Former Canadiens first-round draft choice Ron Hainsey – 13th overall in 2000 – has signed with Atlanta: five years, $22.5 million
Nice raise on the $900,000 the 27-year-old earned with Columbus …. and yet another indication that puck-moving defencemen (see CAMPBELL, Brian) have become a very valuable commodity in the NHL.
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Brooks Orpik, who’s an old-fashioned bone-crunching defenceman, is staying put in Pittsburgh.
He’s signed a six-year contract for $22.5 million, $3.75 million per. Orpik, one of the better Penguins in the Stanley Cup final, was making $1 million