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Wild and Granlund, Isles and de Haan avoid arbitration

The Minnesota Wild have avoided arbitration with Mikael Granlund, signing the 25-year-old forward to a three-year, $17.25 million contract on Tuesday.

Granlund posted career highs in goals (26), assists (43) and points (69) during the 2016-17 regular season with the Wild, his fifth with the organization.

Restricted free agent defenseman Brett Pesce and the Carolina Hurricanes agreed to a six-year contract extension worth $24.15 million. The new deal will kick in at the start of the 2018-19 season.

Pesce, Carolina’s third-round pick in 2013, played in all 82 games for the Hurricanes last season, scoring 20 (2G/18A) to go along with a +23 rating.

The New York Islanders and Calvin de Haan just avoided arbitration. The 26-year-old defenseman signed a one-year deal worth $3.3 million to stay in Brooklyn.

New York drafted de Haan in the first round of the 2009 draft. Last season, the defender put up five goals and twenty assists in 82 games.

Florida Panthers prospect Owen Tippett, playing for Canada, took a high hit from Team USA White’s Grant Mismash and left the ice during a game at the World Junior Summer Showcase yesterday. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious.