The Ottawa Senators have locked down one of their emerging stars today and avoided arbitration in the process. Playoff and World Championships superstar Peter Regin signed a two-year deal with the Sens today to help shore up their scoring ability.
Regin was a little-known player before last year’s playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins when he scored three goals and had one assist in the six game losing effort. Regin also made his mark in the 2010 IIHF World Championships with Denmark scoring two goals and five assists in the Danes seven games of the tournament. Regular season-wise, Regin scored 13 goals and 16 assists in this his first full season of action in the NHL. A small sum for sure, but one he appears poised to build on this season.
As expected, both sides of this deal are happy to get something done before it was time to duck into court to settle things in arbitration. Both Sens GM Bryan Murray and Regin had typically happy things to say about avoiding going to a hearing and working things out like grown-ups.
Once the financial terms are released on the deal, we’ll update this post to let you know.
Update: Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun tweets: “Regin signed for 950,000 next season and $1,050,000 in 2011-12.”
That works out to be a cap hit of a even $1 million a year for the next two years. That’s a deal that works out to be more than fair.
For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.
The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win.
They’ve now spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.
It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.
Brandon Saad power-play goal: 16:10 into third period (2-1 Columbus)
Oscar Lindberg: 17:24 (2-2 tie)
Kevin Hayes: 17:41 (3-2 Rangers)
Mats Zuccarello: 18:41 (4-2 Rangers)
Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.
This post will be updated if there’s video of that staggering sequence.
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
Here’s video of Abdelkader’s hat trick: