Isles sign Bouchard: one year, $2 million


The New York Islanders continued to stay active in free agency on Friday, signing longtime Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard to a one-year, $2 million deal.

Bouchard, 29, was Minnesota’s first-round selection (eighth overall) at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, debuted at age 18, and appeared in 565 regular-season and 21 playoff games for the club.

A talented scorer and good set-up man, Bouchard posted three 55-plus point campaigns from 2005-08 and finished 20th in the NHL in assists (50) during the 2007-08 campaign.

The later stages of his career in Minnesota were marred by concussion issues — he missed 149 games from 2009-12 — but he did rebound to appear in 43 contests last season, scoring 20 points, and had two points in five playoff games against Chicago in the opening round.

This season marked the final year of Bouchard’s five-year, $20.4 million deal signed in 2008.

Prior to signing Bouchard, the Isles re-signed goalie Evgeni Nabokov and nabbed former Senators forward Peter Regin.

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?