Logan Couture scores

Report: Couture’s new deal expected to be five years


As we discussed last night, forward Logan Couture has reportedly reached a contract extension with the San Jose Sharks that will begin after his current deal expires in the summer of 2014.

Couture, 24, seemed to imply as much when he tweeted, “Big dayyyyy,” although when asked for details, he told San Jose Mercury News writer David Pollak that he couldn’t share them.

Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks have been quiet on the subject thus far. The sticking point is likely that Couture’s signing can’t be completed until July 5. While the Pittsburgh Penguins announced Evgeni Malkin’s signing even though he’s in the same situation, Sharks GM Doug Wilson doesn’t like to confirm signings or trades until they are official, according to San Jose Mercury News.

In other words, we might have to wait a few weeks before the Sharks formally announce the signing. That being said, Couture’s extension is expected to be a five-year deal, according to CSN’s Kevin Kurz. If that’s the case, Couture won’t be an unrestricted free agent until the summer of 2019 at the earliest.

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?