Around the NHL- Preseason Odds and Ends

Drew Doughty Signs At Long Last

After a holdout that lasted so long even Ilya Kovalchuk was embarrassed for him, Drew Doughty finally came to terms with the Los Angeles Kings. He initially rejected a multi-year deal worth $6.8 million a year. His new contract is $7 million a year over eight years for a grand total of $56 million.

While the terms are a bit on the outlandish side, it was a deal the Kings needed to get done. Doughty is only 21, one of the top defensemen in the NHL, a gold medal winner for Team Canada, has already been a finalist for the Norris Trophy- and he’s only going to get better.

Meanwhile, in Nashville, Shea Weber is licking his chops and biding his time.

More Contracts

-The Kings also signed veteran winger Trent Hunter, who was with the team on a tryout, to a one-year, $600,000 contract earlier this afternoon.

-The Red Wings are reportedly talking to Niklas Kronwall, looking to sign him to a multi-year extension. Kronwall would be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

-The Habs signed free-agent defenseman Chris Campoli to a one-year deal for $1.75 million.

-Washington brought back Jason Chimera for two more years with an average cap hit of $1.75 million.

-The Wild are planning to sign Aaron Boogaard to a two-way deal.

-Steven Staios has agreed to a one-year, $600,000 deal with the Islanders.

The Shanhammer of Justice

As of Monday night, Brendan Shanahan has suspended five players for a length of 34 games (17 preseason, 17 regular season) and fines totalling $619,385.28.

Personally, I like what Shanahan has done so far. The videos are a clear and precise way for him to explain his decisions, and it’s nice to see that he’s taking his new task seriously.

Also, some consistency when it comes to discipline is a welcome change for any NHL fan.

Links

-HBO is back! (NHL.com)

-Hide yo’ cabbies, it has been confirmed by the Blackhawks that Patrick Kane is now on Twitter. (Twitter)

-The police have charged a suspect for throwing a banana at Wayne Simmonds. (NHL.com)