With locked-out NHLers signing all over Europe, it seemed like a matter of time before someone signed in Norway — and it happened on Thursday, in the form of Florida Panthers forward Jack Skille.
Skille, 25, has agreed to play for Rosenborg Ishockeyklubb Elite of the GET-ligaen, Norway’s top tier league. He’s believed to be the first NHLer to join the Norwegian league since the start of the lockout.
Taken 7th overall by Chicago at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Skille has been plagued by injury since Florida acquired him from the ‘Hawks in Feb. 2011.
Ankle and shoulder ailments have limited him to just 59 games in a Panthers uniform — last year, the ankle issue cost him the final 15 regular-season contests and all of Florida’s opening round playoff loss to the Devils.
Skille has one season left on a two-year, $1.65 million deal with Florida, signed shortly after being acquired from the ‘Hawks.
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.
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?