Don’t be surprised if the Toronto Maple Leafs’ goalie duo ends up being Frederik Andersen and Garret Sparks next season.
The Maple Leafs signed Sparks to a one-year, two-way deal on Friday. The two-way nature of that contract gives the Buds a little wiggle room if they aren’t confident that Sparks will stand as their No. 2, but he seems like the right guy at the moment.
But this is also an odd fit for a London franchise. It’s been challenging enough to generate interest for the EIHL, and now you’re asking fans with a tangential-at-best interest in ice hockey to get down with a London vs. Severstal Cherepovets, rivalry, rather than, say, Edinburgh?
Off-seasons are often about recovering from injuries and sometimes surgeries, a reality that may provide some challenges for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Jamie Benn presents the latest justification for teams to keep alternates in mind.
It’s plausible that he’ll be able to play, yet the Dallas Stars acknowledged that his participation is up in the air following core muscle surgery that calls for a recovery window of about six weeks.
The tournament is slated to begin on Sept. 17, so a six-week window would put him in a position to be involved. Still, complications could happen, so it’s wise to admit that they’ll need to revisit the issue later on.
“Jamie Benn underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury on Thursday, July 14 at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, PA. His operation, performed by Dr. Bill Meyers, went as planned. His full recovery time is expected to be six weeks, putting him on schedule to be ready for the 2016-17 season. Jamie will be re-evaluated after the six-week rehabilitation process, at which time, his availability for the World Cup of Hockey will be determined.”
This isn’t the only Benn story to follow during this summer. File it under “easier said than done,” but the Stars aim to try to sign the all-world forward to a contract extension as he approaches the last year of his current bargain deal.