The Blue Jackets are coming off a decent 2012-2013 regular season, in which they fought from the bottom of the Western Conference standings to within one point of earning a post-season berth for the second time in franchise history.
Kekalainen’s main concern, however, is re-signing goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who took home the Vezina Trophy as the league’s stop puck stopper.
Bobrovsky is being pursued by the KHL, and is a restricted free agent this summer. He is at the end of a three-year, $2.7 million entry level contract with the Blue Jackets.
“We’ll look at all the different options — short-term, long-term, arbitration … who knows?,” said Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson earlier this month.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day