When Christian Ehrhoff had his rights traded to the Islanders and then to Buffalo where he ultimately signed a 10-year, $40 million deal, the Vancouver Canucks were going to have to do a little bit of upkeep to make sure their defense held strong.
Their way of handling things was to lock up one of their more productive guys on the blue line in Sami Salo. Salo signed a one year deal worth $2 million to stick around in Vancouver and provide the Canucks with a big shot from the point and an offensive threat.
Salo’s bugaboo is his ability to stay healthy. In his 12 seasons in the NHL with Ottawa and Vancouver, Salo has yet to play a full 82-game season. Last year he played in just 27 games in the regular season but saw action through the entire playoffs as well. When he does play he’s capable of producing 25-30 points in a season. That kind of production in Vancouver is more than helpful and with Ehrhoff gone, they’ll need him to stay healthy and help produce from the point.
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