The Associated PressCALGARY (AP) — The Calgary Flames have a tentative agreement for a new arena to replace the Saddledome.
The city, NHL team and the Calgary Stampede have agreed in principle to terms. The Stampede, a rodeo exhibition, owns the land.
The deal was to be presented to the City Council on Monday and then put to a vote. Calgary citizens would then have a week to voice their opinion before a council vote next week to ratify the deal.
The Saddledome is almost 36 years old. The cost of the event center is $550 million to $600 million.
It is to have a seating capacity of about 20,000 for sports and would be the heart of a larger revitalized commercial and residential district.
Aston-Reese, Pens agree
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and forward Zach Aston-Reese avoided arbitration on Monday, agreeing to a two-year deal that runs through the 2020-21 season.
The deal is worth $1 million annually. The two sides came together minutes before heading to arbitration.
Aston-Reese, 24, posted career highs in goals (eight) and assists (nine) despite being limited to 43 games because of a hand injury. Aston-Reese — who skated alongside Sidney Crosby on the top line but also put in work with the fourth line — gives the Penguins more options as they try to bounce back from a first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the New York Islanders.