Well, so much for waiting. The Vancouver Canucks announced that they’ve agreed to a deal – which cannot be official until July 1 – that will keep Cory Schneider in town for the near future. Ben Kuzma and others report that it will be a three-year contract worth $12 million.
It seemed like Schneider’s deal might ape Tuukka Rask’s since their situations are somewhat similar, but Rask reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Boston Bruins. Schneider’s cap hit would be $4 million and he obviously gets a beefier term.
If Schneider is as great as advertised, that’s a steal in an increasingly batty goalie market. He’ll likely face some serious scrutiny in replacing arguably the best goalie in Canucks franchise history – even if Luongo wasn’t always treated that way.
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