Sports That Matters
August 9, 2019
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE NEWS
The New York state board responsible for economic development has approved a $1.3 billion project to build a 19,000-seat arena for the New York Islanders at Belmont Park.
Newsday reports the six members of the Empire State Development board voted Thursday in favor of the complex that will include shops, restaurants and a hotel.
The project on state-owned property would allow the Islanders to move from Brooklyn to Elmont, in Nassau County, while creating thousands of new jobs.
However, some residents of surrounding communities are worried about increased traffic and noise. The state Franchise Oversight Board must still approve an environmental review. That could happen in the coming weeks. The arena project was first announced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in December 2017.
The Nashville Predators have signed forward Rocco Grimaldi to a one-year deal worth $1 million based on the ruling of an independent arbitrator.
An arbitrator heard Grimaldi’s case Sunday. Grimaldi, 26, is coming off his best season with five goals and eight assists in 53 games in his first year with Nashville. He had never skated in more than 20 games in a season, and that was in 2015-16 with the Florida Panthers. He scored 13 of his 23 career points with Nashville, and he led the Predators with three playoff goals in five games.
The 33rd overall selection in 2011 by Florida, the Anaheim, California, native has played 90 career games in the NHL with Florida, Colorado and Nashville.
Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson has been awarded a $3.1 million, one-year contract in arbitration.
Edmundson was one of four St. Louis restricted free agents to file for player-elected salary arbitration this summer after helping the team win its first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Goaltender Jordan Binnington and forwards Oskar Sundqvist and Zach Sanford agreed to multiyear deals before their arbitration hearing.
After a disappointing stint with the rebuilding New York Rangers, Kevin Shattenkirk now gets a legitimate shot at a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The team announced that it has signed the defenseman to a one-year, $1.75 million contract. The Rangers bought out the last two years of Shattenkirk’s contract last week.
The Minnesota Wild have signed restricted free agent Hunter Warner to a one-year two-way contract. The deal will carry a $700K salary in the NHL. Warner was not eligible for salary arbitration.
With Warner signed the Wild now have just three restricted free agents left to sign. At least two of them, Kevin Fiala and Joel Eriksson are important pieces of the NHL roster and will hopefully find some common ground with the front office over the next month.
With Joel Edmundson now under contract following his arbitration award, the Blues can now turn their focus to their lone remaining restricted free agent in center Ivan Barbashev.
The 23-year-old is coming off of a much-improved season that saw him collect 26 points (14-12-26) in 80 games, doubling his previous career high. Earlier this month, it was reported that he was seeking a four-year deal around the $1.75MM to $2MM range. St. Louis could still probably fit that deal in without too much difficulty although they’d be right at the Upper Limit if they did so.