Any rumors about Kyle Brodziak being traded before the Feb. 27 deadline came to an end on Sunday when the Minnesota Wild signed him to a three-year contract extension. The exact financial terms of the deal are not yet known, but Michael Russo of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune is reporting that he’ll earn about $2.83 million per season.
“I’ve never had to deal with anything like it before, so it was definitely on my mind,” Brodziak said of the contract negotiation process. “I’m happy to be part of the organization for a few more years and looking forward to it.”
Brodziak set career-highs last season with 16 goals and 37 points, but he might top them in 2011-12. The Minnesota Wild lean on Brodziak heavily in all situations. He ranks fourth among Wild forwards in time on the ice per game and he’s one of their principle penalty killers. Brodziak and Mikko Koivu are the only two Minnesota players signed through the 2014-15 campaign.
Well, the NHL’s two new initiatives for ’15-16 seem to be going swimmingly.
Not long after Ottawa successfully made the second-ever coach’s challenge, fans got their first look at 3-on-3 overtime.
And what a look it was.
In the span of 137 seconds, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers combined for eight shots on goal, a few breakaways, some tremendous saves — including one on a penalty shot — and, finally, Jason Garrison‘s game-winning goal on a breakaway from center, giving the Bolts a 3-2 win.
It was, in a word, fun.
Lots of fun.
A quick sampling of reviews:
Of course, not everybody was a fan:
Now, to temper things a bit — this was the first time we’ve seen 3-on-3 with something on the line, so there was a novelty factor at play. There’s also no guaranteeing future OT sessions will be as exciting as this.
But none of that takes away from the fact 3-on-3 made for appointment viewing, and immense entertainment value. The prospect of future games like this? That’s pretty exciting.
Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.
Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:
Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).
The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.
Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…