The Florida Panthers have come to terms on an entry-level contract with 21-year-old forward Rocco Grimaldi, the University of North Dakota product they drafted 33rd overall in 2011.
“We are very pleased to have reached a contract agreement with Rocco,” said Panthers GM Dale Tallon in a release. “He is a hard-working forward who possesses speed along with great vision on the ice. We look forward to his continued growth and development within our organization.”
Grimaldi helped Team USA to gold at the 2013 World Juniors, scoring the game-winner in the deciding game against Sweden.
Listed at just 5-foot-6 and 172 pounds, Grimaldi is small in stature, but he still managed to pile up 77 points in 86 college games.
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.