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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:


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


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:


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


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.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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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

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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: All that’s been announced about Silfverberg is that he’s under evaluation and will not return.