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Franson, Leafs to open arbitration hearings

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On Wednesday, the NHLPA released the dates for the 20 player- and three club-elected salary arbitration hearings that’ll take place over a two-week span in late July and early August.

Here’s the tea-by-team list; things will kick off on July 21st between Toronto and RFA defenseman Cody Franson:

PLAYER ELECTED FILINGS

Arizona Coyotes
Brandon McMillan – July 29, 2014

Boston Bruins
Matt Bartkowski – July 30, 2014

Calgary Flames
Joe Colborne – August 1, 2014

Dallas Stars
Cameron Gaunce – July 25, 2014
Antoine Roussel – July 22, 2014

Florida Panthers
Jimmy Hayes – July 29, 2014

Los Angeles Kings
Dwight King – August 1, 2014

Minnesota Wild
Justin Fontaine – August 1, 2014

Montreal Canadiens
Lars Eller – July 25, 2014
P.K. Subban – August 1, 2014

New York Islanders
Kevin Poulin – July 30, 2014

New York Rangers
Derick Brassard – July 28, 2014
Chris Kreider – July 23, 2014
Mats Zuccarello – July 25, 2014

Ottawa Senators
Derek Grant – July 24, 2014

Pittsburgh Penguins
Nick Spaling – July 31, 2014

San Jose Sharks
Jason Demers – July 22, 2014

Toronto Maple Leafs
Cody Franson – July 21, 2014
James Reimer – July 28, 2014

CLUB ELECTED FILINGS

Colorado Avalanche
Ryan O’Reilly – July 23, 2014

St. Louis Blues
Vladimir Sobotka – July 21, 2014

Winnipeg Jets
Michael Frolik – July 31, 2014

Hearings will be held in Toronto but, if last year was any indication, don’t expect there to be many actual hearings. Here’s a list of the schedule for last summer’s arbitration:

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And the subsequent list of players that agreed to terms prior to their hearings:

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One of this year’s arbitration hearings — Mattias Ekholm’s, with Nashville — was wiped out after he inked a two-year, $2.075M deal today.

Johansen is a ‘little disappointed’ the Blue Jackets didn’t recognize him in return to Columbus

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JANUARY 19:  Ryan Johansen #92 of the Nashville Predators skates against Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at Bridgestone Arena on January 19, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Ryan Johansen played 309 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets before a blockbuster trade to Nashville last January.

On Sunday, he finally made his return back to Columbus as a member of the Predators. However, he did not receive any sort of tribute whatsoever from the team that originally selected him fourth overall in the 2010 draft, and that is something that apparently bothered him.

“I am a little disappointed they didn’t put anything on the Jumbotron and say ‘thank you’ or anything like that,” Johansen told the Columbus Post-Dispatch. “I think we all know who made that call, but whatever.”

While Johansen enjoyed some productive seasons with the Blue Jackets, his time in Columbus, particularly his final months, were dogged with contentious headlines about his contract negotiations with the club and then his working relationship with coach John Tortorella.

Johansen, now 24 years old, has nine goals and 40 points in 58 games this season for Nashville. Currently in the final year of his three-year, $12 million contract, he’s a restricted free agent at the end of this season.

Make that four straight wins for the Bruins

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Brent Burns turned in a dominating performance. But Brad Marchand had the last laugh.

Marchand scored his 25th goal of the season and, more importantly, the overtime winner for the Boston Bruins as they defeated the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Sunday.

That’s Boston’s fourth consecutive win since the controversial coaching change — which took another twist earlier in the week when the rival Montreal Canadiens fired Michel Therrien and hired Claude Julien. Off a defensive zone faceoff, Marchand bolted up the ice for the breakaway pass, on what appeared to be a set play, beating Martin Jones through the legs.

The Bruins move back into third in the Atlantic Division, and are now only four points back of the faltering Habs for first.

Meanwhile, the Sharks were unable to fully capitalize on another freakish Brent Burns outing. He’s been dubbed ‘an unstoppable force’ in recent posts at PHT — a defenseman possessing great size at six-foot-five-inches tall and 230 pounds, but no shortage of mobility and offensive talent with 27 goals and 64 points in 60 games. Um, and did we mention he’s a defenseman. . . ?

Against the Bruins, he had 20 shot attempts — by far the most of any player in this game — in just over 26 minutes of ice time.

Given the final score, that probably doesn’t mean much to Brad Marchand.

Jacob Trouba will have a hearing for head shot on Mark Stone

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It appears Jacob Trouba will face supplemental discipline from the NHL.

The league’s Department of Player Safety has said in a Twitter statement that Trouba, the Winnipeg Jets defenseman, will have a hearing tomorrow for his head shot on Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone during Sunday’s game.

Trouba was assessed only a minor penalty on the play. Stone, who dealt with a concussion prior to the beginning of the season, stayed down on the ice before he eventually made his way to the dressing room.

The incident occurred when Trouba stepped up to throw a hit on Stone, but instead caught him in the head as he followed through, sending Stone to the ice.

Stone was one of three Ottawa forwards to leave the game because of injuries, which are piling up for the Senators.

Video: Drouin ‘wasn’t going to be denied’ on thrilling OT winner

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 30:  Jonathan Drouin #27 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders  during the first period in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on April 30, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Lightning needed overtime to defeat the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, but it’s a critical win for the Bolts as they try to chase down a playoff spot.

The hero? Jonathan Drouin, and he did so with a thrilling individual effort — making moves, then losing the puck and then immediately getting it back before he finally scored on the backhander.

That’s his 17th goal of the season. Tampa Bay gets a 3-2 win, which keeps them five points back of Toronto for the final wild card spot in the East.