NHL News: Christian Dvorak, Andrew Crescenzi, and Potential College UFAs

NHL News: Christian Dvorak, Andrew Crescenzi, and Potential College UFAs

The Arizona Coyotes have signed Christian Dvorak to a six-year contract extension.
Coyotes lock up Christian Dvorak long-term

Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports: The Arizona Coyotes have signed center Christian Dvorak to a six-year, $26.7 million contract extension. The deal carries a $4.45 million salary cap hit and will kick in after next season.

2019-20: $2.95M base + $300K SB
2020-21 $3.45M
2021-22: $5.075M
2022-23: $3.450M
2023-24: $5.725M
2024-25: $5.750M

Dvorak will have an eight-team no-trade clause for the final two years of the deal.

The deal is somewhat of a surprise given Dvorak has only been in the league for two years while recording 70 points.

“There’s a few different ways you can go about working with a player coming out of his entry-level deal,” Chayka said. “You can let him play out the three years and make a determination from there, you can look to bridge him, you can look to do term. Our view is this is a player that we want a part of our group for the long term.

“We just think he’s getting better and better. The market is going to continue to rise and we feel like this is a deal that made sense for both sides at this time. Obviously, it’s a bit of a projection deal so we are including that in our assumptions but at the same time, we project the person and player and believe that as a center he’s a very valuable and rare commodity in the NHL, a 200-foot center.”

RFAs for the Coyotes after next season will include Jakob ChychrunBrendan Perlini, Lawson Crouse, Nick Cousins and Josh Archibald.

Kings UFA going to Italy

Brennan Klak: Free agent forward Andrew Crescenzi signed with HC Bolzano in Italy.

Potential College free agents on August 15th

Cap Friendly: “With less than a week to go, according to our data, this is the current list of drafted College players whom their respective teams must sign by August 15, or risk losing their signing rights and as a result would become a UFA.”

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