Rangers & Lightning Contract Updates | Thursday NHL Gossip

Sports water cooler headlines and NHL Hockey gossip for Thursday July 21st 2011. Shea Matthews weighs in with his analysis and opinions on today’s NHL action…

July 21st NHL Hockey News: Cappers Picks Headlines – Daily Sports Gossip

NHL news: Rangers extend Brandon Dubinsky

After Steven Stamkos signed his big extension, two other restricted free agents have been locked up, much to the chagrin of many other NHL teams coveting them.

The New York Rangers avoided arbitration with big Alaskan center Brandon Dubinsky, signing him to a four-year, $16.8-million extension.

Rangers extend Brandon Dubinsky

The 25-year-old broke out for 24 goals and 54 points in 77 games last season.

Lightning extend Teddy Purcell

The Tampa Bay Lightning managed to retain Teddy Purcell even after signing Stamkos.

He signed a two-year extension yesterday reportedly worth $4.725 million.

Purcell had 17 goals and 51 points last season and exploded in the playoffs for 17 points in 18 playoff games. [ad-4437448]

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By Shea Matthews

Shea Matthews the Senior Writer at CP. Lives and breathes sports. He made the transition from athlete to sports journalist at a young age, writing in TV & national papers. Shea applies his knowledge to sports betting + handicapping daily, and shares winning picks with the world.