After a brief stint in Switzerland, Patric Hornqvist is headed home.
The Nashville forward has reportedly agreed to join Allsvenskan club Djurgardens on a lockout deal, according to multiple sources (see here and here).
Hornqvist had previously been playing for the Martigny Red Ice of the Swiss second division, where he racked up 14 points in nine games played. But his recent departure — he’s since been replaced in Martigny by Boston Bruins forward Chris Kelly — led many to speculate he’d be joining Djurgardens, the team he represented at the junior and senior levels before moving to North America in 2008.
Today, the move became official.
Hornqvist, 25, has been one of Nashville’s most consistent goalscorers over the last three years, averaging 26 per season while posting a career-high 30 in 2009-10.
In Djurgardens, he’ll be joined by Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, San Jose defenseman Douglas Murray and future Preds teammate Pontus Aberg, taken 37th overall by Nashville at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?
OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.
Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.
There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:
Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.