For the second time this season, Matt Moulson found himself on the move thanks to a trade.
Moulson, as well as Cody McCormick, were moved from the Buffalo Sabres to the Minnesota Wild just prior to the National Hockey League’s trade deadline on Wednesday. Moulson will join his third team of the season, having started with the New York Islanders, before getting traded to Buffalo near the end of October. Now, Minnesota.
He seemed positive about yet another move for he and his family, as he expressed his thoughts via Twitter.
Moulson, according to Capgeek.com, is in the final year of a three-year contract worth a total of $9.4 million. He’s also a pending unrestricted free agent. Is there a future with the Wild beyond just the rest of this season?
Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.
Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:
Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).
The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.
For the second time in his career, Ryan Kesler is wearing an “A.”
On Thursday, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Kesler would serve as one of the club’s alternate captains this season, taking over for Francois Beauchemin, who signed in Colorado this summer.
With the move, Kesler joins Anaheim’s existing leadership group of captain Ryan Getzlaf, and alternate Corey Perry.
“It’s an honor,” Kesler said, per the Ducks. “It’s special. I’m going to wear it with pride and lead by example.”
As mentioned earlier, Kesler has some experience as an alternate — he wore an “A” in Vancouver from 2008-13, but had it removed prior to the start of the ’13-14 campaign.
It’s not surprising Anaheim went in this direction. GM Bob Murray made a huge investment in Kesler this summer by inking the 31-year-old to a six-year, $41.25M extension.