Turns out that winning can be a good thing for some players. The Chicago Blackhawks brought back a member of their Stanley Cup winning team at a big discount compared to what he was making before. Cap Geek has learned that defenseman Nick Boynton has re-signed with the team for one year at the league minimum of $500,000.
To put that into perspective for you, Boynton is taking $1 million less than he made last year with the Blackhawks to stay with the team. Interpret that how you will but either he’s helping the team he won a Stanley Cup with to save some dough or he’s that concerned about landing another job in the NHL with other teams sticking closely to a budget. Either way, it works out great for the Blackhawks as Boynton was the guy who was starting in the Stanley Cup finals after Jordan Hendry fell out of favor as a starter. He’s a cagey veteran and a guy that can be relied upon in a third defensive pairing.
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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.
It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?
OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.
Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.
There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:
Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.