NHL News and Notes: Wednesday, July 21st

Todd CordellCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2010

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 20:  David Perron #57 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 20, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Blues defeated the Devils 1-0.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Here is my opinion on the latest news around the NHL.

David Perron has signed a two-year contract extension with the St. Louis Blues that will earn him a total of $4.3 million in that time span.

In my opinion, that is a good signing for the Blues. Perron is a good offensive contributor who has a lot of upside and still has potential, and a $2.15 million cap hit is not bad at all.

The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed agitator Patrick Kaleta to a two-year deal. Terms of the contract are unknown at this time.

Great job by the Sabres, rumor has it he will make around $1 million per season, and if that is the case, it is a bargain.

According to Chris Vivlamore of AJC, the Atlanta Thrashers will let forward Clarke MacArthur walk to free agency, as he won his arbitration hearing and was rewarded $2.4 million per season.

I think Clarke MacArthur is a good player, but $2.4 million per season is a bit much for him. In my opinion, he is worth $1.75 to $2 million per season.

As you all know, the NHL has rejected Ilya Kovalchuk's 17-year contract with the Devils. The NHLPA could play a huge role in deciding if this contract goes through or not, and it seems the majority of the NHL players are going to fight this.

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I personally am not happy with the NHL rejecting the contract after they have already had a press conference. Yes, you could say the Devils should have waited, but the NHL had approximately 36 hours before the press conference to deny it and didn't.

I would love to hear your opinions on all of this so feel free to comment.

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