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Cory Schneider on contract: “We’re going to take our time”

Last summer, Cory Schneider and Tuukka Rask shared a bond as two rising goaltenders watching two already-established stars battle it out for the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. Much has changed since then, as each netminder seems likely to take the mantle with their respective teams. Still, Schneider might want to watch Rask closely because the Bruins backup-turned-No. 1’s deal could heavily influence Schneider’s own market value.

Perhaps Schneider is cognizant of that fact – or several other factors, such as the potential threat of offer sheets from other teams – as he told Ben Kuzma that he’s in no rush to sign a new contract.

“It [contract] is not going to get done the first time you talk or in a day or night,” Schneider said. “We’re going to take our time.”

Few restricted free agents hold the power that Schneider (and Rask, really) does right now. The Canucks face a tough challenge both in trading Roberto Luongo and signing Schneider to a deal that’s adheres realistically to his impressive – but relatively small – body of work instead of allowing it to swell to the increasingly glowing perception he’s garnered.

It’s anyone’s guess how much Schneider can make because – like the Bruins – the Canucks are really stuck in a tough spot. Keeping the staring contest going through July 1 will only increase his chances of making a ton of cash.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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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.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

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?