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  • Canucks D Tyler Myers (lower body) out 2-4 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 7, 2022

    Vancouver Canucks defenseman Tyler Myers will miss two-to-four weeks with a lower-body injury, head coach Bruce Boudreau announced Friday.

    • Myers, 32, did not participate in practice on either Thursday or Friday. The 6-foot-8 Myers registered one shot on goal during the Canucks' 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers in a preseason game on Wednesday.

      Myers recorded 18 points (one goal, 17 assists) in 82 games with the Canucks last season.

      He has totaled 325 points (87 goals, 238 assists) in 840 career games with the Buffalo Sabres, Winnipeg Jets and Canucks. He was selected by the Sabres with the 12th overall pick of the 2008 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Sabres goalie Dave Dryden dies at 81
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 7, 2022

    Dave Dryden, a goaltender on the inaugural Buffalo Sabres team in 1970-71, died earlier this week at age 81.

    • Dryden is remembered as the player who introduced the modern goalie mask, a fiberglass helmet-and-cage construction that he helped to design in the mid-1970s.

      He is the older brother of Hall of Famer and six-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Ken Dryden.

      Ken and Dave Dryden made history on March 20, 1971 when they became the first siblings to oppose each other in goal in an NHL game.

      According a statement released by the Sabres on Friday, Dave Dryden passed away on Tuesday.

      He is survived by his wife, Sandra, children Greg and Debbie, and six grandchildren.

      Dave Dryden appeared in 203 NHL games with the New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Sabres and Edmonton Oilers, compiling a 69-76-27 record with a 3.20 goals-against average and nine shutouts.

      Dryden also played in 242 games with the World Hockey Association's Chicago Cougars and Oilers, posting a record of 112-113-10 with a 3.51 GAA and eight shutouts.

      --Field Level Media

  • Flames D MacKenzie Weegar signs 8-year, $50M extension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 7, 2022

    Defenseman MacKenzie Weegar signed an eight-year, $50 million contract with the Calgary Flames on Friday.

    • Weegar, 28, is due to earn $4.75 million in 2022-23, the final season of a three-year deal he signed with Florida in 2020. His contract extension will begin for the 2023-24 campaign.

      He set career highs across the board in goals (eight), assists (36) and points (44) in 80 games last season for the Panthers.

      Weegar arrived in Calgary with Jonathan Huberdeau in the July 22 trade that sent Matthew Tkachuk to Florida.

      Weegar had 121 points (27 goals, 94 assists) in 306 games with the Panthers, who drafted him in the seventh round in 2013.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL Central Division capsules: Avs set for title defense
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 6, 2022

    Close but no cigar was a common theme for Central Division teams until the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup title in 2019. The Colorado Avalanche further buried that reputation with a championship run last season.

    • Many consider the Avalanche the favorite to lift the Cup again in 2023.

      Winning back-to-back championships would be nothing new in the NHL. The Pittsburgh Penguins won consecutive championships in 2016 and 2017, and the Tampa Bay Lightning did the same in 2020 and 2021.

      The Avalanche will have stiff competition just to win the Central Division, however.

      The Blues have a plan in place, and they have shown they can execute. The Nashville Predators were also very talented last season, and they have made their roster even stronger.

      (Teams listed in predicted order of finish)

      1. Colorado Avalanche

      The Avalanche begin defense of their Stanley Cup title with a few new faces, most notably goalie Alexandar Georgiev, who was brought in to replace Darcy Kuemper. Georgiev doesn't need to be spectacular, as the Avalanche should possess one of the league's highest-scoring teams again.

      The front office also took care of a major piece of business by signing Nathan MacKinnon to an eight-year deal that will assure he stays in Denver through the 2030-31 season. Colorado lost a big chunk of its offense when Nazem Kadri and Andre Burakovsky signed elsewhere in the offseason, but there is still plenty of offense remaining with MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog and high-scoring defenseman Cale Makar.

      2. St. Louis Blues

      The Blues are building toward the future while trying to remain in Stanley Cup contention. They signed young centers Jordan Kyrou and Robert Thomas to eight-year extensions while showing the exit door to veteran David Perron, who had three stints in St. Louis totaling 11 seasons.

      Vladimir Tarasenko, who requested a trade last summer, will likely be the next veteran to depart, as he is in the final year of an eight-year, $60 million deal he signed in July 2015. Despite his unhappiness, Tarasenko was an important piece for the Blues last season, leading the team in goals (34) and points (82), the latter being a career high for the 30-year-old right winger.

      3. Nashville Predators

      The Predators haven't made much noise in the playoffs since 2018, and the organization is getting antsy.

      Nashville went after free agents with recent playoff success and acquired defenseman Ryan McDonagh from the Lightning and forward Nino Niederreiter from Carolina Hurricanes. They will be nice additions to a lineup led by an elite top line of Filip Forsberg, Matt Duchene and Mikael Granlund. Forsberg and Duchene were both 40-goal scorers for the first time in their NHL careers last season, and Granlund put up a career-high 53 assists.

      With defenseman Roman Josi also coming off a career year on the offensive end, the Predators are a team to be reckoned with.

      4. Dallas Stars

      The big news in Dallas a week before the season opener was restricted free agent Jason Robertson agreeing to a four-year, $31 million contract. Robertson scored 41 goals and added 38 assists in 2021-22 to help the Stars post their second-best regular-season record in the past 15 seasons. With the deal done, Robertson's contract will take a huge bite out of the salary cap and force the Stars to make some tough decisions on other players.

      The Stars also will have to compensate for the loss of defenseman John Klingberg, who signed a free agent deal with the Anaheim Ducks. Colin Miller, a free agent signee from the Buffalo Sabres, and Nils Lundkvist, picked up in a September trade with the New York Rangers, could be asked to help fill the void.

      5. Minnesota Wild

      Kirill Kaprizov has been billed as the player who can lift the Wild over the first-round hump that's stopped them in their tracks six of the past seven seasons. The 25-year-old Russian has fallen short his first two years with Minnesota, and the division obstacles appear to be even higher this season.

      Kevin Fiala, who was second in scoring behind Kaprizov the past two seasons, was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings in the offseason. The Wild also lost their No. 1 goalie from last season, Cam Talbot, who was traded to the Ottawa Senators. That leaves 37-year-old Marc-Andre Fleury as the prime netminder, though he has averaged just 49.1 games over the past seven seasons.

      6. Arizona Coyotes

      The Coyotes won't have a traditional home arena this season, instead playing in a 5,000-seat complex on the campus of Arizona State in Tempe. They have reasons to be optimistic about escaping the Central Division basement, however.

      Clayton Keller took a big step up last season by scoring a career-high 28 goals in 67 games. Nick Schmaltz, Travis Boyd and Lawson Crouse also had their most productive offensive seasons in the NHL. The club rewarded Crouse by signing him to a five-year contract extension.

      Arizona also liked what it saw from rookie goaltender Karel Vejmelka last season, and he will get long look as the No. 1 netminder.

      7. Winnipeg Jets

      The Jets had a respectable four-year playoff run come to an end last season, and the organization seems to have lunged at the reset button rather hurriedly.

      Winnipeg traded Andrew Copp midway through last season and then watched Paul Stastny sign a free agent deal with the Hurricanes over the summer. At the start of training camp, Winnipeg sent another message by stripping Blake Wheeler of the captaincy he had held since 2016.

      On the positive side of the ledger, the Jets will open the season with a formidable top line of Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers, who combined for 104 goals last season.

      8. Chicago Blackhawks

      Patrick Kane didn't show any signs of slowing down last season, posting 92 points, the third-highest total of his 15-year career in Chicago. Longtime teammate Jonathan Toews was another story, however, as he finished with 12 goals and 37 points, the lowest totals in his 14 years with the Blackhawks.

      Chicago didn't do the aging veterans any favors by trading Alex DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators for three draft picks. The right winger hit the 41-goal mark last season for the second time in four years, while none of his Blackhawks teammates had more than 26.

      --By Dan Arritt, Field Level Media

  • NHL Metropolitan Division capsules: Hurricanes remain formidable
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 6, 2022

    The Carolina Hurricanes have been the class of the Metropolitan Division for each of the last two seasons, and there's plenty of reason to think they will be again in 2022-23. They bolstered an already stout defense in the offseason, albeit at the expense of some top-six forward depth.

    • Reigning Vezina Trophy recipient Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers are on the fast track to challenge the Hurricanes, while superstar captains Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are intent on showing that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, respectively, can still make an impact.

      The New York Islanders are looking for a bounce-back season while the Columbus Blue Jackets are bidding to introduce themselves as a legitimate contender in the division if offseason acquisition Johnny Gaudreau pays immediate dividends. The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers likely will bring up the rear, with the latter expected to be in the midst of a difficult rebuilding season.

      (Teams listed in predicted order of finish)

      1. Carolina Hurricanes

      The Hurricanes acquired offensive-minded defenseman Brent Burns in July with the notion that the former Norris Trophy recipient could add a punch to their 13th-ranked power play. Burns, 37, should ascend to the top of a stacked defensive group and join former Lady Byng Trophy recipient Jaccob Slavin on the top pairing.

      Frederik Andersen recorded a career-best 2.17 goals-against average in 2021-22 before a torn medial collateral ligament effectively ended his season. Any semblance of a return to form would have the Hurricanes eying a deeper run in the playoffs.

      Sebastian Aho (team-leading 37 goals, 44 assists in 2021-22), Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen should keep Carolina's offense headed in the right direction and help overcome the departure of Vincent Trocheck, who signed a seven-year, $39,375,000 contract with the Rangers.

      2. New York Rangers

      It all starts with Igor Shesterkin, who recorded NHL bests in goals-against average (2.07) and save percentage (.935) during the 2021-22 regular season. He then overcame a sluggish start in the playoffs to propel New York to the Eastern Conference finals.

      Chris Kreider, Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad will be tasked with following career seasons. Kreider's 52 goals were the third most in the NHL in 2021-22, while Panarin's 74 assists and 96 points ranked fourth and 11th in the league, respectively. Zibanejad's 52 assists and 81 points weren't too shabby in their own right.

      Vincent Trocheck should fit in seamlessly as a top-six forward, while promising youngsters Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko are expected to take the next step in their development.

      3. Pittsburgh Penguins

      The Penguins have all the firepower in the world to remain a perennial Stanley Cup contender ... provided the team stays healthy. Former Hart Trophy recipients Sidney Crosby, 35, and Evgeni Malkin, 36, know that all too well, and Father Time has the clock ticking on the veteran superstars.

      Another one of the team's elder statesmen, defenseman Kris Letang, showed there is more in the tank after collecting a career-best 58 assists last season. Jake Guentzel, who is only 28, reached the 40-goal plateau for the second time and added career-high totals in assists (44) and points (84) last season.

      Goaltender Tristan Jarry is fully recovered after essentially playing on a broken foot in Game 7 of the team's first-round playoff series against the Rangers. He recorded career-best totals in wins (34), goals-against average (2.42) and shutouts (four) last season.

      4. Washington Capitals

      Alex Ovechkin (team-high 50 goals) and Russian countryman Evgeny Kuznetsov (club high-tying 54 assists) will need to navigate their way around the early-season absences of fellow forwards Nicklas Backstrom (hip) and Tom Wilson (knee). Dylan Strome, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million free agent contract in the offseason, will look to follow up a career-high 22 goals scored with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2021-22.

      Defenseman John Carlson had a career-high 17 goals to go along with 54 assists last season. The 32-year-old leads a veteran-heavy group of blue-liners, save for promising 23-year-old Martin Fehervary.

      The Capitals overhauled their goaltending situation and handed the keys to Darcy Kuemper, who signed a five-year, $26.25 million contract in the offseason. Kuemper, 32, recorded career-high totals in wins (37) and starts (57) during the 2021-22 regular season and overcame a pedestrian performance in the playoffs to help the Colorado Avalanche capture the Stanley Cup title.

      5. New York Islanders

      Assistant Lane Lambert was promoted to head coach shortly after Barry Trotz was fired following the team's disappointing playoff-less season in 2021-22. Lambert's immediate chore will be to squeeze more offense out of a defensive-minded team.

      Brock Nelson erupted for a career-high 37 goals last season and captain Anders Lee added 28 for the Islanders, but their combined total served as 28.4 percent of the team's offense. Mathew Barzal mustered just 15 goals, down from the career-high 22 he had during his Calder Trophy-winning season of 2017-18.

      Ilya Sorokin registered seven shutouts last season to trail only Jacob Markstrom's nine for the Calgary Flames. Sorokin, 27, likely will have little margin for error if the Islanders aim to punch their ticket to the playoffs.

      6. Columbus Blue Jackets

      The Blue Jackets made the splash of the offseason by acquiring Johnny Gaudreau, both in securing the diminutive dynamo as well as keeping him away from rumored landing spots within the division. Gaudreau subsequently signed a seven-year, $68.25 million contract after recording a career-high 115 points with the Flames in 2021-22.

      Gaudreau will look to build chemistry with proven scorer Patrik Laine, who signed a four-year, $34.8 million contract to remain in Ohio's capital city. Laine eclipsed 25 goals last season for the fifth time in his six NHL campaigns.

      Captain Boone Jenner likely will serve as the center between Gaudreau and Laine, but the Blue Jackets aren't deep at forward and have questions on the back end outside of Zach Werenski. Starting goaltender Elvis Merzlikins will be tasked with keeping Columbus in games this season.

      7. New Jersey Devils

      The Devils feature plenty of scoring punch, with former top overall picks Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier joining Jesper Bratt, but the team got knocked out on the back end last season. New Jersey attempted to address the latter issue by signing free agent Brendan Smith and acquiring fellow defenseman John Marino from the Penguins, but former Norris Trophy recipient P.K. Subban elected to retire last month.

      A healthy Hughes would go a long way toward the Devils returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2017-18. He totaled 26 goals and 30 assists while playing in just 49 games last season.

      Ondrej Palat, who signed a five-year, $30 million contract with New Jersey, brings championship experience from the Tampa Bay Lightning. That could go a long way on a decidedly young roster.

      8. Philadelphia Flyers

      The boobirds are going to come out on Broad Street during John Tortorella's first season as coach of the Flyers. To be fair to Tortorella, the cupboard isn't exactly overflowing with high-end talent after the Flyers limped to a last-place finish in 2021-22.

      Philadelphia attempted to take a step toward remedying a punchless power play by acquiring offensive-minded defenseman Tony DeAngelo in the offseason. DeAngelo and workhorse Ivan Provorov serve as a solid pair of blue-liners who can contribute on offense, but the Flyers were downright generous in allowing both shots and goals per game last season.

      Top center Sean Couturier is considered week-to-week because of a back injury. Travis Konecny (team-leading 36 assists, 52 points), James van Riemsdyk (club-best 24 goals) and Cam Atkinson will be tasked with keeping Philadelphia competitive.

      --By Bill Bernardi, Field Level Media

  • Stars sign F Jason Robertson to 4-year, $31M deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 6, 2022

    The Dallas Stars and breakout star forward Jason Robertson agreed to a four-year contract worth $31 million late Wednesday night.

    • Robertson was holding out of the Stars' preseason camp while negotiations were ongoing. The sides got a deal in place one week before Dallas opens the regular season at the Nashville Predators on Oct. 13.

      The 23-year-old scored a team-high 41 goals and added 38 assists in 74 games last season, including 13 power-play goals and 11 game-winning goals. It was just his second full season in the NHL, one year after he made the NHL All-Rookie first team after tallying 45 points (17 goals, 28 assists) in 51 games.

      "Jason is an integral part of the present and future of our team and we're thrilled to have him for the next four years," Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a news release. "Since he was drafted by our organization, he has worked tirelessly to become a better player every day. His knack for scoring goals and seeing plays develop on the ice are just some of the tremendous assets that he brings to our team. He is one of the best young players in the NHL and we look forward to seeing him continue to progress."

      Robertson was a second-round draft pick by Dallas in 2017. The California native also finished second in voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy for NHL rookie of the year in 2020-21.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL Atlantic Division capsules: Leafs are ready to rise
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 6, 2022

    Stop us if you've heard this before, but the Toronto Maple Leafs are entertaining sky-high expectations this season.

    • Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's a familiar refrain for the Maple Leafs, complete with plenty of pomp and circumstance that tends to end with a thud following the first round of the playoffs.

      Well, this time Toronto should ascend to the top of the Atlantic Division -- you know, by the conclusion of the regular season. We're not getting into that whole 1967 thing and aspirations of winning the Stanley Cup.

      Speaking of the Stanley Cup, the Tampa Bay Lightning fell two wins shy of their third consecutive title last season and should challenge Toronto every step of the way for the division title. The Florida Panthers are likely to finish third after undergoing a bit of an overhaul since capturing the Presidents' Trophy last season.

      (Teams listed in predicted order of finish)

      1. Toronto Maple Leafs

      OK, so you're going to ask why this season will play out any differently for the Maple Leafs. The short answer is the team is talented at its core, and Toronto elected to keep the pieces of the puzzle together.

      And let's face facts: Hart Trophy recipient Auston Matthews (NHL-best 60 goals, team-leading 106 points), Mitchell Marner (35 goals, club-high 62 assists) and William Nylander (34 goals, 46 assists) all enjoyed career seasons in 2021-22. All three have yet to hit their prime, and they are joined by defenseman Morgan Rielly (career-best 58 assists).

      The major change resides at the other end of the ice following the departure of goaltender Jack Campbell to the Edmonton Oilers. Two-time Stanley Cup champion Matt Murray and former Washington Capitals netminder Ilya Samsonov will battle for playing time in the crease. Ah, and so begins the drama in Toronto.

      2. Tampa Bay Lightning

      Like Toronto, Tampa Bay kept its core intact -- well, for the most part. Captain Steven Stamkos, who had career-high totals in assists (64) and points (106) last season, former Hart Trophy recipient Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point will comprise a top line that could challenge any other unit in the league.

      A lot more is expected of Nicholas Paul after he signed a seven-year, $22.05 million contract in July, and he'll likely be part of the second line, which won't have Ondrej Palat (New Jersey Devils). Brandon Hagel probably will step into that spot for the Lightning.

      Former Vezina Trophy recipient Andrei Vasilevskiy can still rely on ex-Norris Trophy winner Victor Hedman in front of him, but Tampa Bay likely will need more from Mikhail Sergachev after fellow defenseman Ryan McDonagh was traded to the Nashville Predators.

      3. Florida Panthers

      The Panthers didn't stand pat after recording franchise records for wins (58) and points (122) last season. They named Paul Maurice as their coach and acquired Matthew Tkachuk in a blockbuster deal that sent Jonathan Huberdeau (NHL-best 85 assists) to the Calgary Flames.

      Tkachuk, who signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension, provides an element of physicality and abrasiveness that the free-wheeling Panthers didn't possess last season. He will be paired on the top line with captain Aleksander Barkov, who scored a career-high 39 goals last season.

      Two-time Vezina Trophy recipient Sergei Bobrovsky is looking to follow up his best regular season with Florida. He has yet to get untracked in the postseason with the Panthers, however.

      4. Boston Bruins

      The Bruins will feature a new look right out of the chute, with Jim Montgomery replacing Bruce Cassidy as the team's head coach. Team captain Patrice Bergeron, 37, opted against retirement and returns to the fold for Boston, which will be without pesky forward Brad Marchand (hips) and defensemen Charlie McAvoy (shoulder) and Matt Grzelcyk (shoulder) at the start of the season.

      David Krejci, 36, is returning from a one-year absence after playing in his native Czech Republic. He likely will pick up where he left off on a line with countryman David Pastrnak (team-high 40 goals) and former Hart Trophy recipient Taylor Hall.

      Offseason acquisition Pavel Zacha is looking to build off a career-high point total set last season with the Devils (36). He will have a puncher's chance while slotted on a line with Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk.

      5. Ottawa Senators

      The new-look Senators added a bit of firepower in the offseason with the acquisitions of Ontario native Claude Giroux and Alex DeBrincat. The duo should aid in the continued development of Tim Stutzle, who received an eight-year, $66.8 million contract extension last month.

      While Ottawa boasts a much-improved offense, its back end leaves plenty to be desired outside of workhorse defenseman Thomas Chabot. Veteran Travis Hamonic is a likely candidate as the next man up.

      Offseason acquisition Cam Talbot was due to be the team's top goaltender, but that will be put on the back burner for five to seven weeks while he recovers from a broken rib. Anton Forsberg will be tasked with shouldering the load in his absence.

      6. Detroit Red Wings

      The future is looking bright in Detroit as the team builds around Calder Trophy winner Moritz Seider and promising youngster Lucas Raymond. With that said, there is plenty of work to be done during Derek Lalonde's first season as head coach of the Red Wings.

      Captain Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi can light up the scoreboard for Detroit, and the team added six-time 20-goal scorer David Perron and fellow top-six forward Andrew Copp to the roster in the offseason. The Red Wings, however, have been rather generous at the other end of the ice -- and that doesn't look as if it will change this season despite the additions of defensemen Ben Chiarot and Olli Maatta.

      Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic could be in for a long season if he doesn't get sufficient assistance from the blue-liners.

      7. Buffalo Sabres

      Tage Thompson enjoyed a career season for the Sabres in 2021-22, and the team rewarded him in late August with a seven-year contract extension worth $50 million. Thompson recorded team-leading totals in goals (38) and points (68) last season.

      Jeff Skinner rebounded from a disastrous season in 2020-21 to score 33 goals and set up 30 others, and former top overall pick Rasmus Dahlin had a team-leading 40 assists. Promising center Dylan Cozens is on the ascent in Buffalo, which likely is placing more emphasis on teachable moments and the development of its young stars than on wins and losses.

      Pity Craig Anderson, however. The 41-year-old goaltender is going to be peppered with shots for a Sabres team that will continue to take its lumps.

      8. Montreal Canadiens

      The Canadiens followed up a Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2020-21 with the worst record in the league the following season. How did things get so bad, so fast?

      Well, star goaltender Carey Price's health took a turn for the worse with his knee injury, and now the former Hart and Vezina Trophy recipient likely won't play this season after being placed on long-term injured reserve last month. Jake Allen, who signed a two-year contract extension last Saturday, and Sam Montembeault will share netminding duties.

      Three-time 30-goal scorer Sean Monahan was added in the offseason to a Montreal offense that features new captain Nick Suzuki and promising Cole Caufield. While that's a plus for coach Martin St. Louis, there are a plethora of minuses on the Canadiens' back end.

      --By Bill Bernardi, Field Level Media

  • NHL Pacific Division capsules: It's all about Alberta
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 6, 2022

    The Battle for Alberta should be as intense as ever this season.

    • The Calgary Flames captured the Pacific Division title last season, but the Edmonton Oilers were the hotter team in the Stanley Cup playoffs, winning four straight against the Flames to take the second-round series 4-1.

      Both teams made major moves in the offseason to increase their chances of becoming the first Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.

      Calgary and Edmonton won't have to wait long to compare rosters either, as they will square off twice in October.

      (Teams listed in predicted order of finish)

      1. Edmonton Oilers

      The Oilers are coming off their first Western Conference finals appearance since 2006, and they have an appetite for more. Connor McDavid is just 25 years old and Leon Draisaitl will turn 27 at the end of this month. Together, they've already combined for nearly 500 goals in their NHL careers.

      Edmonton also boasts one of the best all-around defensemen in the NHL in Darnell Nurse as well as one of the most promising blue-liners in Evan Bouchard, a former 10th overall pick who is in the final year of his entry-level contract.

      The Oilers firmed up an area where they were lacking by signing All-Star goalie Jack Campbell as a free agent from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      2. Calgary Flames

      Jonathan Huberdeau scored 115 points for the Florida Panthers last season, tied with Flames speedster Johnny Gaudreau for second most in the NHL. Huberdeau is now wearing a Calgary sweater after he was traded to the Flames over the summer for Matthew Tkachuk, and Gaudreau is now with the Columbus Blue Jackets, having signed a lucrative free agent deal in the offseason.

      Huberdeau won't replace all the offense lost by the departures of Tkachuk and Gaudreau, but he'll have plenty of help. The Flames also signed free agent Nazem Kadri away from the Colorado Avalanche, and he scores in bunches, too. His hat trick in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals last season helped the Avalanche get past the St. Louis Blues.

      3. Los Angeles Kings

      The Kings have got their money's worth out of 30-somethings Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick, but they can't rely on the trio forever.

      The youth movement has been slow to catch on at times in Los Angeles and some prospects just haven't panned out. However, a couple of players in the middle of their primes took major steps forward last season, and Kevin Fiala also has arrived to give the offense some punch.

      Adrian Kempe erupted for a career-high 35 goals last season after not scoring more than 16 in his first five campaigns with the Kings. Phillip Danault proved to be one of the league's better offseason acquisitions last season by scoring 27 goals, more than doubling his previous career high.

      4. Vegas Golden Knights

      The Vegas organization is feeling the salary-cap pinch, but the cupboard is far from bare in Sin City.

      The Golden Knights added savvy head coach Bruce Cassidy in the offseason. Jack Eichel -- the former No. 2 overall pick behind McDavid -- is ready for his first full season in Las Vegas and has plenty to work with as the No. 2 center.

      Mark Stone, Jonathan Marchessault, Chandler Stephenson and Reilly Smith are established double-digit goal scorers, and the Golden Knights also added skilled forward Phil Kessel, a two-time Stanley Cup champion who is looking to prove he has plenty left.

      5. Vancouver Canucks

      The Canucks went 32-15-10 after Travis Green was fired on Dec. 5 and Bruce Boudreau took the reins, but that surge wasn't enough to put them in the postseason. Unfortunately, Vancouver didn't ride its momentum into the offseason.

      The main roadblock to pursuing bigger-name free agents was the limited cap space. For example, Vancouver is still paying Braden Holtby and Jake Virtanen, both of whom were bought out in the summer of 2021.

      The lack of talent will put even more pressure on returning stars such as J.T. Miller to produce similar numbers as last season, when he posted career highs of 32 goals and 99 points.

      6. Anaheim Ducks

      The Ducks enjoyed some national exposure last season thanks to the trickery of rookie center Trevor Zegras, but the Orange County locals are getting restless after watching their team miss the playoffs the past four seasons -- the longest such drought in club history.

      The Ducks showed they are interested in climbing the standings by luring forwards Ryan Strome and Frank Vatrano from a winning Rangers organization. They also brought in veteran defensemen John Klingberg and Dmitry Kulikov on low-commitment deals.

      Anaheim could really use a bounce-back year from three-time All-Star goalie John Gibson, who finished with the highest goals-against average of his nine-year career last season (3.19).

      7. San Jose Sharks

      After winning just three of their final 17 games, the Sharks shipped hugely popular defenseman Brent Burns to the Carolina Hurricanes in July, a hole that can't be filled (either from blue line to blue line or in the locker room).

      The Sharks were the most inexperienced team in the NHL last season, playing 18 rookies, including 11 who made their NHL debuts, with both totals topping the league. San Jose still has several proven veterans led by Timo Meier, Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture up front and Erik Karlsson and Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the defensive end, but teamwide depth looks like an issue again this season.

      8. Seattle Kraken

      The Kraken didn't take the NHL by storm the way the Golden Knights did in their first year of existence five years ago, but they are showing they learned a few things the first time around.

      First of all, having solid competition at goalie often brings out the best, so Seattle went out and signed Martin Jones to back up Philipp Grubauer, whose numbers tumbled last season after solid stints with the Avalanche and the Washington Capitals.

      The Kraken also snagged left winger Andre Burakovsky from Colorado and acquired up-and-coming right winger Oliver Bjorkstrand from the Blue Jackets, both of whom should bolster the fourth-lowest scoring team in the league last season.

      --By Dan Arritt, Field Level Media

  • NHL fines Coyotes F Michael Carcone $2K
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, October 5, 2022

    The NHL fined Arizona Coyotes forward Michael Carcone the maximum $2,027.23 on Wednesday for roughing Vegas forward Gage Quinney.

    • The incident took place in Tuesday's preseason game. Carcone hit Quinney up high six minutes into the second period.

      Carcone appeared in 21 games for the Coyotes last season, tallying six points (four goals, two assists). He signed with Vancouver as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canadiens, Logan Mailloux agree to terms on ELC
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, October 5, 2022

    Defenseman Logan Mailloux agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

    • Mailloux was chosen by the Canadiens with the 31st overall pick of the 2021 NHL Draft despite the player asking all the league's teams not to select him because of a criminal charge he incurred while playing in Sweden.

      The 19-year-old was charged and paid a fine for distributing an intimate photo of a woman without her consent.

      "This is a decision that we have thought through carefully," Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes said Wednesday. "Having Logan around members of our team and hockey operations staff for a good part of the summer allowed us to gain a greater appreciation of Logan Mailloux the person. He has an opportunity to affect positive change and we will work to support him in any effort towards that goal. Logan recognizes the impact of his gesture and of course, the process continues."

      The deal will see Mailloux earn $750,000 at the NHL level in 2022-23 and $832,500 in the following two seasons, in addition to a $92,500 signing bonus. He will earn $70,000 at the AHL level.

      Mailloux recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) in 12 games with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL power rankings: No. 32 Canadiens to No. 1 Avalanche
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, October 5, 2022

    Nearly 30 years have passed since a Canadian-based team won the Stanley Cup, and just one has played in the final in the past 11 years.

    • The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers hope to buck that trend.

      The Alberta representatives are set to begin their respective seasons on their home ice Friday. Both teams are looking to join the 2020-21 Montreal Canadiens as the only NHL team north of the U.S. border to reach the finals since 2011.

      Edmonton and Calgary will eventually need to find a route past the defending champion Colorado Avalanche, however.

      The Flames won the Pacific Division title last season but couldn't slip past the Oilers in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.

      Calgary then swapped two of its best offensive players for the top point scorer (Jonathan Huberdeau) on the Florida Panthers, and one of the most skilled goal scorers (Nazem Kadri) on the Avalanche.

      Edmonton couldn't topple Colorado in the Western Conference final after giving up 22 goals in the four-game sweep, so the Oilers went out and secured a top-notch goalie (Jack Campbell) in a bid for another title run.

      The season officially begins in Prague in the Czech Republic on Friday when the Nashville Predators play the San Jose Sharks in the first of two games in the 2022 NHL Global Series.


      32. Montreal Canadiens -- The team with the fewest points in the NHL last season didn't add much spice to its roster.

      31. Chicago Blackhawks -- The locker room became further demoralized after Alex DeBrincat, a 41-goal scorer last season, was traded for draft picks.

      30. Philadelphia Flyers -- The Flyers didn't pursue high-scoring free agent Johnny Gaudreau, who once expressed interest in playing for his favorite childhood team.

      29. Winnipeg Jets -- Two of the top eight point scorers for the Jets last season will be wearing different uniforms in 2022-23.

      28. Arizona Coyotes -- All seven of the double-digit goal scorers for the Coyotes last season are set to return.

      27. Seattle Kraken -- The Kraken head into their sophomore season appearing more dangerous after upgrading their goaltending with the acquisition of Philipp Grubauer.

      26. San Jose Sharks -- Two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson has yet to play near expectations since arriving four years ago.

      25. New Jersey Devils -- The arrival of Ondrej Palat and Erik Haula should provide some big-game experience in the wide-open Metropolitan Division.

      24. Buffalo Sabres -- The Sabres went 16-9-3 down the stretch last season to finish fifth in the Atlantic Division and bring newfound optimism.

      23. Anaheim Ducks -- The Ducks are building toward the future, but they're not remaining stagnant either, bringing in several experienced players.

      22. New York Islanders -- Scoring could still be an issue, but goalies Ilya Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov remain the best tandem in the league.

      21. Vancouver Canucks -- The Canucks hope a full season under coach Bruce Boudreau will be enough to get them back in the postseason.

      20. Vegas Golden Knights -- The Golden Knights made two long playoff runs in their first three seasons, but the salary cap will make things difficult again in 2022-23.

      19. Columbus Blue Jackets -- The Blue Jackets won the offseason lottery when they signed Gaudreau.

      18. Ottawa Senators -- The Senators are ready for a big move up the Atlantic Division standings after trading for DeBrincat.

      17. Detroit Red Wings -- The Red Wings are ready to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016 after acquiring 34-year-old winger David Perron to mix with their skillful youth.

      16. Los Angeles Kings -- The Kings still appear talented enough to make the playoffs, but might not possess the depth to advance very far.

      15. Boston Bruins -- Jim Montgomery has big shoes to fill after replacing Bruce Cassidy as head coach.

      14. Minnesota Wild -- Kirill Kaprizov, who is entering his third season, will need to carry an even bigger offensive load now that Kevin Fiala bailed to the Kings.

      13. Toronto Maple Leafs -- The Maple Leafs downgraded in a couple key areas, most notably in goal with Matt Murray replacing Campbell.

      12. Dallas Stars -- Restricted free agent Jason Robertson was still unsigned on Wednesday, but expect the 41-goal scorer on the ice for the season opener.

      11. New York Rangers -- The Rangers seem content to ride with the group that carried them to the Eastern Conference final last season.

      10. Nashville Predators -- The Predators weren't idle in the offseason, acquiring defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward Nino Niederreiter, both postseason vets.

      9. Washington Capitals -- The Capitals were desperate for decent goaltending so they lured Darcy Kuemper from the Stanley Cup champion Avalanche.

      8. Pittsburgh Penguins -- It's been 4 1/2 years since Sidney Crosby won a playoff series, but the Penguins are ready to challenge for an Eastern Conference title.

      7. St. Louis Blues -- The Blues left no doubt where their future lies by signing up-and-coming centers Jordan Kyrou and Robert Thomas to eight-year extensions.

      6. Tampa Bay Lightning -- Expectations remain high in Tampa Bay after back-to-back Stanley Cup titles in 2020-21, but they lost more pieces to their puzzle in the offseason.

      5. Carolina Hurricanes -- The Hurricanes are hoping 37-year-old defenseman Brent Burns and 36-year-old center Paul Stastny still have a lot left.

      4. Florida Panthers -- The Panthers created waves when they traded Huberdeau to the Flames in exchange for equally talented left wing Matthew Tkachuk.

      3. Calgary Flames -- Huberdeau and Kadri will be asked to replace the offense lost with the departures of Tkachuk and Gaudreau.

      2. Edmonton Oilers -- Connor McDavid got a taste of a deep playoff run last season, and the addition of Campbell might get the Oilers to the end.

      1. Colorado Avalanche -- The defending Stanley Cup champions already are seeing chips in their armor with the departures of high scorers Kadri and Andre Burakovsky.

      --By Dan Arritt, Field Level Media

  • 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