Matt Stajan

Some Stats: Matt Stajan still hasn’t scored

Some Stats is a weekly feature that will run every Thursday on PHT. In Some Stats, we look at some stats.

227 – Number of NHL players, not counting goalies, without a goal. For the record, that total includes guys like Victor Oreskovich, who got called up to the Canucks Tuesday, beaten up by Shane O’Brien, and sent back to the AHL the next day. But it also includes guys like Matt Stajan, Marty Reasoner and Magnus Paajarvi. By the way, does the four-year, $14-million deal Darryl Sutter gave Stajan win the “Everyone thought it was a bad idea at the time and here’s the proof” award? I still maintain Sutter only did that so he could say he traded Dion Phaneuf for a high-priced center.

6 – Number of teams averaging more than three goals per game (Philadelphia, Boston, Vancouver, Chicago, Washington and Toronto.) No huge surprise there – only four teams managed 3-plus in 2010-11. But when you compare it to the year after the lockout when 16 teams did, you have to wonder if anyone at the NHL is busy thinking up ways to increase scoring. Not that they should go back to calling every hook and hold, but it’s an issue worth discussing. At the very least, somebody should float the idea of bigger nets, just to watch all the purists lose their minds.

1.9 – Martin Havlat’s shooting percentage. He’s taken 53 shots and scored once. Is he doing it wrong or something? Not sure what you tell a guy in Havlat’s situation. Choke up on it? Bend your knees? Pass it to someone else?

.636 – Nashville’s winning percentage when leading after two periods, the lowest of any team in the NHL. And you know that’s just killing Barry Trotz. For whatever reason, the Preds have had trouble locking it down this season. Even during their most recent victory, a 6-5 win over the Canucks last Thursday, they blew a two-goal lead before winning it late.

94.7 – New Jersey’s penalty-killing percentage. The Devils have surrendered just five goals while shorthanded. All season. Their PK’s been perfect the last nine games. Why isn’t this getting more publicity? The Dallas Stars own the NHL record for best PK, finishing 1999-2000 at 89.3 percent. Get out to the rink and watch this team, Devils fans! You won’t be disappointed…in their ability to kill penalties.

Report: Ekblad cleared by Panthers doctors

NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 30:  Aaron Ekblad #5 of the Florida Panthers poses for a 2016 NHL All-Star portrait at Bridgestone Arena on January 30, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Sanford Myers/Getty Images)
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Aaron Ekblad has been medically cleared by Florida Panthers doctors, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

That’s a big relief for everyone involved after Ekblad was injured while representing Team North America in the World Cup. The injury was originally reported as a “mild” concussion, though it was later called a neck injury.

The 20-year-old has since been back on the ice working out.

“Ekblad is going to be fine,” Panthers coach Gerard Galant said. “You see him out there skating already. I think it was a little scary, but he feels real good. He’s going to skate and see how he feels, but everything looks good.”

The first overall pick in the 2014 draft, Eklbad had already dealt with at least one concussion during his playing career. He suffered one in an international exhibition game during the summer of 2014, just prior to his outstanding rookie season with the Panthers.

Ottawa sends Brown, 11th overall draft pick, back to junior

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24:  Logan Brown celebrates with the Ottawa Senators after being selected 11th overall during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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It didn’t take long for one of the top picks at this year’s draft to be sent packing from training camp.

On Wednesday, Ottawa announced that Logan Brown — the 11th overall selection in June — has been sent back to his junior team in OHL Windsor.

Brown, the son of ex-NHL defenseman Jeff Brown, played in Monday’s exhibition win over Toronto and scored once. He didn’t play in Tuesday’s OT loss to Buffalo.

Though he wasn’t expected to make the team this season, Brown, 18, is considered to be a high-end prospect, which makes his early dismissal a bit curious.

At 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, he has terrific size and the Sens wasted little time locking him in after the draft, signing him to a three-year, entry-level deal in August.

Related: Get to know a draft pick — Logan Brown

Seidenberg expected to sign with Islanders

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 08:  Dennis Seidenberg #44 of the Boston Bruins skates against Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks during Game Four of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 8, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Dennis Seidenberg is expected to sign with the New York Islanders after the World Cup, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

It’s a one-year, $1 million deal, per Dreger.

Seidenberg is currently playing a significant role for Team Europe, a surprise finalist against the heavily favored Canadians.

The 35-year-old defenseman was unexpectedly bought out by the Boston Bruins over the summer. He had two years remaining on his contract, with a cap hit of $4 million.

Seidenberg was a key part of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup champion team in 2011, but injuries limited him to just 61 games last season, and his average ice time fell below 20 minutes for the first time since he was with the Hurricanes in 2007-08.

He’ll likely take on a bottom-pairing role with the Islanders, below Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Johnny Boychuk, and Calvin de Haan. He may even be the extra defenseman, pushing the likes of Thomas Hickey, Ryan Pulock, Adam Pelech, and Scott Mayfield for a spot in the lineup.

Related: Seidenberg shocked by Bruins’ decision

Devils bolster defense, ink Quincey to one-year, $1.25M deal

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New Jersey needed some blueline depth after this summer’s blockbuster Adam Larsson-for-Taylor Hall trade and now, they’ve addressed it.

On Wednesday, GM Ray Shero announced the club signed veteran defenseman Kyle Quincey to a one-year, $1.25 million deal.

Quincey, 31, spent the last four seasons in Detroit, emerging as a regular fixture on defense — but ’15-16 was hardly a positive campaign.

He missed 35 games with a serious ankle injury and, upon his return, never seemed to find his way into head coach Jeff Blashill’s good graces.

Blashill even scratched Quincey in Game 3 of Detroit’s opening-round playoff loss to Tampa, and didn’t provide a reason why — a pretty bold move for a player that, in ’13-14, appeared in all 82 games for the Red Wings, averaging nearly 21 minutes per night.

Overall, this move seems like a pretty reasonable gamble from the Devils. Quincey has his flaws, but the term is short and the money is relatively low.

(Especially considering Quincey’s coming off a two-year, $8.5 million deal that paid $4.25M annually.)

Shero could end up getting a nice return on his investment. Quincey projects  to challenge for top-four minutes in New Jersey, looking to break into a group that features the likes of Andy Greene, Damon Severson, John Moore and Ben Lovejoy.

Jon Merrill, Steve Santini and Brandon Gormley are also in that mix, though likely to be challenging for spots on the bottom pair.