A Lot To Laich
The Washington Capitals have signed Brooks Laich to 6-year deal worth $27 million. Laich has been a core player with the Caps. He is popular among teammates and fans alike. Laich can battle on the boards, deliver a hit and score big goals.
He would have been a highly sought after player if he hit the open market, but it seems the Caps were willing to give him market value to stay right where he was.
Canucks Re-Up A Pair
Defenseman Kevin Bieksa has agreed to terms on a 5-year, $23 million deal with the Vancouver Canucks. The team has also signed impending restricted free agent Maxim Lapierre to a two-year contract worth a total of $2 million.
Bieksa known for his shot and nasty streak, received a lot more exposure this post-season due to his fine play throughout the playoffs, which included a dramatic OT winning goal that sent Vancouver to the Finals.
Lapierre seemed to be a good fit with the Canucks after failed attempts with both Montreal and Anaheim. He provides an accompaniment to the antagonistic nature of Alex Burrows giving opponents reason to be wary of his antics as well as his ability to score.
Lightning Keep Specialist
The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed power-play specialist and defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron to a two-year contract. Terms were not initially announced by the team.
TSN reports that RDS claimes it to be a two-year, $2 million deal.
Pittsburgh Retains Not You, Not Me, but Dupuis
From Rob Rossi:
Pascal Dupuis was considered a priority re-signing by the Penguins from the beginning. He is a tireless penalty killer and has the speed, grit and versatility to play on any of the four forward lines. Something the Pittsburgh coaching staff prizes.
Dupuis has agreed to a two-year contract to remain with the Penguins, sources told the Tribune-Review. The deal, which will be announced this afternoon, is worth $3 million total — meaning Dupuis will count $1.5 million against the salary cap each of the next two seasons.