Justin Braun is still under contract through the 2014-15 campaign, but it looks like the San Jose Sharks don’t want him to even come close to testing the unrestricted free agent waters if they can help it. San Jose has already reached out to Braun’s agent, Neil Sheehy, although it sounds like the process isn’t moving quickly at this stage.
“Nothing yet. We will be talking more later in the month after Justin’s wedding (this weekend),” Sheehy told CSN Bay Area.
The 27-year-old defenseman averaged 20:59 minutes per game with San Jose in 2013-14, which was good for second on the team behind only Dan Boyle. With Boyle gone, Braun might be leaned on even more next season.
He’s currently signed to a three-year, $3.75 million contract and is in line for a sizable raise. Braun is one of four blueliners with the Sharks that are eligible to become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2015. The other three are Scott Hannan, Matt Irwin, and Taylor Fedun.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger