Nashville captain Shea Weber says he has no idea what his defensive partner, Ryan Suter, will do on July 1 when the latter is expected to become an unrestricted free agent.
“People are curious and a lot of people know we’ve come up together and we know each other very well,” Weber told NHL.com in Las Vegas ahead of Wednesday’s NHL Awards Show. “They’re trying to get any inside scoop that they can and, believe me, that’s the last thing that I’ve got. It’s just about being a good friend to him and his family, and however it shakes out that’s the way it goes.”
Weber’s future is equally uncertain. The Norris Trophy finalist is a restricted free agent that can become unrestricted next summer. He has the option to take the Predators to player-elected arbitration; however, that could mean another contentious hearing like the one that occurred last summer when the club suggested a $4.75 million salary and Weber’s camp proposed $8.5 million.
The arbitrator eventually gave awarded a one-year, $7.5 million contract, but not before Weber got to hear all the club’s reasons he wasn’t worth the money an elite NHL defenseman typically gets.
“We went through a lot last year, it was a tough summer,” he said. “I think we’ve learned from that and both sides understand where we have to go and what we need to do from here.”
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?