The New York Rangers will be without the services of centre Derek Stepan for four to six weeks with a fracture in his left fibula. Stepan, 24, incurred the injury during a conditioning drill on Wednesday morning and had to be helped off the ice.
An MRI on the shoulder of Detroit Red Wings centre Pavel Datsyuk has revealed a second-degree separation and the 36-year-old will be sidelined for four to five weeks. Datsyuk was taken hard into the boards by Penguins defenceman Rob Scuderi during the Red Wings’ 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Monday.
Carolina Hurricanes centre Jordan Staal suffered a broken bone in his right leg sustained in a preseason game at Buffalo on Tuesday night. Staal was hurt on what appeared to be an innocent play with 6:35 left in the third period. He was skating up the right boards inside the Sabres zone when he was checked into the boards by defenceman Josh Gorges. Staal immediately fell to the ice and lay on his side for a few seconds before play was stopped.
It appears that the Tampa Bay Lightning will be without one of their promising young forwards for the rest of training camp and the start of the regular season. According to Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns, Jonathan Drouin will be out for three to four weeks with a slight fracture in his right thumb.
Contract negotiations between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen took a public turn on Wednesday with team president John Davidson revealing specifics of the team’s current offers. The team reportedly has three separate offers on the table: One worth $6 million over two years, another for six years, worth $32 million and a final for eight years, worth $46 million.
Situation here is getting ugly. In my opinion, Johansen and his agent aren’t wrong in pressing for as much money as possible, but they also need to be realistic. Yes, he led the team in scoring last year and scored 33 goals. An impressive year. But in the previous 107 games he played, he scored 14 goals and 33 points. It wouldn’t be unheard of for a player to have a breakout season and then regress drastically. Columbus doesn’t want to be on the hook for 6+ million to a player who doesn’t have a history of success in the NHL and whose rights they hold either way. We saw it with PK Subban. Teams do not want to overpay for a player’s RFA years, when the team holds nearly all the cards. On a long-term deal, where the team is essentially buying up UFA years, a higher salary makes sense. But not on a bridge deal, where the player’s only real leverage lies in simply not showing up to camp (offer sheets aside). Players who don’t go to training camp due to contract issues typically don’t have great years either. Hope it gets settled soon, one way or another.
Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding has a broken right foot, putting him out indefinitely. The Wild announced Wednesday the injury was suffered in an off-ice incident. The team said Harding was hurt Sunday but did not specify how.
The San Jose Sharks signed defenceman Justin Braun to a five-year contract extension on Wednesday. The 27-year-old averaged nearly 21 minutes of ice time per night for San Jose last season and had four goals and 13 assists in 82 games.
Contract is reportedly worth $1.6 million over two years ($800,000/year) and is one-way.
Teams: Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers
Weight: 190 lbs
Born: August 3rd, 1951 in Drummondville, QC, Canada
Career Statistics - Regular Season
Games Played: 1348
Goals: 731 Goals/Game: 0.542
Assists: 1040 Assists/Game: 0.772
Points: 1771 Points/Game: 1.314
Career Statistics - Playoffs
Games Played: 49
Goals: 21 Goals/Game: 0.429
Assists: 24 Assists/Game: 0.490
Points: 45 Points/Game: 0.918