Senators forward Bobby Ryan will not be in the lineup tonight when Ottawa visits Tampa Bay due to a fractured finger.
Ryan suffered the injury during the Senators 3-2 loss to the Panthers Friday night.
The team confirmed Ryan will miss tonight’s game with an injury, but did not provide a time frame or specifics on the injury.
It is worth noting that Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman has missed 18 games with a finger fracture after blocking a shot against the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 18.
According to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Tribune, Hedman could make his return to the Lightning lineup tonight.
The Dallas Stars have inked Jason Spezza to a four-year, $30 million contract extension, according to the Dallas Morning News and TSN’s Bob McKenzie. The Stars are expected to make the news official today. (Update: It’s official.)
Spezza’s $7.5 million annual cap hit will represent a mild increase over his current average salary of $7 million in his expiring seven-year deal. The cap hit will put him on par with Pavel Datsyuk and Steven Stamkos, although Stamkos’ contract will expire in the summer of 2016 and he’s expected to get a substantial raise in his new deal. Spezza also comes with a marginally higher cap hit than Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan and Boston’s David Krejci, who will both make an average of $7.25 million annually in their seven and six-year deals respectively that start in 2015-16.
The 31-year-old forward was acquired by the Dallas Stars in the summer of 2014 after he demanded to be traded out of Ottawa. The Stars sent Alex Chiasson, Ludwig Karlsson, Nicholas Paul, Alexander Guptill, and a 2015 second round draft pick to the Senators in order to acquire him. The hope was that Spezza could help take the Stars to the next level after they were eliminated in the first round of the 2014 playoffs.
Dallas has gotten off to a rough 7-9-4 start this season, but Spezza has largely lived up to expectations with four goals and 18 points in 20 games.
Spezza is currently projected to be consume the largest cap hit of any Stars’ player in 2015-16 and that’s a title he might hold for a couple years as Tyler Seguin comes with a $5.75 million cap hit through 2018-19 and Jamie Benn can’t get a raise from his current average salary of $5.25 million until his current deal expires in the summer of 2017.
Here’s Stars GM Jim Nill in a release:
“Jason is a world-class player and his commitment to the organization is a reflection of what we are building in Dallas. The professionalism and production he brings to our group is key for our success moving forward and we value the leadership he brings to our team.”
In the city where his career began 16 years ago, Marian Hossa collected his 1000th NHL point Thursday night.
Hossa gave the Blackhawks a brief 4-3 lead in the third period of Chicago’s 5-4 shootout victory in Ottawa.
Hossa became the 80th player in league history to reach the 1,000 point plateau.
The lead was short lived as Mika Zibanejad scored for Ottawa to force overtime.
“Yeah, things happen like that. Some things you can’t control,” Hossa told CSNChicago.com of the crazy finish. “But the good thing is we won the hockey game. My teammates helped get my 1,000th point. It’s great and I’m happy.”
Jonathan Toews scored twice in regulation and Kris Versteeg had the other Blackhawks goal.
Mark Stone opened the scoring for Ottawa while Clarke MacArthur and Bobby Ryan had the others for the Sens.
Patrick Sharp netted the shootout winner in the third round.
“It’s like you guys wrote the playbook for the game with ‘Hoss’ coming out and getting his first assist early and then scoring 1,000th point against the team that drafted him,” Sharp joked post-game. “But he played great tonight. We’re very happy we could be a part of this in a small way.”
According to CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers, Antti Raanta or Scott Darling could be sent to Rockford as soon as tomorrow.