Toronto Maple Leafs depth defenseman Petter Granberg has undergone surgery to repair a torn Achilles suffered while training in Sweden, the club announced Friday via Twitter.
According to the Leafs, Granberg is expected to be out a minimum of four months.
A fourth-round pick of the Leafs from 2010, the 22-year-old Granberg has played a total of eight games for Toronto’s NHL team, including seven games last season.
Granberg spent the majority of this past season with the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League.
With speculation about the future of Eric Staal, especially with the NHL Draft only two weeks away and with one final season left on his contract, the Carolina Hurricanes are reportedly not looking to trade their captain.
“No, not at this point,” Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis told WRALSportsFan.com about whether the club was seeking to trade the 30-year-old Staal.
Staal, who has played his entire career so far in Carolina, is coming off a 54-point season, playing in 77 games with the Hurricanes. It’s his lowest point total in a non-lockout year since his rookie season in 2003-04.
He’s also entering the final year of his current contract, which comes with a cap hit of $8.25 million and a no-trade clause, while paying him $9.5 million for the last season.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Staal’s agent Rick Curran and Francis were expected to meet to discuss Staal’s future with the team.
Having fallen to the No. 2 pick in this year’s NHL Draft, it seems the Buffalo Sabres have resigned themselves to the fact they very likely won’t be getting Connor McDavid.
According to NHL.com, the Sabres hadn’t interviewed McDavid and didn’t have any plans on doing so during the Scouting Combine, which is in Buffalo, where the Sabres finished the regular season dead last in the overall standings and had the best chance at getting the first overall pick via the lottery.
It didn’t work out that way, however. Now, it’s expected the Edmonton Oilers will take McDavid with the top selection.
“We haven’t interviewed McDavid and we probably won’t,” Sabres’ director of amateur scouting Greg Royce told NHL.com this week.
“We just thought maybe it was wasting his time (to schedule an interview). We’d love to meet him and bring him in. But at the same time, we know him, he’s a great kid, smart kid and we have no issues with him.”
At second overall, the Sabres seem in prime position to select Jack Eichel, the Boston University star who has shown this week to be a very confident individual with his skills as a hockey player.