Doan, Burrows, Lehtonen Sign Before CBA Expires
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Phoenix Coyotes -- Shane Doan
Doan on Friday signed a four-year contract to stay with the Phoenix Coyotes and the franchise for whom he's played his entire NHL career. The four-year, US$21.2 million contract with the Coyotes, a two-months-in-the-making deal that could keep one of the Phoenix area's most popular athletes in the desert until the end of his career. He has been the face of the franchise pretty much since it arrived in the desert in 1996 and has been one of the most popular athletes to play in the Phoenix area, a humble, give-it-all-you got player that fans can relate to. Last season at 35, scoring 22 goals and adding 28 assists to finish third on the team in scoring. He also notched his first career hat trick and 300th career goal while helping the Coyotes make a late-season push into the playoffs.
Doan: "I'm glad to get it over with and get the deal done," Doan said from Jobing.Com Arena. "It's a deal that's been mostly done for a little while, but I wanted to wait a little while to see what happens." "As we went along, you kept thinking it was going to happen next week and I don't know how many times we heard in two more weeks it'll be done. Hopefully, in two weeks, it's done," Doan said with a chuckle. "At the same time, it did come down to a faith kind of a step and some hope, as well as this is the only organization I've been with. This is where I've been, this is where I've always wanted to be."
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Vancouver Canucks -- Alex Burrows
Burrows, 31, was entering the final season of a four-year contract and would have been an unrestricted free agent following the 2012-13 season. Now, he's part of the Canucks through the 2016-17 season. Burrows is slated to earn $18-million, or $4.5 million per season, starting in 2013-14. He received a healthy raise from the $2 million he is scheduled to earn this season, if there is one. The new deal came a day before the current collective bargaining agreement between the league and NHL Players Association is set to expire. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has stated the league will lock out players if a new pact is not worked out in time.
Burrows: "I'm really excited," he said. "Me and my family really like it here in Vancouver, we like the organization, it's a team that wants to win and wants to win the Stanley Cup and that's exactly what I want to do. It makes sense for me to get a deal done and be here for another five years will be a lot of fun."
Dallas Stars -- Kari Lehtonen
The Stars announced on Friday that Lehtonen, 28, had signed a five-year, $29.5 million contract extension that will keep the goaltender with the team through the 2017-18 season. Lehtonen, who has one season left on his current contract, would have been an unrestricted free agent following the 2012-13 season had he not signed. The 28-year-old netminder posted a 32-22-4 record last season with four shutouts in 59 games. Lehtonen recorded a .922 save percentage and 2.33 goals-against average.
Lehtonen: "These guys gave me a chance," Lehtonen said of the Stars. "I said that again yesterday, thanks a lot again for giving me a chance to play. Things have worked out well. We're going the right direction and I think I can play better and better, that's why I wanted to stay here."
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Washington Capitals -- John Carlson
The Capitals' 22-year-old blueliner Friday, agreeing to a six-year, $23.8 million contract. Carlson will earn $3.8 million in 2012-13 and $4 million per season from 2013-14 through 2017-18. Only captain Alex Ovechkin and center Nicklas Backstromhave longer deals with the Capitals. Carlson recorded 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 82 games last season with Washington, setting a career-high in goals scored. In the last two seasons, Carlson has stepped in to lead the team in ice time 22:38 in 2010-11, and finish second in that category last season at 21:51. Carlson has been used as a quarterback on the power play and in a shutdown role in the game's final minutes. His versatility and ascent on Washington's depth chart also has earned him the trust of management.
Carlson: "To be honest, I think that all I wanted was to be here a long time," said Carlson, who had been a restricted free agent. "I think that [was a goal] that I've had since I've got here, and it has a lot to do with really liking this team, liking this city and liking our fans. I obviously wanted to be here."
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