Andrej Sekera

Buffalo’s Sekera inks with KHL club

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Another Buffalo Sabre found work in Europe on Thursday as various outlets reported defenseman Andrej Sekera has agreed to terms with KHL team Slovan Bratislava.

UPDATE: It’s now on the Bratislava website. Thanks Philip!

Slovan, based out of Slovakia, is a new entry in the Russian elite league after winning the Slovak Extraliga in 2011-12. The team features a number of ex-NHLers including Josef Boumedienne, Mario Bliznak, Peter Olvecky and, perhaps most famously, former Sabre Miroslav Satan.

The move represents a homecoming of sorts for Sekera. Prior to joining OHL Owen Sound in 2004, he represented HK Dukla Trencin of the Slovak league at both the junior and senior levels.

A solid puck-moving defenseman with some skill, Sekera has spent his entire six-year NHL career with the Sabres and, in 2011, signed a four-year, $11 million extension with the club.

(Which includes a $1.75 million signing bonus for this season, which he’ll be paid in full.)

Sekera’s best year in Buffalo came during the 2010-11 campaign, when he scored 3G-26A-29PTS and finished third on the team in average time on ice, with over 21 minutes per game.

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?