The Anaheim Ducks have reportedly come to terms with RFA forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Per CapGeek, the two sides have agreed on a one-year pact worth $850,500, a figure that was also reported by Swedish news outlet Expressen. If you’re thinking that’s an awfully nice deal for the Ducks… well, let’s just say you’re not alone.
Silfverberg, 23, had a pretty productive first year in Anaheim after coming over from Ottawa in the Bobby Ryan trade, scoring 10 goals and 23 points in 52 games — this despite missing significant time with a broken right hand. The Swedish speedster then scored twice in 13 playoff appearances, averaging nearly 15 minutes a night.
(Silfverberg also played in all six games for Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, helping his country capture a silver medal.)
The 39th overall pick at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Silfverberg finished 15th in Calder voting two years ago, scoring 10 goals and 19 points in 48 games for the Sens. All told he has 42 points in 100 big-league contests, so it’s interesting to see him settle for less than what he made on his entry-level deal (with signing bonuses, Silfverberg averaged $900K annually.)
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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