NHL News: Gleason, Vrbata, Fiddler, Kontiola, Islanders and Wilson

  • Chris Johnston: The Hurricanes have signed Tim Gleason to a one-year deal worth $1.2 million. He’ll also be collecting $833,333 from the Maple Leafs from his buyout.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Radim Vrbata will get a $4 million salary and a $1 million bonus in each of the next two seasons. He gets a limited no-trade clause. Renaud Lavoie: Vrbata’s can name eight teams in which he can be traded too as part of his no-trade clause.
  • Mike Heika: Vern Fiddler will get $1 million this year and $1.5 million in 2015-16 from the Stars.
  • Chris Johnston: The Leafs have signed Finnish center Petri Kontiola to a one-year deal. Dobber Hockey: Kontiola led Chelyabinsk of the KHL in scoring last year over Andrei Kostitsyn and Evgeny Kuznetsov.
  • James Mirtle: Talk has it the Islanders were turned down by a lot of other free agents. They are another team that has to overpay to get players to there.
  • Corey Masisak: The Islanders could be a veteran defenseman to two (or two of they their young defensemen showing they are legit NHLers) from being a top three or four team in the Metro division.
  • Tom Gulitti: The Islanders weakness after making the playoffs in 2012-13 was their defense and goaltending. They hope Jaroslav Halak is the answer in net, but they still are weak on the blueline.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals Tom Wilson rolled his ankle in a fall. It is not season-threatening. They will no know more in the next day or two.


  1. Ducks Fan

    July 3, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I thought the Ducks owned the rights to Petri Kontiola. How is he able to sign with leafs then?

  2. kckrebs

    July 3, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Kontiola was drafted by the Blackhawks and then traded to Anaheim in 2009. He is now 29 years old which qualifies him for unrestricted free agency. As I believe the cutoff for restricted status is 27 years old or a certain number of games played in the NHL which isn’t relevant here.

  3. Ben

    July 4, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Kontiola played more games than Kuznetsov. They both averaged around the same ppg

  4. kckrebs

    July 4, 2014 at 12:39 am

    OK? Kuznetsov is 22 so there’s quite a difference there though I’m not sure what your point is. All that matters is what they do in the NHL in my opinion…

  5. Ben

    July 4, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Just making a statement. Not trying to start an argument over this. It bothers me when stats are used “incorrectly” (for lack of a better word).