Mike Halford

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Ducks re-sign Shaw — one year, $650,000

Anaheim’s seen enough of Logan Shaw to keep him around for another season.

Shaw, acquired via trade from Florida in November, has agreed to a one-year, one-way extension worth $650,000, the club announced on Monday. The deal comes after Shaw appeared in 43 games for the Ducks, scoring five points while averaging just under 10 minutes a night.

The 24-year-old’s work on the penalty kill has drawn good reviews this season. And given Anaheim has the NHL’s fourth-best PK unit, it’s understandable why he’s earned a regular lineup spot under head coach Randy Carlyle.

“I take a lot of pride in that,” Shaw said, per the O.C. Register. “For me, that’s my role. I play sound defensively. I take a lot of pride in the penalty kill. Special teams, it’s a privilege to play on. You never take it for granted.

“It means a lot to get out there and help. It helps win games. And that’s my contribution.”

Hurricane Bill: Peters rips into Lack, tells him to ‘make a [expletive] save’


Suffice to say Eddie Lack is in Bill Peters’ doghouse.

Two days after Lack allowed four goals on just 16 shots in a OT loss to Tampa Bay, the Carolina head coach — who, previously, had gone out of his way not to criticize his netminders — completely unloaded on Lack, in what made for an uncomfortable scene.

From the Raleigh News & Observer:

“Well, you’ve got to push,” Peters said. “One guy has played 10 games. Eddie has played 10 games and was poor in his last outing, let’s not kid ourselves, right? There were 16 shots, four went in. Not good enough. You look at his numbers in the league, they’re not good enough.

“So I don’t think it’s much of a competition. We’ve got a guy who’s well ahead of the other guy. That’s what I see and the numbers back that up.

“So when he gets in another game, you better play. You better earn some respect from your teammates. Your teammates are out there working their bag off. You better get some saves and a timely save at the right time wouldn’t hurt.”

Peters ended the media scrum by glancing down the hallway, in the direction of Lack’s locker stall, and saying, “Make a save.” There was another word in there but you get the idea: the coach was not happy with the player.

(Video here, minus the last “make a [expletive] save” part.)

This season’s been a borderline disaster for the 29-year-old Swede. Concussion problems have limited him to just 10 appearances, in which he’s gone 2-4-2 with a 3.33 GAA and .873 save percentage.

It’s certainly not what Carolina had in mind.

After acquiring Lack from Vancouver at the 2015 draft, the ‘Canes wasted little time in signing him to a two-year, $5.5 million extension. They actually gave Lack the deal before he played a single regular-season game for the club.

At the time, the idea was that Lack would work in tandem with Cam Ward and potentially take over the starting gig this year. But Lack failed to distinguish himself in ’15-16 — .901 save percentage, 2.81 GAA — and, as a result, GM Ron Francis opted to bring back Ward, who was set to hit free agency.

This year, Ward has been one of the NHL’s busiest workhorses. His 49 starts have him tied for seventh-most in the league.

How this situation plays out will be worth monitoring. There’s an obvious frustration level in Carolina over falling out of playoff contention, especially after a strong start in January that saw the club climb to 21-15-7, right in the thick of the wild card race.

Since then? Carolina’s gone 4-10-3.

As for Lack, one wonders if we’ll start to hear whispers about something that dogged him in Vancouver — that he didn’t take his job seriously enough. Last year, Iain Macintyre of the Vancouver Sun wrote “teammates hardly knew at times what to make of a goaltender who seemed as focused on his Twitter account off the ice as he was on stopping pucks on it,” noting that Lack’s best friend on the Canucks was the team’s online writer and social media coordinator.

Habs re-sign Terry, their leading AHL scorer


Chris Terry’s banner campaign has paid off.

Terry, the 27-year-old winger that’s lighting up the American League, has agreed to a one-year extension with Montreal, the club announced on Friday.

Signed last summer to a one-year, two-way deal, Terry has been outstanding for St. John’s this season, racking up a whopping 50 points in just 38 games played. That puts him second in league scoring, trailing Blues farmhand Kenny Agostino.

Terry, originally a Hurricanes draftee, has also appeared in 14 games for the Habs this year, scoring four points.

Financial terms of the extension weren’t announced, but it’s safe to assume it’s in the ballpark of the $575,000 Terry’s earning on his current deal.

Luongo out at least a week with hip injury, so it’s Reim-time in Florida


The injury that forced Roberto Luongo to exit last night’s 2-1 shootout loss to Philly will keep him sidelined for at least the next week, Panthers head coach Tom Rowe confirmed on Friday.

In a related move, Florida recalled goalie Reto Berra from AHL Springfield. Berra will now serve as James Reimer‘s backup for the foreseeable future.

Per the Herald, Luongo said he aggravated an old hip/groin/core injury, one that bothered him throughout last season and saw him get corrective surgery last summer.

On one hand, the issue has to be worrisome for Florida. Luongo turns 38 in April and his numbers have been a tad off this season — his save percentage has dipped to .915, while his GAA has risen to 2.68. Given he’s the club’s No. 1 netminder, the looming specter of a recurring injury is troubling.

On the other hand, the Panthers have Reimer.

Given how well he’s played this year, they’re probably in as good as shape as anybody when it comes to replacing a starter. He’s gone 12-8-5 this year with a .922 save percentage and 2.43 GAA, and has been absolutely rock solid over the last two months. He allowed just 12 goals over seven appearances in February, finishing the month with a .929 save percentage, and was stellar again coming on in relief of Luongo last night, stopping 35 of 36 shots faced.

Florida will need Reimer to continue playing well. It heads into Friday’s action sitting one point back of the Isles for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Panthers are back in action on Saturday, when they host Dallas at BB&T.

Reimer will likely be in goal for that one, and could get additional action next week when Florida plays the Rangers (on Tuesday), the Wild (on Friday) and the Bolts (on Saturday).

Goalie nods: Kings to start Quick as playoff fight continues


After newly-acquired Ben Bishop stopped 28 of 30 shots in a 2-1 OT loss to Calgary on Tuesday, the Kings will flip the script and go back to Jonathan Quick when they host Toronto at Staples.

Quick is 1-0-1 since returning from a lower-body injury that’s sidelined him for almost the entire campaign. Things started brightly, making 32 saves in a 4-1 win over Anaheim, but Quick struggled in Monday’s 5-4 OT loss to the Wild, allowing the five goals on 35 shots.

This Quick-Bishop situation will probably be featured quite a bit moving forward.

The Kings are desperate for wins — they head into tonight’s action one point back of St. Louis for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference — and with two No. 1 netminders in the fold, head coach Darryl Sutter’s starting goalie decisions will be constantly analyzed.

For the Leafs, Frederik Andersen starts in goal.


Braden Holtby, who’s won each of his last three starts, gets the call when the Caps host the Devils in Washington. He’ll be up against Cory Schneider, who is trending in the exact opposite direction having lost his last three.

— Good matchup in Boston, as Tuukka Rask and the Bruins host Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers.

Roberto Luongo made 23 saves in a win over Carolina on Tuesday, and will draw back in tonight as the Panthers visit Philly. Steve Mason, fresh off a 33-save shutout of the Avs, goes right back in for the Flyers.

— Another good matchup, this time in Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets host Devan Dubnyk and the Wild.

Mike Smith (yanked in a loss to Boston on Tuesday) and the reeling Coyotes limp into Buffalo, where they’ll take on Robin Lehner and the Sabres. Lehner is coming off a rough outing of his own, allowing five goals on 41 shots in a loss to Nashville.

Mike Condon started last game, so Craig Anderson returns to the Ottawa net as the Sens host Colorado. No word yet on an Avs starter.

— In P.K. Subban‘s return to Montreal, good buddy Carey Price gets the nod for the Habs. The Preds are going with Pekka Rinne.

— After getting yanked from Saturday’s blowout loss to Columbus, Thomas Greiss is back in for the Isles. The host Stars are going with Antti Niemi.

Ryan Miller goes for the Canucks, who are in San Jose. The Sharks will give Aaron Dell a rare start, his first since Feb. 18.