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The Daily: Bratt Re-Signs; Buyouts Begin Today

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Instead of a buyout, the New Jersey Devils re-upped with one of their important young players. Jesper Bratt signed an eight-year, $63M extension on Thursday which solidifies the young core the Devils are trying to build for nearly a decade. New Jersey Hockey Now writes that the Devils now have just over $26M to get Timo Meier and nine others inked onto the roster.

Bratt had 32 goals amongst 73 points in a full season of play.

Buyouts Begin Today

Meanwhile, with teams able to buy out contracts today one of the first official “tasks” of the offseason for every NHL team has begun.  While the Chicago Blackhawks are trying to buy more contracts rather buying anyone out, there are teams eyeing the financials. The Pittsburgh Penguins could be looking at Mikael Granlund writes Pittsburgh Hockey Now’s Dan Kingerski to help ease its burden. He also lists several players, who should they not be bought out, maybe the Blackhawks could take on with a sweetener or two.

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