A busy day for the Nashville Predators was capped off nicely by taking care of their 2014 first-round pick.
The Predators announced they’ve signed Swiss forward Kevin Fiala to his three-year entry-level contract. Unlike the Predators other two signings today, Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy, it’s not expected Fiala will crack the Predators roster next season.
Fiala was taken 11th overall by the Predators in this year’s draft and played with HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League last season. If he doesn’t make the Predators, he could wind up back in Sweden or play in Milwaukee with the Preds’ AHL team.
As for the player, he’s obviously very excited to get the deal done.
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.
Matt Frattin was traded by the Leafs to Ottawa yesterday as part of the Dion Phaneuf blockbuster.
But for now, he’s staying in Toronto.
On Wednesday, Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that Frattin will remain with the Leafs’ AHL affiliate — the Toronto Marlies — on loan, but will be available for selection should Ottawa require his services down the road.
Frattin, 28, has spent all of this season with the Marlies, scoring nine goals and 22 points in 47 games. His last NHL appearance came during the ’14-15 campaign, with the Leafs.
Prior to that, the former North Dakota standout had spent time in Los Angeles and Columbus.