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.)
UPDATE: The O.C. Register confirms the report.
Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.
It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.
“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”
Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.
Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.
Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.
“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”
Jake Virtanen, the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft, will make his NHL debut tonight when his Canucks meet the Kings in Los Angeles.
The 19-year-old winger was a healthy scratch for Vancouver’s first three games of the regular season. He had two goals and two assists in six preseason games.
“I can’t wait,” he told reporters. “My energy is high. I want to get a couple of hits on my first shift.”
Big and physical with goal-scoring ability, the consensus is that Virtanen will remain in the NHL and not be returned to junior after he’s played nine games. That consensus could always change based on his play, of course.
The Canucks — who won last night in Anaheim — did not have a full skate this morning, so it’s unclear who will come out of the lineup. The best guess is rookie Jared McCann, who’s been playing third-line center.
If McCann does come out, the Canucks could move Brandon Sutter to third-line center and Virtanen could take Sutter’s spot on the first line with the Sedin twins. Or, there could be more extensive line juggling.