Johnny Gaudreau

What a day: Gaudreau wins Hobey Baker


All that’s left is the 2 a.m. trip to Fatburger.

Today was a good day — a very good day — for Boston College scoring standout Johnny Gaudreau, as he won the 2014 Hobey Baker and officially signed his three-year, $5.5 million entry-level deal with the Calgary Flames.

Gaudreau — a heavy favorite to win Hobey after being named one of the three finalists, along with Greg Carey of St. Lawrence and Nic Dowd of St. Cloud State — finished this season by leading the country with 36 goals and 80 points, becoming the first player to reach the 80-point level since Colorado College’s Peter Sejna in 2002-03.

He helped pace BC to the Frozen Four (the Eagles were eliminated on Friday by Union) and became just the third-ever Boston College player to win the Hobey, joining David Emma in 1991 and Mike Mottau in 2000.

As mentioned above, Gaudreau also kicked off his professional career on Friday and will reportedly join the Flames for their season finale in Vancouver on Sunday, where he’ll suit up with BC teammate Bill Arnold, who also signed his ELC with the Flames today.

“We are excited to welcome both Bill Arnold and Johnny Gaudreau to professional hockey after reaching agreements today on entry level contracts with the Calgary Flames,” said Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke. “Bill is a solid two-way player with good offensive instincts combined with power and grit.

“Congratulations to Johnny on capping off an amazing college season with the Hobey Baker Award, a very well deserved achievement. Johnny is a gifted player with high end skill and smarts. We look forward to having both players, as they take the next step forward in contributing to the success of the Calgary Flames.”

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?