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  • Isles' Mathew Barzal signs 8-year, $73.2M extension
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 4, 2022

    The New York Islanders signed forward Mathew Barzal to a massive eight-year contract extension Tuesday.

    • Multiple reports put the value of the deal at $73.2 million, or an average annual value of $9.15 million.

      Barzal, 25, was heading into the final season of a three-year, $21 million deal signed in January 2021.

      The two-time All-Star shared the team lead with 59 points (15 goals, 44 assists) in 73 games last season.

      Barzal has recorded 311 points (91 goals, 220 assists) in 362 regular season games since being drafted in the first round (16th overall) by the Islanders in 2015. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's top rookie in 2017-18.

      The British Columbia native has 38 points (13 goals, 25 assists) in 49 career playoff games.

      The Islanders open the 2022-23 regular season at home against the Florida Panthers on Oct. 13.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blues D Scott Perunovich (shoulder) out 6 months
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 4, 2022

    St. Louis Blues second-year defenseman Scott Perunovich will undergo surgery to repair a fractured shoulder and miss at least six months.

    • The club announced Tuesday that he will have the surgery Thursday and will be re-evaluated in six months.

      Perunovich, 24, was hurt during a preseason game against Chicago on Sept. 27.

      He played in just 19 regular-season games last season after surgery to repair a torn labrum. He returned for the playoffs and had four assists in seven games.

      The Blues selected Perunovich in the second round of the 2018 draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canadiens, F Owen Beck agree to 3-year contract
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 4, 2022

    The Montreal Canadiens and 18-year-old forward Owen Beck have agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract through the 2024-25 season.

    • Beck will earn $775,000 at the NHL level in 2022-23, $835,000 in 2023-24 and $855,000 in 2024-25. At the AHL level, he will make $82,500 per season.

      The Canadiens selected Beck, a native of Ontario, with the 33rd overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

      He spent the 2021-22 season with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, tallying 51 points (21 goals, 30 assists) in 68 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Senators G Cam Talbot out 5-7 weeks with UBI
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 3, 2022

    Ottawa Senators goalie Cam Talbot will miss five to seven weeks with an upper-body injury, the club said Monday.

    • TSN reported Talbot suffered a fractured rib on Sept. 24. He had been practicing through pain before an X-ray revealed the injury, per TSN.

      Senators coach D.J. Smith said Saturday that Talbot was day-to-day after he "got a puck under the equipment."

      "He could probably play but there's just no point (in the preseason)," Smith said about missing Saturday's game against Montreal.

      The Senators claimed goalie Magnus Hellberg off waivers from Seattle on Monday.

      Ottawa opens its season Oct. 13 at Buffalo.

      The Senators acquired Talbot from Minnesota for fellow goalie Filip Gustavsson in July. A veteran goalie was needed after Matt Murray was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      Talbot, 35, went 32-12-4 in 2021-22, his second year in Minnesota, with a .911 save percentage and a 2.76 goals-against average. In 396 career games (381 starts), he is 201-142-34 with a .915 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against average.

      Anton Forsberg, 29, went 22-17-4 in 46 games (44 starts) for the Senators in 2021-22. He had a .917 save percentage and 2.82 GAA.

      Hellberg, 31, has appeared in five NHL games with three teams.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jackets sign G Nolan Lalonde to 3-year, entry-level deal
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, October 2, 2022

    The Columbus Blue Jackets signed 18-year-old goaltender Nolan Lalonde to a three-year, entry-level contract on Sunday.

    • A free-agent invitee to training camp, Lalonde is 0-0-1 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in two preseason games.

      Lalonde went 24-25-3 with a 3.62 GAA and an .877 save percentage with one shutout in 54 games last season for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

      The Blue Jackets open the regular season on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 12.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hurricanes sign D Calvin de Haan to one-year contract
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 1, 2022

    The Carolina Hurricanes signed defenseman Calvin de Haan to a one-year, $850,000 contract on Saturday.

    • The 31-year-old unrestricted free agent joined the Hurricanes for training camp on a professional tryout and registered an assist in his preseason debut Thursday against the Florida Panthers.

      de Haan previously played for Carolina in 2018-19 and registered one goal and 13 assists in 74 games.

      He had four goals and four assists in 69 games last season with the Chicago Blackhawks.

      "We obviously knew Calvin from his previous time in Carolina," general manager Don Waddell said in a news release. "We like what we've seen from him in camp and saw this as an opportunity to increase our depth on the back end."

      A first-round pick by the New York Islanders in 2009, de Haan has 119 points (19 goals, 100 assists) in 520 games with the Islanders, Hurricanes and Blackhawks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ducks' Urho Vaakanainen exits preseason game on stretcher
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 1, 2022

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was removed from the ice on a stretcher in the first period of a preseason game against the visiting San Jose Sharks.

    • Vaakanainen was injured at 9:46 of the period on Friday after he skidded awkwardly into the boards in the offensive zone. Mere moments earlier, the 23-year-old Finland native had set up Derek Grant for the first goal of the game in an eventual 4-1 win by the Ducks.

      Vaakanainen was taken to UCI Medical Center for further evaluation. The Ducks later tweeted that he had full movement in his extremities and was fully conscious and alert.

      "Unbelievable job by our doctors and our training staff to get out to Vaakanainen as fast as they did and carry out an unbelievable protocol," Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins said. "They don't do that stuff by accident, it's something they actually practice and tonight practice made perfect. I just want to recognize all of those guys because they work extremely hard at it. They got Vaaks off, he's in the hospital. He is alert and talking and all that good stuff. He just went to the hospital for precautionary measures obviously."

      Vaakanainen has eight assists in 45 career games with the Boston Bruins and Ducks. He was selected by the Bruins with the 18th overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canadiens G Jake Allen signs 2-year, $7.7M extension
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 1, 2022

    The Montreal Canadiens signed goaltender Jake Allen to a two-year, $7.7 million contract extension on Saturday.

    • The deal has an average annual value of $3.85 million and runs through the end of the 2024-25 season.

      Allen, 32, was 9-20-4 with a 3.30 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and two shutouts in 35 games last season.

      He owns a 168-126-35 career record with a 2.60 GAA, .911 save percentage and 23 shutouts in 353 games with the St. Louis Blues (2012-20) and Canadiens.

      Allen won the Stanley Cup with St. Louis in 2019 and was traded to Montreal on Sept. 2, 2020 for two seventh-round draft picks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Devils C Nico Hischier (hamstring) out 10 days
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 29, 2022

    New Jersey Devils captain Nico Hischier suffered a hamstring strain during Monday night's preseason game and will be sidelined for at least 10 days.

    • Devils coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday that Hischier underwent tests earlier this week and will be re-evaluated in 10 days. Hischier left in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens and didn't play in Tuesday's preseason contest versus the New York Islanders.

      Hischier, 23, tallied 60 points (21 goals, 39 assists) - career highs across the board - in 70 games last season.

      Ruff also said goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood wasn't feeling well and left Thursday's morning skate. His status for Thursday night's preseason game against the New York Rangers is unclear. Vitek Vanecek will play if Blackwood is unable to go.

      The Devils open their season Oct. 13 at Philadelphia.

      --Field Level Media

  • Leafs D Rasmus Sandin signs 2-year, $2.8M contract
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 29, 2022

    The Toronto Maple Leafs announced the signing Thursday of defenseman Rasmus Sandin to a two-year, $2.8 million contract.

    • Sandin, 22, collected 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 51 games with the Maple Leafs in 2021-22.

      Toronto's 2018 first-round pick has 28 points (six goals, 22 assists) in 88 games since making his NHL debut in 2019-20.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Flyers C Sean Couturier (back) avoids surgery
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 28, 2022

    Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier will not require back surgery and remains week-to-week, Sportsnet reported Wednesday.

    • The decision comes after seeking a second opinion.

      Couturier, 29, reaggravated a back injury during strength and conditioning training last week. He reportedly suffered a herniated disc. Couturier previously had surgery on his back in February.

      Couturier has spent his entire NHL career with the Flyers after they made him the eighth overall selection in the 2011 draft. He has tallied 460 points (180 goals, 280 assists) over 721 career games but has not played at least 80 games in a season since 2018-19.

      Limited to 29 game last season, Couturier had six goals and 11 assists.

      The Flyers signed Couturier to an eight-year contract extension in August 2021 that carried an average annual value of $7.75 million. That extension kicked in for 2022-23 and is slated to last till 2029-30.

      Couturier won the Selke Trophy in 2020 for "the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." He has received Selke votes in nine of his 11 NHL seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL fines Penguins D Jeff Petry $5K for roughing
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 28, 2022

    The NHL fined Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jeff Petry $5,000 on Wednesday for roughing Detroit Red Wings forward Jonatan Berggren.

    • The amount is the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement.

      The incident occurred at the 5:50 mark of the second period during Detroit's 6-2 victory over Pittsburgh in Tuesday's preseason game.

      Petry, 34, was acquired in a July 16 trade with Montreal. He had 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) and 36 penalty minutes in 68 games with the Canadiens last season.

      Berggren, 22, was a second-round pick by the Red Wings in 2018 and has not made his NHL debut.

      --Field Level Media

  • Allegations of child abuse levied against Canucks owner
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 28, 2022

    The NHL said Wednesday that it is continuing to monitor a family situation involving Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini.

    • Aquilini was accused of physically and psychologically abusing his four now-adult children when they were minors on Tuesday in a Vancouver courtroom.

      "We are aware of the allegations that have been made in the family court proceeding in Vancouver and have been in touch with Mr. Aquilini and his lawyers regarding same," the league's statement read. "Clearly, the parties have been involved in a most contentious divorce. Mr. Aquilini has advised us that he categorically denies the allegations. We plan to continue to monitor the situation and, if necessary, will respond as we learn more as events unfold."

      Aquilini is alleged to have beaten one of his sleeping children and continued to do so after the child woke up, while one of his kids claimed to have seen him throw a 5-year-old child across a room. Aquilini also allegedly punched a child in the stomach, causing the youngster to cry.

      Aquilini's ex-wife, Tali'ah, who settled a divorce with her husband in 2013, has applied to have the three youngest children declared to be "children of the marriage" for purposes of child support payments. Her lawyer, Claire Hunter, said Tuesday that the children "no longer wish to have any contact with their father and felt ‘fear and anxiety' about the possibility of him contacting them."

      Tali'ah Aquilini wants her ex-husband to continue to support the children even though they are now in college. According to Francesco Aquilini's team, all of the bills he has received for reimbursement have had personal information about the kids -- such as the school they attend -- redacted and don't contain enough visible information to determine Aquilini's responsibilites.

      A statement of denial was released on Francesco Aqulini's behalf later on Tuesday, per TSN and The Athletic.

      "Francesco Aquilini categorically denies, and is outraged by, the accusation made by his ex-wife Tali'ah in family court today and that he ever abused his children. The couple were divorced and reached a settlement in 2013," the statement read. "Mr. Aquilini has met and will continue to meet any child support obligations required by the law, but he has concerns about the veracity of the information provided in support of financial demands. It is unfortunate that allegations without merit are brought forward for a collateral purpose. He will have nothing further to say at this time as the matter is before the courts."

      Hunter told Supreme Court of British Columbia Justice Karen Douglas on Tuesday that Francesco Aquilini has not made child support payments since September 2021.

      "It's really disappointing that I have to keep coming back to court in order to try to enforce Francesco's obligation to pay child support for the children," Tali'ah Aquilini told reporters on Tuesday, per The Province. "These are really amazing children. They are very intelligent, they are of good character, and they've worked hard in really vigorous programs."

      --Field Level Media

  • Blue Jackets D Andrew Peeke signs three-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 28, 2022

    Defenseman Andrew Peeke signed a three-year, $8.25 million contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday.

    • The new deal will begin in 2023-24 for Peeke, who signed a two-year contract worth $1.575 million in August 2021.

      Peeke, 24, totaled 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in 82 games last season with the Blue Jackets.

      "Andrew is a smart, versatile defenseman who moves the puck well, added an element of physicality to his game last season and showed that he can play effectively in all situations," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a team news release. "He arguably was our most improved player a year ago and we are excited to see what the future holds for him as he continues to develop and progress as a player."

      Peeke has 21 points (three goals, 18 assists) and 68 penalty minutes in 115 career games since being selected by Columbus in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kraken F Jacob Melanson suspended 2 games for hit to head
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 27, 2022

    The NHL suspended Seattle Kraken forward prospect Jacob Melanson two games Tuesday for an illegal check to the head of Edmonton Oilers forward James Hamblin.

    • In a preseason game between the Kraken and Oilers Monday night in Seattle, Hamblin passed a puck off the boards and Melanson arrived late to hit him, making his head the main point of contact.

      "Melanson chooses an angle of approach that cuts across the front of Hamblin's body, missing his core and picking the head," an NHL Department of Player Safety official said in an explanation video. "If Melanson wants to deliver this hit, he must stay low and choose an angle that leads to a full body check through the shoulder or chest, rather one that makes the head the main point of contact."

      Melanson, a fifth-round draft pick by the Kraken in 2021, has yet to make his NHL regular-season debut. The Department of Player Safety official said Melanson must serve the suspension "in the next two consecutive games in which he is eligible to participate for his club."

      Melanson's junior league in Canada, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, suspended him for four games earlier this year for making knee-on-knee contact with another player

      It is the first player suspension in the history of the Kraken, which made its debut as an expansion team last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Maple Leafs C John Tavares (oblique) out 3 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 27, 2022

    Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares will miss the start of the regular season with an oblique injury.

    • The veteran center will be at out at least three weeks, head coach Sheldon Keefe said Tuesday. The season opener is Oct. 12 at Montreal.

      Tavares, who turned 32 on Sept. 20, is entering his fifth season with Toronto and his 14th in the NHL.

      He scored 76 points (27 goals, 49 assists) in 79 games last season and has 895 points (391 goals, 504 assists) in 949 career games with the New York Islanders (2019-18) and Maple Leafs.

      The Islanders drafted Tavares with the No. 1 overall pick in 2009.

      --Field Level Media

  • Panthers G Spencer Knight signs 3-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 27, 2022

    The Florida Panthers agreed to terms Tuesday with goaltender Spencer Knight on a three-year contract extension.

    • The deal runs through the 2025-26 season and is worth $13.5 million ($4.5 million per season), per reports.

      Knight, 21, went 19-9-3 with a .908 save percentage and 2.79 goals-against average in 32 games last season.

      "Spencer is a phenomenal goaltender, as well as an exceptional athlete and person," general manager Bill Zito said in a news release. "He has thrived in his professional career, dedicating himself to his training through his first two seasons with our organization. With this extension, we are excited about the present and future of Panthers goaltending."

      Knight is 23-9-3 with a .909 save percentage, 2.74 GAA and two shutouts since being drafted in the first round (13th overall) out of Boston College in 2019.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lightning postpone two preseason games due to Hurricane Ian
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 26, 2022

    The Tampa Bay Lightning postponed two preseason games this week due to Hurricane Ian's approach toward Tampa.

    • Ian was a Category 2 storm on Monday evening as it neared Western Cuba. It is expected to make landfall near Tampa sometime Thursday morning.

      The Lightning were scheduled to host the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday and the Nashville Predators on Thursday for NHL preseason action. It was unclear when or if those games would be made up.

      The decision came on the same day that the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they were moving their football operations to Miami for the week and would practice at the Dolphins' facility. The Bucs are scheduled to host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wild F Kirill Kaprizov misses practice after puck strikes ankle
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 26, 2022

    Minnesota Wild star Kirill Kaprizov did not practice Monday after being struck in the ankle with a puck.

    • The incident occurred in the third period of Sunday's 3-2 preseason overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche.

      "No issues," Wild coach Dean Evason said. "He's not going to skate today. He doesn't need to skate today. But he's fine. It's just simply he got a shot there in the foot. Why put his boot in it today. Let's let it calm right down and get better."

      Evason said Kaprizov, 25, will be evaluated daily before he's cleared to return.

      "We'll make sure we're doing the right things," Evason said. "In all honesty, I don't think he's scheduled to play again until the next home game."

      The next preseason home game is Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks. The regular season opener is on Oct. 13 against the visiting New York Rangers.

      Kaprizov finished fifth in the NHL with 108 points (47 goals, 61 assists) in 81 games during his second NHL season in 2021-22.

      He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's top rookie in 2020-21 and has 159 points (74 goals, 85 assists) in 136 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canucks F Brock Boeser out 3-4 weeks after hand surgery
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 26, 2022

    Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser is out 3-to-4 weeks after successful hand surgery.

    • The team said Boeser suffered the injury at practice on Saturday, the third day of training camp. He will miss the start of the regular season, which begins on Oct. 12 at Edmonton.

      Boeser, 25, signed a three-year, $19.95 million contract with the Canucks in July.

      Boeser registered 46 points (23 goals, 23 assists) in 71 games in his sixth season with the Canucks in 2021-22.

      It was his fourth 20-goal campaign in the past five seasons and boosted his career total to 256 points (121 goals, 135 assists) in 324 games.

      A first-round pick (23rd overall) by Vancouver in 2015, Boeser tied for the team lead last season with six game-winning goals and ranked second on the Canucks with 11 power-play goals. Both numbers were career highs for the Minnesota native.

      --Field Level Media

  • Sharks push back on potential Czech conflict for Russian players
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 22, 2022

    New San Jose Sharks general manager Mike Grier said his team won't play two regular-season games in Prague next month if the Czech Republic government bans the entry of Russian players.

    • "We're a team, so if they say some guys can't go over, then either we all go or no one goes," Grier told reporters Thursday. "But I'm not anticipating any issues right now."

      The Sharks and Nashville Predators are scheduled to open the 2022-23 regular season at O2 Arena with consecutive games on Oct. 7 and 8. It is the first time the NHL will hold regular-season games outside North America since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      But due to the ongoing war in Ukraine following Russia's invasion earlier this year, Russian-born athletes have been either banned or not allowed to play under the country's flag, most notably when Wimbledon disallowed players from Russia and Belarus this year.

      "We can confirm that the Czech Foreign Ministry has sent a letter to the NHL to point out that, at this moment, the Czech Republic or any other state in the (visa free) Schengen zone should not issue visas to the Russian players to enter our territory," Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Smolek said in a statement to the Associated Press.

      The Sharks currently have two Russian players likely to make their NHL roster: forwards Alexander Barabanov and Evgeny Svechnikov. The Predators have forward Yakov Trenin.

      Before the games in Prague, the Sharks are scheduled to play an exhibition game in Berlin on Oct. 4 as part of the NHL Global Series. To this point, Germany has yet to make a similar declaration about allowing Russian players into the country.

      "I don't know how it would go as far as forfeits and things like that. That's something for the league to handle," Grier said. "But I'm a pretty firm believer (that) we're a team here, we're a group, and it's not the players' fault. They didn't do anything wrong. So I don't think they should be punished for it.

      "We stand with them and we're all together as one in here. If it comes to that and hopefully it doesn't -- and I'm not anticipating that it will -- we'll do things as a group."

      The Predators released a statement, saying, "We understand the league is handling this matter and we have been told that it does not expect there will be any issues with Russian players traveling to or playing in the Global Series games."

      --Field Level Media

  • Golden Knights' Nolan Patrick to miss upcoming season
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 22, 2022

    Vegas Golden Knights forward Nolan Patrick will not play during the upcoming 2022-23 season, general manager Kelly McCrimmon announced on Thursday.

    • Patrick, 24, is nursing an upper-body injury. He has been plagued by both injuries and migraines since entering the NHL as the second overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers.

      The Flyers traded Patrick to the Golden Knights in July 2021 in exchange for fellow forward Cody Glass.

      Patrick collected two goals and five assists in 25 games with Vegas last season. He has totaled 77 points (32 goals, 45 assists) in 222 career games with the Flyers and Golden Knights.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canadiens captain Nick Suzuki (lower body) out 2 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 22, 2022

    New Montreal Canadiens captain Nick Suzuki will be sidelined two weeks with a lower-body injury, the team announced Thursday.

    • Suzuki, 23, was named the youngest captain in franchise history on Sept. 12. The forward is entering the first season of an eight-year, $63 million contract extension he signed in October 2021.

      Suzuki recorded career-high totals in goals (21), assists (40) and points (61) while playing in all 82 games last season.

      He has totaled 143 points (49 goals, 94 assists) in 209 career games since making his NHL debut on Oct. 3, 2019.

      Defenseman Joel Edmundson is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury, while forwards Josh Anderson (upper body) and Jake Evans (upper body) are considered day-to-day by the team.

      --Field Level Media

  • Oilers sign F Ryan McLeod to 1-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 22, 2022

    The Edmonton Oilers signed their restricted free agent forward Ryan McLeod to a one-year deal worth $798,000 on Thursday.

    • McLeod, 23, tallied 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 71 games last season. He added three goals in 16 postseason games.

      He was a second-round pick by Edmonton in the 2018 draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Flyers D Ryan Ellis likely to miss upcoming season
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 22, 2022

    Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ryan Ellis, limited to just four games last season, is unlikely to play in 2022-23.

    • General manager Chuck Fletcher, talking to reporters on the opening day of training camp on Thursday, detailed the injury plaguing Ellis as one involving his hip, psoas and adductor and said it could be career-threatening.

      The psoas are large muscles that run from the lumbar spine through the groin.

      The team hadn't revealed much about Ellis' injuries since he last played on Nov. 13.

      Ellis, 31, was the No. 11 overall pick by the Nashville Predators in the 2009 draft. The Flyers acquired him in a three-team trade involving the Predators and Vegas Golden Knights on July 17, 2021.

      In his four games in a Flyers uniform, he had one goal and four assists.

      In 562 games with Nashville (2011-21), Ellis tallied 270 points (75 goals, 195 assists), with 16 game-winning goals and a plus-114 rating.

      In the offseason, the Flyers acquired defenseman Tony DeAngelo from the Carolina Hurricanes signed veteran Justin Braun to add depth at the position.

      --Field Level Media