Saturday, August 13, 2005

Allen and Salo Re-Signed

No formal announcement yet from the Canucks, but according to the NHLPA website, Bryan Allen and Sami Salo have both re-signed with the team. It looks like Allen took his qualifying offer, while Salo has rumoredly signed a 2-year deal worth $1.5 million per year.

Much like the Sedins signing, Allen's is a win-win situation for player and team. The one-year deal offers Allen an opportunity to solidify himself as a top-4 defenseman. In return, Dave Nonis keeps a key player on his team this season - without jeopardizing his cap space - and can re-evaluate Allen next year under the new market conditions. Also like the Sedins, Allen remains a restricted free agent next year.

Salo would have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of this year so signing him for two years was a good move. He is essentially the Canucks' number 3 defenseman (after Ohlund and Jovanovski) means that, assuming Ohlund also signs for more than one year (he wants a long-term deal), the Canucks don't have to worry about 2 of their top 3 defensemen entering unrestricted free agency at the same time.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 12:57 PM


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