Dumoulin, Penguins are far apart in contract talks

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Brian Dumoulin of Biddeford have very different ideas about what the 25-year-old defenseman’s salary should be next season.

Dumoulin’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday in Toronto. He’s asking for a one-year deal worth $4.35 million, while the Penguins offered a contract worth $1.95 million, according to a report by Elliotte Friedman of

An NHL arbitrator, unlike those in Major League Baseball, doesn’t have to select either the team’s figure or the player’s figure. He may chose a salary in between the two proposals and almost certainly will in this case.

Both sides will have some facts on their side heading into the hearing.

To Dumoulin’s credit, he has emerged as a key figure on the blue line of the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Over the past two postseasons, no one in the league has played more minutes than Dumoulin’s 1,066. Last season, he led Penguins defensemen in postseason ice time, averaging almost 22 minutes per game. Next season, he’s expected to play on the team’s top defense pair with Kris Letang.

To Dumoulin’s detriment, salary for defensemen is still often at least partially determined by offensive production, and that’s not his specialty. He has two goals in 163 career regular-season games.

After both sides present their cases, the arbitrator will have 48 hours to weigh his decision.


MLS: Teal Bunbury scored twice, Diego Fagundez had three assists and the New England Revolution beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-3 at Foxborough, Massachusetts, to snap a four-game losing streak.


NEFL: Isaiah Bachelder threw touchdown passes to Justin Cocroft and Joe Hicks, and Eric Harris returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown as the Southern Maine Raging Bulls (1-1) rolled to a 41-0 win over the Connecticut Bearcats (0-2) at Deering High.


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The 18-year-old Korda, the sister of LPGA Tour winner Jessica Korda and daughter of tennis major champion Petr Korda, had a 15-under 198. She opened with a 68 and added a 64, the best score in the second round.

PGA: Scott Stallings birdied the final hole for an 11-under 60 and a one-stroke lead over Grayson Murray in the Barbasol Championship at Opelika, Alabama.


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Instructor and innovator Vic Braden was inducted posthumously.


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– Staff and news service report