Minnesota Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky is expected to sign a
three-year, $12 million contract by the end of the day, according to
Michael Russo of the Star Tribune:
It’s expected he’ll
sign on the dotted line by the end of the day, most
likely before the Wild’s flight this afternoon to Calgary. There’s still
a few issues to resolve, but it’s expected to happen. Basically, I hear
it’s just crystalizing the language of a no-trade clause. Don’t have
those details yet.
There were some concerns overnight
that the Wild and Zidlicky were not going to be able to come to an
agreement on a contract extension, leading the team to most likely trade
him before the trade deadline. Zidlicky is in the final season of a
four-year, $13.4 million contract, originally signed with Nashville
before he was traded to Minnesota in 2008.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger