The Pittsburgh Penguins have locked down one of their many soon-to-be
free agents, giving defenseman Kris Letang a four-year contract
team announced today on it’s website. From the press release:
Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Kris Letang
to a four-year contract extension, it was announced today by executive
vice president and general manager Ray Shero. Financial terms were not
The new contract goes into effect at the start of the
2010-11 season and
will run through 2013-14. Letang, 22, has played 211 career NHL games
in three-plus seasons with Pittsburgh, totaling 79 points on 21 goals
and 58 assists.
It will be interesting to see what
the financial terms of the deal are; before the extension Letang was
still under his original entry-level contract and was scheduled to be
the team’s only restricted free agent.
The Penguins still have
nine other UFA’s this summer to decide on, but thanks to nearly $19
million locked into Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin for next season (and
beyond), the Penguins already have $41 million locked into their
payroll for next season. Assuming that the salary cap stays around the
$56 million mark, that’s $19 million to spread around nine roster spots.
The Penguins will have a tough choice to make with a few
veterans, most notably Sergei Gonchar and Bill Guerin. Letang’s contract
is great for the Penguins for the future; let’s just wait and see what
the finances of the deal are. It could make some interesting choices not
that hard to make.
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has experienced plenty of bad injury luck in his winding career, but Saturday presented one of his worst scares.
As you can see from the video above, Colaiacovo received a scary cross-check from Viktor Arvidsson of the Nashville Predators, who received a major penalty and game misconduct.
Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said that Colaiacovo was hospitalized with a “dented trachea” yet is OK, the Buffalo News’ John Vogl reports.
Frightening stuff from an eventual 4-1 Sabres win.
PHT will keep an eye out for additional updates regarding Colaiacovo’s health (and a possible suspension for Arvidsson).
Patrick Kane set an American scoring record, and added another assist to make it more impressive, but the Los Angeles Kings just wouldn’t be denied.
In the end, Marian Gaborik‘s big night meant more than Kane’s; he scored the tying and then overtime game-winner, both assisted by Anze Kopitar, for a rousing 4-3 overtime Kings win.
Gaborik’s first goal:
And here’s video of the OT-GWG:
Noticing a theme tonight? Yeah, it’s been an evening in which it’s dangerous to assume a lead would stand.
With that, the Kings stick to the No. 1 spot in the Pacific Division, but Chicago shouldn’t feel all bad. The Blackhawks were able to piece together a decent run during their dreaded “circus trip.”
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
You know what they say: it’s easy to bash a strategy in hindsight.
Slam that NFL head coach for going for it on fourth down … or settling for the field goal. Bury that MLB manager because he kept a pitcher in too long. And so on.
“Score effects” settle in during almost any lopsided hockey game, yet the Dallas Stars present quite a conundrum: what’s the best way to put a way a team with this much firepower?
Tonight may have presented the greatest evidence that this team won’t go away easy, as it seemed like the Minnesota Wild had the best of a tired Stars team* when they built a 3-0 lead.
Instead, the Stars scored three third-period goals while Tyler Seguin capped the comeback with an overtime-winner.
It was one of those bend-and-then-break moments for Minnesota. Dallas generated a 44-26 shot advantage, including a ridiculous 35-15 edge in the final two periods.
Does that mean that Mike Yeo may have tried to play too conservatively with a healthy lead? It’s a possibility.
On the other hand, would the Wild be wiser to try to run-and-gun with one of the most dangerous offenses in the NHL?
It sure seems like a pick-your-poison situation. Which way would you lean, though?
* – To be fair to Minnesota, each team was on back-to-backs.