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Author: Armand Klisivitch

Report: Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Top Prospect Elvis Merzlikins

HERNING, DENMARK – MAY 15: Elvis Merzlikins #30, goaltender of Latvia celebrates after the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Group B game between Latvia and Denmark at Jyske Bank Boxen on May 15, 2018 in Herning, Denmark. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images) The Columbus Blue Jackets are reportedly close to signing top prospect goaltender Elvis Merzlikins. It’s expected that he will sign an entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets. ICYMI, The Athletic: Blue Jackets close to signing top prospect G Elvis Merzlikins, hailed as “best goalie outside the #NHL”; Latvian star could arrive in Columbus within a week, debut...

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Vancouver Canucks Quinn Hughes to be reevaluated in a week, Antoine Roussel Done For The Year

ANN ARBOR, MI – MARCH 03: Michigan Wolverines defenseman Quinn Hughes (43) skates behind the net with the puck during the Michigan Wolverines 6-5 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the BIG10 Hockey Tournament on March 3, 2018, at Red Berenson Rink at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Vancouver Canucks announced that defencemen Quinn Hughes will miss at least one week with what head coach Travis Green is calling a “pretty good bone bruise.” Quinn Hughes has a “pretty good bone bruise,” said Green, discussing the MRI results....

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Toronto Maple Leafs Kasperi Kapanen Diagnosed with Concussion

OTTAWA, ON – SEPTEMBER 18: Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Kasperi Kapanen (24) sets up for the faceoff during third period National Hockey League preseason action between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators on September 18, 2017, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Toronto Maple Leafs announced that forward Kasperi Kapanen has suffered a concussion. There is no timetable for his return. Maple Leafs forward Kasperi Kapanen, who missed last game for precautionary reasons, is listed out with a concussion. — Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) March 13,...

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Taro Hirose Signs With Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT, MI – FEBRUARY 09: Taro Hirose #17 of the Michigan State Spartans follows the play against the Michigan Wolverines during the annual Duel in the D game at Little Caesars Arena on February 9, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Spartans 5-2. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) The Detroit Red Wings have signed college free agent winger Taro Hirose to a two-year entry-level contract. This contract carries him through the 2020-21 season. The deal comes with a base salary of 832K per year, along with 92.5K annually in signing bonuses. Hirose can also make another 850K in...

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Boston Bruins Matt Grzelcyk Out Tonight; Will Undergo MRI

BOSTON, MA – MARCH 02: Boston Bruins left defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (48) fires a pass during a game between the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils on March 2, 2019, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Boston Bruins announced that defenceman Matt Grzelcyk will miss tonight’s game vs Columbus Blue Jackets with an upper-body injury. Matt Grzelcyk will miss Tuesday’s game . . . and other Bruins items https://t.co/wa7gXB2wX9 — The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) March 11, 2019 Grzelcyk left Saturday’s game vs Pittsburgh Penguins after falling awkwardly while battling...

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St. Louis Blues Pat Maroon Avoids Serious Injury

CALGARY, AB – DECEMBER 22: Oliver Kylington #58 of the Calgary Flames chases the puck against Patrick Maroon #7 of the St Louis Blues during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 22, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images) The St.Louis Blues announced that winger Pat Maroon avoided serious injury in what was a scary-looking incident in practice yesterday. Maroon is not expected to miss any time. Patrick Maroon injured at #stlblues practice. Right leg. Two people helped him off the ice. pic.twitter.com/LOw8aEDd4f — Benjamin Hochman (@hochman) March 11, 2019 Maroon says there was...

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Colorado Avalanche Gabriel Landeskog Out 4-6 Weeks

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 09: Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on February 09, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Avalanche 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) The Colorado Avalanche announced that winger Gabriel Landeskog will miss the rest of the season with an upper-body injury. If they can manage to make playoffs it is possible Landeskog could return at some point. Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog will miss 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury. There are about four weeks left...

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Boston Bruins Marcus Johansson Out With Upper-Body Injury

BOSTON, MA – MARCH 02: Boston Bruins left wing Marcus Johansson (90) looks in front during a game between the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils on March 2, 2019, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Boston Bruins announced that winger Marcus Johansson is sidelined indefinitely with an upper-body injury. It was diagnosed as a lung contusion and Johansson will be re-evaluated in one week. Marcus Johansson will miss at least one week for the Bruins with a lung contusion. https://t.co/vtsUOzfI4C — NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) March 7, 2019 Johansson was...

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New York Islanders Robin Lehner Status Unclear after Third Period Injury

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 03: Robin Lehner #40 of the New York Islanders in action against the Philadelphia Flyers during their game at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on March 03, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner‘s status for Thursday Night’s re-match against the Ottawa Senators is unclear following his injury during last night’s game. The Islanders announced that they have called up goaltender Christopher Gibson on an emergency basis. Gibson was playing for the Islanders AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. #Isles Transaction: Christopher Gibson has been emergency recalled from Bridgeport. —...

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Chicago Blackhawks Cam Ward Out At Least One Week With Knee Injury

CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 22: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Cam Ward (30) saves a shot from New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) during the shoot-out in game action of a NHL game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Islanders on January 22, 2019 at the United Center, in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Chicago Blackhawks announced that goaltender Cam Ward will miss 7-10 days with a right knee injury. And as I just tweeted, we won’t have to wait until tomorrow. #Blackhawks announced Ward is “out of all hockey activity” for...

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Brandon Sutter To Miss The Rest Of The Season For The Vancouver Canucks

DENVER, COLORADO – FEBRUARY 02: Brandon Sutter #20 of the Vancouver Canucks plays the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on February 02, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) The Vancouver Canucks announced that center Brandon Sutter will not return this year as he’s set to undergo hernia surgery. Canucks announce Brandon Sutter will undergo surgery to address a sports hernia on his right side. Out 6-8 weeks. — Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) March 5, 2019 Sutter was put on IR on February 11th with what at the time was an undisclosed injury. It has now been revealed...

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Brandon Sutter To Miss The Rest Of The Season For The Vancouver Canucks

DENVER, COLORADO – FEBRUARY 02: Brandon Sutter #20 of the Vancouver Canucks plays the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on February 02, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) The Vancouver Canucks announced that center Brandon Sutter will not return this year as he’s set to undergo hernia surgery. Canucks announce Brandon Sutter will undergo surgery to address a sports hernia on his right side. Out 6-8 weeks. — Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) March 5, 2019 Sutter was put on IR on February 11th with what at the time was an undisclosed injury. It has now been revealed...

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Buffalo Sabres Lose Jake McCabe For The Next Five to Six Weeks

SAN JOSE, CA – OCTOBER 18: Jake McCabe #19 of the Buffalo Sabres in action against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on October 18, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) The Buffalo Sabres announced that defenceman Jake McCabe will miss the next five to six weeks after sustaining an upper-body injury. Injury Update: Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe will miss five to six weeks with an upper-body injury. — Sabres PR (@SabresPR) March 4, 2019 McCabe was injured during the second period of Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is the...

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Carolina Hurricanes Justin Faulk and Calvin de Haan Day-to-Day

RALEIGH, NC – MARCH 13: Carolina Hurricanes Defenceman Justin Faulk (27) shoots the puck in on net during a game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on March 13, 2018. Boston defeated Carolina 6-4. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that defencemen Justin Faulk and Calvin de Haan are day to day with upper-body injuries. #Canes defensemen Justin Faulk and Calvin de Haan are day-to-day with upper-body injuries. Forward Micheal Ferland, who left Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury, isn’t expected to miss...

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Toronto Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner Week to Week with Back Injury

DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 11: Jake Gardiner #51 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on October 11, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) The Toronto Maple Leafs announced that defenceman Jake Gardiner is week-to-week with a back injury. Coach Mike Babcock announced he was out during his presser and team details followed shortly after. Jake Gardiner will not play tonight. He is week-to-week with a back injury. #LeafsForever — Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) February 27, 2019 Jake Gardiner was also suffering through back spasms when he missed two...

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New Jersey Devils Kyle Palmieri and Miles Wood Both to Miss Time

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – JANUARY 31: Miles Wood #44 of the New Jersey Devils moves in on Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangersat the Prudential Center on January 31, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) The New Jersey Devils announced that winger Miles Wood will miss the next four weeks with an ankle fracture. Kyle Palmieri is also week to week with an upper-body injury. Vatanen is back, but list of #NJDevils banged up grows: Hynes calls injuries to Kyle Palmieri (lower body) & Miles Wood (fractured ankle)...

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Keeping Antti Niemi Was The Right Move for the Montreal Canadiens

SUNRISE, FL – DECEMBER 28: Goaltender Antti Niemi #37 of the Montreal Canadiens warms up prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on December 28, 2018 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) Prior to the trade deadline, Antti Niemi was struggling for the Montreal Canadiens and was rumoured to be shopped. The deadline came and went and at 3 pm Eastern on February 25th. Niemi was still a member of the Montreal Canadiens. With where the Habs are this season and what they have planned for the future, keeping Niemi was the...

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Minnesota Wild Re-Sign Eric Staal

ST. PAUL, MN – MARCH 29: Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal (12) looks on during the Western Conference game between the Dallas Stars and the Minnesota Wild on March 29, 2018 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Stars 5-2. (Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Minnesota Wild have agreed to a two-year contract extension with centre Eric Staal worth $6.5 million, or $3.25 million AAV per year. Staal will get $3.5 million in the first year and $3.0 million in the second. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent on...

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Florida Panthers Trade Chris Wideman to the Pittsburgh Penguins

SUNRISE, FL – JANUARY 05: Chris Wideman #6 of the Florida Panthers skates prior to the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the BB&T Center on January 5, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida.(Photo by Joel Auerbach/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Florida Panthers have agreed to trade defenseman Chris Wideman to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Jean-Sebastien Dea. FLA gets Sebastian Dea for Chris Wideman from PIT. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 25, 2019 Key Players In Wideman, the Penguins get a bottom-six defenseman with some offensive upside. This season, he scored two goals and five assists for...

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Winnipeg Jets Acquire Matt Hendricks From Minnesota Wild

RALEIGH, NC – MARCH 04: Winnipeg Jets Left Wing Matt Hendricks (15) skates after a loose puck during a game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on March 4, 2018. Winnipeg defeated Carolina 3-2. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Minnesota Wild have agreed to trade versatile forward Matt Hendricks to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 2019 seventh-round draft pick. As per @GMillerTSN, Jets re-acquire Matt Hendricks from Minnesota for a 7th RD pick — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 25, 2019 The Minnesota Wild completed a...

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