NHL Today: Kovalchuk, Zajac, Gagner, Thornton, Stempniak and More

John TaboneCorrespondent IAugust 30, 2010

NEWARK, NJ - JULY 20: Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils speaks with the media after announcing his contract renewal at the Prudential Center on July 20, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Ilya Kovalchuk

The Kovalchuk circus continues. No news yet on whether or not the NHL has accepted the Devils' latest offer. However, the NHL is expected to accept the latest offer worth $100 million over 15 years. They wouldn't want to lose a superstar forward to the rival KHL.

Tabone's Input: I expect Kovalchuk to sign very soon. The NHL cannot afford to lose a superstar to a rival league. 


Travis Zajac

Mark Everson of the New York Post is reporting that the the Devils may possibly move center Travis Zajac to accommodate Kovalchuk's contract. Zajac's making $3.9M this year.

Tabone's Input: I highly doubt the young center gets moved. I believe Devils management would move veterans Bryce Salvador and Dainus Zubrus first. If they can't trade them, those two players could see time in the minors. 

Sam Gagner

Various sources are reporting that the Edmonton Oilers have re-signed RFA forward Sam Gagner to a two-year deal worth $4.55M ($2.275M per season).

Tabone's Input: Great signing by the Oilers. Gagner started last season on the fourth line and moved up in the line-up. I expect him to score 60+ points playing on the Oiler's top-six this season. 


Joe Thornton

The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that center Joe Thornton seems happy in San Jose and has been working with the club towards an extension since early July. 

Tabone's Input: This was expected by Sharks management. Big Joe likes it San Jose and why wouldn't the Sharks re-sign him?



Lee Stempniak

Reports are coming out saying that the forward has re-signed with the Phoenix Coyotes. He has signed a two-year deal worth $3.5 million.

Tabone's Input: I love the singing for the Coyotes. The guy scored 28 goals last season and is making less than $2M a season for two years. This is a no risk, high reward signing right here. 


Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!


  • News on Travis Zajac
  • News on Joe Thornton
  • My input on today's news (I want to try something new)

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