The New York Islanders have announced the signing of top-tier prospect Griffin Reinhart to a three-year, entry-level deal.
Reinhart had 36 points and 38 penalty minutes in 58 games with the WHL Edmonton Oil Kings before the Islanders took him with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
If the name Reinhart sounds familiar, it might be because his father, Paul Reinhart, played for the Atlanta/Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. The elder Reinhart had 559 points in 648 career NHL games and was a two-time All-Star. Griffin’s older brother, Max Reinhart, is also pursuing his dream of becoming an NHLer. He was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2010.
Griffin is a two-way defenseman with an imposing frame and offensive upside. The Islanders have already built a core of promising young forwards and the addition of Reinhart could make them a more complete team.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.