Frank Corrado has requested a $900,000 salary for 2016-17.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are countering with a two-way contract that would pay him $625,000 at the NHL level or $150,000 in the minors. Alternatively, they've also submitted a one-way contract with a value of $575,000. Corrado's arbitration hearing is scheduled for July 26.
Although he's going into the season as the Blues' clear No. 1 goaltender, Jake Allen feels he still needs to earn that spot.
Allen got a four-year, $17.4 million contract extension and the Blues dealt Brian Elliott this summer. "It was tough to make mistakes when Brian was around because one game — you had a bad game — he was right back in the net and vice versa with him and me," Allen said. "I think you get a little bit more leeway, I guess, now. But not a whole lot. Carter’s a great goalie and I’ve heard a lot of great things about him. I feel that I had to etch myself into the league consistently. Now that I’ve done that, I still have another place to go and prove I’m a legit No. 1 guy." Allen had a 2.35 GAA and .920 save percentage in 47 contests in 2015-16.
Eric Boulton's recently inked two-way contract with the Islanders comes with a $575,000 should he play in the NHL.
Boulton would earn $150,000 annually when he's playing in the minors, but he's been guaranteed a minimum salary of $200,000 even if he spends the full season in the AHL. The 39-year-old might make the Islanders' opening game roster, but he would probably spend a lot of time in the press box if that does happen.
Connor McDavid thinks signing Milan Lucic was a big gain for the Edmonton Oilers.
"It means so much," said McDavid. "It kind of gives us that swagger, that meanness that we have been looking for. We tried to do that a little bit last year in adding a couple of bigger bodies and it definitely helped, but now you have the addition of Lucic and those guys we added before. We definitely have that mean streak that other teams won't want to be pushing us around." Lucic in particular is a gritty player that doesn't look out of place in a top-six role, so Edmonton could theoretically pair him with McDavid to provide the young star with some extra protection. Just as McDavid seems to be thrilled with the prospect of playing with Lucic, Lucic is upbeat about the arrangement as well. When asked for his No. 1 reason for signing with Edmonton, Lucic named McDavid.
Las Vegas GM George McPhee has reportedly asked the Washington Capitals for permission to speak with Ross Mahoney.
Mahoney is currently an assistant general manager with the Capitals. It's not clear yet if Washington has or will agree to McPhee's request. Mahoney was the Capitals' director of amateur scouting for 16 years before he gained his current role. McPhee, who is the former general manager of the Capitals, and has a long history with Mahoney, so this isn't a surprising move.
Eric Boulton has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the New York Islanders.
Boulton had no points and two penalty minutes in six games with the Islanders in 2015-16. The 39-year-old has 79 points and 1,421 penalty minutes in 654 career games.
Connor Carrick has inked a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Carrick had two goals and four points in 18 games with Toronto and the Washington Capitals last season. He also recorded 11 goals and 29 points in 52 AHL contests.
Andre Benoit has signed with the Malmo Redhawks in Sweden.
Benoit had eight goals and 33 points in 72 AHL games last season. He also appeared in two contests with the St. Louis Blues.