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Long Term For Zaitsev
During the intermission of the Leaf game last night, fans were given some valuable information. The TSN insider Bob McKenzie reported that the Leafs have started working on a contract extension for rookie defenceman Nikita Zaitsev. Apparently the Leafs are looking to sign him long term for seven years. That’s good because the team will be buying five UFA years from him. The detail some fans are having trouble digesting is the cap hit. The supposed deal would see Zaitsev making $4.5 million a year. In his first season in the NHL, Zaitsev has three goals and 30 assists and perhaps the team was using Oscar Klefbom’s contract as a comparable. It might be higher than most expected, but Zaitsev has definitely earned his money with his play this year. Also, there’s a chance that deal could look like a steal in the future.
The End of 26
Another NHL legend in Patrick Elias announced this morning that he will be retiring from the NHL after 20 seasons. What makes it more impactful, is that Elias spend all 20 seasons with the New Jersey Devils. In 1240 games, Elias has 408 goals and 617 assists for a total of 1025 points. Elias hasn’t played this year after needing surgery on cartilage in his knee. Unfortunately he wasn’t given a contract for the 2016-2017 season and instead skated back in his home country of the Czech Republic. After a conversation with New Jersey GM on the NHL Trade Deadline, Elias decided that he was going to retire. To honour the former Stanley Cup winner, his number 26 will be retired next season. This will be the fifth number to be retired by the organization along with Brodeur’s 30, Stevens’ 4, Daneyko’s 3, and Niedemayer’s 27.