Top 5 Off-Season Deals


  1. P.K. Subban Gets his Deal in Montreal

Love him or hate him, there’s absolutely no question that P.K. Subban will be a superstar defenceman in the NHL for years to come.  Canadiens fans had to sit through 24 hours of panic before learning that Subban and the Canadiens had come to an agreement after 1 day of arbitration….and what a deal it was.  8 years for $72 million for an average of $9 million per season makes P.K. the highest paid defenceman and 3rd highest paid player in the NHL behind only Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, which leaves one to ask; How much does Sid the Kid make?


  1. Spezza Traded to Dallas

Hockey fans in southern Ontario cheered out with glee on July 1st with the knowledge that they’d rarely, if ever, have to watch Jason Spezza giggle his way through another post-game interview.  After a number of tenuous seasons on a “rebuilding” Senators club Spezza wanted out and was absolutely thrilled when he woke up knowing he was Dallas Star.  Not only does Spezza get out of star vacuum in Ottawa, but he will now be lacing up alongside future superstars Tyler Sequin & Jamie Benn, as well as Ales Hemsky, Patrick Eaves and a host of fresh faces brought in by Jim Nill in the off-season.


  1. O’Reilly Avoids Arbitration

Heading into salary arbitration can be a nasty mess, creating lasting tensions between team ownership, management and the player.  So it was with great fervor the Colorado Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic announced that they’d come to terms with star forward Ryan O’Reilly in the lobby as they awaited arbitration.  O’Reilly had a career season in 2013-14 leading the Avalanche in points as well as setting career highs in goals (28) and points (64) as well as winning the Lady Bing Award, receiving 2 penalty minutes in 80 games played.  The Avs are thrilled to have locked O’Reilly up for the next two seasons, and O’Reilly is thrilled with the $12 million he’ll collect during that time.


  1. Richards Signs in Chicago

After a disappointing season on a Rangers team seemingly full of underachievers there was no doubt that Brad Richards was actively shopping for a new address this summer.  So when his agent let him know that the Chicago Blackhawks were interested he jumped at the chance and signed a 1 year, $2 million deal.  It’s definitely a great move for Richards but also solidifies one of the best top 2 lines in the game as he’ll fit nicely centering the 2nd line flanked by the super speed of rising star Brandon Saad and perennial sniper Marion Hossa.  Let’s hope the aging Richards will be able to keep up and help his star winger (Hossa) cross the 1000 point plateau this season.


  1. Kesler Waives his N.T.C. to Anaheim

 If there was one thing that was hard to believe about the 2013-14 NHL season it was the significant decline in play of every single player on the Vancouver Canucks and utter failure (who’d a thunk it) of coach John Tortorella to get the star studded roster to live up to their potential.  What wasn’t hard to believe was the trade demand by forward Ryan Kesler, and though they couldn’t close any deals at the trade deadline, Canucks management finally found a deal they liked with a team good enough to persuade Kesler to waive his no trade; the Anaheim Ducks.  After being knocked out of the playoffs by eventual champion LA Kings, the Ducks decided to open their coffers and take on Kesler’s $10 million salary over the next 2 year in an effort to bolster their overall team defence.  Only time will tell how this union will end.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Enterprises

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