The Nashville Predators added some defensive depth on Monday, signing journeyman blueliner Bryan Rodney to a one-year, two-way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level.
Rodney, 29, has appeared in 34 career NHL contests after catching on with the Carolina organization in 2008-09. His best season came with the ‘Canes in 2009-10, when he scored 11 points in 22 games, scoring his first and only NHL goal.
The former OHL London standout’s last NHL game came in 2011-12 with Edmonton. He spent the 2013 campaign with Los Angeles’ AHL affiliate in Manchester, scoring 15 points in 44 games.
Rodney’s most likely headed for AHL Milwaukee, but does have a chance of cracking the Nashville roster next season — the club only has seven defensemen under contract for next season, and there are still question marks around youngsters Seth Jones, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm and Victor Bartley.
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.
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?