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.
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.