Report: Avalanche ink Berra to three-year extension


The Colorado Avalanche have reportedly signed goaltender Reto Berra to a three-year extension, per the Denver Post.

Berra, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, hasn’t played a game yet for the Avalanche and had a 2.95 GAA and .897 save percentage in 29 games with the Calgary Flames.

It caught some people off guard when the Avalanche scarified a second-round pick in order to pry the 27-year-old rookie away from Calgary when they already had Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

The initial explanation for the trade was that the Avalanche wanted an insurance policy in case Giguere’s back becomes an issue again. It was later revealed that Giguere is also seriously considering retirement and Colorado consequently got Berra with the intention of elevating him to the backup role in 2014-15.

Berra will get his first start with the Colorado Avalanche on March 19, according to the Post’s Adrian Dater.

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

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Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in a vehicle that ran into a tree.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.