Brandon Bollig has agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $3.75 million with the Chicago Blackhawks, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
He was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but now that he’s locked up, Chicago only has four players on its active roster that are still eligible to leave the team on July 1. Although the Blackhawks have made some trades since winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in four campaigns, their primary focus has been on keeping their current core intact.
Bollig is a late bloomer, playing in his first full NHL season at the age of 27. He has just 12 points in 62 games, but leads the team with 138 hits.
With Bollig signed, Chicago has a little over $65.1 million committed to 17 players for the 2014-15, per Cap Geek. With all their major players signed through next season, that’s not much of a concern, but it still means that they’re unlikely to make a big splash during the free agent period this summer.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger