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Panthers sign Pirri to two-year deal

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The Florida Panthers locked up one of their Chicago Blackhawks “transplants” on Wednesday, signing forward Brandon Pirri to a two-year contract.

The Panthers haven’t shared the financial terms of the deal yet, though Panther Parkway reports it’s believed to be a one-way deal.

A one-way deal would make sense, as the 23-year-old showed promise upon receiving a heightened role after the Panthers acquired him from Chicago for a third-rounder in 2014 and a fifth-rounder in 2016. Pirri ended the season on a particularly high note, scoring seven points in as many games.

Overall, Pirri scored 14 points in 21 games in Florida after managing 11 in 28 with Chicago last season. He also averaged about a minute and a half of extra ice time with the Panthers (13:56) than he did with the Blackhawks (12:15). Much has — fairly — been made about how much Blackhawks-turned-Panthers GM Dale Tallon loves to acquire teams from his former employer, but Pirri’s made a solid first impression in Sunrise.

Re-signing Pirri isn’t the last thing on Tallon’s list of summer chores, however. The Miami Herald notes that restricted free agents Jimmy Hayes and Dmitry Kulikov still need deals.

Matt Niskanen injured by Patrice Bergeron boarding hit

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Patrice Bergeron doesn’t have a reputation for dirty hits, but he drew the Washington Capitals’ ire for a hit on Matt Niskanen.

The Capitals consider Niskanen “probable” to return to Wednesday’s game against the Boston Bruins with what they’re calling an upper-body injury. Bergeron received a two-minute boarding penalty for the infraction.

(Check out video of the hit above.)

The Capitals’ Twitter acknowledged the brewing bad feelings.

Does Bergeron deserve supplemental discipline for that boarding hit?

Washington currently leads the game 3-2.

Ouch: NHL official helped off ice after puck to knee (Video)

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There are plenty of hazards on an NHL rink even if you’re not a player.

Barry Trotz ranks among the coaches who’ve been hit by pucks, though he’s one of the tiny sliver of humans who would shake off a puck to the forehead. It can be dangerous for officials, too, whether it means a wayward puck or wayward player.

The latest example comes in the form of linesman Steve Miller needing help off the ice after a puck hit him in the knee area. As you can see from the video, it looked like he was in serious pain.

Yikes:

Video: Tyler Bozak with some saucy moves on this goal

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It’s refreshing that hockey fans have, for the most part, moved on from debating Tyler Bozak‘s merits.

The general feeling is that the Toronto Maple Leafs use him in appropriate ways these days, so we can simply enjoy his work as a pretty spiffy hockey player.

Speaking of spiffy, check out the sweet moves he made against the Minnesota Wild for the goal above. Feels like you could dub over a Chris Berman “whoop” or two in there, right?

(If you’re into that kind of thing.)

Here’s that gaudy move in isolation and in GIF form:

WATCH LIVE: Bruins at Capitals – Wednesday Night Rivalry

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Even with two games in hand, some might be surprised to see the Washington Capitals tied with the Boston Bruins in standings points in early December.

That’s the case on Wednesday Night Rivalry, as a somewhat up-and-down Capitals team (which is glad to welcome T.J. Oshie back) hosts a Bruins squad that’s riding a three-game winning streak.

It should be an interesting matchup on NBCSN, which you can also watch online or via the NBC Sports App.

Click here for the livestream.