islanders, Blues, Wild and Hurricanes

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On the New York Islanders and Calvin de Haan

Mike Kelly: The New York Islanders and Calvin de Haan settled on a one-year deal worth $3.3 million and avoided their salary arbitration hearing.

Mike Kelly: “$3.3M is on the low end for de Haan but the 1-year deal takes him to UFA next season. Potential for even bigger payday there.”

On the St. Louis Blues …

Jeremy Rutherford: Sounding like the Blues have signed defenseman Nate Prosser to a two-way deal.

On the Minnesota Wild …

Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Minnesota Wild sign forward Mikael Granlund to three-year deal worth $17.25 million – a $5.75 million salary cap hit.

Granlund will get $5.25 million this year, $5.5 million next season and $6.5 million in 2019-2020. The deal doesn’t have a no-trade clause and it buys one year of unrestricted free agency.

On the Carolina Hurricanes …

Chip Alexander: The Hurricanes have signed defenseman Brett Pesce to a six-year contract with a salary cap hit of $4.025 million.

Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. said the asking price for the franchise is $500 million for now.

He has a “term sheet” in place to sell the team to a group headed by Check Greenberg but “there is no purchase agreement.” Greenberg is a former CEO of the Texas Rangers.

Karmanos added yesterday that 11 or 12 groups have shown interest in the Hurricanes at some point.

Karmanos on Greenberg.

“Once he’s done that we’re going to examine his offer and see if it cuts the mustard,” Karmanos said. “He was supposed to be done a while ago. I like working with Chuck … (but) if we get a few more weeks down the road and he can’t raise enough money, I’m going to tell him sayonara.”

The potential deal doesn’t include the ECHL Florida Everblades and their arena, and it’s not know how much debt would be assumed.

“If I have to go back, the price is going up – maybe 550, maybe 600 (million dollars),” Karmanos said. “The team is on the rise. If I have to wait through this season and we have a magnificent year and we again run the team on a positive, even-up (financial) basis like we did last year, the value will increase significantly.”