Forward Jayson Megna and Defenseman Philip Samuelsson made their NHL debuts with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season and will look to take another step forward in their careers next season. Both have an uphill battle ahead of them if they want to make the team’s opening game roster though, as illustrated by the fact that they have agreed to one-year, two-way contracts.
Pittsburgh announced that Megna, 24, will come with an annual cap hit of $874,125 in 2014-15. He scored five goals and nine points in 36 games last season.
Samuelsson, 22, played in five games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14 and recorded 22 points in 64 AHL contests. His new contract will pay him the league minimum should he play at the NHL level.
Samuelsson was taken in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and is the son of retired NHL blueliner Ulf Samuelsson. The elder Samuelsson won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 1991 and 1992.
Pittsburgh already has five defensemen signed to one-way contracts and that doesn’t include Olli Maatta, who is also expected to make the team.
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.