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Peverley, Eller get ready to leave Finland


Rich Peverley and Lars Eller are expected to end their stay with Finland’s JYP Jyväskylä on Saturday, Elite Prospect’s Matias Strozyk reports.

This continues the flow of players returning to North America after overseas sojourns (although there are some outliers, such as Kris Letang’s flirtation with the KHL).

Peverley awaits a significant pay increase whenever play resumes. The Boston Bruins signed the versatile forward to a three-year, $9.75 million deal that kicks off with a 2012-13 salary of $3 million. (At least he can be content in knowing that the work stoppage ate into his least lucrative year.)

Eller’s situation with the Montreal Canadiens isn’t quite as cushy, but he’s still more comfortable than other comparable players. He’s missing out on the first season of a two-year, $2.625 million deal, yet he doesn’t need to fight for a contract if there is an abbreviated campaign.

Both players produced solid work with JYP Jyväskylä; Peverley scored 23 points in 28 games while Eller had 15 in 15.

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

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Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.

The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.

Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.