Our second gathering of today’s smaller-scale signings:
Ducks sign Staubitz: Anaheim added some toughness on Sunday by signing tough guy Brad Staubitz to a two-year, $1.3 million deal. The 27-year-old appeared in 62 games last year between Montreal and Minnesota and, interestingly enough, led both teams in fighting majors (as per player agent Allan Walsh.)
Ottawa inks Lundin: The Sens have agreed to terms with defenseman Mike Lundin — one year, $1.15 million. The 27-year-old spent the first four seasons of his career with the Tampa Bay Lightning, recording four goals and 29 assists in 224 games, before appearing in 17 contests for Minnesota last season.
Francis Bouillon signs with Montreal: The Canadiens brought back a familiar face in defenseman Francis Bouillon on a one-year, $1.5 million deal. Bouillon saw his game flourish in his first tour of duty in Montreal under then head coach Michel Therrien. Oh hey, look who the head coach is in Montreal again.
Greg Zanon signs with Colorado: The Avalanche added to their defensive depth by locking up defensive-defenseman Greg Zanon to a two-year, $4.5 million deal, according to Bob McKenzie. Zanon split time with the Wild and Bruins last year.
Blackhawks ink Sheldon Brookbank: Chicago got a bit tougher on defense landing former Ducks defenseman Sheldon Brookbank. Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports Brookbank signed a two-year contract — he should toughen up the ‘Hawks blueline. Brookbank had three goals, 11 assists and 72 penalty minutes last season.
Bickel re-ups with Rangers: New York will keep forward/defenseman Stu Bickel around for two more years. Perhaps he can get it written in his contract not to be benched for extended periods of playoff OT games. Bickel had nine assists in 51 games last season.
Chad Johnson signs with Phoenix: The Coyotes added organizational depth in goal as they signed Chad Johnson to a one-year deal. Johnson spent the last few years in the Rangers organization, playing in five games two seasons ago.
Kris Newbury stays with Rangers: Depth forward Kris Newbury will stay with the Rangers for two more years, according to McKenzie. His deal is a two-year, two-way deal — meaning he’s destined to spend more time in the AHL.
Alex Burrows doesn’t want a trade out of Vancouver and he wants to make sure everyone knows it.
On Saturday, Sportsnet’s Elliott Friedman reported that Burrows was potentially willing to waive his no-trade clause if a deal came up.
When asked about the report, Burrows went into denial mode.
“There’s no truth to that,” Burrows told beat reporter Ben Kuzma. “I’ve never talked to management or coaches about it.
“Last time I talked to my agent was to wish him Merry Christmas.”
Whether or not Burrows is willing to accept a deal out of Vancouver may be irrelevant.
The 34-year-old has seven goals and 16 points in 53 games this season, and he comes with a cap hit of $4.5 million dollars next season.
That’s pretty steep for a guy who’s on pace to score just 25 points this year.
If the Canucks want to find a taker for his services (assuming he’s willing to go), they’ll likely have to take a good-sized contract back or they’ll have to eat some of his remaining salary.
It makes sense that a swift bit of history happened in a game in which three goals were scored scored on three shots in about three minutes.
Brad Marchand found the net eight seconds in after an icing call, setting a new record for the Boston Bruins.
(You can see that goal in the video above.)
Watch that three-goal burst in this video:
The two teams weren’t done then. Loui Eriksson made it 3-1 while Pavel Datsyuk scored his 900th point to make it 3-2.
Maybe the best moment wasn’t a goal: Torey Krug was seemingly hurt by a Pavel Datsyuk hit, yet he returned without missing much time.
When the New Jersey Devils shut down a team 1-0, it’s usually with Cory Schneider in net.
Their workhorse got the afternoon off against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, yet Keith Kinkaid did his Schneider impression, grabbing his first NHL shutout in the process.
It was a low-event game with just 46 combined shots on goal, but Kinkaid had to work, stopping all 28 shots. To give you an idea of how tight this game was, the only tally was credited to David Schlemko on the power play.
This gives the Devils three straight wins. They managed to climb into third place in the Metropolitan Division, although New Jersey’s edge is a little misleading; the Islanders trail them by one standings point while holding three games in hand.
That leaves the Islanders in the bottom wild card spot, while the Penguins aren’t so far behind either.
Third in Metro: Devils – 65 points with 57 games played
Second wildcard: Islanders – 64 points, 54 GP
First spot outside the East playoffs: Penguins – 63 points, 54 GP
So, the Devils’ hold of a playoff spot is a bit tenuous, yet the bottom line is that they’re staying in the mix.
The Kings, meanwhile, remain comfortably in first in the Pacific.
The Boston Bruins (without Patrice Bergeron) take on the Detroit Red Wings (missing Jonathan Ericsson) on Sunday afternoon.
It’s a matchup between the second-ranked and third-ranked teams in the Atlantic Division, with little separating the two in the standings.
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