NHL free agency: Ducks sign Cam Fowler to eight-year extension, sign goalie Ryan Miller

NHL free agency: Ducks sign Cam Fowler to eight-year extension, sign goalie Ryan Miller

NHL free agency began Saturday with a flurry of signings, but the Ducks made one of the biggest splashes by keeping defenseman Cam Fowler after agreeing with him on an eight-year, $52-million extension. His new contract will kick in starting with the 2018-19 season.

Fowler, 25, is the heart and glue of the Ducks’ young defense corps. He has 45 goals and 217 points in 494 career games and ranks second in scoring and assists among Ducks defenseman, third in games and tied for third in goals.

“I really feel like we’re very close and we’ve proven that,” Fowler said of the Ducks during a conference call. “This is a dream come true for me and I’m very happy we were able to do this.”

General manager Bob Murray, who has resisted many trade offers for Fowler, said the club wanted to secure him long term.

(Why?)

Published at Sat, 01 Jul 2017 18:25:00 +0000

How much is too much on the summer soccer schedule?

Give a couple of tournament organizers eight days, 50 states and hundreds of hours of TV time to work with and you think they’d be able to stay out of each others’ way, right?

Apparently not. At least not in the case of this month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, the continent’s biennial international championship that starts Friday, and the International Champions Cup, an annual summer series of exhibitions featuring some of the best club teams in the world that begins July 19.

Four times during the knockout stage of the Gold Cup, ICC games have been scheduled to kick off at roughly the same time on a rival TV network. Twice ICC matches will be played on the same night in the same state, with the Gold Cup final in Santa Clara, Calif., competing for attention with an ICC exhibition between Real Madrid and Manchester City at the Coliseum.

It seems an avoidable fracturing of a nascent U.S. soccer audience that is still trying to find a focus. Yet neither side appears particularly troubled by that.