Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NHL Snap Shots: Byron, Stepan

As reported in the Calgary Sun, the Calgary Flames have signed forward Paul Byron to a one year contract worth a reported $900,000. Byron was having an excellent season offensively with Calgary in 2014-15 before injuries interfered. He will be one of among 18 forwards competing for 14 spots on the Flames. As Wes Gilbertson notes in the article, "With Byron signed Sunday, wrecking-ball winger Micheal Ferland is the Flames' only restricted free agent still in need of a new contract."

With the New York Rangers and Derek Stepan avoiding arbitration and agreeing on a 6-year, $39 million deal, the core of the team that nearly reached the Stanley Cup this past season is largely intact as reported in the New York Post.  The 25 year-old, who is fourth in team seniority as reported by Larry Brooks, has played in five nearly-full seasons since leaving the University of Wisconsin after the 2009-10 season.  Stepan's contract now sits third on the team list of annual cap hits, behind Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash.

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