As the Calgary Sun has reported, Clay Wilson is the latest North American player to decide to give the KHL a shot, only his story has one added wrinkle to it. Wilson was still under contract with the Calgary Flames and was set to make $525,000 in 2012-13.
Wilson was a long shot to make the team, although because his contract was one-way, he was still entitled to the same paycheck either way.
Instead, Wilson decided to ink a one-year deal with Donbass Donetsk and the Calgary Flames have terminated his contract.
“He is no longer on our reserve list,” Flames GM Jay Feaster confirmed before adding, “We wish Clay and his family well as he pursues his career.”
Wilson is 29 and has only played in 36 NHL games, but this might not be the last we hear of him. Although their circumstances are far from identical, Mark Giordano’s NHL career didn’t take off until he decided to spend a year playing for Moscow Dynamo. It’s those kinds of stories that might inspire players like Wilson going forward.
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